Society – Mov Soc Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Society – Mov Soc 32 32 The National Hellenic Society is about to shine again in Las Vegas | archives, community, events Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000

ATHENS – Energy, imagination and dedication are the crucial elements needed to build the future of the Greek-American community, and one of its most iconic new ventures is back after a year-long hiatus . The National Heritage Weekend and the National Hellenic Society Classic will be held at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas from October 7-10.

In addition to its various programs, once a year the NHS celebrates Greek heritage and culture, showcases global Hellenic talents, and features renowned Greeks and non-Greeks who are thought-provoking and inspiring.

Each year a place is chosen, ideal for relaxation and where highly motivated Hellenes can meet, exchange ideas and have fun with four days of great “parea”, enjoyable and fun activities and, most importantly, inspiring sessions with guests and workshops to promote Hellenism and Greek culture.

The “Classic” refers to the very popular Telly Savalas and Dr. George Korkos Golf Classic.

Drake Behrakis, chairman of the NHS board and chairman of Marwick Associates, told the National Herald: “We are delighted to be returning to our conference this year. It is always a great opportunity for member families and guests to learn more about the organization’s plans for the future, as well as a chance to come together and enjoy our “kefi” and “Parea”. In addition to celebrating the 200th anniversary of Greece’s independence, we will discuss solid plans for 2022 as we slowly emerge from the pandemic and return to normalcy. “

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USAID Emeritus Andrew Natsios and his wife attending archeology class.

Foremost among the hosts welcoming guests is the dynamic George M. Marcus, Chairman Emeritus of the NHS and Chairman, Marcus & Millichap, Essex Property Trust. The festivities will begin on Thursday, October 7 with the opening cocktail at the M Pool. Roundtables will begin the next morning, when shuttles also depart for the first optional activity, a hike in Red Rock Canyon. After Cocktails from 7 to 8 guests will enjoy the Taverna Night & Dinner at the M pool, then the After Party at the LUX.

The Saturday morning shuttles will leave for the Classic at the Rio Secco Golf Club while the conference programs will continue at the hotel.

At 12:30 p.m. the shuttles leave for lunch at the UNLV campus, and at 5:30 p.m. there will be a reception for new members and prospects. The highlight of the weekend is the awards show, dinner and Glendi in the Milan Ballroom. There will also be a Bouzouki After-Party at LUX.

Additional optional activities include the NFL Watch Party – Las Vegas Raiders vs Chicago Bears, Exotic Car Racing, Sun Buggy Baja Chase, Pink Jeep Red Rock Canyon Tour, The Old West Shoot-Out, Hoover Dam Tour and a helicopter tour.

The weekend ends October 10 with brunch and keynote speaker at Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood.

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At a previous NHS National Heritage Weekend and Classic, John Calamos and George Marcus were among the participants in an art auction.

The event’s sponsors are: Calamos Investments, Michael Galanakis, Timothy Joannides, John Karamanos, Kenny Kondraros, Jim Logothetis, Manatos & Manatos, Jonathan Nicozisis and Family, Poles Tublin, Michael & Robin Psaros, Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas, Lea Soupata and Eviania Tsarnas.

According to its website, “The National Hellenic Society was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware as a non-profit, non-stock, tax-exempt entity under section 501 (c) ( 3) of the Internal Revenue Code… The National Hellenic Society (NHS) is a proud association of Greek American leaders, visionaries and philanthropists who continue and celebrate our rich heritage. The NHS was created to create a lasting network of Greek Americans to preserve our heritage through sponsorship and launching programs that support Hellenic culture, benefit our members and their families, and honor our ancestors. Members of the NHS represent accomplished men and women of the Greek American community, and membership is by invitation only. “

The website also notes that, “As is our tradition, fellowship and enrichment are an important part of this society… Members of the National Hellenic Society have demonstrated the values ​​and ideals that the National Hellenic Society espouses: service to our fellow citizens, the communities in which we live and our nation.

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Celebrity Greek chef Diane Kochilas with the Heritage Greece class of 2019.

Hellenism is at the heart of the organization. “Through the support of programs that promote the preservation of Hellenic heritage in the United States, the National Hellenic Society strives to be a beacon for the promotion, understanding and appreciation of Hellenic heritage in the United States, and to to pass on the stewardship of the Greek Heritage and shared democratic values ​​and ideals to the next generation.

One of the various successful NHS programs is the Heritage Greece (HG) program, “a two-week cultural and educational immersion odyssey for accomplished Greek-American university students who share their experience with a group of outstanding student peers from North America. College of Greece (ACG) in Athens, Greece.

For more information and to book, visit the NHS website:

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The Bangor Historical Society will organize walking tours of the “Darker Mount Hope Cemetery” in mid-October Sat, 25 Sep 2021 00:52:00 +0000

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – Bangor is home to one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the country.

Later next month, people will have the chance to learn more about Mount Hope Cemetery on historic walking tours.

Guided tours of the Bangor Historical Society‘s “Darker Mount Hope Cemetery” will show people some of the dramatic and mysterious stories of the famous cemetery.

Groups of 12 people will set off at intervals on a winding path through the cemetery as the night deepens.

Storytellers will be stationed along the way to share the stories of the permanent residents of Mount Hope.

“Stories of Civil War soldiers their families were able to bring them here, but some of the things they had seen,” said Matt Bishop, director of operations at the Bangor Historical Society. “We are also talking about Bangor’s first murder victim. And there are a few who say that the stories aren’t horribly horrible or scary, but the stones have a very creepy nature.

Visits will take place on October 15 and 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets cost $ 12 and participants are asked to bring a mask for sections of the tour where social distancing is not possible.

You can find more information on their website.

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Laurent Cantet’s drama “Arthur Rambo” depicts a divided French society Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:04:00 +0000

Laurent Cantet, better known for “La Classe”, his film Palme d’Or de Cannes 2008 on a teacher and his Métis students in a disadvantaged Parisian suburb, highlights the flaws of French society in the reflection project “Arthur Rambo . ”

The film, which premiered in Toronto in the Platform section and in competition in San Sebastian, is inspired by the true story of Mehdi Meklat, a young man who grew up in a French project in the Parisian suburbs and became a journalist. star and an author celebrated by the main French media and intellectual circles on the left. But in 2017, as Meklat reached the peak of its success, it was publicly shut down and dropped by its editor after his heinous tweets – written under a pseudonym before he rose to fame – came to light. The film follows the fall of this anti-hero over the next 48 hours.

Rabah Nait Oufella (“Raw”), who starred in “The Class” as a child, delivers a groundbreaking performance as Karim D. aka Arthur Rambo. The rest of the cast is made up of Antoine Reinartz (“BPM (beats per minute)”) and Sofian Khammes (“Chouf”). Cantet wrote the screenplay with Fanny Burdino (“After Love”) and Samuel Doux (“The Prayer”).

The themes of the film are both universally relevant and extremely touchy as societies around the world struggle to define the limits of free speech online, especially when it flirts with hate speech; and fight against the so-called “cancellation” of public figures on social networks. These burning questions take on an even more dramatic dimension when applied to a person belonging to an ethnic group who is the victim of systemic discrimination in France, going so far as to ask whether there is a double standard in terms of sanction.

“Arthur Rambo” is produced by Marie-Ange Luciani at Films de Pierre, the company behind Robin Campillo’s Grand Prix in Cannes “BPM (Beats Per Minute)”, and co-produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Memento Films Production (“A hero”) by Asghar Farhadi and France 2 Cinéma. Underlining its contemporary resonance, the film has already been sold by the Parisian company Playtime in Canada (MK2 Mile End), in Brazil (Vitrine Filmes), in Spain (Golem), in Portugal (Films 4 You), in Scandinavia (Scanbox) , in Israel (Lev Cinema), Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Turkey (Bir Film) and Taiwan (Av Jet).

While in San Sebastián to present “Arthur Rambo”, Cantet chatted with Variety on his interest in the story of Mehdi Meklat, as well as on the sub-themes and societal implications of his film.

The case of Mehdi Meklat is so fascinating and at the same time so complicated to talk about it without ending up on a slippery slope. What made you want to make this story into a movie?

The true story that inspired this film had given me a lot of questions. How could this young man who was the author of articles that I found incredible on the blog of Le Monde (the great national newspaper) and that I listen to regularly on France Inter (a leading radio station), could he be? the same person who wrote those tweets – which of course I didn’t know and found out when the scandal erupted. I asked myself: “How could all of this coexist in his head? This is actually what his girlfriend asks him in the movie. It was this kind of schizophrenia that interested me. Not in the register of pathology, but rather because it seemed to reveal a generalized immaturity vis-à-vis social networks. I think young people like him, when they write their tweets, they often do it without thinking about it, and the internet has a rock-solid memory.

Can you elaborate?

It was very rewarding to be on the sidelines and to be a punk, not to follow the general order, but today, the goal of people on social networks is to please the greatest number, to make exist the most popular likes and followers. .

The film also shows France as a fragmented society.

Yes, the film describes a very compartmentalized social geography. We see it through the reaction of Karim’s younger brother. This is where we realize the weight of words, and the fact that we do not write them with impunity.
Even though it only took six seconds on a phone keypad, words are loaded and we often forget it when we want to be the first to respond, or the most provocative, or win the best punchline.

It must have been a very difficult part for Rabah Nait Oufella as he’s not a particularly likeable character, and yet he needed to build empathy.

I think Rabah has totally succeeded and found the right balance. It’s not nice, but it’s neither a monster, nor a victim. He knew how to express the complexity of his character.

We don’t really know what Karim really thinks and believes in, whether he’s Arthur Rambo deep down, or his civilized alter-ego Karim.

That’s what interested me. I wanted to create a character that was sufficiently enigmatic in the eyes of the public, but also in his own. I think he doesn’t understand what is happening to him and is deaf. The film shows him visiting people around him who keep asking him the same question: “Why the hell did you write these things?” And he has no answer. We slowly show him becoming more aware; he is on an inner journey, the last stop of which is with his mentor, who believed in him, and is like a mother to him. She said to him, “Now go to work. It means “now is the time for you to seriously think about the consequences of what you have done and to grow taller.”

So to you, when Karim writes anti-Semitic tweets or stuff celebrating terrorism, is it just provocation and he doesn’t realize what he’s writing?

It is about provocation, which leads to a form of extremism and simplification. It’s all about slogans. There have always been and they have always led to extremism because in three words, it is impossible to address the complexity of a thoughtful discourse. Also, these tweets are an expression of (their) anger, and social media feeds anger, extremism and totalitarian thinking.

The film also wonders if there are not double standards when it comes to punishing a young person who has no power or status.

Yes, when you see that Eric Zemmour, (a French journalist and prominent presidential hopeful known for his anti-Muslim comments) continues to have shows on public television, it is surprising that he has not been put on public television. away because of his statements. He was able to broadcast his hate speech in the mainstream media. When you are a young person whose parents are immigrants, who will be immediately sanctioned.

But you also show in the film Karim frankly admitting his prejudices towards the Jews.

Because indeed, it reflects the reality of French projects. I approach it very carefully because I do not want to stigmatize these disadvantaged young people who are so often stereotyped in our popular culture. They should not be put all in the same basket as a homogeneous group which is defined by its anti-Semitism or by its violence. This group is not more homogeneous than the festival-goers of San Sebastián.

Don’t you think that there is also an awareness problem which could be partly solved by education and transmission?

This is something that I strongly believe in and I hope the film contributes to it. I think if young people see the film and think about their own practice, then the film will not have been made in vain. I am also very happy that the film’s distributor (Memento Distribution) is setting up a collaboration with schools in France to help teachers address these issues. I think movies can sometimes tackle complex subjects in a more subtle and intelligible way than a sociological essay.

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Woodford Humane Society to host 2021 Canine Cutelympics Thu, 23 Sep 2021 19:34:57 +0000

Source: Woodford Humane Society

VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Woodford Humane Society is looking for the cutest dog of 2021.

Registration is now open for the nonprofit’s 2021 Canine Cutelympics, photo contest and fundraiser. The winner of the Cutest Dog contest of 2021 will receive a $ 100 Amazon gift card. The winners of all four categories will receive a $ 25 gift card to the Bluegrass Barkery. Categories include Best Dressed, Class Clown, Double Trouble, and Most Halloween.

“We hope to have a large group of dogs competing,” said Katie Hoffman, general manager. “It’s a fun and uplifting way to brighten up what has been a pretty tough year. “

Typically, the Woodford Humane Society is preparing for the Dog Olympics, its longest-running annual event. The fundraiser had never been canceled in its 39-year history until 2020. It normally brings in $ 30,000 in funding for the organization.

Marketing Director Beth Oleson said, “Canine Olympics has a lot of really dedicated fans, and we knew having to cancel for a second year would be a big disappointment. We wanted to offer something fun in its place, and the Cutelympics were born! Everyone loves the chance to show off how cute their dog is, and this is a great platform to do just that. Helping out all of Woodford Humane’s animals while you do this is the icing on the cake.

Registration for the photo competition will be open until October 3, with the voting period set for October 4 to 17. Voting multiple times and getting friends and family to vote is encouraged.

The Woodford Humane Society also offers Limited Cutelympics t-shirts. Pre-orders for the shirts are open until October 17.

For contest details, registration and more information, visit

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The gift of history – The Historical Society will host a march to the cemetery on Saturday – La Tribune Thu, 23 Sep 2021 04:02:06 +0000

For more than two decades, the Lawrence County Historical Society has been organizing its walk through the historic Woodland Cemetery, and on Saturday the popular event will return after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the cemetery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., said Kay Radar, a director of the company.

Drawing hundreds of people to Woodland each year, the walk features several people from the community, disguised as notable figures buried there, telling their life stories.

Radar is among them, describing Nannie Kelly Wright, the country’s only female blacksmith, which she has been doing for 16 years.

“She was a strong woman,” Radar said of her choice, who would be the second richest woman in the world after Queen Victoria. “She has had a very interesting life.

Radar said the first march took place in the 1990s and was for members of society only. They were led through the graveyard by Naomi Deer, who used a megaphone and spoke about the numbers.

“We enjoyed it so much that we decided to get together and plan something for the community,” Radar said.

In 1999, and organized by Deer, Dottie Rogers, Virginia Bryant and Luann Blagg, the public marches began.

“We picked the characters and wrote the scripts,” she said of the performances, which include people such as Wright, WWI flying ace, Col. William Lambert, l Waterloo Wonders trainer Magellan Hairston, poet Mary White Slater and Antoinette Sherpetoska Peters, a dancer. with the Imperial Russian Ballet.

Peters, who was born in Lithuania, is performed by local dance teacher Yvonne Sinnott. She will return this year and, there will be a change – in the past year two missing portraits from Peters Mausoleum have been replaced by an anonymous benefactor and can be seen on the promenade.

Radar said there will be two new additions this year – Ducky Corn, whom she describes as “a local villain” and Dean Gilfillen, another decorated World War I hero who served as a tank commander. .

Radar invited the public to come out to the “beautiful cemetery” and participate in the event.
This is the gift of the Historical Society to Ironton and it helps us remember our past, ”she said.

– For more on Rader, check out the feature in this Weekend’s Generations section.

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Grant helps Holmes Historical Society recover from COVID Wed, 22 Sep 2021 08:09:13 +0000

MILERSBURG – The Holmes County Historical Society has received a $ 20,000 grant for entertainment venues from the Ohio Development Service Agency and plans to hold onto the money in case another coronavirus shutdown occurs.

The grants were awarded based on the loss of tourism dollar revenue due to COVID-19. Museums and historic sites have been included. Each county has received up to $ 150,000 in grants.

Holmes County Historical Society executive director Mark Boley said the company weathered the COVID storm fairly well with multiple revenue streams, but lost nearly 50% of its tourism revenue from 2019 to 2020.

“The criterion for the grant we requested was to replace lost revenue from tourism revenue we had from the previous year,” Boley said. “We had to show where we lost and how bad it was. Basically we would have had this money in our general fund, covering basic general expenses like mortgages, rent, utilities, and salaries. There are all kinds of things you can use this grant for. “