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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

2nd Annual Midwest Hellenic History Tournament  

On Saturday November 14th, AHEPA Chicago Lakeshore Chapter #205 hosted the 2nd annual AHEPA Midwest Hellenic History Tournament.

The AHEPA Hellenic History tournament was founded in the New England area by AHEPA District #7. This is the seventh year for the tournament and the 2nd year in Chicago. The tournament provides a fun and unique way of enhancing the AHEPA mission; the promotion of Hellenism and Education.

Any student who is in grades 9-12 during the date of the competition and is interested in learning about the 3,500 year history of Hellenes is eligible to participate.

The students form or join a three-student team and receive a book from AHEPA on Hellenic History. They prepare for the tournament by reading the book that was provided and studying other material that can be obtained from bibliography list. On the day of the tournament, the students take part in a one day quiz show type single elimination tournament after the first two rounds (each team is guaranteed to play two games – cumulative score is used to advance to the third round). The team that answers the most multiple choice questions correctly advance and eventually win.

This year tournament was once again held at the world class facilities of Loyola University Chicago School of Law located in the heart of downtown Chicago. The facility usage was 100% donated at no cost by Loyola.

Student registration began at 11:30AM and lunch was served at NOON. All the food and drinks were donated by the following:

• Osteria via Stato
• Rogers Park Fruit Market
• Sunny Side Up - Breakfast and Lunch
• Jake Melnick's
• Standing Room Only

AHEPA Chapter #205 thanks all the food donors for their generous donations. The food was outstanding and everyone appreciated the support.

In addition to the food donations, the following businesses, AHEPA and DOP chapters, organizations and individuals helped sponsor the tournament.

Generous Support By:
• AHEPA National Housing Corporation

Title Sponsors:
• Tasty Breads International

• AHEPA Calumet Chapter #157 (Indiana)
• AHEPA Chicago Logan Chapter #260 (Illinois)
• AHEPA District #12 (Indiana)
• AHEPA Hammond Chapter #123 (Indiana)
• AHEPA Indianapolis Chapter #232 (Indiana)
• AHEPA Little Fort Chapter #218 (Illinois)
• AHEPA Merrillville Chapter #78 (Indiana)
• AHEPA North Shore Chapter #94 (Illinois)
• AHEPA Shoreline Chapter #380 (Illinois)
• G&M Trucking
• Greek Islands Restaurant
• Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church (Westchester, IL)
• Past Supreme President Phillip and Tula Frangos
• The Stavrakas Family

• Chris Atsaves
• Susan and Michael Brown
• Konstantina and Matthew Brown
• Daughters of Penelope Madea Chapter #128
• Bob and June Markatos
• Ayis Pyrros

• Stephen A. Chareas Attorney at Law

All the sponsors are critical to the tournament success and AHEPA thanks them all for their generous contributions.

The winning team of the 2nd annual AHEPA Midwest Hellenic History Tournament was the Saint George Stars comprised of Konstantinos Morakalis, Christos Nikas, and Nicholas Tomaras. The winning team received $3,000 dollars or $1,000 dollars per student. This team has won the tournament both years making them two time defending champions. Each student also receives a trophy and the larger “Hellenic Cup” trophy will reside with the sponsor of the students which is AHEPA Chapter #205.

The second place team was Saint Peter and Paul GOYA comprised of Elias Anderson, Mitry Anderson, and Julia Economy. The 2nd place team received $1,500 dollars or $500 dollars per student.

We congratulate both teams that made the final and the 8 other teams that competed. Every student received a certificate for their participation. All the matches were competitive. The final match was decided by only two points!

Chapter 205 President Themis Frangos remarked: “The Hellenic History Tournament truly showcases unique students who have taken it upon themselves to learn and compete about history that has shaped the world, and whose efforts will serve them well in their future academic pursuits. Regardless of the results today, each competitor has gone above-and-beyond and has achieved great success!

AHEPA #205 is proud to have taken the initiative and start this unique competition in the Midwest. It is a competition that AHEPA plans to host annually in the Chicago area. If you are interested in having your kids compete, please contact your local AHEPA chapter or a member of AHEPA and let them know you have children who are interested in not only learning Hellenic History and have a good time doing it but also compete for scholarship prize money which can help with future costs of a higher education.


AHEPA Chapter #205 also thanks AHEPANS and Daughters members from around the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area who helped at the tournament and came to support the students.

AHEPA District 12 is very proud of the support the chapters all across the state provided for this tournament. This tournament is open to everyone grades 9-12 and we encourage all our chapters and members to enter a team(s) for next year. You learn a lot and have fun doing it plus the students have an opportunity to win a significant cash prize.


Merry Christmas!!

Governor Sam Benjamin and the entire AHEPA District 12 lodge would like wish all our brothers, AHEPA Family, and friends a very Merry Christmas!

District 12 members who celebrate birthdays in December

Chapter 78 - Merrillville

12/27 - John Buncich
12/21 - Nick Kaiafas
12/06 - Nick Kavadas
12/11 - William Logothetis
12/16 - John Pangere
12/13 - William Passodelis

Chapter 81 - Fort Wayne


Chapter 100 - South Bend

12/24 - Dain Crawford
12/28 - James Fotiou
12/26 - Daniel Saros

Chapter 123 - Hammond

12/19 - George Bizoukas
12/22 - Deno Frankos
12/23 - Peter Korellis
12/23 - Alex Sakelaris
12/09 - George Tsatsos
12/08 - Spiros Zontos

Chapter 157 - East Chicago/Schererville

12/10 - Ernie Dunbar
12/26 - Andrew Esfakis
12/17 - Chris Kostouros
12/21 - John Kountoures
12/13 - Peter Makris
12/23 - George Nastav

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

12/09 - James Bakas
12/16 - James Bovis
12/31 - Nicholas Dervenis
12/21 - Nicholas Hrisomalos
12/10 - Panayotis Iatridis
12/04 - John Kofodimos
12/14 - George Pappas
12/12 - Christ Tsiros

AHEPA District 12 Convention

AHEPA Indianapolis Chapter #232 will be hosts for the 2016 AHEPA Family District 12 Convention along with Daughters of Penelope Indianapolis Laertes Chapter #212.

Here is some preliminary information to help the chapters, delegates, and friends who will attend the convention this year in Carmel, Indiana.

Date of Convention:
Saturday June 11th, 2016
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
3500 West 106th Street
Carmel, Indiana 46032
  • It is a one day convention
  • Continental breakfast will be provided
  • Cash bar will be provided during banquet and after
  • Registration fee: $100.00 dollars (includes breakfast, scholarship luncheon, and banquet)
  • No official hotel. Delegates are on their own to pick a hotel of their choice. The chapter will provide a list of nearby hotels.
  • 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold for the convention. Every chapter will be sent tickets so they can help support the convention even if they can not attend. We would appreciate the chapters to do their best to sell as many 50/50 tickets as possible. It helps with convention costs and the bigger the pot for the winner.

Tentative Schedule:
June 11th, 2016
  • Registration: 8AM - 9AM
  • Meetings: 9:30AM - 12PM (NOON)
  • Scholarship luncheon (12:30PM - 2PM)
  • Meetings: 2:15PM - 5:00PM
  • Banquet: 6PM - 8PM
  • Dancing and socializing: 8PM - 10PM

December 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 December, there are many days designated for something fun.

For example:

December 4th - National Cookie Day
December 10th - Human Rights Day
December 13th - National Violin Day
December 23rd - Festivus
December 28th - Pledge of Allegiance Day

And much much more. To see entire list of designated days in December. CLICK HERE.

December is also World Aids Month, National Tie Month, Safe Toys and Gifts Month, Spirtual Literacy Month and many more.

John Galanis interview with GreekNews

Recently on November 15th, 2015, Order of AHEPA Supreme President was interviewed by GreekNews to help inform the general public about AHEPA and the current activities being being taken by the office of the Supreme President.

“I want to bring AHEPA to greater heights to the extent that I can” - John Galanis

For the full interview, please CLICK HERE to read the transcript via GreekNewsonline.

Galanis is a founding partner of Galanis, Pollack, Jacobs & Johnson, S.C., a Milwaukee-based law firm. He is an Archon of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and he and his wife, Patricia, are members of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee. They have four children and several grandchildren.

AHEPA Newly Designed Website

Have you been to the Order of AHEPA national website lately? If not, you are missing out on a newly and recently revamped website designed to make navigation simpler and easier to use.

The wesbite URL (address) remains the same but the look and feel is totally different.


St. Nicholas UPDATE

Lots of progress has been made from AHEPANS all across the country in the first of a two year campaign to raise money to help rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in NYC at Ground zero. 

The AHEPA goal is to raise $500,000 dollars over two years. As of November 24th, 2015, the Order of AHEPA through generous donations of its members, chapters, and districts has just surpassed $250,000 dollars! We are half way there with just a little under a year left to reach the ultimate goal of $500k.

The Order of AHEPA is asking all our members and chapters to dedicate two days in December to not only find creative ways to fund raise but to continue and raise awareness for this effort.

Tuesday December 1st - Giving Tuesday. Encourage family, friends, and colleagues to make an online donation. District 12 does have the ability to collect monies online for this effort. You may make an online donation by CLICKING HERE.

Sunday December 6th - Feast Day of Saint Nicholas.
We encourage all chapters and districts to hold a fundraiser. Some ideas could be hosting a pancake breakfast, sponsoring a church coffee hour, hosting a brunch...etc..etc.

You may also reach out to District 12 Governor Sam Benjamin if you would like to purchase a Saint Nicholas limited edition pin. They are only $10 dollars and 100% of proceeds will be donated to this project. They make a great Christmas gift. AHEPANS will be in church on this Sunday and will be able to take an order for pins.

The Order of AHEPA has a strong and proud history of reaching lofty goals and together we can accomplish this one.

Governor Sam Benjamin offers his sincere thanks to all those who have donated so far:
  • Merrrillville Chapter 78
  • Hammond Chapter 123
  • Calumet Chapter 157
  • District 12 lodge
  • Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas
  • Past Supreme Governor Harry Psaltis

You can view the entire donor list who gave directly to National HQ by CLICKING HERE.

Per the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, here is the summary of donations to date:

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

Total Pledged to date: $35,477,508.00

Total Collected to date: $17,165,647.00

DOP - Happy 86th!

AHEPA District 12 would like to wish the Daughters of Penelope a Happy 86th Anniversary of their founding.

The DOP celebrated their 86th anniversary on November 16th, 2015. (DOP founded in 1929)

At the age of 33, Alexandra Apostolides was inspired and encouraged by members of the AHEPA to form a Women's Organization to work with AHEPA. She gathered 25 women together to form the Daughters of Penelope.

Alexandra was instrumental in establishing 95 additional chapters of the Daughters of Penelope and became the first Grand President in 1931. She advocated the pursuit of knowledge and higher learning. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, a great accomplishment for a woman at that time, particularly one born in Greece who had immigrated to the United States with her father at the age of 10.

Alexandra was a poet and a writer. She envisioned a more progressive and involved role that afforded Greek American women the opportunity to greatly contribute to both their Hellenic and American communities.

Alexandra emphasized the importance of ethnicity and patriotism and consistently stressed the significance of kindness and love towards one another.

Alexandra was an inspiration to all who met her.


Last month AHEPA District 12 reported on brother Joe Skora taking part in the Honor flight program to Washington DC. A program which takes WWII Veterans to the WWII monument in DC along with other monuments in the National Mall and Arlington Cemetery at no cost.

This month AQUINAS SCHOOL COMMUNITY HONORS BROTHER JOE SKORA FOR HIS LOYAL AND PATRIOTIC SERVICE AT THEIR VETERANS DAY PROGRAM. Pictured aboved are Middle School students who mailed Joe 46 letters on his Honor Flight.

We know Joe wanted to thank every single person who wrote him a letter and this was a chance for both the supporters and Joe to meet each other face to face.

Greek Super League Standings

Here are the standings of the Greek Superleage as of November 30th, 2015.

Twelve games have been played.
2 A.E.K. 12 23
6 Π.Α.Ο.Κ. 11 16
11 ΑΕΠ ΗΡΑΚΛΗΣ 12 14
12 ΒΕΡΟΙΑ 12 14
Note: Olympiakos and PAO only show 11 games played because the game scheduled between those two teams was postponed due to match day violence.

Note: PAOK vs AEL Kalloni FC (Game #12) will be played after the distribution of this newsletter.

REMINDER: Pay your membership dues

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.

Ypsilanti, Michigan Statue

Did you know that the Order of AHEPA donated a statue of Demetrius Ypsilanti to the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1928?

The pictures are courtesy of Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas who took the below pictures this past weekend on his return from Detroit. Ypsilanti is about 35 miles west of Detroit on interstate 94.

You can read more about this statue dedication by visiting the Ypsilanti Historical Society webpage at:

Harvest for the Hungry

Each year at Thanksgiving, Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville Indiana, through the support of parishioners, friends and affiliated organizations, provide meals for the less fortunate on Thanksgiving Day. Approximately 3500 people were fed on this Thanksgiving 
through the various ministries of the church.

The Harvest committee provides complete holiday food baskets to needy families. On Thanksgiving Day the volunteers cooked over 400 lbs of turkey, prepared meals for various area shelters, set up and serve 150 dinners to the residents of our AHEPA APARTMENTS, and feeds walk-ins at the church hall.

Harvest for the HUNGRY is co chaired by Brother Bill Logothetis & Eva Kostides (Brother John G.). Several #78 AHEPANS volunteer to forgo part of their personal holiday to assist and serve with Bill & Eva. THANKS  TO EVA & BILL for the work they do throughout the year serving the community.

AHEPA District 12 is proud of all the Chapter #78 members who volunteered for this great program and we encourage all our brothers across the state to work with your local church if they provide a similar program. If not, look into taking the lead and start such a program in your community.

Greek Deposits Safe

Greek depositors won't be forced into a “bail-in” after top banks raised enough capital to avoid having to seize their clients' assets, officials said Tuesday.

The banks raised enough fresh capital to get by on their own, or at least qualify for public funds making up any shortfall, they said.

“There won't be a bail-in,” Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras told journalists.


Strong Earthquake hits Lefkada

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 6.1 hit the western Greek island of Lefkada on Tuesday, with local reports indicating buildings had been damaged and one person had been killed.

The temblor was felt across western Greece, with people on Lefkada and nearby Ionian Sea island of Kefalonia rushing out into the streets. The fire department said it was sending crews to Lefkada to assess the situation.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 and occurred at 9:10 a.m. (0710 GMT) off Greece's western mainland, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) west of Athens. The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 6.5. Different agencies often have varying preliminary magnitudes in the hours and sometimes days after a quake.

Read more news coverage by CLICKING HERE.

This strong 6.1 earthquake destroyed one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. More coverage and video and photos of he beach being destroyed can be viewed HERE.

Violence postpones match between Panathinaikos vs. Olympiakos

The Greek league match between Panathinaikos and archrivals Olympiakos was postponed on Saturday November 21st after home fans clashed with police before the game and threw flares at Olympiakos players as they walked out onto the pitch.
The match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos is the biggest rivalry in Greece and one of the most intense rivalries in the world. The rivalry is also called the "Derby of Eternal enemies".

The rivalry between the two top Greek clubs can be traced back to some social, cultural and regional differences. Panathinaikos, founded in 1908, comes from the centre of Athens and was considered the classic representative of the high class society of the Greek capital. On the other hand, Olympiacos was founded in 1925 and comes from Piraeus, the port of Athens, thus attracting supporters from the surrounding working class area. Both cities have played a major role in Greek history since classical antiquity.

Turkey Violated Greek Airspace 2,244 Times Last Year

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane for violating its airspace Tuesday November 24th, 2015, but the Turkish air force does the exact same thing several times a day in Greece.


CLICK HERE to read more.


District 12 Super Bingo - February 12th, 2016

Good news! The State of Indiana Gaming Commission has approved the AHEPA District 12 Super ‪Bingo‬ for Friday February 12th, 2016.
The Super Bingo will once again take place at St Michael's Ukrainian Center in Hammond, Indiana


St. Michaels Ukrainian Church, Hammond
170th and Columbia, Hammond IN

Doors open 4:00PM
Games start 7:15PM

$10,000 dollars will be paid out in Bingo prizes. Much more on pull tabs and raffles.

Gaming license numbers: 139453 and 139454


December Name Days

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

There are 95 names that celebrate in December. Some of those names are Jacob, Barbara, Savas, Nicholas, Spiro, David, Sarah, Daniel, Chris, Emanuel, and many more.

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

AHEPA Family District 12 Fall Workshop

The AHEPA Family District 12 fall Workshop was hosted by Ft Wayne Kirke #26 Daughters chapter on November 7th and was a wonderful event. 28 were attendance in total.

Grand Governor Zone II Dorothea Williams from St Clair Shores, Michigan made a visitation. A special thanks to Kirke President Toni Printzos and to the members for hosting and for their hospitality. Thank you all for attending.

Officers from both the AHEPA and DOP District 12 lodge were in attendance along with chapter officers from all the various AHEPA/DOP chapters across the state.

AHEPA Supreme Governor of Region VI Tom Gober was also in attendance.

DOP District 12 - Penelope of the Year!

Congratulations to Angela Doerr from Indianapolis chapter #212 for being awarded District #12 Penelope of the Year!! Thank you Angela for all your years and dedication to the Daughters and AHEPA family!

Cyprus close to unification

Optimistic news coming out of Cyprus. "Cyprus closest to unification in 40 years" per a Turkish Cypriot official.

AHEPA Hammond #123
Hosts Social

Hammond AHEPA Chapter #123 hosted a social meeting for their November meeting. The social was held at Dynasty Banquets in Hammond and was sponsored by the Loxas Family. President Nick Loxas and his father John Loxas both celebrate birthdays in November.

The social invite was extended to the wives of the members and to the Hammond DOP #50 chapter along with members of the District lodge.

The Hammond chapter has a tradition where every few years they host a large social gathering and than take pictures of all the members who were able to make the dinner.

Below is a picture of the 50 year/Life members that were able to attend from Hammond #123.

The picture above this article is a group picture of all the Daughters from the Hammond DOP #50 Chapter.

The picture for the AHEPANS has not been sent to the editor of the newsletter at the time of publication. We hope to share that in the next newsletter.

Governor Sam Benjamin and AHEPA District #12 lodge appreciate the invitation from the Hammond chapter to attend this wonderful social gathering of the Hammond AHEPA Family.

Notable dates in December 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 December:

December 1, 1822 - Dom Pedro, founder of the Brazilian Empire, was crowned as the first emperor of Brazil.

December 2, 1942 - Physicists led by Enrico Fermi carried out the world's first successful nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago.

December 3, 1967 - The first successful heart transplant was performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard at Cape Town, South African, on Louis Washkansky, who lived for 18 days.

December 4, 1918 - The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was proclaimed.

December 5, 1933 - The 18th Amendment (Prohibition Amendment) to the U.S. Constitution was repealed. For nearly 14 years, since January 29, 1920, it had outlawed the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the U.S.

December 6, 1865 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery.

December 7, 1941 - The U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese aircraft in a raid that lasted just over one hour and left nearly 3,000 Americans dead.

December 8, 1980 - Former Beatle musician John Lennon was assassinated in New York City.

December 9, 1941 - During World War II, China issued a formal declaration of war against Japan, Germany and Italy.

December 10th - Birthday - Poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her poetry became known only after her death when her sister discovered nearly 2,000 poems locked in her bureau, written on the backs of envelopes and scraps of paper. They were published gradually over the next 50 years, beginning in 1890.

December 11, 1901 - The first transatlantic radio signal was transmitted by Guglielmo Marconi from Cornwall, England, to St. John's, Newfoundland.

December 12, 1870 - Joseph Hayne Rainey of Georgetown, South Carolina, became the first African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He filled a seat which had been declared vacant by the House and served until 1879.

December 13, 1642 - New Zealand was discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman of the Dutch East India Company.

December 14, 1799 - George Washington died at Mount Vernon.

December 15, 1791 - The Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution) became effective following ratification by Virginia.

December 16, 1773 - The Boston Tea Party occurred as colonial activists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded British ships anchored in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 containers of expensive tea into the water.

December 17, 1538 - Pope Paul III excommunicated King Henry VIII after he had declared himself supreme head of the Church in England.

December 18, 1940 - Adolf Hitler ordered the German General Staff to begin planning Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Soviet Russia.

December 19, 1732 - Benjamin Franklin first published Poor Richard's Almanac containing weather predictions, humor, proverbs and epigrams, eventually selling nearly 10,000 copies per year.

December 20th - Birthday - American industrialist Harvey S. Firestone (1868-1938) was born in Columbiana County, Ohio. He founded Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. and was a close friend of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.

December 21, 1988 - Pan American Flight 103 exploded in midair as the result of a terrorist bomb and crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 passengers and crew members along with 11 persons on the ground were killed.

December 22nd - Birthday - "Lady Bird" Johnson (1912-2007) was born in Karnack, Texas (as Claudia Alta Taylor). She was beside her husband Lyndon Johnson on board Air Force One when he was sworn in as the 36th U.S. President following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

December 23, 1947 - The transistor was invented at Bell Laboratories by John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley, who shared the Nobel Prize for their invention which sparked a worldwide revolution in electronics.

December 24, 1814 - The Treaty of Ghent between America and Britain was signed, officially ending the War of 1812.

December 25, 1868 - President Andrew Johnson granted general amnesty to all those involved in the Civil War.

December 26th - Boxing Day in the United Kingdom and many other countries, a day of gift giving when boxes of food, clothing and other gifts are traditionally given to employees, tradespeople and other service providers.

December 27, 1945 - The International Monetary Fund was established in Washington, D.C.

December 28th - Birthday - Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) the 28th U.S. President was born in Staunton, Virginia (as Thomas Woodrow Wilson). He served two terms from 1912 through 1921.

December 29th - Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) the 17th U.S. President was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was Abraham Lincoln's vice president and became President upon Lincoln's assassination in 1865. He went on to become the first President impeached by the House of Representatives. He was acquitted in the Senate by a single vote. 

December 30, 1903 - In Chicago, a fire inside the Iroquois Theater killed 588 persons, eventually resulting in new fire safety codes for theaters.

December 31, 1879 - Thomas Edison provided the first public demonstration of his electric incandescent lamp at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

Alexis T. "Alex" Cholis
Sept. 30, 1916 - Nov. 8, 2015 

Alexis T. "Alex" Cholis died early Sunday morning, November 8, 2015 at Schubert Villa Assisted Living Facility at Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, Indiana in the presence of his family. Alex was born on September 30, 1916 in South Bend, Indiana the sixth of seven children of Greek immigrants, Theodore and Despina (Karatinos) Cholis, all of whom predeceased him. On November 28, 1964, in the Lady Chapel in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, on the University of Notre Dame campus he married Catherine A. Pfaff, who preceded him in death on June 12, 1988 leaving a void in his life which he carried to the end. Left to cherish his memory are his nephews and nieces, Thomas J. Cholis of Bethesda, Maryland, Penelope Kleespies of Cambridge, Massachusetts, John T. Cholis of Lafayette, Indiana, Paul T. Cholis of South Bend and Despina Bonadies of Richmond, California. Alex was especially fond of Catherine's family including his brother-in-law, George Pfaff of Asheville, North Carolina and his two children, Maggie Kelly and Peter Pfaff; and his sister-in-law, Mary Louise Wolf (deceased) and her children, Chris, Marty, Michael, Greg, Steve, Andy and Mary.

Alex was a "Double Domer" receiving his undergraduate degree in Commerce (Accounting) in 1941 and his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1942. Immediately after graduation, he embarked on his military career in the United States Army as a member of AMGOT, Allied Military Government Occupied Territories, a joint taskforce of United States and British forces. In that capacity and as a member of the staff of the U.S. Ninth Army, he served in North Africa, Sicily, Southern Italy, England, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Returning to the United States in late 1945, he commenced the practice of law with his mentor, Attorney Walter Arnold, practicing as an associate in the Arnold Law Firm with his close friends, Isadore Rosenfeld and Hon. Robert Rodibaugh.

In 1951, he left the Arnold firm and joined his older brother, Nicholas P. Cholis, and later his nephew, Paul T. Cholis, in the practice of law where he practiced until 2013 when he officially changed his status with the Indiana Roll of Attorneys to "Retired". He was profiled in a 2013 article in The Indiana Lawyer which cited him after seventy years of law practice as having been an active lawyer six years longer than anyone in Indiana history.

The family expresses its deepest gratitude to the staff of Schubert Villa Assisted Living Facility and to the caregivers of Senior Helpers for their combined and cooperative efforts and the exceptional care provided to Alex during the final few months of his life

Alex was initiated into the Order of AHEPA Chapter #100 on December 9th, 1946. 

Saints Monica & Luke Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner 

Once again AHEPA Chapter  #78  helps feed the needy at Thanksgiving at Saints Monica & Luke Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner.

200 Thanksgiving dinners were served at the soup kitchen.  Assisting in the preparation and serving of 10 turkeys and all the traditional Thanksgiving foods were Brother Nick Gianikos and his wife Maureen. The turkeys were donated by a friend of the Soup Kitchen and all the trimmings were provided through the generosity of our Chapter #78. 


Enjoy this recently posted video on youtube. Three of the six Indiana AHEPA District 12 chapters are located in the "region". Safe to say, all the members from the "Region" area are proud of where they call home.

RIP George Barris

RIP George Barris. George is a Greek American originally from Chicago. Well known for some of the most iconic customized cars. The Batmobile, Munster Koach, and many others for both television and Hollywood stars were created by George Barris.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios elevated

AHEPA District 12, its chapters, and its members congratulate His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America for being elevated to the rank of Gerontiki Eparchy.

Going forward he will now be called His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America.


More can be read here:

Journey to Greece - 2016

The AHEPA Educational Foundation is proud to announce:
The 11th Annual Journey to Greece 2016 Summer Program: June 23 – July 23, 2016
Summer of 2016, study at a fully accredited US University in Greece; learn about modern and ancient Greece. See and experience the beauty of the country and its people and earn transferable University credits.
Building on the solid foundation of the highly successful Journey to Greece programs that have been offered in every year since 2006, AHEPA and Webster University are once again offering an unforgettable learning experience for new and returning college age students. The Journey to Greece program, which is sponsored by AHEPA, has been specially designed to immerse young students in a wonderful learning experience celebrating Greek society and culture. 
New courses, exciting excursions and special arrangements make the Journey especially attractive to returning students. AHEPA adult advisors will help supervise the students while they attend the program.
Applications are NOW available, The AHEPA Journey to Greece is the best gift to give our youth, and life altering educational Journey to Greece.  This Holiday season, think about giving a gift that will last a lifetime.

For more information and the application to submit for the AHEPA Journey to Greece program, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


Greeks in Chicago

If you missed it, here is the WGN coverage of the new Chicago Field Museum exhibit:

The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

Nov. 25 – April 10 2016

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

We encourage everyone to free up a day and visit this once in a lifetime exhibit on the 5000 year journey of Greek history and culture.

Antetokounmpo Presented with AHEPA Agganis Award

AHEPA presented rising NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 2015 AHEPA Harry Agganis Award after his game against the Brooklyn Nets, Nov. 2, 2015.  

Antetokounmpo, a 6'11" forward and native of Greece, is in his third season with the Milwaukee Bucks.  In acceptance, Antetokounmpo thanked AHEPA for honoring him with its most prestigious athletic award, and he stated he is extremely appreciative of the support he receives from all Greek Americans who attend his games at all of the different NBA venues the Bucks play.

The Bucks drafted Antetokounmpo in the first round, 15th overall, in the 2013 NBA Draft. In speaking to the Ahepans following the game, the Bucks' coaching staff consider Antetokounmpo a linchpin for the team's success going forward and Bucks Assistant Coach Sean Sweeney added, "the sky is the limit for Giannis."  

Giannis was unable to attend the 2015 AHEPA Supreme Convention to receive the award because he was in Greece practicing with the Greek National Team. 

Norwich Chapter Donates $25K to St. Nicholas Campaign

AHEPA Rose of New England Chapter 110, Norwich, Conn., presented Supreme President John W. Galanis with a $25,000 toward the AHEPA-Saint Nicholas Capital Campaign Drive to #RebuildStNicholas during events in New England over the weekend of November 7th. 

"We sincerely appreciate Chapter 110's generous donation to help rebuild Saint Nicholas National Shrine," Supreme President John W. Galanis said.  "It is quite an achievement, and we commend the brothers for their efforts.  We have surpassed the $250,000 mark thanks to our grassroots mobilization, and we'll keep the momentum going until we reach our goal."

The capital campaign drive has gotten off to a tremendous start in its second year.  Chapter 110's donation comes on the heels of a $30,000 donation from Gus Cherevas--Estia-Pindus Chapter 326, Flushing, N.Y., received in October

The hard work and generous support of chapters across the country should be a reminder to the chapters in District 12 that St. Nicholas is a two year campaign and that we should continue to do our part to raise money for rebuilding St. Nicholas.

The District is very aware of the hard work and donations already made by the chapters in Indiana but we continue to encourage to not stop. The support of our members and chapters is greatly appreciative and at the end of the day, you will be proud of the accomplishment we made together. Hopefully, many of us will be able to visit Saint Nicholas in NYC at Ground Zero when its completed and light a candle and pray that peace will reign in this world.
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