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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

AHEPA Commemorates Oxi Day; 
FDR's Words About Greece's Defiance Remembered

WASHINGTON, DC - Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades issued the following statement on the 76th anniversary of "Oxi Day" when Greece issued a defiant "No" to fascism as represented by the Axis powers, opting instead to say "Yes" to freedom on October 28, 1940. The Greeks successfully fought the Italian army, pushing the invaders back into Albania after one week. It would prove to be a costly military campaign for the Axis powers.

"On this day, 76 years ago, the citizens of Greece took a courageous stand against tyranny and fascism and fought heroically to defend their autonomy," Zachariades said.

"President Franklin D. Roosevelt, an AHEPA member, took note of the Greeks' gutsy defense of their beloved homeland against the Italians, and eventually the Germans, when he told the AHEPA Supreme Lodge in an April 25, 1941 meeting: 'The heroic struggle of the Greek people to defend their liberties and their homes against the aggression of Germany after they had so signally defeated the Italian attempt at invasion has stirred the hearts and aroused the sympathy of the whole American people.'

"Today, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, of which many of its members fought heroically behind enemy lines in Greece during World War II, commemorates the 76th anniversary of 'Oxi Day,' marking it as a day to celebrate freedom, justice, liberty, and the passion of the Hellenic spirit.

"Please take a moment to pause and reflect on this remarkable moment in our Hellenic history."

AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo Friday November 4th

AHEPA District 12 to host a Super Bingo this Friday November 4th.

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

The AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo will 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.

Indiana Scholarship Opportunity

Beginning Nov. 1, both incoming and current college students studying education can apply for the scholarship, which awards $7,500 per year toward college costs to those who commit to teaching in Indiana's public or private schools for five years after graduating.

The scholarship is available to 200 students statewide each year who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. While in college, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue receiving the grant. Graduates must obtain their teaching license and teach in Indiana for five consecutive years.

Students interested in applying need to be nominated by a teacher and submit the nomination form to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Students are encouraged to complete the nomination form before the application opens.

The deadline for submitting the 2017-18 Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship application is December 31, 2016.

Click here for more information and application

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


Notable dates in November History

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

November 1, 1924 - 1st US NHL franchise, Boston Bruins founded.

November 2, 1852 - Franklin Pierce elected as 14th president of US.

November 3, 1922 - Greek parliament bans Prince Andreas for life.

November 4, 1980 - Ronald Reagan (R) defeats incumbant US President Jimmy Carter (D) by a landslide.

November 5, 1414 - Council of Constance (16th ecumenical council) opens.

November 6, 1860 - Abraham Lincoln (R-Ill) elected 16th American President.

November 7, 1967 - Richard G Hatcher elected mayor of Gary, Indiana.

November 8, 392 - Roman Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion, state religion.

November 9, 1985 - Gary Kasparov becomes the youngest ever world chess champion aged 22.

November 10, 1775 - Congress forms US Marine Corps.

November 11, 1889 - Washington admitted as 42nd state of USA.

November 12, 1942 - In World War II, battle of Guadalcanal began.

November 13, 1864 - The new Constitution of Greece is adopted.

November 14, 1972 - Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for 1st time (1003.16).

November 15, 1777 - Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress.

November 16, 1914 - Federal Reserve System formally opens.

November 17, 1922 - The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI is expelled to Malta on British warship.

November 18, 1963 - Bell Telephone introduces push button telephone.

November 19, 1863 - US President Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg address beginning; "Four score & seven years ago..."

November 20, 1789 - New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights.

November 21, 2002 - NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.

November 22, 1963 - American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.

November 23, 1979 - Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks.

November 24, 1859 - Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species".

November 25, 1783 - Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in United States.

November 26, 1842 - The University of Notre Dame is founded.

November 27, 2004 - Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

November  28, 1775 - Second Continental Congress formally establishes US Navy.

November 29, 1942 - US Office of Price Administration rations coffee for everyone, 10 pound a year.

November 30, 1782 - Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence.

Merrillville Chapter 78 donates to Fire Department

Members of AHEPA Chapter 78 visit a Town of Merrillville fire station and present a monetary donation to the Merrillville volunteer fire department in appreciation of their service to the community to serve and protect.

Thank you Merrillville Chapter 78 and all it's members for being active and supportive in your community.

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

For example:

  • November 4th - National Candy Day

  • November 17th - National Baklava Day

  • November 20th - National Absurdity Day

  • November 23rd - National Espresso Day

  • November 26th - National Cake Day

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

November is also Aviation History Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Adoption Month, National Novel Writing Month, National Pepper Month, and more!

AHEPA Provides Additional Aid to Flint Water Crisis Victims

Members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the leading association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, delivered their second round of aid to help victims of the Flint water crisis, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades.  AHEPA Automotive District 10 (Michigan) donated and delivered 1,944 gallons of milk to the Flint community, via the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, October 28, 2016.  AHEPA members donated the same quantity of milk on March 25, 2016. 

According to state public health departments, optimal nutrition can play an important role in minimizing the amount of lead absorbed and stored in bones, especially in children.  When minerals such as calcium and iron are deficient, lead absorption is increased.

"Although the Flint water crisis is no longer in the headlines, the need to aid the victims remains," said Craig Theros, who chairs the "Milk for Flint" drive. "AHEPA has not forgotten them and will continue to offer aid."

Theros thanked to Flint Kroger #404, Corunna Road, and Store Manager Pat McGuire, who helped with the milk's cost and the coordination of its delivery. Theros said a third delivery is planned for December 2016.

WJRT-TV 12 News of Flint provided media coverage of the donation.

"We commend our Ahepans and the American Hellenic community of Michigan for their continued commitment to the people of Flint," Zachariades said.  "Service and philanthropy are at the heart of our mission and vision, and we must work together to assist the victims of this crisis. We ask the American Hellenic community to consider helping us by making a donation to AHEPA District Ten, which is spearheading this effort."

AHEPA District 12 congratulates our brothers in Michigan District 10 for a JOB WELL DONE!

Polish man wins 2016 Spartathlon

As reported from

Polish runner Andrzej Radzikowski won the 245.3km historic Spartathlon race on Saturday October 1st  for the first time, clocking 23 hours, 1 minute and 13 seconds.

Radzikowski, 35, was 18th last year and two years ago finished third.

Finishing second was Italy's 39-year-old Marco Bonfiglio in 23:35.14 while 42-year-old Radek Brunner of the Czech Republic was third in 24:06.39.

The first woman across the line and fourth overall for the second year in a row was 37-year-old American Katalyn Nagy in 25:22.26.

The race traces the classical route of Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger sent to Sparta in 490 BC to seek help against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.

The Spartathlon is one of the world's most difficult races, run over rough tracks, crossing vineyards and olive groves, steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, the 1,200m ascent and descent of Mount Parthenion in the dead of night.

The 34th edition of the race started at the Acropolis in Athens on Friday with 392 runners from 37 countries, and ended in the southern Greek town of Sparta.

Resolution to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece

Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York (for herself, Mr. Bilirakis, and Mr. Payne) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece.

Whereas the Parthenon was built on the hill of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, in the mid-fifth century B.C. under the direction of the Athenian statesman Pericles and the design of the sculptor Phidias;

Whereas the Parthenon is the ultimate expression of the artistic genius of Greece, the preeminent symbol of the Greek cultural heritage, including its art, architecture, and democracy, and of the contributions that modern Greeks and their forefathers have made to civilization;


Whereas over 100 pieces of the Parthenon’s sculptures, now known as the Parthenon Marbles, were removed from the Parthenon under questionable circumstances between 1801 and 1816 by British nobleman Thomas Bruce, seventh Earl of Elgin, while Greece was still under Ottoman rule;


Whereas the British Parliament has introduced a bill to authorize the return of the Marbles to Greece that has been met with support by members across the political spectrum: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that the Government of the United Kingdom should enter into negotiations with the Government of Greece to facilitate return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

Read the entire resolution at below link. Contact your US Representative to support and vote to pass it.

CLICK HERE for Resolution TEXT.

President Obama to visit Athens

Outgoing US President Barack Obama is expected to visit Athens on November 14 and 15, according to reports on Tuesday, in what will be his first visit to Greece, just two months before he steps down from the White House.

Obama’s visit is being expected with great interest in Athens, as the US president has been unusually outspoken in recent months regarding austerity policies being pursued in the European Union.

“I believe the austerity measures have contributed to slowing growth in Europe,” the US president was quoted by Reuters as telling Italy’s La Repubblica daily on Tuesday.

“In some countries, we’ve seen years of stagnation, which has fed into the economic frustrations and anxieties we see across the continent,” he said

Metropolitan Iakovos Way

On October 27th, the City of Chicago honored Metropolitan Iakovos by officially adding the honorary title of Metropolitan Iakovos Way to Burton Place in Downtown Chicago in recognition of his many years of leadership and service.

You may view the dedication video by clicking here.

Congratulations from AHEPA District 12! AXIOS!

AHEPA District 12 Facebook page

The AHEPA District 12 Facebook page currently has 547 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

Congratulations Maria and George

AHEPA District 12 congratulates Maria and George on their wedding day. Maria is the daughter of Past Supreme President Phillip Frangos.

The Wedding took place in Philadelphia at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Later in the evening, a beautiful reception was held at the Ballroom at the Ben in downtown Philadelphia.

Greek Superleague

With seven games played into the 2016-2017 Greek Superleague, here are the current standings.

Place     Team        Games Played     Points
1  OLYMPIACOS                 7              18
2  PANATHINAIKOS            7              14
3  PAS GIANNINA               6              13
4  P.A.O.K.                          7              11
5  A.E.K.                              7              11
6  PANIONIOS                     7             10           7  ATROMITOS ATH.          7              10
8  XANTHI                           7              9
9  PLATANIAS                     7              9
10 PANETOLIKOS               7             8            
11  A.E.L.                             7             8
12 LEVADIAKOS                  6             7
13  A.O.K.                             7            7
14  ASTERAS TRIP.              7            6            
15  VERIA                             7            6            
16  AEP IRAKLIS                  7             2

Merrillville Chapter 78 sponsors home

Members of Merrillville AHEPA Chapter 78 recently spent a day visiting a rebuilding together project for a south lake county site in Lowell, Indiana. AHEPA Chapter 78 was the main monetary sponsor for this project in Lowell.

This home, sponsored by AHEPA #78 and occupied by a blind lady and her two children, was revitalized with internal and external repairs made by volunteers to insure that her children and she live comfortably and safely.

Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit organization serving south Lake County, they are dedicated to making free repairs and modifications for low income homeowners including persons living with disabilities, seniors and veterans in need.

Once again, job well done Chapter 78 for being a positive impact in the community.

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.

Pan-Hellenic Scholarship Opportunity

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is elated to announce that the 2016/17 scholarship application is now available! The Foundation will accept applications from eligible Greek American college students through January 31, 2017, and will distribute $250,000 in scholarship awards to exceptional undergraduates as follows:
  • Twenty (20) Awards of $10,000 each based on academic merit and financial need
  • Twenty (20) Awards of $2,500 each based solely on academic achievement
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation aims to help exceptional Greek American undergraduates achieve their academic and career aspirations. Since Chris P. Tomaras established the Foundation in 1998, the organization has advocated for higher education and celebrated scholastic achievement through its signature scholarship program.

As of June 2016, the Foundation has awarded $2.5 million in scholarships to 366 Greek American students. The $250,000 in annual scholarships is the largest amount awarded to undergraduates of Hellenic descent by any public foundation in the United States.

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, applicants must:
  • Be US Citizens or US permanent residents.
  • Be of Hellenic descent.
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited 4-year university in Fall 2016.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.

District 12 members who celebrate birthdays in November

Chapter 78 - Merrillville

11/17 - Daniel Barajas
11/25 - Nicholas Chimitris
11/10 - Stephen Chimitris
11/23 - George Demitroulas Jr.
11/19 - Alex Emmanoilidis
11/04 - Nick Gianikos
11/15 - Pete Hazifotis
11/25 - Harry Kavadas
11/22 - Sam Kyres
11/05 - Nick Mangos
11/25 - Blair Mihalakis
11/22 - Frank Poulos
11/28 - Harry Prassas
11/15 - Marino Stath
11/19 - William Trakas

Chapter 81 - Ft. Wayne

No Birthdays in November

Chapter 100 - South Bend

11/17 - Theodore Poledor
11/19 - Nicholas Thanos

Chapter 123  - Hammond

11/12 - Nicholas Bizoukas
11/01 - James Greven
11/30 - George Kounelis
11/10 - John Loxas
11/18 - Nicholas Loxas
11/25 - Bobby Sirounis
11/05 - George Vesvardes

Chapter 157 - Calumet

11/14 - Gus Kouros
11/01 - Michael Leftakes
11/15 - Nicholas Lykoudis
11/06 - Payton Reinoehl
11/26 - Dean Sangalis

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

11/08 - Alexander Nicholas
11/15 - George Pappaioanou
11/14 - Harry Torney

AHEPA District 12 Family mourns the loss of Yiorgo Karnezis

On October 23rd, the AHEPA Family in Hoosier District 12 was overcome with grief and sadness as we lost a bright young man in our community who brought joy to everyone he came in contact with. Yiorgo is the son of Steven and Georgia Karnezis. Georgia is active member of the Hammond Daughters of Penelope and was leading the coordination effort for the District 12 Fall Workshop. The Fall workshop was cancelled immediately following the news of the tragic loss of Yiorgo.

Yiorgo Steven Karnezis, age 18, of Munster, passed away October 23, 2016. He is survived by his beloved parents, Steven and Georgia Karnezis, and proud, older brother, Peter Karnezis. Devoted Grandson to Koula Tsakopoulos, Pete and Julia Karnezis. One-of-a-kind nephew to Mary Karabatak, Dina Tsakopoulos, Angie (Chuck) Weis, Diane (Ken) Cooper, and Philip Karnezis. Faithful cousin to Gina, Kiki, Gia, Chloe and William. Preceded in death by his maternal grandfather George E. Tsakopoulos.

Yiorgo was a freshman at Indiana State University and an associate member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Yiorgo was a graduate of Munster High School, Class of 2016. He was heavily involved in school activities including soccer, choir, track, theatre, and many more. As an active member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Yiorgo participated as an Altar boy, past Vice President of GOYA and church basketball. Yiorgo was selfless when it came to his family and friends, and many people have been touched by his light. Yiorgo was full of love and laughter and could make an entire room happy with his contagious smile. During this difficult time we ask that everyone cherish the good memories they have had with Yiorgo. Our family is very touched by the amount of love and support from the Munster, St. Demetrios and Indiana State communit,ies. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to establish a memorial fund in Yiorgo’s name.

Please continue to pray for the Karnezis family as they mourn the loss of their son. RIP Yiorgo. May your memory be forever eternal.

Election Day = November 8th VOTE!!

Election Day is a little more than a month away on Tuesday November 8th.

We encourage everyone of legal voting age to vote and participate in the process. Its our civic responsibility to have a say on who will be our elected officials.

The below link is helpful to guide the Indiana voter on the following:

1) Confirm your voter registration status
2) Review candidates on your ballot
3) Find your polling place

and much much more. CLICK HERE.

AHEPA District 13 Mid-Year Conference

Members and officers of the chapters in AHEPA District 13,

The District 13 Mid-Year conference has been set and will take place on Sunday November 6th at the AHEPA Home in Palos Hills, Illinois.

The District Lodge is respectfully requesting that every Chapter in the District send at least two (2) Brothers to the Mid Year. Every Chapter should be prepared to discuss their Chapter activities at the conference. The agenda has been emailed to the members and officers by AHEPA District 13 Governor Peter Lekas.

DATE: 11/6/16 (Sunday November 6th)
TIME: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Dinner at 5:30 pm
LOCATION: AHEPA Home 10309 South Roberts Road, Palos Hills, Illinois.

November Name Days

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

There are 90 names that celebrate in November. Some of those names are Kosmas, Dionysos, Angela/Angelos, Gabriel, Michael, Philip, Karen/Katherine, Andrew and many many more.

For a full list of names and the dates they celebrate in November, 

District 13 AHEPA Chapters Celebrate 90th Anniversary

Congratulations to Woodlawn Chapter 93 and North Shore Chapter 94 for celebrating their 90th Anniversary on Saturday October 1st.

Woodlawn was established on January 25th 1926 and North Shore was established on January 24th 1926. Even though North Shore chapter 94 was established one day earlier on the North Side of Chicago, they got a chapter number one greater than the established South Side Woodlawn chapter. I guess we will chalk that up as a paper work mishap.

Woodlawn and North Shore were the 2nd and 3rd AHEPA chapters created in Chicago. The first AHEPA Chapter in Chicago was Chapter 46 which was established a few months before on October 9th, 1925.

Attached are some pictures from the dinner held jointly between Chapters 93 and 94 at the South Side AHEPA home in Palos Hills, Illinois.

For historical interest, there is also a picture of the meeting minutes from Woodlawn Chater 93 on the day it was established in 1926. The main discussion that night was what would the new chapter be called. The choice was either Daniel Webster or Woodlawn. Woodlawn won by one vote (21 to 20 in favor of Woodlawn). The meeting was presided by than AHEPA Supreme President V.I. Chebithes (the 3rd AHEPA Supreme President).

District 13 Governor Peter Lekas also presented certificates of appreciation to some new life members of the chapters (50+ years as members).

Also attending was Past Supreme Treasurer Tom Gober, National Auditor William Albanos, Past Supreme Governor Peter Masters, and Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas along with other chapter and district officers. It was a well attended affair with the AHEPA home filled to the rafters with approximately 110 in attendance.

We look forward to the 100th Anniversary.

Saint Nicholas Shrine Update

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

Total Pledged to date: $39,869,897.00

Total Collected to date: $28,522,231.00
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 November 1st:

On October 27th, the cupolas were installed over the stairwells of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.

The dome is continuing to take shape! The steel tension ring was installed over the weekend, where the 40 ribs of the dome will be secured to. The ribs will be installed over the next few weeks.


AHEPA 232 Trunk or Treat

Below are a few pictures from the AHEPA sponsored trunk at yesterday's Holy Trinity Trunk or Treat. It was a great evening and we were glad to see a few brothers in attendance. Several people inquired about our chapter.

The Ghostbusters themed AHEPA trunk also won first place by the judges.

What is Trunk or Treat?  Adults decorate cars or tables, purchase treats or trinkets, and hand them out!  Children dress in their family/church friendly Halloween costumes and go from car to car collecting treats while enjoying the creativity of the trunks or tables.  There will also be face painting, bobbing for apples, pumpkin launch and guess the mystery mess!  We will also have a costume competition for the most original, funniest, and most colorful!

Great job Indy Chapter 232 for being active in the community and bringing smiles to the children.

AHEPA District 14: The Fez

AHEPA District 14 has issued their seasonal publication called the Fez. The Autumn 2016 Fez contains information about all the AHEPA and DOP chapters in the District 14 domain (Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska. North Dakota, and South Dakota).

Information you will find in the Autumn edition is the following:


  • District 14 2017 Convention Update and Dates
  • AHEPA and DOP Governor Message
  • Essays from students who won Foundation scholarships
  • Chapter news

and much more. Click HERE to access the Autumn 2016 version of the Fez.

Fall 2016 AHEPAN Magazine

The Fall 2016 AHEPAN magazine has been issued. Members should be receiving or have already received the hard copy in your mailboxes.

Non-members can view the digital edition of the magazine at the below link:

AHEPA Supreme President invested as Archon

AHEPA District 12 congratulates brother and Supreme President Andrew Zachariades for being invested into the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades was invested into the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Oct. 16, during events held for Archon Weekend in New York City. Zachariades, who said becoming an Archon was a tremendous honor, was one of 20 men who received induction into the Order. Of the 20 new Archons, 10 also hold membership in AHEPA.

Also during the weekend, Supreme President Zachariades presented a donation from the AHEPA Educational Foundation to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios in support of Ionian Village, which suffered extensive damage from tornadoes last month.

AHEPA Districts 12 and 13 help raise funds for Cancer Research

AHEPA Districts 12 (Indiana) and 13 (Illinois/Wisconsin) are happy to announce that they are HCRF (Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation) benefactor supporters ($2,500 sponsorship) for the upcoming Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation Gala, "The Wings to Cure".

The Gala will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago.

In addition, AHEPA District 12 would like to THANK Merrillville AHEPA Chapter 78 for being a benefactor supporter ($2,500 donation).

Also, THANK YOU Calumet AHEPA Chapter 157 for being a Friend supporter ($1,000 donation).

All together, $6,000 dollars was raised by the local AHEPA chapters and districts to help find a cure to cancer. Cancer must be cured and AHEPA will do all it can to end this horrible disease that takes too many lives. We thank Northwestern Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation for being a leader in finding a cure.

More details on the Foundation and Gala can be found here:

Chapter 78 to prepare Thanksgiving Dinner for Veterans

Following a meeting by Philanthropy Team representatives with the staff and Board of Directors at Veterans Village, at 8th & Massachusetts in Gary, the committee agreed to provide & prepare a full Thanksgiving Dinner for their 44 residents and staff.

On Friday, November 18th Brother’s of  AHEPA 78 KITCHEN TEAM will prepare the Thanksgiving Meal for these Vets featuring turkey, ham and all the trimmings of home. During our meeting and visit we toured the entire 3 story $10 million development that includes 44 one bedroom apartments that are permanent affordable supportive housing to veterans certified through the V.A. as homeless, low income or disabled. Other amenities include computer and exercise rooms, a roof top patio garden, and large yard with outside secured walking path and picnic area.

If you would like to help volunteer for this event, please contact Nick Gianikos at 219-769-0396 or

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AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo
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Hammond, IN

November 5, 2016
Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation Gala
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Chicago, Illinois

November 6, 2016
AHEPA District 13 Mid-Year Conference
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November 7-12, 2016
2016 National AHEPA Invitational
Wild Dunes Resort
Charleston, South Carolina

November 8, 2016
Election Day

November 11, 2016
Veterans Day
Thank a Veteran for their Service

November 24, 2016
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#53 - Sophocles, Merrillville
#331 - Hoosier Philotimo, Bloomington, IN

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#141 - Dionysia, Hammond


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