The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 18
AHEPA Helps Hellenic Caucus Reach Record Numbers
taking over for U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler who resigned from Congress. In February, a group from AHEPA Yankee District 7 led by District Governor Nicholas Nikas, Past District 7 Governor Kip Kyprianou, Stamford Chapter 99 President Arthur Kiratsous, and Brothers Nicholas Kydes and John Louizos were successful in getting first-term congressman, U.S. Jim Through its vast grassroots system of Himes (D-CT) to join the Hellenic Caucus. chapters, AHEPA has been able to grow the Congressman Himes represents the fourth Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues Congressional District of Connecticut. His to a record number, and in doing so, has district includes Stamford, Norwalk, and secured the membership of the leading Bridgeport. legislator on the House of Representatives In addition, AHEPA chapters in Ohio Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe. helped to secure the membership of U.S. In January, U.S. Rep. William Delahunt Reps. Mary Jo Kilroy (D), whose district (D-MA) joined the Hellenic Caucus thanks includes Columbus, and John Boccieri (D), to the determined efforts of the Cape Cod whose district includes Canton. AHEPA family led by District 8 Lt. Gov. John As a result, the Hellenic Caucus has 151 Tanionos. Rep. Delahunt serves the tenth members, which is the largest count in its Congressional District of Massachusetts, 14-year history. which includes Cape Cod and Nantucket. “We applaud the concerted efforts of the He serves as the new chairman of the House AHEPA family members who helped to grow Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, the Hellenic Caucus to a record number,” said Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas. “We urge our community members to reach out to their members of Congress and ask them to join the Hellenic Caucus. By doing so, we help to John Boccieri Mary Jo Kilroy enhance and strengthen the U.S.-Greece relationship.” Karacostas continued, “We welcome and thank all these U.S. representatives for joining the caucus. We look forward to working with them on issues of importance to the Greek American Jim Himes community.” William Delahunt
AHEPA Congratulates Giannoulias on Illinois Senate Primary Victory
AHEPA congratulated Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a fellow Ahepan, on his victory in the Illinois Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, announced Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas. “We extend our sincere congratulations to State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias who secured his party’s nomination for U.S. Senate with a victory in the Illinois primary. “Alexi has always displayed outward pride of his Greek heritage, which is uplifting to see and an inspiration to many young Greek Americans. “Moreover, we are proud to count Alexi Giannoulias as a member of AHEPA. Public service is an integral part of the AHEPA’s worthy mission. Brother Giannoulias certainly has demonstrated a commitment to serving the citizens of Illinois.” Giannoulias became the youngest state treasurer in the nation having been elected at the age of 30. He founded and chairs the AG Foundation, a not-for-profit charity that donates money to treat child-related illnesses, curb poverty and assist disaster relief organizations.