The 68th National Velouchi Convention, organized by the Evritanian Association of America, was successfully held during June 29 – July 1, 2012 at the Kingston Plantation at Myrtle Beach of South Carolina. The mayor of Karpenisi, Kostas Bakoyiannis, attended the 68th Convention and the atmosphere was electrifying.
Evrytanians of America happily received Bakoyiannis on June 29, who took part in every single event that Velouchi organized. He was the main speaker of the convention during which he briefed Greek Americans on the projects he has undertaken in Karpenisi taking care of his citizens.
The mayor noted that despite the harsh economic situation, the municipality of Karpenisi –the capital city of Evrytania– has managed to stand on its own feet and enhance the quality of life for its people by effectively exploiting the region. He focused on touristic and cultural growth in the municipality, admitting tourism is Greece’s major industry.
He pointed out that the municipality is struggling to protect and preserve the environment and cares deeply for it. Mayor Bakoyiannis suggested that the next convention take place in Karpenisi, so that US Evrytanians can return to their homeland and see for themselves the progress he talked about in the region they were raised to love and admire. He called on them to visit Evrytania exhibiting their true solidarity amid the ominous situation the country is going through.
Bakoyannis bid farewell to Evrytanians of America taking with him the unique feeling that there are Evrytanians on the other side of the world still caring for their homeland and willing to offer their help any time it is required.
During the events, Greek-American students received $50,000 in scholarships as the board of directors committee lamented the fact that the sum was not larger. Mr Pislis, President of the Velouchi Association, and Karpenisi Mayor congratulated the winners and wished them all the best.