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Gather your passion for philanthropy and join us in the vibrant city of San Diego, CA, for the 2024 Biennial Philoptochos Convention.

Hosted amidst the sun-kissed beaches and dynamic energy of Southern California, this gathering
promises to be a celebration of community, compassion, and commitment to service. From engaging workshops and inspiring keynote speakers, the convention offers a unique opportunity for members of the Philoptochos society to come together, exchange ideas, and renew their dedication to making a difference in the lives of those in need. Join us in San Diego, CA as we unite in our shared mission to embody the spirit of philanthropy and create a brighter future of Philoptochos.

what toexpecttop reasons

  • Connect face-to-face: Meet fellow members up close and personal, putting names to faces and forging meaningful connections.
  • Gain valuable insights: Learn from the convention sessions and workshops to bring back new ideas and strategies to your chapter at home.
  • Share the love: Embrace the spirit of camaraderie and share the love of Christ with like-minded individuals.
  • Celebrate achievements: Come together in one location to celebrate the wonderful things accomplished by Philoptochos, reinvigorating your passion for the mission and the impact of your collective efforts.
  • Recharge and refuel: Take this opportunity to recharge your batteries, gaining the energy and motivation needed to commit to the level of work demanded by Philoptochos.
  • Learn and grow: Delve into topics such as fiscal responsibility, budgeting, bylaws, commitments, procedures, and events, empowering yourself with the knowledge to better serve your Philoptochos chapter.
  • Voice your opinion: Engage in discussions, share your perspectives, and have your voice heard in shaping the future direction of your organization.
why attend

Agendaof the event schedule


Schedule Highlights

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Saturday, June 29

  • Registration: 2 - 6 pm
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Sunday, June 30

  • Synodal Orthos & Divine Liturgy at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church: 8 am - 12 pm
  • Registration: 2 - 6 pm
  • Opening of the Exhibit Hall: 4 pm 
  • Philoptochos Business Meeting for Delegates: 5 pm
  • Delegate Reception: 8 - 9:30 pm
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Monday, July 1

  • Registration: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Joint Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention Official Opening: 10 am to 12 pm 
  • Philoptochos Business Meeting featuring Sarah Sladek, Membership Engagement Expert: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Moonlight on the USS Midway Welcome Dinner: 6 - 10 pm

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Tuesday, July 2

  • Registration: 11 am - 5 pm
  • AGAPE Breakfast: 8 - 10 am
  • Philoptochos Business Meeting featuring Maria Baltazzi, and Emmy-winning TV producer, author, and guest speaker: 10 am - 5 pm
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Wednesday, July 3

  • Hierarchical Divine Liturgy: 8:30 - 10:30 am
  • Philoptochos Business Meeting featuring Vas Priebe, ESO Founder, Health & Wellness Coach: 10 am - 5 pm
  • Cyprus- Land of Embrace Concert: 7:30 pm - 9 pm
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Thursday, July 4

  • Philoptochos Business Meeting: 9 am - 4 pm
  • Diakonia Project with Philoptochos and YAL Delegates: 10 - 11 am
  • Cocktail Hour: 6 - 7 pm
  • Clergy-Laity Congress Closing: 7 - 7:30 pm
  • Grand Banquet followed by Fourth of July Fireworks: 7:30 - 11 pm


Sponsorship Opportunities

The chosen theme for the Clergy-Laity Congress and our Convention is "In Christ, We Are One," a profound reflection drawn from Romans 12:4-5. This theme reminds us of the unity we share as members of the body of Christ and the transformative impact we can collectively achieve when united in purpose.

This Convention provides a unique and extraordinary opportunity for Philoptochos delegates to reaffirm their commitment to our noble mission, fortify the bonds of sisterhood, and together plan for the future of our cherished organization.

Your Support is Important

While the immeasurable benefits of this Convention are abundantly evident, the associated costs are significant and extend beyond the reach of registration fees alone. To ensure the resounding success of this gathering, we humbly seek the support of generous sponsors like you to help share and underwrite some of the associated expenses. Your help and support are crucial, and we are counting on you.

Please send your check to the National Philoptochos Office, Attention: National Convention Sponsorship, 126 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016. For your reference, (Phone) 212.977.7770 ext. 201.

Please make checks payable to the National Philoptochos and earmark the 2024 Convention. You may also pay online to Donate to Greek Orthodox Ladies. In the drop-down menu, please select 2024 Convention Sponsorship.

Please submit your sponsorship by Friday, May 31, 2024.

FAQFrequently Asked questions inquire

Friday, June 7, 2024 at 5 pm EST.

  • To receive a full refund, excluding fees, cancel registration by Sunday, May 5, 2024.
  • To receive a 50% refund, excluding fees, cancel registration between Monday, May 6, 2024, and Monday, May 20, 2024.
  • No refunds after May 20, 2024.
  • If a registrant is unable to attend the convention for any reason, they may substitute another approved delegate to attend in their place via the National Office.
  • However, aside from this provision, Philoptochos Registration is non-transferable.

Along with meeting people face-to-face, putting names to faces, and making connections, you'll gain valuable insights from the convention to bring back to your chapter at home. You'll learn about fiscal responsibilities, budget reviews, bylaws, commitments, procedures, events, philanthropies, and other important matters.

You both have access to information; however, only delegates are able to vote.

To attend all business meetings. To attend all Philoptochos Programs. To exercise your voting rights. To prepare a complete report for your Chapter or Metropolis.

Review all materials provided to you. Become familiar with the Philoptochos Bylaws. Review basic parliamentary procedures.

Laptop or other note-taking devices (including notebook and writing utensils), refillable water bottle, sweater or shawl in case the AC is on, and a portable charger. Please note that National Philoptochos is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

  • Be prompt - arrive early for meetings
  • Maintain careful possession of your delegate badge. Nevertheless, we urge you not to wear your Delegate badge outside the hotel unless you are on a convention excursion.
  • Keep convention materials together and bring them to meetings.
  • Become familiar with meeting and workshop locations, ladies' rooms, and public telephones.
  • Get to know your fellow delegates.
  • Make notes, prepare questions, and think about what you hear.
  • Make a new friend.

Prepare your report as soon as possible. Your recollections will be fresh, and comments, observations, and thoughts will flow more smoothly. Consider preparing notes for a rough draft. The following are some topics you may wish to include:

  • Convention Theme
  • Synopsis of outstanding speeches, discussion groups, etc.
  • Results of significant speeches, amendments, etc.
  • Items that will affect Chapter plans or goals.
  • Description of your participation.
  • Social activities.

The 2024 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention is a business meeting attended by Hierarchs and Clergy. Business attire, such as a dress, skirt, and top, or dress slacks and top, is appropriate. Please keep in mind that the venue will be air-conditioned.

Grand Banquet Attire: We will dine at sunset and then enjoy the largest fireworks show in California. Patriotic cocktail attire with a light jacket or wrap is suggested. High heels are not recommended, as we will be outside on the Eventide lawn. Please wear flat-soled shoes for your comfort and safety.

The Midway Event: The USS Midway is an enormous and impressive vessel. This festive evening will celebrate and honor our military, so dress casually. However, since the ship is docked in the bay, it may be breezy on the flight deck. Please wear sensible tennis shoes or sturdy walking shoes (no sandals or heels). Feel free to wear your personal military regalia as we thank you for your service to our country!

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina features a Market & Cafe where you can grab snacks throughout the day or enjoy a selection of beverages, including Starbucks. It is open daily from 6:00 am to 1:30 am. Other dining options available on-premises can be found here.