Letter: “The Cyprus Club in NSW is open to all members, the Greek and the wider community”

The recent elections of the NSW Cypriot community are now decided and the new board includes five new members plus Andrew Antoniou, Michael Kyriacou from the previous board and Roula Christodoulides remains secretary.

The new President is Andrew Costa, who has been on the Audit Committee for three years and is as well known and respected in the community as the other new Directors – Andreas Pantziaros, Costa Argyrou and Terry Bieri.

There are nine directors in total and unfortunately there was a tie in 9th place. This was solved by pulling a name out of a hat as mandated by the Registered Clubs Association NSW.

Peter Sozou, also a member of the previous board, was the ultimate successful candidate for the 9th position.

The new board is a combination of experienced former board members and a younger new generation of highly qualified, experienced professionals and community-oriented people who can help the board better meet the challenges ahead.

The Cyprus Club is open to all members as well as the Greek community, our neighbors and the wider community to enjoy our range of events, services, facilities and functions.

Our Friday and Saturday night, Tavernaki with live music and great food continues to be a unique venue celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, arguably the longest running in Greece “Bouzouki Tavern” only interrupted by COVID lockdowns!! We have been full for the past few weeks so booking is advisable.

The club’s restaurant, the traditional kafenio with a traditional hairdresser, our bar and games room are all open, a place to meet and enjoy the famous Cypriot hospitality.

The Cyprus Club.

Our Greek school classes continue to grow and in the future we plan to introduce high school courses and Greek language courses for adults.

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We have plans to bring Cyprus educators to the school and organize an exchange program for Australian students to spend a lesson or two in Cyprus schools.

At the same time, we would like to launch an online learning module for primary and secondary schools, ‘Cyprus: History, People, Culture and Australia’, to raise awareness of the island, its people, history, culture and our contribution to Australia.

Later this year, as a first step in establishing this, we plan to release Towards our Centenary to document the lives, events and times of our pioneers and our rising leaders on video a ‘NSW Cyprus Library & Museum’ To deposit archives of all our pioneers and their families, documenting and preserving the “History of the Cypriots in Australia”.

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Our football club can only grow with plans to expand the junior league, give it a home in the club building and we are even considering a gymnasium.

The club’s highly regarded dance school continues to grow and in the future we plan to introduce classes to the wider Australian community with adult classes.

As far as charity status goes, that’s something very sensitive and we need to look at it closely and consult extensively with members. We are aware of the concerns about charity status and its potential impact on the political work required to advance the cause of justice for Cyprus and to protect our 94 year ‘social’ activities to ensure our support for our football club.

We have plans to revitalize and refurbish the club grounds to provide a new look to facilities and services for our youth, our football club, to welcome our neighbors, to revitalize our community whilst we complete the rededication of the Stanmore site continue, but it will take 2 -5 years time, so we can’t wait for it.

The proposed development plans of The Cyprus Club. photo supplied.

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Our first priority will be to stop spending money on lawyers and instead spend the money modernizing the facilities at Stanmore and using them for social events, family celebrations, an audition for all Greek federations, for our neighbors and a wider community for all To make available gatherings, events and events, a place to showcase talent, speaking engagements and entertainment.

We are also planning to renovate the cafe, games rooms and sports bar.

We are currently organizing the commemoration of the 1974 invasion of Cyprus, which takes place on July 17th every year.

We also organized the memorial service on Sunday 24th July, Mnimosino at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of Our Lady in Redfern, followed by the memorial service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place with wreath laying by local and foreign dignitaries and Greek community leaders as another event on the day in the Cyprus Club.

In July we welcomed the Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Hon. Kyriakos Koushos and held a reception at the club in honor of the Minister.

We are organizing a farewell event for Martha Mavrommatis, the High Commissioner who is leaving for China in August for her new position as High Commissioner for Cyprus. We invite her many friends and supporters to the farewell party!

We demand and invite all of Cypriot heritage to take this opportunity to become members and become part of our community.

Andrew Costa, President of the NSW Cypriot Community.

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