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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Young couples help needy in Berks County

A nice story in the Reading Eagle about Steve and Amy Elliker and Steve's sister and brother-in-law, Thomas and Maria Crassas, who took it upon themselves to help the less-fortunate in Berks County. Both young couples are truly living their Christian faith.

Hope at the holidays: Giving as an article of faith

Monday, December 5, 2011

AHEPA/Philoptochos Christmas Party A Huge Success

From George J. Giovanis, AHEPA President, Chapter No. 61:
In regard to the AHEPA/Philoptochos Christmas Party, this is an interim report pending the receipt of all outstanding bills and other related information on this highly successful joint venture between our AHEPA Chapter and the Ladies of St. Xenia Philoptochos Society.

A final report will be submitted to our membership for final review. The planning committee will meet in the near future to critique this event and make recommendations for next year’s Christmas Party. After accounting for all bills, proceeds from the Christmas Party will be distributed as donations to our Church and the Salvation Army.

Please note the following information regarding this year’s Christmas Party on December 4:
1. Donations totaled $942 in cash and checks payable to the Salvation Army.

2. Total Christmas Party proceeds were $1,280.

3. We had a grand total of 204 in attendance including 128 adults and 76 children.

4. We are grateful to the following Ahepans who donated a combined total of $600 sponsoring for the evening’s entertainment (Joey Vincent & Pipper the Clown): Artie Fecera, Christ Kraras, Gust Kraras, Dean Kraras, Chris Dikos, John Ioannidi, Mike Chaknos, Athan Dialectos, Chris Ganas, Steve Lecatsas, and George Giovanis.

5. Sal Caloiero did a magnificent job preparing the delicious pizza with assorted toppings as well as donating all of the pizza totaling 35 pies (280 slices). Additionally, Stam Zervanos made a generous donation in purchasing various food items. The Kitchen Crew and the Ladies of Philoptochos should be commended for preparing and serving an absolutely delicious and festive meal. A big thanks to Chris Platanos for being the evening’s photographer and “Big Frank” Petrakis for organizing the beverage bar.

6. The planning committee worked well together organizing and implementing a highly successful event for our Church community including: Kathy Rohm, Susan Mara, Joan Giovanis, Susan Seibert, Des Denne, Kim Shunk, Tony Koumaras, Nick Krallis, Chris Dikos, Jim Rohm, and George Giovanis.

7. Our entire Church Community was very generous in making food donations (i.e., desserts) as well as contributions to this year’s Community Outreach program.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A moment in Cyprus time

Naomi Leach:
Few could deny that Cyprus is a beautiful country with a troubled and at times ugly past. But how many of us could vividly conjure the mood and hue of its golden age of yesteryear, before the conflict? Images of hardy men working the land, with sweat, pride and earth ingrained in their wrinkles.
A moment in Cyprus time - Cyprus Mail

Thursday, November 17, 2011

AHEPA Meetings/Activities for 2011-12

November – Sports Social; Sunday, November 20 at 3rd & Spruce Café; variety of appetizers & cash bar; featuring Eagles vs Giants game; social starts at 7:30 p.m.; game time at 8:20 p.m.

December – Family Holiday Party; Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Kraras Hall; Joint event co-hosted by Philoptochos Society & AHEPA; Bring your children and grandchildren and enjoy an evening of good food, holiday music, fun entertainment, and 'kickoff' of community outreach service project.

January – Business meeting at the Church; Sunday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m.

February – Dinner meeting with program speaker; Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hitching Post Restaurant, Bernville.

March – Business meeting at the Church; Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

April – Special event to be announced

May – Annual AHEPA Recognition Night; Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Riveredge Restaurant; featuring Ladies Night with entertainment.

June – Dinner meeting with program speaker; Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Deluxe Restaurant, Shillington.

Looking Ahead – 3rd Annual AHEPA Golf Outing & Pig Roast; either Saturday, August 25 or Sunday, August 26, 2012.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christ G. Kraras Grand Marshall of 2011 Holiday Parade in Reading

The Reading Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, featuring AHEPA member Christ G. Kraras as one of the grand marshalls.

The parade kicks off at 9:00 am from 11th & Penn Streets and will end at 2nd & Penn Streets. A reviewing stand will be at 5th & Penn Streets. Many of the parade participants will have treats for children along the parade route.

The Grand Marshalls this year are Christ G. Kraras and Michael Ehlerman, two leading Berks County businessmen and community volunteers.

Christ Kraras is a longtime AHEPA member as well as a successful businessman and community leader.

Pictures with Santa will be available immediately following the parade at Citizens Bank, Fifth & Elm streets.

Monday, November 14, 2011

In Memorium: Aspasia Pappas Buck

Aspasia Pappas Buck, 86, of Reading, PA, passed away on Saturday evening, November 12, 2011 at St. Joseph Hospital in Reading, PA.

She was the wife of the late Clarence W. Buck, who passed away in 2003.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Demetrious and Vasilia Drosellis Papadopoulos.

Aspasia had worked as a hairstylist at Carl's Beauty Salon in Reading for 25 years, until her retirement in 1977. After her retirement, she had served as a tour coordinator for White Star Tours in Myrtle Beach, SC.

A member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, she was a member of the Philoptochos Society, a former member of the Daughters of Penelope and had formerly served as a parish council person. She had also been a member of St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach, where she had served as choir director and as president of the Philoptochos Society. For her commitment and service to her churches throughout the years, she was awarded the St. Michael's Medal.

She enjoyed reading, arts, and crafts and traveling.

Aspasia is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Voula and George Manukas of Raleigh, NC, and Vasso and Thomas Papavasilion of Landisville, PA; her 3 grandchildren: John and wife, Angie Papavasilion, of Columbia Pa., Christina and husband, Christopher Markulic, of Fuquay Varina, NC, and Peter and wife, Ami Manukas, of Wake Forest, NC; and her 4 great-grandchildren: Lynsey, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Michael; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Matthew Papavasilion and by her brother, George Papadopoulos.

Friends will be received on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 9-11 AM at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611, with the Funeral Service to follow at 11 AM, the Rev. Thomas Papalos officiating. Interment in Laureldale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Aspasia's memory to Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and/or to the church's Philoptochos Society, at the above address. To send an online condolence, please visit www.SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, Lancaster, PA, is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Berks County Greek festival showcases food, culture, music

READING — The largest ethnic food festival in Berks County returns for its 41st year on the weekend of Oct. 14-15-16 at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the Greek Food Bazaar to enjoy authentic Greek food and pastry and live music and dancing.

The food is prepared and cooked on the premises by church members using traditional family recipes.

The most popular dish is Athenian-style chicken, which comes in a platter with a side of rice pilaf, Greek-style string beans, a Greek salad, roll and butter for $10. You can substitute Plaki (fresh fish fillet baked with vegetables, herbs and wine) for the platter meal on Friday.

There are also a la carte items such Gyro (marinated beef and lamb slices) and Souvlaki (pork shis-ke-bob) sandwiches; Calamari (squid) cooked in tomatoes and wine; Moussaka (eggplant casserole); Arni Psito (roast lamb); and Pastitsio (layered Greek pasta, seasoned with chopped beef topped with béechamel.

All food items are available to eat-in in the church social hall or take-out.
A variety of imported Greek wines and spirits, including Ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, will also be served.

While enjoying a meal in the main dining hall, visitors will be treated to Greek and American music by Stavros & Maria, a brother-sister duo who are also church members.
The church’s youth dance group, Kefi, will perform traditional Greek dances throughout the weekend wearing colorful costumes.

After a hearty meal, there’s plenty to see and do on the church grounds. An Agora (Greek market) offers packaged Greek foods and prepared dishes to go. The Kafenio (Greek coffee house) features fresh-brewed Greek-style coffee, rice pudding and pastries in a relaxed atmosphere.

Visitors can also shop for original artwork, gold jewelry and items imported from Greece in various gift rooms.

Festival-goers can also view one of the largest collections of Byzantine iconography in the United States. Guided tours of the church interior are provided on the hour.

A popular stop for all visitors is the pastry room, where you can pick between popular treats like Baklava (almonds, butter, and honey layered in flaky pastry), Teelikta (walnuts, butter and honey rolled in flaky pastry); Kourabiethes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar), Koulourakia (Greek twisted butter cookie) and Galaktobouriko (a filo pastry filled with custard and moistened with honey syrup).

Another Greek delicacy is Loukoumathes (puffed honey balls), a warm dough pastry topped with honey, cinnamon and chopped nuts.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. The event is held rain or shine.

Additional parking is available across the street at Berks Catholic High School.
The church is located at 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., about one mile from Business Route 222 South (Lancaster Avenue), just turn onto Hancock Boulevard between the two car dealerships and stay on the road until you see the church.

For more information, call the church office at 610-374-7511 or visit the church’s website, www.stsconstantinehelen.org

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Support District 4 Programs

Our AHEPA Power District #4 is conducting a 50/50 raffle to benefit District programs including the Powerline printing, increase “outreach” for our various Chapters, etc. All District Chapters have received 25 tickets at $10 per ticket to sell. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are willing to participate by letting me know how many raffle tickets you wish to purchase at $10 each. I can be reached at georgejgiovanis@comcast.net or 610-775-9602. I will get the ticket(s) to you and you can reimburse me directly since I made payment for all 25 raffle tickets.

The District plans to hold a drawing the week of Thanksgiving. The drawing shall be based on the PA lottery three (3) digit evening drawing results, as follows:
ü They shall pay out 50% of what they collect.

* November 21st …..5% of receipts up to $500

* November 22nd …..5% of receipts up to $500

* November 23rd …..5% of receipts up to $500

* November 24th …..25% of receipts up to $2,500

* November 25th …..10% of receipts up to $1,000
Thank you for your anticipated support on this AHEPA Power District #4 fundraiser!

Sincerely,
Brother George Giovanis

Thursday, September 15, 2011

AHEPA Meeting/Activity Dates for 2011-2012

September – Golf Outing/Pig Roast; Saturday, September 17 at Green Acres Golf Course;
Golf at 1:00 p.m. and pig roast at 5:00 p.m.

October – Business meeting at the Church; Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting will feature an overview of this year's proposed activities and the
initiation of new members.

November – Sports Social; Sunday, November 20 at 3rd & Spruce Café; variety of appetizers & cash bar; featuring Eagles vs Giants game; social starts at 7:30 p.m.; game time at 8:20 p.m.

December – Family Holiday Party; Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Kraras Hall; Joint event co-hosted by Philoptochos Society & AHEPA; Bring your children and grandchildren and enjoy an evening of good food, holiday music, fun entertainment, and 'kickoff' of community outreach service project.

January – Business meeting at the Church; Sunday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m.

February – Dinner meeting with program speaker; Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hitching Post Restaurant, Bernville.

March – Business meeting at the Church; Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

April – Special event to be announced

May – Annual AHEPA Recognition Night; Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Riveredge Restaurant; featuring Ladies Night with entertainment.

June – Dinner meeting with program speaker; Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Deluxe Restaurant, Shillington.

Looking Ahead – 3rd Annual AHEPA Golf Outing & Pig Roast; either Saturday, August 25 or Sunday, August 26, 2012.

Friday, August 26, 2011

AHEPA Golf Tournament/Pig Roast Rescheduled

Message from Chapter President George J. Giovanis:
Due to severe weather conditions projected for this Sunday, our AHEPA Golf Outing and pig roast has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 17th.

We will have a shot gun start at 1:00 p.m. and the pig roast is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. under the pavilion at the golf course.

If you are unable to participate in our rescheduled festivities (golf and/or pig roast), please contact either George Giovanis (610-775-9602; georgejgiovanis@comcast.net) or Dean Kraras (610-775-5000; dkraras@whitestartours.com) on or before Monday, August 29th. Your registration fee will be reimbursed to you.

For those of you who could not participate on our original date, here is an opportunity to now register for our AHEPA golf outing and/or pig roast on Saturday, September 17th!

Please contact either Dean or George if you can now participate and forward your completed registration form with payment no later than September 9th.

Monday, August 15, 2011

In Memorium: Stella (Dialectos) Kraras

Stella G. Kraras, 86, died August 13, 2011 in her Wyomissing residence, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of Gust C. Kraras, to whom she was married on April 28, 1946.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Athanasios and Angeliki (Kostomeris) Dialectos.

Mrs. Kraras was a life-long partner in all of the family businesses. She was co-owner of the former College Inn at 14th and Union Streets across from Albright College. She went on to co-own The Lorraine Hotel and Restaurant, White Star Motel and other motels and restaurants in Wildwood, NJ. She also played an active and long-time role at White Star Tours, the family travel company based in Reading, PA.

Mrs. Kraras was a member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Reading, where she was a devoted member and past officer of the St. Xenia Philoptochos Society, a member of the Daughters of Penelope Society, and an active participant in the Church's Annual Greek Food Bazaar. A part-time resident of Wildwood, she was a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, North Wildwood, NJ, where she was also a member of the St. Sotiros Philoptochos Society.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Christ G., husband of Ann (Baxewanis) Kraras; Angel P., wife of Mauro D. Cammarano; and Patricia "Tula", wife of Bernard Donahue, all of Wyomissing. There are three siblings, Effie, widow of Nicholas Parenti, Reading; Anna, wife of Michael Koumaras, Reading; and Harry, husband of Christine Dialectos, Wyomissing; and one sister-in-law, Joanne Dialectos, wife of Mrs. Kraras's predeceased brother, George, Reading. There are six grandchildren: Dean C., husband of Jennifer Kraras, Marisa C., wife of Scott Hunsicker; Andrew M., husband of Sophia Cammarano; Stephanie M., wife of Gregory Labe; Bernard N. Donahue, Jr. and Stavanna C. Donahue. There are also eight great-grandchildren: Mackenzie, Peyton, Christopher and Delaney Kraras; Tommy, Christo and Gram Hunsicker; and Isabelle Cammarano, all who will miss her very much.

Her family meant everything to her, and she loved nothing more than spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611. Burial will be in Charles Evans Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Church.

Contributions may be made to: Sts. Constantine and Helen Church at the above address or St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, St. Demetrios and Ahepa Streets, North Wildwood, NJ 08260. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

AHEPA Remembers 37th 'Black Anniversary' of Invasion, Occupation of Cyprus

Supreme President Calls for Removal of Turkish Troops from Cyprus

MIAMI BEACH - American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas issued the following statement on the 37th anniversary of the illegal invasion and subsequent occupation of the Republic of Cyprus that occurred July 20, 1974:
"Today marks a somber day as we observe the 37th anniversary of the illegal invasion and occupation of the Republic of Cyprus by the Republic of Turkey. This was, and remains to this very day, an intolerable act; one that is a gross violation of the rule of law, human rights, and democratic ideals. We pause to remember the innocent civilians who lost their lives and the thousands who went missing, including four American citizens whose investigations remain incomplete. The illegal invasion and occupation caused the displacement of 170,000 Greek Cypriot refugees, including my family, who to this day are unable to return to their homes which is also a violation of human rights as determined by the European Commission on Human Rights.

"The ongoing direct talks between Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Dervis Eroglu, under the scope of the high-level UN Agreement of July 8, 2006, have provided minimal tangible progress toward a settlement to reunify Cyprus. This is due to the latter's hardline positions that continue to present proposals outside UN parameters and European Union principles. It is our hope the July 7, 2011 meeting between the two sides and the UN secretary-general in Geneva will impress upon the Turkish Cypriot side the importance of presenting specific positions on the fundamental issues that are founded under UN parameters. This will help the process going forward.

"However, the key to a successful settlement also rests in Ankara. We call on the U.S. government to convey a strong message to Turkey that it must provide the Turkish Cypriot community with the necessary freedom to negotiate a solution within the July 8 framework, and equally as important, facilitate the removal of 43,000 of its troops from the island.

"Therefore, we restate our call for a reunified Cyprus with a single sovereignty, single international personality and single citizenship; and with its independence and territorial integrity safeguarded as described in the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions. We contend that such a solution is in the best interest of all Cypriots, and must emanate from Cypriots themselves without arbitrary timetables.

"Furthermore, on this 'black anniversary' we call on Turkey to begin the removal of its 43,000 troops from Cyprus. These are troops that as American citizens we contend would serve a better purpose, especially to NATO, in another theatre such as Afghanistan as opposed to Cyprus where there have been more than 15 million incident-free crossings by Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

"We call for these actions in the best interests of the United States. A just and viable solution to the division of Cyprus will strengthen the eastern Mediterranean and bring peace and security to the region. Furthermore, it will aid Turkey's candidacy to become a member of the European Union.

"Our hope is that we will no longer need to observe this 'black anniversary,' but instead, celebrate the anniversary of a settlement. AHEPA remains committed to doing all within its power to keep the Cyprus issue in the public eye until a just and viable solution is realized."
AHEPA is the largest Greek-American association in the world with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, and sister chapters in Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.ahepa.org

Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States Comments on 37th Anniversary of the Turkish Invasion

Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States Comments on 37th Anniversary of the Turkish Invasion

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

500th Visitor to Reading AHEPA website

Our site counter at Reading AHEPA has recorded the 500th unique visitor to the site since it was launched last year. Thanks for checking us out ... and come back again.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Reading AHEPA Elects Chapter Officers for 2011-12

Here are the results of recent elections for 2011-12 officers of William Penn Chapter No. 61 Order of AHEPA:

§ President – George J. Giovanis

§ Vice President – Constantine Kotsakis

§ Treasurer – Tony Phyrillas

§ Secretary – Dean Kraras

§ Board of Governors - Christ Ganas (Chairman), Frankie Petrakis, Stam Zervanos, Michael Chaknos and Christ Kraras

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Upcoming Chapter Events

Upcoming Meeting Dates for William Penn Chapter 61:

§ Tuesday, June 21st @ 7:00 p.m. – 3rd and Spruce Café (fellowship social)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Past Presidents of William Penn Chapter 61 Order of AHEPA

Below is a listing of the 33 men who have held the office of President for William Penn Chapter No. 61 Order of AHEPA over the past 85 years:

Tony Phyrillas
Strat Marmarou
Spiro Phyrillas
William Sianis
Gus Varish
Stanley Theodossiou
Gust Chaknos
George Pappas
Jim Zaffary
Peter Morris
Gus Capiotis
Mike Firilas
Nick Kontaxes
Thomas Boyer
Charles Billys
Christ Ganas
Louis Vastardis
Peter George
Gust Kraras
Nick Rellis
Nick Lampros
George Govatos
George Paskopoulos
William Sebecos
Louis Daniels
John Kraras
George Thomas
George Pasayotis
Louis Sofianos
James Grammaticas
James Toulas
Constantine Mantis
C.H. Contos

(Note: Many of the Past Presidents served multiple terms in office)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Archbishop Proclaims AHEPA Sunday

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for AHEPA Sunday - May 15, 2011

To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ἀνέστη!

On this fourth Sunday after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha, we commemorate the healing of the paralytic by our Lord Jesus Christ. This Sunday has also been designated in 2011 as our annual recognition of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. The connection of the Sunday of the Paralytic and AHEPA Sunday is very appropriate, as it offers to us a substantive and spiritual focus on the service that is offered in our communities and around the world by the AHEPA family.

The healing of the paralytic is one of many beautiful witnesses we have of the compassion of Christ for those in need. In His abundant grace He offered physical healing, but He also encouraged spiritual renewal through the restoration of the relationship with God. In the spirit and grace of our Lord, the members of AHEPA continue to offer remarkable service through their philanthropic and civic programs and through their care for the intellectual and spiritual development of our youth. This work contributes to the ministry of the Church and offers a witness of the faith of Greek Orthodox Christians who are members of this esteemed organization and faithful members of our parishes.

Thus, it is fitting that on this AHEPA Sunday we honor the members of the AHEPA family and support their work in our communities. I encourage all of our parishes to give special recognition to AHEPA on this day, asking through our prayers for the continued blessings of God upon our calling of offering compassionate and sacrificial service to all humanity.

With paternal love in the Risen Lord,

†DEMETRIOS

Archbishop of America

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Upcoming Meeting Dates for William Penn Chapter 61:

§ Sunday, May 22nd @ 700 p.m. – Deluxe Restaurant (dinner meeting)

§ Sunday, June 12th @ 7:00 p.m. – Business Meeting at Church hall

§ Tuesday, June 21st @ 7:00 p.m. – 3rd and Spruce Café (fellowship social)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Next Chapter Meeting: April 28

Our next AHEPA meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Church.

Our meeting will include the initiation of several new members into the Order of AHEPA.

Additionally, we will receive a report from the Board of Governors followed by input from our membership on the current status of our Chapter and where we go from here after completing one year since being reorganized in March 2010.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

AHEPA Pennsylvania District No. 4 website

Visit the Power District No. 4 website - http://ahepa4.org - for information about district scholarships and the upcoming District Convention in Philadelphia.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Upcoming Chapter Events

Upcoming Meeting Dates for William Penn Chapter 61:

§ Thursday, April 28th @ 7:00 p.m. – Business Meeting at Church hall

§ Sunday, May 22nd @ 700 p.m. – Deluxe Restaurant (dinner meeting)

§ Sunday, June 12th @ 7:00 p.m. – Business Meeting at Church hall

§ Tuesday, June 21st @ 7:00 p.m. – 3rd and Spruce Café (fellowship social)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Presidential Proclamation - Greek Independence Day

Presidential Proclamation - Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy

A PROCLAMATION

One hundred ninety years ago, Greece regained its independence and became a symbol of democracy for the world for the second time in history. As America recognizes this milestone in the birthplace of democracy, we also celebrate our warm friendship with Greece and the lasting legacy of Hellenic culture in our own country.

America's Founders drew upon the core democratic principles developed in ancient Greece as they imagined a new government. Since that time, our Union has strived to uphold the belief that each person has a fundamental right to liberty and participation in the democratic process, and Greece has continued to promote those very principles. Over the centuries these cherished ideals -- democracy, equality, and freedom -- have inspired our citizens and the world.

The relationship between the United States and Greece extends beyond our common values and is strengthened by the profound influence of Greek culture on our national life. From the architecture of our historic buildings to the lessons in philosophy and literature passed on in our classrooms, America has drawn on the deep intellectual traditions of the Greeks in our own establishment and growth as a nation. Reinforcing the steadfast bonds between our two countries, Americans of Greek descent have maintained the best of their heritage and immeasurably enriched our national character.

The American people stand with Greece to honor the legacy of democracy wrought over 2,000 years ago and its restoration to the Hellenic Republic nearly 200 years ago. As we celebrate the history and values of Greece and the United States, we also look forward to our shared future and recommit to continuing our work as friends and allies.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2011, as "Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy." I call upon all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Obama celebrates Greek Independence Day

Obama to celebrate Greek Independence Day - San Jose Mercury News

2011 Greek Independence Day Parade

2011 Greek Independence Day Parade on New York's Fifth Avenue Dedicated to "Visit Greece"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Upcoming Meeting Dates for William Penn Chapter 61:

§ Tuesday, March 15th @ 7:00 p.m. – 3rd and Spruce Café (fellowship social)

§ Thursday, April 28th @ 7:00 p.m. – Business Meeting at Church hall

§ Sunday, May 22nd @ 700 p.m. – Deluxe Restaurant (dinner meeting)

§ Sunday, June 12th @ 7:00 p.m. – Business Meeting at Church hall

§ Tuesday, June 21st @ 7:00 p.m. – 3rd and Spruce Café (fellowship social)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Junior Achievement to honor Christ Kraras

Junior Achievement of Greater Reading & Lehigh Valley will honor Christ Kraras at the organization's Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Reading in Wyomissing.

Kraras, owner of White Star Travel, Shillington, is a longtime member of William Penn Chapter No. 61.

Junior Achievement chapter begins new era

Friday, February 25, 2011

5 new members initiated

William Penn Chapter No. 61 welcomes its newest members, initiated into the Order of AHEPA on Sunday, Feb. 20.

The newest brothers are Alan Futrick, Stav Koumaras, Andy Lentz, Alex Simotas and Evan Zervanos.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pennsylvania AHEPA District launches website

AHEPA Power District No. 4 has launched its own website. Check it out at http://ahepa4.org/

The site contains information on the District No. 4 convention, Scholarship forms, and other important documents.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In Memorium: Augustus 'Gus' Varish

Augustus "Gus" Varish, a Life Member of William Penn Chapter No. 61, Order of AHEPA, and past chapter president, passed away this week at age 86. May his memory be eternal.

His obituary information:

Augustus "Gus" Varish, 86, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, surrounded by his family and friends.

Gus was a business agent for the Teamsters Union Local 429 for 25 years; past president of the AHEPA; and lifelong member of SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Charlotte; parents, Philotheos and Maria; sisters, Kalliope (Tambakis) and Audrey; and brothers: Elias, George and Ben.

He is survived by his brother, Peter; sister-in-law, Delhia; numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, godchildren and exceptionally good friends.

Visitation will be held at Henninger Funeral Home Inc., 229 N. Fifth St., Reading, on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., with Trisagion at 7 p.m.

Visitation will also be one hour prior to service at 11 a.m. Thursday at SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading. Father Spyridon Papademetriou will officiate.

Burial will be in Charles Evans Cemetery.