The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 19
Congressman McIntyre, an Ahepan, One of First Members to Meet with New Greek Prime Minister
U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), a member of AHEPA Chapter 9, Fayetteville, N.C., was one of the first members of Congress to meet with new Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou when the Congressman visited Athens in October 2009 as part of a four-member delegation representing the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). Congressman McIntyre commented on the visit, “I was pleased to be among the first foreign officials to visit with the new Greek Prime Minister. The meeting was very positive and productive. As a senior member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, I was also grateful to have the opportunity to express appreciation to the Prime Minister and other officials for their assistance in our counter-terrorism efforts and military operations in the region. Greece has a key role to play in the security and stability of the Mediterranean region, and I look forward to our continuing relationship on these and other matters.” Rep. McIntyre recently met with Past Supreme President Dr. Spiro Macris, who chairs the AHEPA Cyprus and Hellenic Affairs Committee, to discuss issues of importance to the Greek American community.
AHEPA Applauds Rep. McMahon’s Request to Boost Thalassemia Research Funding
AHEPA applauded U.S. Rep. Michael E. McMahon’s (D-NY) letter to President Barack Obama that urged an increase in the president’s FY2011 budget for Thalassemia research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Thalassemia awareness programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas. The letter also explained the impact of Thalassemia upon his constituents. Rep. McMahon, a member of the Hellenic Caucus, sent the letter January 22, 2010, prior to the release of the president’s budget.
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Above: U.S. Rep. McIntyre greets Prime Minister Papandreou in the fall. At Right: U.S. Rep. McIntyre with Dr. Spiro Macris, who is a constituent, and AHEPA Consultant Andrew Kaffes, at a November 2009 meeting.