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JUNE 2022



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Hello my lovely ladies,


I feel a bit like Rip Van Winkle coming out of a long sleep called COVID and we are now slowly coming together and relearning how to give a hug and socialise. This was especially evident at our May meeting in the Panorama Hotel where so many members showed up to hear our very own Amalia Spiliakou talk about her ten favourite American artists. It was a brilliant talk and I learned how to look at famous paintings with a completely new eye. Thank you Amalia!


One week later 20 IWOG members met at the Kalochori Lagoon where we were taken on a tour of the Natura 2000 area by three biologists, Stella Vareltzidou, Eva Katrana and Dimitra Rammou who brought the whole area to life. This was followed by a visit to the Sanctuary for Wildlife where Froso Parcharidou took us on a tour and explained that this Sanctuary was created to care for and protect all the wild birds and animals that have been injured in Northern Greece. It was a great privilege to be able to set free a small bittern who had a recovered after a short stay at the Sanctuary. Many thanks to all those who attended. I am always grateful for all the beauty surrounding our beautiful city. Please feel free to recommend any other events that might be of interest to our IWOG members.


Don’t forget our JUNE LUNCHEON scheduled for June 8 from 12-2, at the PANORAMA HOTEL.


It will be a very fun affair with a fashion show, live dancers and raffle prizes. An opportunity to mingle with members old and new. I look forward to seeing you there.


All the very best,


Christine Willis

may 2022


Kalo Mina Dear friends.


Isn't it wonderful to feel spring in the air, to hear the nightingales and smell the lovely lilac flowers?


I want to thank all of you who attended our meeting in April at the American Farm School. It was truly a wonderful event and many thanks are due to our selfless Diana who organized the raffle and the board members who created the Easter table.


It was a special privilege to have so many members of my family present especially my dear mother Elizabeth Lansdale,who came, all the way from Ecuador.


We were all inspired by the extraordinary piano playing of Alex Zografov and his deeply spiritual words connecting the power of music to each of our lives. As a member of the American Farm School community choir, I would like to invite you to join us in song every Wednesday evening from 20:00 till 21:30. Alex is our Maestro and gets those endorphins going.


I look forward to seeing all of you at our May meeting. It will take place at the PANORAMA hotel with Amalia Spiliakou, one of my favorite speakers, who will share her insights on 10 American painters. Come for a coffee and social morning and an inspirational lecture.


We invite you all to join us on our May event where we will visit the wetlands of Kalochori with the renowned biologist Mrs. Stella Vareltsidou. The center will provide us with binoculars to better observe the resident birds.


Finally I want to thank each of you for the wonderful contributions you made to the Breath of Hope Easter Drive. Let us each continue to search for ways to contribute our time and energy to help those in need.


I look forward to seeing you all in May both at our meeting May 11 and our event on the 18th.


All the very best,


Christine Willis



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April 2022

Dearest Friends


I am so very proud of the wonderful work that IWOG has already accomplished in the first three months of 2022. We donated a fridge to the Psychiatric Clinic, gathered goods for the Sisters of Mercy and Ukrainian relief fund and helped a cancer patient in need. That’s our motto “Help Others in Need”.


A big thank you to Persa Augoustides for her talk on Inherited metabolic diseases and her work with KROIKOS ZOIS. It was such a wonderful opportunity to finally be all together and meet some of our new members in person.


Please note that our April meeting will be held on Wednesday April 13, 10-12 am at the Perrotis College Residence Hall. That is the first building on the right as you enter the American Farm School. If anyone has a transportation problem getting to AFS please let me know so we can make arrangements accordingly.


Our speaker in April will be Alex Zografov, a brilliant pianist and musician who will play for us and share some highlights from his fascinating life. Alex has also started a Community Choir at the Farm School which meets every Wednesday evening from 7.30-9pm, in the same Perrotis Residence Hall. Everyone is invited to participate and experience the joy of singing together.


We had a super walk around the city of Thessaloniki exploring the Roman and Byzantine monuments with the brilliant Art Historian Phil Simmonds as our guide. He really brought the city alive and helped us become more aware of our cultural heritage.


I will leave you with a very inspiring talk given by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly called FLOW, the secret to happiness. (watch it here).


I wish all of you a very blessed Easter. It’s one of my favourite times of year.


All the very best,


Christine Willis


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mARCH 2022


Dear Friends,


How lovely to see so many of you in our February zoom call. It was great fun for each of the Board members to introduce themselves and we all learned so much about each other. We are planning in the future to invite our own members to speak at our meetings and share their personal stories so please don’t hesitate to volunteer.


Our first volunteer for our LIVE meeting in March will be Persa Augoustides, former Vice President of our Board, who will share with us WHY RARE DISEASE DAY?


Also at the March meeting we will cut our Vassilopita and there will be a prize for the lucky winner.


We have organized an Event for Wednesday March 23, so please save the date. We will be meeting at 10 am at the Rotonda for a Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman walk around Thessaloniki with art Historian Phil Simmonds as our guide.


I look forward to seeing many of you in person on Wednesday March 9 at 10 am at the Panorama Hotel, to enjoy a cup of coffee together, a stimulating talk, meet with old friends, and welcome new members.


Let us remember our purpose as IWOG members is to help those in need. So reach out to a friend or neighbor or even a stranger and share your smile.


All the very best,


Christine Willis


january 2022

February 2022