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AHEPA FAMILY NEWS
Public Officials, Private Citizens Honored For Service
The AHEPA Heroes Medal and AHEPA
Medal for Military Service were presented
to public officials and private citizens
who displayed exceptional service
or when " above and beyond " the call in
the normal course of their professional
duties.
In late August, Past Supreme
Governor Peter Nassos presented the
AHEPA Heroes Medal to Houston
Detective Paul Vela (pictured top left).
Detective Vela was instrumental in the
arrest and conviction of the two individuals
responsible for the murder of
Andrea Nassos in Atlanta, Ga.
AHEPA Elpis Chapter 117, New
Britain, Conn., honored Connecticut
State Police Col. Stavros Mellekas and
Connecticut Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz
with the AHEPA Heroes Medal, May 4,
2021. Then-Supreme President George
Horiates presented the medals to these
outstanding civil servants in appreciation
for excellence in service to the people
of Connecticut (Pictured top right).
Colonel Mellekas was promoted to
Commanding Officer of the Connecticut
State Police in 2019 thus becoming the
highest-ranking statewide officer. He is a
former U.S. Capitol Police officer and a
proud member of Chapter 117. To date,
he is the highest-ranking law enforcement
officer to receive the AHEPA
Heroes Medal.
Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz, the proud granddaughter
of immigrants who came to
Connecticut from Poland and Greece,
authored legislation to ban dangerous
" drive-through " mastectomies and to
ensure breast cancer patients have
access to care.
AHEPA Chapter 140, Albany, N.Y.,
hosted then-Supreme President Horiates
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for its annual awards dinner, May 3, 2021.
Horiates presented Brother Francisco
Soler, a veteran of the United States
Air Force, with the AHEPA Medal for
Military Service. Brother Soler thanked
the Supreme President and his fellow
Ahepans for the award. Also, Horiates
presented Lifetime Certificates to Past
Supreme Governor Peter Baltis and Gus
Ziamandanis. Ahepans from several
Albany Capital-area AHEPA chapters
attended. (Pictured bottom left.)
pandemic that provided 10,000 meals
to families in need, directed the distribution
of hundreds of hygiene kits and
water for the homeless, and organized
the " Kindness Counts " initiative to send
thank you cards and Girl Scout cookies
to essential workers at Eisenhower
Hospital. Then-Supreme Governor Alex
Soles presented the award in the presence
of Bishop Spyridon and the St.
George community. (Pictured bottom
center.)
In
Palm Desert,
California,
Philoptochos President Rhonda Latkovic
was surprised at AHEPA Chapter 528's
AHEPA Sunday celebration when
Ahepans presented Latkovic, along with
the St. George Ladies Philoptochos, with
an AHEPA Heroes Medal, May 16, 2021.
Latkovic coordinated with Narrow Door
Food Bank to lead food drives during the
Several Ahepans from Capital
District 3 visited Chapter 69, Cherry Hill,
N.J., home of then-Supreme President
Horiates, over the summer. One of
those Ahepans, Past District 3 Governor
Demetrius Govotsos, also was surprised
as Horiates presented him with the
AHEPA Heroes Medal in honor of his five
decades of service. (Pictured bottom right.)
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