Boys and girls between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join the G.O.Y.A. Various athletic, social and religious activities are held as well as other programs. The G.O.Y.A. meets once a month on Thursdays.
The Christmas season was full of fun activities for our St. Athanasios GOYA. Our young people participated in the Sunday School Lenten Retreat and the Christmas pageant and shared some Christmas cheer with the residents of St. Michael’s home, then they attended the Christmas dance at Roseland.
Our GOYAns also came together with GOYA members of other churches to assemble lunch kits for the citizens of the city of Newark. Under the guidance of the Bridges Outreach Organization, our GOYAns had the opportunity to impact the lives of their less fortunate brethren and see firsthand how some people struggle daily for something as basic as a meal. Our kids look forward to continuing their work for this worthy cause.
The month of January brought with it a renewed energy as our GOYAns made final preparations for the competition at the Folk Dance Festival (FDF) in Annapolis, MD. Over the past few months, our dancers worked very hard practicing and preparing for this beautiful event. On January 12th and 13th, with great excitement, our dancers along with their parents made the trip to Maryland, where they participated in the two-day competition. The competition consisted of more than 20 dance groups and over 300 dancers from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey. The groups performed dances in beautiful traditional costumes from various regions of Greece, Cyprus and Asia Minor. Our dance group did an outstanding job performing fourteen dances from the area of Thraki. This was an extraordinary experience for our dancers to participate as well as demonstrate their love for our rich Greek Heritage, and represent St. Athanasios! We would like to thank Father Anargyros, our Parish Council, for their support, Mrs. Soula Laios, who made the beautiful costumes, our instructor Angelo Gergatsoulis, our dance coordinator Dr. Karen Scoullos for her many hours of work and preparation for this event, and all our parents, who supported and encouraged our dancers to be their very best.
The feast of our patron, St. Athanasios, was marked with vespers service on the 17th followed by a service presided over by Metropolitan Evangelos on the 18th. The entire community was invited to attend.
The sports tournaments were finally played on January 20th-21st. Girls’ volleyball was played at Roseland, and boys’ basketball took place at Randolph. Congratulations to all who took part in the competitions!
Looking ahead, our GOYAns are looking forward to the Valentine’s Dance to be held in Union and to the Bridges Sandwich Prep and Outreach in Randolph in February.
Finally, preparations are underway for the Sights and Sounds competition to be held in March. Our GOYAns will take part in art, music, dance, speaking and literary competitions. Best of luck to them!
This year’s G.O.Y.A. Board:
President: Pennie Papamichael
Vice President: Efthimia Mitchell
Treasurer: Charlotte Joannidis
Recording Secretary: Theo Leakas
Asst. Recording Secretary: Katherine Scoullos
Corresponding Secretary: Teddy Kesoglou
Head: Manny Jouvanis
Asst. Head: Reina Phillips
Activity Advisor: Sophia Makris
S & S Advisor: Dee Hunter
Sports Advisor: Paul Venizelos
Registration: Dee Hunter
Finance: Nick Joannidis
Fundraising: Debbie Leakas
Assistants: Angela Koutsouras, Lucy Papamichael
Coffee Hour: Vanessa Juvelis-Mitchell
Assistants: Karen Scoullos, Maria Salemme
Dance: Reina Phillips
Assistants: Joanne Glavas, Vanessa Juvelis-Mitchell
Sights & Sounds Assistants: Dee Hunter
Assistants: Kally Williams, Vicky Larosiliere
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