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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

2016 Capitol Hill Day 

Capitol Hill Day 2016 has concluded and AHEPA District 12 delegation have returned home. The AHEPA Indiana delegation met with Senator Donnelly, Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1), Rep. Jackie Walorksi (IN-2), Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-3), and Rep. Susan Brooks (IN-5). It was a full day of meetings starting at 8:30AM and concluding at 4:00PM. We thank all of them for their time to meet with AHEPA.

The main topic discussed focused on advocating for the Federal Government to re-fund the 202 housing program. The 202 program helps AHEPA National Housing Corporation and other non-profits build housing for low income seniors. AHEPA and the DOP in Indiana have built 11 housing units but the waiting list continues to grow which indicates a major need in our communities to continue and help low income seniors and that the baby boomers will have an interest in this housing in the near future.

Other topics discussed included religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople, reopening the Theological School of Halki on the island of Halki, Turkey, reunification of Cyprus, and the refugee crisis in Greece and Europe in general.

The meetings main purpose is to continue to raise these issues up-front-and-center with our elected officials and to let them know that Americans of Greek descent and Philhellenes will not let these issues fade away until they are resolved and the United States, with its global power and influence, can be a major player in helping find a solution to all of them.

As always, the AHEPA delegation also briefed our Indiana Representatives on the good work the AHEPA Family does in our community. All of the elected officials we met with expressed their appreciation of what AHEPA is doing in Indiana supplying safe, clean, and respectful housing for over 530 low income seniors all across the state, and all the charity projects we undertake plus the scholarships provided to students pursuing a college education and/or advanced degree.

Many thanks to Brother Matthew Kochevar who scheduled all these meetings and to AHEPA HQ for making sure AHEPANS from all across the country have one entire day to meet with our local elected officials to discuss matters of importance to Greek-American and Philhellenes. The AHEPA Indiana delegation included District 12 (D12) Governor Sam Benjamin, D12 Lt. Governor George Loxas, D12 Secretary Panos Niarchos, D12 Past District Governor (PDG) Matthew Kochevar, and Past Supreme Governor (PSG) Nick Kavadas. Indiana AHEPA has been sending a delegation for over 10 years and are one of the leading AHEPA Districts outside of the east coast that sends a nice size delegation every year and scheduling a full day of meetings with most and sometimes all our Indiana elected officials at the Federal level. The delegation also stopped at AHEPA HQ which is near Dupont Circle. Brother Panos and George have never visited AHEPA HQ before so we took some time to visit AHEPA Executive Director Basil Mossaidis and tour the building.

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. AHEPA Chapters #157 and #78 will be renting a bus to take members and families to and from the game. The bus will leave SS Constantine and Helen at 4:30PM sharp. There is no charge to ride the bus.

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

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.
  • June 23-26, 2016 - Holy Trinity Greek Fest in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (Headwaters Park)
  • 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.
  • September 16-18 - Saint Iakovos Greek Fest in Valparaiso, Indiana (Porter County Fairgrounds)

For a complete listing of Church Greeks Fests that belong to the Chicago Metropolis, you may CLICK HERE to view them.

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

For example:

  • June 4th - National Cheese Day

  • June 12th - National Loving Day

  • June 14th - National Flag Day

  • June 19th - Father's Day

  • June 30th - Social Media Day

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

June is also Aquarium Month, National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, National Camping Month, National Soul Food Month, and more!

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.

Hammond AHEPA and DOP Scholarships

In addition to Hammond Chapter #123 hosting a pancake breakfast on AHEPA Sunday (May 15th) to raise money for St. Nicholas in NYC @ Ground Zero, the chapter also awarded its annual scholarships along with the DOP Chapter #50 of Hammond. AHEPA Chapter #123 President Nick Loxas and DOP Chapter #50 President Helen Loxas presented the scholarships to the students.

The High School scholarship recipient for both the AHEPA and DOP scholarship was Eleni Kioussis.

The AHEPA College scholarship recipient was Christian Poulos and the DOP College scholarship recipient was Konstantine Svolos.

In addition, the Hammond Saint Demetrios Socrates Greek school medals were awarded to Brianna Condes, Antonia Alexiou, and Amelia Konstantinopoulos.

Congratulations to all the students for their hard work and scholastic excellence.

The 'E' in AHEPA is for education and AHEPA is a leader in the Greek American community across the State of Indiana and United States in rewarding students with scholarships for their scholastic achievement and supporting their efforts to get a higher education. In the Midwest alone (Districts 12, 13, and 14), AHEPA awards over $125,000 dollars in scholarships annually.


Construction begins on 3rd tallest Building in Chicago

Chicago skyline about to change as the construction of what will be the 3rd tallest building (1st is Sears Tower, 2nd is Trump Tower) in the city starts soon. The Tower will be around 1,200 feet tall.

The project will create more than 2,000 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent jobs, city officials said.

Notable dates in June History

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

June 1, 1801 - Founder of Utah and patriarch of the Mormon church Brigham Young (1801-1877) was born in Whittingham, Vermont. Called the "American Moses," he led thousands of religious followers across the wilderness to settle over 300 towns in the West, including Salt Lake City, Utah.

June 2, 1740 - Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) was born in Paris. He was a military leader, governor-general, and author, whose acts of extreme cruelty and violence resulted in the term sadism being created from his name to describe gratification in inflicting pain.

June 3, 1937 - The Duke of Windsor married Wallis Warfield Simpson in Monts, France. As King Edward VIII, he had abdicated the British throne in December of 1936 amid tremendous controversy to marry Simpson, an American who had been divorced.

June 4, 1944 - During World War II in Europe, Rome was liberated by the U.S. 5th Army, led by General Mark Clark. Rome had been declared an open city by German Field Marshal Albert Kesselring amid Allied concerns the Germans might stage a Stalingrad-style defense that would devastate the historic 'Eternal' city.

June 5, 1968 - Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded while leaving the Hotel Ambassador in Los Angeles. The shooting occurred after a celebration of Kennedy's victory in the California presidential primary. He died at 1:44 a.m., June 6, at age 42, leaving behind his wife Ethel and eleven children, the last one born after his death.

June 6, 1944 - D-Day, the largest amphibious landing in history, began in the early-morning hours as Allied forces landed in Normandy on the northern coast of France. Operation Overlord took months of planning and involved 1,527,000 soldiers in 47 Allied divisions along with 4,400 ships and landing craft, and 11,000 aircraft. The Germans had about 60 divisions spread along France and the Low Countries. American forces landed on two western beaches, Utah and Omaha, while British and Canadian troops landed farther east on Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. By the end of the day 150,000 Allied soldiers and their accompanying vehicles had landed with 15,000 killed and wounded.

June 7, 1965 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut law banning contraception. In Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court guaranteed the right to privacy, including freedom from government intrusion into matters of birth control.

June 8, 1867 - American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He designed about 1,000 structures and is considered the most influential architect of his time. He became the leader of a style known as the Prairie School featuring houses with low-pitched roofs and extended lines that blend into the landscape.

June 9th, 1898 - The British signed a 99-year lease for Hong Kong, located on the southeastern coast of China. Hong Kong, consisting of an area measuring 400 square miles, was administered as a British Crown Colony until July 1, 1997, when its sovereignty reverted to the People's Republic of China.

June 10, 1652 - In Massachusetts, silversmith John Hull opened the first mint in America, in defiance of English colonial law. The first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling, designed by Hull.

June 11, 1991 - Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted, spewing ash into the air, visible over 60 miles. The surrounding areas were covered with ash and mud created by rainstorms. Nearby U.S. military bases were also damaged.

June 12, 1898 - The Philippines declared their independence from Spain. The islands were named after King Philip II. Once freed from Spain, the islands were then invaded and occupied by U.S. forces. They became an American colony and remained so until after World War II.

June 13, 1971 - The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, a collection of top secret documents exposing U.S. strategy in the Vietnam War.

June 14, 1777 - John Adams introduced a resolution before Congress mandating a United States flag, stating, "...that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation." This anniversary is celebrated each year in the U.S. as Flag Day.

June 15, 1215 - King John set his seal to Magna Carta, the first charter of British liberties, guaranteeing basic rights that have since become the foundation of modern democracies around the world.

June 16, 1963 - Valentina Tereshkova, 26, became the first woman in space as her Soviet spacecraft, Vostok 6, took off from the Tyuratam launch site. She manually controlled the spacecraft completing 48 orbits in 71 hours before landing safely.

June 17, 1882 - Russian composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) was born near St. Petersburg. Among his best known works, the ballets The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913), and the choral work Symphony of Psalms (1930).

June 18, 1983 - Dr. Sally Ride, a 32-year-old physicist and pilot, became the first American woman in space, beginning a six-day mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

June 19, 1903 - Baseball great Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) was born in New York City. He played in 2,130 consecutive games and seven World Series for the New York Yankees and had a lifetime batting average of .340. He contracted the degenerative muscle disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now called 'Lou Gehrig's disease,' and died on June 2, 1941.

June 20, 1782 - The U.S. Congress officially adopted the Great Seal of the United States of America.

June 21, 1982 - Britain's Prince William (William Arthur Philip Louis) was born in London, June 21, 1982.

June 22, 1918 - A Michigan Central Railroad troop train struck the rear of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train in Ivanhoe, Indiana. Fifty-three circus performers were killed. Of the circus animals not killed, most were maimed and had to be destroyed. The performers, of whom only three could be identified, were buried in a mass grave.

June 23, 1865 - The last formal surrender of Confederate troops occurred as Cherokee leader and Confederate Brigadier General Watie surrendered his battalion comprised of American Indians in the Oklahoma Territory.

June 24, 1948 - Soviet Russia began a blockade of Berlin. Two days later the Allies responded with an emergency airlift to relieve two million isolated West Berliners. During the Berlin Airlift, American and British planes flew about 278,000 flights, delivering 2.3 million tons of food, coal and medical supplies. A plane landed in Berlin every minute from eleven Allied staging areas in West Germany. The Russians lifted their blockade of Berlin on May 12, 1949, however the airlift continued until September 30th.

June 25, 1876 - General George A. Custer, leading 250 men, attacked an encampment of Sioux Indians near Little Bighorn River in Montana. Custer and his men were then attacked by 2000-4000 Indian braves. Only one scout and a single horse survived 'Custer's Last Stand' on the Little Bighorn Battlefield. News of the humiliating defeat infuriated Americans and led to all out war. Within a year, the Sioux Indians were a broken and defeated nation.

June 26, 1945 - The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco by 50 nations. The Charter was ratified on October 24, 1945.

June 27, 1859 - American musician Mildred J. Hill (1859-1916) was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She composed the melody for what is now the world's most often sung song, Happy Birthday to You.

June 28, 1914 - Archduke Francis Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Austria and his wife were assassinated at Sarajevo, touching off a conflict between the Austro-Hungarian government and Serbia that escalated into World War I.

June 29, 1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (5-4) that capital punishment was a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibiting "cruel and unusual punishment." The decision spared the lives of 600 individuals then sitting on death row. Four years later, in another ruling, the Court reversed itself and determined the death penalty was not cruel and unusual punishment. On October 4, 1976, the ban was lifted on the death penalty in cases involving murder.

June 30, 1971 - The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was enacted, granting the right to vote in all federal, state and local elections to American citizens 18 years or older. The U.S. thus gained an additional 11 million voters. The minimum voting age in most states had been 21.

DOP Tea Party

The Daughters of Penelope of District 12 lead by Hammond DOP Chapter #50 held a tea party in appreciation for DOP District 12 Governor Patricia Panouses Makarounas.  

AHEPA District 12 Governor Sam Benjamin and PSG Nick Kavadas attended. AHEPA District 12 congratulates Patricia on a good year as DOP Governor and wish her well for the future.

AHEPA Sunday

AHEPA Sunday was held on Sunday May 15th all across the United States and in the Greek Orthodox Parishes in Indiana.

At Saint Demetrios in Hammond, AHEPA Chapter #123 sponsored a pancake breakfast. All proceeds of the breakfast will go to rebuild Saint Nicholas National Shrine in NYC which was destroyed on 9/11 when the World Trade Center collapsed. President Nick Loxas and Chapter Secretary George Karras led the Hammond effort. Also attending was Lt. Governor George Loxas, District Treasurer Dan Skotadis, and PSG Nick Kavadas. The AHEPA Hammond Chapter would like to thank everyone who gave a free-will donation and attended. In addition, they are very thankful for the help provided by the chapter brothers and the Daughters of Penelope from the Hammond Chapter who helped cook and serve the breakfast.

In South Bend, a memorial service was held at Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox church for our dearly departed brothers in the South Bend area. Attending to help South Bend was Governor Sam Benjamin and District Secretary Panos Niarchos. South Bend effort was led by President Paul Saros and Vice-President Nick Giannakakis.

In Merrillville, at Saints Constantine and Helen, AHEPA Chapter 78 sponsored the coffee hour after Divine Liturgy. In addition, a Artoklasia service took place after Orthos and a Memorial Service after Divine Liturgy.

AHEPA Sunday was also celebrated in Fort Wayne Indiana by AHEPA Chapter #81 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

The AHEPA and DOP chapters of Fort Wayne sponsored the coffee hour after Divine Liturgy. In addition, father Andrew Walsh spoke in length about the Order of AHEPA and the good works it does at the local, state, and national levels.

Fort Wayne is one our smaller chapters in Indiana but is the second oldest behind Gary/Merrillville.

District Governor Sam Benjamin and District Secretary Panos Niarchos participated in AHEPA Sunday with the Fort Wayne officers and members. They also set up a table with AHEPA literature to discuss and promote AHEPA to those who may have an interest to join.

Finally, in Valparaiso, AHEPA Sunday was celebrated at St Iakovos Church. Thirteen Brothers were in attendance as Father Jim honored the AHEPA Family with a memorial service as well as his very comprehensive comments on AHEPA history and also thanked and complimented 78 for the charitable work Merrillville AHEPA  provides throughout the community. He also gave special recognition to Brother James Coros (94 years young) for his WW II service to our country with General Patton’s Army.

Brother Mike Zaharias, a parishioner 2nd from right, presented Fr Jim with our donation to St Iakovos Charities Pictured are Brothers Nick Tournis,Theo Koulianos,Fr Jim, Joe Skora,Dr John Kostidis (back), Jim Coros, George Pietris, Dave Butterfield, George Domoras Lou Bravos, Mike Zaharias, Nick Gianikos.

AHEPA District 12 would like to thank the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Archbishop Demetrios for issuing the yearly Encyclical designating the 3rd Sunday in May as AHEPA Sunday. We thank all our brothers across the state that participated and attended AHEPA Sunday. We are very proud of the Chapters that went above and beyond to utilize AHEPA Sunday to fulfil the AHEPA mission, support the local churches, and be a positive role model in their communities.

2016 AHEPA Excursion

Summary and pictures from AHEPA HQ.

The AHEPA Family completed its annual Leadership Excursion the week of May 16th, wrapping up successful visits to Greece and Israel under the leadership of Supreme President John W. Galanis. Two of the excursion's earlier legs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Cyprus were completed last week. The delegation returned to the United States on May 18th.

In Greece, the delegation met with U.S. Ambassador to Greece David Pearce, President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Alexis Tsipras, and other ministers of the Greek government, and Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis. Supreme President Galanis also led excursion participants on a one-day visit to Lesvos where it received a high-level tour of two refugee camps. Supreme President John Galanis arrived with a $2,500 donation for NGO Agalia, a Greek NGO which has been providing temporary shelter, food, water and medical aid to people in need on Lesvos. For its work, Agalia has received the 2016 Raoul Wallenberg Prize from the Council of Europe. Supreme President Galanis and the delegation also met with the mayor of Lesvos, Spyros Galinos, presenting him with an outstanding public service award and praising the people of Lesvos for their dedication and commitment to addressing the refugee/migrant crisis. All told, more than 700,000 refugees have passed through Lesvos. 

The excursion concluded with a three-day visit to Jerusalem where the delegation visited the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and met with His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine. The delegation toured several of the Holy Sites in Jerusalem.

More information, pictures  and news coverage can be found by CLICKING here or visiting the AHEPA National Facebook page.

DOP Grand President Excursion Summary

Each year the Grand President is afforded the opportunity to travel with the Supreme President and other members of the Daughters and Ahepa as Ambassadors for the family.

CLICK HERE to read summary and view pictures from DOP Grand President Connie Pilallis.

AHEPA Honors Fallen Service Men and Women

On May 28th, our brothers from the Washington DC area took time to visit the grave sites of approximately 660 Greek Americans who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This is a 67 year old AHEPA tradition that started in 1949. AHEPAN paused at each grave to remember the sacrifice and laid a wreath.

In addition, a wreath was placed at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

AHEPA District 12 wishes everyone a blessed and reflective Memorial Day Weekend. Please take time to pause and reflect this weekend for the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free.

We shall never forget. May their memories be eternal.

Journey to Greece

Time is running out to apply for the Journey to Greece Program. All the information about the program is on the AHEPA National website.

This is a great program.

CLICK HERE to access more information on the AHEPA and Webster University Journey to Greece Program.

May 30, 1941: Two Greek University Students Take Down Nazi Flag from the Acropolis

On May 30, 1941, Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santas climbed on the Acropolis and tore down the swastika, which had been there since April 27, 1941, when the Nazi forces had entered Athens. It inspired not only the Greeks, but all subjected people, to resist against the occupation, and established them both as two international anti-Nazi heroes. The Nazi regime responded by sentencing the perpetrators to death in absentia, but they did not learn who they were until much later. 

The lowering of the swastika flag from Acropolis was essentially the first act of resistance in occupied Athens, a symbolic move that had a huge impact on Greek morale. In September that year, two major resistance organizations were founded – the National Liberation Front (EAM) and the National Republican Greek League (EDES).


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

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 June

Chapter 78 - Merrillville

6/27 - Fotios Collaros
6/13 - Dr. Tom Galouzis
6/25 - Andrew Kyres
6/05 - Tony Lalios
6/11 - Dr. Peter Mavrelis
6/07 - Dominic Perez
6/25 - Thomas Pruzin
6/03 - Leon Stath
6/27 - George Stroguiludis

Chapter 81 - Ft. Wayne


Chapter 100 - South Bend

6/11 - Nikolaos Giannakakis

Chapter 123  - Hammond

6/17 - Tom Chioros 
6/02 - Dan Sirounis
6/22 - Nick Stamiris
6/06 - George Yannakopoulos

Chapter 157 - Calumet

6/02 - George Kanavos
6/03 - George Olson
6/12 - John Roumpakis
6/01 - Dr. Nicholas Roumpakis
6/02 - Trent Tornincasa

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

6/10 - Thomas Doney Jr.
6/28 - Peter Sofios

6/30 - Efthimios Sotos

AHEPA District 13 Scholarship Awards Dinner

For 53 years, AHEPA District 13 has been awarding scholarships for achieving scholastic excellence. Over these past 53 years, AHEPA District 13 has awarded over 1,200 scholarships totalling over $700,000 dollars.

The Academic Award Dinner occurred on Tuesday May 10th at Diplomat West banquets in Elmhurst, IL. Twenty-five students including one seminarian student were honored. Over $25,000 dollars in scholarships were awarded.

The evening started with Board of Director President George Stratton offering brief remarks and welcoming everyone to the Awards Dinner. Invocation was provided by father Nick Greanias from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. In addition, AHEPA District 13 Governor Peter Lekas provided information on the various programs and events AHEPA District 13 hosts every year and encouraged the students to give back to the community when they complete their academic studies and to consider joining the AHEPA Family to help “pay it forward”.

Guest speaker was Nickolas G. Shizas who is an AHEPAN and Associate Professor of Psychology at Moraine Valley Community College. He specializes in teaching Personality Theory, Abnormal Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Introductory Psychology. He focused his remarks on speaking from the heart of what AHEPA has meant to him and listed some of the outstanding accomplishments over the years that AHEPA has achieved to help the community. He also told the students to pursue a career that they will love to do and be happy at performing.

The following students were Honored for their scholastic achievements: AXIOS!

• Elena Anna Argoudelis
• Madeline Coules
• Madeline Rose Szubert
• Katrina Nickell
• Constantine Vessol
• William Palivos
• Kallie Haritopoulos
• John Palmer
• Anastasia Maragos
• Sam Petrakis
• Serafino A. LaGalbo
• Ted Spiro
• Tina Linardos
• Gillian Thanasouras
• Tatiana LeHocky
• Fotios Paganis
• Janina Demitra Righetti
• Ryan T. Lieber

Seminarian Award:
• Alexander Limberatos

Continuing Education Awards:
• Demetra A. Arianas
• Maria A. Arianas
• Melopomeni Arianas
• Gregory Pandelis
• George K. Vidas
• Kyra Vidas

AHEPA District 13 Governor Peter Lekas and the District 13 lodge would like to thank the Foundation Board of Directors for their continuing hard work to see that District 13 raises and awards over $25,000 dollars every year in scholarships. 

In addition, AHEPA District 13 and the Foundation would like to thank the donors for their generous donations and contributions to help sustain the Districts’ ability to award over $25,000 dollars in scholarships every year.

AHEPA Sunday Encyclical

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America issued a Encyclical proclaiming May 15th, 2016 as AHEPA Sunday. 


Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christ is Risen! ΧριστόςἈνέστη!

As we gather in the joy and light of this Paschal season, we are inspired by the presence and grace of our Risen Lord to share the truth and love of the Gospel and to offer compassionate service to all in need. Through His glorious Resurrection we have seen His power to give abundant and eternal life. We have witnessed the defeat of death, and we have received the invitation to come to the Great Banquet of life in communion with God both now and unto the ages of ages.

On this day we also recognize the members of our beloved AHEPA family, as they are inspired by the power of the faith that we share and their love for humankind to offer service and resources in many ways. For over ninety years the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association has promoted the ideals of philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence through many programs and special efforts, including assistance to Greek immigrants, scholarships for youth, housing for senior adults, relief funds following major tragedies, and activism on a wide range of issues.

The members of AHEPA have been inspired to offer this constant and faithful witness by the ideals of our Hellenic heritage which are also embodied in our witness of our Risen Lord. Assistance to those in need, nurturing minds in knowledge, concern for the well-being of our neighbors, strengthening and sustaining families, and helping youth strive toward their potential are noble actions that are motivated by our beautiful inheritance and guided by our Orthodox Christian faith. This is a tremendous example of the resonance between our Orthodox faith and our Hellenic heritage, as the members of the AHEPA family continue to be dynamic members of our parishes and throughout our Holy Archdiocese in offering this witness to the world.

I ask all of our parishes to observe this day as AHEPA Sunday and to recognize joyfully the members of the AHEPA family in their respective communities. May we continue to offer our prayers and support for the faithful service of AHEPA, and in the presence of our Risen Lord may we share in our commitment to meet the needs of others as a witness of our ideals and of the grace and life we find in Him.

With paternal love in our Risen Lord,
Archbishop of America

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


June Name Days

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

There are 75 names that celebrate in June. Some of those names are Marinos, Luke, Monica, David, Pavlos, Apostolos, Dorothy, and many many more

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

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
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.


Merrillville Chapter 78 Philanthropy

Team 'AHEPA 78' visited St Jude House in Crown Point, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their young children. AHEPA Chapter 78 purchased and donated a new gas dryer for St Jude. In addition AHEPA Housing and AHEPA Charities partnered to purchase and deliver much needed items on their wish list as well as a cash donation being presented by Brother George Domoras to Leslie Kiser and Dawn Duty.

Team AHEPA 78 also visited the Salvation Army in Gary on MAY 25th to observe, participate and have dinner with the neighborhood kids in their after school program at the S.A. Community Center. Their activity on Wednesday include choir and band instruments followed by Character Building with dinner in between. AHEPA 78 donation to Captain Jennifer Clayton and her staff was presented by Brother Peter Murdakes.

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)


AHEPANs Primary Election Results

Congratulations to Brother AHEPANS Peter Visclosky and Mike Repay for winning their respective primary elections.

Brother US Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1) easily won his primary with 80% of the vote. This is the 17th time Brother Visclosky has won the democratic nomination for US Representative of the Indiana 1st District. As of today, he does not have a GOP opponent in the general election later this year. If Peter wins the general election in November, he will be the sixth most senior democrat, and 11th overall in the House of Representatives. Peter Visclosky is also a member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus.

Brother Mike Repay won is primary election for District 3 Lake county commissioner with over 10,000 votes casted in his favor. Mike will get a chance to defend his seat as a Lake county commissioner in the general election as part of the democratic party.

Congratulations to both brothers and best of luck in the general election.

In other note worthy primary election news, Susan Brooks (IN-5) and Jackie Walorski (IN-2) won their primary elections and will have a chance to defend their seat in the general election. Both Susan and Jackie are part of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus.

Todd Young (IN-9) and Marlin Stutzman (IN-3) are both part of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus but competed against each other in the Republican race for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Senator Dan Coats. Todd Young won the republican primary and will compete against Baron Hill in the fall general election. This means that two members of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus from Indiana will no longer be the case in 2017. AHEPA District 12 will reach out to the winners after the general election to kindly request they join the Hellenic Caucus.

Todd Rokita (IN-4), Luke Messer (IN-6), Andre Carson (IN-7), and Larry Bucshon (IN-8) also won their primary elections but none of them have agreed to join the Hellenic Caucus. If you are a Greek-American or Philhellene living in their districts, we kindly request you reach out them and ask them to join the Hellenic Caucus. The odds are in their favor to win the general election and of course if there is a new person elected to those offices, AHEPA in Indiana will reach out to them asking them to join the Hellenic Caucus.

THANK YOU to all our AHEPA Family members and friends who voted in the Indiana primary elections. Voting is a civic responsibility that is important for our communities.

If you know of any other AHEPA Family members who serve in public office and are competing in any election, please let us know.

Greek Scientists Honored

Two Greek Scientists among the 100 most influential medicine makers for 2016!


Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Peppas, Professor at McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin and Dr. George Skangos, CEO of Biogen, listed among the 100 most influential people in the development of drugs according to The Medicine Maker magazine. Both were listed in the Power List 2016 announced recently.

Dr. Nicholas Peppas, has received over 150 national and international awards for his work and in 2008 he was selected as one of the 100 Contemporary Engineers from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Dr. George Skangos was elected Chairman of the Board of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in march of 2016.


European Soccer Summary

The 2015-2016 European Soccer season has come to an end. The North America soccer season started a couple months ago and will continue until late Fall.

The biggest story by far was Leicester City  winning the English Premier League. This was a shocker of epic proportions. It is the most stunning and unexpected accomplishment since Greece won the European Championship in 2004. Leicester City was 5,000 to 1 odds at the beginning of the season to win the league but they managed shock the world.

Here is the summary of some of the major and most followed soccer leagues in Europe and the Champion results.
  • Spain La Liga Champions - Barcelona (24th title)
  • Germany Bundesliga - Bayern Munich (25th title)
  • Italy Serie A - Juventus (32nd title)
  • Greece SuperLeague - Olympiakos (43rd title)
  • England Premier League - Leicester City (1st title)
  • Netherlands Eredivisie league - PSV (23rd title)
  • France Ligue One - PSG (6th title)
  • Belgium - Club Brugge (14th title)
  • Scotland Premier League - Celtic (47th title)
  • Portugal Primera League - Benfica (35th title) 
  • Russia Premier League - CSKA Moscow (13th title)

Milwaukee Chapter #43 award Scholarships

Milwaukee AHEPA Chapter #43 held their scholarship awards luncheon on Sunday May 15th (AHEPA Sunday) at the  Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Cultural Center. This is the 57th year that the Milwaukee AHEPA Chapter has been awarding scholarships for academic excellence. There was a nice turnout of nearly 120 people in attendance.
The keynote speaker was Nick Topitzes, founder and Owner of PC/Nametag. He gave great remarks on the history of AHEPA, the Greek immigrants in Milwaukee, importance of education to Greek immigrants to their families and kids, education today, work experiences for the future, and life lessons for the graduates.
There was one Seminary scholarship recipient, Alexander Limberatos,  in which His Grace Bishop Demetrios of the Chicago Metropolis helped present the award.

The Milwaukee DOP also presented scholarships along with the Milwaukee Church(s) Greek Schools. Overall, just over $20,000 dollars was awarded on May 15th for all the students.

The AHEPA Milwaukee Scholarship Award recipients are as follows:
  • Adrianna Doucas
  • Katerina Haros
  • Nicholas Janusz*
  • Serafino LaGalbo*
  • William Miller*
  • Frank Mistrioty*
  • Emily Rodriguez
  • Madeline Sorenson*
  • Dean Spyres*
  • Arianna Theo
  • Theofania Topetzes
  • Alexandra Tzougros
* = Athletic  Awards
Daughter of Penelope Hector Chapter #107 Scholarship Recipients
  • Katerina Haros
Greek School Awards
  • Annunciation Church = Dianne Kotsonis
  • SS. Constantine and Helen Church = John Tsagalis
Distinguished Community Service Award
  • Tom Zacharias
Seminary Award
  • Alexander Limberatos
The Milwaukee Chapter would like to thank all the supporters who have given generously to support academic excellence and Hellenism among our youth. Full list of supporters can be found in one of the attached pictures.
AHEPA District 13 and 12 applaud the hard work and commitment of the brothers of Milwaukee Chapter #43 who for 57 years reward scholastic achievement in their community. It is no small task for a single chapter to raise and award $20,000 dollars every year but Milwaukee Chapter #43 does exactly that! Milwaukee is also the home of the current AHEPA Supreme President John Galanis.
To all the award recipients…..AXIOS!


Pontian Genocide Remembered

May 19 was  Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day. AHEPA District 12 will NEVER FORGET.

Records show a minimum 350,000 Pontian Greeks exterminated through systematic slaughter by Turkish troops, deportations involving death marches, starvation in labor and concentration camps, rapes and individual killings. Entire villages and cities were devastated, while thousands were forced to flee to neighboring countries. The Ottoman government’s plan to annihilate the Christian populations living within Turkey, including Greeks, Syrians and Armenians, during World War I was set into force in 1914 with the decree that all Pontian men aged between 18 to 50 would have to report to the military. Those who refused to do so, were ordered to be shot immediately.


Tomb of Aristotle

Has the tomb of Aristotle been discovered?

A Greek archaeologist who has been leading a 20-year excavation in northern Greece said on Thursday that he believed he had unearthed the tomb of Aristotle.

In an address at a conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, commemorating the 2,400th anniversary of Aristotle’s birth, the archaeologist, Konstantinos Sismanidis, said he had “no proof but strong indications, as certain as one can be,” to support his claim.

The tomb was in a structure unearthed in the ancient village of Stagira, where Aristotle was born, about 40 miles east of Thessaloniki. According to Mr. Sismanidis, the structure was a monument erected in Aristotle’s honor after his death in 322 B.C.

Aristotle, who was born in 384 B.C., was a pupil of Plato in Athens and became a crucial figure in the emergence of Western philosophy. His work forms the basis of modern logic, and his metaphysics became an integral part of Christian theology. His “Poetics” still offers penetrating analysis of what works, and does not work, in theater. King Philip II of Macedon engaged him as a tutor to his son Alexander.

This could be yet another amazing and highly significant discovery. Greece never disappoints to stir the imagination.

Read more on what could be one of the most amazing discoveries in modern times by

Most Famous Person in World History?

Who is the most famous person in world history? How could a question like that be proven? How would one go about determining that? Well, faculty and students at MIT are working on exactly that. The MIT Pantheon project is a project celebrating the cultural information that endows our species with these fantastic capacities. To celebrate our global cultural heritage they are compiling, analyzing and visualizing datasets that can help us understand the process of global cultural development. 

Pantheon visualizes the cultural production of countries as proxied by the biographies of characters whose celebrity has broken the barriers of space, time, and language. For example, Pantheon tells us the historical composition of the U.K.’s cultural production. You can think of this as the components of a country’s Global Cultural Product, or GCP, instead of GDP. In the case of the U.K., Pantheon tells us that the U.K. is among the most diverse countries in term of cultural production and that its most celebrated cultural exports are the contributions of Shakespeare, Newton, Darwin, and Adam Smith.

So back to the original question, "Who is the most famous person in World Histroy"? Think about it.................................................

The answer: Aristotle. The same person where his Tomb may actually been discovered by Greek Archaeologists covered in the above article.

Actually 4 of the top 5 most famous people in the world are Greek. The only one not Greek and in the top 5 (#3) is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The MIT website is amazing and is a wonderful tool to explore and play with. You can visit that website and explore for yourself by clicking HERE.

Here are the TOP 10 Most Famous People in World History: (Greek in Bold)

#1 - Aristotle
#2 - Plato

#3 - Jesus Christ
#4 - Socrates
#5 - Alexander the Great

#6 - Leonardo da Vinci
#7 - Confucius
#8 - Julius Caesar
#9 - Homer
#10 - Pythagoras


American Rookie wins 100th running of Indy 500

Congratulations to American and rookie Alexander Rossi for winning the 100th running of the greatest spectacle in racing...the Indy 500. A star is born.

AHEPA Indiana Hoosier District 12 is proud to call the Indy 500 home. The Indy 500 is considered one of the races that makes up the Triple Crown of Motorsport (the other two are 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix). In other words, if you are a race car driver, the Indy 500 is very important race to participate in and even better if fortunate to win. It is a very prestigious motorsport event in the world.

The Indianapolis 500 is a Memorial Day weekend tradition. Every year over 300,000 people attend the race and the entire country tunes in to watch the greatest spectacle in racing. A race that honors tradition and racing excellence. 

For a complete summary of the 100th running of the Indy 500, CLICK HERE.

May 29th - Fall of Constantinople

May 29, 2016 marks 563 years since the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire. It is an event that changed the course of history both in the east and west. The collapse of the eastern Roman Empire, later to become known as Byzantium by the west, who wanted to appropriate and legitimise the ‘Holy Roman Empire’ as the true successors of Rome, sent shockwaves across the known world of its era.

The last stand of the Byzantines against the Ottomans is a story of legends. Sources says 7,000 defenders in the city held off an army of over 100,000 Ottomans sieging the city for nearly a month.The last emperor, Constantine XI Palailogus is said to have fallen fighting like a mere soldier at the gates of Saint Romanos of the impenetrable lands walls of Constantinople. His death marked the end of the Roman Empire, which had continued in the east after the western part had fallen.

Join the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and The Hellenic Society of Constantinople for "Beyond Two Worlds: Imagining Religious Freedoms and Diversity Beyond the Halki Seminary".

This FREE PROGRAM will Include: 

1) The screening of the short film: Between Two Worlds 

2) And a talk by: Dr. Aykan Erdemir, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, former member of the Turkish Parliament, and strong advocate for religious freedom in Turk

This free program will be on Thursday June 2nd, 2016 at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Elmhurst, Illinois. The program starts at 7PM. You may CLICK HERE to reserve a seat via the Chicago Metropolis Facebook event.
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

June 23-26, 2016
Holy Trinity Greek Fest
Fort Wayne, 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

September 16-18, 2016
Saint Iakovos Greek Fest
Valparaiso, IN

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