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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

AHEPA 78 cooks and serves Thanksgiving meal to homeless 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 prepared the Thanksgiving Meal for these Vets featuring turkey, ham and all the trimmings of home.

The brothers were also able to tour 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.

AHEPA District 12 would like to thank the brothers of Merrillville Chapter 78 and their wives for cooking and serving Thanksgiving dinner for low income and homeless veterans. We appreciate the generosity of AHEPA chapter 78 and their love of the NWI community

The meals were cooked and served at the new 44 unit Northwest Indiana Veterans Village located in Gary, Indiana.

God bless our veterans and may they never be forgotten and their service forever appreciated.

AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo SUCCESS!!

AHEPA District 12 held a Super Bingo on Friday November 4th. It was a great success where over 270 came out to play bingo.

$10,000 dollars in Bingo was paid out along with over $30,000 dollars in pull-tabs.

AHEPA District 12 will be submitting paper work to the State of Indiana gaming commission to host the next super bingo on Friday February 2nd. Same location and times will be requested.

Thank you to everyone who supported the super bingo. All proceeds go to various charities that AHEPA supports locally and nationally. Stay tuned for more updates on the February bingo.

AHEPA - Giving Tuesday

Once again Merrillville AHEPA Chapter 78 gives back to the community on #givingtuesday.

Shown here are Team AHEPA 78 Philanthropy Members Jeff Farver, George Domoras, and George Heilmeyer, presenting a $3000 holiday donation, on behalf of Chapter 78, to Mr Pete Vlisides, co- director, of Ross Township Food Pantry at SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville.

This is AHEPA’s second donation of 2016 bringing the total to $7000 to help feed the needy in Ross Township this holiday season. In addition Chapter 78 donated a total of 48 turkeys to St Constantine’s Harvest For The Hungry Ministry and Ross Township Food Pantry.

AHEPA District 12 would also like to sincerely thank Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Father Ted Poteres, Father George Pappas, and all the parishioners, brothers, and volunteers for their amazing generosity to the residents of the AHEPA apartments by serving Thanksgiving meals to the residents and to 4,000 people in the community. The six AHEPA apartment units located in Merrillville Indiana serve and house low income elderly in our community.

The love is certainly felt from all the residents and it is much appreciated to have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and to not be forgotten.


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

Ecumenical Patriarch congratulates President-Elect Trump

Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, is the latest of world organization leaders to congratulate U.S. President-Elect Trump.

His Holiness recently wrote a letter to Trump highlighting his hopes for the new U.S. leader to help build bridges and break down walls that are causing conflict and sorrow throughout the world. The letter is as follows:

Dear President-Elect Trump,

It is on the occasion of your election as the 45th President of the United States of America that we hasten to wholeheartedly congratulate you both personally and also on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. We convey to you our warmest wishes for health and strength, as you assume your new responsibilities, and express our heartfelt prayers that all which you strive to achieve be adorned with righteousness.

As you have seen with your own eyes throughout your campaign, our broken and divided world is in need of leaders today who can offer wisdom and prosperity, peace and reconciliation. Thus, by fervently placing your hope and trust in the Lord, most especially during this present moment in time when we are desperately in need of the cessation of war and violence, the eradication of poverty and hunger, you will most certainly be able to increase solidarity among nations as well as ensure the protection of the dignity of every human person across the globe.

Commending you once again upon your success and beseeching our loving God to grant your great nation His grace and infinite mercy and to you every good and perfect gift from above, we remain with much love and the highest esteem.

Prayerfully yours,
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome

Notable dates in December History

For your reading enjoyment, 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, 1962 - Edith Sampson was sworn in as the first African American female judge, after she was elected associate judge of the Municipal Court in Chicago.

December 4, 1791 - The Observer, now the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, was first published in Britain.

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, 1994 - Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army's political wing, held its first formal talks with Britain in over 70 years.

December 10, 1989 - The first non-Communist government since 1948 assumed power in Czechoslovakia.

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 20, 1989 - The U.S. invaded Panama attempting to capture Manuel Noriega on charges of narcotics trafficking.

December 21, 1846 - Anesthesia was used for the first time in Britain during an operation at University College Hospital in London performed by Robert Liston who amputated the leg of a servant.

December 22, 1912 - "Lady Bird" Johnson (1912-2007) was born in Karnack, Texas (as Claudia Alta Taylor).

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 26, 1893 - Mao Tse-Tung (1893-1976) was born in Hunan Province, China. He was a Chinese librarian, teacher, communist revolutionist, considered the "founding father" of the People's Republic of China.

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

December 28, 1856 - 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 29, 1808 -  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. 

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.

View Obama State Dinner in Athens, Greece

Watch President of the Hellenic Republic and President Obama deliver speeches today at state dinner in Athens, Greece.

CLICK HERE to watch and listen to both speeches.

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, 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 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, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

December is also AIDS Awareness Month, National Human Rights Month, Safe Toys and Gifts Month,  National Tie Month, and more!

President Obama speaks at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece

Listen to President Obama speech at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece.

As many of you know, this is my final trip overseas as President of the United States, and I was determined, on my last trip, to come to Greece -- partly because I’ve heard about the legendary hospitality of the Greek people -- your philoxenia. Partly because I had to see the Acropolis and the Parthenon. But also because I came here with gratitude for all that Greece -- “this small, great world” -- has given to humanity through the ages.

Our hearts have been moved by the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides. Our minds have been opened by the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides. Our understanding of the world and our place in it has been expanded by Socrates and Aristotle.

In the United States, we’re especially grateful for the friendship of so many proud Greek Americans. In my hometown of Chicago -- -- you can find them in Greektown, with their foustanellas. And together, we’ve celebrated Greek Independence Day at the White House. We’ve had some spanakopita and some ouzo.

Greek Americans have worn the uniform to keep our country free. Greek Americans have marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to make us more just. Greek or American, we’re all cheering for Giannis Antetokounmpo -- who seems to be getting better each year. And if anyone seeks an example of our shared spirit, our resilience, they need look no further than New York City, near Ground Zero, where the Greek Orthodox church of St. Nicholas, once in ruins, is now rising again.

Watch and Listen by clicking HERE.

For full transcript: CLICK HERE.

Bred for Battle—Understanding Ancient Sparta’s Military Machine

Information from US Embassy in Athens.

National Geographic History Magazine delves deep into Spartan culture which centered, almost entirely, around war. A lifelong dedication to military discipline, service, and precision gave this kingdom a strong advantage over other Greek civilizations, allowing Sparta to dominate Greece in the fifth century B.C.

Little remains of the ancient city of Sparta, capital of the Laconia region, situated on the Peloponnesus peninsula in modern Greece, but the impact of its unique culture is impossible to ignore. Unlike Athens to the north, Sparta was famed for its austerity—its “spartan” character—was, and is, proverbial. A state run by an inflexible military regime, whose people existed almost entirely to serve the army, the Spartans were legendary for their professionalism, intense physical and mental stamina, and absolute dedication to the defense of their land. No great philosophers would ever arise from Spartan culture the way they did from Athens.


Cubs win the World Series

Yes, you read that headline correctly. After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs finally won the world series and ended the longest championship drought in American professional sports history.

AHEPA District 12 is very happy for many of our members who literally have waited a lifetime to see this happen. Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs, their long suffering fans, and to the city of Chicago.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune by clicking here.

AHEPA lauds President Obama's visit to Greece

WASHINGTON (November 17, 2016) -- The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the largest and oldest membership-based association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's visit to Greece, November 15 and 16, 2016:
"AHEPA lauds the visit of President Barack Obama to Greece as it demonstrated a heightened level of commitment the United States has with its alliance with the Hellenic Republic, a longstanding NATO ally and EU nation," Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades said. "At every opportunity, the president delivered remarks that we found to be strongly supportive of Greece and its people for what they have endured during two unprecedented crises.  Also, President Obama's remarks demonstrated the strong ties and shared history between the two nations and a genuine appreciation for Greece's myriad of contributions to Western Civilization, and above all, Democracy.  All throughout his visit, and the series of meetings held with Greek government officials, President Obama struck the proper tone on debt relief and sustainability and economic growth for Greece, on Greece's contributions to our mutual security interests, and the humane way in which Greece has handled the refugee crisis. However, President Obama did not comment publicly on issues confronting Greece's sovereignty in the Aegean Sea and the open questioning of the Treaty of Lausanne, and other neighborly relations, which were raised by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos."
Zachariades added, "In the waning days of the Obama Administration, and in the transition to President-elect Trump's Administration, and going forward, we must ensure the United States' high-level engagement and commitment to Greece remains steadfast and true to resolve the challenges Greece faces."
On the Issues
On security, AHEPA vigorously applauds President Obama's commendation of Greece's commitment to NATO, stating at his joint press conference with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: "I want to take this opportunity to commend Greece for being one of the five NATO allies that spends 2 percent of GDP of defense -- a goal that we have consistently set, but not everybody has met. Greece has done this even during difficult economic times.  If Greece can meet this NATO commitment, all our allies should be able to do so." 
AHEPA welcomes the president's message on austerity and debt relief for Greece.  At the joint press conference with Prime Minister Tsipras, President Obama said, "At the same time, I've been clear from the beginning of this crisis that in order to make reforms sustainable, the Greek economy needs the space to return to growth and start creating jobs again.  We cannot simply look to austerity as a strategy.  And it is incredibly important that the Greek people see improvements in their daily lives, so that they can carry with them the hope that their lives will get better.
"And in this context, as Greece continues reform, the IMF has said that debt relief is crucial. I will continue to urge creditors to take the steps needed to put Greece on a path towards a durable economic recovery, because it is in all of our interests that Greece succeeds."
AHEPA also welcomes President Obama acknowledgement of the "extraordinary pain" the people of Greece have felt at the hands of austerity and that the United States intends "to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Greek people throughout this process" as Greece strives to achieve economic growth. In his speech to the people of Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, President Obama said, "At the same time, I will continue to urge creditors to take the steps needed to put Greece on a path towards sustained economic recovery.  As Greece continues to implement reforms, the IMF has said that debt relief will be crucial to get Greece back to growth.  They are right. It is important because if reforms here are going to be sustained, people need to see hope, and they need to see progress.  And the young people who are in attendance here today and all across the country need to know there is a future -- there is an education and jobs that are worthy of your incredible potential.  You don't have to travel overseas, you can put roots right here in your home, in Greece, and succeed." 
Finally, in the same 
speech, President Obama commended Greek Americans who have "worn the uniform to keep our country free," who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in an example of the shared spirt of resilience, cited how Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, once in ruins, is rising again."

South Bend coverage of Religious Resolution 

Outstanding segment by ABC News South Bend, Indiana, concerning the effort currently under way by the Metropolis of Chicago and Metropolis of Detroit, together with the Archon’s of both Metropolises, and under the leadership of Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, to gain passage in Indiana of the Archon Resolution in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The resolution will go before the 2017 Spring Legislative Session between January and March. 45 other States have already passed this resolution, as have the United States Congress and European Union, with the endorsement and support of past Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush, President Barack Obama, previous Pope's John Paul and Benedict, and Pope Francis.

Now is time for Indiana to join this list. In the months to come we will be asking for all Greek Orthodox, and all Christian, parishioners of Indiana to urge the members of the Indiana Legislature to pass this important Religious Freedom Resolution.


Dangerous Rhetoric continues

President of Turkey continues his dangerous and disturbing rhetoric on the Lausanne Treaty.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated a statement he first made over a month ago, saying that the Lausanne Treaty is subject to negotiation.

“The rules set by the victorious powers of World War II did not give Turkey the right to survival. With the Treaty of Sevres (1920), Turkey was divided in 7-8 pieces. Turkey did not accept that dichotomy that formed today’s border. The debate on the Treaty of Lausanne begins at this point,” the Turkish president continued.

Read the full story here.


Erdogan questions legitimacy of Cyprus Flag

Just days before his meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with the leader of the Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, went on a nationalistic rant against Greece and Cyprus during an international conference on trade in Turkey Tuesday, dampening expectations regarding the outcome of the weekend talks between the two leaders in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking at the 7th Annual Bosporus Summit, Erdogan slammed Cyprus for using its flag as representative of the whole island and ignoring the northern part of the island.

“You can’t have a flag like that when the TRNC is there,” he said, referring to the breakaway Turkish-Cypriot state, adding that the Greek Cypriots use their flag at European Union summits “without shame.”

Read more by clicking here.

Houses in Greece Will Return to their 2008 Value in 2050 

Below story from the Greek Reporter.

The damage the economic crisis has caused to the housing market is so big that it will take until 2050 for houses to reach the value they had in 2008.

According to a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) auditor firm, the economic crisis, overtaxation and a long period with lack of financing has forced many home sellers to withdraw from the market due to lack of interest. Furthermore, the oversupply of homes has reached such a scale that more than three decades will be required until the balance between supply and demand is restored.

PwC estimates that real estate values will return to the level they were in the years preceding the crisis (2002-2008), in the distant 2050.

Even so, the report says, for this to happen an average annual rate of a 0.6% increase is needed. According to PwC, in order to achieve the annual increase, the Greek economy must grow to the point where the per capita GDP will return to pre-crisis levels around 2030.

Similarly, the restoration of balance between supply and demand is placed in 2047 as a result of the current enormous “stock”  of unsold housing, high taxes and lack of mortgage lending.

Real estate taxation has increased six times from 2010 to today. In particular, property taxes increased 2.5-3 billion euros in five years, (2010-2015). Property tax now accounts for about 4% of all taxes and almost 2% of disposable income per capita.

When the per capita income fell by 21% between 2008 and 2014, the corresponding tax rate increased from 26% to 34%. What is indicative of the blow to the housing market is that during the 2008-2015 period, about 18 billion euros (or 8.2% of GDP) were lost in the form of investment in construction. Similarly, house prices fell by 41% in nominal value.

Source of story:

AHEPA District 12 Facebook page

The AHEPA District 12 Facebook page currently has 572 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

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:

Groundbreaking Ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — AHEPA Affordable Housing Management Company, Inc. recently held a ground breaking ceremony that took place on Friday, November 4, at 10:00 a.m. for Hellenic Senior Living of Indianapolis, its new Affordable Assisted Living Facility to be constructed at 8601 Shelby St. Indianapolis, IN 46227.

The event was held at the project’s construction grounds, where AHEPA Affordable Housing Management Company, Inc. CEO/President, Arthur N. Poly, was Master of Ceremonies. Performing the invocation was Father Lucas Christianson, from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel, IN. Speaking on behalf of the project was Alan Rakowski (Rental Housing Tax Credit Manager) from Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority {IHCDA}, Rick Banas (Vice President of Development & Positioning) from Gardant Management Solutions, Kevin Fiore from Carding, and Angelo Kostarides (President) from AHEPA National Housing Corporation.

A grateful thank you to Affordable Housing Partners (AHP), Deutsche Bank, Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Carding, Board of Directors of AHEPA National Housing Corporation, Shiel-Sexton, Quarles & Brady, LLP, Berardi + Partners, Inc., and Gardant Management Solutions.

Hellenic Senior Living of Indianapolis will be designed to serve low income older adults who need some help to maintain their independence. Prospective residents must meet income requirements and be at least 62 years of age. Hellenic Senior Living of Indianapolis will be three stories and offer a mix of 125 private, one-bedroom and efficiency apartments. The community is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Individuals who would like their names added to the Interest List to receive more information about this community as soon as it is available may call Gardant (management company) toll-free at 1-877-882-1495.

AHEPA Affordable Housing Management Company, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the AHEPA National Housing Corporation. For additional information, contact AHEPA Affordable Housing Management Company at

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.

Four Greek-American boys amongst best in Northwest Indiana

AHEPA District 12 would like to congratulate the local region boys who made the Northwest Indiana Times All-Area Boys soccer team for 2016. Many boys that made the All-Area 1st and 2nd teams are Americans of Greek descent and the AHEPA family is very proud of all of them.

The following Greek-American boys made the Times All-Area Soccer 1st team:

  • Chris Baranowski – Forward (Lake Central)
  • Kosta Karagan – Goalkeeper (Munster)
  • Kiriako Tsoukalas – Midfielder (Munster)

Second team All-Area:

  • Michael Bikos – Forward (Lake Central)

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.

December Name Days

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

There are 96 names that celebrate in December. Some of those names are Savas, Nick/Nicholas/Nikos, Ann, Adam, David, Noah, Sarah, Julia, Chris/Christos, Emanuel , Benjamin, and many many more.

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

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
12/25 - Jesus

Chapter 81 - Ft. Wayne

No Birthdays in December

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 - Calumet

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 - Dr. Panayotis Iatridis
12/04 - John Kofodimos
12/14 - George Pappas
12/12 - Christ Tsiros

DOP celebrates 87 years

Happy Anniversary Daughters of Penelope!! On November 16th, they celebrated 87 wonderful years!!

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.

ASPIRE to use every GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to keep Alexandra's Dream Alive!

2016 Election Results

AHEPA District 12 would like to congratulate two AHEPAN brothers who won in the 2016 general election yesterday.

Congratulations Mike Repay who won a second term for Lake County Commissioner in the 3rd District.

Also, Congratulations to Peter Visclosky who won his 17th term as US Representative of the Indiana 1st District. Brother Pete Visclosky will now be among the 10 most senior members of the 435 representatives in the House. Upon completion of this 17th term, Pete will tie former US Rep. Ray Madden and former US Rep. Lee Hamilton as Indiana’s longest serving House members. Great job Pete!!

AHEPA District 12 would also like to congratulate the following Indiana US Representative and US Senator for winning their general election and who were gracious enough to join the Congressional Hellenic Caucus when we reached out to them.

Congratulations Senator Todd Young. Now Senator Young was the Indiana 9th District Representative who moved on to run and win for Senator. He was part of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus as a US Representative. The Senate does not have the caucus concept.

Congratulations to US Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-2) and Susan Brooks (IN-5) who won their general election and are part of the Hellenic Caucus.

Indiana lost two members in the Hellenic Caucus due to election results. Todd Young in Indiana District 9 has moved on to be Senator. US Rep. Trey Hollingsworth is the new Indiana District 9 US Representative and AHEPA District 12 will reach out to him in the coming months.

Also, Marlin Stutzman of Indiana 3rd District lost in the Senate Republican Primary thus he will no longer be the Congressman of the 3rd District. Newly elected US Representative Jim Banks will take his place and AHEPA District 12 will reach out to US Rep. Banks.

Note: US Rep Todd Rokita (IN-4), Luke Messer (IN-6), Andre Carson (IN-7), and Larry Bucshon (IN-8) all won their reelections but none of them have joined the Hellenic Caucus. AHEPA will reach out to them and hope they reconsider but regardless we wish them well in representing the great state of Indiana.

In addition, AHEPA District 12 would like to congratulate United States of America President-Elect Donald Trump and new Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. We wish them God speed in leading our great country and state.

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:

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
The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine — a historic house of worship that was destroyed on 9/11 — held a “topping out” ceremony on Monday, commemorating its reconstruction by raising a cross atop the frame of the new multimillion-dollar building.

Church officials gathered with parishioners at the 130 Liberty St. construction site, where Archbishop Demetrios of America blessed the cross with holy water and water from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum pools.

“Many people walk around the World Trade Center and wonder about the structure being built and many don’t know how it was the only religious site destroyed on 9/11,” Dimitriou said. “So we thought a temporary cross would be appropriate to show people we were rebuilding.”

The cross will eventually be replaced with a permanent one.

“It’s a symbol of hope; its a symbol of resurrection — that we are rebuilding,” Dimitriou said. “And we hope that the when the church opens, it will be that same symbol of hope and reconciliation and understanding.”

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President-Elect Trump appointed Chief of Staff is Greek-American

American of Greek descent and of the Greek Orthodox Faith, Reince Preibus, was selected by President-Elect Trump to be the next White House Chief of Staff which is one of the most important, influential, and powerful positions in government.

Read more from the Pappas Post by clicking here.

Five Greek-Americans elected to House of Representatives

Five Greek-American politicians were elected in the House of Representatives. Democrat Representatives John Sarbanes, Dina Titus and Niki Tsongas and Republican Congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Charlie Crist were elected to the House of Representatives on Tuesday’s elections.


May their Memories be Eternal

Christ P. Bouris

Christ (Chris) P. Bouris, 83, of South Bend, formerly of Granger, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, October 10, 2016, at Darden House in Roseland, Indiana. Chris was born July 7, 1933, in Stadio, Greece, to the late Petros and Coola (Kostantopoulos) Bouris. On February 19, 1961, in South Bend, Chris married Peggy Argetakes, who passed away on June 22, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his brothers - Gus Bouris, of Greece and John Bouris, of Illinois. Chris is survived by his son, Peter (Jennifer) Bouris of Granger, grandson, Kieran Bouris, and sister, Popi Sarantopoulos of Greece. Chris, along with his wife Peggy, were the co-owners of Bouris restaurant in Niles, Michigan for many years. Chris was also a member of Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, and the Order of The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). Chris loved his church and devoted much of his time and effort in assisting a great many of St. Andrew's fund drive functions - most notably applying his talents and experience as the wonderful restaurant chef he was. More importantly, Chris was the consummate family man and generous to a fault. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family as one of the kindest, humblest, most decent men they have ever known.
William Z. Kanalos

William Z. Kanalos, 90, of Mishawaka, died at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, November 10th, in his residence at Heritage Pointe. Mr. Kanalos was born September 4, 1926, in Mouriatada, Greece, to the late Ioanna and Zacharis Kanellopoulos. On November 6, 1949, in Chicago, he married Betty Argetakes, who preceded him in death in 2014. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lisa Mousi, and a brother, Father Konstantinos Kanellopoulos, both in Greece. He is survived by his son, Dean C. Kanalos (Anthoula) of Granger; his grandchildren, Sophia Walsh (Andrew) and Eleni Schaefer; and his great-granddaughter, Andriana Walsh; a sister, Efstathia Athanasopoulou; and many nieces and nephews.

William “Bill” Kanalos immigrated to the United States from Mouriatada, Greece, in 1947, going through Ellis Island to embark on his American dream. After a brief stay in the seminary, he relocated to Benton Harbor Michigan, where relatives had a restaurant. While working long hours for minimal pay, he educated himself at the South Bend College of Commerce for two years. Met his beloved wife Betty in Chicago and they were married in 1949, while settling in South Bend. Proudly became a U.S. citizen in 1953. Bill was in the restaurant business as an owner or co-owner for fourteen years starting in South Bend, then Tampa FL, and finally in Niles, MI. Working eighteen hour days, and never taking a day off. His cobbler pies became legendary, and introduced Niles to a double decker burger, aka “the Plaza Burger,” before the Big Mac hit the scene.

Selling the “original” Plaza restaurant in 1963, he entered the insurance industry with Metropolitan Life in Niles. He sold over a million dollars of insurance coverage his first year, and was honored in Life magazine with the few seasoned veterans who achieved that goal. He went on to set many records, and awarded top salesman in the Midwest region several times. Bill was known in Southwest Michigan for his professional tenacity, honesty, and providing his customers the best service possible. He retired from Met Life, circa 1976. However not one to rest on his laurels, he acquired his real estate license in the 60s. Through business connections and mutual associates, started two corporations and two general partnerships. Between 1966 and 1979, developed two small shopping centers and other local projects that helped expand the Niles township business corridor. Through sheer determination and a never give up attitude, was able to break up the “one commercial bank” monopoly in Niles by getting the state to authorize 1st Commercial of Cassopolis to set up a branch in Niles Township. That was accomplished through petitions and numerous meetings with state officials. The bank name has changed over the years, but still there as Old National.

Bill was very active in his church, serving on the board, having been in the choir, serving as cantor for many years, cooking in the kitchen, or working the register at festival time. He was a consistent “anonymous” benefactor to his church, and to those in need at the parish. Also assisted orphanages in his former homeland, while helping families outside his church, as well. His generosity was remarkable!

Bill was a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), and a past president of the local chapter. Had been a member of the Lions Club, and Charter member of the Niles Optimist Club. Played a major role with increasing membership of the latter organization bringing in the most new members.

His favorite hobby was working in his yard and tending to his garden.

His landscaping would be similar to a mini Fernwood in the day, with numerous plants, flowers, and trees. While not a frequent traveler, he cherished his trips to the Holy Land, and holy sites in Greece. He realized his American dream, and his life was always full of family, his beloved Church, and hard work! Bill was very dedicated to God, and this country. If you ever met him, you'd certainly never forget him. 

AHEPA meets with EU officials

Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades travelled to Brussels, Belgium to meet with European Union officials and representatives from AHEPA chapters in Europe, November 16 to 20, 2016.

He met with several officials, including: Director-General Margaritis Schinas, chief spokesperson of the European Commission; European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the European Union Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou, and General Michail Kostarakos, chairman, European Union Military Committee (EUMC), among others.

"Thank you to all the officials who took time to meet with us and to discuss topics of mutual interest," Zachariades said. "We also thank our hosts in Region 10, Europe, and specifically Chapter 610, Waterloo, Belgium." 

Supreme Secretary Carl Hollister accompanied the supreme president.  They also met with AHEPA chapters from AHEPA Region 10, which encompasses Europe, November 19.


African-American pioneer - John Wesley Gilbert

Information from US Embassy in Athens.

President Obama visited Greece 125 years after another African-American pioneer - John Wesley Gilbert (ca. 1865-1923).

In 1890-1891, Gilbert, a graduate of Brown University, became the first African-American to study at The American School of Classical Studies at Athens. During his year as a student at the American School, Gilbert traveled throughout Greece, wrote a thesis on the demes (political subdivisions) of ancient Athens, and took part in the ASCSA’s excavations at the ancient city of Eretria. He has been called the first African-American archaeologist.

After studying in Greece, Gilbert returned to the U.S. to teach at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. He was a leader in the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (now Christian Methodist Episcopal Church) and was an important voice for African-American education and for racial harmony in the United States.

AHEPA Supreme President sends condolences

Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades sent a letter of condolence to President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos on the passing of former President Costis Stephanopoulos, November 20.  Former President Stephanopoulos served two terms from 1995 to 2005.  He was 90.

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Merry Christmas

The next AHEPA District 12 eNewsletter will be issued after Christmas. AHEPA District 12 Governor George Loxas and the entire District 12 lodge would like to wish all our members and friends a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.
December 7, 2016
District 12 lodge Visitation
Merrillville Chapter #78
Merrillville, IN

December 14, 2016
District 12 lodge Visitation
Indianapolis Chapter #232

Indianapolis, IN

December 17, 2016
Calumet Chapter 157 Christmas Party
Highland, IN

December 17, 2016
AHEPA Family Christmas visit to St. Basil Academy
Garrison, New York

December 25, 2016
God Bless!

December 31, 2016
Membership dues must be sent to HQ

January 1, 2017

February 10, 2017
- AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo
St. Michael Ukrainian  Centre
Hammond, IN

April 16, 2017
Greek Orthodox and Western Easter 

(Same date in 2017)

April 30, 2017
- Greek Independence Day Parade
Halsted Street - Greektown
Chicago, IL

May 5-7, 2017
AHEPA District 14 Convention
Duluth, Minnesota

May 19-21, 2017
Proposed Joint District 12 and 13 Convention

Confirmation of date coming soon
Hammond, Indiana

July 24-30, 2017
AHEPA Supreme Convention
Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida

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Hoosier District 12 Chapters

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#100 - South Bend
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#50 - Pleiades, Hammond
#60 - Gaia, South Bend
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#212 - Laertes, Indianapolis

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#53 - Sophocles, Merrillville
#331 - Hoosier Philotimo, Bloomington, IN

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#141 - Dionysia, Hammond


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