Hellenic Cultural Society of Dallas
The Hellenic Cultural Society of Dallas is a cultural, social, and educational organization that aims to promote Greek culture in the United States of America.
The Society actively services Greeks who have relocated to the Dallas–Fort Worth area, Americans of Greek descent, and Philhellenes interested in Greece and its rich history and culture.
Philhellenism ("the love of Greek culture") and Philhellene ("the admirer and friend of Greeks and everything Greek"), from the Greek "φίλος", "philos", "friend, lover" and ἑλληνισμός hellênismos "Greek", began out of a multi-faceted appreciation for the Greek culture, having become incredibly popular in the 1800s up to the modern day. Much of it was spurred to advocate for Greece's independence from the Ottoman Empire.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a member of the Hellenic Cultural Society of Dallas?
You become a member of the Society by submitting the HCSD Stewardship Application, and a minimum suggested annual payment of $25 to the Society. Becoming a member gives you access to all the Society's events, discounts with partners, the chance to exhibit and share your Philhellenism with fellow members, and a right to vote on certain decisions of the Society at its annual meeting. The application will be sent to you after contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer two ways of payment (1) electronically: PayPal or Venmo, and (2) by check (the address will be sent via email upon request).
Why must I commit to giving a specific amount?
Your generous contribution funds expenses and events hosted by the Society. Your stewardship of money is kept in the strictest of confidence. The Society has received its 501(c)3 nonprofit organization status, and all donations are tax-exempt; its Board of Directors and Executive Committee are volunteer positions.
Cultural Stewardship is learning how to be a responsible and concerned Philhellene caretaker of Hellenism and Hellenic Culture; it is learning how to enjoy the values, ethos, customs, and traditions of Greek life; ; it is our active commitment to use our time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of perpetuating the Hellenic ideals. Our focus will revolve around these pillars of Hellenism: Language and Education; Sciences; History; Philosophy and Literature; Arts; Greek Orthodox Faith; Philanthropy.
Tolstoy - "Without Greek studies, there is no education."
Bernard Shaw - "If in the library of your house, you do not have the works of the ancient Greek writers, then you have a house with no light."
Albert Einstein - "How can any educated person stay away from the Greeks? I have always been far more interested in them than in science."
Stephen Fry - "Global civilization owes a lot to Greece, and we must never forget that."
Oscar Wilde - "Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks? Whatever is an anachronism is due to medievalism."
Percy Bysshe Shelley - "We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts have their root in Greece."
Helen Keller - "If the violin is the most perfect musical instrument, the Greek language is the violin of the human thought."