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CHAPTER NEWS
District 2
Steve Tsagaris Chapter 356, Clearwater, Fla.
The AHEPA Family of Clearwater held its annual Scholarship Awards
banquet at Island Way Grill on Clearwater Beach, June 4, 2023.
Congratulations to the recipients, who each received a $1,500 AHEPA
Family scholarship: Devin Armstrong, Alexandra Christodoulakis,
Anastasios Damianakis, Nikitas Damianakis, Anna Markos, Leonidas
Markos, Vasiliki Paris, Carissa Parsonis, and Nikolas Swierk. In addition,
George Hurst, Anna Markos, Leonidas Markos, and Katerina Portellos
each received a scholarship from the AHEPA Citrus District 2 Scholarship
Foundation. Eighty people attended. Rev. Father Jim Paris and Rev. Father
William Damaskos, each Ahepans, provided the invocation and closing prayer. The AHEPA Family Scholarship Committee thanks the
supporters who made a generous donation or contributed their time and energy to the scholarship committee.
District 3
AHEPA Chapter 9, Fayetteville, N.C.
The chapter and DOP Hestia Chapter 416 hosted their
annual AHEPA Family Night in the Hellenic Center,
May 15, 2023. The Ahepans honored Brothers Tom
Johnston and Gerry Jensen, who are veterans, by
presenting them with the AHEPA Medals for Military
Service. Brother Johnston also was the recipient of
the chapter's Ahepan of the Year Award. Additionally,
the chapter's scholarship committee, chaired by
Brothers Joe DaRosa and Dan Griffin, presented a
total of $7,000 in scholarship awards to six graduating
high school seniors: Anthony Bidoli, Na'Zja Bonner Steward, John Andre Fortich, Billy Kalevas, Nicholas Koukies, and Allyson
Smith. Koukies also received the Chris Hondros Award for writing the best essay from the group of recipients.
Woodrow Wilson Chapter 241, Newport News, Va.
The chapter celebrated the 100th birthday of Brother John
Samos on August 27, 2023. The Ahepans honored Brother
Samos for his service to country, church, and community.
Tributes included remarks from NASA Langley Research
Director Clayton Turner and letters that were read authored by
Major General Andrew J. Gebara, USAF, Commander of the 8th
Air Force, and then-Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas. Samos
served as a Navigator for a B-17 (Flying Fortress) heavy bomber
during WWII. On his 10th mission over Germany, his plane was
shot down and crash-landed in a field in Belgium. His crew were taken prisoner, and after four months, they were liberated by General
Patton's army. John was awarded a Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster. After the war, he earned a 45-year service award from NASA,
spearheading technology transfer efforts for 25 years from the mid-1960s when the U.S. space program achieved great success. Brother
Samos, a former National Ahepan of the Year, has served AHEPA as chapter president, district governor, and supreme governor.
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