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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

AHEPA Dismayed with NBC's Historical Inaccuracies during Opening Ceremony of 2016 Rio Olympic Games

WASHINGTON (August 8, 2016) - The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the leading membership-based association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, is dismayed profoundly by the egregious misappropriation and botching of historical facts about Alexander the Great presented by the producers of NBC Olympics during the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades.

NBC's commentators essentially 
rewrote history, claiming Alexander the Great came from the nation of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and won medals in the ancient Olympic Games. NBC Olympics also failed to properly reference FYROM as the International Olympic Committee does--as FYROM--and instead opted to recognize the nation as "Macedonia."

"It is unacceptable and irresponsible of NBC to convey such egregious historical inaccuracies to a global audience," Zachariades said. "NBC's research department clearly did not do its due diligence and botched its work. We urge Hellenes to call all uponNBC, and specifically, the producers of NBC Olympics, to correct the record at a point during the balance of its Olympic coverage when it will have its largest audience."

US Representatives Gus Bilirakis and Carolyn Maloney sent a letter to Stephen Burke (CEO of NBC Universal).

Below is an image of the letter sent by the Congressional Hellenic Caucus CO-Chair's. You may also access the letter HERE.

What You Can Do

Over the weekend, via Twitter, AHEPA cited the historical evidence presented by 374 classical scholars with regard to misinformation and inaccuracies concerning ancient Macedonia and its king, Alexander the Great to NBC Olympics, its producers, and research department, and AHEPA asked them to correct the record. If you have a Twitter account, we urge you to convey respectfully the same message to the following Twitter handles: @NBC @NBCOlympics @NBCOlyResearch and @NBCSportsPR.

In addition, NBC Universal may be contacted as follows:

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
(212) 664-4444

READ: Post by The Pappas Post 
AHEPA Hoosier District 12 was deeply disturbed by NBC coverage and commentary of the Olympic Opening Ceremony when #FYROM walked out. Associating Alexander the Great and his father Philip to the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonina is irresponsible and a complete misappropriation of Historical fact. Alexander the Great was a Hellene and not a Slav. FYROM has no historical relation to Alexander the Great or the Region of Macedonia in Greece.
Macedonia is Hellenic: period, end of story.

There is a reason why Greece and FYROM have the name dispute on using the Republic of Macedonia for the name of a country; FYROM every year gets more and more bolder to rewrite history so they can give themselves an identity and in that attempt they try to steal and distort historical facts which are totally unacceptable. NBC, the overall media, and the general public must understand and know the difference. AHEPA District 12 and its members will not stand on the sidelines every time FYROM tries to rape Hellenic History.

Facts Matter. History Matters.
Hellenism will be protected.

AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo Approved!

The State of Indiana Gaming Commission has approved AHEPA District 12 to host a Super Bingo on Friday November 4th.

$10,000 dollars in Bingo will paid out. Much more in pull tabs.

The AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo will once again be held at St Michael's Ukrainian Center located in Hammond, Indiana at 1230 170th Pl, Hammond, IN 46324.

Doors open at 4PM. Everyone is welcomed to come play and have fun.

Indiana Gaming license numbers: 141624 and 141625.

Chapter 78 Hosts Senior Residents Picnic

During the week of August 8th, AHEPA Chapter 78 Housing Inc. hosted their annual summer picnic for the residents of the six AHEPA housing units located in Merrillville, Indiana. Twelve AHEPA brothers and their wives provided, prepared, and served various food and drinks. On the menu were traditional summertime favorites of hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, cold salads, desserts and plenty of cold drinks.

175 residents were in attendance at the AHEPA Village Park Gazebo and participated in the picnic that included Frank Rossi musical entertainment and plenty of fun and games.

All the food, drinks, and entertainment was donated by AHEPA 78 Housing Inc and the members of AHEPA chapter 78 volunteered their time and effort.

Job well done AHEPA 78.

Grecian Festivals

Summer is almost over and there is only one Indiana Church Greek Festival remaining. Thank you to everyone who made it out to the various Church Greek Festivals this summer. The summer Greek Festival for many churches is their main source of fundraising income. Also, thank you to all the AHEPANS who volunteered their time at all the various churches. 
  • September 16-18 - Saint Iakovos Greek Fest in Valparaiso, Indiana (Porter County Fairgrounds)
For a complete listing of Church Greeks Fests that belong to the Chicago Metropolis, you may CLICK HERE to view them.

Indiana Tornadoes

AHEPA District 12 is relieved and thankful that there was no loss of life from the tornadoes that hit Wednesday in central Indiana. Major injuries were held to a minimum but there was extensive property damage mainly in Kokomo. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our fellow Hoosiers as they begin to recover and rebuild.

Here is a summary from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis:

Multiple thunderstorms produced eight tornadoes on Wednesday, including five in central Indiana across Carroll, Howard, Marion and Montgomery counties, according to a report released this evening from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

None of the tornadoes caused any deaths, and only the strongest storm, an EF-3 that hit Kokomo, Indiana, caused any injuries, of which 20 were reported. The NWS released preliminary data on the five tornadoes:

Crawfordsville (Montgomery County): EF-2 at 2:28 p.m. with wind speeds up to 120 mph. The storm was 125 yards wide and traveled for 5.38 miles, mostly over open country. Major damage to homes and barns occurred near Linnsburg, and numerous trees were damaged.

Kokomo (Howard County): EF-3 at 3:20 p.m. with wind speeds up to 152 mph. The storm was 300 yards wide and traveled for 4.82 miles. There were 20 injuries reported, and the storm led to significant structural damage to homes and businesses across the south side of Kokomo. Starbucks was destroyed near Markland Mall. Additional survey analysis is expected by Friday.

Indianapolis (Marion County): EF-0 at 4:19 p.m. downtown with wind speeds up to 80 mph. The storm was 100 yards wide and traveled for one-third mile. Windows were blown out of a home near the intersection of 25th and LaSalle streets, and the storm caused roof damage to a building on Stanton Street.

Flora (Carroll County): EF-1 at 5:40 p.m. with wind speeds up to 100 mph. The storm was 100 yards wide and traveled 17.24 miles. Several barns sustained partial wall and roof damage. One garage slid off its foundation, and tree damage was seen throughout the path.

Russiaville (Howard County): EF-1 at 6:56 p.m. with wind speeds up to 85 mph. The storm was 50 yards wide and traveled for 1.51 mile. The tornado tracked largely over open country. One garage was damaged, and trees and crops sustained damage throughout the path.

2016 AHEPA National Invitational Golf Tournament

AHEPA Athletics, always striving to provide the best in quality events, is proud to announce
that we will be hosting our 2016 National AHEPA Invitational at the fabulous Wild Dunes
Resort in Charleston, South Carolina. Wild Dunes features two courses with stunning
Oceanside views that were both designed by none other than Tom Fazio himself.

We hope to see all of our brothers and sisters at this amazing event in beautiful Charleston
the week of November 7 -12, 2016. All the details are listed below, including a schedule of
events, which is subject to change. As always, thanks for your continued support!

  • 6 nights/5 rounds (Sunday, Nov 7 to Saturday, Nov 12): $849.76 (SINGLE: $1332.01)
  • 5 nights/5 rounds (Monday, Nov 8 to Saturday, Nov 12): $811.74 (SINGLE: $1255.98)
  • 4 nights/3 rounds (Tuesday, Nov 9 to Saturday, Nov 12): $637.24 (SINGLE: $1043.28)
  • 3 nights/3 rounds (Wednesday, Nov 10 to Saturday, Nov 12): $554.75 (SINGLE: $878.50)


For more information and scheduled events, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

For registration and sponsorship form, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

You will need to call the hotel to make a $200 security deposit prior to September 25th. Please call 843-886-2153 to book with your credit card. You will have until October 7 to cancel for a complete refund. Balance of the payment is due when you check into the Hotel.
You will also need to make a payment of $150 for Wednesday night dinner, Friday Grand Banquet, Gifts and prizes. Please call AHEPA HQ to make that payment with a credit card. Cal 202-232-6300 and ask for Rory.
We are also offering the ability to sponsor a hole. $250 will get you a sign that will be put out every day at all 5 golf rounds. Our goal is to increase the payouts and prize money to the winners to make winning more meaningful. All women, men, seniors, super seniors and guests will be divided everyone into groups based on handicaps. You will compete with everyone in your group for prizes and prize money. We hope that you and or your business will consider a tee sponsorship.
Please fill out the registration and sponsor form and email it to Chris Atsaves at or to Sandy Papadopoulos at


September National Days

Did you know there are many days of the year where something is celebrated. 

For example, August 26th is National Dog Day, December 1st is National Pie Day, May 4th is National Star Wars Day, June 8th is National Best Friends Day, February 9th is National Pizza Day, and October 8th is National Chocolate Day. 

AHEPA District 12 will help you not miss any one of these celebrated days by providing the complete list for the next month in each newsletter. Have fun with it...that's the point!

In September, there are many days designated for something fun.

For example:

  • September 4th - National Wildlife Day

  • September 9th - National Teddy Bear Day

  • September 22nd - National Ice Cream Cone Day

  • September 25th - National Comic Book Day

  • September 29th - National Coffee Day

And much much more. To see entire list of designated days in September, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

September is also National Breakfast Month, Piano Month, Sewing Month, Courtesy Month, and more!

The Greeks on PBS

Did you miss the airing of the "The Greeks" on PBS? Well, no need to worry as all three episodes can be watched online via the PBS website.

CLICK HERE to access all three episodes of THE GREEKS. Each episode is about one hour in length. You will enjoy this program.

Notable dates in September History

For your reading enjoyment, here is a listing of some notable events for every day September:

September 1, 1939 - At 5.30 a.m., Hitler's armies invaded Poland starting World War II in Europe.

September 2, 1789 - The third Presidential cabinet department, the U.S. Treasury, was established by Congress.

September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris was signed by John Adams, Ben Franklin and John Jay, formally ending the American Revolutionary War between Britain and the United States.

September 4, 1609 - The island of Manhattan was discovered by navigator Henry Hudson.

September 5, 1997 - Mother Teresa died in Calcutta at age 87, after a life of good works spent aiding the sick and poor in India through her Missionaries of Charity order.

September 6, 1991 - Leningrad was renamed Saint Petersburg by Russian legislators following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia's second largest city had been known as Leningrad for 67 years in honor of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union.

September 7, 1822 - Brazil declared its independence from Portugal after 322 years as a colony.

September 8, 1883 - The Northern Pacific Railroad across the U.S. was completed.

September 9, 1776 - The United States came into existence as the Continental Congress changed the name of the new American nation from the United Colonies.

September 10, 1943 - Hitler's troops occupied Rome and took over the protection of Vatican City.

September 11, 2001 - The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history occurred as four large passenger jets were hijacked then crashed, killing nearly 3,000 persons. Four separate teams of Mideast terrorists, operating from inside the U.S., boarded the morning flights posing as passengers, then forcibly commandeered the aircraft.

September 12, 1953 - John F. Kennedy, 36, married Jacqueline Bouvier, 24, in a ceremony before 750 invited guests at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island, conducted by Archbishop Richard Cushing of Boston.

September 13, 1788 - The U.S. Congress chose New York as the Federal capital of the new American government.

September 14, 1901 - Eight days after being shot, President William McKinley died from wounds suffered during an assassination attempt in Buffalo, New York. He was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.

September 15, 1944 - The first entry of American troops into Hitler's Germany occurred as elements of the U.S. 7th and 5th Corps reached the southwestern frontier of Germany.

September 16, 1620 - The Mayflower ship departed from England, bound for America with 102 passengers and a small crew. The ship weathered dangerous Atlantic storms and reached Provincetown, Massachusetts on November 21st. The Pilgrims disembarked at Plymouth on December 26th.

September 17, 1862 - The bloodiest day in U.S. military history occurred as General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate armies were stopped at Antietam in Maryland by General George B. McClellan and numerically superior Union forces. By nightfall 26,000 men were dead, wounded, or missing.

September 18, 1947 - The U.S. Air Force was established as a separate military service.

September 19, 1893 - New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote.

September 20, 1989 - F.W. De Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa. He began an era of reform aimed at ending apartheid and was succeeded by Nelson Mandela.

September 21, 1949 - The People's Republic of China was proclaimed by its Communist leaders.

September 22, 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves in territories held by Confederates as of January 1, 1863.

September 23, 1991 - Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

September 24, 1957 - President Dwight Eisenhower ordered the National Guard to enforce racial integration of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.

September 25, 1789 - The first U.S. Congress proposed 12 Amendments to the Constitution, ten of which, comprising the Bill of Rights, were ratified.

September 26, 1687 - The Acropolis in Athens was attacked by the Venetian army attempting to oust the Turks, resulting in heavy damage to the Parthenon.

September 27, 1722 - American revolutionary leader Samuel Adams (1722-1803) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a passionate, vocal man who helped ignite the revolution and served as a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.

September 28, 1978 - Pope John Paul I died after only 33 days in office. He was succeeded by John Paul II.

September 29, 1901 - Nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) was born in Rome. While teaching at the University of Chicago, he developed a method of causing nuclear fission, producing a chain reaction releasing explosive nuclear energy which led to the development of the Atomic bombs.

September 30, 1949 - The Berlin Airlift concluded after 277,264 flights carrying over 2 million tons of supplies to the people of West Berlin, who were blockaded by the Soviets.

Greek Sailors win Bronze

Congratulations to Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis of Greece for winning the Bronze medal in the 470 Dinghy Sailing race at the Rio Olympics.


World Photography Day

Friday August 19th was World Photography Day!

Pictured below is the first known and surviving photograph of the Parthenon taken in the Autumn of 1839 by Pierre-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière. The photograph was taken using the method of daguerreotype. Daguerreotypy was the first publicly announced photographic process.

To make a daguerreotype, the daguerreotypist would polish a sheet of silver-plated copper to a mirror finish, treat it with fumes that made its surface light sensitive, expose it in a camera for as long as was judged to be necessary, which could be as little as a few seconds for brightly sunlit subjects or much longer with less intense lighting; make the resulting latent image on it visible by fuming it with mercury vapor; remove its sensitivity to light by liquid chemical treatment, rinse and dry it, then seal the easily marred result behind glass in a protective enclosure.

Viewing a daguerreotype is unlike looking at any other type of photograph. The image does not sit on the surface of the metal, but appears to be floating in space, and the illusion of reality, especially with examples that are sharp and well exposed, is unique to the process.

Pierre-Gustave-Gaspard Joly de Lotbinière (born February 5, 1798 in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, died June 8, 1865 in Paris) was a French businessman and amateur daguerreotypist.

Excerpts from the accompanying text, written by Pierre-Gustave Joly, published in Excursions daguerriennes:

"This view was taken in the autumn of 1839 ; I mention it, because it is the first time that the image of the Parthenon is fixed on a plate by the ingenious method of Daguerre, and because each year could bring new changes to the look of those famous ruins: a catastrophe could collapse them tomorrow, or a friendly and generous hand could raise those marbles scattered on the ground, and restore into an imposing whole what was the most beautiful of temples. [...] A mosque occupies a part of the interior, it is now used to store the precious debris found during the excavations of the Acropolis. Once, there had been a gunpowder magazine on the same spot, it caused, when it exploded, the collapse of a large part of the temple. On the columns, many white spots can be seen, they are chips of marble removed by bullets and cannonballs during the last war."

Greek American Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Following is from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston website:

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios officiated at the Funeral Service for Marine Cpl. Nicholas Xiarchos, 21, who died of combat wounds July 23 while serving in Afghanistan.  He was the oldest child of Yarmouth Police Officer Sgt. Steven Xiarchos and his wife, Lisa, and the brother of Alexander, Ashlynne and Elizabeth.  The funeral was held at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Hyannis on Friday, July 31.  It was attended by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Massachusetts Governor Duvall Patrick, many marines and countless friends of the Xiarchos family.  Metropolitan Methodios offered the following eulogy for the young hero who gave his life "in defense of our nation and its honor---who shed his blood in a far-away land so that the tree of human dignity and freedom may be nourished." 

Beloved members of the Xiarchos family,
Senator Kerry, Governor Patrick,
My brothers and sisters in the household of God,
We gather this morning to pray for the repose of the soul of a beloved son and grandson, of a brother, a classmate, a friend.  We gather to embrace a soldier, a marine, a man of discipline and skill, a man whose daily life and service to this nation were characterized by honor, courage and commitment.  We honor the memory of a young man deeply loved by everyone. 

The presence of so many mourners yesterday at the wake and this morning in this church is a manifestation of the great respect and esteem which the Greater Yarmouth and Cape Cod Community had for Nicholas Xiarchos. 

We have all come to honor the memory of an heroic American patriot who gave his life in defense of our nation and its honor---who shed his blood in a far-away land so that the tree of human dignity and freedom may be nourished.

The lamentation of the sorrow of the Xiarchos family echoes in the hearts of every American citizen who is present this morning in spirit.  They are joined by citizens of nations throughout the world that enjoy freedom in their countries thanks to the sacrifices of Nicholas and all the brave men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of our nation.

We are also joined today by countless men, women and children who long for the day that the sacrifices of heroes such as Nicholas Xiarchos may result in their freedom and the restoration of their human rights and dignity. 
Long ago I read the following thoughts authored by Charles M. Province, Founder of the General George S. Patton, Jr  Historical Society,
It is The Soldier, not the minister,
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is The Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us Freedom of the press.
It is The Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us Freedom of speech.
It is The Soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us Freedom to demonstrate.
It is The Soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is The Soldier, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is The Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag and
Whose coffin is draped by the flag
Who allows the protester to burn the flag
          These last few days, two verses from Holy Scripture came to mind.

          “Greater love hath no man than this -- that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).   

          “So let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”  (Matthew 5, 16). 

Nicholas serves as a radiant light of heroism and patriotism, who laid down his life for his friends and the country he loved.  We thank God for Nicholas.  We thank God for blessing his family, his fellow marines, this community, this Commonwealth and this nation with Nicholas’ example, his sense of duty, his desire to hel make the world a better place.

May Almighty God welcome Nicholas into His loving embrace, and grant him eternal rest among the saints.

AHEPA District 12 would like to offer condolences to the family of Nicholas Xiarchos. We are forever grateful to the men like Nicholas who answer the call to serve so we can live in freedom. May his memory be eternal.

IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro and apologises for the immolation of Greece

The International Monetary Fund’s top staff misled their own board, made a series of calamitous misjudgments in Greece, became euphoric cheerleaders for the euro project, ignored warning signs of impending crisis, and collectively failed to grasp an elemental concept of currency theory. 

This is the lacerating verdict of the IMF’s top watchdog on the fund’s tangled political role in the eurozone debt crisis, the most damaging episode in the history of the Bretton Woods institutions. 

It describes a “culture of complacency”, prone to “superficial and mechanistic” analysis, and traces a shocking breakdown in the governance of the IMF, leaving it unclear who is ultimately in charge of this extremely powerful organisation. 

The report by the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) goes above the head of the managing director, Christine Lagarde. It answers solely to the board of executive directors, and those from Asia and Latin America are clearly incensed at the way European Union insiders used the fund to rescue their own rich currency union and banking system.

The three main bailouts for Greece, Portugal and Ireland were unprecedented in scale and character. The trio were each allowed to borrow over 2,000pc of their allocated quota – more than three times the normal limit – and accounted for 80pc of all lending by the fund between 2011 and 2014.

Read more HERE.

Greek Super League post-poned

Soccer leagues across Europe have started and some leagues are going into their 3rd week....except one. The Greek Superleague was postponed by the Greek Government due to the dispute over the selection of referees. The league will be postponed at least 2 to 3 weeks. The concern is fan violence could break out when the matches begin.

The decision could put Greece at risk of being suspended from international football by global soccer body FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA.

"The reasons are the increasing conflict and extremely tense atmosphere which has developed recently between the Super League, the EPO and a significant number of clubs."

Couple weeks ago, three of Greece's top clubs - Panathinaikos, AEK Athens and PAOK Salonika - said they would withdraw from the championship because the EPO had compiled the list of referees for the season without consulting them or the Super League.

Panathinaikos said they would not take part "in another championship scarred by dubious refereeing" and AEK described the situation as "a criminal theatre of the absurd surrounding Greek football".

Four Greek-Americans to be on Hellenic Stamp

Five distinguished Greek personalities living abroad will be honored with a commemorative series of stamps. An event will be held on September 1 at the Acropolis Museum to inaugurate the collection following the choice of personalities by the International Foundation of Greeks (IFG) that based the choice on the efforts that the candidates had made to promote Greece.

The five personalities are (four of which are Greek-Americans):

All five will have a stamp issued by the Hellenic Post Office (ELTA)

Rita Wilson
John Catsimatidis
George Stephanopoulos
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

To read the Bios of the five individuals, click HERE.

You may also read more from the Huffington Post and their interview with John Catsimatidis by clicking HERE.

AHEPA District 12 Facebook page

The AHEPA District 12 Facebook page currently has 522 likes. We encourage all our members and friends to invite people to like our page. We are very close to the 600 like mark and we would love to surpass that by the end of the year. The more people that like our page, the more successful we are in informing people what good work AHEPA is doing at all levels of the order.

Our facebook page is

Support needed from Indiana AHEPA Family to pass Religious Freedom Resolution

Brothers, members of the Indiana AHEPA Family, and Indiana friends,

AHEPA District 12 Governor George Loxas and the District 12 lodge are in full support of both the Chicago and Detroit Metropolises effort to have the Indiana General Assembly pass a Religious Freedom Resolution for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

44 of 50 states in the Union have passed such a resolution and we need to work with our elected State Senators and Representatives to make it happen. The district officers will be working with chapter officers and members to reach out to our legislators.

The five key issues the Resolution calls attention to are:

1) Government Interference in Election of Ecumenical Patriarchate - The Turkish government insists on approving the selection of the Ecumenical Patriach and insists that the Patriarch must be a Turkish citizen.

2) Non-recognition of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as the worldwide spiritual leader of the Orthodox and treating him as simply a local priest.

3) Re-opening of the Theological School of Halki, closed by the Turkish government since 1971 and where many past Patriarchs have been trained.

4) No Legal Identity for Ecumenical Patriarchate - inhibiting the Patriarchate from taking any formal actions in Turkey in its own name and forcing the Patriarchate to use surrogates for owning property and other administrative affairs , and

5) Confiscation of Property - without a legal identity, the Turkish government claims property owned by the Patriarchate for centuries has been abandoned, and then confiscates the property.

More information will be forthcoming in the next few months. Stay tuned and THANK YOU for your support in advance.

READ MORE from the Orthodox Christian Network by CLICKING HERE.


SAVE the Date! Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation - GALA

AHEPA Districts 12 and 13 invite all members and friends to attend the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation Gala on Saturday November 5th.

Nearly half of all men and one-third of women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetime.

The mission of the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation is to discover, develop and implement effective new treatments for patients with cancer by advancing groundbreaking research. Our goal – to eliminate cancer and save lives – is ambitious but achievable.

The Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation will provide the philanthropic support to fund interdisciplinary research teams at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, empowering their world-class investigators to join forces and address the most urgent questions in the fields of cancer biology and oncology in daring and innovative ways. By investing in research, with an emphasis on translational cancer research, the HCRF will accelerate and heighten the impact of scientific discoveries.

Our dear friend and Chicago Philanthropist Eleni Bousis is the chair of the Founding Board
Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation.

Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD is the 
Director of the Scientific Advisory Board
Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation
Director, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

Prior to joining the Lurie Cancer Center, Dr. Platanias was Professor and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his medical degree from the University of Patras Medical School in Greece before moving to Bethesda, MD in 1984 as a Fogarty Fellow at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

In addition to providing leadership as Director of the Lurie Cancer Center, Dr. Platanias's molecular biology and biochemistry research, spanning more than 20 years and published in more than 250 scientific papers, focuses on signaling pathways in cancer cells and developing novel therapies that target those pathways to treat malignancies.

You can read and learn more about this new and exciting Cancer Research Foundation by visiting their website:

The inaugural "Kick-Off" Gala will be on Saturday November 5th at the Hilton Chicago. We will share more information in next month newsletter and we would love to see as many people as possible to attend this event and support a cure for cancer. 

District 12 members who celebrate birthdays in September

Chapter 78 - Merrillville

9/03 - Sotirios Apostolis
9/16 - George Domoras
9/20 - George Dovellos
9/21 - John Minchuk
9/03 - Tommy Papadopoulos
9/09 - Constantine Paramantgis
9/04 - Joseph Skora
9/26 - Nickolas Tournis

Chapter 81 - Ft. Wayne

9/15 - George Katsis

Chapter 100 - South Bend

9/04 - William Kanalos
9/07 - Michael Magrames
9/24 - Paul Saros
9/30 - Gus Thanos

Chapter 123  - Hammond

9/07 - James Bizoukas
9/12 - Michael Bizoukas
9/08 - George Chioros
9/17 - John Chioros
9/30 - George Colias
9/25 - Finis Coulis
9/07 - George Golfis
9/15 - David Kurow
9/04 - Michael Yannakopoulos

Chapter 157 - Calumet

9/25 - Angelo Cappas
9/04 - Stefan Kremmidas
9/12 - James Lafakis
9/03 - Sam Mouratides

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

9/12 - Nick Jannetides
9/01 - Aristotle Nicolaides
9/22 - Andrew Spirrison

Indiana Athletes win Olympic Medals

AHEPA District 12 would like to Congratulate Purdue University Divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson for winning the Silver medal at the Rio Olympics in Men's synchronized 10m platform.

We would also like to Congratulate Indiana University swimmer Lilly King for winning the Gold medal at the Rio Olympics in Women's 100m breaststroke. She competed and won in a highly charged and emotional race.

All three Athletes made Indiana proud.

Steele Johnson and Lilly King are native born Hoosiers.

Greek American wins Silver Medal in Fencing

AHEPA District 12 congratulates Alexander Massialas, an American of Greek descent who brought home the Silver in fencing. This is the first medal for USA in fencing in over 30 years.
His father was born in Crete and is the coach for team USA.

Read more by clicking here. He not only made is Family proud; he made Greek-Americans and an entire Nation proud.


Greek Woman Athlete wins 2 Olympic Medals in Rio

AHEPA District 12 would like to Congratulate Anna Korakaki for winning Gold in Women's 25m pistol. In addition, she also won Bronze in Women's 10m air pistol.

She is the first Greek woman to win more than one medal in the same game.


September Name Days

AHEPA District #12 would like to wish Χρόνια Πολλά to all those who celebrate their names day in September. 

There are 134 names that celebrate in September. Some of those names are Athina, Penelope, Stavros, Sophia, Louise and many many more

For a full list of names and the dates they celebrate in September, please CLICK HERE

Saint Nicholas Shrine Update

Archdiocese goal = Between $40 and $50 million dollars.

Total Pledged to date: $39,783,357.00

Total Collected to date: $22,713,891.00
Reminder that AHEPA Indiana District 12 is selling lapel pins to raise money for Saint Nicholas. The pins are only $10 dollars and all proceeds will go to Saint Nicholas. Contact Past District Governor Sam Benjamin or Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas if you are interested in purchasing these lapel pins.

Here is the latest image of the construction progress as of August 29th, 2016.


Sphere to be located near Saint Nicholas at Ground Zero

The Sphere will be installed in Liberty Park, just opposite of Saint Nicholas.

The “Sphere” will overlook the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial, which wanted nothing to do with the sculpture. Neither did the nonprofit conservancy that manages the Battery, at the southern tip of Manhattan, where Mr. Koenig’s work has spent the last 14 years.

In contrast, the St. Nicholas National Shrine welcomed its new neighbor.

“I was, and am, all for putting the ‘Sphere’ on Liberty Park, where it belongs,” said Father Alexander Karloutsos, a protopresbyter, or archpriest, who has represented the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in its dealings with the Port Authority.

The Sphere is a large metallic sculpture by German sculptor Fritz Koenig, displayed in Battery Park, New York City, that once stood in the middle of Austin J. Tobin Plaza, the area between the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. After being recovered from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the September 11 attacks in 2001, the artwork faced an uncertain fate, and it was dismantled into its components. Although it remained structurally intact, it had been visibly damaged by debris from the airliners that were crashed into the buildings and from the collapsing skyscrapers themselves.

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Helen Maroulis wins 1st USA Women's Wrestling Gold

Congratulations to Greek American Helen Maroulis for winning the first ever gold medal in women's wrestling for the United States. She beat the legendary Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida who is considered the best women wrestler ever with 3 Olympic golds and 13 world championships.

AHEPA Denounces Turkey's Decision to Prohibit 
Religious Service at Historic Monastery

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the leading membership-based service association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, denounces in the strongest terms, the Turkish government's decision to prohibit a religious service at the historic Panagia Soumela monastery in Trabzon, Turkey, in celebration of the Feast Day of the Virgin Mary, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades. 

The religious service, which is officiated by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, had resumed five years ago and has been held every year since then on August 15.   According to 
apress report, this year, the license to hold the religious ceremony had been revoked due to "renovations taking place inside the monastery" thereby cancelling the liturgy. 

"After taking a step forward five years ago, Turkey now takes two steps back. This act is yet another example of how the Turkish government routinely restricts religious freedom or belief for all religious minorities and is exactly the reason why the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) continues to place Turkey in a 'Tier 2' category in its annual report," Zachariades said. "The very fact that a license must be obtained from the Turkish government to hold a religious service is itself an outrage and an egregious restriction upon religious freedom."  

He added, "Religious freedom is a fundamental human right.  America has a proud tradition of championing religious freedom around the world, and the Order of AHEPA was founded on the principle of fighting discrimination, including religious discrimination.  Therefore, we call on the U.S. government to address the issue with Turkey and to adopt and implement all of the policy recommendations set-forth by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in its 
2016 report on Turkey."

Learn more about the Panagia Soumela monastery by CLICKING HERE.

Greek Gymnast wins Gold in Rings

AHEPA District 12 congratulates Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece for winning the Gold medal in Gymnastics in the ring event.


The normally rambuctious crowd in the Olympic Arena went silent. It was time for their hero, the first Brazilian gymnast to win an Olympic gold, to try and prove he was still the "Lord of the Rings."

Arthur Zanetti, the 2012 Olympic champion on still rings, came within a few tenths of doing but couldn't compete with Eleftherios Petrounias' effortless-seeming holds and perfectly stuck landing.

Zanetti finished second, became the first Brazilian gymnast to win multiple Olympic medals. Petrounias took the gold, became the third Greek gymnast in Olympic history to win the still rings title. The first was over a hundred years ago at the 1896 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

25-year-old Petrounias was the only gymnast in the rings final to hit the 16 point mark. In addition to his world title on rings from 2015, he is the 2016 European champion.

It is Greece's fifth Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. 25-year-old Petrounias played an important role in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, serving as the first torch bearer for the Olympic torch relay. 

Petrounias received another Olympic honor when Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, came down onto the competition floor during the final to congratulate Petrounias personally. 

In third place was Denis Ablyazin of Russia.

The final rankings were:

1. Eleftherios Petrounias: 16.000

2. Arthur Zanetti: 15.766

3. Denis Ablyazin:15.700

4. Liu Yang: 15.6000

5. Igor Radivilov: 15.466

6. You Hao: 15.400

7. Danny Pinheiro Rodrigues: 15.233

8. Dennis Goossens: 14.933

Greek Athelete wins Gold in Pole Vault

It was an amazing night in the ‪Olympics‬ women's ‪‎polevault‬ as Greek Ekateríni Stefanídi won the Gold and USA Sandi Morris won the Silver. The two countries we love get the top 2 spots on the podium.

Congratulations from AHEPA Hoosier District 12 to both women for their outstanding performance.

Both ladies added more medals to their countries total. As of end of the day Friday, USA now has 105 medals (38 Gold, 35 Silver, and 32 Bronze). Hellas now has 6 medals (3 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze).


USA to Turkey: Back Off!

United States to Turkey: Back off.

The Obama administration has a message for Turkey: Tone it down.

A day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed frustration that Secretary of State John Kerry had yet to visit his country in the wake of a failed coup attempt, a State Department official said the U.S. is increasingly concerned about the language emanating from its longtime NATO ally.

Much of that language has been deeply anti-American, with Turkish media peddling allegations that the Obama administration was behind the coup attempt and even suggesting a Washington think tank had a role. Erdogan has, to some extent, fanned the flames, while simultaneously reaching out to U.S. rival Russia, which he visited Tuesday.

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Restoration of Parthenon moves to the West side

Following article is from

Restoration work on Athens' Acropolis is set to shift to the west side of the Parthenon under a 40-year-long effort to restore the ancient archaeological monument, officials said Thursday.

“Most of the restoration work was completed in 2015, whereby we fixed the most important and urgent problems,” the head of the operation Vassiliki Eleftheriou told AFP.

“Now we need to address certain other areas such as the west pediment,” she said.

For visitors to the hill-top citadel, the project means a crane, which has been parked in front of the Parthenon, will now be moved inside the ancient temple to repair the northern wall, she added.

Most of the work involves bolstering the pillars of the pediment and removing rusty iron supports dating from the early 20th century that had caused further damage to the monument.

No cost estimate was given.

The restoration phase will last a year but other tasks are expected to continue to 2020, Eleftheriou said.

The Parthenon's western pediment once depicted a legendary contest between Poseidon, god of the sea, and Athena, goddess of wisdom, for the patronage of Athens.

Like most of the temple, the pediment was damaged during a Venetian siege in 1687.

In addition, the best sculpture remnants were subsequently removed in the early 19th century on the orders of British ambassador Lord Elgin, who sold them to the British government.

Despite the economic crisis plaguing Greece since 2010, the Acropolis restoration works have never ceased thanks to European support funds.

ISIS in Greece!

Following article is from the Greek Reporter.

According to officials from Europol, fake passports destined for the terror group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) have been discovered at refugee camps in Greece, Italian newspaper La Stampa reports.

The paper says that Europol discovered these documents as a part of a larger investigation looking into the trafficking of fake documents for ISIS in Iraq, Syria, Greece and Austria.

“In particular they have identified fake passports in the refugee camps in Greece that were destined to supposed members of ISIS (ISIL),” La Stampa said.

The British paper The Telegraph noted that as of Sunday there have been no comments regarding this issue from Europol.

Also reported by La Stampa is a growing concern from Europol that the terrorist group is using Greece as an entry point from Syria and Iraq into the EU by smuggling in terrorists amidst scores of refugees by providing them with fake Syrian passports.

With these fake passports the disguised ISIS members then are able to seek asylum in other EU countries, with the potential to become part of a terror cell or act alone as a lone wolf in acts of terror.

According the recent government reports, last week Greece saw some 261 new arrivals of migrants in the 24 hours from Thursday morning to Friday morning; an increase from the average 150 arrivals per day or less that Greece has seen since the EU-Turkey deal began in March.

Also raising concern is the uncertainty of the EU-Turkey migrant deal that states migrants rejected for asylum status in Greece can be returned to Turkey. Since July 15, when the Turkish military attempted a failed coup of the country, Turkey’s stability and reliability in regards to the EU migrants deal has been fragile and ready to collapse at any moment.

As of the present time, government reports say that there are some 58,000 migrants trapped in Greece since FYROM closed its border to migrants this past spring, leaving the asylum seekers forced to live in refugee camps set up throughout Greece.

Greece in 2016 Baseball European Championships

The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) announced that the 2016 European Championship will be held from September 9 to 18, 2016 in Hoofddorp, Netherlands. The announcement was made during a press conference at Pioniers Baseball Stadium in Hoofddorp on Thursday afternoon, which was attended by CEB President Jan Esselman.

The 2016 European Championship will be organized by the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB), the City of Hoofddorp and the local baseball club Hoofddorp Pioniers.

The state of the art facility in Hoofddorp was opened in April 2014, meeting all requirements for International baseball games as well as Major League Baseball and is the home of the Dutch Hoofdklasse club Vaessen Pioniers. The complex is part of the Park 21 development project and consists of a baseball stadium, another international level baseball field, three softball fields, youth fields and practice areas. Seating capacity at the stadium is currently 600, but due to the setup of the facility with temporary stands it could be raised  to 30,000. 

The Netherlands last organized the European Championship in 2012, when Rotterdam, Haarlem and Utrecht hosted games. The 2016 edition is going to be the 34th European Championship in the history. The first was organized in Belgium in 1954. It will be the 10th time that the European Championship will be held in the Netherlands. The Netherlands have won 21 Gold Medals, followed by Italy with 10. 

The hosting Dutch National Team is the defending champion. They defeated Italy in the Gold Medal Game of the 2014 European Championship in the Czech Republic. The other participants will be Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Belgium, Russia, Great Britain, Greece, Sweden and Croatia. More information will be released in the coming months.

Greek Taxes

Tax Office Statements will meet most Greeks as they return from their summer vacations. On Monday, the first single property ENFIA taxes will be posted online so that the government can yield up to 3.2 billion euros from which the government hopes to gather at least 2.65 billion euros.

ENFIA aside, there will be 13 taxes imposed from September until January marking an uphill battle for ordinary citizens trying to make ends meet. The Greek state hopes to yield 23.296 billion euros from taxpayers by the end of the year of which 9 billion euros will be direct taxes.

These include:

1) income tax
2) the special solidarity contribution
3) vocation duties
4) luxury tax
5) single property ENFIA tax
6) telephone duties
7) special fuel tax
8) consumption tax
9) special agricultural tax
10) special coffee consumption tax
11) special tobacco products tax
12) increased tax for electronic cigarettes
13) new car duties for 2017

You may read the full story from the Greek Reporter by CLICKING HERE.

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