Message from AHEPA District 12 Governor
From the Office of the District Governor
With an invitation from an Uncle, I joined the Order of AHEPA as a young man and soon will be celebrating 50 years. My goal has always been not to give back but rather pay it forward. In that light, I am working diligently to promote AHEPA values and goals.
The District Lodge will be working this year (2015-16) to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Order of AHEPA are reinforced, as we travel through the District to promote our ideals and traditions. It takes each and every one of us, as members of this wonderful organization to aspire to those goals and objectives as we move forward with renewed spirit, energy and love for the good of the order.
Would like to remind all of our members to pay their dues for the calendar year 2015. The goal is to have every brother paid on or before the holidays arrive. To be in good standing with the chapter, district, and National Headquarters, a member must have his dues paid-in-full.
As District Governor, I am supporting the following projects in 2015-16:
• The Supreme Lodge has set-up a program for the next 2-years – a goal to raise monies to help rebuild Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero in New York City. Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was destroyed on 9/11. The time has come for all of us to help in rebuilding this efface. The Archdiocese in New York is in need of our help to raise these funds. I have initiated a program to buy a Saint Nicholas National Shrine 9/11 lapel pin from any District 12 Lodge member, which has given us the opportunity to raise large funds for the Saint Nicholas National Shrine;
• Completing the Indiana Specialty License Plate Application to secure an AHEPA Logo License Plate and then asking the AHEPA-DOP Educational Foundation to maintain the running of this money-making program;
• Completing the set-up of an Amazon Web Site, while using PayPal, so that the District Lodge will receive a percentage of the profits from each sale;
• Asking each chapter to raise monies to purchase drug kits to be used by the first responders and the police officers of their communities;
• Supporting the Second Annual Hellenic History Tournament in Chicago in November at the Loyola University, which is to be hosted by AHEPA Chapter 205. Any chapter and/or individual person(s) and/or Group(s) can sponsor a team. If your chapter can’t sponsor a team of three high school students, then I ask the chapter to support the tournament with a $250 dollar minimum donation. So far, the District Lodge will support one team;
• Increasing the membership of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus in the state of Indiana. Our state has nine United States Representatives, in which there are five members currently in the Hellenic Caucus. We need to encourage the other four United States Representatives to join;
• Every chapter in our District, if possible, with their Daughters, Sons and Maids chapters should try donating precious time and/or efforts in helping their local communities on special community projects. For example: serving meals at a soup kitchen, working with their local food pantry, delivering meals on wheels, helping tutoring our children in need of help, get involved in helping cleaning up of a park and/or the side of the road, etc.; and
• Membership: We need to retain our current level of membership at 100%, and trying to grow by 10%. This can happen by staying very active and showing our communities the good things that AHEPA accomplishes.
I am looking forward to visiting and taking part in all the wonderful activities each chapter is doing to promote the Order of AHEPA. Hopefully, I will be visiting each chapter in the District at least twice in the fall and twice in the spring before the District Convention in Indianapolis.
District Governor, AHEPA Hoosier District 12
St. Nicholas Pins available
AHEPA District 12 is selling lapel pins to benefit the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero in New York City.
The pins are a hit as the District has sold over 500 of them in the past six months. The District sells them for $10 dollars a piece and all proceeds will go to Saint Nicholas.
If you would like this once in a lifetime collectors items, please contact District Governor Sam Benjamin (email@example.com) or message us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greek-American Betty Cantrell crowned Miss America 2016
AHEPA Hoosier District 12 congratulates Miss America 2016 - Betty Cantrell. She is a Greek-American and granddaughter of Brother Stavros G. Andris, an AHEPA Life Member of Solon Chapter 5, Savannah, Ga.
Her first name is Vasiliki, which means "royalty". Cantrell, who has Greek and German ancestry, was named after her Greek grandmother. She also sings in her Greek Orthodox church choir and is a member of a Greek dance group.
Her platform is "healthy children, strong America." According to the Telegraph, her parents own a sports medicine and physical therapy center. "Child obesity is a real problem" she told the Ledger-Enquirer. "I grew up eating healthy. Others are not that fortunate."
October 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, or October 8th is National Chocolate Day.
Going forward, 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...thats the point!
In October, there are many days designated for something fun.
October 2nd - World Smile Day
October 4th - National Golf Day
October 7th - National Frappe Day
October 17th - National Pasta Day
October 27th - Navy Day
October 31st - Halloween
And much much more. To see entire list of designated days in October. CLICK HERE.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Pizza Month, Vegetarian Month and much more.
October Name Days!
AHEPA District #12 would like to wish Χρόνια Πολλά to all those who celebrate their names day in October.
There are 83 names that celebrate in October. Some of those names are Dionysios/Dennis/Dan, Thomas, Luke, Diana, Jacob/Iakovos, Socrates, Dimitra, Marinos, and many more.
For a full list of names and the dates they celebrate in October, you may CLICK HERE to access the list.
Greek Hospitals in need of equipment
With the harsh austerity measures imposed on Greece, the Greek government has cut a large percentage (over 50%) of funding to hospitals across the country. This dramatic cut in the hospital budgets have left most hospitals in desperate need of medical equipment along with supplies. Note: AHEPA has sent over $6.5 million dollars of medical supplies to hospitals all across Greece working with the IOCC the past couple years thanks to all the AHEPA members who donate for the cost of shipping.
AHEPA has formed a committee to help secure urgent hospital equipment for the AHEPA hospital in Thessaloniki and the Evangellsimos hospital in Athens.
We ask all our members to reach out to anyone you may know in the medical field that can be helpful in securing some of the equipment the hospitals have told AHEPA are urgent and critical.
The image above has a nice summary of the AHEPA hospital project. If the image is too small to read, you may click here to access the full size PDF file.
You may contact Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas (email@example.com) for any leads that may lead to securing hospital equipment.
AHEPA remembers 9/11
AHEPANS in the Midwest pause and reflect on the anniversary of 9/11 and the worst terrorist attacks on American soil. We pray for the families of all the victims
We will never forget the nearly 3,000 lives lost on that day. We will never forget the bravery and sacrifices of the first responders. We will never forget St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church; the only house of worship that was destroyed on that day when the towers collapsed. We will never forget the countless acts of heroism by ever day citizens to help each other on that day. We will never forget the courageous men on flight United 93 who were the first to fight back against the terrorists. We will never forget those who perished at the Pentagon and flight American 77.
May the memories be eternal for all those who perished on that fateful day.
READ official AHEPA press release on 9/11 by clicking here.
Reminder: Pay your membership dues to the chapter
AHEPA District 12 would like to remind all our members to pay your dues for the 2015 calendar year. The goal is to have everyone paid before the holidays arrive. To be in good standing with the chapter and AHEPA, a member must have his dues paid in full.
Contact your chapter secretary or officers to pay your dues or bring your payment to your next chapter meeting.
Saint Nicholas update
The construction of Saint Nicholas National Shrine and Greek Orthodox Church in NYC at Ground Zero has begun and the foundation footprint is clearly visible. HVAC, plumbing, and electrical have started beneath the flooring.
Precious objects of the Orthodox faith have been embedded into the sub-flooring.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is happy to inform everyone that two cameras have been installed at the site to allow people to view the construction 24/7 in real time. One camera is video streaming and the other is a gigapixel camera that takes a picture every hour and all the pictures will be able to be stitched to form a time-lapse video.
The cameras and installation of the equipment was donated in FULL by Earthcam corporation.
You can watch the construction of the new church in real time from your computer.
CLICK HERE to see live construction site footage: https://www.stnicholaswtc.org/webcam
The financial donation summary as of September 20th is the following:
Archdiocese goal: $40 to $50 million dollars
Total pledge donations: $35,005,854.11
Total collected: $16,465,983.94
Two Midwest U.S. Representatives join Congressional Hellenic Caucus
AHEPA District 13 and Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas are pleased to announce that two more US Representatives from the states of Illinois and Wisconsin have joined the Hellenic Caucus.
Wisconsin US Representative Reid Ribble has joined the Congressional Hellenic Caucus.
Reid Ribble is the Wisconsin US Representative for the 8th District and is the first US Representative from the State of Wisconsin to join the Hellenic Caucus. Wisconsin is also the home of the current Order of AHEPA Supreme President – John Galanis.
The Wisconsin 8th District covers the North Eastern portion of Wisconsin and includes the cities of Appleton, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Kewaunee, and Shawano to name a few.
There is one Greek Orthodox Church located in Appleton that is currently inactive in Rep. Ribble District.
• Saint Nicholas Church
Illinois US Representative Adam Kinzinger has joined the Congressional Hellenic Caucus.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger is the Illinois US Representative for the 16th District.
The Illinois 16th District covers the North Central portion of Illinois and includes the cities of DeKalb, Ottawa, Dixon, Pontiac, Danforth, portions of Rockford, and Rochelle to name a few.
There are two Greek Orthodox Churches located in the Illinois 16th District.
• St. George in DeKalb
• Sts. Constantine and Helen in Rockford
We thank Adam for responding to our grassroots effort to have him join the Hellenic Caucus and be engaged with issues concerning Greek Americans.
We are pleased that Illinois now has 13 US Representatives on the Hellenic Caucus. There are 18 total US Representatives for Illinois with one seat currently vacant and awaiting special election (IL -18th District).
Through the AHEPA outreach and leadership of Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas, 10 US Representatives from Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin have joined the Congressional Hellenic Caucus. We hope more will join in the next few months.
US Representatives that have joined the Hellenic Caucus the past couple years from the Midwest:
- Jackie Walorski (IN-2) - R
- Marlin Stutzman (IN-3) - R
- Susan Brooks (IN-5) - R
- Todd Young (IN-9) - R
- Robin Kelly (IL-2) - D
- Bob Dold (IL -10) - R
- Rodney Davis (IL-13) - R
- Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) - R
- Cheri Bustos (IL-17) - D
Greece - EuroBasket 2015
Greece performed very well in EuroBasket 2015. They won all their games in the group stage which meant they won the group and advanced to the round of 16.
Group Stage Results:
Greece 85 FYROM 65
Greece 72 Croatia 70
Greece 79 Georgia 68
Greece 83 Slovenia 72
Greece 68 Netherlands 65
In the round of 16 they beat Belgium 75-54 to advance to the quarterfinals where they played Spain.
AHEPA news from Canada
Our brothers in Canada do great work. Clicking HERE will allow you read and view all the news in PDF format from AHEPA Canadian President ken Matziorinis.
Tsipras and Syriza reelected
Alexis Tsipras and Syriza party win Greek election on September 20th.
Syriza won just over 35%, slightly down on its previous result and still short of an overall majority. But it will renew its coalition with the nationalist Independent Greeks.
Read more by reading summary from BBC news by CLICKING HERE.
Greek Superleague Standings
Here are the Greek Superleague (soccer) standings after five games played in the 2015-2016 season:
1 OLYMPIACOS 5-0-0 15 pts
2 PANATHINAIKOS 4-0-1 12 pts
3 P.A.O.K. 3-1-1 10 pts
4 PANETOLIKOS 2-1-2 7 pts
5 A.E.K. 2-1-1 7 pts
6 ASTERAS TRIP. 2-1-2 7 pts
7 PAS GIANNINA 2-1-2 7 pts
8 PANIONIOS 2-1-2 7 pts
9 SKODA XANTHI 1-3-1 6 pts
10 ATROMITOS ATH. 2-0-3 6 pts
11 LEVADIAKOS 2-0-3 6 pts
12 IRAKLIS 1-2-2 5 pts
13 AEL KALLONI 1-2-2 5 pts
14 VERIA 1-2-1 5 pts
15 PANTHRAKIKOS 0-2-3 2 pts
16 PLATANIAS 0-1-4 1 pt
IMPORTANT FINAL NOTE
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District 12 - SUPER BINGO!
The State of Indiana Gaming Commission has officially approved the AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo for Friday October 2nd, 2015. We appreciate the quick approval from the State Gaming Commission.
$10,000 will be paid out in bingo games only. Much much more will be paid out on pull-tabs and raffles.
Mark your calendars (10/2/15) and come out and play and at the same time support AHEPA District 12 charity causes. All net proceeds go to charity.
Bingo license numbers are 137849 and 137850
District 12 members who celebrate birthdays in October
Chapter 78 - Merrillville
10/30 - Sam Benjamin
10/29 - James Coros
10/29 - Mark Dranger
10/10 - Stavros Fountoulakis
10/09 - Adam Gianopolus
10/26 - Matthew Kochevar
10/06 - Nicholas Pangere
10/01 - Ross Pangere
10/01 - Steve Pangere
10/01 - Andrew Paramantgis
10/02 - Chris Zeheralis
Chapter 81 - Fort Wayne
10/21 - Jim Furos
Chapter 100 - South Bend
10/02 - George Mighion
10/24 - Paul Saros
Chapter 123 - Hammond
10/04 - Chris Davlantes
10/20 - George Kioussis
10/01 - George Poulos
Chapter 157 - East Chicago/Schererville
10/03 - Alex Adamopoulos
10/30 - Gus Anton
10/20 - Alexis Clavijo
10/11 - Michael Estes
10/29 - John Lafakis
10/02 - Gust Manous
10/04 - Stanley Wolucka
Chapter 232 - Indianapolis
10/26 - Ernie Mudis
10/06 - Panos Niarchos
DOP Past Grand President Anna-Helene Grossomanides Testimonal
The AHEPA family came to Flushing Meadows Park, New York on Sunday September 27th to honor immediate Past Grand President of the Daughters of Penelope Anna-Helene Grossomanides. The testimonial luncheon was held at the beautiful venue Terrace on the Park.
The view from the venue are exceptional and the food was great. More importantly, the testimonial luncheon was flawless and brotherhood/sisterhood fellowship was emotionally touching.
AHEPA District 12 was represented by DOP Grand Maids of Athena Advisor Kathy Zotos and AHEPA Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas. AHEPA family members from all across the United States and Canada came to honor Anna-Helene. The entire DOP Grand lodge led by Grand President Connie Pillalis were in attendance. Also attending were members of the AHEPA Supreme lodge (including immediate AHEPA Past Supreme President Phillip Frangos), Supreme President of the Sons of Pericles, and Grand President of the Maids of Athena.
Anna-Helene Grossomanides was the Grand President of the Daughters of Penelope in 2014-2015.. She was elected at the 92nd Supreme Convention held in New Orleans. Anna-Helene is a member of DOP Demetra Chapter #33 in Brooklyn, NY and a dual member of Lysandros Chapter #181 in Norwich, CT. She has served all officer positions at the chapter, district, and national levels.
Anna-Helene was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a graduate of Saint Josephs College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Communication. She has also earned a Masters degree in Education from Brooklyn College. Anna-Helene has been an educator for more than 20 years.
Anna-Helene is married to Past AHEPA Supreme President John Grossomanides and currently resides in Westerly, Rhode Island. She is an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Norwich, CT and is also a member of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, NY. She is very active in her community and church.
AHEPA District 12 is very proud of Anna-Helene and all of her accomplishments. She did a wonderful job as Grand President and was very kind and generous to the AHEPA family in District 12. She is always welcomed with open arms and hearts in the Hoosier State and we wish her well in her future endeavors.
District 12 and 13 AHEPANS attend Cypriot GALA
AHEPA was invited to attend the 60th Anniversary GALA celebration of 1955-1959 EOKA uprising by the Cypriot American Society of Greater Chicago. The guest of honor for that evening was His Excellency Mr. Nicos Anastasiades – President of the Republic of Cyprus.
Cyprus was occupied by Turkey until 1898. In 1898, Turkey handed Cyprus over to Britain. Thus, Cyprus became a colony of England. The British, from the first moment they set foot on the island, tried to humiliate its Greek residents. They questioned their Greek identity and their language. They interfered in their education intending to mold the Cypriot consciousness.
In 1931, the first unarmed uprising of the Cypriot people against the British yoke occurred.
In 1955, the Greek Cypriots decided to overthrow the British oppression through an armed clash and founded EOKA (National Organization of Cypriot Fighters). On April 1st, they began their armed struggle for self-determination or union with mother Greece.
The struggle lasted until 1959. Many fighters died in their attempt for liberty. Others were imprisoned, tortured, and executed. By the end of 1959, after four years of hard struggle, the Cypriots managed to wrest the consent of the British for the self-determination and independence of Cyprus.
The event was well attended by Cypriots and Greek-Americans in the Chicagoland area. AHEPA was represented by AHEPA Supreme President John Galanis. Other AHEPA family that attended were District 12 Governor Sam Benjamin, District 12 Lt. Governor George Loxas, District 12 Treasurer Dan Skotadis, Past District Governor Matt Kochevar, Chicago Chapter #205 President Themis Frangos, Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas, Past Supreme Governor Peter Masters, and Hammond DOP Chapter #50 President Helen Mitrakis.
The GALA started with a blessing from His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos and His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos. A proclamation of EOKA day from the Illinois Secretary of State was read and than a welcome greeting from the Greek Consul General in Chicago. There was a presentation of a brief documentary of the EOKA uprising and two speakers. One speaker was the President Andreas Maimarides of the Council of Historical Memory of the EOKA Struggle and the other was President Thassos Sophocleous of the Foundation EOKA Liberation Struggle. Also providing a message to the attendees of the GALA was Mr. Phillip Christopher – President International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) and President of Pancyprian Association of America.
The evening ended with the President of the Republic of Cyprus - His Excellency Mr. Nicos Anastasiades giving a keynote address and mingling with the crowd shaking hands and taking pictures.
It was a wonderful event and AHEPA was proud to support. AHEPA was highly regarded and treated with world class respect and admiration of our support for Cypriot issues and concerns.
Notable dates in October History
In the August eNewsletter, we started a new section which lists notable dates in history. Here is a listing of some notable events for every day October.
October 1, 1908 - Henry Ford's Model T, a "universal car" designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time.
October 2, 1967 - Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was sworn in as the first African American associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served until 1991 and was known for opposing discrimination and the death penalty, and for championing free speech and civil liberties
October 3, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
October 4, 1965 - Pope Paul VI became the first Pope to visit the U.S. and the first to address the United Nations.
October 5, 1908 - Bulgaria proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman Empire.
October 5th - Chester A. Arthur (1830-1886) the 21st President of the U.S. was born in Fairfield, Vermont. He succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of James A. Garfield. He served from September 20, 1881 to March 3, 1885, but was not nominated by the Republican Party for a second term.
October 6, 1973 - The Yom Kippur War started as Egypt and Syria launched attacks on Israeli positions on the East Bank of the Suez and the Golan Heights.
October 7, 1765 - The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York City with representatives from nine colonies meeting in protest to the British Stamp Act which imposed the first direct tax by the British Crown upon the American colonies.
October 8, 1871 - The Great Fire of Chicago erupted. According to legend, it started when Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in her barn on DeKoven Street. Over 300 persons were killed and 90,000 were left homeless as the fire leveled 3.5 square miles, destroying 17,450 buildings. Financial losses totaled over $200 million.
October 9th - John Lennon (1940-1980) was born in Liverpool, England. He was a member of The Beatles, an influential rock group which captivated audiences first in England and Germany, and later in America and throughout the world. He was murdered in New York City on December 8, 1980.
October 10, 1973 - Spiro T. Agnew (1918-1996) resigned the office of Vice President of the United States amid charges of income tax evasion on illegal payments allegedly received while he was governor of Maryland and after he became Vice President.
October 11, 1939 - Albert Einstein warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt that his theories could lead to Nazi Germany's development of an atomic bomb. Einstein suggested the U.S. develop its own bomb. This resulted in the top secret "Manhattan Project."
October 12, 1811 - Paraguay declared its independence from Spain and Argentina.
October 13, 1775 - The United States Navy was born after the Second Continental Congress authorized the acquisition of a fleet of ships.
October 14, 1947 - U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier, flying in a rocket-powered research aircraft.
October 15, 1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on the Island of St. Helena beginning a British-imposed exile following his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
October 16, 1701 - Yale University was founded in Killingworth, Connecticut (as the Collegiate School of Connecticut). The school moved to New Haven in 1716. Two years later, the name was changed to Yale College to honor Elihu Yale, a philanthropist. In 1886, it became Yale University
October 17th - Pope John Paul I (1912-1978) was born in Forno di Canale, Italy (as Albino Luciani). He was elected the 263rd Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on September 28, 1978, but died in Rome just 34 days later.
October 18, 1685 - The Edict of Nantes was revoked by King Louis XIV of France thus depriving Protestant Huguenots of all religious and civil liberties previously granted to them by Henry IV in 1598.
October 19, 1987 - "Black Monday" occurred on Wall Street as stocks plunged a record 508 points or 22.6 per cent, the largest one-day drop in stock market history.
October 20, 1818 - The U.S. and Britain agreed to set the U.S.- Canadian border at the 49th parallel.
October 21, 1915 - The first transatlantic radio voice message was made by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company from Virginia to Paris.
October 22, 1962 - President John F. Kennedy appeared on television to inform Americans of the existence of Russian missiles in Cuba. The President demanded their removal and announced a naval "quarantine" of Cuba.
October 23, 1942 - British General Bernard Montgomery launched a major offensive against German forces under Erwin Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt.
October 24, 1931 - Chicago gangster "Scarface" Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in jail for Federal income tax evasion.
October 25th - Artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was born in Malaga, Spain. He was an experimental painter and also became a fine sculptor, engraver and ceramist.
October 26, 1881 - The shoot-out at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, occurred between the feuding Clanton and Earp families. Wyatt Earp, two of his brothers and "Doc" Holliday gunned down two Clantons and two others.
October 27, 1904 - The New York City subway began operating, running from City Hall to West 145th Street, the first underground and underwater rail system in the world.
October 28, 1918 - The Republic of Czechoslovakia was founded, assembled from three provinces - Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia - which had been part of the former Austro-Hungarian empire.
October 29, 1618 - British explorer Sir Walter Raleigh was executed in London for treason on orders from King James I.
October 30th - John Adams (1735-1826) the 2nd U.S. President was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. He served from March 4, 1797 to March 3, 1801. He had been George Washington's vice president, and was the father of John Quincy Adams, the 6th President.
October 31, 1984 - Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by three Sikh members of her bodyguard while walking in the garden of her New Delhi home.
May their Memory be Eternal
AHEPA Past Supreme President
Dr. Gus A. Constantine
Dr. Gus A. Constantine, age 92, a Naperville, IL resident since 1960, died on Sunday, September 6, 2015 in Naperville not far from the North Central College campus where he taught for over 30 years. He was born July 19, 1923 in Harvey, ND.
Beloved husband of the late Julia Gliarmis Constantine, whom he married April 28, 1946 at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Wilson, NC and who preceded him in death on March 28, 2001, loving father of Andrea (John) Wassel of Oak Brook, IL and Andrew Constantine II of Jersey City, NJ, adored grandfather of Bill (Tracey) Collins and George Wassel, cherished great-grandfather of Anthony and William Collins, devoted son of the late Andrew and Calliope Constantine, dear brother of Harry (Phoebe) Constantine of Chicago, IL, Gloria (Tom) Pappas of Washington state and the late Lily (the late John) Anagnost, fond uncle, great-uncle and friend to many.
Gus was born in North Dakota, the son of Greek immigrants, and moved to Chicago as an infant. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later earned a B.A. from Atlantic Christian College, Wilson, NC in 1950; an M.A. from East Carolina College, Greenville, NC in 1952 and a Doctor of Education from Duke University, Durham, NC in 1958.
In 1960, Gus and his family moved to Naperville after he accepted a professorship at North Central College (NCC) in Naperville and his wife, Julia accepted an offer to chair the social studies department at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville. Gus was Professor of Education Emeritus at NCC from 1960-1986 and also served Dean of the Night School, retiring in 1992.
Gus loved North Central College, wore his NCC baseball hat until the very end and was adored by his students. In a long and accomplished career, he was one of the first professors to go to Cuba to study the Cuban educational system and especially enjoyed taking student groups abroad to visit Greece, Israel and the Soviet Union among many other countries. He was also proud to meet Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King when he came to speak at NCC in 1961.
Gus was a member and former president (1993) of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a Greek organization that promotes Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence. At the same time, Gus' wife, Julia, was a member and Grand President of the Daughters of Penelope, AHEPA's affiliate women's organization. Gus and Julia were founding members of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora, IL.
AHEPA Garfield Chapter #203
President John Agres
John T. Agres. Beloved husband of Joanne nee Kartsunes. Loving father of Stacy (Jeff) Swierk, Tom (fiance Allison Cebry), and Anthony Agres. Proud Papou of Anastasia and Alex. Devoted son of Daisy and the late Tom Agres. Son-in-law of Dorothy and the late Nicholas Kartsunes. Loving uncle, great uncle, brother-in-law, cousin, and friend of many.
John was President of AHEPA Garfield Chapter #203 and a member of Chrysler Car Club.
AHEPA District 12 Facebook page
AHEPA District 12 has a new open to the public Facebook page. Many articles and information has been posted on that page rather than in old group page.
Please like the AHEPA District 12 Facebook page and invite your friends to like the page as well. Link below:
Note: Our brothers in District 13 and 14 also have a new facebook page.