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Kytherian World Heritage Fund. (KWHF).

Kytherian World Heritage Fund. (KWHF). - KWHF_logo

To contact or donate to the Kytherian World Heritage Fund, make cheques payable to

Kytherian World Heritage Fund,

and mail them to:

The Treasurer
Kytherian Association of Australia
P. O. Box A203
Sydney South, NSW 1235
Australia.

Contact, KAA

Cultural Fund Adminstrators & Cultural Trustees:

Angelo Notaras,
Cultural Administrator, Kytherian World Heritage Fund,
Email, Angelo Notaras
Fax: 61 2 9810 6691.

George C Poulos,
Cultural Administrator, Kytherian World Heritage Fund,
Ph: 61 2 9388 8320,
Email, George Poulos

Down load a colourful 4 page flyer, outlining the Mission Statement and Achievements of the KWHF, here. A very impressive "report card" indeed.

KWHF_Mission_Statement_&_Achievements.pdf

Precis. Summary.

Objectives of the Kytherian World Heritage Fund


Preservation of Kytherian heritage for the benefit of the Kytherians worldwide by –

1. Raising funds to publish books in the English and the Greek language.

2. All profits of book sales to be used

2.1 To finance, publish and stock more books and literature including translations where required, through Kytherian Publishing & Media
2.2 To finance and support the Kytherian website www.kythera-family.net
2.3 To finance and support the preservation of Kytherian Photography and Realia, for example the recent Fatseas Photographic Collection publication edited by John Stathatos
2.4 Special Projects. Limited number, in a supervisory capacity only. For example shipping a container of Medical Equipment from Australia to Kythera in 2008.

3. No profits from this fund will used for ANY other purpose except for items 1 & 2 above.

Financial accounts

4. To be administered by, and be the ultimate responsibility of the cultural administrators of the Fund.

5. To be “monitored” by the Kytherian Association of Australia.

6. All sales and financial transactions will be recorded on MYOB software and will be made available for validation and auditing on an annual basis. Tax invoices will be issued for all sales.

All discussions on projects, management, expenses and outgoings are the responsibility of the cultural management committee who are currently Angelo Notaras and George Poulos.

Notaras and Poulos are constantly seeking (preferably younger) persons who share this passion for Heritage preservation and enhancement. When such persons are indentified, they may be appointed as cultural co-administrators of the KWHF, at their discretion.

Kytherian World Heritage Fund. More detailed account.

The Kytherian World Heritage Fund (KWHF) is a concept devised by Angelo Notaras and George C. Poulos in 2003. It arose out of their perception that a “Kytherian Renaissance” had gathered momentum throughout the latter part of the 20th century.

It was evident to them that a plethora of projects had emerged designed to understand, explain, preserve, maintain and enhance, Kytherian history, culture, artefacts, ethos and heritage.

The renaissance was driven by numerous associations and institutions, and individuals on a number of fronts, and a number of continents. Some groups, such as the Society of Kytherian Studies, based in Athens, under the stewardship of Professor Nikos Petrochilos, had become well established and well organised. They had been working inexorably and diligently on the preservation of the Kytherian heritage over many years. The Society has published 17 books, with an intrinsic Kytherian theme.

Other organisations which played a significant role, included the Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust, Sydney, www.kythera-family.net, the Institute of Kytheraismos, Athens, the Kythera Cultural Association, Potamos, Kythera, and George N Leontsinis, Professor of History at Athens University.

KWHF hopes to forge more powerful links in the future with pioneering organisations such as the Australian Hellenic Historical Society (AHHS), and Hellenic groups at the Universities of La Trobe, Victoria, and Sydney, NSW, & Macquarie in New South Wales, many of which have also engaged in “Kytherian” research.

Other individuals have emerged “out of the blue”, to provide us with the benefits of their research and creative efforts on the subject of Kythera and the Kytherian heritage. In subsequent sections of this Epilogue, you will read about books written and published by Peter Vanges, Hugh Gilchrist, Denis Conomos, Archie Kalokerinos, Peter Prineas, and Toni Risson. Others to have made significant contributions include Kevin Cork, Maria Hill, Professor George Kanarakis, Harris George, and Robyn Florance. This list is not exhaustive.

Note the use of the word concept, when referring to the KWHF.
Notaras & Poulos do not seek to create a bureaucratic structure, with a heirarchy of officials, to centrally “administer” the KWHF. Rather the KWHF will administered by them, and will be driven with a number of purposes in mind.

Firstly, to provide a facility to bind these various groups and individuals together. To make them known to each other on a person-to-person basis. And to encourage them to work side by side in a spirit of cooperation, rather than competition. The electronic facility at kythera-family, and conference facilities provided by the Institute of Kytheraismos, and Professor George N Leontsinis, are very important components of the “renaissance”. They provide the means by which institutions and individuals can interact inter-personally, constantly, and intensely.

The second purpose is to boost the efforts of each group and individual. To provide encouragement and assistance wherever possible. All Kytherian groups should be encouraged to work synergistically, in order that each organisation and individual becomes even more effective in their endeavours?

A third purpose is to try and encourage the loose association of members not to replicate each others efforts. Resources are very scarce, and cannot be squandered in this manner. If it has cost $A100,000 to set up kythera-family.net, why try and set up another global web-site, for example? Rather, make best use of the resource currently in place.

And the fourth purpose is to help finance the efforts, in a systematic and coordinated way. To broaden, wherever possible, the stream of available funds. Hence the establishment of a Bank Account for this purpose.

Notaras & Poulos feel that historically, too much of the financial burden for Kytherian cultural projects has been placed on the shoulders of the Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust, based in Sydney. Notaras & Poulos want to create the resources to be able to act as co-providers of funds for various Kytherian heritage projects.

KWHF should be considered as a facilitator and a “lobby” group that will seek to preserve the Kytherian heritage, following the broad precepts that have been set out above.

Notaras and Poulos are cognizant that most Kytherians in the world live on “big Kythera” - that is, Australia - and most Kytherian projects in the world are funded from “big Kythera”.

Hence, when it was decided to establish an Account to help fund-raising efforts for Kytherian heritage projects, the account was established in Australia. The KWHF is a very close affiliate, but not a sub-committee of the Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA). The KWHF is a separate entity to the KAA. But they share the same aspirations - perpetuation of the Kytherian cultural renaissance.

The funds in the KWHF are not assets of the KAA, but are held “in trust” by the KAA, until required to fulfill the projects set out in the mission statement of the KWHF. The KAA acts as both an economic "monitor", and economic fund "trustee" for the KWHF.

The funds must always be used only for the specific purposes that have been laid out above in the Objectives of the KWHF. This applies to a period beyond Notaras's and Poulos's involvement with the Trust, and beyond their demise.

The main project under the direct control of the KWHF remains this website, www.kythera-family.net. In 2006, Notaras & Poulos established another division of the KWHF, called Kytherian Publishing & Media, (KPM). The concept had its nascent origins in Angelo and John Notaras's decision, in 1992, to spend a very significant amount of their own money to publish 5000 copies of Hugh Gilchrist's Australians and Greeks Vol.1. They also assisted financially to ensure that Australians and Greeks Vol.2 (1997), and Australians and Greeks Vol.3 (2004), were also published.

These three seminal works inspired and spawned other equally incisive, regional Australian-Greek histories, including Denis A Conomos's The Greeks in Queensland (2002), and Reginald Appleyard and John N Yiannakis's Greek Pioneers in Western Australia (2003). The Conomos book was partly funded by the Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust.

In May 2009, the KWHF provided a $5000 grant to Maria Hill, to help defray the production costs involved in producing Diggers and Greeks, a book about the relationship between Greeks and Australian soldiers during the Cretan Campaign, of WWII. The book should be considered as book 6 in the sequence of books that have to do with Greeks and.... Australians...and a particular group of Australians ....Queenslanders, Western Australians..and now Diggers. It will be published and distributed in March 2010, by the prestigious, University of New South Wales Press.

In the immediate future, the KWHF is focused on publishing the books, Life in Australia, in both Greek and English, and the publication of a number of other books, including Ruby Brown’s, George: His Passion, and Jim Saltis’s Four Houses.

The translation into English of a number of the books published in Greek by the Society of Kytherian Studies, beginning with, Emmanual Kalligeros’ Kytherian Surnames, represent another important commitment. The translation into English of George & Athanassia Leontsinis’ DVD, Kythera: Myth and Reality, and its production and distribution in the English speaking world, will also be undertaken shortly.

Kytherian Photography & Realia is a third arm of the KWHF. Under the guidance of KPR, the preservation of the Fatseas collection of photographs, is well advanced. KPR, has sponsored the Kythera Cultural Association, under the directorship of John Stathatos. In particular, the project to preserve the plate glass negatives collection of Panayotis Fatseas. 1,800 valuable prints, would have been lost to posterity without the intervention of Kythera Cultural Association, and the Kytherian World Heritage Fund. Scanners, printers, archiving material, and secure storage containers, have been provided by the KWHF.This led to the momentous Benaki Museum exhibition, in 2008. Collections of these photographs have been reproduced in books, including, A Kytherian Century, and Panayotis Fatseas. Prosopa Ton Kytheron 1920-1938.

In preliminary stages is an an endeavour to gain access to, and preserve, the Emmanouil (Emmanuel) Sophios Collection of Photographs.

Special Projects

Eye Clinic on Kythera. An idea, which KWHF helped to conceive, along with Professor Minas Coroneo. It was put into action by Professor Minas Coroneo, Professor of Opthamology, University of NSW. Minas mobilised ophthalmologists and optometrists from Europe and Australia, brought sophisticated equipment to the island, and tested the eye sight of many residents, and treated their eyes, en masse.

Medical Equipment containers to Kythera, for distribution to the Hospital (Potamos), and Aged Care Facility, (Potamos). Financial and logistical aid in collecting, packing, and shipping, a 20ft container (2008), and a 40ft container (2009), with valuable medical equipment for the island. Most valuable have been beds, with internal moving parts, and equipment to enhance resident and patient mobility.

Valuable financial assistance was provided in this endeavour by Peter & Helen Magiros, Peter & Chrissa Vlandis, Theo and Rene Feros, Mitchell & Bente Notaras, and Michaeli Protopsaltis (Kythera). The Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust, Sydney, also provided significant financial support. Organisational & logistical support was provided by Manuel & Matina Samios, & George & Lorraine Poulos.

Library Shelving for Kythera. Logistical and financial support to ship a 20ft container packed with Library shelving, from Alhambra, Los Angeles, USA, to Kythera. (2009). The main instigator and key organiser was Cynthia Cavalenes-Jarvis (USA).

The Kytherian World Heritage Fund has been helped in a number of these endeavours, by very generous support from the Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust, Sydney.

The Kytherian Association of Australia has also been financially supportive on a number of projects, as have many Sponsors ($2000+) and Donors, who are listed on The Sponsors Page

To read more about the unified spirit of kytheraismos impelling the KWHF, see
www.kythera-family.net/GeorgeCPoulosPhilosophies

To donate to the Kytherian World Heritage Fund, make cheques payable to

Kytherian World Heritage Fund,

and mail them to:

The Treasurer
Kytherian Association of Australia
P. O. Box A203
Sydney South, NSW 1235
Australia.

Contact, KAA

Cultural Fund Adminstrators:

Angelo Notaras,
Cultural Administrator, Kytherian World Heritage Fund,
Email, Angelo Notaras
Fax: 61 2 9810 6691.

George C Poulos,
Cultural Admistrator, Kytherian World Heritage Fund,
Ph: 61 2 9388 8320,
Email, George Poulos

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