The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 21
Chapter 58 Ahepans Dedicate Their Second Property After 23 Years
By George Anagnostos, PSS
WETHERSFIELD, CONN.–The Ahepans of Chapter 58, Wethersfield, Conn. proudly dedicated their second property. The chapter, under the leadership of John Melonopoulos, was an early pioneer in the ANHC and obtained and built their first property of 41 apartments, opening in 1986. The second project for 42 additional apartments was approved in the FY2005 HUD 202 program. It was co-sponsored with the ANHC. This property is also in large measure the vision of Mr. Melonopoulos. After four years of setbacks and additional funding and grants from HUD, the state and Town of Wethersfield, the chapter was able to officially open the building and celebrated with a gala dedication.
At official opening of the building, from left: M. Belanger, manager; J. Melonopoulos; A. Antoniou, AMC regional mgr.; P Hulse, AMC pres.; E. Moshovos, Chapter pres.; J. Bridges, town manager; Rev. G. Zugravu (rear); D. Hemmann, mayor Wethersfield; A. Geourntas, region 4 gov.; J. Grossomanides, Supreme vice pres. and Art Poly, ANHC pres and A58 Board pres.
The day was beset with off-and-on torrential downpours and the ceremonies were held within the building. Board Treasurer Jerry Pangakis was the master of ceremonies. Among the dignitaries present and speaking were Donna Hemmann, the town mayor; Dr. John Grossomanides, supreme vice president of AHEPA; Emmanuel Moshovos, chapter president; Paul Hulse, president and CEO, AMC, Indianapolis; and Art Poly, the president of ANHC and also the A58 Board president. Also in attendance and recognized were Alex Geourntas, supreme governor, region
Unveiling the dedication plaque are John Melonopoulos, left, and Jerry Pangakis.
four; many of the members of the ANHC Executive Committee, all presidents of their respective boards; the AMC Regional Manager Adele Antoniou; the A58 Board members, the chapter officers and Melody Belanger, property manager. A special acknowledgement and thanks were offered to John Melonopoulos, who upon his retirement from AMC is again a member of Chapter 58. Many Ahepans and Daughters from the local and surrounding area were present and many of the residents of the two buildings. Following the ceremonies, the blessing of the building, the traditional ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling, the guests were treated to a sumptuous luncheon of many dishes and delectable Greek desserts. In charge of the luncheon was Lucia Kazakos and her husband Tony and her staff. A58 Board members, in addition to Poly and Pangakis are P. Matsikas, vice pres.; A. Kapetanopoulos, 2nd vice pres.; L. Kazakos, acting secretary; and Directors E. Moshovos, Dr. G. Paul, G. Leaska, A. Petros and G. Anagnostos. Chapter members include P. Matsikas, vice pres., A. Kapetanopoulos, treas. and J. Smith, secretary. As the property containing the two buildings is now filled, the chapter will have to look to other locations to add additional projects.