phil-webreadyThe Philoptochos (“friend of the poor”) is the philanthropic arm of the Church. The mission of the Philoptochos is to aid those less fortunate and in need  – the hurt, the troubled, and the poor. Our fundraising efforts enable us to offer support, outreach, and financial assistance to individuals and families in need.  St. George Philoptochos (Chapter #1019) is a vibrant group whose devotion of heart, time, labor, and treasure support the various philanthropic pursuits on a local ‘chapter’ level, as well as, Metropolis of NJ (MNJP) and National Philoptochos Society (NPS) levels.

The St. George Philoptochos is open to all women (at least 18 years of age) who are stewards of St. George Bethesda parish. Men (at least 18 years of age) are also welcome to join as “non-voting associate members”. The Chapter meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month – September through June (unless otherwise noted) . Philoptochos provides Orthodox Christian fellowship along with the opportunity to participate and support local, national and worldwide Chapter philanthropic endeavors.

For information regarding membership, charitable activities, ongoing fundraising efforts, and calendar of events:

Contact Melina Assimakopoulos-Cohen (President 2015-17) at or OR visit the ‘Philoptochos’ bulletin board  (located next to Parish Staff Office).

CHAPTER  # 1019 Board of Directors 2015-2017

 ~ Executive Board / Officers ~

  • President Melina Assimakopoulos-Cohen
  • 1st Vice PresidentEleni Athanasakis
  • 2nd Vice PresidentAlexa Kempel
  • Recording SecretaryJoanne Simeon
  • Corr/Comm. Secretary- Myranda Nickoloff
  • TreasurerIrene Tzamaras
  • AdvisorKay Emmanuelidis

 ~ Board Members-at-Large ~

  • Catherine Bouchlas
  • Soula Caris
  • Olga Deoudes
  • Maria Kouroupas
  • Kally Panagos
  • Mary Lou Relle
  • Christine Saba
  • Helen Vamvas
  • Valia Vassilas
  • May Wright

2016/2017 Calendar


  • Sunday Fellowship Hour Hosts (9/11, 9/18, 9/25)
  • 13th – Monthly Meeting- 7:00pm


  • 11th– Monthly Meeting- 7:00pm
  • Weekend 15/16th – GOYA Basketball Tournament
  • Community Christmas Card Project (Fall Fundraiser) to begin


  • Sun 6th– Philoptochos Sunday/Artoclasia/Tray (Patriarchate)
  • Tues 8th – Monthly Meeting – 7:00pm
  • Community Christmas Card Project


  • 12th– Monthly Meeting 7:00pm
  • Sun 18th – Philoptochos Christmas Social
  • TBD- Stuffing/mailing prep of Community Christmas Card



  • Sun 8th – Vasilopita Sunday/ Tray (St. Basil’s Academy)
  • Tues 10th – Monthly Meeting 7:00pm
  • 2017 Membership/Stewardship Drive begins


  • Sun 5th or 7th – Philoptochos Membership Tea Social
  • Tues 14th – Monthly Meeting 7:00pm Membership Drive continues
  • Fellowship Hour Hosts (2/5, 2/12,2/19, 2/26)
  • Mon 27th – beginning of Great Lent
  • Membership Drive continues


  •      ? –  Wed 1st – Lenten Dinner –
  • Tues 8th – Monthly Meeting 7:00pm
  •    Membership Drive continues

APRIL (monthly meeting will be 1st Tues of this month d/t Holy Week)

  •  Tues 4th – Monthly Meeting 7:00pm
  • Sun 9th – Palm Sunday- Philoptochos Pascha Bake Sale (Spring Fundraiser)
  • Sun 9th– Sat 15th– Palm Sunday/Holy Week; Holy Friday- decorating of the Kouvouklion
  • Sun 16th – PASCHA
  • Membership Drive ends


  •  Weekend 4th – 6th George Festival
  •  Tues 8th – Monthly Meeting 7:00pm – Board of Directors ELECTIONS for 2017-19


  • TBD – end of the year Social event