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ANZAC 2018 BBQ


The Anzac Centenary, (2014 – 2018) has drawn attention on the commitment and sacrifice of those who served in the First World War.

To honour this sacrifice the Messinian Association of S.A since 2014 had dedicated its APRIL BBQ in honour of the fallen Anzacs.

This year the BBQ took place on the Sunday the 29th of April, and the guests of honour included members of the Committee of the. Greek Ex-Servicemen’s Association of S.A and the Consul General of Greece in South Australia. Mr. Andreas Gouras. 

During the event, the President of the Association Mrs. Martha Ioannides addressed the guests and spoke of the importance of the contribution of the ANZACS and the need to honour their memory

 

The national anthems of Austalia and Greece were played followed by the last post and 2 minutes silence.

 

Next, the Consul General of Greece, Mr Andreas Gouras addressed the assembled guests and spoke of the importance of ANZAC day for Greeks in the homeland and in the DIASPORA.

 

He pointed out that ANZAC day is a day of remembrance for all Greeks as Greece and AUSTRALIA have been allies in both WORLD WARS and KOREA in the last century.  

 

The soldiers of both countries have fought alongside each other in all the aforementioned wars both on Greek soil and abroad suffering the horror and consequences of war. Concluding Mr. Gouras said that the ANZACS sacrifice is and must be remembered by all Greeks. 

 

After the lunch the guests were entertained by a performance of Greek traditional dances by the Messinian Dance School.

 

Following the performance the guests all joined in for some Greek dancing.

 

 


New Year 2018 Dinner Dance


The Messinian Association held their annual New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance at the association’s function centre.  

Once again hundreds of our members with their family and friends elected to spend their New Year’s Eve with our association which offered a 3 course meal with live entertainment in a family friendly environment at the very reasonable cost of $40 per adult. The ticket included a door prize and participation in the cutting of the New Year cake- Vasilopita 

The Function Centre was decorated with blue and white balloons and the tables were set with the Holiday season’s colours.

 

The tireless Women’s Auxillary prepared the 3 course meal based on the traditional Greek food served at this time of the year.

There was something to satisfy everyone’s palate, from salads, dips, seafood and meat platters which included the traditional lamb as well the refreshing summer fruit and filo pastry sweets 

 The Function Centre was decorated with blue and white balloons and the tables were set with the Holiday season’s colours. 

The tireless Women’s Auxillary prepared the 3 course meal based on the traditional Greek food served at this time of the year.

There was something to satisfy everyone’s palate, from salads, dips, seafood and meat platters which included the traditional lamb as well the refreshing summer fruit and filo pastry sweets

The band Floga played to a full house entertaining the guests with the latest Greek music as well as traditional songs. Families and children and guests of all ages after enjoying a sumptuous meal joined in the revelry and danced non-stop.

 

Shortly before midnight the door prize was drawn followed by the draw for the Vasilopita. The cake was cut in 12 pieces, one for each month of the year.

12 lucky people were given a piece, and a bottle of wine. The lucky winner who found the coin was given a special prize.

 

As midnight approached, the President Mrs. Martha Ioannides made the countdown to midnight. As the clock struck 12 the guests embraced and welcomed 2017 with Agios Vassilis also making a surprise visit.

 

 

The event would have not been complete without the traditional lottery with many large prizes. The winners were announced shortly after midnight.

For those who had the stamina to stay on the festivities went long into the night.   The New Year’s celebration culminated a successful 2017 and launched 2018.  

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors and members of the club who contributed to making this event possible and of course to all our volunteers who work tirelessly and support all the Association’s activities in 2017.

 Many happy returns to all those celebrating their name day on New Year’s day, Vasilis, Vasiliki, Vasileia etc. 

To see more photos from this event please see below