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CiviC RespoNsibility her voice on the community’s issues will be difficult to replace. “We thank Senator Snowe for her public service. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors after she completes her term at the end of the year.” From Senator Snowe’s official bio: “Formerly Olympia Jean Bouchles, she was born on February 21, 1947, in Augusta, Maine. She is the daughter of the late George Bouchles, a native of Mytilene, Greece, and the late Georgia Goranites Bouchles, whose parents immigrated to America from Sparta. After the death of her parents, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, the late Mary and James Goranites of Auburn, Maine. “She attended St. Basil’s Academy, a Greek Orthodox school in Garrison, New York, and graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn. She earned a degree in political science from the University of Maine in 1969. “Senator Snowe is married to former Maine Governor John R. McKernan Jr. She is a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lewiston, Maine.” Supreme Treasurer Zachariades, U.S. Sen. Snowe, and Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides at a reception in Washington. Welcome! Thanks to AHEPA’s grassroots outreach, U.S. Reps. Richard Neal of Massachusetts (left) and Hank Johnson of Georgia (right) are two of the newest members to join the Hellenic Caucus. AHEPA Statement on Senator Olympia Snowe’s Retirement U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) announced she would not seek re-election for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides issued the following statement on the news of her retirement from Congress: “Senator Olympia Snowe announced her retirement from Congress after thirtythree years of dedicated service to the constituents of Maine. She is a trailblazing public servant, being the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress and the first Greek American woman ever elected to Congress. Senator Snowe is truly an inspiration and has provided a stellar example for all to emulate as exemplified by her leadership and upstanding character. “During her time in Congress, she has been an unwavering, steadfast champion of Greek American issues for which we are deeply indebted. We are humbled that Senator Snowe accepted the AHEPA Pericles Award in 1996 for excellence in public service. Her retirement will be a tremendous loss to the Greek American community and Committee, and District 8 Governor John Tanionos were instrumental in leading the grassroots effort to encourage Congressman Neal to join the Caucus. Supreme Governor Sandy Papadopoulos met with Congressman Johnson and asked him to join during AHEPA’s annual Capitol Hill Day. The Hellenic Caucus currently stands at 148 bipartisan congressional members. AHEPA Welcomes Congressmen Neal, Hank Johnson to Hellenic Caucus AHEPA welcomes news that Congressmen Richard Neal (D-MA) and Hank Johnson (DGA) have joined the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, announced Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides. “We thank Congressmen Neal and Johnson for joining the Hellenic Caucus,” said Dr. Grossomanides. “We look forward to working with them and their staffs on issues of importance to the Greek American community. I also commend the grassroots efforts of Ahepans who outreached to the congressmen and asked him to join.” Brothers Joseph Coutlis, a member of the AHEPA Cyprus & Hellenic Affairs AHEPA Welcomes Turkish Decision to Reopen Greek Minority School AHEPA welcomed a January 12, 2012 decision by Turkish authorities to reopen a Greek minority school on the island of Imvros, announced Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides. According to Athens News, the school will reopen 47 years after Turkish authorities closed it, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew praised the decision to reopen it. In a January 20, 2012 letter to Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan, Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides “strongly applauded” the decision to reopen the school and added, “It is our fervent hope that the reopening of the school will lead to further positive and progressive developments in Turkey, including the reopening of the Theological School of Halki.” Spring 2012 the ahepan 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Spring 2012

The AHEPAN - Spring 2012
Supreme President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
Answering the Call
AHEPA Family’s Capitol Hill Day Brings Foreign, Domestic Issues to Legislators
Excursion Leaves Lasting Impressions
Convention Form
Civic Responsibility
The Periclean
AHEPA Family Chapter News

The AHEPAN - Spring 2012