Chalkidiki Brotherhood in NSW enjoy Queanbeyan and Canberra trip

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The Brotherhood of Chalkidiki “Aristotelis” of NSW Incorporated went on their first excursion in nearly 10 years, to Queanbeyan and Canberra, now hoping to make it an annual event.

On a 31-degree day, with little humidity, the Brotherhood departed from Sydney’s Earlwood, but not without stopping at McDonald’s first for a coffee break.

They visited the Greek Orthodox Church of St Demetrios in Queanbeyan and attended the liturgy; everyone enjoyed morning tea in the church hall afterwards, later driving by the Australian War Memorial alongside Mount Ainslie Lookout for a group photo.

Brotherhood of Chalkidiki
Brotherhood of Chalkidiki members.
Brotherhood of Chalkidiki enjoying lunch.
Brotherhood of Chalkidiki enjoying lunch.
Costa Dantos, the Association’s President (right).
Costa Dantos (second from left), with the former Ambassador of Australia to the US, Arthur Spyrou (left) and Director at the Hellenic Club, John Loukadellis (second from right) with his son.
On the bus.
On the bus.
The group.
More of the group.
More of the group.
Enjoying the sun.
Costa Dantos, the Association’s President (right).
Costa Dantos, the Association’s President (right).


Not long after, they took a drive around Anzac Parade, Parliament House and the Hellenic Club of Canberra, continuing their travels around Embassy Drive. The final stop was at the Arboretum of Canberra before heading back to Sydney.

The Chalkidiki Brotherhood thanked everyone who attended the excursion via Facebook.

“Thank you to the amazing Chalkidikiotes we had a privilege to finally meet with at least someone from all Chalkidiki families in Canberra meeting with us. [Thenkyou to] the amazing Melba Pilavakis who helped make this happen, Tina Tsakirou, Tania Vlahos and Mr and Mrs Anne Kordalis!” the post read.

Highlights of the trip included music, jokes, and dancing, which helped to make the adventure a success along with a great turnout.

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