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A MESSAGE FROM SUPREME PRESIDENT GEORGE G. HORIATES, ESQ.

AHEPA - Now More Than Ever

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your Supreme President for the administrative year. My
sincere gratitude is extended to the entire Brotherhood for the faith and confidence it has placed in
my abilities to serve the Order at the highest level. I congratulate all newly elected AHEPA family
officers, especially Grand President Vasilia Kachmarski, Sons of Pericles Supreme President Paul
Pavlakos, and Maids of Athena Grand President Theodora Ronstadt. I look forward to working with
everyone as together we strive to meet and fulfill our worthy mission.
We have reason this year to celebrate AHEPA unlike any other time in our past. Our Supreme Convention in Chicago set us on a course for the upcoming future of Hellenism. From a rededication to
our wonderful programs that comprise AHEPA to our rededication as Defenders of Hellenism, but
with an unparalleled twist.
The core principle of AHEPA, Hellenism, is under threat, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey, a demonstrated unreliable ally, pursues egregious, provocative actions toward Greece and
Cyprus on a persistent basis. The situation is tense and dangerous. To their credit, Greece and Cyprus
are doing their best to address Turkey's illegal activities with their allies, including the United States.
We are encouraged by positive developments in U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus, especially in
defense and security cooperation. AHEPA must continue to play an integral role on an international
stage to ensure Greece and Cyprus are secure. A new sense of urgency is upon us.
Further, Hellenism is under attack when the Pontian Genocide is not recognized by its perpetrator,
when pro-Turkish propagandists descend on Capitol Hill, Parliament Hill, and the Berlaymont to diffuse the existence of this genocide, to diffuse human rights violations, and to excuse away violations
of Greece's and Cyprus' sovereign borders.
The greatest membership drive in AHEPA's venerable history is before us. It is here. It is now. Each
one of you reading this issue of The Ahepan must realize it is our collective duty to be recruiters of
Hellenes and philhellenes into AHEPA.
Now, more than ever, we are asking for your commitment, and the commitment of others worldwide, in an effort to Defend Hellenism. Our voices have to be heard in Washington, D.C., and in other
countries of the West as Greece and Cyprus, the very cradles of Western Civilization, are threatened.
AHEPA's worldwide headquarters in Washington, and its commanding grassroots presence as the
leading worldwide organization in Defense of Hellenism, has experienced a realization that Greece
and Cyprus are the new Eastern front of Western Civilization.
Our goal is 100,000 members and to retain these members to assist on these issues when we advocate. A massive effort is also required of us, as recruiters, to reach out, establish, and sponsor Sons of
Pericles chapters. Together, as we head into two landmark anniversaries-Greece's bicentennial and
AHEPA's centennial, we can make a difference to protect, preserve, and project Hellenic ideals. It is
a simple proposition: if you love Hellenism, and all of its splendor, be a recruiter. Demonstrate to the
world our contributions are the bedrock of a principled Western society.
Do your part to increase the ranks of AHEPA. Continue to ignite the flame that has kept our society
burning bright. Consider this invitation: be recruiters of membership the likes we have never seen.
Let's recruit together.

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