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A MESSAGE FROM SUPREME PRESIDENT JIMMY KOKOTAS
Working to Secure a Better Future
The 2021 Athens Supreme Convention will resonate with us for several reasons. First, and foremost,
Greece provided us with an opportunity to reconnect with our ancestral homeland and with our
roots. Despite Covid, we made the most of enjoying the sites, venues, and each other's fellowship. It
also was great to see so many of our convention attendees lengthen their stays and visit their villages
to see extended family. Some took a first-time trip to an island or enjoyed a cruise. Greece will always
be remembered as the first major post-Covid " reopening " event where we were able to gather again
and attend to the business of our Orders.
Jimmy Kokotas
Obviously, it will always hold a special place in my heart as the site where my brother Ahepans
elected me Supreme President. My gratitude is extended to the delegates who instilled their faith
and trust in me to lead our great Order into our 100th year. I am honored beyond words. I also congratulate
all elected AHEPA family officers, especially Daughters of Penelope Grand President Kathy
Bizoukas, Sons of Pericles Supreme President Timothy Noitsis, and Maids of Athena Grand President
Maria Ana Pantelous. I look forward to working with everyone and to the AHEPA family having a
dynamic year under our collective stewardship of the Orders.
We are on the cusp of a milestone -- AHEPA's centennial anniversary. We have a tremendous number
of accomplishments to which can point and be proud of over our storied history. However, we must
not reflect too long upon them. We must use our past achievements, and the wisdom of AHEPA's
founders and forebears, for inspiration and guidance. There is work to be done in the present, so that
we can ensure the future is a better one for younger generations.
That future begins by securing our own existence. Ahepans must provide their full attention to membership
growth and retention. Equally important, Ahepans must do their part to elevate awareness
of AHEPA's Century Capital Campaign. It must be provided with the resources needed to sustain
AHEPA well into the 21st century. Brothers, it's time to invest in our future.
A bright future also includes a strong and vibrant U.S.-Greece relationship and peace and stability
in the Eastern Mediterranean with a unified Cyprus free of Turkey's grip. AHEPA can be proud of
its role, especially in U.S.-Greece relations. Ambassador Pyatt called AHEPA a " force multiplier " in
U.S.-Greece relations during remarks he made at the convention's opening ceremony. This is a significant
nod to AHEPA by one of the United States' top diplomats. It should be duly noted and used
as springboard for AHEPA to explore more ways it can further enhance relations. In October, next
steps in the U.S.-Greece relationship will be taken with the next round of Strategic Dialogue and the
signing of an upgraded Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement. AHEPA will be ready to do its part.
By the time this edition of The Ahepan reaches your mailbox, or electronic inbox, we will have
hosted His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I for a Congressional Banquet. We are
steadfast in our commitment to raising awareness of the plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and
we applaud the Ecumenical Patriarch's efforts to champion the environment; an initiative worthy of
our added attention. We look forward to sharing more about this momentous event in our next issue.
Finally, it is with a heavy heart that I dedicate this year to my father, Pareskavas, a brother Ahepan,
who passed away on September 30. Together with my mother, Katina, my parents instilled in me
the values hard work, dedication, and faith that enabled me to reach this moment to serve as your
Supreme President. I look forward to meeting the Brethren on my travels, sharing ideas for future
success. I wish everyone a productive year.
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