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aHePa FaMIly news AHEPA Congratulates President Obama on Inauguration Hosts Reception for Hellenic-Americans Visiting Washington for Historic Event AHEPA congratulated President Barack Obama on his historic inauguration in a letter sent to The White House on January 21, 2009, announced Supreme President Ike Gulas. “Your election to the presidency is an affirmation that the American Dream is alive and well,” wrote Gulas, who attended the swearing-in ceremony. The letter highlighted AHEPA’s commitment to civic responsibility and raised key issues that the American Hellenic community looks forward to working on with the new administration. came to Washington for inaugural events at a reception held Monday, January 19, 2009, at the National Press Club. Supreme President Gulas, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, His Excellency Alexandros Mallias, ambassador of Greece to the U.S.; and His Excellency Andreas Kakouris, ambassador of Cyprus to the U.S.; and congressional staff attended and offered remarks. Gulas reflected on the reception’s theme “Celebrate the American Dream” and President Obama’s call to “National Service” on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and their meaning to the Hellenic-American community. Monday evening, Supreme President Gulas, Supreme Vice President Nicholas A. Karacostas, and Executive Director Basil Mossaidis attended a pre-inaugural dinner hosted by Archbishop Demetrios. Supreme President Attends Joint Session of Congress A Historic First for AHEPA Supreme President Ike Gulas attended President Barack Obama’s first Joint Session of Congress on February 24, 2009. “It’s an honor to represent AHEPA at such a momentous occasion,” said Gulas. “It was a historic first for our organization. This is truly a tribute to the long-standing respect exhibited toward AHEPA in Washington.” One theme of President Obama’s speech that resonated with AHEPA’s mission is education. “Last night, the president stated, and rightfully so, that it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in our nation’s educational system,” said Gulas. “He called on every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. Since its inception, AHEPA has been a vehicle through which the door to higher education has been opened to the community through AHEPA scholarships, grants, and programs such as Journey to Greece.” Gulas added, “To help us continue to fulfill this mission, and achieve the president’s noble goal to have America possess the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, please remember AHEPA’s Educational Foundation when you are planning your charitable giving or estate planning.” In addition, AHEPA supports Greek-language immersion charter schools throughout the nation, including Odyssey in Wilmington, Delaware. President Obama pledged to expand support of our nation’s commitment to charter schools. “Celebrate the American Dream” Reception AHEPA welcomed its members and community leaders from across the country who In attendance at the reception were (l-r): Ambassador Mallias, Archbishop Demetrios, Supreme President Gulas, Ambassador Kakouris, and Supreme Vice President Karacostas.  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