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AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 09 Issue 45 - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Antetokounmpo (center) is flanked on his left by Chairman of the National Athletic Awards Program Gregory Stamos, PSC; Costa Papadimitriou, head, AHEPA National Basketball Program; and on his right by SOP National Advisor Jimmy Kokotas and Angelika Stamos.

Antetokounmpo Presented with AHEPA Agganis Award
AHEPA presented rising NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 2015 AHEPA Harry Agganis Award after his game against the Brooklyn Nets, Nov. 2, 2015.  Antetokounmpo, a 6'11" forward and native of Greece, is in his third season with the Milwaukee Bucks.  In acceptance, Antetokounmpo thanked AHEPA for honoring him with its most prestigious athletic award, and he stated he is extremely appreciative of the support he receives from all Greek Americans who attend his games at all of the different NBA venues the Bucks play.

The Bucks drafted Antetokounmpo in the first round, 15th overall, in the 2013 NBA Draft. In speaking to the Ahepans following the game, the Bucks' coaching staff consider Antetokounmpo a linchpin for the team's success going forward and Bucks Assistant Coach Sean Sweeney added, "the sky is the limit for Giannis."  

Giannis was unable to attend the 2015 AHEPA Supreme Convention to receive the award because he was in Greece practicing with the Greek National Team.  

Norwich Chapter Donates $25K to St. Nicholas Campaign
AHEPA Rose of New England Chapter 110, Norwich, Conn., presented Supreme President John W. Galanis with a $25,000 toward the AHEPA-Saint Nicholas Capital Campaign Drive to #RebuildStNicholas during events in New England over the weekend.  
"We sincerely appreciate Chapter 110's generous donation to help rebuild Saint Nicholas National Shrine," Supreme President John W. Galanis said.  "It is quite an achievement, and we commend the brothers for their efforts.  We have surpassed the $250,000 mark thanks to our grassroots mobilization, and we'll keep the momentum going until we reach our goal."
The capital campaign drive has gotten off to a tremendous start in its second year.  Chapter 110's donation comes on the heels of a $30,000 donation from Gus Cherevas--Estia-Pindus Chapter 326, Flushing, N.Y., received in October.
AHEPA Happenings | Veterans Honored 
Last weekend, as a prelude to Veterans Day, chapters throughout the AHEPA domain presented their members who are veterans with the AHEPA Medal for Military Service and certificate. 
"Simply stated, we cannot do enough to thank our veterans for their service to our country," Supreme President John W. Galanis said. "We are indebted to them.  I am proud that throughout AHEPA's 93-year history, the Order has donated to worthy organizations that support veterans and military families such as the USO, Fisher House Foundation, and ThanksUSA, among many others."
The act of honoring AHEPA Family members with the AHEPA Medal for Military Service was acknowledged by the U.S. Senate as part of a concurrent resolution passed March 20, 2000, with the lead of then U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), on the occasion of the 2000 AHEPA Biennial Banquet.  The banquet's theme was "Salute to Veterans."
Hellenic Caucus Membership at 131. Help It Grow.
ACTION ITEM: Help Us Grow the Hellenic Caucus!
AHEPA asks that you help us to grow the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues.  The Hellenic Caucus has been an active, bipartisan group in Congress since its founding in 1995.  It is co-chaired by U.S. Reps. GusBilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
Membership in the Hellenic Caucus stands at 131.
Ahepans tour the Saint Nicholas construction site.
AHEPA is determined to meet its Saint Nicholas Capital Campaign fund raising goal. The administrative year has just started and we are already beginning to see donations being presented for AHEPA's #RebuildStNicholas capital campaign.
Our #RebuildStNicholas campaign webpage has been updated to reflect the many generous donations we received over the summer. 
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!

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

The fall issue of The Ahepan is out! Share it with family and friends by forwarding along this electronic version.  Recap the Supreme Convention and catch the latest on how AHEPA chapters give back to the community.
Click on the magazine icon to check it out!
The Periclean
NEW!  Keep up to date with AHEPA's Junior Order, the Sons of Pericles. 
  • Catch this month's issue of The Periclean HERE
Upcoming Events
14 - Supreme President visits Atlanta for Leadership Conference in 
       Region 1
14 - The 7th Annual Yankee District 7 Hellenic History Tournament,     
       Orange, Conn.

5 - Supreme President visit Evzone AHEPA Chapter Initiation/Installation, West Chester, N.Y.
12 - Supreme President visits St. Basil Academy for Christmas Party
13 - Supreme President visits Archangel Michael event in Port Washington, N.Y.


6 - Epiphany Celebrations, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

13-19 - Joint Reunion Golf Event, Orlando, FL

Greek American  
News Digest
Turkey agrees access to Cyprus army zone graves in search for missing  Reuters (Nov. 5)  Turkey has agreed to allow access to graves in military zones in war-split Cyprus in a major breakthrough to a decades-old search for persons missing in past conflict, a team working under U.N. auspices said on Thursday.  Turkey has formally agreed to let exhumation teams inspect 30 known suspected burial sites in closed military areas in northern Cyprus, the Committee For Missing Persons (CMP) said in a statement released through the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Nicosia.  Access would be given over a three-year more  

Greek alumna talks about what it was like to cover the financial crisis in her homeland  Newhouse (Nov. 4)  International news reporters have to develop a thick skin, says broadcast journalist Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou. Covering horrific events that detail refugee stories, stampedes and plane crashes can be sickening. But what's worse, she says, is covering your own country's devastation.  Egkolfopoulou, who is from Athens, Greece, is a 2013 broadcast and digital journalism program graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. After working for ABC News, CNN and Al Jazeera English, she is now a reporter for Alpha Satellite Television in more 

The cutest Greek island you've never heard of Condé Nast Traveller  Steam seeps from gaps in speckled stones. Neon-yellow sulphur shatters in the sunlight. A dusting of lemon sherbet and rose sugar powders the peaks. The crater floor dares you to set foot on weak spots in its warm, crackly surface. It's difficult to resist. The temptation proved too much for Red Bull's Trial-X motorbike rider Julien Dupont, who tore across it, carving up the rock as if it were snow, making a half-pipe of the 100ft-deep cavity earlier this more
Decades later, Tarpon Springs shrine still draws faithful  
Tampa Bay Times (Nov. 5)  The faithful come from near and far.  They slip inside the cool, dark shrine at 113 Hope St., a few blocks from the Sponge Docks. Some days a dozen come. Other days people pull up in buses and spill out to take turns in the tiny building, crossing themselves and lighting candles.  This stone chapel was built to fulfill a boy's promise made to the Archangel Michael during a vision as the 11-year-old lay near death. Steve Tsalickis was diagnosed with a brain tumor 75 years ago. Doctors told his mother there was no hope, yet he recovered and went on to become a popular middle school guidance counselor. His parents built the shrine in their back more 
Greece: No agreement with creditors on bailout release  AP(Nov. 9) Greece failed to convince European creditors Monday to release vital bailout funds to shore up the country's public coffers and its crippled banks but hopes are high that a deal will be concluded within a week.  Though the Greek government has met many of the conditions attached to the country's third international bailout, it still needs to push through some financial reforms, notably how to deal with those in arrears on their mortgages and the bad loans held by banks.   "There are open issues," Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the eurozone's top official, said after a meeting of the bloc's 19 finance ministers. Dijsselbloem said he hopes agreement on these remaining issues can be agreed on in the "coming days" more 


George Barris, designer of Batmobile and other custom cars, dies at 89 Washington Post (Nov. 7)  The "Kustom City" of 1960s North Hollywood housed a veritable gallery of cars, from Studebakers with restyled hoods to a car without a single straight line. They were all created and conceived by the era's undisputed king of automobile customization: a spry Greek American man who liked to replace his C's with K's.  This was, of course, the linguistic habit of the culture associated with custom cars and hot rods at that time. But George Barris knew, ruled and in many ways defined that culture better than almost anyone else, starting with the first uses of the idiosyncratic letter K. The mecca of custom cars was "Barris Kustom City" - purveyor of "Kandy Kolors" and "Kandy Lac" more 

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