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Of old You created me from nothing and honored me with Your divine image.  But when I disobeyed Your commandment, You returned me to the earth from where I was taken.  Lead me back again to Your likeness, refashioning my ancient beauty.
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What is Philoptochos  

      …for I was hungry and you gave Me food; for I was thirsty and you  gave Me drink; 
                         I  was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; 
                        I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.  
                …in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'                                                                                                                                                                                            Matthew 25: 35-36, 40

While the word “philoptochos” means “friends of the poor”, it does not begin to describe the many facets of the organization that chose this name. The Greek Orthodox women of Philoptochos are involved in all areas of philanthropy. Whether it be on a global scale, helping earthquake and tsunami victims or helping a struggling parishioner to pay a bill, Philoptochos seeks to serve those in need. Following the dictates of Christ, we seek to aid those who are in physical or emotional pain, work in homeless shelters, conduct food drives, raise funds for cancer, autism & other medical needs. We help our parishes in countless ways; we extend our hand to as many as we can. And as we do this work, we find not only the joy of giving and helping, but in creating fellowship and treasured friendships among our members.

Philoptochos needs you. Your desire to serve and help others will find a place of welcome in this philanthropic organization.

The Mission of the Society  
§         To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
§         To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
§         To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;
§         To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council. 


National Philoptochos

Inspired by the teachings of Christ to love and care for all people, the Ladies Philoptochos Society joins close to 30,000 national members to help those in need. Duly accredited by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Philoptochos (“friend of the poor”) actively participates in philanthropic outreach in the US and abroad. In the years 2003-2008, $8.5 million was donated on the National level. In 2009, National Board contributions totaled $1.4 million. Additionally, these National figures do not reflect the numerous ongoing donations and active support of metropolises and chapters who contribute locally to those in need.

The National Philoptochos Board coordinates nine Metropolis Boards (Direct Diocesan District, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, New Jersey, Pittsburg, San Francisco)   and over 500 parish chapters. To read more about the history of the Ladies Philoptochos Society go to:

          Visit the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society website:  WWW.PHILOPTOCHOS.ORG

Philoptochos BY-LAWS

To download a complete copy of the National Philoptochos By-Laws CLICK HERE 

Philoptochos GUIDELINES

To download a complete copy of the Guidelines of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc (GOLPSI) CLICK HERE

The Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos

There are 68 chapters within the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  The Metropolis Philoptochos Board is comprised of 22 women from most of the states served by the Metropolis of Atlanta. Members are either appointed by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios or voted on at the Metropolis Clergy-Laity conferences.

2013 - 2015

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, Chairman of Board
Reverend Father Paul Kaplanis, Spiritual Advisor - Atlanta, GA
Dee Nicolaou, President - Tampa, FL
Jeannie Demas, 1st Vice President - Clearwater, FL
Rose Marie Connell, 2nd Vice President - Raleigh, NC
Kiki Rothman, Recording Secretary - Columbia, SC
Betty Lantz, Corresponding Secretary - Miami, FL
Margaret Sarafoglu, Treasurer - Miami, FL
Cindy Xenick, Assistant Treasurer - Tampa, FL
Laura Nixon, Advisor - Charlotte, NC


Tina (Chum) Atkins - Birmingham, AL
Anne Marie Dentiste -Speas - Winston Salem, NC
Martha (Marty) Driscoll - Marietta, GA
Presvytera Evi Kaplanis - Atlanta, GA
Despina Koulianos - Mobile, AL
Erine Koulianos - Palm Harbor, FL
Joan Marinos - Durham, NC
Michele Milinkovic - Gainesville, FL
Irene Politis - Charlotte, NC
Koula Poulos - Tallahassee, FL
Joanna Snider - Atlanta, GA
Irene Tracy - Birmingham, AL
Katherine Ziegler - Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Board formally meets twice each year, in the fall and spring, but is in frequent contact via e-mail or phone conferences. The Board discusses & votes on financial issues and the dispensation of Metropolis Philoptochos funds. Committee chairs handle issues of social services, Holy Cross seminarian scholarships, website & newsletter maintenance, the planning of the annual Philoptochos retreat at the Diakonia Center, emergency relief just to name a few.

Members of the Metropolis Board played a large role in the planning and executing of the successful Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon held in Boca Raton in November of 2009 and worked closely with the National Board to plan the Philoptochos Bi-Annual Conference in Atlanta in July, 2010. 
We are also pleased to note that several women from the Atlanta Metropolis also serve on the National Philoptochos Board.

National Philoptochos Board Members from our Metropolis for 2010 - 2012: Helen Ballerano, Helen Doulevaris, Marty Driscoll, Valine Georgeson, Betty Lantz, Helen Malachias, Dee Nicolaou, Laura Nixon, Vicki Scaljon, Evangeline Mekras Scurtis,Patricia Sourlis
Honorary Members: Eula Carlos, Helen Peterson, Mary Plumides
Former National President: Mimi Skandalakis

Atlanta Metropolis Board Committees

Agape Fundraiser Rose Marie Connell, chair, Betty Lantz, co-chair
Cavalaris Membership Award Dee Nicolaou
Clergy Education Cindy Xenick, chair, Evi Kaplanis, Effie Moraitakis, Joanna Snider 
Communications/Website Marty Driscoll, chair, Florence Lytle, Christine Salzman (staff)
Disaster Response  Dee Nicolaou
Family & Society Rose Marie Connell
Historian Jeannie Demas
Legislative Jeannie Demas, chair, Betty Lantz
 Membership Florence Lytle, chair, Effie Moraitakis, Koula Poulos
National Ctr of Philanthropy Evan Scurtis with Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos Board
Orthodox Christian Fellowship Kiki Rothman, chair, Jeannie Demas, Marty Driscoll, Florence Lytle, Irene Politis, Margaret Sarafoglu
 Philanthropy Dee Nicolaou, Koula Poulos
 Protocol Officer Evan Scurtis
 Special Projects Dee Nicolaou, Margaret Sarafoglu
 Spiritual Enrichment Joan Marinos


His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios

Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta"Philoptochos is beyond altruism, being grounded on and motivated by the genuine spirit of Christian love. With this foundation of love, Philoptochos finds practical ways to convey the grace of Christ, like the Myrrh-Bearing women who first witnessed the Resurrection, and brought the amazing news, “I have seen the Lord!” 

  To read his entire letter on the event of our new website CLICK HERE


Rev. Fr. Paul Kaplanis


 Spiritual Adviser to the Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos Board