On Sunday the 6th of February, the Cretan Brotherhood officially opened its club doors with the cutting of the Vasilopita and also celebrating its 65 year anniversary, under its new president Miltiadis Stamatakos.
The event was a success with 160 people in attendance including the Consul General Mr Emmanuel Kakavelakis, President of the World Council of Cretans, Mr John Nikolakakis, President of the Cretan Federation of Australia, Mr Antonis Tsourdalakis and President of the Pancretan Association, Mr Manolis Starakis.
Father Kyriakos from St Eleftherios blessed the Cretan House with a prayer. Sifis Tsourdalakis and his band entertained the people with classic Cretan and Greek songs. Historic photos from club events was on display.
The highlight of the event was a presentation made to four members of the Brotherhood who had served 20 or more years on the Board. Mr Mihalis Mylonakis, Mr Giorgos Shinas, Mr Joseph Manatakis and Mr Christos Polentas (who was represented by his daughter Nicole). Plaques of appreciation were presented to each of them by Mr Kakavelakis and they jointly cut the vasilopita on behalf of all the members.
By Jim Papadimitriou