SALUTING THE UNITED CHIOS SOCIETIES OF AMERICA -- HON. JACK FIELDS (Extension of Remarks - August 02, 1995)
HON. JACK FIELDS
in the House of Representatives
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1995
- Mr. FIELDS. Mr. Speaker, I want to salute the fine work of the United Chios Societies of America on the occasion of the organization's upcoming second international convention. That second international convention will be held in Chios, Greece, from August 9 to 13.
- Members of the Chios Societies of America work for the betterment of the citizens of Chios, a Greek island that played a prominent role in Greece's war for independence in 1822. But through their membership in the Chios Societies of America, individuals of Greek descent celebrate their identity while also preserving their ancient heritage.
- Chian societies date back to the early 20th century, when they were founded chiefly as social groups for men with common interests and a common heritage who found themselves living in a new land thousands of miles from their native Greece. Scattered throughout the northeast, the organizations had little contact with one another until the 1930's, when Andrew Poutos, a young and dynamic Chian, established a national organization.
- In the years since the national organization was founded, its members have joined together to help the men, women, and children of Chios in a variety of ways--as well as to strengthen and preserve their heritage of which they are so justifiably proud.
- America is understandably proud of being the world's melting pot. But all Americans, whatever their nationality retain a special emotional tie to the lands of their ancestors--and the members of the Chios Societies of America are no different.
- Mr. Speaker, please join with me in wishing the members and officers of the Chios Societies of America--especially Mr. Nick Marinakis of New York, who will serve as convention chairman, and his brother, Markos Marinakis, also of New York--well as they hold their second international convention next week.