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South Beach Sizzles, The “‘Bleau” Dazzles Dr. John Grossomanides Elected Supreme President at 89th Annual AHEPA Supreme Convention By Executive Director Basil N. Mossaidis t was a long-awaited return to see a familiar, old friend. The fabulous Fontainebleau Hotel, which had provided the AHEPA family with countless wonderful memories at times during the past six decades, was site for the 89th Annual AHEPA Supreme Convention. Rumor had it that roughly $1 billion went into remodeling it. Would it still provide that magical atmosphere that graced us in the past? Although it provided a new sleek, European ambiance inside with a completely revamped “poolscape” outside, the ‘Bleau still conjured up a setting that made it a fitting host to celebrities of past such as Sinatra and picturesque venue for movies such as Goldfinger and Scarface. And convention-goers didn’t seem to mind the makeover either. Amid the beauty of the Fontainebleau, the surf and the sand, the AHEPA convention delegates were able to attend to the business of the Order by electing Dr. John Grossomanides to be their supreme president. Dr. Grossomanides ran unopposed in elections that were held Saturday, July 23, 2011. “It is truly an honor to be elected supreme president of AHEPA,” said Dr. Grossomanides, a 27-year member of AHEPA. “Clearly there are many challenges we are facing. Greece and its people are experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis, the Republic of Cyprus is being pressed to I reach a settlement, the plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate persists and the need for community service is more in demand than ever.” He continued, “I look forward to working with our new Supreme Lodge and our membership to overcome these challenges, address new ones that will emerge, and keep AHEPA on the steady path set forth by my predecessors in a spirit true to our mission.” Dr. Grossomanides, who hails from Westerly, R.I., is a member of Rose of New England Chapter 110, in Norwich, Conn. He has served AHEPA in numerous leadership positions including two terms as supreme vice president and supreme secretary and all offices at the district and chapter levels. As supreme president, Dr. Grossomanides’ responsibilities include being the chief executive officer, and principal spokesperson, of the entire AHEPA domain, which includes the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus. The newly-elected supreme president is a senior clinical pharmacist at Advanced Pharmacy Concepts, North Kingstown, R.I. He served as president of the Rhode Island Pharmacist Association from 1995 to 1996 and served two years as grand regent of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Dr. Grossomanides earned both his undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island. 10 the ahepan Fall 2011

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

The AHEPAN - Fall 2011
Supreme President’s Message
Daughters of Penelope Message
Sons of Pericles Message
Maids of Athena Message
AHEPA Family News
South Beach Sizzles, The ‘Bleau Dazzles
The Journey Continues… With a Focus on Volunteerism
AHEPA Supports Military Family Reading Program through USO
AHEPA Family Chapter News

The AHEPAN - Fall 2011