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A Message From Dr. John Grossomanides, AHEPA Supreme President A Journey that Spans the Globe It has been an honor to serve as the 59th Supreme President of the Order of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. It has been my goal to increase the awareness and the presence of the AHEPA in each community, city, and state by going to our chapters and visiting the grassroots of our organization. As Ahepans, we should expect more out of our leadership. We should expect visitations from our District Governors and Supreme Lodge leadership. We should Dr. John Grossomanides have high expectations so we can advance our mission, our visibility, and foster growth in membership. Our goal should be to have an AHEPA chapter wherever pockets of Greek Americans gather, regardless of size. Our goal must be to have name recognition in each town, city, state, province, and country. The journey as Supreme President has taken me to five Canadian provinces, seven countries, 48 of our United States of America (sorry Oklahoma and North Dakota), and 211 different chapters (99 visitations in year one and 170 visitations in year two). The flames still burn in the hearts of our Brother Ahepans to promote Hellenism, champion civic responsibility, encourage education via scholarships and Greek language programs, and advance philanthropic efforts. To every chapter, and every Brother, I ask that we keep AHEPA going strong. As Winston Churchill stated, “never, never, never, give up.” We must never let AHEPA’s beacon of light and its wonderful accomplishments stop burning. I thank all the chapters that gave me the opportunity to visit, accommodated my schedule and turned out membership to meet the supreme president. From Boise, Idaho to Burlington, Vermont; Asheville, North Carolina to Modesto, California; Mason City, Iowa to Mobile, Alabama; and from Omaha, Nebraska to Honolulu, Hawaii; the Greek American community opened its arms and welcomed me. We spanned the globe to cities such as Winnipeg, Calgary, Istanbul, Paris, Berlin, and Anchorage (to name but a few) and every chapter received us with admiration and respect. In closing, I would like to thank my wife, Anna-Helene, for always traveling with me; my parents John G. and Celia for their support, encouragement and teaching me my work ethic, my Rose of New England Chapter 110 Norwich, Connecticut for all its support in so many countless ways, and my Yankee District 7 for always being there. I thank the membership for giving me this wonderful chance to fulfill a dream. 4 | The AhepAn · Summer 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Summer 2013

The AHEPAN - Summer 2013
President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
Congressional Banquet Triumphantly Returns to Washington
Annual Excursion Focuses on Humanitarian Eff orts
AHEPA Announces “Th e Demeter Initiative” to Feed Greece’s Hungry, Benefit Economy
Civic Responsibility
The Periclean
AHEPA Family Chapter News

The AHEPAN - Summer 2013