Major Organizations Come Together …for the Vasilopita Cutting

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The Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce, the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Hellenic American Bankers Association, the Hellenic Lawyers Association and the Hellenic Medical Society, held their Annual Cutting of the Vasilopita, this past January in the ballroom of the Archdiocesan Cathedral in New York.

Father Demetrios Kehagias presided over the brief service that preceded the cutting and welcomed the guests. Over 200 members and friends attended the party which managed very successfully to blend tradition and the very modern idea of bringing people together to network, have fun, exchange ideas, meet and enjoy some much needed care free time. The fact that so many professional organizations came together to celebrate the beginning of the new year gave additional importance to the event and showed a glimpse of the potential that exists for more synergies.

The Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce was formed over 50 years ago for the purpose of promoting and strengthening the economic and cultural ties between the United States of America and Greece. Since that time, the organization has grown and its scope has broadened beyond the express purpose of fostering and developing commercial and trade relations between Greece and the United States. The Chamber today is a multifaceted organization that offers different things to different people and provides a network and forum for its members to meet, interact, and exchange ideas. It is a vehicle from which to gain an additional perspective.

The Cyprus – U.S. Chamber of Commerce incorporated in 1998 and the inauguration was held on September 23, 1998 at the Harvard Club in New York City. The Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting trade and investment flows between Cyprus and the United States and to foster business opportunities and closer ties amongst its own members and the greater business community in the United States.

The Hellenic American Bankers Association, Inc. (H.A.B.A.) is one of the premier Greek-American organizations in the New York metropolitan area. HABA is a not-for-profit organization established in 1982 to promote the professional and educational interest of Greek-Americans in the banking and finance industries. Its current active membership consists of over 200 professionals representing more than 50 institutions across the financial spectrum. Since its inception, HABA has strived to serve the professional and educational interests of Greek-American financial professionals through the sponsoring of lectures, seminars, cocktail receptions with guest speakers and other events.

The Hellenic Lawyers Association of New York was founded to establish a network of attorneys of Hellenic descent and to provide opportunities for professional development. The HLA currently has over 650 contacts and members in the community including attorneys, judges and law students. Its goals are to expand membership, provide resources to members and strengthen the professional and social ties among members.

The Hellenic Medical Society of New York (HMS) has its origins in the Greek-American Medical Fraternity, an organization co-founded by the renowned physician George N. Papanicolaou during the First World War. The organization officially registered with the New York State authorities in 1920. Drs. George N. Papanicolaou, Constantinos Carousos and Constantinos Logothetis served consecutively as presidents of this fraternity. Since 1971 the society made great strides in unifying the Greek-American physicians in the New York metropolitan area and neighboring states, and in accomplishing its community goals. The new millennium introduced a dynamic group of young physicians with excellent academic credentials, who promoted recognition of the HMS nationally and internationally.


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