The AHEPAN - May 2011 - (Page 4)

messAge From niCHolAs A. KArACostAs AHepA supreme presiDent making a difference every day Xristos Anesti! I hope everyone had a wonderful and happy Easter! The steady commitment to community service for which the AHEPA family is known continues as we approach the end of another successful administrative year. This issue of The Ahepan showcases the full spectrum of grassroots participation in all facets of AHEPA’s mission of which I am proud. From members Nicholas A. Karacostas organizing various Greek Independence Day parades across the continent to taking personal time to walk the Halls of Congress to making financial contributions to local medical facilities for children and organizations that shelter the less fortunate – the AHEPA family makes a difference in the community every day. Congressman John Sarbanes, an Ahepan, would categorize these as examples of what he calls “Hellenism in the Public Service,” which celebrates the diverse ways in which Greek Americans give back to the broader community. I would like to also commend the work of the Sons of Pericles under Supreme President Spiro Nicolopoulos. The Junior Order is steadily approaching its goal of tripling its membership this year under a new initiative. We all understand the importance of nurturing our younger generations and encouraging them to participate in the worthwhile community service and educational programs that we provide. I am a product of this successful pipeline, and I know our future leaders are out there waiting to receive the proper direction and inspiration to take them to that next level. Therefore, I urge Ahepans to support the growth and development of our Junior Order, and if the opportunity arises, to start or reactivate a Sons of Pericles chapter. We continue to keep issues of concern to the community at the forefront. In particular we worked very hard at our Capitol Hill Day to create awareness about a congressional resolution urging the lifting of religious freedom restrictions placed upon the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey. We ensured that legislators from the New York City area and New Jersey were kept abreast of developments regarding the efforts to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero. In addition, we worked to create awareness and grow the Hellenic Caucus. In the next issue of The Ahepan, which will be the final one before the Supreme Convention, I look forward to sharing our collective unique experience leading the AHEPA family excursion to Greece, Cyprus, Israel, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Finally, we are more than one-third booked for room reservations at The Fontainebleau Hotel for the 2011 Supreme Convention. We’ve enclosed a convention registration form in this issue. In addition, you can register online at www.ahepa.org/convention where more information about travel deals and convention events are posted. Please make plans to attend this very special event at a truly unique and fun venue. I look forward to seeing you there! 4 the ahepan May 2011 www.ahepa.org http://www.ahepa.org/convention http://www.ahepa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - May 2011

The AHEPAN - May 2011
Contents
Supreme President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
March Madness: Hellenic Style
The Periclean
2011 AHEPA Convention Information and Registration Form
Housing
AHEPA Family Chapter
In Memoriam

The AHEPAN - May 2011

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