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Getting Off on the Right Foot
Sons of Pericles Supreme President Jimmy Googas
As we embarked upon our administrative year, the Sons of
Pericles Supreme Lodge's expectations that it would receive
cooperation from the AHEPA family were modest, at best. I am
proud to report that our expectations have not only been met,
but they have been surpassed. The amount of help we have
received from across the country has been exceptional. We have
started chapters at Indiana University, Columbus, Ohio; Tampa,
Stockton, Calif.; Stamford, Conn.; Atlanta, and London, Ontario.
Credit is due to the outstanding
officers of the Supreme Lodge. They
were tasked to go out by any means
necessary to establish and activate
these chapters. They have responded
accordingly and their work ethic has
been admirable. This is a great start
to the new administrative year, but we
are still not satisfied with the growth.
We actively are pursuing many leads
and creating contacts in our districts to plant a seed that will
grow into a chapter.
In my last message, I urged Ahepans and Daughters members
to reach out and provide us with contacts or to point us
in a direction that would yield opportunities for new chapters.
The response has been overwhelming to the point of where
keeping track of the voluminous amount of emails that are
flooding our inboxes has become a challenge. However, this
has been an incredible and welcomed change from the lack of
communication that had previously plagued us.
I am confident the increased flow of communication will
lead to more chapters.
For our National Project, the building of Saint Nicholas
National Shrine, the Sons and the Maids have started to sell the
"High Rollers" raffle tickets that will be drawn on New Year's
Eve. We also have encouraged chapters to begin planning an
event where the proceeds will go toward the construction of
the Shrine. I was able to attend the Ground Blessing Ceremony
with Supreme Vice President Andreas Christou. It was a powerful
experience. I am proud to announce our Albany chapter
has already raised $900 from one event for the project, and I
am positive there is more to come.
Thus far, the year has been extremely successful on all
fronts. Our hope is to continue share more good news going
forward. Thank you for all of your help in our endeavors.
The newly-chartered SOP Crimson Chapter 331, at Indiana
SOP Adds First Active
District 21 Chapter in Years
Under the leadership of Supreme Vice President and
Membership Chairman Andreas Christou, and the
Supreme Lodge, our organization's growth is on the ascent.
Immediately following the supreme convention, Supreme
Treasurer Bill Poulos reactivated the Phelotimo Chapter 175,
Columbus, Ohio, and prior to the Governors' Conference in
September, Supreme Governor Robert Markatos initiated the
newly chartered Crimson Chapter 331 at Indiana University,
Bloomington, Ind. This marks the second university-based
chapter in the Sons of Pericles domain.
Various district fall conferences held nationwide have
sparked additional chapter reactivations and further possibilities.
On November 1, Supreme Governor Steven Gagas
reactivated the Yankee Chapter 32, Stamford, Conn. During
the weekend of November 21-23, Supreme Vice President
Christou traveled to Tampa, Fla., to reactivate Menelaos
Chapter 154, which was organized under the efforts of
AHEPA Lycourgos Chapter 12. During the same weekend,
Supreme Treasurer Poulos traveled to Stockton, Calif., to
reactivate Phoebus Chapter 207, adding an active chapter
to District 21 for the first time in many years. There are also
planned initiations in London, Ontario, and Atlanta in the
The Sons of Pericles looks to continue to expand with
potential chapters in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Milwaukee; Annapolis,
Md.; and Lynn, Mass. If accomplished, it would leave only
Districts 9, 22, and 26 without active Sons chapters. The
Supreme Lodge looks forward to working with local AHEPA
family chapters and district lodges to help us continue to
grow and expand.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Winter 2014
AHEPA Family News
Our Commitment to the "E" in AHEPA
AHEPA Family Embarks on Capital Campaign for Saint Nicholas National Shrine
A Student Reflects on Her Journey to Greece Experience
Hellenic Cultural Commission
AHEPA Family Chapter News
The AHEPAN - Winter 2014