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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

Magical night at the AHEPA Midwest GALA

On Saturday February 20th, the Order of AHEPA Family hosted the Midwest Family Gala honoring five individuals for their excellence in service to the community. The Honorees were Rev. Dn. Chris Avramopoulos, Director, Youth and YAL Ministries, Metropolis of Chicago; Philanthropist Eleni Bousis, John P. Calamos, CEO/chairman and global co-chief investment officer, Calamos Asset Management; Hon. Charles P. Kocoras, Judge, Northern District of Illinois; and U.S. Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN), member, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues and House Committee on Appropriations. 

It was a wonderful night. The Honoree speeches were inspiring. The evening started with cocktails and dinner. The dinner was an open seating format to maximize camaraderie amongst all the guests. At approximately 8PM, Master of Ceremonies Chris Atsaves kicked off the program. Immediate Past Supreme President Phillip Frangos provided introductory remarks about what the Order of AHEPA is doing all across the country and in Greece to make our communities a better place to live. He touched on the mission of the AHEPA and why tonight’s Honorees exemplify the mission of AHEPA. Following PSP Phillip Frangos was the Daughters of Penelope Grand President Connie Pilallis who provided remarks about the Daughters, introduced members of her Grand lodge in attendance, and congratulated the Honorees for their achievements.


The master of ceremonies than introduced our first Honoree Congressman Peter Visclosky of Indiana. Due to important business that needed to be completed in Washington DC, Peter was unable to join us on this evening but he did send us a letter. AHEPA District 12 Governor Sam Benjamin read the letter on Congressman Peter behalf. In the letter he expressed his disappointment that congressional work kept him from attending but praised AHEPA for everything they do in Northwest Indiana. Rep. Visclosky was awarded the 2016 AHEPA Pericles Award which is award to honor those individuals in Government.


The next speaker was His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos who introduced our next Honoree Rev. Dn. Chris Avramopoulos who is the director of the Chicago Metropolis of Youth and YAL Ministries. Rev. Dn. Chris expressed his appreciation of being honored by the AHEPA and spoke passionately about the youth and making sure they are nurtured to become the best they can be. Rev. Dn. Chris Avramopoulos received the 2016 AHEPA Academy of Achievement in Community Service.

The Master of Ceremonies than introduced our third Honoree John Calamos. John was at the leadership 100 conference and was unable to attend but his daughter accepted on his behalf. She expressed great appreciation of the AHEPA and that her grandfather was an AHEPAN. She spoke eloquently describing her father’s passion of supporting the Hellenic community and virtues. John Calamos received the 2016 AHEPA Aristotle Award which is awarded to an outstanding Hellene who has distinguished themselves in their respective profession.

The fourth Honoree that evening was Honorable Charles Kocoras who was introduced by Gala Chairman and District 13 secretary Themis Frangos. Judge Kocoras has been an instrumental part of the legal community in Chicago. He is admired and respected by the legal community and the Hellenic community in Chicago. He also expressed his gratitude to the Order of AHEPA for honoring him and his family. Charles Kocoras received the 2016 AHEPA Solon Award which is awarded to a person for excellence in the field of law.


The fifth and final Honoree of the evening was Eleni Bousis. Eleni was introduced by Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, who is Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. He touched on just a few of many good works Eleni does for the Hellenic community in Chicago, the United States, and Greece. Eleni then gave a powerful and inspiring acceptance speech that moved everyone. She has been credited for saving the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre. She has opened an orphanage in Kenya. She has fed hundreds in Greece during this time economic crisis. She is a founding board member of the Hippocratic Cancer research foundation where she is committed to finding a cure to cancer. These are just a few of many things she does for the community to make it a better place to live and care for those who are less fortunate. Eleni Bousis was awarded the 2016 AHEPA Academy of Achievement Award in Philanthropy.


The evening wasn’t over yet. The surprise of the evening was that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner attended in support of his good friend Eleni Bousis. The Governor was very gracious with his time and spent a large portion of his time greeting everyone at the Gala. Little did the Governor know that he was going to be surprised soon after Eleni finished her speech. It was the Governors birthday and Eleni had the hotel staff bring out a birthday cake. Everyone sang happy birthday to the Governor. It was a special moment of the evening. The Governor than provided some short remarks.


The evening concluded with AHEPA Supreme President John Galanis speaking and congratulating all of the Honorees for their remarkable achievements in the community.

Soon after the Supreme President spoke, the birthday cake and desserts were provided and Greek night started with DJ Pantazi spinning Greek music. The Governor, Honorees, and guests began Greek dancing and the fellowship among everyone continued for a couple more hours.



There was also a silent auction with a nice mix of sports memorabilia and much more was offered to the guests to bid on and take home something special for the evening. In addition, everyone who attended received a St. Nicholas National Shrine pin that AHEPA District 12 created to raise money to support and rebuild the little church that was destroyed at Ground Zero on 9/11.

Over 215 people attended the Gala which made it a huge success. We are also very thankful and appreciative of our sponsors who are listed below:

GOLD Sponsors
•    Calamos Investments
•    Raise (

Bronze Sponsors
•    Greek American Restaurant Association
•    Ted and Erika Spyropoulos Foundation
•    AHEPA Merrillville Chapter #78

Benefactor Sponsors
•    ICU Outdoor Advertising
•    Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre
•    AHEPA Hoosier District #12
•    AHEPA Calumet Chapter #157
•    AHEPA North Shore Chapter #94
•    Chris Atsaves – AHEPA District #13 Athletic Director

Patron Sponsors
•    The Lekas Family – George, Sophie, Peter, and Michelle
•    John and Patricia Galanis – AHEPA Supreme President
•    George and Sandra Loucas Family
•    Tom Gober - AHEPA Supreme Governor Region VI

•    Attorney Peter Palivos, Las Vegas Nevada
•    Matt and Tina Schubert
•    Nick Kavadas – AHEPA Past Supreme Governor Region VI
•    Louis George Atsaves
•    Sam Benjamin – AHEPA District 12 Governor

•    AHEPA Chicago Lakeshore Chapter #205
•    AHEPA Hammond Chapter #123
•    AHEPA Indianapolis Chapter #232
•    AHEPA Little Fort Chapter #218 – Lake County, IL
•    AHEPA Management Company and AHEPA National Housing Corporation
•    AHEPA Merrillville Chapter #78 Housing, Inc.

•    AHEPA Woodlawn Chapter #93
•    Lusak and Cobb, Attorney at Law
•    Family Express, Corp.
•    Board of Directors, AHEPA District 13 Scholarship Foundation
•    William Albanos Jr., PSI Learning Institute


The AHEPA Midwest Family Gala committee were comprised of the following individuals who committed themselves to make this a special and memorable event for the community:
•    Themistocles Frangos – Chairman
•    Chris Atsaves
•    Sam Benjamin
•    Tom Gober

•    Kathy Zotos
•    Sophie Joy Rempas
•    Peter Lekas
•    Electra Kontalonis
•    Nick Kavadas

In addition, AHEPA would like to thank the following for the Silent Auction Donations:
•    Madeline Gelis
•    Chicago Fire FC
•    Chicago White Sox
•    Chris Atsaves
•    Crown Brushes, Indiana
•    Daughter of Penelope, District 13
•    Daughter of Penelope, Hellas Chapter #9
•    Daughter of Penelope, Zoe Chapter #311
•    Emily Deam
•    Family Express, Corp.
•    John Galanis
•    Hyatt Regency Chicago
•    Tony Nestoras

Below are some pictures from the Gala. More can be found at


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.

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

For example:

  • March 1st - National Peanut Butter Lover's Day

  • March 7th - National Cereal Day

  • March 12th - National Girl Scout Day

  • March 14th - National Pi Day

  • March 30th - National Doctors Day

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

March is also National Craft Month, National Nutrition Month, National Umbrella Month, and National Women's History Month.

Notable dates in March History

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

March 1st, 1803 - Ohio becomes the 17th state to join the Union.

March 2nd, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln rejects Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s plea for peace talks, demanding unconditional surrender.

March 3rd, 1847 - Alexander Graham Bell is born, inventor of the first telephone as well as other devices.

March 4th, 1789 - The first Congress of the United States meets in New York and declares that the Constitution is in effect.

March 5th, 1984 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that cities have the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.

March 6th, 1967 - President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his plan to establish a draft lottery.

March 7th, 322 BC - The Greek philosopher Aristotle dies.

March 8th, 1790 - George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address.

March 9th, 1864 - General Ulysses Grant is appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.

March 10th, 1776 - "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine is published.

March 11th, 1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev is named the new Soviet leader.

March 12th, 1894 - Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time.

March 13th, 1868 -  The U.S. Senate begins the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.

March 14th, 1794- Inventor Eli Whitney receives a patent for his cotton gin.

March 15th, 44 BC - Julius Caesar is assassinated by high-ranking Roman Senators.

March 16th, 1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is published.

March 17th, 1905 - Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, marries Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York.

March 18th, 1913 - Greek King George I is killed by an assassin. Constantine I is to succeed.

March 19th, 1931 - The state of Nevada legalizes gambling.

March 20th, 1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published.

March 21st, 1963 - Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, California, closes.

March 22nd, 1790 - Thomas Jefferson becomes the first U.S. Secretary of State.

March 23rd, 1848 - Hungary proclaims its independence of Austria.

March 24th, 1947 - Congress proposes limiting the presidency to two terms.

March 25th, 708 - Constantine begins his reign as Catholic Pope.

March 26th, 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announces a new vaccine against polio.

March 27th, 1912 - The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, are planted in Washington, D.C.

March 28th, 1930 - Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara respectively.

March 29th, 1867 - The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.

March 30th, 1981 - President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in Washington, D.C. by John W. Hinkley Jr.

March 31st, 1880 - The first electric street lights ever installed by a municipality are turned on in Wabash, Indiana.

May his Memory be Eternal!
RIP Brother Economides

AHEPA deeply mourns the passing of long-standing Past National Advisor to the Sons of Pericles Chris Economides, Jr., Feb. 14, 2016, announced Supreme President John Galanis. He was 84. Brother Economides was a 65-year Life Member of AHEPA Chapter 2, Charlotte, N.C. He was a recipient of the AHEPA Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was the first inductee into the Sons of Pericles Wall of Honor.

"Brother Economides literally molded a generation of young Greek Americans into the leaders they are today, and from his labor of love, communities throughout North America have benefited," Galanis said. "There are no words to convey the appreciation we have for Brother Economides' selfless dedication to our Order, Junior Order, and to the community at-large. Simply stated, he was a mentor to many and a hero to all for his military service during the Korean War.

"His colorful personality, masterful storytelling and joke-telling talent, and charming presence at AHEPA family events sorely will be missed. Our deepest sympathies are with the Economides Family. May his memory be eternal."

Brother Economides' Obituary can be found by clicking here.

AHEPA National Scholarships

AHEPA National Scholarship application and eligibility rules are available.

Visit the below link for the application and more detailed information on the scholarship rules and eligibility. CLICK HERE to get National Scholarship application and rules.

Applications postmarked after March 31, 2016 will not be considered.
Athens Hilton for sale

Greece's Alpha Bank SA has launched a process to sell Athens-listed Ionian Hotel Enterprises, owner of the five-star Hilton Athens, a source familiar with the matter said.

Alpha Bank, which holds 97.3 percent of IHE, wants to receive expressions of interest by a deadline of March 11. Citi is advising Alpha Bank on the sale, the source said.

If you have some extra cash laying around, it can be all yours. READ MORE HERE.

Chicago Lakefront Documentary

Enjoy another great Chicago documentary by Geoffrey Baer. This one focuses on the Chicago Lakefront.

The eyes of the world were on Chicago's Lakefront on election night 2008 as tens of thousands of people gathered there to celebrate with President-Elect Barack Obama. Chicago's lakefront is unique in the world. It's a seventeen-mile-long people's paradise that belongs to all of us.

CLICK HERE to watch a wonderful documentary from WTTW 11 Chicago.

Chicago White Sox and AHEPA celebrate Greek Heritage Night

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

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

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

Sons of Pericles turn 90

On February 3rd, 2016, the Junior Order of AHEPA (Sons of Pericles) turned 90 years old! Pictured above is the current Sons of Pericles National (Supreme) lodge.

The Sons of Pericles were started in 1926 by a group of Manchester, N.H. AHEPANS. The founder was Dr. Alexander Cambadhis. He helped the fledging new youth group with their dealings with other organizations as well as with the Order of AHEPA. His goal and the goal of the Sons of Pericles is to promote Hellenism to the youth and to keep the fire of our Motherland burning for generations to come. Together with the aid of some members of the Order of AHEPA from the Manchester, NH, Chapter, these young men were the first members of the Order and are known collectively as The Mother Lodge of the Sons of Pericles.
The first chapter named itself the Queen City Chapter #1. Its first officers were installed on February 3, 1926. Within a year, the first National Convention was held in Lowell, MA with 14 Chapters in the fraternity. In 1928, in Detroit, MI, the Sons were officially recognized as the Junior Order of AHEPA. In 1932 at the National Convention in Akron, OH, the Order expanded its jurisdiction into Montreal, Canada, thereby making it the first international Greek Youth Organization in the world.

Happy Birthday SOP from AHEPA District 12. 


The National Hellenic Museum will once again be hosting a trial. This time the trial of Antigone.

Sentenced to death for defying King Creon and burying her brother, Antigone’s case marks a turning point in western thought, when law and its inherent flaws are examined and analyzed. What are historically known as natural law vs. positive law, or natural (inalienable) rights vs. legal rights, strike at the heart of the legal divide in “Antigone.”

These re-enacted “trials” offer a unique opportunity to navigate some of humanity’s perennial questions, and watch Chicago’s star litigators debate issues that lie at the foundation of our lives.

At the Field Museum’s elegant James Simpson Theatre, you, the citizen, will be asked to decide whether Antigone’s action was treason or an act of duty?

The National Hellenic Museum’s Trial Series highlights the enduring relevance and value of Greek philosophy and thought. It is a unique opportunity to watch some of America’s foremost legal minds and theorists contemplate and debate evolving issues and perennial questions that have concerned humanity for thousands of years.


Thursday, March 10, 2016
6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM Trial Begins
At The Field Museum
James Simpson Theatre, West Entrance
1400 South Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
Parking: Soldier Field, North Garage on Museum Campus Drive
Tickets $100, available below
Students $50, limited number available below

More information and tickets can be purchased from the National Hellenic Museum website by clicking here.

Mount Athos - Holy Mountain - CBS Documentary

The Holy Mountain Athos (The Garden of the Mother of God) was created by ancient Byzantine emperors to be the spiritual capital of Orthodox Christianity. Millions of Orthodox Christians believe it is the most sacred place on Earth.

There are 2,000 Anthonite monks living in what is the most unique monastery complex in the world; most pray all day. Some monks even tell that they pray while they sleep -- and they only get about three hours of sleep a night. The monks divide their day into three parts: They spend about eight hours a day in church, and when they're not resting their time is dedicated to the work needed to keep the 20 monasteries running. Mt. Athos is also beautiful and has probably changed less than any other inhabited place on the planet. Some of the monasteries here are perched high on cliffs above the Aegean Sea, with sylvan hills as a backdrop and architecture that could have come out of a medieval fairytale. 

If you never had a chance to watch the Mount Athos documentary from CBS, you are missing out on a great piece.
CLICK HERE to watch the documentary on Youtube.

Greek SuperLeague Standings

The Greek soccer Super League standings are as follows as of 2/29/2016 with 24 games played:

Rank          TEAM                GP     Points
1          OLYMPIACOS          24         67
2          A.E.K.                        24         49
3          PANATHINAIKOS      24         42
4          P.A.O.K.                     24         38
5          PANIONIOS               24         36
6          ASTERAS TRIP.        24         33
7          PANETOLIKOS          24         31
8          LEVADIAKOS             24         31
9          SKODA XANTHI         24         30
10         IRAKLIS                    23         30
11         PAS GIANNINA         24         28
12         PLATANIAS              24         28
13         ATROMITOS ATH.   23         24
14         VERIA                       24         24
15         AEL KALLONI           24         14
16         PANTHRAKIKOS      24         14

GP = Games Played
Points = 3 for win, 1 for tie, 0 for loss

AHEPA-DOP District 12 Foundation 2016 Scholarships

The AHEPA-Daughters of Penelope District No. 12 Foundation, Inc. provides opportunities to pursue higher education, to share cross-cultural experiences and promote philanthropic programs. The Foundation encourages the development of civic responsibility and individual excellence, promotes and encourages American values of family, participatory democracy and free enterprise.

Once again, the AHEPA-DOP District 12 Foundation will be offering (5) $1,500 dollar scholarships for the year 2016.
  • Three (3) High School graduating senior awards 
  • Two (2) College undergraduate awards

The scholarship eligibility and application form can be obtained by clicking here or visiting our website.

Foundation website:
The deadline to return applications is Friday April 1st, 2016.

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 March

Chapter 78 - Merrillville

3/22 - Lee Christakis
3/12 - Apostolos Collaros
3/21 - Gregory Demetrakis
3/16 - Rogelio Dominguez
3/15 - George Halkias
3/26 - Kosta Lalios
3/11 - Nicholas Lalios
3/02 - Emanuel Papadakis
3/06 - Daniel Patton
3/17 - John Paviadakis
3/15 - Michael Paviadakis
3/01 - George Pietris
3/19 - William Theodoros
3/31 - Thomas Trakas
3/01 - Alexander Vlassopoulos

Chapter 81 - Ft. Wayne

3/15 - Lazaros Retzios

Chapter 100 - South Bend

3/12 - Richard Borkowski
3/30 - Michael Saros

Chapter 123  - Hammond

3/10 - Mike Alexiou
3/31 - Gus Gavrilos
3/16 - William Kallas
3/04 - Peter Loxas
3/12 - Michael Pantazis
3/20 - Nick Skotadis

Chapter 157 - Calumet

3/01 - Peter Amanatidis
3/12 - Michael Haluska
3/10 - Anthony Kanavos
3/17 - Thad Kanavos
3/30 - Haridimos Kouklakis
3/02 - Aristotelis P. Panousis
3/31 - Nickolas Panousis

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

3/20 - Peter Kirles

3/14 - Angelo Taylor
3/25 - Angelo Zarvas

March Name Days

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

There are 74 names that celebrate in March. Some of those names are Roxanne, Gerasimos, Gregory, Mario, Edward, and many more.

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

2016 Chicago Greek Independence Day Parade

The Chicago Greek Independence Day Parade is Sunday April 17th, 2016 in Greek Town on Halsted Street. Parade starts at 2:30PM.

AHEPA District 12 will be entering a float with our brothers from District 13 (Illinois/Wisconsin). The Daughters, Maids, and SONS are all invited to ride the float and/or march in front of the float.

Lets all support the parade the best we can. The easiest thing we can do is attend.

AHEPA District 12 Super Bingo a GREAT SUCCESS

AHEPA District 12 would like to THANK everyone who came out to play ‪‎bingo‬ on Friday February 12th. It was a very successful bingo. We paid out over $38,000 dollars in bingo and pull tab winnings! The district made a nice net profit and all proceeds will be going to various charities including St. Nicholas National Shrine in NYC at Ground Zero.

The next super bingo will be in the fall. The date is TBD but we hope to finalize in the next few weeks.

AHEPA Commends Hellenic Caucus Initiative for Megellas' Medal of Honor Review

AHEPA, in cooperation with U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) andCarolyn Maloney (D-NY), co-chairs, the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues; and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), hosted a congressional reception for World War II Veteran Lt. Col. James "Maggie" Megellas (U.S. Army, ret.), the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division, last night on Capitol Hill.

Nearly 20 members of Congress attended the reception in appreciation for Megellas, who originally hails from Fond du Lac, Wisc., including Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI). The reception featured remarks from: U.S. Reps. Bilirakis and Maloney as well as Supreme President John Galanis and Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Christos Panagopoulos. More than 75 persons attended.

Megellas, an AHEPA Life Member, is the recipient of the: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, Belgian Fourragere, and Dutch Orange Lanyard; and in 2008, the German government honored him for his role in liberating the Wobbelin Concentration Camp, May 2, 1945.  

"We sincerely appreciate the hard work of Representatives Bilirakis, Maloney, and Sessions, and their staffs, who helped to make tonight's event a wonderful experience for everyone," Galanis said. "We also thank all the members of Congress who took time out of their busy schedules to meet Maggie. We pledge to continue our efforts, working with our allies on Capitol Hill, to ensure Maggie's case for the Medal of Honor is granted review and reconsideration because he most deserves the honor."

Since 2011, AHEPA has backed the effort, including legislation, to authorize the president to award the Medal of Honor to Megellas for acts of valor during the Battle of the Bulge. Currently, Reps. Sessions, Bilirakis and Maloney are circulating a letter that calls for Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy to grant his urgent consideration and personal review of Lt. Col. Megellas' Medal of Honor case.

AHEPA District 13 Scholarships

The AHEPA commitment to education should stand out from the content of this newsletter. There are scholarship opportunities at all the Chapter, District, and National levels.

The 2016 AHEPA District 13 scholarship application is available.

The application form and eligibility rules can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

All applications are due on or before March 15th, 2016.

AHEPA Voices Deep Concern about Refugee Crisis in Greece

Supreme President John W. Galanis has issued a statement on the refugee crisis and its impact upon Greece ahead of two absolutely crucial March meetings, one an EU-Turkey summit and the second between the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey:

"AHEPA is concerned deeply about the inability of the European Union and Turkey to manage the flow of refugees to Europe, specifically to Greece. The American Hellenic community deems it unacceptable and an outrage that Greece is left to carry a large share of the refugee crisis burden based in part on geographic location and its 8,700-mile border - the largest in Europe - amid a crippling economic crisis. Greece is a reliable NATO ally and EU member-nation and finds itself under enormous economic and social pressure.

AHEPA Logan Chapter #260 Scholarships

AHEPA Logan Chapter #260 (Chicago) is once again offering scholarships for 2016. 

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, here are the requirements:

(A) All applicants must: 

1) Be a high school senior who is graduating or has graduated in 2016 and is pursuing or will pursue a post-secondary education by attending a vocational, trade or technical school, or a college or university, OR 

2) Be an undergraduate student who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary course of education by attending a vocational, trade or technical school, or a college or university. 

(B) Satisfy one of the following conditions: 

1) Must be a current or former participant in the Junior Olympics, OR
2) The applicant, or a parent of the applicant, must be a member in good standing of the 13' District (Illinois and Wisconsin) Ahepa family (Order of Ahepa, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles or Maids of Athena), OR 

3) The applicant, or a parent of the applicant, must be a member in good standing of a Greek Orthodox Parish within the Metropolis of Chicago (please contact your parish priest for this determination).
The scholarship application can be obtained by CLICKING HERE.


Singer Pantelis Pantelidis dies in car crash

Greek singer Pantelis Pantelis died and two female passengers were seriously injured in a car crash on February 18th.

Pantelidis, 32, was reportedly driving when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed against the crash barriers.

According to Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the singer was transferred to a hospital in Voula where he was pronounced dead. The two women were reported to be in critical condition.

MORE can be read here.

Greek doctor leads team to perform first uterus transplant in United States

Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the first uterus transplant in the United States, the clinic announced Thursday February 25th.

The operation, which took nine hours, was performed Wednesday, using a uterus from a deceased organ donor.The procedure’s purpose is to enable women born without a uterus, or who had theirs removed, to become pregnant and give birth. 

The leader of the surgical team is Dr. Andreas G. Tzakis, who has performed 4,000 to 5,000 transplants of kidneys, livers and other abdominal organs. To prepare for uterus transplants, he traveled to Sweden and worked with doctors at the University of Gothenburg, the only ones in the world to have performed the procedure successfully so far. Nine women have had the operation in Sweden, with the transplants taken from living donors. At least four recipients have had babies, who were born healthy though premature.

About 50,000 women in the United States are thought to be candidates for transplanted uteruses.



Icon streaming Myrrh

There is currently a miracle happening at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, Illinois. The icon of St. John the Baptist is sweating/leaking/streaking/streaming myrrh oil. If you look at the pictures below carefully, you can see it. Miracles of people's health miraculously improving are now being reported for those who have been anointed with the oil.

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. This church was originally in Olympia Fields/Chicago Heights area but has moved here in a temporary building. Actually it was the first parish outside the city limits of Chicago.

The church is located at 15625 S Bell Rd, Homer Glen, IL 60491. We encourage everyone to visit and see the miracle in person. You will be humbled and in awe. 


March 6, 2016
Chapter 260 Scholarship Fundraiser
Texas Hold'em Tournament
Palos Hills, IL

March 10, 2016
Journey to Greece Application deadline

March 13 - 19, 2016
Joint Reunion National Golf Event
Orlando, Florida

April 1, 2016
AHEPA-DOP District 12 Foundation Scholarship Application deadline

April 17, 2016
Chicago Greek Independence Day Parade
Chicago, IL
Greek Town - Halsted Street

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

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

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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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Highland, Indiana

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