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- What Is Philoptochos?
- What Is National Philoptochos?
- What Is The Treasurer Miscellaneous Coupon Used For?
- Is A Chapter Required To Have A Financial Audit?
- What Is The Correct Procedure To Use For An Audit?
- Where Do The Proceeds Of The Agape Celebrations Go?
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What is Philoptochos?
While the Greek word “philoptochos” means “friends of the poor”, it does not begin to describe the many facets of the organization that chose this name. The Greek Orthodox women of Philoptochos are involved in all areas of philanthropy. Whether it be on a global scale, helping earthquake and tsunami victims or helping a struggling parishioner to pay a bill, Philoptochos seeks to serve those in need. Following the dictates of Christ, we seek to aid those who are in physical or emotional pain, work in homeless shelters, conduct food drives, raise funds for cancer, autism & other medical needs. We help our parishes in countless ways; we extend our hand to as many as we can. And as we do this work, we find not only the joy of giving and helping, but in creating fellowship and treasured friendships among our members. Philoptochos needs you. Your desire to serve and help others will find a place of welcome in this philanthropic organization.
WHAT IS NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS?
Inspired by the teachings of Christ to love and care for all people, the Ladies Philoptochos Society joins 27,000 national members to help those in need. Duly accredited by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Philoptochos (“friend of the poor”) actively participates in philanthropic outreach in the United States and abroad. The National Philoptochos Board coordinates nine Metropolis Boards (Direct Diocesan District, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, New Jersey, Pittsburg,San Francisco) and over 450 parish chapters.
WHAT IS THE TREASURER MISCELLANEOUS COUPON USED FOR?
A. Use for any special occasion that is not a Metropolis budget commitment. Ex: Donations that are made “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” or other occasions. B. Use for a Metropolis Board Special Appeal to our chapters. Ex: Hurricane Katrina was not a planned event but many chapters donated to the Metropolis Philoptochos DisasterRelief Program. C. If you use all membership coupons and need to send additional membership/per capita to the Metropolis you could change the category and use as a replacement for an original coupon.
IS A CHAPTER REQUIRED TO HAVE A FINANCIAL AUDIT?
Yes, each chapter should have an audit prior to chapter elections.
WHAT IS THE CORRECT PROCEDURE TO USE FOR AN AUDIT?
Prior to the commencement of a new term, an audit of the financial books and records shall be performed by a three-member panel, none of whom shall be a chapter member or by a Certified Public Accountant, who is not an chapter member.
WHERE DO THE PROCEEDS OF THE AGAPE CELEBRATIONS GO?
Funds raised at Agape Celebrations are specifically for Metropolis education and youth programs. The Youth Diakonias include Winter Youth Rally, Saint Stephen Summer Camp, GOYA Retreats, Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival, Hellenic Dance Festival, etc.
There has been some confusion between the name Youth Diakonia and the Diakonia Center. The AGAPE proceeds go to Youth Ministries (or Diakonia) Office for use in their youth and education programs and do not go to the Diakonia Retreat Center.