A Greek play, "The Slave" was presented by the Greek Community at the YMCA on December 10, 1933. Directing the production was Mrs. Elvira Triffon. The cast is shown below on the set.

to create fellowship. One of the first big projects of this group was the presenting of the drama, Golfo, under the direction of Greek actor Kotopouli, at the Y.M.C.A. This was the forerunner of many Greek dramas and comedies they gave to an eager community. When Mr. Kotopouli left, Mrs. Elvira Triffon,* a Greek school teacher in later years, directed the plays and school events.

Father Georgiades, who had done so much to help th new church through its formative years, retired in 1921 and the Board of Trustees, grateful to its unselfish an untiring priest, voted a pension of $50 a month to him. In February of 1929, the new priest, Archimandrite Methodios Fousianis, arrived to take over his duties.

Another important step was taken by some members of the community in these very important formative years. A group of men, realizing the importance of fostering and learning the language and customs of their new homeland, petitioned the A.H.E.P.A., The American Hellenic Education and Progressive Association, whose express purpose this was for a charter and receiver on July 13, 1928. Its first president was Anthony Nelson*. Unfortunately, a fire razed the building in which AHEPA met, so that their records were lost.

On the other hand, the people also wanted to preserve the beauty and culture of their homeland, so on August 25, 1929, the Phoenix Lodge of the Greek-American Progressive Association was established in Columbus its first president being John J. Roumeliote.* The objectives of the G.A.P.A. assured the people that the Greek language and customs could be preserved. One of past presidents, Constantine Rorris, eventually became Supreme President in 1960-1961.

Both organizations have supported the church since their inception, and have been of invaluable assistance
in financial and community affairs.

By 1931 the Phoenix Lodge welcomed its women's




auxiliary, Doxa Lodge, with Mrs. John Duro~ as the
first president.

Although the records of our church indicate that on
August 4, 1924, a choir sang acapella under the direction of the Rev. Georgiades, there is no record of the members of this choir. The first "official" choir began in the late summer of 1931 under the direction of Gus Karamichael, who was also the Greek School teacher, succeeding Mr. Kouropoulos.

The first official choir members were:
Jeanette Deonesis (Saris)
Anna Roumeliote (Pappas)
Bessie Karres
Mary Karres (Andrews)
Helen Prapas (Kanatas)
Theresa Kanatas (Giokaris)
Helen Vayian (Lambros)
Ethel D'Fantis
Lula Zaglanis (Leakas)
Amelia Coumander (Politis)
Georgia Roumeliote (Mattingly)
Kathryn Anast (Bovim)
Esther Brown (Sakelariou)
Mary Kapralos
Amelia J. Chakeres (Ervin)
Erasmia Kussurelis*
Bernice Polis*
Mary J. Chakeres (Jameson)

In 1933 new hymn books and chairs were purchased
for the choir loft, and a beautiful pipe organ was donated by George Pekras when the Rivoli theater was razed. The choir is now a member of the Tri-State Federation of Greek Orthodox Church choirs.

The month of August, 1934, was a busy one for the
Greek Community. Centuries-old pageantry marked the official dedication of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on August 19, when Archbishop of North and South America.

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