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CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

Capitol Hill Reception Honors Excellence in Public Service
To conclude the day, AHEPA family members and friends gathered to honor excellence in public service at a reception held at
the Capitol Visitors Center. The honorees, who were each awarded the 2018 AHEPA Pericles Award, were:
* U.S. Representative and Chairman Emeritus of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and
* U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Supreme President Hollister and AHEPA Cyprus and Hellenic Affairs Chairman Savas Tsivicos presented the two awards.
In addition to being staunch champions of the policy priorities of the American Hellenic community as active members of the
Congressional Hellenic Caucus, both legislators were honored for being trailblazers in their own right. Congresswoman RosLehtinen became the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress in 1989, and Congresswoman Tsongas's election marked the first
time in 25 years that Massachusetts elected a woman to Congress.
In acceptance, the honorees commended AHEPA's commitment to civic responsibility over its 95 years and spoke to the ideals
of democracy and public service that drove their desires to become public servants.
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen remarked: "And what I've found is that the principles that are important to the American Hellenic
community are the same principles that are important to everyone in my South Florida district-indeed to all Americans. They are
the same ideals of humanity, freedom, and democracy that the ancient Greeks espoused so long ago."

Honorees Reps. Tsongas and Ros-Lehtinen (center left and right) are flanked by
AHEPA family leaders Supreme Treasurer Horiates, Supreme President Hollister,
Grand President Fomalont, Cyprus/Hellenic Affairs Chair Tsivicos, and Supreme
Vice President Loucas.

Supreme President Hollister met with his congressman,
Rep. Steve Chabot, who serves on the House Foreign
Affairs Committee.

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With Senator Van Hollen (center) are (l-r): AHI Board Member Dr. Athina Balta,
Esq., Supreme Vice President George Loucas, Grand President Eva Jean Fomalont,
DOP Executive Director Elena Saviolakis, and DOP PDG Kathy Matrakas.

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