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A MESSAGE FROM ANTHONY KOUZOUNIS, AHEPA SUPREME PRESIDENT

AHEPA Will Not Rest on Its Laurels

Anthony Kouzounis

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As this message is crafted on the eve of the 92nd Supreme Convention in New Orleans, I wish to
thank convention organizers from the New Orleans community and our headquarters staff for their
efforts to host a fruitful convention. I am also grateful to our convention sponsors without whom the
convention could not be a success. As such, it is that time of year, already, where we must attend
to the business of the Order and celebrate its accomplishments. Some of these achievements are
captured in this edition of The Ahepan. From disaster relief, to walking the Halls of Congress, to
celebrating Greek Independence and the Olympic spirit, AHEPA remains committed to meeting
its mission at home and abroad. I would also like to extend my personal gratitude to the Stavros
Niarchos Foundation for its generous $50,000 sponsorship of one of the crown jewel programs
that AHEPA offers-The Journey to Greece Program. Our children win when foundations such as the
Stavros Niarchos Foundation step up to support educational programs that also help to instill in our
youth a sense of pride and appreciation for their Hellenic heritage.
Moreover, during the past few months significant high-profile events have propelled issues of
interest to our community to the forefront. We touched upon a few of these issues in our magazine.
Vice President Joe Biden's historic visit to Cyprus offered encouraging rhetoric and a bolstering of
relations between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus. AHEPA was represented at pre- and
post-trip briefings attended by the vice president. It is important, as we somberly mark the 40th
anniversary of Turkey's invasion of the republic, that AHEPA remains vigilant and an advocate
for a just and viable Cyprus settlement. In another landmark event, Pope Francis and Ecumenical
Patriarch Bartholomew gathered together in Jerusalem for the "Apostolic Visit" and the Patriarchate
of Jerusalem's unique role with the visit is featured in this issue.
In my travels, I have maintained that AHEPA is relevant today and tomorrow, and it will not rest on
its laurels. Looking forward, AHEPA will embark on its next fundraising campaign, joining the effort
to support the building of Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero in New York City. To meet
this challenge (and I'm confident AHEPA will as it has whenever the gauntlet has been thrown over
the past 92 years), I've appointed a chairman, Brother Nicholas Karacostas, PSP. He has assembled
a committee that will be responsible for meeting AHEPA's goal, when it is announced, for this worthy cause. As one of my last directives as Supreme President, I call on Ahepans to lend unwavering
support to the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas. When we successfully complete this challenge within the
next two years, it will find a deserving place in the pantheon of AHEPA achievements-adding to the
legacy of our World War II bond drive, Saint Basil Academy buildings, the restoration of the Statue of
Liberty/Ellis Island, and humanitarian relief efforts for Greece. More details will be unveiled in the fall.
In closing, I wish to thank everyone for their support, encouragement, advice, and hospitality
afforded me during my term as Supreme President. During my visitations, I was constantly in awe of
the invaluable and relevant contributions the AHEPA family provides to the community, helping to
strengthen it on a daily basis. Our mission, carried out through community service and volunteerism
and performed with an impassioned spirit of Hellenism, will continue to light the way for AHEPA for
decades to come. I implore you to lend whatever resources you can to ensure our torch burns bright
and remains a beacon for future generations.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Summer 2014

President's Message
AHEPA Family News
The Patriarchate of Jerusalem and Its Key Role in Peace and Unity Talks
AHEPA Family Holds Successful Annual Excursion to Greece
Honoring America's Fallen Heroes
Civic Responsibility
Athletics
Periclean
Housing
AHEPA Family Chapter News
Best PRactices
In Memoriam
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 1
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 2
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 3
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - President's Message
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - AHEPA Family News
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 6
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 7
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - The Patriarchate of Jerusalem and Its Key Role in Peace and Unity Talks
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 9
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - AHEPA Family Holds Successful Annual Excursion to Greece
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Honoring America's Fallen Heroes
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Civic Responsibility
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Athletics
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Periclean
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Housing
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - AHEPA Family Chapter News
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Best PRactices
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - In Memoriam
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