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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

Message from AHEPA District 12 Governor George Loxas


Greetings Brothers of the AHEPA District 12 domain,

I would like to introduce myself and briefly spell out a course for the coming season. I am George Loxas from Chapter 123 in Hammond, Indiana. It is an honor to be your District Governor, and I pledge to be an engaged and active facilitator to all activities that advance the District and AHEPA Worldwide.

I hope you all can recognize the value of people coming together to achieve mutual goals. People of like mind and values, sharing and combining their efforts are what AHEPA is about, and the root of its good works and source of self-satisfaction for its members. Part of our efforts should be focused on “big picture” projects. I do not need to remind you that the events of September 11, 2001 were an assault of global magnitude on our society. Western religious and cultural interests were central to the attacks, not mere collateral damage. Saint Nicholas Church in New York had its edifice destroyed that day but the terrorists cannot destroy the Church. In this sense, I feel the re-birth of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine is a response of global magnitude. AHEPA has the opportunity to give to that effort, and give we must. St. Nicholas church is high profile and will be known worldwide as a beacon of the values shared by AHEPANs. I propose that this effort be the central project of our District for the upcoming year.

While St. Nicholas is not a local project, it should not detract from philanthropic efforts locally. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Brothers in Washington DC. Part of our meeting took us to the Greek Embassy  where we were welcomed with remarks from Haris Lalacos, the Ambassador of Greece to the United States. Haris can be considered a VIP, but I consider all AHEPANs to be VIP’s because we all are ambassadors of the AHEPA wherever we go. Consider your local communities and where there is need. There is no shortage of ways in which AHEPA and its members can be positive contributors to our communities. Let us work on improving our traditional efforts, including scholarships. You are all honorary ambassadors and be aware that you do make a difference. Do not forget the core values of Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence. To advance these values, do not save your ideas to share only at your meetings, act to promote them wherever and whenever you are.

I look forward to meeting all Brothers of the District personally during upcoming Chapter visitations. Not to deride electronic communication, but in-person contact is a great reward of our fraternity and I wish to promote attendance to meetings lest we forget its value and the feeling of comradery. Some ideas cannot wait for the face to face meeting, so please share your interests with me by phone or e-mail. Until we meet again, be well, one and family, and be true to our oaths as AHEPANs. Thank you for your participation.


George Loxas
District 12 Governor 219-937-8503

DOP/AHEPA Fall Workshop

The Pleaides Chapter of the Daughters of Penelope will host the annual DOP/AHEPA Fall Workshop on Saturday, October 29th at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 7021 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, Indiana.

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m. CST. The workshop will run until 3:00 p.m. CST. The fee for the workshop is $40 per person which includes the continental breakfast and lunch.

Flyer in pdf format please CLICK HERE.

Please contact Sister Georgia Karnezis for reservations by Saturday, October 22 at

We highly encourage all the AHEPA Hoosier Chapter officers to attend. The AHEPA District 12 lodge will be in attendance and the Governor will outline the agenda for the 2016-2017 year. Hope to see you there.

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.

2016 AHEPA National Invitational Golf Tournament

AHEPA Athletics, always striving to provide the best in quality events, is proud to announce that we will be hosting our 2016 National AHEPA Invitational at the fabulous Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, South Carolina. Wild Dunes features two courses with stunning Oceanside views that were both designed by none other than Tom Fazio himself.

We hope to see all of our brothers and sisters at this amazing event in beautiful Charleston the week of November 7 -12, 2016. All the details are listed below, including a schedule of events, which is subject to change. As always, thanks for your continued support!

  • 6 nights/5 rounds (Sunday, Nov 7 to Saturday, Nov 12): $849.76 (SINGLE: $1332.01)
  • 5 nights/5 rounds (Monday, Nov 8 to Saturday, Nov 12): $811.74 (SINGLE: $1255.98)
  • 4 nights/3 rounds (Tuesday, Nov 9 to Saturday, Nov 12): $637.24 (SINGLE: $1043.28)
  • 3 nights/3 rounds (Wednesday, Nov 10 to Saturday, Nov 12): $554.75 (SINGLE: $878.50)


For more information and scheduled events, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

For registration and sponsorship form, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

You will need to call the hotel to make a $200 security deposit prior to September 25th. Please call 843-886-2153 to book with your credit card. You will have until October 7 to cancel for a complete refund. Balance of the payment is due when you check into the Hotel.
You will also need to make a payment of $150 for Wednesday night dinner, Friday Grand Banquet, Gifts and prizes. Please call AHEPA HQ to make that payment with a credit card. Cal 202-232-6300 and ask for Rory.
We are also offering the ability to sponsor a hole. $250 will get you a sign that will be put out every day at all 5 golf rounds. Our goal is to increase the payouts and prize money to the winners to make winning more meaningful. All women, men, seniors, super seniors and guests will be divided everyone into groups based on handicaps. You will compete with everyone in your group for prizes and prize money. We hope that you and or your business will consider a tee sponsorship.
Please fill out the registration and sponsor form and email it to Chris Atsaves at or to Sandy Papadopoulos at


Hammond Chapter #123 donates to Saint Nicholas

On Saturday September 17th, AHEPA District 12 Governor George Loxas presented a check on behalf of Hammond Chapter #123 in the amount of $1,000 dollars to AHEPA Supreme President Andrew Zachariades for the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine located in NYC at Ground Zero. Governor George Loxas is also a member of Hammond Chapter #123.

The money was raised by AHEPA Hammond Chapter #123 hosting a pancake breakfast on a Sunday after church. The breakfast supplies were donated by the chapter and members of the chapter donated their cooking talent and time.

Thank you Hammond Chapter #123.

October National Days

Did you know there are many days of the year where something is celebrated. 

For example, August 26th is National Dog Day, December 1st is National Pie Day, May 4th is National Star Wars Day, June 8th is National Best Friends Day, February 9th is National Pizza Day, and October 8th is National Chocolate Day. 

AHEPA District 12 will help you not miss any one of these celebrated days by providing the complete list for the next month in each newsletter. Have fun with it...that's the point!

In October, there are many days designated for something fun.

For example:

  • October 3rd - National Techies Day

  • October 7th - National Frappe Day

  • October 12th - National Farmer's Day

  • October 27th - National Navy Day

  • October 29th - National Cat Day

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

October is also National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Church Library Month, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Global Diversity Awareness Month, National Cookie Month, National Book Month, and more!

Notable dates in October History

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

October 1, 1908 - Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825).

October 2, 1492 - King Henry VII of England invades France.

October 3, 1920 - NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games.

October 4, 1957 - "Leave It to Beaver," debuts on CBS.

October 5, 869 - 4th Council of Constantinople (8th ecumenical council) opens.

October 6, 1973 - Yom Kippur War begins as Syria & Egypt attack Israel.

October 7, 1828 - The Greek city of Patras is liberated by the French expeditionary force in Peloponnese under General Maison.

October 8, 1769 - Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay).

October 9, 768 - Charlemagne and his brother Carloman I are crowned Kings of The Franks.

October 10, 1973 - US Vice President Spiro T Agnew pleads no contest to tax evasion & resigns.

October 11, 1871 - Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after 3 days, 300 killed.

October 12, 1892 - US Pledge of Allegiance first recited in public schools during Columbus Day.

October 13, 1990 - First Russian Orthodox service in over 70 years held in St Basil's Cathedral, in Red Square, Moscow.

October 14, 1322 - Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence.

October 15, 1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile.

October 16, 1962 - Cuban missile crisis begins as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba.

October 17, 1912 - Bulgaria, Greece & Serbia declares war on Turkey.

October 18, 1867 - US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million).

October 19, 2005 - Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity..

October 20, 1097 - 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch (First Crusade).

October 21, 1945 - Women in France allowed to vote for 1st time.

October 22, 1978 - Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope.

October 23, 1989 - Hungary proclaims itself a republic & declares communist rule ended.

October 24, 1945 - Charter of United Nations comes into effect.

October 25, 1780 - John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.

October 26, 1776 - Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.

October 27, 312 - Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross.

October 28, 1636 - Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) founded.

October 29, 1864 - Greek parliament accept new Constitution.

October 30, 1868 - John Menard of Louisiana is 1st African American elected to US Congress.

October 31, 1541 - Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican.


Did you know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, Jr. was an AHEPAN?

Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, Jr., was an American naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. Byrd claimed that his expeditions had been the first to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole by air.

The 1926 Fokker F.VIIa/3M flown over the North Pole by Richard E. Byrd can be seen at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

AHEPA South Side Bingo

Mark your Calendars.....

Join us for AHEPA BINGO on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st!  Sponsor is Chapter #323 (Oak Lawn / Englewood).

FREE PIZZA at 7:00pm and BINGO at 8:00.


We always encourage District 12 members to support our brothers and sisters in the AHEPA Family no matter where they are located in the United States, Canada, and the world.

Greek Emigration during Economic Crisis

More than 332,572 Greeks have emigrated abroad since 2010, at the onset of the economic crisis, says a General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad report.

The data is compiled from figures coming from the migration authorities of the countries where Greeks have emigrated.

The report notes that there is no obligatory registration process of Greeks living abroad to local Greek ambassadorial and consular authorities, while it underlines that these figures are close to the real number, but not precise, and illustrate the reality of Greeks who were forced to emigrate.

A previous study conducted by the Bank of Greece estimated the number of Greek emigrants during recession to about 420,000.

The vast majority of Greeks seeking employment went to Germany (157,055). Next is the United Kingdom, a choice of 51,859 Greeks with Australia coming third, accommodating 45,000 migrants from Greece.

Cyprus comes next as the choice of 31,474 Greeks. Norway is next with 9,901 Greek emigrants, 8,000 chose the Netherlands, 6,340 went to the U.SA., 6,165 in Austria, 5,000 in Switzerland, 5,000 in Belgium.

The United Arab Emirates hosted 1,852 Greeks, Canada 1,616, Denmark 1,419, Qatar 650, Kuwait 500, Luxembourg 464, Portugal 248 and Cuba 29.

It should be noted that there are no data for other European states including France, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania and other countries.

Information above from the Greek Reporter.

Indiana new license plates

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced the new Indiana license plate design (see above).

The BMV Commissioner Kent Abernathy announced Thursday Indiana residents chose a Covered Bridge design to replace the Bicentennial license plate.

“The first day of fall is a great time to announce the covered bridge license plate is our winner,” said Commissioner Abernathy. “Not only is this colorful design with a red bridge spanning a creek the top vote getter, it won big,” he added.

Indiana residents had to choose between three plate designs, but the Covered Bridge choice earned 54 percent of the vote.

The Hoosier State Silhouette plate was second with 39 percent.

The Crossroads of America placed third with seven percent.

331,298 votes were cast through and at the BMV’s State Fair Booth and BMV Self-Service Terminals.

The Covered Bridge Plate will appear on vehicle in January 2017.

Older plates will be replaced at the end of the normal seven-year life cycle. It will join “In God We Trust” as one of two standard plates.

The new design plate can also be purchased before the end of the license plate life cycle for $10.25.

Miss America visits Governors Conference

Thank you to the Daughters of Penelope for hosting Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, who provided words of inspiration to our AHEPA Family members and performed during this weekend's Governors' Conference in Washington, DC. We are proud of Miss Cantrell's accomplishments, and we wish her all the best!

AHEPA meets new Ambassador

AHEPA met new U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt. Chairman of the Board Nicholas Karacostas and Executive Director Basil Mossaidis accompanied Supreme President Andrew Zachariades to the introductory meeting where U.S.-Greece relations and initiatives to promote and advance collaboration were discussed. AHEPA looks forward to working with Ambassador Pyatt and wishes him the best in his new post in Athens!

VP Biden meets with PM Tsipras


Office of the Vice President


September 20, 2016

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece

The Vice President met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Ts‎ipras on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Vice President welcomed the Prime Minister’s participation in President Obama’s Refugee Summit and reiterated his appreciation for the critically-important efforts of the Greek government to address the needs of migrants and refugees. The Vice President expressed support for Greece’s continuing implementation of its economic program in cooperation with its international partners, welcoming the difficult steps taken to date and encouraging sustained progress on Greece’s economic reforms. The Vice President again underscored the importance of Europe following through on its commitment to put Greece’s debt on a sustainable path through meaningful debt relief. The leaders also welcomed the progress made in the Cyprus negotiations and the Cypriot leaders’ commitment, as expressed in their September 14 joint press statement, to continuing and intensifying their efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement agreement in 2016.

AHEPA Welcomes new USA Ambassador to Greece

AHEPA District 12 welcomes the new U.S. Ambassador to Greece; Geoff Pyatt.

We wish Ambassador Pyatt well and continued good relationships between Greece and the United States.

You may view the new Ambassador video message HERE.

Athens Line 4 Metro to begin construction

The long-awaited tender for the construction of Line 4 of the Athens Metro is set to take place in early 2017, authorities said Monday. The extension will link the densely populated suburbs of Galatsi, Kypseli, Kaisariani and Zografou to the other three lines of the metro network.

ATTIKO METRO S.A. proceeded with the design and organization of the interconnection of extensions and their development as a new autonomous U-shaped Line 4, which shall include the two radial branches (Panepistimio - Galatsi and Katehaki - Maroussi) and a central section connecting these radial branches through the areas of Pangrati/Kaissariani, Ano Ilissia, Zografou and Goudi.

Line 4 shall ensure transfer to the existing Line 1 (at MAROUSSI, PERISSOS Stations), Line 2 (at PANEPISTIMIO Station) and Line 3 (at EVANGELISMOS & KATEHAKI Stations). Evangelismos - Pangrati - Vyronas - Ymittos – Ano Ilioupoli branch (which actually constitutes part of the new Line 5), as well as Maroussi - Lycovryssi and Alsos Veikou - Perissos extensions were added to this Line.

Line 4, this new 32 km long Metro Line, has 30 new modern state-of-the-art stations with automatic driveless trains, with platform screen doors, CTBC wireless signaling system, energy-saving advanced technology systems, etc.

The Ministry of Infrastructures, Transport and Networks, in cooperation with ATTIKO METRO S.A., have prepared all necessary designs for the new Athens Metro Line 4 (30 stations – 32km), where provision is made for the partial tendering of the Project in five (5) phases (A – E).

More specifically, the first section of Line 4 (section “A”) shall be 11.7 km long, including 14 stations (Alsos Veikou – Galatsi – Kypseli – Dikastiria – L. Alexandras – Exarchia – Akadimia – Kolonaki – Evangelismos – Kaisariani – Near East – Ilissia – Zografou – Goudi).

The construction of the new Metro Line 4 presents significant advantages, such as:

To provide transportation service to many new densely populated areas of the city (Galatsi, Kypseli, Pangrati, Kaissariani, Ilissia, Zografou, Goudi, Vyronas). It is estimated that the new Line will serve more than 530,000 passengers on a daily basis.

To provide transportation services to many important facilities, such as Hospitals (Hospital for Children, “Laiko” Hospital, 401 Military Hospital, 251 Air Force General Hospital, Ygeia Hospital, Mitera Hospital, Iatriko Kentro Hospital), University Foundations (National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in the city centre, University of Athens in the city centre, Law School, Technical University Campus, University Campus, School of Dentristry), the Courts area, regions with increased professional and commercial activities (city centre, Kifissias Avenue), and the Olympic Stadium facilities etc.

Pictured above is a zoomed in map of Line 4 and metro station stops.


The Athens to Sparta race starts today (September 30th). The race is called the Spartathlon. If you think a Marathon is tough, the 246 km (152 mile) Spartathlon will only be completed by the best of the best long distance runners.

Some history of this very important historical distance run....

The battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. , one of the most famous battles in world history, constituted a landmark and a starting point in the history of civilization. The triumph of the genius of Miltiades and the self-denial of his soldiers made the hordes of Persians flee and rescued Athens and Hellenism from the utmost danger of subjugation to the barbarian invaders. The effects of the victory at Marathon continue to influence the present. It was the first victory against the planned domination of "Asianization" over Europe and an event with momentous significance. Because of this victory, Athens was able to achieve a great deal and bequeath the benefits of its knowledge, arts and virtue to mankind. Two and a half thousand years after that historical battle, a sports event, inseparably related to it, was born in Greece.

It all started from Herodotus' account of the Battle of Marathon. The great historian of antiquity described the details of the battle many years later and mentioned the deeds of Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger, sent by his generals to Sparta in order to secure help for the reinforcement of the scanty Athenian forces against the forthcoming Asiatic incursion. According to Herodotus, Pheidippides arrived in Sparta on the next day of his departure" from Athens.

Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night. This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan. In 2,500 years man has had no impact at all. There is still no pathway over the mountain that is swept by strong winds with temperatures as low as 4°C.

At most, only about a third of the runners who leave Athens end the course in Sparta. The goal of all participants is to cover the course within the 36-hour time limit.

About 380 runners, men and women, from around the world will attempt to run at once the distance equal to some six Marathon races, organizers announced at a press conference in Athens last week.

AHEPA District 12 Facebook page

The AHEPA District 12 Facebook page currently has 547 likes. We encourage all our members and friends to invite people to like our page. We are very close to the 600 like mark and we would love to surpass that by the end of the year. The more people that like our page, the more successful we are in informing people what good work AHEPA is doing at all levels of the order.

Our facebook page is

SAVE the Date! Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation - GALA

AHEPA Districts 12 and 13 invite all members and friends to attend the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation Gala on Saturday November 5th.

Nearly half of all men and one-third of women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetime.

The mission of the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation is to discover, develop and implement effective new treatments for patients with cancer by advancing groundbreaking research. Our goal – to eliminate cancer and save lives – is ambitious but achievable.

The Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation will provide the philanthropic support to fund interdisciplinary research teams at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, empowering their world-class investigators to join forces and address the most urgent questions in the fields of cancer biology and oncology in daring and innovative ways. By investing in research, with an emphasis on translational cancer research, the HCRF will accelerate and heighten the impact of scientific discoveries.

Our dear friend and Chicago Philanthropist Eleni Bousis is the chair of the Founding Board
Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation.

Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD is the 
Director of the Scientific Advisory Board
Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation
Director, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

Prior to joining the Lurie Cancer Center, Dr. Platanias was Professor and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his medical degree from the University of Patras Medical School in Greece before moving to Bethesda, MD in 1984 as a Fogarty Fellow at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

In addition to providing leadership as Director of the Lurie Cancer Center, Dr. Platanias's molecular biology and biochemistry research, spanning more than 20 years and published in more than 250 scientific papers, focuses on signaling pathways in cancer cells and developing novel therapies that target those pathways to treat malignancies.

You can read and learn more about this new and exciting Cancer Research Foundation by visiting their website:

The inaugural "Kick-Off" Gala will be on Saturday November 5th at the Hilton Chicago. We will share more information in next month newsletter and we would love to see as many people as possible to attend this event and support a cure for cancer. 

District 12 AHEPANs attend PSP John Galanis Testimonial

On Saturday September 24th, AHEPA members from District 12 and all across the country came together to Honor AHEPA Past Supreme President John Galanis.

Pictured below is a few of the AHEPA Past Supreme Presidents. From left to right:

  • PSP Anthony Kouzounis (2013-2014; from Texas)
  • PSP A. Steve Betzelos (1988-1989; from Illinois)
  • Current Supreme President Andrew Zachariades (from New Jersey)
  • PSP John Galanis (2015-2016; from Wisconsin)
  • PSP Phillip Frangos (2014-2015; from Michigan)
  • PSP Franklin Manios (2004-2005; from Ohio)

The testimonial dinner was held at the beautiful Wisconsin Club Country Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Speakers included Milwaukee Chapter 43 President Tim Stasinoulias, George Korkos, DOP Past Grand President Connie Pilallis, PSP Anthony Kouzounis, PSP Phillip Frangos, Patricia Galanis, and current AHEPA Supreme President Andrew Zachariades. Master of Ceremonies was the executive director of the Order of AHEPA Basil Mossaidis.

Attending from AHEPA District 12: Past Supreme Governors Tom Gober and Nick Kavadas, Past District 12 Governor Sam Benjamin, and Merrillville Chapter 78 President Pete Kavadas.

Brothers from all across the country attended including members in Region VI from Districts 13 and 14. Newly elected Supreme Governor Don Vanover from Minnesota attended along with other Supreme lodge officers which included Supreme VP George Loucas, Supreme Treasurer Jimmy Kokotas, Supreme Counselor George Horiates, and Supreme Athletic Director Louis Atsaves. 

Everyone had a great time and we wish John continued success in his service to the Greek-American community and the Milwaukee community in general. AXIOS.

Support needed from Indiana AHEPA Family to pass Religious Freedom Resolution

Brothers, members of the Indiana AHEPA Family, and Indiana friends,

AHEPA District 12 Governor George Loxas and the District 12 lodge are in full support of both the Chicago and Detroit Metropolises effort to have the Indiana General Assembly pass a Religious Freedom Resolution for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

44 of 50 states in the Union have passed such a resolution and we need to work with our elected State Senators and Representatives to make it happen. The district officers will be working with chapter officers and members to reach out to our legislators.

The five key issues the Resolution calls attention to are:

1) Government Interference in Election of Ecumenical Patriarchate - The Turkish government insists on approving the selection of the Ecumenical Patriach and insists that the Patriarch must be a Turkish citizen.

2) Non-recognition of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as the worldwide spiritual leader of the Orthodox and treating him as simply a local priest.

3) Re-opening of the Theological School of Halki, closed by the Turkish government since 1971 and where many past Patriarchs have been trained.

4) No Legal Identity for Ecumenical Patriarchate - inhibiting the Patriarchate from taking any formal actions in Turkey in its own name and forcing the Patriarchate to use surrogates for owning property and other administrative affairs , and

5) Confiscation of Property - without a legal identity, the Turkish government claims property owned by the Patriarchate for centuries has been abandoned, and then confiscates the property.

More information will be forthcoming in the next few months. Stay tuned and THANK YOU for your support in advance.

READ MORE from the Orthodox Christian Network by CLICKING HERE.


District 12 members who celebrate birthdays in October

Chapter 78 - Merrillville

10/30 - Sam Benjamin
10/29 - James Coros
10/29 - Mark Dranger
10/10 - Dr. Stavros Fountoulakis
10/09 - Adam Gianopolus
10/26 - Matthew Kochevar
10/06 - Nicholas Pangere
10/01 - Ross Pangere
10/01 - Steve Pangere
10/01- Andrew Paramantgis
10/02 - Chris Zeheralis

Chapter 81 - Ft. Wayne

10/21 - Jimmie Furos

Chapter 100 - South Bend

10/02 - George Mighion
10/24 - Paul Saros
10/26 - Dimitrios Vasiliades

Chapter 123  - Hammond

10/04 - Chris Davlantes
10/26 - John Douglas
10/20 - George Kioussis
10/01 - George Poulos

Chapter 157 - Calumet

10/03 - Alex Adamopoulos
10/30 - Gus Anton
10/20 - Alexis Clavijo
10/11 - Michael Estes
10/02 - Gust Manous
10/04 - Stanley Wolucka

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

10/26 - Ernie Barbour-Mudis
10/06 - Panos Niarchos

District 12 members attend Governors Conference in DC

The new Greece Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Haris Lalacos, hosted the AHEPA Family leadership at the Greece Embassy on Saturday night (9/17).

In addition, a presentation on "The Greeks" was provided by Dr. Diane Harris Cline of George Washington University. Dr. Cline is the author of "National Geographic The Greeks: An Illustrated History".

AHEPA District 12 Governor George Loxas represented Indiana at the Governors conference. Also in attendance from Indiana was DOP Maids Grand Advisor Kathy Zotos and Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas.

The Governors conference was a great success with over 160 leaders of AHEPA, DOP, SOP, and MOA in attendance.

Indiana Governor Pence visits with Archbishop Demetrios

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America received today in his office at the Headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the Vice-Presidential nominee of the Republican Party.

The two leaders had a very informative discussion. The rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center, which is now in progress, was part of the discussion. Saint Nicholas was the only house of worship destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Also discussed was the importance of the institution of family.

Governor Pence was accompanied by his wife Karen and his daughter Charlotte. Archbishop Demetrios presented the Governor with two books, the first, In the World, Yet Not of the World: Social and Global Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and the second, Call to Faith, authored by His Eminence, in which the Archbishop, on the request of Governor Pence, inscribed a dedication.

Above report from Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

October Name Days

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

There are 84 names that celebrate in October. Some of those names are Thomas, Luke, Socrates, Jacob, Dimitrios and many many more

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

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay began on Friday September 9th.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration. Hoosiers will also symbolically “pass the torch” connecting generations to IGNITE our future.

Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana’s version will pass through all 92 of the state’s counties, cover 3200 miles over a five week period, averaging 97 miles per day.

Some Torch Relay facts:

  • 3,200 mile journey across the state traveling through 92 counties
  • The Torch Relay will begin in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse Grounds
  • The relay was designed to inspire Hoosiers and promote unity across the state by connecting people, communities, and regions
  • Starts on September 9, 2016 and ends October 15, 2016
  • The torch will travel 6 days per week (Mondays rest day) for 5 weeks/32 days
  • Walkers, runners and torch bearers employing modes of transportation that are representative of Indiana culture and heritage will move the torch along its route
  • Torch Bearers will be chosen from nominations by each county in the state
  • The torch will be accompanied by a caravan that includes the Indiana Bicentennial Experience
  • The Torch Relay will conclude on the Statehouse Grounds with a grand celebration for all Hoosiers
  • The Indiana Bicentennial Experience is a museum on wheels that celebrates the history and culture of the Hoosier State.

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Saint Nicholas Shrine Update

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

Total Pledged to date: $39,783,357.00

Total Collected to date: $22,713,891.00
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 Past District 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 September 27th when Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas was in NYC.

Construction begins on Chicago's 3rd tallest building

Groundbreaking and construction for Chicago’s 3rd tallest building starts today. The building will be 95 stories tall.

The architect is Chicago's own Jeanne Gang. The new building will be tallest in the world designed by a woman architect.

The new building will have a 5 star hotel and condos starting at 1 million dollars. The design of building inspiration came from "Frustum" which a geometry term defined as the portion of a cone or pyramid that remains after its upper part has been cut off by a plane parallel to its base, or that is intercepted between two such planes.

"With Vista, we stumbled upon this naturally forming geometry in nature. It's called a 'frustum.' It's found in crystal formations – fluorite and sapphire, actually," said Gang. " By stacking those and turning them over, we get this undulation in and out, which creates really interesting views either toward the city or skyward."

The towers are sheathed in varying colours of glass that take their cue from the water. "We're using a variety of lake blue colours, from the deeper to the lighter, to create a wave gradient across the overall height of the building," said Gang.

It appears another gem will be added to the Chicago skyline.

Latest Greek Unemployment Numbers

The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) announces the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2016.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June 2016 was 23.4% compared to 24.9% in June 2015 and the upward revised 23.6% in May 2016. The number of employed amounted to 3,674,957 persons.

The number of unemployed amounted to 1,124,541 while the number of inactive to 3,249,057.

The number of employed increased by 61,612 persons compared with June 2015 (a 1.7% rate of increase) and by 14,961 persons compared with May 2016 (a 0.4% rate of increase).

Unemployed decreased by 73,477 persons (a 6.1% rate of decrease) compared with June 2015 and by 6,722 persons compared with May 2016 (a 0.6% rate of decrease).

Inactive persons –that is, persons that neither worked neither looked for a job – decreased by 27,342 persons (a 0.8% rate of decrease) compared with June 2015, and by 11,361 persons compared with May 2016 (a 0.3% rate of decrease).

Full report issued on 9/8/16 can be found by clicking here.

AHEPA Remembers 9/11

WASHINGTON, DC - Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades, a September 11 survivor, issued the following statement on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks:
"Today, on the fifteenth anniversary of September 11th, we remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks against the United States. We can never forget their sacrifice and our thoughts and prayers will always be with them and their families. Their memories will be eternal.

"In times of tragedy, there are always individuals, whether they are emergency first responders or ordinary civilians, who are the first to respond, and we salute and thank them for their brave acts of heroism on that fateful day in American history.

"Today is also a national day of service. AHEPA encourages the community to not only remember the victims of September 11, but to also honor their memories by participating in acts of service that help to strengthen our communities, neighborhoods, towns and cities. 

"The AHEPA family also aims to build upon its campaign to contribute to the building of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at World Trade Center.  I strongly encourage the American Hellenic community to pool its resources together and rebuild the only House of Worship destroyed on September 11."

In the spirit of the community's effort to rebuild Saint Nicholas, AHEPA shares a New York Times article that appeared September 9, 2015, that reports on the rebuilding process titled, "
Church, Rising at Trade Center Site, Will Glow Where Darkness Fell." Please share and distribute the article widely with family, friends, and colleagues.

Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes highest Greek paid Athlete

The Milwaukee Bucks and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract extension Monday September 26th, solidifying the former project pick as a face of the franchise.

The deal is for less than Antetokounmpo's maximum and allows the Bucks to retain their designated-player distinction.'s Brian Windhorst noted that Antetokounmpo was willing to take less than the max to ensure the Bucks retain their young core.

Antetokounmpo, 21, appeared in 80 games (79 starts) last season and averaged career highs in points (16.9), rebounds (7.7), assists (4.3), blocks (1.4) and minutes (35.3). He became the first player in franchise history to record five triple-doubles in a season, and now ranks third on the Bucks’ all-time list for career triple-doubles.

Selected by the Bucks with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Antetokounmpo has career averages of 12.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 238 games (173 starts). He has improved his averages in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, field goal percentage and minutes over each season he has played in the NBA.

AHEPA District 12 wishes Giannis the best of luck and congratulations on his new contract.


2016 Concordia Summit 

Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that enables effective public-private partnerships to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. We aim to identify new avenues of collaboration for governments, businesses, and nonprofits through campaigns, programming, and research.

The Concordia Summit convened the world’s most prominent business, government, and nonprofit leaders to enable effective partnerships for impact. Thought leaders and innovators gathered at this global affairs forum to examine the world’s most pressing challenges and identify avenues for collaboration. 

Speaking at the Summit was the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Alexis Tsipras and the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades.

You may listen to the speech of Alexis Tsipras by clicking here.

You may listen to the speech of Nicos Anastasiades by clicking here.

Greeks and Tuesday the 13th do not get along

If it's Tuesday the 13th. Be careful.

Like the Anglo-Saxons consider Friday the 13th a bad luck day, Greeks have branded Tuesday the 13th as a day you’d rather stay home and avoid everything that might cause an accident.
The main reason Tuesday the 13th is not a very popular day has to do with Christian Orthodoxy and is linked to the fall of Constantinople on that fateful date.

The fall of the capital of the Byzantine Empire on Tuesday, April 13, 1204 to the Fourth Crusade was a bleak day for Hellenism. However, Tuesday May 29, 1453, was even worse, as Constantinople fell again, this time to the Ottoman Empire, followed by almost 400 years of Ottoman rule across Greece and the subsequent loss of all Greek territories in Asia Minor.


AHEPA District 12 mourns passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres     1923-2016           

Shimon Peres, one of the last surviving pillars of Israel’s founding generation, who did more than anyone to build up his country’s formidable military might, then worked as hard to establish a lasting peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors, died on Wednesday in a Tel Aviv area hospital. He was 93.

Mr. Peres died just over two weeks after suffering a stroke. Doctors kept him largely unconscious and on a breathing tube since then in the hope that it would give his brain a chance to heal. But he deteriorated as the nation he once led watched his last battle play out publicly and as leaders from around the world sent wishes for his recovery.

Shimon Peres has a special connection to Greece in which he elaborated in 2014 when he received the 2014 Metropolitan Chrysostomos Award from the Oxi Day Foundation. You may listen to this special connection by clicking HERE.

You can read his full obituary from the New York Times by clicking HERE.

Erdogan: "Gave away the Greek Islands"

AHEPA District 12 along with Greeks world wide were shocked by the comments made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan when he said the following: “In Lausanne, we gave away the islands that you could shout across to,” referring to Greek islands located in the Aegean Sea close to the Turkish coastline.

Learn more about the Treaty of Lausanne by clicking HERE.

Full story as reported by KAΘHMEPINH:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused displeasure in Athens on Thursday by indicating that Ankara “gave away” Aegean islands to Greece under the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, the pact that defined the borders of modern Turkey following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

In a speech to regional officials in Ankara, Erdogan appeared to express his regret for the border decisions imposed by the pact. “Some tried to deceive us by presenting Lausanne as victory,” he said.

“In Lausanne, we gave away the islands that you could shout across to,” he said, referring to Greek islands located in the Aegean Sea close to the Turkish coastline.

Reacting to Erdogan’s comments, a Greek Foreign Ministry source remarked that “everyone should respect the Treaty of Lausanne,” noting that it is “a reality in the civilized world which no one, including Ankara, can ignore.”

The same source indicated that the Turkish leader’s comments were likely geared for domestic consumption.

While making clear his displeasure with the Treaty of Lausanne, Erdogan indicated during his speech that those who attempted a coup against Turkey in July would have imposed a far worse state of affairs.

“If this coup had succeeded, they would have given us a treaty that would have made us long for Sevres,” he said, referring to the pact that preceded the Treaty of Lausanne in 1920, abolishing the Ottoman Empire.

“We are still struggling about what the continental shelf will be, and what will be in the air and the land. The reason for this is those who sat at the table for that treaty. Those who sat there did not do [us] justice, and we are reaping those troubles right now,” he said.

Erdogan’s comments come amid reports that Ankara is pushing for the abolition of NATO patrols in the Aegean that have been contributing to curbing illegal migration.

According to sources, Ankara made an official request for the termination of the patrols earlier this month at a session of the North Atlantic Council, noting that the migrant influx has slowed considerably in recent months.

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October 29, 2016
DOP/AHEPA Fall Worskshop
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Hammond, IN

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

November 5, 2016
Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation Gala
Hilton Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

November 7-12, 2016
2016 National AHEPA Invitational
Wild Dunes Resort
Charleston, South Carolina

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