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AHEPA Family Leaves Its
Heart in San Francisco
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BASIL MOSSAIDIS

T

he reasons for the attendees of the 2015 AHEPA
Family Supreme Convention to leave their hearts in
San Francisco-as many famous crooners from Tony
Bennett to Frank Sinatra have done in song-were
plentiful. From captivating picturesque views of San Francisco
Bay, to exquisite cuisines found at restaurants such as Kokkari,
to fun and entertaining experiences found at venues such as
Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco did not disappoint.
However, the delegates did find time to attend to the business of the Order and elected John W. Galanis, Elm Grove,
Wisc., as their supreme president. Galanis ran unopposed in
elections that were held July 3, 2015. Formal installation ceremonies were held July 4, 2015.
"It is an honor and privilege to be elected AHEPA supreme
president," Supreme President Galanis said. "My sincere appreciation is given to the convention delegates who placed their
support and trust in me to lead this vibrant, venerable, and
unique organization in the coming year. I am excited to work

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with our seasoned Supreme Lodge and our membership to
keep AHEPA on the steady path set forth by my predecessors
in a spirit true to our mission."
He added, "My parents were Greek immigrants, and I'm
proud of my heritage and that is why I'm a member of AHEPA."
At the installation ceremony, the supreme president also
discussed his goals and challenges.
"Obviously, our immediate thoughts and concerns are with
the people of Greece during this most difficult and challenging
time in Greece's history," he said. "Also, we aim to complete
our capital fundraising campaign to help rebuild Saint Nicholas
and focus our internal efforts on membership growth and
retention. In addition, the community continues to face a multitude of challenges that are important to address as the need for
community service is never ending, both in the United States
and abroad, and the promotion of Hellenic ideals will always
be a priority for AHEPA."
Galanis is a 47-year member of Chapter 43, Milwaukee,
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