Wednesday, October 18, 2017

AHEPA Members Volunteer at Greek Food Bazaar

All members of the Gust C. Kraras AHEPA Chapter No. 61 are asked to volunteer this coming weekend (Oct. 20-21-22, 2017) at the 47th Annual Greek Food Bazaar at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, Pa. As you can see from these photos, many chapter members have been working hard in preparation for the annual church fundraiser. Help is needed throughout the weekend festival.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

AHEPAN Gust C. Kraras featured in the Reading Eagle

Our very own Gust Kraras was the subject of a recent article in the Reading Eagle:
Greece native served the U.S. there during World War II | Reading Eagle - NEWS: Reading man shares his experiences last week at the Berks History Center in Reading.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Photo Highlights From 2017 AHEPA Golf Classic



The 8th Annual Ernie Orphanos Memorial Golf Classic was held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, concluding another highly successful year for the Reading AHEPA chapter. In addition to the 96 golf participants, 32 individual and business sponsors helped bring in $13,000 in revenue, resulting in a net profit of $7,235 for this year’s tournament. Approximately 130 people attended this event, including a day of golf followed by a family pig roast. The proceeds from this annual event provide scholarships for our Berks County youth to continue their education following high school graduation. These young men and women have gone on to successful academic and professional careers that give back to our same community that supported them with these AHEPA scholarships.

Previous Chapter #61 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • 2011 – Jonathan Thompson and Evangelia Shunk
  • 2012 – Alexandra Dikos, Grayson S. Helm and Maria Phyrillas
  • 2013 – Olivia Damore and Bern Donahue
  • 2014 – Stergios Dikos, Stephen Lambriodes and Andrew J. Lountzis
  • 2015 – Jessica Craciun, Stavanna C. Donahue and Anastasis S. Phyrillas
  • 2016 – Michelle Craciun, Jocelyn Dialectos, Alexander Lountzis and James Phyrillas
  • 2017 – Guerino D. Caloiero, Nicholas Lecatsas, Alexander Midouhas and Chrisovalantis A. Siozos

James Phyrillas receives National AHEPA Scholarship

James Phyrillas is the recipient of a 2017 AHEPA National Scholarship. James was awarded the Nicholas Kounaris Scholarship by the AHEPA Education Foundation. 

The award recognizes students of Greek descent who have achieved academic, social and athletic excellence.

The son of Tony and Soula Phyrillas, James has the distinction of receiving AHEPA scholarship awards at the Chapter, District and National levels. 

He is a sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he is majoring in Economics with a minor in Communications.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

In Memorium: Stanley Theodossiou

Stanley J. Theodossiou, 89, of Mt. Penn, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 6th, 2017 in his home. He was the loving husband of Marianthi (Palaiopanis) Theodossiou. Born in Port Said, Egypt, he was a son of the late John and Catherine (Chrysoghelos) Theodossiou.
Stanley was a longtime member of the Reading AHEPA chapter and was a past president of the chapter. He was initiated into the Order of AHEPA in 1975 and was an active member into the mid-1990s.
Stanley was a faithful member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Reading.
He is survived by one son, John S., husband of Samantha, of Lower Alsace, one daughter, Irene, wife of Leo Marcantonis, of Exeter. Stanley is also survived by his grandchildren: Bobby, Marianthi and Stanley.
Stanley was predeceased by his brother, Jerry Theodossiou.
Visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with services beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611.
Interment in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sts.Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at the above address.
Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., Mount Penn, in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit

Friday, August 4, 2017

8th Annual AHEPA Scholarship Golf Classic & Pig Roast Set For Aug. 26, 2017

Everyone is welcome to join the fun at the 8th Annual AHEPA Scholarship Golf Classic and Pig Roast. This event, while honoring the memory of one of our brethren, Ernie Orphanos, is the primary source of funding for college scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors in and around Berks County. Golfers, non-golfers, and family members are all invited to the Pig Roast under the pavilion after golf – children eat FREE!

Saturday, August 26, 2017 – Registration 12 – 1 - Shotgun start promptly at 1:00 pm

Chapel Hill Golf Course – 2023 Old Lancaster Pike Reading, Pa 19608 –

Format: Four-person Scramble (male, female, and co-ed teams are all welcome)

Golf Classic Features

  • $80/ golfer – includes: greens fees/cart, dinner, on course beverages (beer, soda & water) and prizes

Dinner 6:00 pm
  • Pig Roast with traditional sides and beverages (beer, soda and water)
  • Golfers – meal is included; for Non-golfing guests - $25 per person; Children 12 & under - FREE
If you're not a golfer, you are still welcome to attend the Pig Roast for a great meal and fellowship.

For additional information contact: Chapter President George J. Giovanis – (610) 775-9602

Thursday, August 3, 2017

AHEPAN Grant Skyllas featured in the Reading Eagle

Did you know that Grant Skyllas, a member of the Gust C. Kraras AHEPA Chapter No. 61, is one of the premier amatuer golfers in Pennsylvania?

Skyllas goes for third BCGA Amateur title | Reading Eagle - SPORTS: Grant Skyllas enters the tournament having changed his swing

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Reading AHEPA Chapter Awards 4 Scholarships

Recipients of 2017 AHEPA Scholarships are from left-right: Valantis Siozos, Alex Midouhas, Gino Caloiero and Nick Lecatsas. The four young men were honored at the annual Scholarship Banquet hosted by the Gust C. Kraras Chapter No. 61 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Reading.

Fun and Fellowship at AHEPA Scholarship Banquet, Part 1