Members learn to make tiropites and taramosalata in second series of cooking classes

On Sunday 17 June, a group of enthusiastic participants gathered at the Ithacan Club rooms for the second cooking class of the year. Even though the rain was pouring outside, members of various ages enjoyed learning how to make tiropites and authentic tarama. Loula Coutsvouelis was our rustic tiropita Masterchef, Anna Vlass demonstrated how to make filo pastry triangles while Genia Vlass-Tsilikis showed us how to make her mother’s taramosalata from scratch. It was a great opportunity to pass on family recipes and to enjoy a lovely lunch together at the end of the session. We are looking forward to the last cooking class of the year in October where we will teach you how to make Kourambiedes. The first session is almost sold out, so jump in before both sessions are full. Contact Peter Raftopoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks to the members who supported the day and see you at the next one!

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea raises close to $5,000

What a fantastic "Biggest Morning Tea" we had on Thursday 17 May. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped raise close to $5,000 for the Cancer Council which included a generous donation by the Ithacan Philanthropic Society. We would also like to thank Anna Vlass who, once again, did an amazing job organising this fundraising event.

This year, we invited guests to bring along their traditional handicrafts where they were displayed for all to admire. Some of our members brought along precious, family heirlooms, others brought handicrafts that they had proudly made themselves. The intricate detail of the works was indeed phenomenal and reminded us of a much simpler time in our history where women were taught to sew, crochet and embroider by their mothers and grandmothers. It was wonderful to talk to the owners and makers of these exquisite works and learn more about how they were created.
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The IPS supports the 3XY Fronditha Care Radiothon 2018

The Ithacan Philanthropic Society is a proud sponsor of this year's 3XY Fronditha Care Radiothon Appeal to be conducted on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March 2018.

The 2018 Radiothon will aim to raise funds towards the reconstruction of memory support units in Clayton South (50 beds) and St Albans (30 beds) which cater to the elderly with severe dementia.

Dementia is a debilatating and terminal condition that robs people of their memory and changes their behaviour irrecoverably.

Unfortunately, it is becoming so prevalent in the ageing community that demand for specialised dementia care is far exceeding supply. In the next seven years, people diagnosed with dementia will rise by 30 per cent.

Fronditha Care's new memory support units will be unique.

Designed in collaboration with Alzheimer's Australia, the units will be built to foster a calm environment, fitted with visual memory cues to help residents get around the facility.

Donations, however big or small, will directly go to helping our elders continue living with dignity.

Each donation above $2 is tax deductible and every pledge will be read live on 3XY Radio Hellas during the Radiothon and published in the Greek media.

Fronditha Care has been providing aged-care services for people of Greek and multicultural heritage for more than 40 years in Victoria and NSW.

But it has only been able to do so with the generous help of our local community.

How to make a donation

Call (03) 9552 4100 and pledge your donation


Make a cash payment directly to the National Australia Bank or Delphi Bank. Bank details are:

National Australia Bank (NAB)                       Delphi Bank
Account Name: Fronditha Care                            Account Name: Fronditha Care
BSB: 083 605                                                    BSB: 941 304
Account No: 17 639 9983                                    Account No.: 2033 72 010

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause.

The IPS sponsors Greek History and Culture Seminars

The Ithacan Philanthropic Society is proud to partner with the Greeek Community to sponsor a number of seminars throughout 2018.

Of particular interest to Ithacans is the upcoming seminar “Political Power and Social Hierarchies in the Ionian State (1814-1864)” presented by Dr Katerina Bregianni on Thursday 15 March at 7pm at the Greek Centre. On Sunday 18 March, she will present again (in Greek)  “The Ionian Islands in the 19th Century" at 3pm at the Greek Centre.

Greek Australian war veterans of Ithacan descent feature in a new book about the Kokoda Trail

Social member Mr Steve Kyritsis OAM, has written a new book to acknowledge the Greek-Australian men and women who served in the Kokoda-New Guinea campaign in World War II called ‘Greek Australians in the Australian Armed Forces Kokoda – New Guinea World War II’.

The focus of this book is the contribution of over 300 Greek Australians who served their country and were a part of an important and decisive event in Australia’s history known as the ‘Battle for Australia’. This book records the stories of the men involved in the battles and the names of those killed and wounded in action.

The book, which commemoratedsthe 75th anniversary of the campaign, was launched in 2017 at Queens Hall, Parliament House in the presence of special guest of honour, James ‘Jim’ Scott (Sikiotis), aged ninety-one, who was invited to attend as one of the three oldest surviving Greek Australian war veterans of this campaign. Born in Melbourne in February 1926, Jim, the eldest son of Vasili and Elpiniki Sikiotis served as a Leading Aircraftman, 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 1944-6 and saw active service over New Guinea.

Other Greek Australians of Ithacan descent who served in the Kokoda-New Guinea campaign included in this book are:

  • Private Constantine Raftopoulos -Unit: 2 Australian Corps HQ
  • Sergeant Anthony (Tony) Rafty (Raftopoulos) – Unit: LHQ MIL HIst SECT
  • Leading Aircraftman Andrew Lucas – Unit: 2 Transport and Movement - Andrew later
  • married Jim Scott’s sister, Tase Lucas.
  • Leading Aircraftsman James Scott – Unit: 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight
  • Sub-Lieutenant James Paizis – HMAS Rushcutter
  • Leading Aircraftman Alex Karanges – Unit: Station Headquarters
  • Bombadier Andrew (Andy) Owen Paxino – Unit 2/14 Field Regiment
  • Private George Paxino – Unit: Army Service Corps
  • Staff Sergeant Harold James Paxino – Unit: 24 Infantry Battalion
  • Sergeant Roy Dennis Paxino – Unit: Australian Wireless Telegraphy Section
  • Sergeant Mervyn Stas Paxino – Unit: Australian & N.G. Administrative Unit

To order a copy, contact Steve Kyritsis:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Tel (03) 9859 3403
Mobile 0418 571 800

Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Hellenic RSL Sub-Branch and to the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation.

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