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the peRiCleAN —the voiCe
Organizational Successes are a Team Effort
By Manolis Sfinarolakis, Sons of Pericles Supreme President
chapters with dual members across the As I reflect on the year as Sons of Pericles nation, approaching our goal to quaSupreme President, I cannot help but feel druple membership; and gratitude for the efforts of the AHEPA • Sons of Pericles chapters across the Family during the course of the year. The nation hosted athletic events, cultural Sons leadership at all levels has been hard events, and provided assistance to their at work instilling our motto in our memberlocal AHEPA chapters. ship, “The Sons of Pericles are the Rising Sons Each year, we see new members step up of the Order of AHEPA.” We take our duty in their roles. I take pride to see the young to strengthen the AHEPA family seriously. men in our organization developing the To this end, we accomplished great things leadership skills and the friendships that will with the help of AHEPA and Daughters of T the ericlean last a lifetime. Personally, the experience Penelope chapters acrosshe Pnation. —The Voice of The SonS of PericleS of being a Son of Pericles has shaped the Highlights include: person I am. The • donating $9,000 to Philoxenia House Membership Triples as Result of New Initiative friendships I made along the way through the fraternal bond we share through the Metropolis of Boston; The Sons of initiative was successfully are priceless. As 2010 comes to a close, the Sons of • hosting a successful Western Regional spearheaded by our PericlesSupreme National Advisor, Chris Economides, Jr., at the Pericles continued the growth that it has gained In March, I will bring fortunate to attend Basketball Almost tripling our 2010 National Convention. Lodge was over the past few years.Tournament in Los Angeles; New Year Looking continue to membership over the past year, new Sons have • introduced into the Order all across the multiple ahead, we planatogoals of our in theeven more Greek Independence initiating and reactivating strive towardSons the commemoration of with achieving been
country in places such as: Montreal, Canada; Chicago, Gainesville, Florida; Upper Darby, Pennsylvania; and Bridgeport, Connecticut; just to name a few. This new growth is the result of a new initiative in our Order and AHEPA where new members between the ages of fourteen to seventeen are allowed to join at no cost and members eighteen and up obtain dual membership in the Sons of Pericles and AHEPA. This Order (promoting Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Athletics) through a variety of events. Some of these events include, an essay contest, our annual National Project, regional basketball tournaments, and volunteering in our local communities. Details about all of our events and accomplishments can be found on our website (www.sonsofpericles.com). momentum and enthusiasm than we ended with Spiro Nicolopoulos in 2010. We are The Albany, fully committed to the success of our Order and N.Y. Sons and the AHEPA family. TheMaidsPericles are the Sons of provided future of AHEPA, but we are here now and we gifts and toys need support from the AHEPA family to ensure to the patients the success of AHEPA in the future.
SOP District 8 Basketball Tournament
By Jason Vergados, SOP Chapter 27 President
With no more than 2 1/2 months of planning, the Boston SOP successfully organized SOP Chapter 44 President a District 8 basketball tournament. On the weekend of October 22-24, six local teams and our brother chapter from Waterbury, Conn., competed for the championship spot. The six local teams were comprised to represent the cities and towns of Boston, Roslindale, Peabody, Lynn and two from Worcester. The games were played at Lynn’s St. George Greek Orthodox Church, the The Sons of Pericles Chapter 44 and Maids ofAgganis and Chapter 48 of Albany, N.Y., thank the home of Harry Athena the Agganis St. Sophia community for its generous donation of gifts and toys for the children being treated Basketball Tournament which boasts more than Albany from across the and cared for by the Children’s Hospital at 15 teams Medical Center. The chapters especially country. As a result of the tournament, appreciate the support provided by the Arthur Kontogiannis Family to the Junior Orders and On October carried our chapter posted a healthy profit; a to the Albany Medical Center. In addition, the Albany chapters thank the 23 and 24, the Albany SonsSons and following individuals out their annual Haunted House at the percentage of which Officer of the Maids Halloween and the Jennifer at the hospital: Robert Saba, Senior Development will be given to Leadership Gifts,Party forDr. children of our SOP Pearce, Melodies Center for Childhood National Project.Bloodconfidently community. More than 130way toare back Cancer and I can Disorders. This free event was chapters give Finally, the a great people attended. say that we have brought in more than grateful to Jewelie Koutelis for heralso potential for a block of thesebooks tothe community. generous donation of new to the hospital and for 40 new members to the Boston Chapter. There is her volunteer activities a new chapter ofWorcester, Mass. members to break-off and create on behalf in the children.
of Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center for Halloween Funwith the help the Community of the St. Sophia community. By Jimmy Googas,
at the White House. This experience profoundly changed the image I had of myself and Manolis Sfinarolakis moved the bar to where future achievements both personally and professionally are set. I will forever be grateful to the AHEPA family long after my presidency is over, and I look forward to next year’s leadership continuing the strong performance of recent years. Although everyone’s efforts contributed to our great year, I must acknowledge one man who for the last three years has poured his heart and soul into the Sons of Pericles and has been able to lead our turnaround efforts. Chris Economides Jr., our National Advisor, is the grandfather I never had. His leadership has trickled down to all levels of the Supreme Lodge. We now think like he does, we have the dignity that he does, and we share the burning desire to make the Sons of Pericles, and the whole AHEPA family, greater for years to come. Thank you Mr. E.!
Albany Sons, Maids Thank Community for Donations to Children’s Hospital
District 5 Sons, Maids Hold Volleyball Tourney
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Ages 14 –17
Ages 18 –27 $40 as Dual Members of AHEPA and SOP
The District 5 Sons and Maids held a volleyball tournament on Feb. 11, 2012 at which Clifton GOYA (pictured) captured first place. Wyckoff Sons/Maids and Wyckoff GOYA won second and third place, respectively.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Spring 2012
The AHEPAN - Spring 2012
Supreme President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
Answering the Call
AHEPA Family’s Capitol Hill Day Brings Foreign, Domestic Issues to Legislators
Excursion Leaves Lasting Impressions
AHEPA Family Chapter News
The AHEPAN - Spring 2012