Major Anders Lassen Event

Thessaloniki Association “The White Tower” in co-operation with the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign Commemorative Council organised another successful event in Melbourne on Monday 6th November 2017 and at Denmark House (Danish Consulate in Melbourne). The hosts were lead by the Honorary Consul General of Denmark to Melbourne Mr Jan Ravnholt.

There were a number of VIP attending the event, including his Excellency the Ambassador of Denmark to Australia Mr Tom Norring and his lovely wife (of Greek background, from Thessaloniki), Mr Ross Alatsas Deputy Chair at the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the Consul General Mr Jan Ravnholt and his also lovely wife, Mr & Mrs Paul and Toula Mavroudis OAM, Mrs Maria Dikaiou President Modern Greek Teachers Association of Victoria, Mrs Maria Gidarakou, from the Greek Consulate in Melbourne representing the Consul General Mrs Christina Simantiraki, Mr Lee Tarlamis Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Mr Bill Papastergiadis President Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne, Mr John Pandazopoulos former State Minister in Victoria, Mr Steve Kyritsis President Greek RSL in Melbourne, Lt. Colonel (retired) Athanasios Masouras, Mrs Litsa Athanasiadis President Pontian Community of Melbourne and others including some war veterans from both communities the Danish and Greek. Continue reading “Major Anders Lassen Event”

“Πλατεία Μελβούρνης”

Με ιδιαίτερη χαρά η Ένωση Θεσσαλονικέων ανακοινώνει στα μέλη της και στο κοινό ότι το Δημοτικό Συμβούλιο Θεσσαλονίκης, με Πρόεδρο τον Δήμαρχο κύριο Γιάννη Μπουτάρη, αποφάσισε ομόφωνα στις 23 Αυγούστου 2016 την αναδοχή πλατείας της Θεσσαλονίκης σε “Πλατεία Μελβούρνης”. Συγκεκριμένα η πλατεία που βρίσκεται στην οδό Αναγεννήσεως, στο Βαρδάρη αναδεικνύεται σε “Πλατεία Μελβούρνης” με αφορμή τη συμπλήρωση 32 ετών από την αδελφοποίηση των δύο πόλεων Θεσσαλονίκης και Μελβούρνης.

Το γεγονός αυτό αποτελεί ακόμη μια επιτυχία του Δ.Σ. της Ένωσης Θεσσαλονικέων Μελβούρνης (και ιδιαίτερα των κυρίων Παύλου Μαυρουδή και Ιάκωβου Γαριβάλδη), εφόσον μετά από πολύμηνες προσπάθειες, επιστολές και προσεγγίσεις στο Δήμο Θεσσαλονίκης, καθώς και ομιλία του κυρίου Π. Μαυρουδή στο Δημοτικό Συμβούλιο τον περασμένο Ιούλιο, οι προσπάθειές μας απέδωσαν φρούτα. Είμαστε περήφανοι για τις εργασίες της Ένωσης Θεσσαλονικέων, το Συμβούλιο της οποίας εργάζεται με συνέπεια και πατριωτισμό για να συσφίξει όσο το δυνατό περισσότερο τις σχέσεις μεταξύ Μελβούρνης (όπου πολλές χιλιάδες Θεσσαλονικέων διαμένουν) και της Θεσσαλονίκης που από το 1984 είναι αδερφές πόλεις. Continue reading ““Πλατεία Μελβούρνης””

Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial

Inaugural Annual Commemorative Service

11am Saturday, 13th August 2016

The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee (LGCC) organised the Annual Commemorative Service at Foote Street Reserve in Albert Park, part of the City of Port Phillip, the place where young Australians left for Gallipoli more than 100 years ago. The spot at Foote St. Reserve is for ever marked with the wonderful sculpture by Peter Corlett OAM, the renowned Melbourne sculptor who has designed a number of other ANZAC sculptures. The sculpture mainly serves as a memorial to the 130 Australian nurses who served at Lemnos in WWI and the sixty thousand ANZAC soldiers who were cared for at Lemnos during that period.

memorial-plaque

Thessaloniki Association “The White Tower” was also there supporting this wonderful initiative which exemplifies the ties between Greece and Australia, among a large number of other organisations which lay wreaths of respect to those who fought in the line of duty, for freedom and justice, in another land and another time. Thessaloniki Association was represented by the Public Relations Officer Mr Iakovos Garivaldis OAM. Continue reading “Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial”

Congratulations Iakove

Congratulations Iakove from all of us

Iakovos with wife Andrea
Iakovos Garivaldis OAM, with wife Andrea

Only a hand full of Greeks from Melbourne was recognised by national honour through the Order of Australia Awards which was announced recently on the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

One of those was none other than our very own Iakovos Garivaldis.

Iakovos received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services “In literature, publishing and the Greek Community of Victoria”.

The Order of Australia is the principle and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level. Its purpose is to recognise those who have made outstanding contributions that benefit their communities and ultimately our country. It serves to define, encourage and reinforce community standards, national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging actions and achievement and thereby identifying role models at all levels and in all spheres of the community.

The award will be presented to Iakovo at a ceremony at Government House Victoria by the Governor later on in the year.

Continue reading “Congratulations Iakove”

Mother’s Day

The Function

Mothers Day 2016

The crowd enjoying themselves
The crowd enjoying themselves
The crowd enjoying themselves
The crowd enjoying themselves
The table where some of the members of the committee were sitting
The table where some of the members of the committee were sitting
Table for other committee members
Table for other committee members
Dancing taken away from the streets
Dancing taken away from the streets
Flowers to the younger and eldest mothers
Flowers to the younger and eldest mothers
with Mathew Staios and Paul
with Mathew Staios and Paul
During speeches
During speeches
Andrea Garivaldis
Andrea Garivaldis
Andrea Garivaldis
Andrea Garivaldis
Andrea Garivaldis
Andrea Garivaldis

This is the annual and special celebration of the contribution of all of our Mothers have made to our lives. Great food and drinks are included in the price of the ticket as well as live music. The function to be held on Sunday 15th May at the club rooms – 439 high Street Northcote Vic 3070. Please contact our Secretary or the event coordinator Niki Koukoula on 0417 578 492 for tickets, $40 per head, mothers, members of our Association can attend for free.

 

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ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ 15 ΜΑΪΟΥ 2016

MITERAS

SUNDAY 15 MAY 2016

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Γιορτή της Μητέρας

Στο κτίριο της Ένωσης και πάλι για να τιμήσουμε τις μητέρες μας που πάντα είναι δίπλα στα παιδιά τους. Οι μητέρες μέλη της Ένωσης Θεσσαλονικέων είναι δωρεάν, οι υπόλοιποι $40 το άτομο με πλούσιο φαγητό, ζωντανή μουσική και ποτά. Τηλεφωνήστε τη Νίκη Κουκουλά, υπεύθυνη εκδηλώσεων στο 0417 578 492.

 

Γεύμα για τη Γιορτή της Μητέρας

Η Ένωση Θεσσαλονικέων “Ο Λευκός Πύργος” στις 17 Μαΐου 2015 διοργάνωσε Γεύμα για τη Γιορτή της Μητέρας στο κτίριό της στο Νόρθκοτ. Περί τα εκατό άτομα παρευρέθηκαν δείχνοντας έτσι το σεβασμό τους για τη μητέρα και την ατέλειωτη προσφορά της στην οικογένεια.

Την ίδια μέρα τιμήθηκε και η κυρία Αγάπη Παπαιωακείμ, η γηρεότερη μητέρα της εκδήλωσης. Οι φωτογραφίες που ακολουθούν απαθανατίζουν το γεγονός…

γεύμα-μητέρας