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Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan Meets with EducationUSA Academy participants at Northwestern University
Δευτέρα, 18 Ιούλιος 2016 14:08

Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan Meets with EducationUSA Academy participants at Northwestern University

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A/S Ryan and Special Assistant Kelsi Ward met with 18 Academy students and their professors who shared details about the program, the students’ educational goals, and how the EducationUSA Academy ties into those goals. U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS funded the participation of Ms. Eleftheria Simou from Trikala, who is representing Greece at the Academy.

The EducationUSA Academy is currently underway at seven U.S. colleges and universities around the country, providing English language courses and college preparatory workshops to youth from around the world.

AHEPA Mourns Passing of Former Congressman, NYU President Emeritus Dr. John Brademas
Τετάρτη, 13 Ιούλιος 2016 08:46
AHEPA Mourns Passing of Former Congressman, 
NYU President Emeritus Dr. John Brademas
WASHINGTON (July 12, 2016) -- The American Hellenic Educational Progressive 
Association (Order of AHEPA), a leading membership-based association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, mourns the passing of former U.S. Congressman and New York University President Emeritus Dr. John Brademas.  He died yesterday at the age of 89.  Brother Brademas, who was the first American-born person of Hellenic descent to be elected to Congress, was initiated into AHEPA Chapter 100, South Bend, Ind. 
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Brademas," Supreme President John W. Galanis said. "Dr. Brademas was an outstanding public servant who served two decades in the U.S. Congress, and he was a passionate champion of education and the arts.  Serving in these two capacities, John was a giant and an inspiration to many, especially Greek Americans, who went on to serve in public service or to work in these fields.  In Congress, he ascended to a leadership position, becoming Majority Whip, which made him the highest-ranking Greek American to serve in Congress.
"In addition, Dr. Brademas was tremendous champion of the rule of law.  He played an integral role inCongress' imposition of an arms embargo on Turkey in the aftermath of Turkey's illegal invasion and occupation of the Republic of Cyprus.
"Our deepest condolences and sympathies are with Dr. Brademas' family, friends, and all whose lives he touched and inspired.  May his memory be eternal."
Brother Brademas keynoted many AHEPA national events, including the 1974 Supreme Convention, Boston, Mass., and AHEPA's 75th Anniversary Grand Banquet at the 1997 Supreme Convention, Atlanta, Ga. At the latter event, he spoke of his life-long AHEPA membership.  He said AHEPA "has, for three quarters of a century, been the institution through which Hellenic Americans have come to play an increasingly significant role in the life of this country."
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Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, on the principles that undergirded its fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred felt at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  
AHEPA's mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism. 
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AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees
Τρίτη, 21 Ιούνιος 2016 17:44
AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees
WASHINGTON (June 21, 2016) -- The Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading membership-based association for the nation's million American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, has selected its Hall of Fame Class of 2016, announced Supreme President John W. Galanis and Gregory J. Stamos, chairman, Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
The AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are:
  • Nicolette ("Nikki") Gianulias, professional bowler;
  • Niko Koutouvides, college and professional football player;
  • John Margaritis, head women's basketball coach, UC Riverside;
  • Steven Schubert, college and professional football player; and
  • Christos ("Chris") Tsiotos, college basketball player.
"The 2016 Induction Class is comprised of individuals who have reached the highest levels of their respective areas of competition," Supreme President Galanis said. "They also represent a wonderful cross-section of sports, spanning all levels, be it amateur, scholastic and professional.  Their one common denominator is they have sustained success over a long period of time.  We look forward to welcoming them into the AHEPA Hall of Fame."
They will be inducted into the Hall at the Athletic Luncheon held at the 94th AHEPA Supreme Convention on Wed., July 27, 2016, Las Vegas, Nev.
Selection Committee Chairman Stamos added that each of the inductees excelled not only on the playing fields or within their industry, but also demonstrated character and ideals that were integral to their selection.
"Most significantly, they have also remained committed to their Hellenic heritage and roots," he said.
The AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1974 and now includes 139 inductees. Each year candidates are nominated by members of the AHEPA family, and after a thorough vetting process, are selected by the 20 Hall of Fame Selection Committee members, who encompass a broad cross-section of engaged voters, with diversity as to geography, age, eras and athletic interests. Significantly, while selection certainly recognizes athletic achievement, the selection criteria tellingly also includes personal character and civic and community service.
The 2016 distinguished class joins such stellar prior inductees as: Harry Agganis, Alex Karras, Milt Pappas, Pete Sampras, Eric Karros, Gene Rossides, Steve Lappas, Bob Costas, and Greg Louganis, among many others.
Inductee Bios
NICOLETTE ("NIKKI") GIANULIS, Vallejo, California, is a professional women's bowler selected to the Professional Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 1997. Her achievements include: Bowling Association Bowler of the Year in 1982, leading the Ladies Professional Bowling Tour in average in 1981, 1982 and 1986, setting a record in 1986 with a 213.89 average. As a professional, she won 18 titles.


NIKO KOUTOUVIDES, New Britain, Connecticut, played professional football for nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2004-2008), Denver Broncos (2008-2009), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-2011) and the New England Patriots (2011-2013), participating in two Super Bowls. A college standout at Purdue University, he starred as a linebacker for the Boilermakers from 2000-2003, being named twice as an All-Big Ten Conference First Team selection.
JOHN MARGARITIS, a native of Athens, Greece, has been head coach of the University of California, Riverside Women's Basketball team for 12 seasons. He is a two-time Big West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, earning that honor in 2007, and most recently, 2016, after leading the Lady Highlanders to a perfect16-0 conference record and school record 23 wins. Under his leadership, the program has had six post-season appearances: three NCAA Tournaments and three National Invitational Tournaments.
STEVEN ("STEVE") SCHUBERT played six seasons in the National Football League with the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears as a wide receiver. During his professional career, he returned three punts for touchdowns.  At the University of Massachusetts, Schubert was named First Team All Yankee Conference and First Team Kodak All-American in 1972.  He finished his college career with 11 touchdown receptions. 
CHRISTOS ("CHRIS") TSIOTOS played professional basketball in Greece after a successful collegiate career at Suffolk University where he was named All-New England and ultimately elected to the Suffolk University Hall of Fame. At Suffolk, he tallied 1,639 career points and 1,250 career rebounds. was elected to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.  In 1974 and 1982, Chris also was selected to the AHEPA Basketball All-Star Teams that played in Greece.
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Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, on the principles that undergirded its fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred felt at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  
AHEPA's mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism. 
For more information, please visit
AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 10 Issue 24 - Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Τετάρτη, 15 Ιούνιος 2016 12:10

AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 10 Issue 24 - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 

AHEPA Statement on Hagia Sophia
Supreme President John W. Galanis issued the following June 10
AHEPA family members gather in front of Hagia Sophia during the May 2016 Leadership Excursion.
statement on the Turkish government's decision to allow a daily reading from The Koran during Ramadan in Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

"Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a component of the Historic Areas of Istanbul. UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value. Indeed, Hagia Sophia's value is universal and transcends religion. In addition to Orthodox Christians and clergy, historians, artists and art historians, architects, engineers, archeologists, academicians, authors and journalists all appreciate and value Hagia Sophia.
L-R: Remaining AHEPA Centennial Foundation Board Members PSG Tom Rakus, Dr. Victor Polizos, Lou Zakas, Past Supreme Counselor William Marianes and Dr. Pandeli "Lee" Dubertaki.
AHEPA Family Members Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Tribute Sculpture Dedication
AHEPA family members gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the "Tribute to Olympism" Sculpture, June 4, Atlanta, Ga.  The $775,000 sculpture, dedicated June 1, 1996, stands in Atlanta's Centennial Park as a lasting legacy of AHEPA and as a gift from the community to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games.  Tribute's fan-like design absorbed shrapnel during the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, saving lives. 
Pictured are the remaining board members of AHEPA Centennial Foundation, Inc., who were able to attend the weekend's events, which included a gathering of a large group at Centennial Park and a dinner in celebration.  The board members wore Hawaiian shirts in honor and remembrance of the late Past Supreme President Johnny N. Economy, who spearheaded the project as the foundation's president.
Statement | Orlando Nightclub Shooting Condemned
Supreme President John W. Galanis issued the following June 12 statement on the Orlando nightclub shooting--the deadliest mass shooting in American history:

"The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association condemns and is outraged by the act of terror and hate that took place in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning, in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with the families of the victims and all those who have been affected by this deplorable and heinous act. The American Hellenic community stands with the community of Orlando during this most difficult time and commends Orlando's first responders."

AHEPA City Beautiful Chapter 161, Orlando, will be working with local entities to provide assistance to the families of the victims. More details forthcoming.
In March 2010, Senator Voinovich receives his honor from then Supreme President Nicholas Karacostas accompanied by then DOP Grand President Elaine Sampanis and then Chairman of the Board Franklin Manios, PSP, both Ohio constituents.
Sad News | AHEPA Mourns Passing of Ahepan, former Senator George Voinovich
AHEPA is deeply saddened by the passing of former Senator George Voinovich of Ohio, announced Supreme President John W. Galanis. Brother Voinovich was instrumental in enhancing and strengthening the security measures of the United States' Visa Waiver Program and supported Greece's entry into the VWP. In March 2010, Supreme President Nicholas Karacostas presented Senator Voinovich with the AHEPA Paul E. Tsongas Public Service Award for his bipartisan work in the Senate. Brother Voinovich, was a 25-year member of AHEPA Chapter 480, North Royalton, Ohio. He passed away Sunday. May his memory be eternal.

Sad News | AHEPA Mourns Passing of AHEPA Medal of Freedom Recipient, Brother Col. Steve Pisanos
AHEPA is deeply saddened by the passing of World War II Flying Ace Col. Steve Pisanos (USAF, ret.), who was the recipient of the 2013 AHEPA Medal of Freedom at the 40th AHEPA Congressional Banquet. Col. Pisanos, 96, was an AHEPA Life Member of Chapter 528, Palm Desert, Calif., and he also attended events held by Chapter 505, San Diego, Calif. The colonel, nicknamed "The Flying Greek," served as a fighter pilot with the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) 4th Fighter Group in World War II. Col. Pisanos was credited with 10 victories and thus considered an ace. He also served with the French Resistance after being shot down over southern France, and he served in Vietnam.
In his acceptance remarks, the retired colonel expressed his love and appreciation of his adopted country for providing him with the opportunity to become an aviator.  He concluded his acceptance remarks by saluting the audience-a classy gesture the crowd appreciated. He passed away June 6. May his memory be eternal.
In Pictures | DOP Executive Director Receives Honor
Congratulations to Daughters of Penelope Executive Director Elena Skardis Saviolakis who was recognized for her 10 years of distinguished and dedicated service by DOP Capital District 3 Lodge at the Hermione Chapter 11 End of Year luncheon held June 11.
Hellenic Caucus Membership at 137. Help It Grow.
ACTION ITEM | Help Us Grow the Hellenic Caucus!
Congress heads into the homestretch of the 114th Congress, but there is still plenty of time!  AHEPA asks that you help us to grow the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues to newer heights.  The Hellenic Caucus has been an active, bipartisan group in Congress since its founding in 1995.  It is co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
Membership in the Hellenic Caucus stands at 137.
Ahepans tour the Saint Nicholas construction site.
AHEPA is determined to meet its Saint Nicholas Capital Campaign fund raising goal. The administrative year is well underway and donations--large and small--are pouring in for AHEPA's #RebuildStNicholas capital campaign.  
  • ICYMI | We have received a flurry of donations from across the country for the campaign to help rebuild St. Nicholas National Shrine!  AHEPA Chapter 59, Canton, Ohio: $15,000; Tom's Restaurant, Coney Island, N.Y.: $5,000; Buckeye District 11, Ohio: $2,000; AHEPA Chapter 215, Portsmouth, N.H.: $1,500; Automotive District 10, Michigan: $1,250; and Districts 10 & 11 combined for a $1,250 donation! Thank you!
Visit our #RebuildStNicholas campaign webpage.
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

Check out the spring winter issue of The Ahepan! Share it with family and friends by forwarding this electronic version.
Read about how AHEPA and Congress came together in appreciation for a World War II hero, recap AHEPA's participation on a Leadership Mission to Israel, Cyprus and Greece in January, and catch a preview of the 94th Supreme Convention to be held this summer in Las Vegas. Also, check out the latest on how AHEPA chapters give back to the community.
Click on the magazine icon to read it today!
Upcoming Events

24 | Deadline to Pre-Register for the Supreme Convention
24-29 | 94th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention, Las Vegas, Nev.
Supreme Convention News

With Supreme Convention right around the corner, please click the link or logo above for convention information.  

Online Registration is LIVE!  If you have not pre-registered via mail or fax, then register online! It's fast and easy! 

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AHEPA National Invitational Basketball Tournament 2016 
Wed., July 27 - Fri., July 29, 2016 | Las Vegas, Nevada

The AHEPA National Athletics Department is holding its annual NAIBT - National AHEPA Invitational Basketball Tournament at the end of the Supreme Convention in Las Vegas. Opening round games begin the evening of Wed., July 27, continue Thurs., July 28, and culminate Fri., July 29. Teams entering the tournament will be required to submit a $400 entry fee to reserve their slot, which will be fully refunded following the completion of their participation in the tournament for those teams who register before 6/12/16. In addition, all teams completing participation will also receive $400 to assist them with travel expenses.  (more
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Greek American News Digest 
Hope lost in Greece, some Syrians pay smugglers to get homeAssociated Press (June 11) Europe seemed like the promised land, worth risking their lives to reach. But in a muddy field on the northern edge of Greece, their dreams died. Now, dozens of Syrian refugees are risking their lives again but in the opposite direction - paying smugglers to take them back to Turkey, and heading home.  Rather than brave the often treacherous waves of the Aegean again, they face the dangerous currents of the Evros River, which runs along the Greek-Turkish border.  read more 
Decade of labor reveals philosopher's guide to the galaxyAssociated Press (June 9) When you're trying to fathom a mangled relic of very old hi-tech, it helps to have the manufacturer's instructions.  For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism - named after the southern Greek island off which it was found - was a tantalizing puzzle.  From a few words deciphered on the twisted, corroded fragments of bronze gears and plates, experts guessed it was an astronomical instrument. But much more remained hidden out of sight.  After more than a decade's efforts using cutting-edge scanning equipment, an international team of scientists has now read about 3,500 characters of explanatory text - a quarter of the original - in the innards of the 2,100-year-old remains.  read more 
First Holy and Great Synod of Christianity in 1100 Years Greek Reporter (June 13) Orthodox patriarchs around the world are preparing for the Holy and Great Synod, a meeting that is the first in 1000 years and has been under discussion for almost a century.  The Synod will take place at the Orthodox Academy of Crete and is scheduled to run from June 16 to June 26. The Council meeting is the first of its kind in over 1100 years: the last Pan-Orthodox council of this scale was convened in Constantinople in 879-880, when over 380 bishops attended, a Sigma Live report says.  read more 
The Greek Hero at the Gym Wall Street Journal (June 10) When my cousin Juliet and one of her friends, both eighth-graders, joined the women's weightlifting team at their school, I was astonished. When else in history could such a thing have been possible? The girls had done it, Juliet explained, "because we wanted to start a new sport that would make us stronger." It is a simple goal, but it says a lot about our remarkable moment in the history of fitness.  When I was her age (I'm now 47), a girl wanting to get stronger might have provoked snorts of disapproval and mockery, even disgust. Ordinary young women weren't supposed to want muscles or to bother with being strong.  read more 
AHEPA and AHI invite you  to Go to Greece this Summer Greek News (June 12)  AHEPA Executive Director Basil Mossaidis and AHI President Nick Larigakis speaking to "Greek News" send their own invitation to the Greek American Community to visit Greece this summer.  Both leaders of the major Greek American organizations commended "Greek News" for its seventh consecutive campaign "This Summer, Let' go to Greece", and in their messages site the reasons why Greek Americans should visit the homeland.  The AHEPA holds for 27 years the "Journey to Greece" program for young students, while the American Hellenic Institutes organizes annually every summer a foreign policy emergence trip to Greece and Cyprus.  read more 
Milwaukee Bucks approve Giannis Antetokounmpo's request to play for Greece UPI  (June 11) The Milwaukee Bucks have approved the request of Giannis Antetokounmpo to play for his native Greece as the country makes a run at qualifying for the Summer Olympics. Antetokounmpo will play in Olympic qualifiers for the Greek National Team in Group Play on July 4 and 6. Two teams will advance to the semifinals against two teams from another group and the survivor of the final on July 9 claims an Olympic berth in Rio de Janeiro.  read more 


Playboy mansion Σε «ελληνικά» χέρια η έπαυλη του Playboy - Ποιος είναι ο νέος αγοραστής
Τρίτη, 07 Ιούνιος 2016 18:10

Playboy mansion

Σε «ελληνικά» χέρια η έπαυλη του Playboy - Ποιος είναι ο νέος αγοραστής

Η θρυλική έπαυλη του Playboy, εκεί όπου ο Χιου Χέφνερ οργάνωνε τα περιβόητα πάρτι του, πωλήθηκε και πέρασε σε «ελληνικά» χέρια.

Το αρχοντικό του 1927, στη γειτονιά Χόλμπι Χιλς του Λος Αντζελες, αγοράστηκε από τον Ντάρεν Μητρόπουλο, ο οποίος είναι ιδιοκτήτης του διπλανού σπιτιού, σύμφωνα με εκπρόσωπό του, όπως γράφει το Wall Street Journal. Το είχε αγοράσει και αυτό από τον Χιου Χέφνερ, το 2009, για 18 εκατ. δολάρια και ο Μητρόπουλος, όπως ανέφερε ο εκπρόσωπός του, έχει πάθος με την αρχιτεκτονική αυτής της γειτονιάς.

Ο 32χρονος Μητρόπουλος είναι πρώην συν-διευθύνων σύμβουλος της Pabst Brewing Company, ενώ του ανήκει η επενδυτική εταιρεία Metropoulos & Co. Ο πατέρας του, ο δισεκατομμυριούχος επενδυτής και επιχειρηματίας Ντιν Μητρόπουλος, ήταν 10 ετών όταν οι γονείς του αποφάσισαν να αφήσουν την Ελλάδα και να μεταναστεύσουν στις ΗΠΑ. Σύμφωνα με το Forbes, η αξία του Ντιν Μητρόπουλου εκτιμάται ότι ήταν 2,6 δισ. δολάρια τον περασμένο Αύγουστο.

Πριν από μερικούς μήνες, είχε ανακοινωθεί ότι μπαίνει πωλητήριο στην έπαυλη του Playboy, για 200 εκατ. δολάρια, αν και τελική τιμή πώλησης δεν έχει επιβεβαιωθεί ακόμη.

Σύμφωνα με τους όρους της πώλησης, ο 90χρονος Χέφνερ έχει το δικαίωμα να συνεχίσει να μένει εκεί για το υπόλοιπο της ζωής του. Οταν φύγει, ο Μητρόπουλος σκοπεύει να ενώσει τις δύο ιδιοκτησίες του.

Η έπαυλη του Playboy διαθέτει 29 δωμάτια- από αυτά τα 12 κρεβατοκάμαρες- ενώ έχει μέχρι και άδεια για ζωολογικό κήπο. Είχε αγοραστεί από την εταιρεία που εκδίδει το διάσημο ανδρικό περιοδικό το 1971, για 1,05 εκατ. δολάρια.

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