Friday, March 4, 2016

'Together We Can Make Himara Great' Symposium

The Himarrioton Society of America held its first Symposium with the theme “Together We Can Make Himara Great,” on February 19-21, 2016 in Annapolis, Md. Attendees came from Himara, Athens, Tirana, Slovenia, Canada, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and the Washington, D.C. – Baltimore metro area to participate in this historic event focused on the future of Himara.
Attendees arrived Wednesday and Thursday with the Himarrioton Society of America hosting the guests with activities before the Symposium began Friday morning at SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Annapolis, MD.

The Symposiums four main topics of discussion were:
1.Development of coalitions with political parties in Albania
2.Economic Development and Technology
3. Properties
4.Minority and Human Rights

A variety of guest speakers and panelists addressed the participants on the matter of the four topics, followed by a round table discussion Friday, and a dinner / dance on Saturday evening.
The Symposium concluded on Sunday with Divine Liturgy which included a Memorial Service for all the Himarriotes who have fallen asleep in the Lord, followed by a final Luncheon gathering.
The Himmarioton Society of America presented the First Patriot Award to individuals that have assisted the Society in becoming a strong voice for Human Rights, Minority Rights and Religious Rights in Albania. The following individuals were honored with the Spiro Spiromilios Patriot Award:

Rev. Fr. Kosmas Karavellas
Congressman Gus Billirakis
Mr. Andrew Manatos
Mr. Michael Karloutsos

HSA would like to thank all attendees, guest speakers, panelists, and members of our community who participated in the Symposium and whose concern and dedication to the future of Himara brought them together for this historic event.

Together we can make Himara Great!

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