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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

AHEPA Joint District 12/13 Convention a Success!!

The AHEPA/DOP Joint District 12/13 convention was held on Friday May 15th and Saturday May 16th in Skokie, Illinois at the Holiday INN.

It was a successful convention where delegates enjoyed fellowship, a few laughs, and got important business completed.

On Friday night, there was a welcome reception followed by a SOP/MOA Greek night. Saturday was an action packed day with business meetings in the morning, a scholarship luncheon during lunch time, and business sessions in the afternoon.

The convention concluded in the evening with a banquet to honor the outgoing and incoming district lodges for both the Order of AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope.

Speaking at the banquet were MOA Grand President Deana Socaris, DOP D12 PDG Kathy Zotos, DOP D13 PDG Angela Phillips, AHEPA D12 Governor Sam Benjamin, AHEPA D13 PDG George Miller, DOP Grand Governor for District 12 Diane Petersen, and DOP Grand Governor for District 13 Aspa Kostopoulos. Also in attendance was DOP Maids of Athena advisor Cookie Patelos and AHEPA Supreme Athletic Director Louis Atsaves.

The guest speaker was Dr. John Venetos who spoke about the AHEPA Bone Marrow program. And the evening keynote and last speaker of the evening was AHEPA Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas who urged the AHEPA family to continue to be brilliant and inspire.

On behalf of District 12, District Governor Sam Benjamin presented Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas with a check for $1,500 dollars for the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in NYC at Ground Zero.

In addition, Governor Sam Benjamin presented a check for $1,000 dollars to the AHEPA-DOP District 12 foundation to help with 2016 scholarships on behalf of the District 12 lodge.

The only major decision that was made that will affect future conventions is it was decided there will not be a joint convention next year. District 12 and 13 will have separate conventions for the year 2016.

The election results for the various AHEPA and DOP lodges are shown lower in the newsletter.

The site for the next District 12 convention is tentatively Indianapolis but will be confirmed in the next few months.

Pictured is the elected AHEPA District 12 lodge for 2015-2016.

AHEPA Sunday was on May 17th where we reflect on our departed brothers and celebrate the mission of the AHEPA.

We appreciate the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for honoring the AHEPA every year on the 3rd Sunday of May and for his His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios for issuing the encyclical for AHEPA Sunday.

Our members will be first to tell you that we are humbled and honored to give back to the community and to call ourselves AHEPANS. Pictured below are members of AHEPA Hammond chapter 123 cooking a pancake breakfast (pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee/juices) at Saint Demetrios in Hammond, Indiana.

All the food and supplies were donated by Hammond AHEPA Chapter 123. All free-will donations and proceeds will be donated to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in NYC at Ground Zero. Over $1,000 dollars was collected!

We are also very thankful and appreciative of Hammond Daughters of Penelope Chapter #50 for helping and serving the food today.

In addition, we welcome a very special guest, Deanna Socaris, who is the Grand President of the Maids of Athena and thank her for her help in serving today's breakfast. We wish her the best and safe travels back home.


Merrillville AHEPA Chapter 78 also sponsored the coffee hour at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville, Indiana. The first three rows of pews were reserved for AHEPA members.


District 12 Lodge elected officials

AHEPA District 12 lodge officers for 2015-2016:

Sam Benjamin – Governor (Chapter #78)

George Loxas – Lt. Governor (Chapter #123)

Panos Niarchos – Secretary (Chapter #232)

Dan Skotadis – Treasurer (Chapter #123)

Pete Kavadas – Marshall (Chapter #78)

George Pappas – Warden (Chapter #232)

Nick Loxas – Athletic Director  (Chapter #123)

Matt Kochevar – Advisor and PDG (Chapter #78)

Tom Gober and Carey Mouratides – SOP advisors (Chapter #157 for both)
District 12 members who celebrate birthdays in June
Chapter 78 - Merrillville

6/01 - Andreas Andreou
6/21 - Thomas Coil Jr.
6/27 - Fotios Collaros
6/13 - Tom Galouzis
6/06 - George Karatjas
6/25 - Andrew Kyres
6/05 - Tony Lalios
6/11 - Peter Mavrelis
6/07 - Dominic Perez
6/25 - Thomas Pruzin
6/03 - Leon Stath

Chapter 81 - Fort Wayne


Chapter 100 - South Bend

6/11 - Nikolaos Giannakakis

Chapter 123 - Hammond

6/17 - Tom Chioros
6/10 - Tommy Holmes Jr.
6/08 - George Korellis
6/02 - Dan Sirounis
6/22 - Nick Stamiris
6/06 - George Yannakopoulos

Chapter 157 - East Chicago/Schererville

6/02 - George Kanavos
6/03 - George Olson
6/05 - Milos Rajcevic
6/12 - John Roumpakis
6/01 - Nicholas Roumpakis
6/02 - Trent Tornincasa

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

6/10 - Thomas Doney Jr.
6/30 - Efthimios Sotos

Elected DOP District 12 lodge

The Daughters of Penelope of District 12 elected the following ladies to leadership positions at the Joint District Convention on May 16th.
  • Governor - Patricia Makarounas (Chapter #50)
  • Lt. Governor - Cleo Bizoukas (Chapter #50)
  • Secretary - Irene Kolozinski (Chapter #81)
  • Treasurer – Dina Tsakopoulos (Chapter #50)
  • Marshall – Irene Sarris (Chapter #212)
  • Warden – VACANT
  • District and MOA Advisor – Kathy Zotos (Chapter #50)
Congratulations to all of them and we wish outgoing Governor Kathy Zotos the best and we thank her for her wonderful service as Governor the past two years. She did a terrific job!
AHEPANS Honored by Meals on Wheels

At the recent MEALS ON WHEELS Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, Merrillville AHEPA Chapter 78 and team volunteers were acknowledged for reaching the 5 year volunteer milestone.

Brother Nick Gianikos accepted a CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION on behalf of the chapter and each of the members who achieved the 5 year goal was presented with a gift.

Also present but not pictured was Lynn Ann Coil and not able to attend but honored were Sam & Maria Benjamin and Nick & Dianne Tournis. Congratulations and THANK YOU to our newest volunteer Brother Jeff Farver who has joined the Meals Team
Donations coming in for Saint Nicholas
Donations are coming in fast and furious from the AHEPA chapters in District 12 and around the Midwest. This is a two year AHEPA National project.

It is very much appreciated!

In addition, the District 12 lodge is selling commemorative lapel pins for a great price of only $10 dollars and 100% of proceeds going to help rebuild Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City at Ground Zero.

Email us at if you would like to purchase a lapel pin.


AHEPA District #12
2015 AHEPAN of the YEAR

AHEPA District 12 Governor Sam Benjamin and the Hoosier District lodge/members would like to congratulate Robert Dine of Indianapolis Chapter #232 for being awarded the AHEPAN of the Year for AHEPA District #12.

The AHEPAN of the year award is given annually by the District in recognition for leadership and services towards the advancement of the programs and its progress to the Order of AHEPA. AHEPAN of the Year is awarded at the chapter, district, and national level.
District 13 awards $26,000 dollars in Scholarships

AHEPA District 13 hosted their 53rd Annual scholarship dinner on Tuesday May 5th at the Diplomat West banquet center in Elmhurst.

Twenty-two high school scholarships and six undergraduate scholarships totaling $26,000 dollars were awarded. All the students had impressive academic and extra-curricular activity achievements and make the entire Greek-American community proud. District 13 congratulates all the students and their parents for their remarkable achievements and wish them continued success on their continuing education.

Over the past 53 years, District 13 has awarded over $700,000 dollars in scholarships to over 1,200 high school, college, and seminary students. The ‘E’ in AHEPA stands for education and District 13, chapters, and members are committed to rewarding excellence in education.

The keynote speaker for the event last night was Professor Christos G. Takoudis. He is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In addition, AHEPA Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas gave brief remarks about AHEPA programs and the importance of giving back to the community. Many AHEPA Chapter presidents and AHEPA/DOP PDG’s were in attendance to support the students.

District 13 would also like to thank the President of the 13th District Scholarship Foundation George Stratton for doing a wonderful job in making the banquet a success and working throughout the year with the foundation board of directors to raise money working with the chapters and membership of AHEPA to recognize the best and brightest in the 13th District. In addition, we thank the independent evaluation committee for determining the winning recipients and to Caroline Panagopoulos who took pictures at the banquet to capture this memorable event

It is with heavy hearts that we have been informed and having to make an announcement that Past District Governor Peter Americanos of Indianapolis chapter #232 has passed away.

Peter is a Past District Governor of Hoosier District 12 and Past Chapter President of Indianapolis Chapter #232. Peter was a very active member of AHEPA and was critical to the success of AHEPA in the Indianapolis area.
May his memory be eternal

Peter C. Americanos

Peter departed peacefully on May 2, 2015. He was born on March 31, 1941, in Mytilene, Greece, and grew up in the village of Eresos. After serving in the Greek army and becoming a teacher, Peter immigrated to America in 1966, calling it "one of the best days of my life." With limited English, Peter persevered and graduated Butler University in 1969. He then earned his law degree from Indiana University in 1972. Peter served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana for over 20 years. He moved to Illinois in 1997 to work for the Veterans Administration. In 2001, Peter became an Administrative Law Judge and moved back to Indiana to work for the Social Security Administration until his retirement in 2010.

Peter served as a chanter, Greek School teacher, Greek Festival Chairman, and Parish Council President at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. He was also an AHEPA District Governor and Chapter President. He then helped establish Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church where he served as a chanter.

Peter's love of the church, nature and hunting, reading, travel, history, and philosophy persisted throughout his life. Peter was virtuous in all respects, a loyal friend, and steadfast in his love for his children, grandchildren, and family.

Peter is survived by his daughter Anna (Antoni) Kantzavelos, grandchildren Spiro, Pano, and Eleni, son Christopher (Amber) Americanos who are expecting a child, and Peter's siblings Vasili and Evridiki.
Calling will be Wednesday, May 6th from 9am to noon with funeral service to follow at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 4550 N. Central Avenue in Indianapolis (in the chapel at Northwood Christian Church).

Memorial Contributions may be sent to Friends of Brown County State Park, P.O. Box 1892, Nashville, IN 47448
John Magrames

AHEPA District 12 regrets to inform we have lost another member of our AHEPA family with the passing of PDG John Magrames. Brother Magrames was initiated into the Order of AHEPA in 1958 as a member of the South Bend chapter #100.

He served all chapter offices and was President of Chapter #100 from 1977-1979. Brother John is also a Past District Governor for AHEPA District 12 serving as Governor in 1975-1976. Brother John was instrumental in bringing AHEPA senior housing to the South Bend area and was the President of the AHEP Housing #100 and served on the board of Governors for AHEPA Housing #60.

John will be missed, may his memory be eternal.

John F. Magrames March 29, 1935 - May 24, 2015

MISHAWAKA - John F. Magrames, 80, of Mishawaka, IN, died peacefully at Hospice House, Elkhart, IN, after a courageous battle with cancer on May 24, 2015. John was born in Mishawaka, IN, to the late Helen F. (Tourlis) and Frank J. Magrames on March 29, 1935. He graduated from Mishawaka High School, class of 1953 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Notre Dame du Lac in 1957. John owned and operated Magrames Motor Sales for over 50 years in Mishawaka. On July 28, 1979, in London, Ontario, Canada, John was united in marriage with Angela Bacos, whom he met at an AHEPA Convention in Florida. John and Angela attended St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church where John was President of the Parish Council and was the friendly greeter at St. Andrew's Greek Festival. John was also very involved with AHEPA Chapter 100 and was President of AHEPA 100, Inc. Senior Housing Project in South Bend, IN. John was an avid Notre Dame fan. He was also a charter member of the Snite Museum of Art. John was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Helen Ma-grames; sisters, Mantea Morphis, Bertha Terry; and beloved son, Christopher James Magrames. Survivors left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 36 years, Angela; son, Chief Petty Officer Michael (Laura) Magrames & their two sons, John Harold and Alan; daughter, Kristina (Richard) Borkowski, and their daughter, Sophia; and many beloved nieces, nephews and their families. John is also survived by his faithful canine companions, Pepper and Sam. Viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Hahn Funeral Home, 505 West 8th St., Mishawaka, IN, 46544. Trisagion service will be conducted by Fr. George Kostantopoulos at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services for John will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in South Bend, IN. Fr. George Konstantopoulos will preside over the services. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka. Hahn Funeral Home in Mishawaka will be in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made in John's memory to St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church at 52455 N. Ironwood Road, South Bend, Indiana 46635.

Phyllis Atsaves

Phyllis J. Atsaves, nee Cappas. Beloved wife of the late George L. Atsaves. Loving mother of Louis (Joann), John (Dolores) and Chris (Tina) Atsaves. Proud grandmother of George, Arianna, Crystal, Paula, Ashley and Allison. Devoted daughter of the late John and Stella Cappas. Dear sister of Peter (Lydia), Louis (Bessie) Cappas, Nicki Malevitis and the late Joan Kalias. Sister-in-law of Stella (the late Dr. George) Housakos, Peter (Patricia), and the late Christ (the late Demetra) Atsaves. Fond aunt of many. Past President of St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos and AL ANON. Visitation Monday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home 6150 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago. Family and friends will meet Tuesday morning at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 2727 W. Winona St., Chicago, IL 60625 for funeral service at 10:00am. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial donations To St. Demetrios Church would be appreciated.

Phyllis is the mother of the current AHEPA Supreme Athletic Director Louis Atsaves and District 13 Athletic Director Chris Atsaves.
Stamatia Zembillas

STAMATIA ZEMBILLAS (NEE GEORGIADES) TARPON SPRINGS, FL Stamatia Zembillas, age 86, born and raised in her beloved Tarpon Springs, FL and most recently of Crown Point, IN, fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones. Stamatia was the beloved daughter of the late Savas and Kaliope Georgiades. She is survived by her six children: Charles Zembillas of Burbank, California, his Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, John (Dee Ann) Zembillas of Cedar Lake, Kally (Tom) Miller of Billings, Montana, Demetri/Jim (Joyce) Zembillas of Crown Point, Maria (Steve) Mallonee of St Louis, Missouri, sister Mary (Peter) Sargologos of Placentia, California, sister-in-law Maria (Platsis) Zembillas of Crown PoinT; and 12 grandchildren she adored: Andrew, Matthew, Aaron, Steven, Alex, Stamatia (Tia), Maria M., Anthony, Skevo, Maria Z., Timothy and Stamatia (Stammy). She also left behind many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a multitude of great friends both in Indiana and Tarpon Springs. Stamatia was preceded in death by her husband Skevo (Steve) Zembillas, her parents Savas and Kaliope Georgiades, her sister Olga Georgiades, brothers Charles and Christo Georgiades and brother in law Jimmie Zembillas. Stam (as she was affectionately known) devoted her life to her family and her church. She was a member of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville. She was a homemaker and worked with her husband, Steve, for many years at their grocery store Gold Coast Finer Foods in Gary. She was a member of St Helen's Philoptohos Society and the Kalymniettes (part of the Kalymnian Society). She was a 20 year volunteer at Methodist Hospitals, and also devoted many years volunteering at the Saints Constantine and Helen Food Pantry collecting and distributing food to the community's needy families. Stam also taught Sunday School for many years at Saints Constantine and Helen. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Saints Constantine and Helen Food Pantry. Stamatia was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all. She was a woman of great faith, strength, kindness, grace, compassion and dignity.
Angeline Bravos

ANGELINE "KIKI" BRAVOS (NEE POULOS) CROWN POINT, IN Angeline "Kiki" Bravos (nee Poulos), age 79, of Crown Point, IN, fell asleep into the Lord on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Florida. Angeline was married for 58 years to the love of her life, Louis who survives her. She is also survived by three children: Margaret (Matt) Hartmann, George Bravos and Nicholas (Jennifer) Bravos; two grandsons: Caden Bravos and Loden Bravos; beloved sister: Katherine Sotirakos; sister- in- law, Christine Prokos; dear cousin, Ann Kapotas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents: Nicholas and Irene Poulos; and brothers: William, Andrew and Gus Poulos. Angeline was a member of Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, St. Helen Women's Philoptochos Society, and past board member of Cancer Resource Centre at Munster Community Hospital. She retired in 1998 from Chicago Title Insurance Company and was a graduate with the Froebel High School graduating Class of 1954. Kiki was a loving wife, mother and wonderful Yia Yia, as well as a special aunt to many nieces and nephews. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Trisagion Prayer Service at 5:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 8000 Madison St., Merrillville, IN at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Ted Poteres and Rev. George Pappas officiating. Interment will take place at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Ss. Constantine and Helen Food Pantry or The Helping Hand Fund.
AHEPA meets with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras  and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades

Highlights from the Mission's visit to Greece, May 8 to 10 and May 13 to 16, included meetings with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Alternate Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura, a visit with officials at the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki, a meeting with AHEPA HJ-3 Chapter, Thessaloniki; and attendance at Hellas District 25 Convention, held in Komotini. At the convention, District 25 presented Supreme President Frangos with a donation to help ‪‎Rebuild St. Nicholas‬.

Highlights during the Mission's visit to Cyprus, May 11 and 12, included meetings with President Nicos Anastasiades and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and a visit to Apostolos Andreas to show support for efforts to repair and rehab the monastery.

The above the Truman statue located in Athens, Greece was donated by the Order of AHEPA in May 1963.


For more pictures on any of the stories shown in this eNewsletter, please click HERE which will take you to the Offiical AHEPA District No. 12 Facebook page.
AHEPA-DOP District 12 Scholarship Winners
We are excited to announce the winners for the AHEPA-DOP District 12 Foundation scholarship winners.

The two undergraduate scholarship winners are:
  • Kaitlyn Dervenis 
  • Jillian Saros
The three high school scholarship winners are:
  • Kelly A. Williams (National Award Winner)
  • Madison Thiros
  • Giana Damianos


The foundation along with all the AHEPANS and Daughters of District 12 congratulate the well deserved winners. The students were honored at the Joint District 12/13 convention in Skokie,Illinois on Saturday May 16th.

Each recipient will receive a $1,500 dollar scholarship.

AHEPA Midwest Regional Golf Tournament

The AHEPA Midwest Golf Tournament will take place on Monday June 15, 2014 This year the tournament will be held at Geneva National Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisc. Every player will be flighted by handicap. We will send the 2 tournament winners and help pay for 5 more flight winners to fly to Florida and play in the AHEPA National Golf Tournament in November. Please consider playing this year. It is always great fun.

Mon: June 15, 2015
Geneva National Resort
Lake Geneva, Wisc. 
Shotgun Start: 12:00 pm

Donation: $135 
• Lunch
• Golf
• Cart
• Dinner
• Prize & Gifts

For reservations and for information on becoming an AHEPA member, call:

Chris Atsaves
847-942-8389 Cell
312-525-4510 Work

June Name Days!

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

There are 71 names that celebrate in June. Some of those names are Marinos, Kalliopi, Bartholomew, Luke, Peter and many more.

For a full list of names and the dates they celebrate in May, you may
CLICK HERE to access the list.

2015 AHEPA District 12 Prometheus recipient

Congratulations to Deno Manolopoulos from Merrillville Chapter #78 for being awarded the AHEPA District #12 Prometheus award.

Deno has been a key member in bringing senior housing to Merrillville and is a long time housing board member. AHEPA Chapter #78 has one of the largest AHEPA senior housing programs in the country and Deno has had a very large role in making that happen.

The Prometheus award is unique to Hoosier District #12 and is awarded by the District in recognition for ten (10) or more years for outstanding and dedicated service to the advancement of the Order of AHEPA.
AHEPA Sunday - May 17th, 2015

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for AHEPA Sunday - May 17, 2015

Protocol 73/15

May 17, 2015 - AHEPA Sunday
To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ἀνέστη!

In the light and joy of this blessed season of the Resurrection of our Lord, we give praise and thanks to God who meets all of our needs according to the abundance of His glory. Through Christ we have received life, and through His grace and our faith we will have life eternal in His glorious presence.

Today we celebrate a wonderful miracle, the healing by Christ of a man who had been blind since birth. (John 9:1-38) This is a strong declaration of the great healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Gospel.

This day is also our annual commemoration of AHEPA Sunday in recognition of the members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and their vital work around the world. Through housing for senior adults, scholarships for youth, and many charitable and educational programs, the AHEPA family has been generously and compassionately meeting needs. In the spirit of Christ Who said to His disciples, Let your light so shine before the people, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16), the members of AHEPA are offering light, hope, and opportunity to many.

This is especially visible in the vital work of AHEPA in providing medical and food relief for the people of Greece. During the current crisis the AHEPA family has participated in the relief effort through donations to food charities, gifts of medical equipment, and facilitating regular shipments of medical supplies. This reveals the compassionate character of AHEPA members and their longstanding willingness to respond to urgent needs.

On AHEPA Sunday I ask all of our parishes throughout the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to recognize the members, work, and mission of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. In addition, please encourage and support the work of the local chapters as they contribute to these efforts and assist with the work of our parishes. Many members of AHEPA are leaders and benefactors in our communities, and they offer a vital witness of the strength and importance of our Hellenic ideals, our Orthodox faith, and the power of the Resurrection in meeting the needs of others.

With paternal love in our Risen Lord,

Archbishop of America
AHEPA Supreme Convention

The AHEPA Supreme Convention will be from July 1st to July 5th in San Francisco, California.

The hotel is the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.

The Special AHEPA room rate of $179.00++ is available to ALL AHEPA Family members. Call the hotel at (415) 788 -1234 or 1 (888) 591-1234, and ask the reservations department for your discounted rate as an AHEPA Family member. This special rate is available for ONLY members of the AHEPA Family.

Deadline for room reservations is June 8, 2015. 

The AHEPA/DOP delegate fee is $250.00 if purchased before June 5th. After June 5th, the delegate fee is $350.00. The delegate fee includes Opening/Welcome Night, Golden Gate Cruise, Greek Night, Athletic Luncheon and Grand Banquet.

For more information, CLICK HERE

On the right hand side of this newsletter is the listing of all the Greek Orthodox Churches in Indiana and the dates of their Grecian Festivals.

We encourage the AHEPANS in these communities to donate their time, talent, and treasure to help the churches and make it a successful event.

In addition to the festivals listed on the right,
CLICK HERE for a complete listing of all Greek festival dates in the Chicago Metropolis.
Milwaukee Chapter Scholarships

On Sunday May 3rd, the Order of AHEPA Milwaukee chapter #43 held their 56th annual AHEPA scholarship awards luncheon. Over 175 AHEPANS, Daughters, and guests celebrated the achievements of over a dozen high school students and learned of the students future plans for further education. In addition, the chapter celebrated and provided further monetary support for the communities only seminary student.

Chapter #43 President Timothy Stasinoulias gave welcoming remarks and AHEPA Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas offered a few remarks and then introduced the keynote speaker John Scocos. John Scocos is the AHEPA President for Madison chapter #369. John is a retired Colonel from the United States Army and is currently the Secretary of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and reports directly to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

The Milwaukee AHEPA chapter scholarship program is one of the most successful and largest in the Midwest awarding $25,000 dollars of scholarships annually. AHEPA District 13 is very proud of Milwaukee for their continuing support of their communities youth and emphasis on celebrating excellence in education
Greek Heritage night at the ballpark - JOIN US

AHEPA in the Midwest region is planning a group outing to the Chicago White Sox Greek Heritage night on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The game is 7:10pm and against the Toronto Bluejays. AHEPA Chapter #205 has secured a block of tickets for the game and the invitation is open to all Hellenes and Philhellenes in the Midwest to attend.
Tickets are $25 each (normal face value of $32) in the outfield reserve section (Section 159).  AHEPA Chapter #205 has decided to donate $10 from each ticket purchased towards sponsoring kids to Fanari Camp and towards educational scholarships.
The Chicago White Sox are one of the few professional sports teams in the Midwest that offer and celebrate Greek Heritage night. Please come out to the ballpark for a night of fun and fellowship and at the same time supporting two great causes and our Greek Heritage.
To ensure your seating with the group, please reserve your tickets by JUNE 12th. To reserve your tickets, please email with the name and quantity of tickets you would like to purchase. Or you may call Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas at 219-302-0730 for questions or make reservations.
Memorial Day SPOTLIGHT 
Spiro G. Cappony

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Read more and hear more about Spiro George Cappony by clicking here.

Spiro was a long time chapter secretary for Merrillville Chapter 78 and Past President of Chapter 78. The chapter meeting room is named in his honor.

May his memory be eternal.
AHEPA Veterans Registration

The AHEPA Medal for Military Service, approved by the 106th Congress, was first presented to all AHEPA veterans present at the 34th Biennial Congressional Banquet, March 29, 2000. The Supreme Lodge then encouraged its districts and chapters to present this medal to its deserving veterans unable to attend this banquet. It is this committee’s intent to register AHEPA Veterans and have the AHEPA Medal presented at appropriate events at the District and Chapter levels. Funds collected through this effort cover medal production and shipping. Remaining proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Program annually.

Eligibility requirement for AHEPA Medal for Military Service includes Honorable Service and Discharge. Service includes Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve status of the United States Armed Forces. Medals are normally shipped in the fall and in time for Veteran’s Day celebrations in November.

CLICK HERE to access the AHEPA Veterans registration website and register!
AHEPA Family meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

The AHEPA Family is wrapping up their Turkey, Cyprus, Greece yearly excursion. Pictured above is the AHEPA family meeting with His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch

AHEPA Chapter #157 President gets Married!

AHEPA District 12 would like to Congratulate our very own Aristotelis Panousis and his lovely and beautiful bride Eugenia Skourletos on their marriage today.

Teli is the president of AHEPA Chapter 157.
AHEPA wishes you the very best Mr. and Mrs. Panousis.

AHEPA Canada News

Our Canadian brothers have been very busy doing good works and advancing the mission of the Order of AHEPA.

Read more and see more of what AHEPA Canada is doing.
CLICK HERE to read the AHEPA Canadian President communique from MAY 2015.

Memorial Day - 2015

On this Memorial Day weekend, ‪‎AHEPA‬ District 12, its chapters, and all its members pause and reflect to honor all our military service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom. May their memory be eternal.

Pictured above is the Veterans memorial that Order of AHEPA Hammond Chapter #123 built in front of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Hammond, IN.
We will never forget.

Chapter Election Results

District 12 lodge reminds all chapters to send in their chapter election forms to both AHEPA HQ in Washington, DC and to the Secretary of AHEPA District #12.

The form can be emailed to the generic District 12 email for simplicity sake.
Email form here.

Chapter results election form can be downloaded here.

In addition, all chapters need to send in their Supreme Convention delegate information to AHEPA HQ by June 1st.
AHEPA District 13 elected officials

The following AHEPANS were elected to serve the AHEPA Blue Ribbon District #13 for 2015-2016.

Governor - Peter Lekas (Chapter 94)
Lt. Governor - Angelo Versis (Chapter 93)
Secretary - Themis Frangos (Chapter 205)
Treasurer - George Stratton (Chapter 93)
Marshall - Larry Pullman (Chapter 323)
Warden - Gerry Garbis (Chapter 380)
Athletic Director - Chris Atsaves (Chapter 94)
SOP advisor - Robert Markatos (Chpapter 93

AHEPA Remembers

On Saturday, May 23, 2015, AHEPA family members from the metro-Washington, DC area gathered to memorialize those identified as Greek Americans or Greek Orthodox who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. According to organizers, there are roughly 660 grave sites at which AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope members presented a laurel wreath and paused in remembrance of those who perished for our nation. This ceremony has been performed annually since 1949.

In June, Supreme President Phillip T. Frangos will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Since 1924 Ahepans have returned annually to Arlington to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on behalf of a grateful American Hellenic community.

Greek design picked for commemorative euro coin

Greece's future in the euro may be in doubt, but the EU has nevertheless picked a Greek design for a special coin for the 30th anniversary of the bloc's official flag.

With no discernible irony, the two-euro coin designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos of the Bank of Greece was chosen by 30 percent of 100,000 voters in an online competition by the European Commission.

It features childishly-drawn human shapes dancing in a circle around the EUs 12-starred flag.

Stamatopoulos said the design "represents twelve stars that morph into human figures embracing the birth of a new Europe."


Greece Super League 2014/2015 final standings

The Greece Super league final standings for the 2014-2015 season.

Olympiakos clinched the title for the 5th straight year and 42nd championship overall. They have now won 19 of the last 21 championships with only Panathinaikos interrupting their success by winning the other two.

Olympiakos also won the Greek Cup completing the domestic double. In addition, with winning the Greek league, Olympiakos clinch an automatic berth in next years Champions league.

Teams 2-5 are currently playing in the playoffs to determine who will be the 2nd team from Greece with a chance to qualify for the champions league.

1. Olympiakos Piraeus 34 24 6 4
2. Panathinaikos 34 21 6 7
3. PAOK 34 20 5 9
4. Asteras Tripolis 34 17 8 9
5. Atromitos 34 14 12 8
6. Giannina 34 13 14 7
7. Panetolikos 34 14 10 10
8. Skoda Xanthi 34 12 11 11
9. Platanias FC 34 12 8 14
10. Kerkyra 34 12 8 14
11. Kalloni 34 11 11 12
12. Panthrakikos 34 11 10 13
13. Panionios 34 11 10 13
14. Veria 34 12 7 15
15. Levadiakos 34 12 7 15
16. Ergotelis 34 8 8 18
17. OFI Crete 34 7 2 25
18. Niki Volos 34 2 1 31

June 5-7, 2015
St. Demetrios GREEK Fest
Hammond, IN

June 5-7, 2015
AHEPA District 14 Convention
Rochester, MN

June 12-14, 2015
St. Andrew GREEK Fest
South Bend, IN

June 13, 2015
Sojourner Truth House Walk for Homeless
Froebel Park
Gary, IN
Contact: Nick Gianikos 219-769-0396

June 15, 2015
Midwest Regional Golf Tournament
Geneva National Resort
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

June 25-28, 2015
Holy Trinity GREEK Fest
Fort Wayne, IN

July 1-5, 2015
AHEPA Supreme Convention
San Francisco, CA

July 7, 2015
Greek Heritage Night
Chicago White Sox
US Cellular Field
Chicago, IL
Contact: Nick Kavadas

July 10-12, 2015
SS Constantine & Helen GREEK Fest
Merrillville, IN

July 16-19, 2015
St. George GREEK Fest
Schererville, IN

August 28-30, 2015
Holy Trinity GREEK Fest
Carmel, IN

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