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Centenary Art Exhibition explores the 'Odyssey'

On Sunday 29 May, acclaimed novelist Arnold Zable opened the Centenary Art Exhibition at Steps Gallery in Carlton in front of 150 people.

The Art Exhibition was an opportunity for the many talented artists in our community to make an artistic contribution during this special milestone year for our Society.

The artists were given a theme to inspire them: ‘ODYSSEY – AN ARTIST’S JOURNEY’ which explores life’s journey and those experiences that shape us both individually and collectively. The artists, all of whom have a connection with our beautiful island of Ithaca, captured the theme imaginatively and evocatively.

We thank each of them for their wonderful contribution.

Our special thanks to the Centenary Art Exhibition Committee, Kathy Vlassopoulos, Georgia Vlassopoulos and Tina Dellas, who worked enthusiastically over three years to mount this exhibition.

The Centenary Art Exhibition will close on June 12.

For images from the Art Exhibition opening, visit our Photo Gallery.

For all of you fluent in Greek, read what Neos Kosmos had to say about the opening.

anna Manolatos     Georgia Vlassopoulos     Arthur Sikiotis
 Flight, Acrylic, ink on canvas by Anna Manolatos     Taxithi Bronze and Terracotta by Georgia Vlassopoulos      Self-titled, Mixed media by Arthur Sikiotos
James Raftopoulos     Nicolette Sikiotis Louverdis     Ron Guy
Family Tree, Giclee print, James Raftopoulos     The Sea, Acrylic on canvas by Nicolette, Sikiotis Louverdis     Stavros and Road to Poli Bay, Giclee prints by Ron Guy

AE Committee


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Art Exhibition Committee (L-R): Tina Dellas, Georgia Vlassopoulos and Kathy Vlassopoulos     Acclaimed novelist, Arnold Zable, declares the exhibition open.      

The Society supports Fronditha Care

FrondithaCaredonation1FotorOn Sunday 17 April 2016, members of the IPS attended the Open Day of ‘Steyi’, the new Fronditha Care residential aged care facility at Clayton.  They were taken on a tour of the facility and were left in awe of the amazing state of the art amenities.

The completion of ‘Steyi’ is the first of a three stage 20 million dollar rebuild of Fronditha Care Clayton. The new facility boasts light-filled open spaces, comfortable lounge areas, inviting dining rooms, a softly furnished library, large bedrooms with private ensuites, balconies, a hairdressing salon, a large chapel and more.  ‘Steyi’ is also unique in that it has a wing that will specialise in the care of Multiple Sclerosis sufferers.

The Society has had a long association with Fronditha Care which is Victoria’s largest provider of culturally and linguistically diverse aged care to those of Greek heritage. We have provided financial support over the years and this, our Centenary year, is no exception with the Society pledging $5000 to Fronditha’s 2016 3XY Radiothon. We know first-hand of the high quality care provided to our own members who have needed Fronditha’s assistance.

Community support is vital for the future of Fronditha Care. You too can support the Radiothon and help the elderly in our community. Details of the Radiothon are:



Saturday 7 May 9.00am to midnight

Sunday 8 May 9.00am-9pm

(03) 9552 4100

Above are members of our Society who visited Fronditha Care Clayton.
L-R: George Lekakis (CEO Fronditha Care), Helen Vlass, Nick Thodos (President Fronditha Care), IPS President Anthony Drakopoulos, Jacob Fronistas (Fronditha Care Board member), Kristalenia Collins, Dennis Katsamas, Florence Drakopoulos and Andriana Zervoulis 

Below are some interior and exterior shots of the impressively built and designed Fronditha Care: 

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FrondithaCaremealsareaFotor         FrondithaCareexteriorFotor

Centenary Opening pays tribute to founding president with a documentary and retrospective

ajlucas123On Sunday 6 March, the Ithacan Philanthropic Society launched its centenary celebrations by paying tribute to the life and achievements of its founding President A J J Lucas with a documentary and a retrospective exhibition. The opening, held at the Melbourne Town Hall, also included a moving commemorative presentation to past presidents of the Society since A J J  Lucas.

The afternoon’s Master of Ceremonies, Angela Pippos, being of Ithacan descent herself, added a humorous and spontaneous touch to the afternoon’s proceedings.

The documentary on A J J Lucas’ life, beautifully shot and directed by his great grand-daughter, Katrina Lucas, was definitely a highlight of the opening. To many of us in the audience, it was also a history lesson about the life of a penniless migrant who became one of the most successful businessmen in Melbourne, running high end cafes in the city; commissioning the famed architect, Walter Burley Griffin, to design the Capital Theatre on Swanston Street; founded the Ithacan Philanthropic Society; co-founded the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and became an important philanthropist.

The Society would like to acknowledge and congratulate the wonderful work of Andrew and Kay Raftopoulos, convenors of the opening, who worked tirelessly for years on this labour of love, with meticulous attention to detail, to ensure our Centenary Opening, will be remembered for a long time to come.

For photos of the Centenary Opening, click here.


IPS Royal Children's Hospital Appeal raises over $10,000

The Society’s recent Good Friday Appeal Fundraiser was well supported on the day with approximately $6,000 raised through door sales, donations, the raffle and rovani sales. Ioakim and Marina Megalogenis and Vaggelio Pastras provided the much sought after rovani for sale and over 30 prizes were donated for the raffle. The Society made up the balance and delivered a $10,000 cheque to RCH appeal headquarters at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre where the cheque was presented on live TV. An additional $1,306.20 was raised in the tin collection at the Annual Picnic and $430 worth of cheques were sent directly to the RCH. All in all, a grand total of $11,736.20.

Pictured at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre are from left, Priscilla Binos, Kristalenia Collins, Alex Vlassopoulos, Paul Caravias, Evan Vlassopoulos, Stephen, Paula and Nicholas Oude-Vrielink, IPS President Anthony Drakopoulos, Dennis Katsamas, Joshua and Anthony Drake.

Don't miss TAXITHI, a play exploring the odyssey of three migrant women

TAXITHI - An Australian Odyssey, is a theatre production about women who migrated to Australia in the 50s and 60s. The play's director, Petra Kalive, is of Ithacan descent on her mother's side and was featured in the latest edition of the Odysseus paper. We encourage members of our Society and friends to see this excellent production. The Ithacan Philanthropic Society is a proud sponsor of this wonderful and poignant production.

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