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Messinan Association celebrates 60th Anniversary in style


On the 30th March this year, the Messinan Association of SA celebrated its 60 anniversary with an elegant ball which took place at the Messinian Function Centre,

The gold and black décor of this glamorous evening was stylish and elegant with a sit down 3 course dinner.  

 

Unlike the other functions of the association, our women volunteers were able to attend as guests. The event which was catered for provided a much needed rest for our women volunteers who have for decades tirelessly prepared the monthly BBQ’s and other occasions.

 

A special publication commemorating the 60 years with the association’s milestones as well as information about Messinia was printed and also distributed to those who attended the ball.

 

The 60th anniversary was attended by many dignitaries, that included, the Consul General of Greece, Mr. George Psiachas, Ms Jing Lee Assistant Minister to the Premier and the Mayor of West Torrens, Mr. Michael Coxon.

 

The President Mrs. Ioannides addressed the guests and spoke of the association’s founders and humble beginnings and the achievements of the organization. 

On reaching this milestone, Mrs. Ioannides stated that the Messinian Association’s mission for the future is to continue the vision of the founders and entrust the next generation to build on its successes. Hopefully the coming generations  will be able to both preserve the Messinian spirit, culture, traditions and strengthen its presence in South Australia.

The cake was cut by the President Mrs. Martha Ioannides and the surviving former Presidents of the club.

Dancing to the live music of the band Notes Live followed and the evening concluded with the raffle draw.

 


LIBERATION OF KALAMATA WREATH LAYING CEREMONY 23rd of March 2019


On the 23rd of March 1821 the Greek irregular revolutionary forces liberated Kalamata, (now the capital of Messinia) from the Ottoman Turks. It was one of the first events of the Greek War of Independence and was the first city to be liberated from the Ottoman yoke.  It was on this day that the 

 

The 1st revolutionary proclamation of Kalamata 23rd of March 1821  

“FREEDOM OR DEATH” -    “ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΑ Η ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ” was made

 

On Saturday the 23rd of March the Messinians of Adelaide gathered at the Memorial Gardens of the City of West Torrens in order to celebrate the liberation of Kalamata and commemorate this historic victory and milestone of the Greek War of Independence.

 

The event began with the religious memorial service for the fallen heroes of revolution. Following the service which was conducted by the very Reverend Father Diogenis Patsouris the President of the Messinian Association Mrs Martha Ioannides spoke of the historic importance of the day and the sacrifices made by the Greeks to rid themselves of the yoke of the Ottoman Turks.

 

After the speech, the President Mrs, Ioannides laid the first wreath. The dignitaries who attended followed, by laying their own wreaths to mark their observance for the Liberation of Kalamata.

 

The official guests included the Consul of the Republic of Greece Mr Athanasios Mourousias, the Hon. Mr. Tom Koutstandonis, MP, Mr. Steve Georganas’ representative (Member for Hindmarsh) and the Mr. George Vlahos Councillor of the City of West Torrens also paid their respects and laid wreaths to mark their observance for the Greek Independence Day.

The ceremony concluded with the national anthems of Australia and Greece. Refreshments and finger food was then served to all those who attended the ceremony.

 

Founding Member Angelos Bouzalas voted Honorary President of the Messinan Association of SA


 

Angelos Bouzalas  is  one of the founders of our Association  which was established 60 years ago in 1959.

 

At the Annual General Meeting September 17th in 2017, by  unanimous vote the members elected Angelos Bouzalas  to the position of Honorary President of the Messinan Association of SA .

 

 This appointment was announced and celebrated at the February 24th 2019 BBQ,. The  Association's President Mrs. Martha Ioannides invested him as Honorary President, presenting him with a pin and certificate. 

 

The members of the Messinian Association have conferred this honor to Mr. Bouzalas for his unceasing commitment and efforts in making the Messinian Association one of the largest and most successful Hellenic Associations in South Australia


The Messinian Association of SA Inc., pays tribute to late Committee member George Mantis


It is with deep sadness that Messinian Association of SA Inc mourns the passing of long-time Management committee member and friend George Mantis.  George passed away on 24 November 2018 aged 58 years, after a valiant battle with a terminal illness.

 

George believed deeply in the vision and the mission of the association which he served for his entire adult life with passion and unbounded devotion. He was actively involved in all the Association’s activities and worked tirelessly for their success.  It is important to mention that George spent most of his childhood in and around the Association’s events due to the fact that several members of his family were amongst the founders of the Association (which will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year).  It was therefore not unusual that George followed in the footsteps of the founders and continued their work and service for the Messinians of South Australia.

 

For many years George served on the Management Committee of the Association having held the position of President and Treasurer.  But George also believed in community engagement and lent his support to the recreational and cultural activities of the Messinian Association.  In the late 80’s this led George to become a player with the Messinian Association Soccer club, the MA Hawks.  Passionate about soccer both on and off, George was known to his team members as “Chichi Mendes “ a name given to him because of his audacious display as the right full back for the MA Hawks. After a few years with the Soccer Club, George focussed his attention on his son Kosta’s soccer path, but always would swing past the ground if there was a home game.  Later he continued his work through his role as a committee member for the MA Hawks and played an instrumental role in organizing the MA Hawks 30th anniversary event last year.

 

George was behind the idea to create a Messinian Dance School and on his instigation the Messinian Dance School was established in 2007.  Today our dance group has grown into one of the largest Greek Dance groups in SA participating in many community festivals showcasing our Greek culture and honouring our Messinian heritage.

 

The Messinian Association pays tribute to the life and service of George Mantis.  His passing leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of many Messianians, from his fellow Committee Members, former team members, the volunteers, the Ladies Auxiliary and his friends.

Loved by all he will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

 


New Year's Eve Danner 31/12/2018


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

 

Once again the New Year’s Eve event was a great success. Hundreds of our members with their family and friends elected to spend their New Year’s Eve with our association which this year offered a buffet dinner and Music by the well known D J  Valandi. 

 

The ticket which was reasonably priced at $40 included a door prize and participation in the cutting of the New Year cake- Vasilopita 

 

The Function Centre was elegantly decorated with the tables set in the Holiday season’s colours.

  

 

The guests many of whom were from the younger generation enjoyed a the sumptuous buffet spread dinner followed by a dessert of Greek traditional sweets which were prepared by the Women’s Auxillary.  

 

Shortly before midnight as is the tradition, the draw for the Vasilopita took place.

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.

 

 

 The event would have not been complete without the traditional raffle which offered many prizes. The draw took place not long after midnight when the winners were announced.

 

For those who had the stamina to stay on the festivities went long into the night 

 The New Year’s celebration culminated a successful 2018 and launched 2019.  We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors, 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 2018.

 

To see more photos from this event please see below

 


FUNDRAISER BBQ FOR FIRE VICTIMS OF MATI GREECE


 

The July fires in Greece caused chaos, striking coastal villages popular with holiday-makers. The seaside town of Mati, east of Athens, has been the hardest hit.

The Messinian Association has taken part in the imitative of the Adelaide’s Greek community which included different church, community and associations to provide support for fire-ravaged areas of Greece, 

The Messinian Association of SA planned its own fundraiser, donating all the proceeds from their AUGUST BBQ.  Messinians and their friends who attended the BBQ showed their solidarity and gave generously enabling the association was able to raise over $3000.

The proceeds will go towards Dr. John Greenwood’s project in assisting and treating the burn victims of the tragic Mati fires which took the life 99 of our compatriots.

Dr Greenwood is the director of the Adult Burns Unit at Royal Adelaide Hospital and is a world renowned plastic surgeon.  He travelled to Greece on a mercy mission to Greece to treat victims of the deadly wildfires taking with him synthetic skin and much need equipment.   Dr John Greenwood who is celebrated for his world-leading work in burns treatment in the wake of the 2002 Bali bombings assisted surgeons in Athens treating many of the severely-injured patients who have suffered full-thickness burns.


Liberation of Kalamata 23rd March and National Day Celebration


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