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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

2016 94th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention

The 94th Annual AHEPA Supreme Convention has come to an end. It was another successful convention which was held in Las Vegas at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.

AHEPA District 12 was well represented with 15 delegates representing 4 of the 6 chapters located in Indiana Hoosier District 12.

Merrillville Chapter 78 presented a check to the Supreme President at the Grand Banquet in an amount of $4,000 dollars to help rebuild Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in NYC at Ground Zero. Saint Nicholas was destroyed on 9/11 when the South World Trade Centre Tower collapsed.

Also, immediate Past District Governor (PDG) Sam Benjamin presented a check to the AHEPA Supreme President for an amount of $1,300 dollars for Saint Nicholas on behalf of District 12 representing all 6 active chapters in the District.

In addition to productive meetings and discussions that took place at the convention to progress the Order of AHEPA, elections took place for the next Supreme lodge.

The election results are the following:
  • Andrew C. Zachariades - AHEPA Supreme President (New Jersey)
  • Bill Bakalis - Canadian President (Ontario,Canada)
  • George E. Loucas - Supreme Vice President (Ohio)
  • Carl R. Hollister - Supreme Secretary (Ohio) 
  • James Kokotas - Supreme Treasurer (New York) 
  • George G. Horiates - Supreme Counselor (New Jersey)
  • Louis G. Atsaves - Supreme Athletic Director (Illinois)
  • Sandy Papadopoulos - Sons of Pericles National Advisor (Georgia)
 The eight Supreme Governors are:  
  • Region I: Gus Paras (Florida)
  • Region II: Anthony Drakos (Pennsylvania)
  • Region III: Chris Diamantoukis;
  • Region IV: Jack Isaac (Connecticut)
  • Region V: George L. Kalantzis (Ohio)
  • Region VI: Donald Vanover (Minnesota)
  • Region VII: Timothy Joannides (Wyoming)
  • Region VIII: George Booras (California)
  • Region X: Nicholas C. Papadopoulos (Greece)
Elected to positions on the Board of Trustees were:
  • Cos Marandos (Massachusetts)
  • Elias Tskerides   
Re-elected to the Board of Auditors was:
  • Craig Clawson (Nebraska)
About Supreme President Zachariades

Zachariades is a 25-member of Hudson Chapter 108, Jersey City, N.J.  He has served AHEPA in numerous leadership positions including most recently supreme vice president.  As supreme president, Zachariades' responsibilities include being the chief executive officer, and principal spokesperson, of the entire AHEPA domain, which includes the United States, Canada, and chapters in Europe.
Moreover, the supreme president has dedicated himself to the Fifth District AHEPA Cancer Research Foundation, which has raised nearly $1.5 million for cancer research. During his eight-year chairmanship of the foundation, grants were provided to several industry leading organizations such as: Rutgers Cancer Institute of N.J., Weill Medical College Cornell University, and Fox Chase Cancer Center. In 2008, Zachariades was awarded the District Five Ahepan of the Year.
Zachariades is an executive-level financial accountant for most of his career where he has overseen complex transactions and billions of dollars of real estate development. For the past 15 years, he has served as the CFO and Controller of FBE Limited LLC, a privately held investment firm located on Wall Street in New York City. He is a graduate of Rutgers University where he was conferred a degree in Managerial Accounting. In addition, he earned an advanced degree in Financial Accounting from the New York Institute of Finance. Zachariades has distinguished himself in his field and is an esteemed member of the Hellenic American Bankers Association. Always looking to give back, Andrew is a frequent lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at William Paterson University, which is part of the New Jersey State University system.
Zachariades and his wife, Antoinette, are members of Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church, Jersey City, N.J., and have three children.  Andrew also currently serves as vice president of the Cyprus Children's Fund, which was founded in 1974 to support the educational pursuits of eager, hard-working and dedicated students after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. To honor his many accomplishments, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese awarded Zachariades with the Medal of the Order of Saint Paul in 2000.

The organizations that comprise the AHEPA Family also held elections. 

Jan Spanos, Sacramento, Calif., was elected Daughters of Penelope Grand President; Nikolas Apostolou, Wyckoff, N.J., was elected Sons of Pericles Supreme President; and Tria Charnas, North Royalton, Ohio, was elected Maids of Athena Grand President.

In addition, our very own Kathy Zotos was reelected to the position of DOP Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena. Congratulations Kathy!


Friday's Installation Ceremony of newly-elected officers officially concluded the 94th AHEPA Supreme Convention, which began Monday, July 25. 
The 2017 Supreme Convention will convene July 24 to 30 at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Fla. Micky Mouse himself dressed in a Fustanella came to Las Vegas to Welcome us to Orlando next year.

For more pictures taken at the 94th Supreme Convention, please visit AHEPA District 12 Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

Chicago White Sox and AHEPA celebrate Greek Heritage Night

AHEPA Chapters 78 (Merrillville) and 157 (Calumet) members took a bus to US Cellular field to celebrate Greek Heritage night with our brothers from District 13 and many many more Americans of Greek Heritage on Thursday July 21st.

It was a hot muggy day and unfortunately the game was called in the 7th inning due to severe thunderstorms. However, everyone had a great time. The Chicago White Sox are one of only a few teams across the country that celebrate Greek Heritage.


AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo Approved!

The State of Indiana Gaming Commission has approved AHEPA District 12 to host a Super Bingo on Friday November 4th.

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

The AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo will once again be held at St Michael's Ukrainian Center located in Hammond, Indiana at 1230 170th Pl, Hammond, IN 46324.

Doors open at 4PM. Everyone is welcomed to come play and have fun.

Indiana Gaming license numbers: 141624 and 141625.

Grecian Festivals

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.
  • 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.

AHEPAN John Brademas passes away

AHEPA District12 mourns the loss of a great man. Former Indiana US Representative John Brademas. John was an AHEPAN.

John Brademas Jr. (March 2, 1927 – July 11, 2016) was an American politician and educator originally from Indiana. He served as Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives for the Democratic Party from 1977 to 1981 at the conclusion of a twenty-year career as a member of the United States House of Representatives. In addition to his major legislative accomplishments, including much federal legislation pertaining to schools, arts, and the humanities, he served as the 13th president of New York University from 1981 to 1992, and is a former chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and board member of the New York Stock Exchange and Rockefeller Foundation.

Brademas holds the distinction of being the first Greek-American member of Congress, preceding, among others, Olympia Snowe, Paul Tsongas and Paul Sarbanes.

The oldest of four children, Brademas was born in 1927 to a Greek immigrant father and an American mother in Mishawaka, Indiana. His father ran a restaurant and his mother was an elementary school teacher. He spent summers with his maternal grandfather, who was the state superintendent of schools in Canada, and possessed a large library.

Brademas graduated as valedictorian from Central High School in South Bend, Indiana. He served two years in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A graduate of Harvard University, where he was affiliated with Adams House, he won a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Brasenose College University of Oxford, from which he received his Doctorate.

Read more from the NY times by CLICKING HERE.

John Brademas was initiated into the Order of AHEPA South Bend Chapter #100 on May 16th, 1954.

Kathy Zotos reelected DOP Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena

AHEPA District 12 would like to Congratulate Kathy Zotos from DOP Hammond Chapter #50 for being reelected as the DOP Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena (MOA). The Maids of Athena is an international philanthropic and fraternal organization. It is the Junior Auxiliary to the Daughters of Penelope founded in 1930.

We are very proud of Kathy and we wish her continued success as she plays a major role in supporting, mentoring, and inspiring our youth.

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

For example:

  • August 3rd - National Watermelon Day

  • August 7th - National Friendship Day

  • August 19th - National Aviation Day

  • August 21st - National Senior Citizen's Day

  • August 26th - National Dog Day

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

August is also National Golf Month, Family Fun Month, Eye Exam Month, Peach Month and more!

Notable dates in August History

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

August 1, 1819 - Moby Dick author Herman Melville (1819-1891) was born in New York

August 2, 1776 - In Philadelphia, most of the 55 members of the Continental Congress signed the parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence.

August 3, 1492 - Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, with three ships, Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Seeking a westerly route to the Far East, he instead landed on October 12th in the Bahamas, thinking it was an outlying Japanese island.

August 4, 1961 - Barack Obama the 44th U.S. President was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.

August 5, 1962- Film star Marilyn Monroe died at age 36 from an overdose of sleeping pills. She made 29 films during her career and came to symbolize Hollywood glamour.

August 6, 1945 - The first Atomic Bomb was dropped over the center of Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m., by the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay. The bomb detonated about 1,800 ft. above ground, killing over 105,000 persons and destroying the city. Another estimated 100,000 persons later died as a result of radiation effects.

August 7, 1990 - Just five days after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, President George Bush ordered Desert Shield, a massive military buildup to prevent further Iraqi advances.

August 8, 1945 - Soviet Russia declared war on Japan and sent troops into Japanese-held Manchuria.

August 9, 1974 - Effective at noon, Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal. Nixon had appeared on television the night before and announced his decision to the American people. Facing possible impeachment by Congress, he became the only U.S. President ever to resign.

August 10, 1874 - Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) the 31st U.S. President was born in West Branch, Iowa. He was the first President born west of the Mississippi.

August 11, 1841 - Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave, spoke before an audience in the North for the first time. During an anti-slavery convention on Nantucket Island, he gave a powerful, emotional account of his life as a slave. He was immediately asked to become a full-time lecturer for the Massachusetts Antislavery Society.

August 12, 1676 -
King Philip's War ended with the assassination of Metacom, leader of the Pokanokets, a tribe within the Wampanoag Indian Federation. Nicknamed 'King Philip' by colonists, he led a Native American uprising against white settlers which resulted in a war that raged for nearly two years, now known as King Philip's War.

August 13, 1899 - British film director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) was born in London.

August 14, 1935 - President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act establishing the system which guarantees pensions to those who retire at age 65. The Social Security system also aids states in providing financial aid to dependent children, the blind and others, as well as administering a system of unemployment insurance.

August 15, 1969 - Woodstock began in a field near Yasgur's Farm at Bethel, New York. The three-day concert featured 24 rock bands and drew a crowd of more than 300,000 young people. The event came to symbolize the counter-culture movement of the 1960's.

August 16, 1977 - Elvis Presley was pronounced dead at the Memphis Baptist Hospital at 3:30 p.m., at age 42.

August 17, 1786 - American frontiersman Davy Crockett (1786-1836) was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee. He was a farmer, scout and politician who perished at age 49 during the final heroic defense of the Alamo in Texas.

August 18, 1920 - The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.

August 19, 1934 - In Germany, a plebiscite was held in which 89.9 percent of German voters approved granting Chancellor Adolf Hitler additional powers, including the office of president.

August 20, 1833 - Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) the 23rd U.S. President was born in North Bend, Ohio. He was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, the 9th President.

August 21, 1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii to the Union as the 50th state.

August 22, 1986 - Deadly fumes from a volcanic eruption under Lake Nios in Cameroon killed more than 1,500 persons.

August 23, 1927 - Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were electrocuted inside a prison at Charlestown, Massachusetts. They had been convicted of a shoe factory payroll robbery during which the paymaster and a guard had been killed. Following their convictions, all appeals for a new trial had failed, despite the lack of hard evidence and a later admission by a known criminal that he had participated in the robbery with an organized criminal gang. The days and weeks leading up to their execution aroused worldwide protests amid accusations of unfair treatment because they had radical political views and were Italian.

August 24, 79 AD - Vesuvius, an active volcano in southern Italy, erupted and destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum.

August 25, 1918 - American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Considered one of the finest conductors in American music history, his works included West Side Story, On the Town, and the opera Candide.

August 26, 1883 - One of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in recorded history occurred on the Indonesian island of Krakatoa. Explosions were heard 2,000 miles away. Tidal waves 120 ft. high killed 36,000 persons on nearby islands, while five cubic miles of earth were blasted into the air up to a height of 50 miles.

August 27, 1910 - Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was born (as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) in Skopje, Yugoslavia. She founded a religious order of nuns in Calcutta, India, called the Missionaries of Charity and spent her life working to help the poor and sick of India..

August 28, 1963 - The March on Washington occurred as over 250,000 persons attended a Civil Rights rally in Washington, D.C., at which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his now-famous I Have a Dream speech.

August 29, 1991 - Following the unsuccessful coup of August 19-21, the Soviet Communist Party was suspended, thus ending the institution that ruled Soviet Russia for nearly 75 years.

August 30, 1797 - Frankenstein author Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was born in London.

August 31, 1997 - Britain's Princess Diana died at age 36 from massive internal injuries suffered in a high-speed car crash, reportedly after being pursued by photographers. The crash occurred shortly after midnight in Paris inside a tunnel along the Seine River at the Pont de l'Alma bridge, less than a half mile north of the Eiffel Tower.

Parthenon Marbles

The Parthenon Marbles must be returned to Athens.

The Parthenon Sculptures (Return to Greece) Bill will be presented on the anniversary by Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams, supported by Conservative Jeremy Lefroy and 10 other MPs from Labour, the SNP and Plaid Cymru.

Mr Williams said: “These magnificent artefacts were improperly dragged and sawn off the remains of the Parthenon.


The Greeks on PBS

Did you miss the airing of the "The Greeks" on PBS? Well, no need to worry as all three episodes can be watched online via the PBS website.

CLICK HERE to access all three episodes of THE GREEKS. Each episode is about one hour in length. You will enjoy this program.

An Olympic Odyssey: Where the Games Began

Some dream of going to the Olympics. I’d long dreamed of going to Olympia. I wanted to take a solo road trip like no other, searching for the four sites of the ancient Greek athletic games — Isthmia, Nemea, Delphi and Olympia — precursors to the Olympics spectacle opening in Rio on Aug. 5.

Collectively known as the Panhellenic Games, they were open to athletes across the Greek empire, but Olympia’s festival was always the most prestigious. The first to be established (in 776 B.C.) and the last to go (abolished in A.D. 393 by the Roman Emperor Theodosius I, a Christian who deemed them pagan rituals), the games at Olympia took place every four years — this was one way the Greeks measured time — with the other three held in the interval.

READ MORE by clicking HERE from the New York Times about this Olympic Odyssey.

AHEPA District 12 Facebook page

The AHEPA District 12 Facebook page currently has 463 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

Honorary AHEPA Lane

Entrance to the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville, Indiana and you will see the Honorary AHEPA lane dedicated by the Town of Merrillville.

There are actually two streets that Merrillville has dedicated to AHEPA. AHEPA Chapter 78 has built 6 apartment buildings with 300 apartments for low income seniors in Merrillville. Merrillville AHEPA has property to build 2 more units (100 apartments) assuming federal 202 program can get refunded.


AHEPA District 12 donates to Honor Flight Chicago

On Wednesday July 13th, AHEPA District 12 donated $1,000 dollars to Honor Flight Chicago.

A few AHEPANS from Indiana have participated in the Honor Flight program over the past year. The Honor Flight is a great program to honor our WWII and Korean War Veterans and the feedback from our Veteran members is 100% positive.

AHEPA District 12 is very happy we can support this program so more veterans can take their Honor Flight.

For more information on Honor Flight Chicago, you may visit their website at

Pictured below presenting the $1,000 dollar check to a representative of Honor Flight Chicago is Supreme Governor Tom Gober, immediate Past District Governor Sam Benjamin, AHEPA District 12 Governor George Loxas, and District 12 Lt. Governor Panos Niarchos.

We like to Thank immediate Past District 12 Governor Sam Benjamin for leading the effort to make this donation to a wonderful program.

District 12 members who celebrate birthdays in August

Chapter 78 - Merrillville

8/15 - Nick Batistatos
8/09 - Matthew Demetrakis
8/23 - Dr. Milton Gasparis
8/28 - Jeffrey Hartz
8/12 - Skefos Makarounas
8/25 - Gus Olympidis
8/09 - Nicholas Pangere
8/06 - James Thomas
8/24 - Michael Troumouliaris
8/13 - US Rep. Peter Visclosky
8/23 - Harry Zembillas

Chapter 81 - Ft. Wayne

8/23 - George Raptis

Chapter 100 - South Bend

8/28 - Michael Kristos
8/09 - Gust Saros Jr.
8/26 - Pete Skotadis
8/20 - George Stangas

Chapter 123  - Hammond

8/28 - John Adamopoulos
8/26 - Harry Colias
8/01 - Peter Dremonas
8/24 - George Loxas
8/12 - Gus Sirounis

Chapter 157 - Calumet

8/21 - Nick Adams
8/30 - Louis Bakris
8/17 - John Degard
8/08 - John Katsoulis
8/20 - Jonathan Panos
8/04 - Randy Reinoehl
8/22 - Michael Zontos

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

8/06 - James Athanasiou
8/24 - Dr. Owen Lucas

8/23 - Anthony Zarvas

Summer 2016 AHEPAN Magazine

The AHEPAN magazine for Summer 2016 has been issued. It should already be in members mailboxes.

You can also view and read it online by clicking HERE.

August Name Days

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

There are 84 names that celebrate in August. Some of those names are Sotiris, Laura, Mary/Maria, Panos, Panagiotis, Alexander, and many many more

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

Saint Nicholas Shrine Update

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

Total Pledged to date: $39,583,137.00

Total Collected to date: $22,293,504.00
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.

Here is the latest image of the construction progress as of July 20th, 2016.


Newly Elected AHEPA Supreme Governor for Region VI

AHEPA District 12 is located in the Order of AHEPA Region VI geographical territory. Region VI is comprised of Districts 12, 13, and 14 which includes the following states: Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and portions of Missouri (St. Louis) and Nebraska (Omaha).

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the AHEPA Supreme Governor of Region VI is from District 14.

AHEPA District 12 would like to congratulate and welcome Donald Vanover from Minneapolis Chapter #66 as our new Supreme Governor.

Don is the immediate Past District Governor of AHEPA District 14. This was his 3rd consecutive year as Governor of District 14. He was also a Past President, Vice President and Secretary of Demosthenes Chapter #66 in Minneapolis and currently sits on its Board of Directors.
Don is a very well respected AHEPAN in his community and is also very involved in the church community of Saint Mary’s in Minneapolis and has served on the Parish Council. He is also very involved in the District 14 Education Foundation which awards thousands of dollars every year in scholarships. He is also the editor of the highly acclaimed District 14 publication called “The Fez”, is the webmaster for the District website and the administrator for the District 14 Facebook page.
Don is also a member of the Hellenic Post #129 of the Minnesota American Legion. He is a two-time Past Commander and is the current Finance Officer and Adjutant.  He has also held every other officer position within the Post at least once.

Pictured above is immediate PSG of Region VI Tom Gober passing on the jewels to newly elected SG Don Vanover.

AHEPA Journey to Greece

The AHEPA Journey to Greece program is about more than earning college credit while studying in beautiful Greece. It's also about giving back and learning the value of philanthropy.

The JTG students assisted with the packaging and distribution of food to needy families in ‪Greece‬ under the administration of the Hellenic Relief Foundation in Athens, Greece, July 14. The students volunteered their time and services while attending Webster University for the Journey to Greece program. Tom Mazarakis and Dina Skias supervised the day’s operation.

Founded December 2011, the Hellenic Relief Foundation provides food to more than 800 needy families each month throughout various parts of Greece. Past Supreme Governor Phil Vogis is a founding member of the foundation and serves currently on its Board of Directors.

Great job by the Journey to Greece Students!

AHEPA District 12 applauds this program and the excellent students who participate.

Brother Louis Atsaves reelected as AHEPA National Athletic Director

AHEPA District 12 would like to congratulate Brother Louis Atsaves from our neighboring Illinois District 13 for being reelected as the Order of AHEPA Supreme Athletic Director. This is the 3rd year in a row that Brother Louis has been elected as Supreme Athletic Director. He is doing a fantastic job and we wish him continued success.

Athletics play a major role in the AHEPA fraternity and there are many athletic events that occur throughout the years....from bowling tournaments to golf tournaments, the action never stops.

Pictured above is Supreme President John Galanis presenting the jewels to AHEPA Supreme Athletic Director Louis Atsaves.

Another Greek site gets UNESCO World Heritage Classification

Twenty-one new UNESCO World Heritage sites have been announced for 2016. One of them is in Greece.

Archaeological Site of Philippi, Greece

Founded in 356BC by the Macedonian King Philip II, this walled city lies on an ancient trade route that links Europe and Asia. Over the years the site has been adopted and developed by various religions and civilisations, including the Roman Empire (in 42BC) and Christian apostles (46AD).




Greek Motorway

Have you visited Greece lately and traveled their motorways and wondered what is the status of all the construction?

You can read and learn about the entire transportation network of Greece by visiting

This site we will present the modern Greek traffic network. Greece has build and do build one of the largest and moderns traffic networks in Europe. The Metro of Athens is one of the fastest Subways in the World, the International Airport of Athens won 2005, 2006 and 2007 the OAG-Airport-Marketing-Award. 2004 was AIA the European Airport of the Year. The Attika Road was recently awarded the 1st Prize for Road Safety by the International Road Federation, in recognition of the quality road safety services provided to the Attiki Odos users. A lot of other Greek traffic systems have won international prizes. Greece builds with large steps a new Country for the 21st Century. In every region of Greece you will find big projects. Harbours, Airports, Motorways, Subways, Railroads are brand new or under construction. The quality of this constructions are international highest standard.

NBA stars report for Military Duty

Antetokounmpo brothers reporting for duty.

NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thanasis Antetokounmpo just began their 3-month Greek military service outside of Athens.

According to Greek law, all Greek men between the ages of 19 and 45 are required to serve a term of service in the military.

AHEPA Merrillville Chapter 78 donates $4,000 dollars to St. Nicholas

Merrillville AHEPA Chapter 78 President Pete Kavadas on behalf of the chapter 78 members presented a check to the AHEPA Supreme President John Galanis at the Grand Banquet on July 28th for an amount of $4,000 dollars to help rebuild Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in NYC at Ground Zero. 

Chapter 78 has donated nearly $10,000 dollars in the past two years for this AHEPA National Project. Thank you brothers!

AHEPA District 12 donates $1,300 dollars to St. Nicholas

AHEPA District 12 immediate Past District Governor Sam Benjamin presented a check to AHEPA Supreme President John Galanis for an amount of $1,300 dollars to help rebuild Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in NYC at Ground Zero. Saint Nicholas church was destroyed on 9/11 when the South World Trade Center Tower collapsed.

AHEPA District 12 has donated over $7,000 dollars for Saint Nicholas the past two years. Just a couple months ago, than Governor Sam Benjamin presented a check for $5,000 dollars to Supreme President John Galanis when he visited Merrillville, Indiana.

We thank PDG Sam Benjamin for doing a wonderful job selling the Saint Nicholas lapel pins which was the main fundraiser for the District for this National Program. We still have pins available for purchase. 100% of the pin sales went to Saint Nicholas.

Greece eases back on capital controls

More than a year after they were imposed, capital controls in Greece will be substantially eased on Monday in a bid to lure back billions of euros spirited out of the country, or stuffed under mattresses, at the height of the eurozone crisis.

The relaxation of restrictions, whose announcement sent shockwaves through markets and the single currency, is aimed squarely at boosting banking confidence in the eurozone’s weakest member. The Greek finance ministry estimates around €3bn-€4bn could soon be returned to a system depleted of more than €30bn in deposits in the run-up to Athens sealing a third bailout to save it from economic collapse last summer.


AHEPA District 12 on Twitter

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August 5-21, 2016
Indiana State Fair
Indianapolis, IN

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

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

September TBD, 2016
AHEPA Family Governors Conference
Washington, DC

November 4, 2016
AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo
St. Michael Ukranian Centre
Hammond, IN

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Hoosier District 12 Chapters

#78 - Merrillville/Gary
#81 - Fort Wayne
#100 - South Bend
#123 - Hammond
#157 - Calumet
#232 - James Whitcomb Riley,

#26 - Kirke, Fort Wayne
#50 - Pleiades, Hammond
#60 - Gaia, South Bend
#81 - Mentor, Merrillville
#212 - Laertes, Indianapolis

Sons of Pericles
#53 - Sophocles, Merrillville
#331 - Hoosier Philotimo, Bloomington, IN

Maids of Athena
#141 - Dionysia, Hammond


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