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Annual Archon Weekend Schedule of Events and Information, Oct. 20-22

New York, NY
9/13/2017

The annual Archon Weekend and Assembly of the Order of Saint Andrew will be held October 20-22 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.

The weekend will focus on our efforts to secure religious freedom for the Mother Church of Constantinople and welcome the 2017 Class of Archons. The 2017 Athenagoras Human Rights Award will be presented to Nobel Peace Prize nominees Emilia Kamvisi and Efstratios Valiamos, who represent the people of Lesbos and the Greek Islands, on Saturday, October 21, for their heroic humanitarian efforts to save countless migrants from the Middle East.

The weekend begins Friday evening, with the Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship at the annual Award Presentation and Dinner Dance that will recognize the accomplishments of Archon John A. Catsimatidis. The event will be held at:

The Metropolitan Club
1 E 60th St.
New York, NY 10022

Below is the weekend schedule and hotel information including special room rates.

The discounted room rate is $329.00. In order to secure this special room rate please call: 212-586-7000 (Code: ARCHONS) by September 22, 2017.

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10019


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Friday, October 20, 2017

4:00PM-5:30PM [New York Hilton Midtown, Gramercy Suite, 2nd Floor]
Joint Meeting of National Council and Regional Commanders
Private meeting with members of the National Council and Regional Commanders who will offer an overview and briefing of regional Archon activities in their respective Metropolis

7:00PM-11:00PM [The Metropolitan Club]
Nicholas J. Bouras Award For Extraordinary Archon Stewardship Award Presentation and Dinner Dance
All Archons, Archons-elect and family members are invited as we begin the evening with a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant dinner and formal presentation of the Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship to John A. Catsimatidis, Archon Notarios by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the National Commander. After the presentation program, the evening concludes with festive dancing and fellowship where Archons, Archons-elect and their families meet and socialize within the Archon family.

The Award is named after the late National Vice Commander Nicholas J. Bouras, Archon Depoutatos, who had demonstrated during his lifetime remarkable leadership as a faithful son of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and extraordinary Archon stewardship of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

8:30AM-9:30AM [New York Hilton Midtown, Rendezvous Trianon & Petit Trianon Room, 3rd Floor]
Orientation Breakfast for Archons-elect and their spouses
Archons-elect and their spouses will gather for an orientation presentation by the National Commander who will offer a multi-media program reviewing the awesome responsibilities and roles of Archons, who are advocates of religious freedom and serve as Defenders of the Faith.

10:00AM-12:00PM [New York Hilton Midtown, Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor]
Archon General Assembly
All Archons, Archons-elect and spouses are expected to attend the annual meeting to discuss the vision and strategy to secure religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Specific religious freedom programing, formal committee reports and other items of concern regarding the well-being of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will be presented thereby offering an open Archon forum for deliberation. Archons-elect will be introduced to Archbishop Demetrios and a group photo of the Archon Class of 2017 will be taken.

12:00PM-1:30PM [New York Hilton Midtown, Mercury Suite, 3rd Floor]
Archon Agape Luncheon
All Archons, Archons-elect and spouses are invited to attend our annual Agape Luncheon which will feature a keynote speaker.

1:30PM-2:30PM [New York Hilton Midtown, Nassau Suite, 2nd Floor]
Archon Boot Camp
Chairman John Zavitsanos and Archon Committee members will address Archons-elect as they are about to assume the serious responsibility to defend the Holy Mother Church.

6:00PM-10:00PM [New York Hilton Midtown, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor]
Athenagoras Human Rights Award Banquet
The black-tie gala is the Archon premier event and fundraiser which begins with a one-hour cocktail reception, followed by the introduction of the dais and the presentation of the 2017 Athenagoras Human Rights Award to Nobel Peace Prize nominees Emilia Kamvisi and Efstratios Valiamos, representing the fishermen of Lesbos and the Greek Islands, with Archon Reince Priebus, Former White House Chief of Staff serving as Keynote Speaker.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

9:00AM [Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity]
Matins and Procession of Archons and Archons-Elect
Cathedral Undercroft - Archons and Archons-elect will assemble in Cathedral undercroft for a group portrait and additional instructions. Then all Archons will process into the Cathedral together for Matins.

10:00AM [Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity]
Archiepiscopal Divine Liturgy and Investiture of the Class of 2017
Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity - The morning begins with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by Archbishop Demetrios with Metropolitans and assisted by Bishops and visiting Clergy. At the conclusion of the service, new Archons will be invested and presented with their Offikia and Cross of Saint Andrew.

1:00PM [Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity]
Archon Fellowship Reception
Cathedral Center Ballroom - Following Divine Liturgy and the Investiture of the Class of 2017 Archons, an Archon Fellowship Reception of Thanksgiving hosted by the Order of Saint Andrew is offered in the adjacent Cathedral Center ballroom.

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