Hi Jim, I think this might be of interest to you:http://vlahofonoi.blogspot.gr/2012/08/brotherhood-community-...
"A ‘helping each other’ Brotherhood of people from Monastir (and around Monastir) was established in New York in April 1944, entitled «BITOLIA".
The establishment of this association didn’t appear to be a typical procedure. It served specific necessities at that time. As Anastasios Grouia (President at that time) mentions in the preface of the bilingual (in American and Greek) album, the goal of the Brotherhood is twofold: (a) the objectives specified in the articles of the association and (b) the strengthening of relations among the emigrants (from Monastir) and the provision of "financial and any other help to our brothers and sisters who got damaged because of the war that just ended”.
So primarily, the Brotherhood tries to bring fellow immigrants to America together and to keep alive their ties with birthplace. However, the economic size (of the association) gives the form of necessity of the visions of the new established association. The old World (Europe) is just coming out of the long period of wars and trying to recover. Immigrants from Monastir, who emigrated to seek better fortune in America, organized the brotherhood there and its main purpose is to collect money for those ‘affected brothers’ at home."