HPST General Assembly and Potluck Evening, 18 September 2016 – by Costas Metaxas

boardHaving the opportunity to be present in the September 18th general assembly at the Lakes of Parkway Clubhouse, was a pleasant change of pace in a summer marred with the sad news of two of our HPST  members passing away. A lot of new, young people participated together with many of the HPST members (including one of our Society’s founders: Dr. George Kalfoglou) to open the 42nd year of activities of our society. We had the opportunity to welcome the new Consul of Greece, Mr. Ioannis Stamatekos, who gave a brief overview of his vision of the cooperation between the Consulate and the Greek societies in the Houston area and beyond. People from as far as College Station came to participate and, as it turns out, being eager to start a new effort to be part of the events at HPST. And of course, the open, joyful discussions after the general assembly, as everyone shared some great food and drinks during the traditional potluck. Continue reading

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Kid’s Greek Book Club – by Alexandra Simotas and Costas Bokis


20160925_141111Is there anything better for children than spending a couple of hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon at a bookstore reading (or being read to) books? Yes, there is: GREEK BOOKS! HPST launched the Kid’s Greek Book Club, which will be held on a monthly basis at local area bookstores or volunteers’ homes. The purpose of this book club activity is for the kids to be immersed in the Greek language by a series of well-chosen activities: Continue reading

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Book Club or TV-Series Club? – by Lena Patsidou

the-durrells-a“Other countries may offer you discoveries in manners or lore or landscape. Greece offers you something harder – the discovery of yourself”, Lawrence Durrell in “Prospero’s Cell”

This fall, set your DVRs to record “The Durrells in Corfu” on Sundays, Oct 16-Nov 20 at 7pm on the PBS series MASTERPIECE (Channel 8). And then, come to the HPST Book Club to share your impressions and discuss the series and the books of Lawrence and Gerald Durrell. Continue reading

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Remembering Dionissis (Dennis) Minetos – by Petro Yuanidis

img_0044We lost a very special friend this week… Dionissis (Denis) Minetos. His untimely departure was a shock to all of us who knew him. It is difficult to part with such a dear friend whom I have known for more than thirty years. He was a person with a positive disposition, full of kindness, expressed in his ever-smiling face. Dionissis and Valarie were part of our small circle of friends. We have plenty of memories of spending time together, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, partying, going camping, and playing soccer and basketball, among many other things. I used to at times affectionately call him “Dennis the menace” because of his passion and competitiveness at basketball, soccer, backgammon and pictionary (his drawings were legendary, causing us to die of laughter!…).  Continue reading

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Remembering Chris Floudas – by Jason Souvaliotis and Stella Korre

cf2We were all shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely death of Prof. Chris (Χρίστος) Floudas  of Texas A&M and Princeton University. Both institutions published obituaries with his biography and the impact of his remarkable career (see here and here). Prof. Nicholas Peppas announced the sad news on our Facebook page, relaying personal pictures and keeping our community informed. In this tribute we would like to offer a personal angle into what made Chris special, since Texas sadly did not get enough opportunity to know him.

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Scholarship Dinner 2016 – Closing Remarks by Event MC Dr. Alex Kalamarides

12783614_10208196755492330_2275425269712978373_o-2Having been in your shoes as a recipient of a Scholarship from the Hellenic Professional Society of Texas almost twenty-nine years ago, I feel it is useful to share with you some thoughts from mine and my generation’s experiences over the last few decades. To that end, I have three messages for you.

Firstly, focus on what you do best so as to enjoy and master it, but also challenge yourselves with confronting your weaknesses because they are necessary for your maturity as persons, and as a source of goal-setting and fulfillment. Continue reading

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Getting to know Houston and the HPST – by Lena Patsidou

12244731_1720580108173831_4761802167532138367_oWhere would you see a bar sharing space with an in-house tailor? Or a former prison with windows overlooking a beautiful skyline? Or the hotel where President Kennedy had his last meal before heading to Dallas in November of 1963? We saw all these places in downtown Houston! We also heard wonderful anecdotes about our hometown by a knowledgeable guide who lead us through the downtown streets in a beautiful November day. Continue reading

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