About The Association

History

A few Evrytanians with love and patriotism in their hearts met October 23, 1944 in Charlotte, NC and made the decision to organize the Evrytanian Association of America naming in the “Velouchi”, which is the highest mountain of the motherland Evrytania. The initial purpose was to galvanize Evrytanians into helping their countrymen reconstruct their lives after WWII. The founders held their first convention in 1945 with 136 members present. In 1973, the Association established four chapters, representing the communities of Florence SC, Fayetteville NC, Winston Salem NC, and Charlotte NC. Presently there are seventeen chapters with over 1200 members.

Goals

In time, the Association’s mission was broadened to include the preservation of heritage by strengthening ties among the members. The association’s efforts fill philanthropic, educational, patriotic, social and cultural goals, by expanding established activities/projects, by increasing its membership/chapters, and by supporting the Evrytanian youth with scholarships both here and abroad.

Membership
Awards & Recognitions

  • The Great Cross of Our Saviour:

    Bestowed to the Association by the Greek Government for establishing the hospital in Karpenisi

  • Academy of Athens Award

    Presented in 1985 in recognition of the Association’s philanthropies

  • The Archdiocesan Medal of St. Paul

    In recognition of outstanding services and commitment to our Church in America

  • The Velouchi Bulletin

    Recognized in Rome in the mid 1970’s as one of the best publications of philanthropic organizations

Velouchi Presidents  (1945 – Today)

Thomas Cavalaris · 1945-1947
Gus Alataris · 1947-1949
Spiro Athans · 1949-1950
Gus Tsitouris · 1950-1951
Demetrios Bakatsias · 1951-1952
George Gallis · 1952-1953
George Bambalis · 1953-1954
Fr. George Stefanis · 1954-1955
D. J. Karras · 1955-1956
Bill Skenteris · 1956-1957
James Karakostis · 1957-1958
John Siafacas · 1958-1959
John Chonis · 1959-1960
Chris Tsitouris · 1960-1962
George Canoutas · 1962-1963
Chris Skordas · 1963-1964

Gus Balafas · 1964-1965
Chris J. Moutos · 1966-1968
James Peroulas · 1968-1969
Steve Nixon · 1969-1971
Pete Kleitches · 1971-1972
George Sipsis · 1972-1973
Andrew Kampiziones · 1973-1974
George Canavos · 1974-1976
Chris F. Moutos · 1976-1977
Menas Dascalakis · 1977-1978
Pantelis Vlahos · 1978-1979
Chris Poulos · 1979-1981
Gus Balafas · 1981-1983
Xenophon Nixon · 1983-1985
Gus Balafas · 1985-1986
D. N. Polyzos · 1986-1988

Stavros Trastelis · 1988-1990
George Ballas · 1990-1991
George Dais · 1991-1993
Tom Nixon · 1993-1994
Nick Apostolopoulos · 1995-1997
Chris S. Poulos · 1997-1999
Stelios Francoskias · 1999-2001
Sam Ballas · 2001-2003
Spiros Pappas · 2003-2005
Kostas Kazakos · 2005-2007
Serafim Nikopoulos · 2007-2009
Tom Skenteris · 2009-2011
John Peslis · 2011-2015
Laura Nixon · 2015-Today