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CIvIC resPonsIBIlIty Veteran New Jersey Congressman Joins AHEPA Rep. Garrett Meets with Chapter to Discuss Issues U.S. Representative Scott Garrett (R-5-NJ) joined AHEPA on February 19, 2009, announced Supreme President Ike Gulas. Rep. Garrett joined Ramapo Chapter 453, Wyckoff, N.J., which is New Jersey’s largest chapter with 135 members. “We welcome with great enthusiasm Congressman Garrett’s membership in AHEPA,” said Gulas. “He is a dedicated public servant who has demonstrated a keen interest to listen to the needs of his constituents, including the American Hellenic community. We’re proud to count him as a member and a Philhellene. “Also, I commend Ramapo Chapter for its outreach to the congressman that has led to a fluid dialogue on all issues. This example must be replicated throughout the community.” Rep. Garrett spent more than thirty minutes with Supreme Governor Louis Arvanitis, District 5 Lieutenant Governor Phil Vogis, District No. 5 Treasurer Savas Tsivicos, and the chapter’s membership to discuss issues of importance to AHEPA. These issues included projects such as the formation of charter schools and the building of senior citizens housing projects. Moreover, Tsivicos, who is a member of AHEPA’s National Cyprus & Hellenic Affairs Committee, led the policy discussion issues regarding Greece and Cyprus. Chapter 453 President Jim Giokas, and Chapter 453 Treasurer George Mellides, officiated the induction. In 2008, Rep. Garrett was given an upper tier, 87 percent rating on Greek-American issues in AHEPA’s Congressional Scorecard. Moreover, he is a member of the Hellenic Caucus. A link to the scorecard can be found on AHEPA’s Public Policy page, In January, Rep. Garrett was sworn in to his fourth term in the U. S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District. He was first elected to Congress in 2002. Garrett serves on the House Financial Services and Budget Committees. He is a member of the Financial Services Subcommittees on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises; Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit; and Housing and Community Opportunity. For more information on the Congressman visit AHEPA Chapter 453 serves the communities of north-western Bergen County. In 2007, the chapter was voted the Most Outstanding Chapter in AHEPA’s Fifth District. That year, the chapter started an adult Greek language school that is now entering its third year. For more information about the Ramapo Chapter, visit their web site at AHEPA Welcomes Newest Members of Hellenic Caucus Seven New Members Join, Making Caucus 137 Strong; Gulas Salutes Efforts of Maloney, Bilirakis AHEPA welcomes news of seven members of Congress joining the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, announced National President Ike Gulas. The newest members to join the Hellenic Caucus are: U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), ranking member, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Greek-American Dina Titus (D-NV), Susan Kosmas (D-FL), Joe Sestak (D-PA), Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Mike Ross (D-AR), and Michael McMahon (D-NY). “We enthusiastically welcome our newest members to the Hellenic Caucus,” said Gulas. “We thank them for joining and we look forward to working with them on issues of concern to the Greek American community. Moreover, I’m especially pleased that my congressman, Representative Bachus, has joined.” With seven new representatives, the Hellenic Caucus has 137 bipartisan members. This is four short of the 141 members that comprised the Caucus in the 110th Congress. “We have more work to do,” said Gulas. “I urge the Greek American community to ask your representatives to join the Hellenic Caucus. It will serve to strengthen U.S.-Greece relations. Our goal is to have at least 150 total members, if not more, by the end of the 111th Congress.” The proud Ahepans of Chapter 453 with their newest member, Congressman Garrett (center). 2 the ahepan Winter 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Winter 2009

The AHEPAN - Winter 2009
Presidents’ Messages
AHEPA Family News
Book Review
Special Report: Greek Independence Day
The 87th Supreme Convention in Magestic San Francisco
Ahepan on the Rise in South Carolina’s Executive Branch
Liberty Ship Arrives In Athens; Will Serve as a Floating Museum
Civic Responsibility
AHEPA Athletic 2009 Calendar
AHEPA Family Chapter News
In Memoriam

The AHEPAN - Winter 2009