Illinois residents affected by the severe storms and flooding can get help to register for federal disaster assistance in their native language. Bilingual and multilingual specialists with the FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSATs) began canvassing neighborhoods shortly after the presidential disaster declaration to help American Sign Language (ASL) and non-English speakers understand the registration process. Fourteen languages, other than English, are being used to communicate assistance information to those who had damages from the severe storms and flooding including Greek.
CHICAGO, IL — The National Hellenic Museum will host a presentation by the esteemed geologist, Michael S. Johnson. Mr. Johnson’s presentation from his autobiography, From Obscurity to Fame in the Oil Business: How a Greek American Helped Change an Industry, will reveal his experiences about the discovery of the Parshall Oil Field. The presentation will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 starting at 6:00 pm at the National Hellenic Museum located at 333 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661. The program is free with Museum admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for students, school faculty members and children. Museum members are free. Tickets available at the door or RSVP online.
The Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s Gold Coast Ritz Carlton was the scene for a unique and elegant affair themed Follow Your Dreams to Success. Beautiful music and art made by the children of the Hellenic American Academy welcomed guests as they joined the event benefitting one of the oldest Greek American schools in the US (founded in 1907-08).
On May 9, Taylor D. Prodromos was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois. Taylor graduated in 2 ½ years from The John Marshall Law School. (And she’s only 23). Moreover, she had completed her bachelor’s degree in 3 years from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana focusing on Corporate Communication & Economics.
BUSY WEEKEND FOR NHS AND MUSEUM: Chicago was center stage Mother's Day weekend for a good majority of the Greek community's most accomplished business and civic leaders coast-to-coast, not to mention playing host to the CEO of the 2004 Athens Olympics. Leading off was a Thursday night book-signing at the National Hellenic Museum, where Greece Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos Daskalaki spoke of how she pulled together disparate interests as Olympic CEO to accomplish one of the most successful Games in modern times.
On April 13, The Greek Women’s University Club (GWUC) successfully hosted its 25th Annual National Music Competition at Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston, Illinois. Audience members enjoyed an afternoon of exciting vocal and instrumental performances, followed by refreshments. Chairperson was Anna Moreno.
On the same day that the Chicago Public Schools announced the closure of 54 schools, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) responded with a donation of $1 million in new books to benefit schoolchildren participating in after-school enrichment opportunities, mentoring and summer learning programs in the Chicago area. Bishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, also the past president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, facilitated the gift on behalf of Orthodox Christians in Chicago.