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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

Chicago Greek Independence Day Parade

What a wonderful day Sunday April 17th was for our Greek Heritage. The weather for the Chicago Greek Independence Day parade was awesome. Mid-70's with plenty of sunshine and just a little breeze.

Even better was the attendance of the parade in both participants and spectators. The AHEPA family was very well represented with AHEPANS, Daughters, Sons, and Maids from both Districts 12 (Indiana) and 13 (Illinois/Wisconsin).


The cherry on the top was having the Greek Presidential Guard (Evzones) from Greece. The proper and respectful protocol was unique which caused a slight delay to start the parade but was well worth it. The amount of respect the crowd (Greek and non-Greek) had for them was touching. It really was a huge deal to have them here in Chicago (tomorrow they will be at the White Sox game in civilian cloths before heading back to Greece).


In addition to the parade, ENOSIS of Illinois hosted two other major events leading up to the parade. The first major event occurred on Thursday April 14th at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. The flag raising occurs every year and the planning and coordination is led by ENOSIS of Illinois. ENOSIS is also the organization that plans and runs the Greek Independence Day parade. AHEPA District 12 commends the good and very hard work undertaken by ENOSIS every year to make the parade and events leading up to the parade a success; such as the Greek Flag raising ceremony.


This year, the Presidential guards or Evzones from Greece participated in the flag raising ceremony and will lead the parade on Sunday. This is a huge Honor for its been many years since the last time the Evzones from Greece attended the Chicago Greek Independence Day parade.

In addition to the Flag raising there was the Wreath Laying Ceremony and moment of silence for all those who fought and perished for American and Greek Independence. It is because of their bravery and ultimate sacrifice, we live in freedom today.

The keynote speakers at the event included Honorable Charles Kocoras (Judge Northern District of Illinois), Honorable Peggy Chiampas (Judge Circuit Court of Cook County), and John Kass of the Chicago Tribune.


Representing AHEPA Indiana District 12 at today's ceremony was District Governor Sam Benjamin and Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas. Many Ahepans from District 13 (Illinois/Wisconsin) also attended the ceremony.

Finally, the last major event was the pre-parade dinner and Gala held on Saturday April 16th. The Grand Marshalls of the parade and the Hellene and Philhellene of the year are honored at this event. Invocation started with His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos and than short remarks were provided by Polyxeni Petropoulou (Consul General of Greece), Terrence Quick (Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister of Greece), Lazaros Rizopoulos (Major of the Greek Army), Bill Mataragas (President of ENOSIS), and Jim Ascot (Parade Chairman).

The City of Chicago and the Mayor issued a Greek Independence Proclamation along with the Board of Commissioners for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. In addition, the list of other Proclamations was listed by Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas.



The awards were presented to:
  • Martha Karakitsos - Lifetime Community Contribution
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steve Greenspon - Philhellene of the Year
  • George Bousis - Hellene of the Year
  • Mariyana T. Spyropoulos - Grand Marshall (President Chicago Water Reclamation)
  • Michael Amiridis - Grand Marshall (Chancellor of UIC)


AHEPA District 12 and Governor Sam Benjamin would like to thank the entire AHEPA family for coming out in full force for today's parade. We are proud of the attendance. This is a once a year event where our Greek Heritage is on full display to the City of Chicago and entire Midwest United States and its critically important to support and participate in the parade for today's and future generations. We must never forget where we came from, remain proud of our heritage, and pass it on to future generations.
Η Ελλάδα ποτέ δεν πεθαίνει (Greece never dies).

To view the pictures of the past week Chicago Greek Independence festivities (Flag Raising, GALA, and Parade) from the official photographer. Please visit the following website:

The password is: greekparade
Local Greek American Athlete named to All-Area 1st team

Congratulations to local Greek American Nick Mantis of Lowell High School for being named to the 2015-2016 All-Area Boys Basketball 1st Team by the Northwest Indiana Times.

Nick is a Junior 6'2" guard who averages 18.6 ppg, 7 rpg, and 3.3 apg. He led the Lowell Red Devils to their first 20-win season in 20-plus seasons and their first sectional championship game since being placed in the E.C. Central Sectional.


Even more impressive, he has been given an invitation to compete for the Greek 18-and-under National Team. This is the same Greek team that won the European Championship last year.

There is a very good chance that Nick will be signing a Division 1 letter in the next year.

We wish Nick the best of luck and continued success.

Chicago White Sox and AHEPA celebrate Greek Heritage Night

The Chicago White Sox will once again be promoting Greek Heritage Night. The Order of AHEPA led by Chicago Chapter #205 is working closely with the White Sox for this event. Last year over 350 people participated with the Order of AHEPA to attend Greek Heritage Night.

This year, Greek Heritage Night will be on Thursday July 21st against the Detroit Tigers. It is a 7:10PM start. Tickets will be only $25 dollars.

Contact Nick Kavadas at NJK33@YAHOO.COM if you are interested in attending.

May 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. 

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 May, there are many days designated for something fun.

For example:

  • May 3rd  - National Teacher Appreciation Day

  • May 5th - National Day of Prayer

  • May 16th - National Love a Tree Day

  • May 25th - National Wine Day

  • May 28th - National Hamburger Day

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

May is also National Older Americans Month, National Egg Month, National Photograph Month, National Strawberry Month, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to name a few.

AHEPA Supreme Convention

The AHEPA Family Supreme Convention in 2016 will be July 24-30, 2016 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino located on 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

AHEPA has secured an incredibly affordable room rate of $90 per night (plus tax and resort fee) for convention attendees. It is available by telling reservation staff that you are with the AHEPA group when making your reservations. 
The AHEPA room rate EXPIRES June 24, 2016, so book ASAP!

More information including tentative schedule and sponsorship opportunities can be found by
clicking here and visiting the AHEPA website.

Notable dates in May History

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

May 1, 1707 - Great Britain was formed from a union between England and Scotland. The union included Wales which had already been part of England since the 1500's. The United Kingdom today consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

May 2, 2011 - U.S. Special Operations Forces killed Osama bin Laden during a raid on his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid marked the culmination of a decade-long manhunt for the elusive leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization based in the Middle East.

May 3, 1469 - Italian writer and statesman Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence, Italy. He offered a blunt, realistic view of human nature and power in his works The Prince and Discourses on Livy.

May 4, 1494 - During his second journey of exploration in the New World, Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica.

May 5, 1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space. He piloted the spacecraft Freedom 7 during a 15-minute 28-second suborbital flight that reached an altitude of 116 miles (186 kilometers) above the earth.

May 6, 1856 - Psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was born in Freiberg, Moravia. His theories became the foundation for treating psychiatric disorders by psychoanalysis and offered some of the first workable cures for mental disorders.

May 7, 1992 - The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, prohibiting Congress from giving itself pay raises.

May 8, 1942 - During World War II in the Pacific, the Battle of the Coral Sea began in which Japan would suffer its first defeat of the war. The battle, fought off New Guinea, marked the first time in history that two opposing naval forces fought by only using aircraft without the opposing ships ever sighting each other.

May 9th - Victory Day in Russia, a national holiday commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany during the "Great Patriotic War" (World War II) honoring the 20 million Russians who died in the war.

May 10, 1994 - Former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa.

May 11, 1969 - During the Vietnam War, the Battle of "Hamburger Hill" began. While attempting to seize the Dong Ap Bia Mountain, U.S. troops repeatedly scaled the hill over a 10-day period and engaged in bloody hand-to-hand combat with the North Vietnamese.

May 12, 1937 - George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London, following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. King George reigned until his death in 1952. He was succeeded by his daughter Elizabeth, the current reigning monarch.

May 13, 1846 - At the request of President James K. Polk, Congress declared war on Mexico. The controversial struggle eventually cost the lives of 11,300 U.S. soldiers and resulted in the annexation of lands that became parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and Colorado. 

May 14, 1607 - The first permanent English settlement in America was established at Jamestown, Virginia, by a group of royally chartered Virginia Company settlers from Plymouth, England.

May 15, 1972 - George Wallace was shot while campaigning for the presidency in Laurel, Maryland. As a result, Wallace was permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

May 16, 1862 - During the American Civil War, Union General Benjamin Butler, military governor of New Orleans, issued his "Woman Order" declaring that any Southern woman showing disrespect for Union soldiers or the U.S. would be regarded as a woman of the town, or prostitute. 

May 17, 1875 - The first Kentucky Derby horse race took place at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

May 18, 1980 - Mount St. Helens volcano erupted in southwestern Washington State spewing steam and ash over 11 miles into the sky. This was the first major eruption since 1857.

May 19, 1930 - African American playwright Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is best known for A Raisin in the Sun (1959) a play dealing with prejudice and black pride. The play was the first stage production written by a black woman to appear on Broadway. 

May 20, 325 A.D. - The Council of Nicaea, the first ecumenical council of Catholic Church was called by Constantine I, first Christian Emperor of the Roman Empire. With nearly 300 bishops in attendance at Nicaea in Asia Minor, the council condemned Arianism which denied Christ's divinity, formulated the Nicene Creed and fixed the date of Easter.

May 21, 1991 - Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in the midst of a re-election campaign, killed by a bomb hidden in a bouquet of flowers. He had served as prime minister from 1984 to 1989, succeeding his mother, Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1984.

May 22, 1947 - Congress approved the Truman Doctrine, assuring U.S. support for Greece and Turkey to prevent the spread of Communism.

May 23, 1846 - The first American female attorney Arabella Mansfield (1846-1911) was born near Burlington, Iowa (as Belle Aurelia Babb). She was certified in 1869 as an attorney and admitted to the Iowa bar, but never practiced law. Instead she chose a career as a college educator and administrator. 

May 24, 1844 - Telegraph inventor Samuel Morse sent the first official telegraph message, "What hath God wrought?" from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to Baltimore.

May 25, 1787 - The Constitutional Convention began in Philadelphia with delegates from seven states forming a quorum.

May 26, 1940 - The Dunkirk evacuation began in order to save the British Expeditionary Force trapped by advancing German armies on the northern coast of France. Boats and vessels of all shapes and sizes ferried 200,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian soldiers across the English Channel by June 2nd.

May 27, 1937 - In San Francisco, 200,000 people celebrated the grand opening of the Golden Gate Bridge by strolling across it.

May 28, 1888 - All-around athlete Jim Thorpe (1888-1953) was born near Prague, Oklahoma. He won the pentathlon and decathlon events at the 1912 Olympic Games and also played professional baseball and football.

May 29, 1453 - The city of Constantinople was captured by the Turks, who renamed it Istanbul. This marked the end of the Byzantine Empire as Istanbul became the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

May 30, 1922 - The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated. The Memorial was designed by architect Henry Bacon and features a compelling statue of "Seated Lincoln" by sculptor Daniel Chester French.

May 31, 1819 - American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was born in Long Island, New York. His poem Leaves of Grass is considered an American classic.

Grecian Festivals

The weather is getting warmer and summer will be upon us very soon. That means its Grecian Festival time. Almost every church has a Greek Fest to help with the church finances. Many AHEPANS will volunteer their time to work at the various Greek Festivals.

Here is a list of dates of the Indiana Greek Orthodox Church festivals.
  • June 10 -12, 2016 - Saint Andrew Greek Fest in South Bend, Indiana.
  • June 10 -12, 2016 - Saint Demetrios Greek Fest in Hammond, Indiana.
  • July 8 -10, 2016 - Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Fest in Merrillville, Indiana.
  • July 14 -17, 2016 - Saint George Greek Fest in Schererville, Indiana.
  • August 25 -28, 2016 - Holy Trinity Greek Fest in Carmel, Indiana.

At the time of this publication, do not have the dates for the Greek Fests in Valparaiso for ST. Iakovos and in Fort Wayne for Holy Trinity. 

Memory Eternal

Christ Christoff


AHEPA District 12 is saddened to hear that Brother Christ Christoff of Merrillville Chapter 78 has passed away. He will be missed. May his Memory be Eternal.

Christ Christoff, age 82, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Chris is survived by his wife, Georgia; three children: Alex (Allison Jensen), Elizabeth and Susan Christoff; grandchildren; Kyle and Sophia Christoff, Steven and Helen Eastes and Eleni and Aidan Jones. Chris was preceded in death by his parents: Alexander and Susan Christoff; brothers: Steve and George Christoff; sister, Helen Christoff.

Chris was a member of Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He was a graduate of Indiana University and employed with the Gary Community School System for over 41 years. His career began teaching history at Emerson High School. After completing his Master's degree, Chris served as Assistant Principal at both Froebel and Westside High Schools, and then Principal at Lew Wallace High School. Before retiring, Chris went on to become an Administrator with the Gary School System. He was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, lifelong member of the Gary Teachers' Union, Gary Secondary Principal Association, Lake County Principal's Association and the Gary AHEPA, Chapter 78. Chris proudly served as a Private in the U.S. Army from 1960-1962. He was an avid reader and lifelong model-railroader.

 King Abdullah of Jordan to help restore Jesus Tomb

His Majesty King Abdullah has offered to use his own expenses to pay for the restoration of Jesus’ Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

The work could begin soon after Orthodox Easter on May 1.The restoration, entrusted to a Greek team, is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the site will remain open to visitors in the meantime.

The shrine, several meters tall and wide standing under the church’s dome, has for decades been held together by a metal frame.

Its marble slabs have been weakened over the years in part by daily visits by thousands of pilgrims and tourists.

Jordan’s role in protecting Christian existence in the Holy Land is clear and undeniable. King Abdullah spearheads the efforts of all Jordanians to sow the seeds of love and brotherhood between Muslims and Christians, the patriarch was quoted as saying.

READ MORE from the Jordan Times by clicking HERE.

Holy Trinity Golf Outing to benefit Saint Nicholas

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel, Indiana will be hosting a "Golf for Ground Zero" outing.

The golf outing will take place on Monday June 22nd, 2015 at Prairie View Golf Club. It will be a 1PM start.

All proceeds of this event will go to rebuilding Saint Nicholas in NYC at Ground Zero.

Individual entry = $125.00
Team entry = $500.00

Contact Gary Martine for more details at 317-752-5982.

AHEPA District 12 Website Redesigned

The AHEPA District 12 website has been completely redesigned. The goal was to simplify the website look and feel and bring new features like a real time Facebook and Twitter feed. We hope you enjoy it and feedback is welcomed. The URL (wesbite name) stays the same so no need to bookmark a new website address.

You can view the website at:

Pitching Great Milt Pappas passes away

AHEPA District 12 is saddened to hear that Milt Pappas has passed away today. Milt was a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs (also played briefly for the Reds and Braves). Milt Pappas (born Miltiades Stergios Papastergios) was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1939.

Milt was part of one of the most famous trades in MLB history. In December 1965, Pappas and another pitcher, Jack Baldschun, and outfielder Dick Simpson were traded to the Cincinnati Reds for superstar and future Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

Milt threw a no hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 1972 at Wrigley Field.

A control specialist, Pappas pitched in 520 games, starting 465, with 209 wins, 164 losses, 43 shutouts, 1,728 strikeouts and a 3.40 ERA in 3,186 innings pitched.

Milt was part of the inaugural AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame class of 1975.

Tributes from all over the baseball world poured in after his death was confirmed. The Chicago Cubs issued a press release, the Baltimore Orioles issued a press release as well as having a moment of silence before their game started along with many other baseball players and sports shows.

You can read more about the tributes to Milt Pappas at the following links:

Chicago Tribune
New York Times
Atlanta Journal
Washington Post

Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas was good friends with Milt Pappas and loved to hear all of his baseball stories. This is his favorite story that Milt would share all the time about the time he faced the legendary Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox:

I get a 3-2 count on Williams and I throw him a pitch that cuts the heart out of the plate. He just stands there and the umpire doesn't say anything for about 15 seconds, Finally, Williams turns and goes back to the dugout and the umpire yells, "Strike three!"

I walked up to the ump after the inning was over and asked him, "What would you have done if Williams had trotted down to first instead of going back to the dugout?"

"Then it would've been ball four," the umpire replied. "His eyes are a whole lot better than mine are."


May his memory be eternal.

Olympic Flame begins its Journey

The Olympic torch has been lit in southern Greece, kicking off the countdown to Rio 2016.

In a solemn and elaborate ceremony worthy of a "Game of Thrones" pageant, women in ancient-Greek style dresses and men in tunics performed symbolic rituals at the site of Ancient Olympia. The Games were first held there in 776 BC and remained there for 12 centuries.

Acting the role of the high priestess, Greek actress Katerina Lechou lit the torch using a concave mirror to focus the sun's rays, before placing it into a ceramic bowl. An olive branch was cut and a white dove released into the blue spring sky, both symbolizing peace.

You can follow the Olympic Flame on Twitter. Yes the flame has its own Twitter account, personality, and opinions. A fun way to see th flame travel from Greece to Rio, Brazil.

Evzones attend White Sox game

Before the Greek Presidential Guard departed Chicago to go back to Greece, they attended a White Sox game on Monday April 18th.

ENOSIS board members were the guide and our very own brother Nick Kavadas also assisted. Brother Nick was able to work with the Chicago White Sox front office to make sure each Evzone received a certified game ball.

A funny story to share: The Evzones were by far the best dressed at the game. Many people came up to Brother Nick and asked who they were. One kid thought it was another baseball team. One guy thought they were secret service and that's when they decided to have fun with it. They formed a protective circle around Sophia and as they walked the concourse to leave the game they asked people to move to the side for an important dignitary. People actually moved to the sides as they walked past. It was a fun time. 

Joint Declaration by Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece

We, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, have met on the Greek island of Lesvos to demonstrate our profound concern for the tragic situation of the numerous refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who have come to Europe fleeing from situations of conflict and, in many cases, daily threats to their survival. World opinion cannot ignore the colossal humanitarian crisis created by the spread of violence and armed conflict, the persecution and displacement of religious and ethnic minorities, and the uprooting of families from their homes, in violation of their human dignity and their fundamental human rights and freedoms.

The tragedy of forced migration and displacement affects millions, and is fundamentally a crisis of humanity, calling for a response of solidarity, compassion, generosity and an immediate practical commitment of resources. From Lesvos, we appeal to the international community to respond with courage in facing this massive humanitarian crisis and its underlying causes, through diplomatic, political and charitable initiatives, and through cooperative efforts, both in the Middle East and in Europe.

As leaders of our respective Churches, we are one in our desire for peace and in our readiness to promote the resolution of conflicts through dialogue and reconciliation. While acknowledging the efforts already being made to provide help and care to refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, we call upon all political leaders to employ every means to ensure that individuals and communities, including Christians, remain in their homelands and enjoy the fundamental right to live in peace and security. A broader international consensus and an assistance programme are urgently needed to uphold the rule of law, to defend fundamental human rights in this unsustainable situation, to protect minorities, to combat human trafficking and smuggling, to eliminate unsafe routes, such as those through the Aegean and the entire Mediterranean, and to develop safe resettlement procedures. In this way we will be able to assist those countries directly engaged in meeting the needs of so many of our suffering brothers and sisters. In particular, we express our solidarity with the people of Greece, who despite their own economic difficulties, have responded with generosity to this crisis.

Together we solemnly plead for an end to war and violence in the Middle East, a just and lasting peace and the honourable return of those forced to abandon their homes. We ask religious communities to increase their efforts to receive, assist and protect refugees of all faiths, and that religious and civil relief services work to coordinate their initiatives. For as long as the need exists, we urge all countries to extend temporary asylum, to offer refugee status to those who are eligible, to expand their relief efforts and to work with all men and women of good will for a prompt end to the conflicts in course.

Europe today faces one of its most serious humanitarian crises since the end of the Second World War. To meet this grave challenge, we appeal to all followers of Christ to be mindful of the Lord's words, on which we will one day be judged: For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me... Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me (Mt. 25:35-36, 40).

For our part, in obedience to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, we firmly and wholeheartedly resolve to intensify our efforts to promote the full unity of all Christians. We reaffirm our conviction that "reconciliation (among Christians) involves promoting social justice within and among all peoples... Together we will do our part towards giving migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers a humane reception in Europe" (Charta Oecumenica, 2001). By defending the fundamental human rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, and the many marginalized people in our societies, we aim to fulfil the Churches' mission of service to the world.

Our meeting today is meant to help bring courage and hope to those seeking refuge and to all those who welcome and assist them. We urge the international community to make the protection of human lives a priority and, at every level, to support inclusive policies which extend to all religious communities. The terrible situation of all those affected by the present humanitarian crisis, including so many of our Christian brothers and sisters, calls for our constant prayer.

Lesvos, 16 April 2016

Ieronymos II


Bartholomew I

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Orthodox Easter

Michelle and I extend our best wishes to members of the Orthodox Christian community here in America and around the world as they observe Holy Friday and the Feast of the Resurrection.

For Orthodox Christians, this is a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to rejoice in the victory of the Resurrection and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in accordance with God's will.

We lift up in prayer the members of the Orthodox community who have been persecuted for their faith and subjected to unspeakable acts of violence, and we seek the release of those who have been kidnapped.   We remember those who have been driven from their homelands and who have seen their religious institutions desecrated or destroyed.  And we stand in solidarity with Orthodox Christians and people of all faiths, and pledge to continue our work to ensure that all people are able to live in peace, justice, and freedom.

During this season of hope, we remember that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  We wish all who celebrate a blessed Easter.

Happy Easter!

Χριστός ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen!

AHEPA District 12 Governor Sam Benjamin and the entire District lodge would like to wish everyone a Happy and Blessed Easter.

AHEPA Canada Communique

From the desk of the Canadian AHEPA President (Dr. Ken Matziorinis) is his  9th Communiqué. The purpose of these communiqués is to keep you abreast of his activities and to highlight the work that the AHEPA Canada fraternity is doing in the name of AHEPA and Hellenism and for the benefit of their communities.

To read the communique and see the pictures, you may CLICK HERE.

AHEPA District 12 Facebook page

The AHEPA District 12 Facebook page currently has 440 likes. We encourage all our members and friends to invite people to like our page. We are very close to the 500 like mark and we would love to surpass that by summer time. 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

Supreme President visits Merrillville

‪‎AHEPA‬ Supreme President John Galanis visited Merrillville Chapter 78 on Tuesday April 5th. Also attending the meeting was Indiana US Representative Peter Visclosky.

Pete was unable to make the AHEPA Family GALA in Chicago on February 20th where he was being Honored with 4 other Honorees so Governor Sam Benjamin presented Congressman Peter Visclosky with the 2016 AHEPA Pericles Award at the meeting last night.

In addition. Governor Sam Benjamin and the District 12 lodge presented Supreme President John Galanis with a check for $5,000 dollars to help rebuild Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in NYC at Ground Zero (Saint Nicholas was the only house of worship destroyed on 9/11). The $5,000 dollars was raised by selling the commemorative St. Nicholas lapel pins. Thank you to everyone who purchased a pin (we are still selling them if interested).

Merrillville Chapter 78 and President Pete Kavadas presented a check for $1,000 dollars for Saint Nicholas with more to be presented at the Supreme Convention in Las Vegas.

The District lodge also presented Greek Independence Day Proclamations from local Indiana towns, cities, and county to Supreme President Galanis and Merrillville Chapter 78.
The evening concluded with a catered prime rib dinner and a nice social hour where brothers mingled and pictures were taken. Enjoy the few pictures attached with this post.

Thank you to AHEPA Supreme President John Galanis for visiting the Merrillville chapter (he came directly from Washington DC where he was meeting with President Obama and VP Biden and participating in the White House Greek Independence Day celebrations).

And as always, thanks to Congressman/Brother Visclosky taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with the chapter. Pete is also a member of AHEPA Chapter 78.


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.
You may CLICK HERE to access the advertising opportunities for the District Convention. 

Please consider personally sponsoring, have a business sponsor, and have your chapter sponsor.

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

The District 12 convention registration form, agenda, and brochure can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

District 12 members who celebrate birthdays in May

Chapter 78 - Merrillville

5/28 - David Butterfield
5/05 - John Demetrakis
5/28 - George Heilmeyer Jr.
5/29 - Markos Karakozis
5/14 - Dion Katsouros
5/07 - John Kavadas
5/29 - Mark Malamatos
5/30 - John Petalas
5/30 - John Sebben
5/13 - Angelo Tsiongas
5/21 - Michael Zaharias

Chapter 81 - Ft. Wayne

5/10 - Dimitrios Gogos

Chapter 100 - South Bend

5/06 - Nick Anagnos
5/06 - Dean Petros

Chapter 123  - Hammond

5/20 - Michael Cavvouras
5/28 - Thomas Katsahnias
5/16 - George Kosmas
5/29 - Peter Snarskis
5/20 - George Tsirtsis

Chapter 157 - Calumet

5/18 - John Mouratides
5/05 - Pete Panousis
5/12 - George Stavropoulos

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

5/08 - George Catavolos
5/20 - Nicholas Farris
5/26 - Angelo Kostarides
5/05 - Nicholas Saran
5/09 - Anthony Waterbury

2016 Capitol Hill Day


Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Capitol Hill Day Kick-off Reception
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Cannon House Office Building - Room 340
From Matthew Kochevar (AHEPA District 12 PDG):

AHEPA has scheduled its annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington DC for Wednesday, May 25, 2016. As in years past I will be scheduling meeting with various office in Indiana's Congressional Delegation. In order for me to schedule these meetings I need to know how many are planning to attend. I would ask that if you are planning on attending that you email me as soon as possible so I can pass it on to AHEPA HQ in Washington and begin to build my list of participants. I also ask that you pass this information to other AHEPANS, Daughters, Sons, and Maids from Indiana who may be interested in participating.

This year we will not attend to meet with every office in our state's delegation. Below are the offices I plan to reach out to schedule meetings because an AHEPA chapter or housing unit is in the district, the Congressman is a member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, or because they have met with us in the past.
  • U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly
  • U.S. Representative Peter Visclosky (Merrillville, Schererville, Hammond)
  • U.S. Representative Jacki Walorski (South Bend, Mishawaka, Warsaw)
  • U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman (Fort Wayne)
  • U.S. Representative Susan Brooks (Anderson, Carmel, Indianapolis)
  • U.S. Representative Andre Carson (Indianapolis)
  • U.S. Representative Todd Young (Bloomington, Jeffersonville, Franklin)

As more information is released about Capitol Hill Day I will update you.

If interested in attending Capitol Hill Day, please email us at:

Church of Greece scrambling to avoid bankruptcy

The Church of Greece is struggling financially as revenues dry up and taxes keep rising. The Church of Greece has two main sources of income – real estate and National Bank of Greece shares – and both are drying up.

“The Church’s revenues have declined by about 75 percent today compared with 2008. Then, the annual budget was around 23 million euros and today it is around 6 million euros,” says Antonios.

READ MORE by clicking HERE.

May Name Days

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

There are 103 names that celebrate in May. Some of those names are Anastasios, George, Irene, Panos, Thomas, Constantine, Helen, Fotini, and many many more.

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

District 13 Sport Award Banquet

The 49th Annual Sports Award Banquet will be held on Friday, June 3rd 2016 at Fountain Blue Banquets 2300 Mannheim Rd. in Des Plaines. Cocktails will be served at 6:00pm followed by a dinner at 7:00 pm sharp.

The 13th District of AHEPA, one of the 26 Districts throughout the world, annually sponsors a Sports Award Banquet. This banquet honors Greek-American and AHEPA family high school and college athletes who have played any sport on their high school or college teams. The athletes will be the guests of the committee and will be awarded a plaque or trophy for their athletic accomplishments. We have also added an Athletic Scholarship Program to our agenda. Two $1,000 and eight $500 scholarships will be presented to deserving male and female high school senior or any college athlete who has excelled in athletics and maintained at least a B average academically. We would like to get an application into the hands of every eligible athlete. Athletes must attend the banquet to receive their awards. Awards go to any student in high school or college, with any age, and of any gender.

The sports award application can be found on the AHEPA District 13 website along with more information. This is open to all student athletes in the District 13 domain (Illinois and Wisconsin)


New Balance owner Jim Davis

Did you know that Jim Davis, owner of New Balance (an American footwear manufacturer) is Greek?

Jim Davis (born 1943) is an American billionaire businessman, the chairman of New Balance and a co-founder of Major League Lacrosse. James S. Davis was born in 1943, the son of Greek immigrants. He attended the Worcester Academy, and he received a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Middlebury College in 1966.

He started his career as a sales engineer at the LFE Corporation in Waltham, Massachusetts, and as marketing manager for the Applied Geodata Systems Division of Techven Associates of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1972, he bought New Balance, then only a 6-employee firm in Boston, and turned it into a 4,000-employee global corporation with revenues averaging around $2.5 billion every year.

United States commits another 20 million dollars to Greece

The United States has committed "An additional 20 million dollars for efforts to provide protection, shelter, food and other life saving assistance to the most vulnerable refugees and migrants throughout Europe, including here in Greece. The 20 million dollars includes 17.5 million dollars for UNHCR, two million dollars for the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent, and 500 thousand dollars for the United Nations Population Fund." - per Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom

"This new funding brings the total US humanitarian assistance for the regional refugee and migrant support effort to more than 43.6 million dollars since it started last year. The welfare of migrants and refugees, including those who are risking their lives in a desperate attempt to find safety in Europe is a top priority for President Obama and across our government. We are strongly committed to supporting refugees through assistance to the region, resettlement in the United States and by working with other nations and organizations to increase global support."


Minnesota and Ohio Greek Independence Proclamations

In the March eNewsletter, we provided an image of all the Greek Independence Proclamations from the various states and local governments that passed a proclamation. Not included in the newsletter last month was Minnesota and Ohio.

We congratulate our brothers in District 14 (Minnesota) and District 11 (Ohio) for working with their Governors to have a 195th Anniversary of Greek Independence Proclamation issued.

Thank you Governor Mark Dayton and State of Minnesota and Governor John Kasich and the State of Ohio.



AHEPAN Magazine - Spring 2016

The Spring 2016 AHEPAN magazine has been issued. All members should have received the Spring edition in your mailbox. However, you can also view the magazine in digital format by clicking the link below. Once again, news from the Midwest region and Districts 12 and 13 are covered.

Saint Nicholas Shrine Update

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

Total Pledged to date: $37,984,301.00

Total Collected to date: $19,762,022.00
The April Saint Nicholas newsletter from the Archdiocese can be read in its entirety by CLICKING HERE.
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 Governor Sam Benjamin or Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas if you are interested in purchasing these lapel pins.


AHEPA Midwest Regional Golf Tournament

The AHEPA Midwest Regional Tournament will take place on Monday June 6. We crown 5 Champions from different flights (by handicap). We will pay for the transportation cost for those 5 Champions to participate at the next AHEPA National Golf Tournament. Last year's National Tournament was in Florida. Please consider playing this year. It will be fun.

Monday June 6, 2016
Location: Geneva National GC
                  Lake Geneva, Wisc.

Shotgun Start: 12:30 pm (Lunch at 11:30)
Donation: $135                                         
•    Lunch
•    Golf and Cart
•    Dinner
•    Prize & Gifts

For reservations and for information on becoming an AHEPA member, call:
Chris Atsaves
847-729-3253 Home
312-525-4510 Work
847-942-8389 Cell


His Grace Bishop Demetrios welcomes Queen Noor of Jordan

His Grace Bishop Demetrios was honored to welcome Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan to Chicago on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.

In a private audience with the Queen during her visit to Judson University, Bishop Demetrios thanked her for the continued support by the Jordanian Royal Family of Greek Orthodox in their nation as well as the Holy Land and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The Queen’s and her late husband’s support have been lifelong but are also tied to the 1951 assassination of King Abdullah of Jordan. The Queen’s husband was 15 years old and escorting his grandfather King Abdullah to Jerusalem when the king was assassinated by a Palestinian. The future King Hussein was saved when a member of the entourage, a Greek Orthodox priest and family friend, Rev. Theodosios Makkos, hid the young prince Hussain under his long robes and rushed him to protective hiding at the residence of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The young prince he saved was crowned as King of Jordan within two years.

From that time, King Hussein and his Queen protected and supported the Greek Orthodox community within their borders, within the Middle East generally.

Read full story at Chicago Metropolis website by clicking here.

Olympic Flame handed over to Brazil

The Olympic flame that will burn in Rio in August for the first Games in South America was handed over to Brazil on Wednesday April 27th  in the marble stadium that hosted the first modern Games in 1896.

The night before, the Olympic Flame rested on top of the Acropolis in front of the Parthenon. A spectacular sight!

Read full story from Reuters by clicking HERE.

Greek debt update

The Greek government is using cash surpluses deposited by public sector entities to pay its bills because delays on a bailout review have stopped funds from international lenders being disbursed, officials said on Tuesday.

More from Reuters CLICK HERE.

In addition, The number of orders received by banks to seize deposits belonging to customers with outstanding debts to the state has skyrocketed to an average of around 1,000 a day, bank data showed on Tuesday.

The average number of seizures that are actually carried out – meaning that depositors have enough cash in their accounts for the orders to be executed – came to 28,000 in March from 22,000 in December and February, 15,000 in January, 1,700 in November and 1,800 in October.

Meanwhile, data showed that outstanding debts to the state have increased to reach 87 billion euros.

Greece SuperLeague Final Standings for 2015-2016

For the 18th time in the last 20 years, Olympiakos has won the Greek Superleage. The only other team to win the league championship in the last 20 years is Panathinaikos (PAO). This is the 43rd time Olympiakos has won the league championship. Only PAO with 20 and AEK with 11 have won more the league more than 10 times.

Olympiakos will represent Greece in the UEFA Champions league next season since winning the Greek league is an automatic berth into the Champions league.

AEK, Panathinaikos, PAOK, and Panionios will go to the playoffs and the winner will get a berth into the qualifiers for UEFA Champions league. The bottom two teams Panthrakikos an Kalloni will be relegated to the Greek Football league (2nd division).

The Superleague is currently entitled to two entrants into the UEFA Champions League. The Superleague champion directly enters the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The second through fifth place teams in the Superleague enter a play-off for the second Greek entry. The play-off winner enters the UEFA Champions League's third qualifying round, a two-legged tie from which the winner advances to the play offs of the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the Greek Cup automatically qualifies for the UEFA Europa League, as well as the runners-up of the Superleague play-off.

The final 2015/2016 standings with 30 games played:

ArcelorMittal, union reach tentative deal

About 10,000 union steelworkers at ArcelorMittal mills in Northwest Indiana and Riverdale have been working without a contract for eight months, but the steelmaker and the United Steelworkers union have finally reached a tentative pact.

The agreement covers more than 12,000 USW members at 13 ArcelorMittal plants in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

ArcelorMittal says it won’t provide any specifics until after union members ratify the new contract.

READ MORE from the NWITimes by clicking HERE.

Greek team a no show at Greek Cup Semi-final game

It is not often a team decides not to show up for a major trophy semi-final game. But that is exactly what PAOK did on Wednesday April 27th.

The game was due to kick off at 5 p.m., but Olympiakos, who was awarded a 3-0 win in the first leg, has now been given another 3-0 victory and will meet AEK Athens in the May 7 final at the Olympic Stadium.

"Our declaration to not participate further in the competition following the unprecedented lawlessness at our Toumba stadium two months ago began an irreversible process for the cleansing of Greek soccer, and I'm glad PAOK is playing a leading role in this movement," owner of PAOK Savvidis said.


Patriarchal Encyclical For Holy Pascha 2016

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

We wholeheartedly address you from the See of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the joyous greeting “Christ is risen!” The resurrection of Christ is the center of our Orthodox faith. Without the resurrection, our faith is “in vain” (1 Cor. 15:14). Through His resurrection, the divine Word rendered humanity – created in the image of God but wounded and stained by sin – incorrupt and deified, granting us once again the possibility of achieving divine likeness, of which we were deprived through disobedience.

However, what does the feast of Pascha signify as the victory of life over death in a world of violence and war, especially in the name of religion and God?

Many philosophers endeavored to find a solution to the problem of death and to overcome death with various theories. We Orthodox Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead and boldly declare the destruction of death. We know that it is the Word of God who bestows life and in whom “was life” (John 1:4). We have the joyful experience of the Church, that death was conquered through the resurrection of Christ. “All things have been filled with joy, having received the experience of resurrection.” This faith brightens all expressions of church life and culminates in the divine Eucharist. The fact that, in the Christian world, it is especially the Orthodox Church that preserved the divine Eucharist as the center of its life and spirituality is inseparably related to the fact that the resurrection is the nucleus of our faith, worship and ecclesiastical ethos. For this reason, the Eucharistic liturgy is always festive, joyous, and primarily linked with the Lord’s day as the day of the resurrection.

The most striking expression and interpretation of the resurrection as well as of its regenerative power is the image of the descent of our Lord Jesus Christ to Hades, as this is wonderfully depicted at the Chora Monastery in Constantinople. The Lord of glory descends to the depths of Hades, destroying its gates, arising victorious and resurrecting Adam and Eve in Himself, and in so doing resurrects the entire human race from beginning to end. “Now, all things have been filled with light, heaven and earth and all things beneath the earth.” Creation rises from the dark realm of death to the heavenly kingdom, whose light has no evening. The faithful, as participants in the resurrection, are called to declare the Gospel of freedom in Christ “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

The Mother Church, which lives the mystery of the cross and the resurrection simultaneously, today invites us “to approach with lit candles” “and together to celebrate the salvific Pascha of God.”

Through the resurrection of our Savior, all of humanity has become one people, united in one body. Through His cross and resurrection, Christ definitively destroyed all existing hatred. Thus, the Orthodox Church, as the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, is the Church of the reconciliation of all, the Church of love toward all, friends and enemies. Reconciled, filled with new life, filled with true life, we all become fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (cf Eph. 2:15-20).

Unfortunately terrorism, war, and bloodshed continue to this day. The lament and agony of victims, particularly as these are rapidly disseminated through modern technological means, tear the world apart and break our heart. This is why the world’s leaders – political, religious and church – are obliged and compelled by love to do everything that is possible to avoid such unacceptable conditions.

In the midst of this modern “irrational world,” we Orthodox Christians are called to offer a positive witness of love and sacrifice to our fellow human beings.

For us as Orthodox faithful, Pascha is not a fleeting moment of escape from the ugly reality of evil in the world; it is the unwavering conviction that Christ, who trampled down death by death and rose from the dead, is with us “always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Beloved brothers and sisters, such is once again this year the message of the resurrection from the most holy Apostolic and Patriarchal Ecumenical Throne, the sacred center of Orthodoxy, to all people: that Christ has risen and the power of death was abolished; the authority of the powerful over the weak has been destroyed. “Life reigns” and the nurturing love, profound mercy, and endless grace of the risen Christ cover the whole world, from one end to the other. It is sufficient for us to realize that Jesus Christ is the true light, that in Him is life, and that this life is the light of all people (cf John 1:3-4). This is our message to all political and religious leaders of the world.

Therefore, approach and receive the light from the unfading light of the Phanar, which as the light of Christ and the light of love shines upon all; in Him “there is no darkness” (cf 1 John 1:5). Let us hear this Gospel of joy and light; and let us Orthodox alleviate the pain of today’s world with our own love and sacrifice.

Glory be to Him who bestows life, who has shown the light and love and peace to the world as well as to each one of us. Glory to Jesus Christ, the king of glory, the conqueror of death and champion of life.

At the Phanar, Holy Pascha 2016

Your fervent supplicant before the risen Christ,

† Bartholomew
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch
May 15, 2016
AHEPA Sunday
(Check with local Parish; sometimes date is different)

May 21-22, 2016
AHEPA National Bowling Tournament
AMF Littleton Lanes
Littleton, CO

May 25, 2016
AHEPA Family Capitol Hill Day
Washington, DC

June 3, 2016
AHEPA District 13 Sports Award Banquet
Chicago, IL

June 6, 2016
AHEPA Midwest Regional Golf Tournament
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

June 10-12, 2016
Saint Demetrios Greek Fest
Hammond, IN

June 10-12, 2016
Saint Andrew Greek Fest
South Bend, IN

June 11, 2016
AHEPA Family District 12 Convention
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Carmel, IN

July 8-10, 2016
SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Fest
Merrillville, IN

July 14-17, 2016
Saint George Greek Fest
Schererville, IN

July 21, 2016
White Sox Greek Heritage Night
US Cellular Field
White Sox vs. Tigers
Chicago, IL

July 24-30, 2016
AHEPA Supreme Convention
Mirage Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV

August 25-28, 2016
Holy Trinity Greek Fest
Carmel, IN

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