“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Thursday, June 16, 2011


Moderators' Note: We have been asked by Mr. Nick Bapis to put this communication he received yesterday afternoon on the blog. We are also adding the text, verbatim, from the letter Mr. Floor attached to this message. The original of that document may be viewed HERE.

From: Phillip S. Floor [mailto:phill@mapconmapping.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:28 PM
To: Bapis, Nick
Subject: GOCGSL Accounts
Please find attached a letter and resolution directing a change to the signers on the Campaign account at HighTower.
These documents were drafted some time ago but I have held back from sending them to you as I am aware of your concerns regarding Parish Council elections. Since it was announced today that elections will be held, it is my hope that you will honor the directives of our Hierarchs and execute this change.
Thanks for your help,
Phillip S. Floor, C.P.
Mapcon Mapping Inc.
Tel: (801) 277-9853
Cell: (801) 450-5146


Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake

May 11, 2011

Nick M. Bapis
Partner and Managing Director, The Bapis Group
HighTower Advisors, LLC
2725 Parleys Way
Salt Lake City, UT, 84109

Dear Nick,

Enclosed herewith is a corporate resolution from the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake requiring the signatories on all of the accounts held by the Church or any of its committees, groups or organizations and managed by The Bapis Group on behalf of HighTower Advisors, LLC to be immediately changed to include only the following officers of the Parish Council:

Jim Mylonakis, President
Jim Priskos, Vice President
Jim Derby, Treasurer
Joseph Sasich, Asst. Treasurer
Phillip Floor, Secretary

As set forth in the resolution, the signature of at least three of the above referenced officers shall be required to take any action on any of these, and any signatories other than the above identified officers are to be immediately removed from the accounts.

Please send any required change forms immediately to the attention of Jim Derby, and please call if you have any questions.



Fr. Matthew Gilbert Fr. Michael Kouremetis
Proistamenos, Holy Trinity Cathedral Proistamenos, Prophet Elias Church

Jim Mylonakis Phillip S. Floor
President Secretary



WHEREAS, a duly noticed meeting of the Parish Council of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake was held on May 9, 2011;

WHEREAS a quorum of the Parish Council members were present at the meeting;

WHEREAS a majority of the Parish Council members present at the meeting determined it to be in the best interest of the Corporation for all HighTower Advisors accounts currently held in the name of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake or any committee, organization or group thereof (hereinafter, the "HighTower Accounts") to be under the sole control of the Parish Council, that the signers on such accounts to be the duly elected officers of the Parish Council and for no other signers to be on those accounts, and that the signature of at least three of the above identified officers shall be required to take any action on any of the HighTower Accounts;

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the currently elected Parish Council officers (Jim Mylonakis. President, Jim Priskos, Vice President. Jim Derby, Treasurer, Joseph Sasich, Asst. Trcasurer and Michael Petrogeorge, Secretary) shall be the sole signatories on all HighTower Accounts, that any other signatories shall be immediately removed from all HighTower Accounts, and that the signature of at least three of the above identified officers shall be required to take any action on any of the HighTower Accounts.

The undersigned hereby certifies that he is the duly elected and qualified Secretary and the custodian of the books and records and seal of the Greek Orthodox Church or Greater Salt Lake, a corporation duly formed pursuant to the laws of the State of Utah and that the foregoing is a true record of a resolution duly adopted at a meeting of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake, and that said meeting was held in accordance with state law and the Bylaws of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake as set forth above, and that this resolution is now in full force and effect without modification or rescission.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have executed my name as Secretary and have hereunto affixed the corporate seal of the above-named Corporation this 11 day of May, 2011.



Phillip S. Floor


Yannis Armaou said...

First of all if elections will take place it MUST be for 15 and not 7.
The existing PC is ILLEGAL.
They are incompetent to do ANY constructive work
for the parish for many months now.
The money was raised by people that LOVE our community,all others step aside...

Steve Gamvroulas said...

This is funny. The Five Stooges want control of the money. Very funny indeed.

Yannis Armaou said...

Funny isn't that Petrogeorge as of May 9 2011 was the secretary(didn't he resign end of February???)!!!
So do we have 2 secretaries or one of them is just decorative figure? In the "old country" we say:Το εξυπνο πουλι απο τη μυτη πιανεται!!