Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Reading AHEPA Chapter Has Long History of Helping the Church

When Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, Pa., needed help, the Reading AHEPA Chapters would always step up. Did you know that the Icon Screen at the church from 1947 to 1989 was donated by the Reading AHEPA Chapter? This plaque, which hangs to the right of the current Icon Screen, was donated by Brother Gust C. Kraras.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


The Supreme President, center, poses with the presidents of the six chapters, who were presented with certificates honoring their 90th year in the Order of AHEPA.
The six chapter presidents were sworn in by the Supreme President of the Order of AHEPA.
New members to the Order of AHEPA were given their oaths by the Supreme President.
The Supreme President addresses the gathering in Reading.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Six Pennsylvania AHEPA Chapters Come Together to Celebrate Their 90th Anniversaries

L-R: Chapter Presidents from Bethlehem (Rob Schmell), Chester-Delco (Rick Hogue), Lancaster (Gus Siese), Supreme President John Galanis, Harrisburg (Dimitri Sosos), Allentown (Ryan MacKenzie) and Reading (Chris Wagner).

Six AHEPA chapters in Power District 4 came together in Reading, Pa., to celebrate their 90th anniversaries, Nov. 19, 2015.

Supreme President John W. Galanis and several Supreme Lodge officers attended the milestone event that commemorated: Chapter 60, Allentown, Pa.; Chapter 61, Reading, Pa.; Chapter 64, Harrisburg, Pa.; Chapter 65, Bethlehem, Pa.; Chapter 71, Lancaster, Pa.; and Chapter 79, Chester-Delco, Pa.

"We are proud of these chapters and their charitable works that have  served to strengthen their communities for nine decades," Supreme President John W. Galanis said. "We thank Reading Chapter 61 for taking the initiative to invite surrounding chapters to come together in celebration of this landmark and special occasion." 

Supreme President Galanis presented a unique certificate to each of the six chapter presidents. Brothers from the chapters shared stories of their founding members and the obstacles and challenges they faced to charter their chapters.

Friday, November 20, 2015

3 Students From Berks County Awarded AHEPA District Scholarships

Three students with ties to the Gust C. Kraras Chapter No. 61 were awarded Power District No. 4 Scholarships for 2015.

The scholarship recipients are Stavana Donohue, Anastasis Phyrillas and Maria Phyrillas.

A total of 55 District Scholarships were awarded at the District Convention.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Gust C. Kraras featured in the Reading Eagle

Gust C. Kraras has been chronicling the history of Greek-Americans in Berks County (and the history of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, Pa.) for more than 50 years. His efforts were featured today in an article in the Reading Eagle.

Kelly's Korner: Booklets detail history of Berks County Greek community | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


 AHEPA Chapters 60 & 61
cordially invite you to an AHEPA dinner meeting
Honoring Supreme President John W. Galanis
and celebrating the
90th Anniversary of six local AHEPA Chapters

Date:         Thursday, November 19, 2015

Place:        Sts. Constantine & Helen Church – Social Hall
                             1001 East Wyomissing Boulevard, Reading, PA 19611

          Time:         6:00-6:30 p.m.   Fellowship with Cocktail Reception
                             6:30 p.m.            Dinner Served

          Cost:          $20 per person

Musical Entertainment Featuring Stavros & Maria

Enjoy an evening with Supreme President, John Galanis and
Supreme Governor, Jim Stasios socializing with our AHEPA family in
District 4 and the Allentown, Bethlehem, Chester-Delco, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading Chapters Celebrating 90 years of service!

(The Power District 4 AHEPA family & spouses are invited to this gala event)

RSVP:       By Thursday, November 12th…..Please contact Brother
                   George Giovanis @ or
                   at 610-775-9602.