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message from Dr. John grossomaniDes ahePa suPreme PresiDent ahepa continues a Steady march toward 90 years The 89th Supreme Convention in Miami Beach did not disappoint us and provided many wonderful memories. Obviously, it will be a convention I will cherish for a lifetime because I am grateful for the unique opportunity the Order has afforded me to serve as Supreme President. I am humbled by the faith and trust the Brothers have placed in me. It is the culmination of a journey I started about three decades ago, but I’ve always been immersed in the ideals, values, and good works of the Order of AHEPA thanks to my father, John, a Life Member and my mother, Celia. I am pleased to report the Supreme Lodge has been hard at work since we Dr. John Grossomanides departed from Miami Beach in late July. The various committees that spearhead the variety of important community programs that make AHEPA an asset have been appointed along with their respective chairmen, and by the time you receive this message, we will have held our District Governors’ Conference in Washington. I encourage everyone to keep abreast of all our program activities by staying connected—especially via our “E-news” bulletins and news releases and our updates on Facebook and Twitter. Also, we will return to publishing The Ahepan quarterly but at an increased number of pages. Furthermore, I congratulate the districts and chapters listed (see sidebar) that have achieved significant membership milestones for the 2010-11 administrative year, and I challenge you to surpass them this year. An immediate development of note that resulted from the Supreme Convention was the passage of a resolution that encouraged the Order to place a full-page advertisement in the New York Times to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11. If you recall, we placed a similar ad in the days following September 11 to share the Greek American community’s compassion and support to our fellow Americans. Currently, we are soliciting donations to help cover the cost of placing this most worthy ad. We encourage you or your chapter to contribute. Please contact AHEPA Headquarters for more information. This issue of The Ahepan definitely illustrates how busy the Order has been, and will be, in our continued service to the community. In addition, to recapping a very fun and memorable Supreme Convention, this issue clearly presents that our Housing and Athletics programs are bustling, our Journey to Greece program is flourishing, our Educational Foundation is an invaluable financial resource to our youth, and our chapters remain important pillars in the community. However, I am proud to share in this issue a new initiative in cooperation with the USO that helps military families to bring reading home. There is nothing more moving than being able to bring military families together and this program enables that through technology and reading. Please join “Team AHEPA” and help us bring military families together. Finally, I have had the pleasure to make a few visitations to Vermont, California, state of Washington, Connecticut, Texas, New York, and Oregon (Districts: 6, 7, 9, 16, 21, 22) already since my election as Supreme President. The Brotherhood’s enthusiasm for our worthy mission is strong and steadfast, and I look forward to sharing this fervor with you on future Growth & membership Development Honors visitations throughout the domain. I invite you to join me in this effort to keep our momentum growing as Largest Chapter: Denver 145 we approach a landmark moment in our storied hisLargest District: Buckeye District 11 tory—our 90th anniversary. Most New Initiates (chapter): Athens Chapter 24, Boston 4 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