Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Members of William Penn Chapter No. 61 Order of AHEPA volunteered at the 42nd Annual Greek Food Bazaar at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, PA, on Oct. 19-20-21, 2012.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
AHEPA Supreme Treasurer Anthony Drakos and Power District No. 4 District Governor Frank Skolikas presided over the installation of the 2012-13 Chapter Officers for William Penn Chapter No. 61 on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Drakos and Skolikas are pictured in the center above with the newly-installed officers and the Board of Governors.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 26th, promises to be a beautiful day to play golf and enjoy our pig roast under the pavilion at the golf course. We will have a shot gun start at 1:00 p.m. The pig roast time has been rescheduled for later in the afternoon around 6:00 p.m. catered by Moyer’s Catering. I will forward to you soon a listing of the pairings and foursomes for golf, as well as those attending the pig roast. If you haven’t done so already, please forward your golf fee ($75 per golfer) and/or pig roast fee ($25 per person…non-golfers) to Dean Kraras as soon as possible. I would like to avoid as much as possible collecting money the day of the golf tournament.
The following are directions t the Green Acres Golf Course at 461a South Northkill Road, Bernville, PA 19506:
§ From the Reading area, take Route 222 North toward Allentown.
§ Take the Route 183 exit…..at the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Bernville Road going on 183 North toward Pottsville.
§ From the exit, go 8.7 miles and turn right onto Shartlesville Road.
§ Go 2.8 miles and turn left onto Tulley Drive (small Green Acres G. C. sign at this turn).
§ Take the first right (approximately 100 yards) onto S. Northkill Road leading to the golf course.
George J. Giovanis, President
Order of AHEPA Chapter No. 61
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
In Cyprus, a New Generation Inherits a Conflict - ABC News
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Ernie was born on June 11, 1947, in Reading, a son of Nick A. Orphanos of Durham, NC, and the late Irene (Zaferes) Orphanos.
He attended Reading area schools and graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Ernie was last employed at Berkshire Mechanical, a division of UGIHVAC Enterprises. Before that he was the former owner of Allied Trades Inc.
Ernie was a member of Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and was very active with the church. He was a co-founder and chairman of the Summer Golf Tournament with the church, served on the church board as the Secretary, the Athletic Director of AHEPA William Penn Ch. 61, the GOYA advisor and the basketball coach, and was very active with the Annual Greek Food Bazaar.
Ernie was known for cracking jokes and laughing. He enjoyed golfing and playing poker with his card club of which he was member for 35 years. He also enjoyed woodworking and making furniture for his family.
His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandsons. Family meant everything to him.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Patricia L. (Steffa), of Lower Heidelberg; a daughter, Anastasia M. (Orphanos) Noll, and her husband, John L. Jr. of Shillington; a son, Nicholas P. Orphanos, and his wife, Mary, of Medford, NJ; and three grandsons: John Christopher, Anthony John, and Patrick Anastasios.
Also surviving are two sisters, Frances Franks and Kathleen G. Elliot, and her husband, Gary; a brother, Nicholas J. Orphanos and his wife, Cynthia all of Durham, NC, and many cousins and nieces.
A funeral service will be held for Ernie at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 27, 2012, at Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 East Wyomissing Blvd., Reading. Family and friends are invited to the viewings Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. with Trisagion prayers being said at 7 p.m. at Theo C. Auman, 247 Penn St., Reading, and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow services in Charles Evans Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ernie's name to the AHEPA William Penn Chapter 61 Scholarship Fund, 26 Lancaster Ave., Reading, PA 19607. Arrangements are entrusted to the Theo C. Auman Funeral Home. www.theocauman.com
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
AHEPA Remembers 38th 'Black Anniversary'
Invasion, Occupation of Cyprus
Supreme President Calls for Removal of Turkish Troops from CyprusWASHINGTON - Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides issued the following statement on the 38th anniversary of the illegal invasion and subsequent occupation of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey that occurred July 20, 1974:
"Today marks a somber day as we observe the 38th 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 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 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 and are essentially at a stalemate. This is due to the latter's hardline positions that presented proposals outside UN parameters and European Union principles. Today, as the Republic of Cyprus assumes the EU presidency, Mr. Eroglu displays a continued intransigence stating the EU presidency will 'undermine negotiations.' This is an unfortunate position.
"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, it must 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 17 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. This is especially important as the discovery of hydrocarbon reserves within the exclusive economic zones of the Republic of Cyprus and Israel by a U.S. energy firm has yielded further bellicose threats and actions from Turkey. Furthermore, a just and viable solution will aid Turkey's candidacy to become a member of the European Union, which is also in the best interest of the United States.
"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."
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Time for Turkey to leave Cyprus in peace - Washington Times
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ἀνέστη!
As this Paschal season comes to a close and we anticipate the celebration of the Holy Ascension of our Lord, we reflect upon the power of His Resurrection and of the truth of the Gospel in the sacred work we are called to do. Before Christ ascended into the heavens He said to His disciples, You shall be my witnesses…to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). Together with our Lord’s commission to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19), we have been chosen and appointed by God to offer a witness of faith and service of love throughout the world.
On AHEPA Sunday we recognize and honor the members of our Greek Orthodox community in the United States who continue to offer this witness and service through their support for the work of the Church and through numerous philanthropic, educational and civic programs. For ninety years, the members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and the organizations of the AHEPA family have created a legacy of service in their local parishes, in the ministries and organizations of our Holy Archdiocese, and on behalf of global issues that impact the witness and work of the Orthodox Church.
Ahepan leadership has also continued to pay attention to the challenging issues facing our Ecumenical Patriarchate. Its efforts combined with many other programs that serve the needs of people in the United States, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and around the world offer a witness of the power of faith and love as revealed in the Gospel and as championed in the highest ideals of our Hellenic heritage.
To the members of the AHEPA family, we extend our appreciation for their faithful service, and we offer our support and prayers. We also observe AHEPA Sunday by recognizing the history and contributions of this vital organization. May God bless and guide the members of AHEPA as they continued their noble legacy of Orthodoxy and Hellenism.
With paternal love in Him,
† Archbishop DEMETRIOS of America
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Orthodox Christians mark Good Friday in Jerusalem | CTV News
Monday, April 9, 2012
Unlike mainstream Christian churches which celebrate Easter in accordance with the Western or "Gregorian" calendar, most Orthodox churches observe the Julian calendar.
The Julian calendar was established in 46 B.C. and was used by the First Council of Nicaea in 325 to set the first Easter.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/09/1989576/orthodox-christians-will-wait.html#storylink=cpy
For Orthodox Christians, Easter rituals just beginning - Religion - NewsObserver.com
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
The church is located at 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd. in Reading, Pa., right across the street from Berks Catholic High School.
In addition to a variety of Greek pastry, the church is also selling Honey Ball (Loukoumades) and various Easter plants.
A truck from The Salvation Army will also be parked in the church lot to accept clothing donations.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day
This recognition night dinner will be a Ladies Night featuring entertainment presented by the Wyomissing High School Camerata Select Choral Ensemble! As part of our recognition program, we plan to recognize our 2012 scholarship recipients.
Dinner, tax and gratuity is only $20 per person.
We are going to be asking all Ahepans, for planning purposes, to RSVP closer to the date of this end-of-year AHEPA event. Please mark your calendar and reserve this date.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Our next AHEPA business meeting is scheduled for this Sunday, March 18, starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. In anticipation of a large turnout for our meeting, the meeting will be held in the Kraras Social Hall.
As a result of our Membership Roundup dinner at the Hitching Post Restaurant, I am delighted to report that we plan to approve and initiate a total of 16 new member in our local Chapter this Sunday!
Since this is a special affair involving a formal and ritualistic initiation, I am asking all members to dress appropriately for the evening. Immediately following our business meeting, we will have fellowship including food and your favorite beverage.
Gentlemen, let’s have a nice turnout of our members as we welcome our member prospects into our Chapter of the Order of AHEPA!!!
- George Giovanis, Chapter President
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Historic monastery in Cyprus near collapse | ajc.com
Thursday, February 16, 2012
AHEPA Mobilizes to Help
Humanitarian Relief Efforts for People of Greece
Charlotte Chapter Answers the Call with $5,000 Donation
Will Partner with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
WASHINGTON - The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading membership-based association for the nation's three million American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, will mobilize its chapters, and work in cooperation with the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), to help with humanitarian relief efforts for the people of Greece, announced Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides.
"The humanitarian crisis in Greece is dire,” Dr. Grossomanides said. “This is an opportunity to answer a clarion call to help the people of Greece. We appeal to Greek American organizations and the community at large to answer the call."
How AHEPA Will Help
- Identifying private sector/corporate partners to donate medical supplies.
- Making available its 501(c)(3) AHEPA Foundation, Inc. to receive contributions that will directly pay for the shipment and acquisition of medical supplies and food.
- Mobilizing AHEPA Greece chapters to liaison with the Greek Ministry of Education to execute a food voucher program for schools.
- Partner with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to assist with acquisition of medical supplies and food.
- Mobilizing AHEPA family chapters.
- Outreaching to all Greek American organizations asking them to contribute financially to AHEPA’s program.
- Funds will go directly to pay for the shipment of medical supplies and food.
"AHEPA's inquiry into how the organization could assist for a national level began October 2011," said Dr. Grossomanides, who is also leveraging his professional relationships in the pharmaceutical industry to seek assistance. "AHEPA examined the logistical challenges to providing aid efficiently and cost-effectively to those in need with meetings with the IOCC and the Embassy of Greece in Washington and came to the conclusion that this was the best course of action. In the interim, our fourteen chapters in Greece have been providing critical services to their respective communities whether it has been purchasing medical supplies or equipment for hospitals or feeding the needy."
He added, "We look forward to working in partnership with the IOCC, an extremely effective relief organization, to assist with the acquisition of medical supplies and food."
Charlotte Chapter Donates $5,000 to AHEPA Foundation, Inc.
AHEPA Marathon Chapter 2, Charlotte, N.C., has answered the call to help by making a $5,000 donation to AHEPA Foundation, Inc. that will directly pay for the shipment and acquisition of medical supplies and food. The chapter made the presentation to Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides at an event held in Charlotte, Saturday, February 11, 2011.
- To donate to AHEPA Foundation, Inc. online, please visit www.ahepa.org and click "Contribute."
- Read Executive Director Basil Mossaidis' op-ed piece "An Opportunity to Help: AHEPA Mobilizes to Help Relief Effort for Greece."
- Read AHEPA Mobilizes: An Executive Summary
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
We are now one of the biggest AHEPA chapters in Pennsylvania!
For membership information, contact Chapter Secretary Dean Kraras at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, January 29, 2012
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 - Sunday, August 26, 2012.