Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Viewing of Cyprus Documentary in Boston

A documentary about the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus will be screened in Boston on May 9.

Viewing of Cyprus Documentary in Boston

Monday, April 23, 2012

AHEPA Helps Hellenic Caucus Continue to Grow

WASHINGTON - The leading membership-based association for the nation's three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and countless Philhellenes, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), welcomed news that U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) has joined the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, announced Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides.
"We thank Congressman Courtney for joining the Hellenic Caucus," said Dr. Grossomanides, who met with the congressman's staff during AHEPA's annual Capitol Hill Day held March 28, 2012. "We look forward to working with him and his staff on issues of importance to the community, including the strengthening of U.S.-Greece relations."
Congressmen Courtney, Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) are the latest U.S. representatives to join the Hellenic Caucus as a result of AHEPA's grassroots outreach.
"Our grassroots network is becoming more active and the legislators are responding," Dr. Grossomanides said. "We must build upon this effort and keep the momentum going."
He continued, "We applaud the proactive outreach of AHEPA family members from all parts of the country either in their home districts or those who came to Washington in March. All of these efforts have helped the caucus to grow."
Dr. Grossomanides proudly noted that the entire congressional delegations of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are members of the Hellenic Caucus. The caucus now has 146 members.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Save the date

The Annual AHEPA Sunday Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2012. All members are asked to attend the service at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in memory of our departed brothers and sisters in the AHEPA family.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

AHEPA Family Donation to Feed Hundreds of Families

Dr. John Grossomanides, supreme president of 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, presented a $7,500 donation toward Apostoli Mission, a food bank charity under the direction of the Church of Greece on April 6, 2012, the delegation's last day in Athens. The $7,500 donation to the mission will provide 400 food kits to families in need. Each food kit feeds a family of four for about 15 days.

"The AHEPA family has been working diligently to raise funds to aid the people of Greece during this unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and our chapters in Greece have been doing their best to address the needs of their local communities," said Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides, who presented the donation during a meeting with His Beatitude Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece. "Our biggest concern is to ensure that we make maximize the aid provided by each and every dollar we donate. We are confident today's donation will have a significant impact, feeding four hundred families of four people for at least fifteen days."
Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides and Daughters of Penelope Grand President Nicky Stamoulis were invited to visit and inspect the Apostoli Mission where the food kits are prepared and boxed for shipping, which they also did on April 6. They also toured a nearby army base that serves as a facility that processes all of the food needs.
Dr. Grossomanides added, "We understand today's donation will only go so far and we will continue to raise funds and identify charities or vehicles through which we can provide valuable assistance. The need is tremendous and there is not one 'silver bullet' solution to fulfill the need. That is why we are urging a united effort to address this humanitarian crisis and encourage all and any efforts that can go toward helping the people of Greece."
To contribute to the AHEPA family's humanitarian aid effort, please click here. To date, the humanitarian relief effort has raised more than $50,000.

For Orthodox Christians, Easter rituals just beginning

Some 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 15.

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.

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For Orthodox Christians, Easter rituals just beginning - Religion -

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New members initiated into AHEPA Chapter 61

New members sworn in by Chapter President George Giovanis.

AHEPA chapter officers with the 18 new members.