PONTIAN SOCIETY 'PANAGIA SOUMELA' BOSTON, INC. was founded in Boston, Massachusetts on March 1, 1981 by Pontian Greek residents of Massachusetts. The Society was incorporated on March 11, 1981, under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 180. On November 16, 1981 the Internal Revenue Service determined that the Society is a Non-Profit Organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The aims of the Society are:
1. To create closer contact of the Pontian Greeks who are residents of the U.S.A. or are Greek students in the U.S.A.
2. To promote and foster educational activities of its members and friends.
3. To promote and cultivate appreciation for the Pontian Greek history, culture, language, ethnic origin and heritage.
4. To collect documents, information and artifacts related to the Pontian Greek history and culture.
5. To create a Pontian Greek library and museum.
6. To promote Pontian Greek fine arts, through the organization and presentation of theatrical, musical and dance programs.
7. To promote the publication and circulation of newspapers, periodicals and books related to the Greeks of Pontos.
8. To always abstain from politics.
9. To organize and promote various athletic activities.
10. To encourage the Pontian Greek Youth to take an active role in the activities of the Society in order to represent their issues and interests, and to gain experience in continuing the work of the Society.
11. To promote and cultivate appreciation for the American history, culture and heritage.
12. To participate in philanthropic activities and drug and alcohol abuse programs in the local community.
13. To cooperate and coordinate activities with other organizations with similar aims.
14. To organize events and pursue methods to promote awareness, education and recognition of the Pontian Greek Genocide and other Genocides.