We the American Citizens born on the island of Chios, Greece, and our children born in the United States pledge our united efforts:
- To encourage our members to appreciate the privilege of citizenship and participate in the political, civic and social life of our adopted country.
- To educate our members and teach the principles, ideals and doctrines the Government of the United States, to promote loyalty and allegiance to the laws and constitution of the United States.
- To cultivate high moral standards and promote good fellowship, Goodwill and cooperation among our members.
- To unite ourselves for benevolent and philanthropic purposes.
- To provide scholarships for high school graduates as determined by the criteria and standards set by the society.
We strive to encourage our members to appreciate the privilege of citizenship, and participate in the political civic and social life of the United States. We educate our members, teach principals, ideals and doctrines of the Government of the United States. We promote loyalty and allegiance to the laws and constitution of the United States.
We cultivate high moral standards, promote fellowship, and cooperation among our members. We unite ourselves for benevolent and philanthropic purposes.
The Chios society is plays an active role providing scholarships for high school graduates determined by the criteria and standards set forth by the Chios Society.
A Little About the Rich History of the Chios Societies
The Chios Societies of America was founded in November 1939 and for nearly 80 years the Chios Societies has supported its core passions: Philanthropic Projects, Perpetuating Hellenism, as well as the rich Historical and Cultural contributions of Chiotes and their traditions. Over the years the National Pan-Chian Association and regional supporting chapters like Chios Societies Cleveland have provided educational scholarships and grants, and in many cases funded entire philanthropic works.
To say that we owe a lot to the Ancient Greeks and the Chiotes before us is nothing new. Everywhere we look, we see echoes of that world in our own: education, philosophy, art, architecture, science, democracy and sports to name a few. When we look closer we can identify those ideals and passions that drive Chian’s still today, such as Homer and Hoppocrates as they have been traced back to the island of Chios and are believed to be their birthplace. Homer most known for his literary contributions and Hippocrates for his mathematical and astrological contributions to the sciences.
It is in their spirit, the “Chios Societies of Cleveland” has founded its mission and continues to pursue and support education and the traditions of our past.
6th Annual Chios Convention | July 4-6th, 1946 | Hotel Carter | Cleveland, Ohio