The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 10

or several years the Greek American Community with the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) at the forefront and many members of Congress, have long sought this designation for Greece.” —Congressman John Sarbanes

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Fall 2008: Greece’s VWp roadmap “on hold”
Following Greece’s nomination by the State Department, Homeland Security began to send teams to conduct the necessary security reviews that are required by law. All initial reports were positive. However, it became clear that Greece’s path to become a VWP nation had stalled. AHEPA meetings with agency officials revealed that a “political issue” based on Greece’s exercising her right to veto the inclusion of FYROM into NATO in April 2008 placed Greece’s path “on hold.” Then-AHEPA Supreme President Ike Gulas found this situation unacceptable. In October 2008, on the eve of the United States’ planned expansion of the VWP to include an additional seven countries, but not Greece, he wrote a strongly-worded letter to President George W. Bush stating AHEPA’s “discontent” with the administration’s policy toward Greece and her path to become a VWP nation. “We deem the obstruction in Greece’s roadmap to become a visa waiver nation as an act by the United States that is unacceptable and extremely disconcerting to the American Hellenic community. We contend it is an act that is in retaliation to a Greek policy that has no bearing on Greece’s welldocumented merits to join the VWP.” Supreme President Gulas initiated a vigorous grassroots campaign via AHEPA’s electronic network and mobilized the Greek American community, urging individuals to write to President Bush to remove the “political hold” that had been placed on Greece’s VWP path. The grassroots campaign was successful and the process for Greece to become a VWP    restarted.    In 2009, both the United                      States and Greece worked                  together to sign a Memorandum                  of Understanding and a series of                               technical documents on informa              tion sharing and fighting crime                                        that culminated in a signing cer                                                          emony with Deputy Secretary of                  State James Steinberg and then                                                            Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis                                     in June 2009. Homeland Security                         did its part in 2009 to revisit secu           rity measures on the ground in                                          Greece to ensure they were up to                            standard following the lull of activ                             ity on this issue in 2008. The Greek                     Parliament, following elections in                                     October 2009, ratified the technical                                                        agreements that were signed. Newly                              elected AHEPA Supreme President                    Nicholas Karacostas kept the visa                     waiver issue on the radar screens of                                                     key audiences in Washington.             Although the original hope was                 for Greece to receive its designa                  tion in the fall of 2009, the for                                                                       mal designation could not have                      come at a better time for Greece as
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The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010
Contents
Supreme President’s Message
AHEPA Family Celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House
AHEPA Family News
The Road to Policy Success
Montreal Prepares to Host the 88th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention
Pacific Northwest Community Shines in Gala Affair
Civic Responsibility
Housing
AHEPA Family Chapter News
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The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - Contents
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - Supreme President’s Message
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - AHEPA Family News
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The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 7
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - The Road to Policy Success
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 9
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 10
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 11
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - Montreal Prepares to Host the 88th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 13
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 14
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 15
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - Pacific Northwest Community Shines in Gala Affair
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 17
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - Civic Responsibility
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 19
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - Housing
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 21
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - AHEPA Family Chapter News
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 23
The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - Cover4
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