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CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

AHEPA Family Holds Successful Capitol Hill Day
The AHEPA family brought its legislative agenda to the attention of Capitol
Hill legislators and their staffs on April
29, 2015 during its annual Capitol Hill
Day. Capitol Hill Day has become an
annual event since 2006.
"Our mission, strongly founded on
our cultural heritage and our community service programs, guides our
legislative agenda," Supreme President
Phillip T. Frangos said. "As such, we
have a diverse set of legislative interests, both foreign and domestic, that
reflect our mission. We believe this
makes the AHEPA family unique in its
approach to Congress."
AHEPA family members representing 20 states and the District of Columbia
registered for the event. It was the most
diverse geographic representation to

Grand President Grossomanides,
Congresswoman Maloney, Congressman
Bilirakis, and Supreme President Frangos at
the morning kick-off reception.

Congresswoman Maloney speaks to Capitol Hill Day participants.

date for the Capitol Hill Day.
He added, "We had representation
stretching from California, New Mexico,
and Wyoming to Florida and Georgia,
and states in between. We sincerely
thank all our volunteer members who
unselfishly took the time out of their
busy schedules to fulfill their civic
responsibility."
According to Frangos, AHEPA family members who participated at the
organization's annual Capitol Hill Day
discussed issues that included: U.S. Greece relations, religious freedom for
the Ecumenical Patriarchate, ending the
40-year illegal division of Cyprus and
safeguarding Cyprus' sovereign right to
explore and exploit energy finds within
its exclusive economic zone. Domestic
programs of interest to the AHEPA

family include affordable housing for the
elderly, medical research at NIH, and
domestic violence. In addition, the participants' objective was to help grow the
Hellenic Caucus and other congressional
caucuses of interest.
One success story is that U.S.
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) joined the
Congressional Hellenic-Israeli Alliance
thanks to the grassroots efforts of
AHEPA family leaders from her congressional district who visited her office.
The day's events included a morning reception where the AHEPA family received remarks from U.S. Reps.
Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chair of the
Hellenic Caucus and Congressional
Hellenic-Israel Alliance; U.S. Rep.
Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), co-founder
and co-chair of the Hellenic Caucus.

Florida AHEPA Family Holds
Successful Legislative Day
The District 2 AHEPA Family held its first State Capitol Hill
Day in Tallahassee, March 27. House Majority Leader Dana
Young welcomed the AHEPA family and recognized the
group from the House Floor. Following the morning reception, AHEPA framily members walked the Halls of the State
Capitol and met with their state legislators.

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