2nd Edition                                                                   April - June, 2018                                                                                                  
Executive Committee

Kyriacos Papastylianou

Nicos Paphitis
Executive Vice President
Despina Axiotakis
Vice President of Culture
Martinos Kyprianou
Vice President of Public Relations
Christos Karamanos,
Vice President of Philanthropy
Maria Hadjipolycarpou,
Vice President of Education and Religion
Elisavet Miltiadou
General Secretary
Loukas Georgiou
Board Members
Maria Botsios
Nicos Tziazas
George Sophocleous
Peter Louca
Tasos Zambas
Chris Odysseos

Federation of Cypriot American Organizations
4-05 26 Avenue
Astoria, New York 11102
Tel: (718) 440-8799, Fax: (718) 440-8719
The newsletter aims to keep you informed on the activities of FCAO,  the Chapter members, as well as news of the Greek-Cypriot-American community and Cyprus.
 2018 National Convention and General Elections

The National Convention and General Elections of the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO) took place on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at Terrace on the Park. The Convention focused on the issues affecting the Greek-Cypriot community of the USA. Eighteen chapter members and over 100 delegates participated at the 2018 National Convention. The Chapters President's briefed the delegates on the activities of their chapters.  

The keynote speaker of the Convention,  Mr. Photis Photiou, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots conveyed to the delegates the warm greetings and gratitude of President Anastasiades for their work in the US to preserve and promote the culture and history of Cyprus. 
The Presidential Commissioner briefed the delegates on the latest developments in the Cyprus political issue. He spoke about the issues of the expatriates announcing that this year the summer hospitality program for children will be implemented in Cyprus for ten days. Mr. Photiou said that this will be a pilot project to be launched by the children of expatriates in the United States and will be extended to other countries. He also referred to the creation of a Registry for Cypriots residing abroad, which will be piloted by FCAO for the Greek-Cypriots living in the United States.

Dignitaries from the governments of Greece and Cyprus also addressed the National Convention. 

General Elections for the 2018-2020 term took place during the FCAO National Convention and Kyriacos Papastylianou was re-elected President. The names of the newly elected Executive Committee and Board are as follows: 

Executive Committee

Kyriacos Papastylianou, President, 
Nicos Paphitis, Executive Vice President
Despina Axiotakis, Vice President of Culture
Martinos Kyprianou, Vice President of Public Relations
Christos Karamanos, Vice President of Philanthropy
Maria Hadjipolycarpou, Vice President of Education and Religion
Elisavet Miltiadou, General Secretary
Loukas Georgiou, Treasurer 
Board Members: Maria Botsios, Nicos Tziazas, George Sofocleous, Peter Louca, Tasos Zambas and Chris Odysseos.
Greek Independence Day Parade 2018
The Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO) and its chapter members marched in the 2018 Greek Independence Day Parade on Sunday, April 22nd  in New York City. The Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots, Mr. Photis Photiou and other dignitaries represented the Cyprus Government and marched with FCAO along 5th Avenue in Manhattan.
Nepomak USA the Youth Division of the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations and the Cypriot Young Professionals (CYP) of the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented "Cyprus 44 Years Later- A Retrospective Look and Call to Action" at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria on June 5. The well-attended event brought together young people and leaders of the community interested in the Cyprus issue and what comes next in the struggle for justice for the divided island nation. The event was organized under the auspices of the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations and the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce.

Former President of the CYP Christina Shailas spoke movingly about her love for Cyprus and also of the need for the youth to become more involved in the cause. Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Nicolas Nicolaou noted in his introduction of her that Shailas loves Cyprus so much she is moving there. Shailas thanked everyone for their presence at the event, including the diplomats, sponsors, and media who made the event possible. She noted that the goal of the event was to bring the community together, to feel empowered as a community, review the history and events that led us to the point we are at today, adding that we must “never forget what this beautiful island suffered.”

The President of the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce Nicos Nicolaou who was nine years old at the time of the invasion noted that sometimes you have to ask for people to share their stories and added that the Board supports the young people in their efforts for Cyprus. A brief video featuring the first announcement of the invasion with the sirens blaring brought back the trauma of that Saturday morning in July of 1974 for Nicolaou, and he noted that when he first heard it again in preparation for the event, he had to stop it because it was so frightening.

The President of FCAO Kyriakos Papastylianou congratulated the CYP and NEPOMAK for organizing the event and pointed out that all the organizations support the youth coming forward to lead the fight for justice for Cyprus.

The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou gave a brief outline of the Cyprus issue, the history, events, and explained where we are today, and where we can go from here. He said there is no other alternative but to continue the negotiations for the unity of Cyprus. As a member of the European Union and the UN, Cyprus must become a “normal state” as Amb. Korneliou said, quoting the UN Secretary-General. Events need to be understood, but also the geography, he said, noting that Cyprus is an oasis of stability in the region and is a reliable and predictable ally of the United States and Israel, and has the full support of Greece.

A panel discussion followed and the following members of the community participated:  Elena Marouletti, Founder/Executive Producer/Host of AKTINA FM/TV and President of CYPRECO of America, Stavros Kamilaris, President of Lampousa, who was serving in the army at the time of the invasion,  Sophia Kotzia, and Effie Lekkas shared their emotional stories, bringing history to life for all those present.

PSEKA President Philip Christopher spoke about the struggle for justice for Cyprus adding that all the young people must become involved in U.S. politics, by registering to vote and making their voices heard at the city, state, and federal levels of the government. He referred to the ongoing efforts for the missing of Cyprus and thanked Nikos Mouyiaris for his presence and years of support for the cause. 

Among those present were the Consul General of Greece in New York Dr. Konstantinos Koutras, the new Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Alexis Phedonos-Vadet, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Mr. Menelaos Menelaou- Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus, and New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides.

On April 14, 2018, Lampousa Cypriot American Association organized their "Taste of Cyprus" event at St. John Theologian Cathedral in Tenafly, NJ.  H.E. Ambassador Vasilios Philippou was recognized for his services and collaboration with Lampousa and the Greek-Cypriot community.
On April 20, 2018, AKTINA organized the successful concert, Greek Music Journey 2018, “The Magic of Bouzouki” at the Kaye Playhouse Theater in Manhattan. The concert that featured distinguished musicians and singers from Greece celebrated the 25th anniversary of AKTINA FM and its sponsoring non-profit organization, AKTINA Productions, Inc. 

On April 24, 2018, FCAO and representatives from the Chapters members had a meeting with Mr. Photis Photiou, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots to discuss pending issues of the community. A reception organized by FCAO followed the meeting in honor of the Presidential Commissioner. The reception was attended by Mr.  Terens Quick, Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, dignitaries, and representatives of the Greek-Cypriot community.
On May 14, 2018 a farewell reception was held in honor of the outgoing Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus, Ambassador Vasilios Philippou, organized jointly by the Federation of Cypriot Organizations, the PSEKA and the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Astoria. The event was attended by dignitaries, Chapter members and prominent Greek and Greek-Cypriot business people.
On June 8th, 2018, the Pancyprian Choir and Actors of NY of the Cultural Division of the Pancyprian Association of America organized their annual Spring Theatrical Musical concert at Queens Theater.
On June 12th, 2018, The Federation of Cypriot American Organizations, PSEKA and the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new Consul General of  the Republic of Cyprus in New York, Mr. Alexis Phedonos-Vadet, with a warm reception in Astoria. The event was attended by dignitaries, chapter members of FCAO and leaders of the Greek-Cypriot community.
On June 17, 2018, the Eleftheria Pancyprian Youth Soccer teams organized their Annual End Of the Season Trophy Award Ceremony at Con Edison field. The President of FCAO, Kyriacos Papastylianou, the Consul General of Cyprus in New York Mr. Alexis Phedonos-Vadet, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela and many representatives of the community attended the event. Trophies were awarded to all the players!

The World Conference of Overseas Cypriots 2018 will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus between July 25-27, 2018. It will feature a Central Council meeting of POMAK/PSEKA and a General Conference of NEPOMAK.

Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina
and His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela to be honored
at the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations
2018 Annual Testimonial Dinner

The Federation of Cypriot American Organizations annual Testimonial Dinner will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:00 pm at Terrace on the Park.  During the 2018 Testimonial Dinner Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award as a recognition of his leadership, outstanding achievements, and contribution to academia.  His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela will be honored with the Leadership Award as a recognition of his leadership and longtime support to the Greek-Cypriot community of America.
The Testimonial Dinner organized by FCAO—the leading organization dedicated to the promotion of Greek Cypriot cultural heritage in the United States—will be co-chaired by His Excellency Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

The Annual Testimonial Dinner of the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations is held every September in New York. Past award recipients include: His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, then-United States Senator Joseph Biden, the former Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Costas Karamanlis, Dr. Chrysostomos Nikias, President of the University of Southern California, Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, numerous United States Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as prominent American businessmen and philanthropists.

For tickets, information and sponsorship opportunities please contact Tasoula Manaridis (718) 440-8799 or e-mail:

September 16 (Sunday)
- SALAMIS annual picnic at Johnson Park, Piscataway, NJ.
October 14 (Sunday) – Cyprus Society of Greater Philadelphia commemorates Cyprus Independence Day at St. George Cathedral in Philadelphia.
October 20 (Saturday, 8:00 pm) - Kyrenia Opera presents The Art of Yiannis Markopoulos with Greek star Georgia Dagaki and her Lyre and the World Premiere Ἀπò τῆς Λύρας τῆς Σαπφοῦς / From Sappho's Lyre by Constantine Caravassilis; Constantinos Yiannoudes, conductor, with acclaimed Greek soprano and mezzo-Soprano Zoe Nicolaidou and Ariana Chris;  The Kyrenia Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Merkin Concert Hall, NYC. For information, or call 347-781-0983.
November 10 (Saturday) – Lampousa Dinner Dance “Horos tou Lemoniou”. For more information, please call Stavros Kamilaris (201) 741-4481.
November 17 (Saturday) – Cyprus Society of Greater Philadelphia annual Dinner Dance at Adelphia restaurant.
November 24 (Saturday) – Asgata Annual Dinner Dance at Terrace on the Park. For   information, please contact Loula Antoniou (347) 345-7407 or Peter Louca (516) 679-2205.
November 25 (Sunday) - Cyprus Children’s Fund Annual Testimonial Dinner at The   Venetian in Garfield, NJ and honoring Mr. Savas Tsivicos. For more information, please call (212) 696-4590.
December 9 (Sunday) – Pancyprian Dance Division Christmas Party at Terrace on the Park.
December 14 (Friday) – Pancyprian Cultural Division presents the Pancyprian Choir on a Christmas Concert at St. Catherine’s Church in Astoria.
December 15 (Saturday) - Join Kyrenia Opera and General Director Constantinos Yiannoudes for the beloved Christmas story Amahl and the Night Visitors at The Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan (Fifth Avenue & 90th Street) at 6:00 pm. In the ultimate Christmas tale by Gian Carlo Menotti, the lives of crippled Amahl and his mother change forever when they are visited by three mysterious kings from the East. Sung in English. Recommended for adults & children age 6 and older. For more information visit
December 16 (Sunday) – Eleftheria – Pancyprian Youth Soccer Teams Christmas at St. Demetrios School, 30-11 30 Drive, Astoria, NY, 4:00 pm.

Discover Cyprus

By the Cyprus Tourism Organization
Cyprus at the Edge of Heaven

By the Cyprus Tourism Organization

Commandaria - One of the oldest named wines in the world

Cyprus can proudly lay claim to the world’s oldest wine still in production - that of the delicious sweet dessert wine Commandaria.

Thought to date back to 800 BC, references to the consumption of a wine named ‘Cypriot Nama’ is believed to have been Commandaria before it was given its current name during the crusades in the 12th century. It was thought that the wine had therapeutic qualities and it was widely used as a tonic.

Richard the Lionheart celebrated his capture of Cyprus and his marriage to Berengaria in Lemesos (Limassol) with Commandaria, declaring it “the wine of kings and the king of wines”. In 1192 he sold the island to the Knights of St. John and the Knight Templars, who then sold it to Guy de Lusignan, but kept their headquarters at Kolossi. Commandaria was mainly produced in Kolossi – which was called ‘La Grande Commanderie’ - and it was here that the wine found its name. Commandaria was considered so good in ancient times that it even won the first recorded wine tasting competition the ‘Battle of the Wines’ in the 13th century, held by the French king Philip Augustus.

Sweetly similar to sherry, Commandaria has been made in the same manner for centuries, and in the same 14 winegrowing villages of the island. The indigenous grape varieties of Mavro (red) and Xynisteri (white) are picked late and dried in the sun to enhance their sugar content, giving the drink its distinctive taste. The dried grapes are then pressed, with the run-off collected and fermented in tanks or huge earthenware jars - much like those used in bygone times.

No visit to the island is complete without picking up a bottle to take home, not just as a drink, but also as a sweet piece of the island’s history!

Cyprus Antiquity Cultural Route

Discover the rich, historical wonders of an island that has seen many visitors through the ages, and bears the unique mark of each of them. As you follow a route of ancient ancestors, the insight and revelations they offer will transport you back to the adventures of bygone eras and heroic times. From the oldest settlements to grand architectural feats, a vast choice of archaeological sites can be explored, with so many paths leading back to the glorious past.

Begin your journey on the east coast with the ancient city of Kition in Larnaka (Larnaca). The site provides the first clear evidence that the Mycenaean Greeks arrived in Larnaka in the 13th century BC, and the Phoenicians in the 9th, and features temples dating back to these times.

Thereafter, head for new heights between Larnaka and Lemesos (Limassol), where the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia stands proudly on the hillside, distinctly marked out by cylindrical stone and mud dwellings that lay claim to the earliest permanent human housing on the island. The site is remarkably well-preserved and has been a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998.

Further down the southeast coast, the ancient Greco-Roman Kourion stands as one of the island’s top ancient highlights and was an important city-kingdom in antiquity. Its magnificent theatre was built in the 2nd century BC and extended in the 2nd century AD. Today, the theatre has been completely restored and is used for open-air musical and theatrical performances during the summer months, commanding breathtaking views of the surrounding patchwork land and sea.

As you follow the coastline towards Pafos (Paphos), history further comes to life, with the whole town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its world-famous archaeological sites that stretch out from Palaipafos (Kouklia) to the heart of Kato Pafos. Included are ancient villas of stunning mosaics and numerous sites associated to the cult of the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite, whom legend tells was born of sea foam in the region.

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