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AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 10 Issue 50 - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 

Joint Statement | American Jewish, Greek American Organizations Welcome Second Trilaeral Summit 
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA),American Hellenic InstituteB'nai B'rith International, and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
issued the following joint statement:

"We welcome the second trilateral summit between Israel, Greece and Cyprus, held in Jerusalem on December 8, 2016. The second summit demonstrates a commitment between the three countries, which share democratic values and common interests, to strengthen their strategic partnership to provide stability to the eastern Mediterranean region. The announcement of a third summit to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece is a further indication of the partnership's development and significance...
ICYMI | AHEPA Mourns Passing of American Hero, Ahepan and Philhellene John Glenn, Jr.
The members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the leading association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of American Hero, and Brother Ahepan, John Glenn, Jr., announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades.

"Brother Glenn was a true American Hero and Philhellene," Zachariades said. "Brother Glenn exemplified a lifetime of extraordinary service to America as a heroic combat pilot, a trailblazing astronaut, and upstanding public servant in the United States Senate for four terms. We are proud and honored to call him our Brother. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the Glenn family.  May his memory be eternal."
Then-Senator John Glenn received the 1993 AHEPA Pericles Award for excellence in public service by then-Supreme President John Economou, Akron, Ohio, at the 31st AHEPA Biennial Congressional Banquet in Washington, DC.
Season of Giving | Celebrate the Holidays with a Gift that Makes a Difference
During this Season of Giving, the Order of AHEPA invites the community to give a gift that will help to make a difference in people's lives -- with a gift to theAHEPA Charitable Foundation. The Foundation helps AHEPA to meet its commitment to philanthropy, a facet of the Order's mission. Over the decades, AHEPA has provided millions of dollars in disaster relief or has supported America's military service members through organizations such as the USO. Most recently, AHEPA donated a total of $500,000 to help feed the needy people of Greece through the AHEPA Charitable Foundation, and the AHEPA-Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine capital fundraising campaign is administered through the Foundation.
Santa's Bag
A current philanthropic initiative administered through the AHEPA CharitableFoundation is Santa's Bag, which distributes toys to children at Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC.  Kyriakos Mossaidis, a member of the Sons of Pericles Chapter in Alexandria, Va., chairs Santa's Bag. Donations to Santa's Bag can be received through to December 16. To donate to Santa's Bag:
AHEPA Charitable Foundation
Attn: Santa's Bag
1909 Q Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009
Thank you for supporting the AHEPA Charitable Foundation!
Save the Dates | 2017 Supreme Convention!
AHEPA is determined to meet its Saint Nicholas Capital Campaign fund raising goal of $1 million. Donations--large and small--keep pouring in for AHEPA's #RebuildStNicholas capital campaign.  
Brothers from AHEPA Gus Cherevas-Estia Pindus Chapter 326, Flushing, N.Y. presenting their second $30,000 donation to the campaign.
NEW! | Our campaign to rebuild Saint Nicholas has been fortunate to receive generous donations from individuals as well as chapters and districts. Recently, we received a $1,000 donation from Barry G. Kaiman and Toni Victor. Thank you to Barry and Toni!
Visit our #RebuildStNicholas campaign webpage.
ICYMI | AHEPA Rebuild Saint Nicholas Campaign Appeal Video
AHEPA released its appeal video for the AHEPA-Saint Nicholas Capital Campaign at the 94th Grand Banquet.  Check it out and share it with family and friends!
Has your district or chapter organized a fundraiser for the campaign to #RebuildStNicholas?  Take action and support AHEPA's campaign today! Please tweet about your fundraising activity by using #RebuildStNicholas to share your work with the broader community!
Photo Credit: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese/D. Panagos
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Holds "Topping Out Ceremony"
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine held a "topping out ceremony" this morning at its construction site at Greenwich and Liberty Streets in New York City.  This traditional construction ceremony, marking the raising of the highest structural element, was led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and attended by representatives of the Port Authority and SKANSKA, as well as the Consul General of Greece, major donors and contributors to the project and members of the original Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church community.
Live Webcam!
Thanks to a live webcam, you can watch progress being made with a first-hand look at the site where Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be build.
The Ahepan
ICYMI Check out the newly-released fall issue of The Ahepan! Share itwithfamily and friends by forwarding this electronic version before it hits mailboxes!
Read about AHEPA's successful Journey to Greece program for college students; get a recap of the memorable 2016 Supreme Convention; and AHEPA is proud to announce its national scholarship recipients. Also, don't forget to catch-up on the latest ways AHEPA chapters are giving back to the community through service.
Click on the magazine icon to read it today! 
Next Deadline: February 1, 2017
Upcoming Events
17 | AHEPA Family Christmas visit to St. Basil Academy, Garrison, New York

5 | AHEPA Chapter 16, Tarpon Springs, Fla., hosts Epiphany Banquet
Greek American News Digest 
Editor's Note: Editorials, Commentaries, and Opinion pieces are shared for information purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the views or policy positions of the Order of AHEPA, its affiliated organizations, and members.

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