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Statement | Deep Concern about Refugee Crisis in Greece - Leading Greek American Organization Voices - Deep Concern about Refugee Crisis in Greece - AHEPA will not tolerate isolation of Greece during critical time
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Παρασκευή, 26 Φεβρουάριος 2016 20:02
 
AMERICAN HELLENIC EDUCATIONAL 
PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 25, 2016

 
 
 
 
Leading Greek American Organization Voices 
Deep Concern about Refugee Crisis in Greece
 
AHEPA will not tolerate isolation of Greece during critical time
 
WASHINGTON, DC -- John W. Galanis, Supreme President of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), a leading association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, has issued the following statement on the refugee crisis and its impact upon Greece ahead of two absolutely crucial March meetings, one an EU-Turkey summit and the second between the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey:
 
"AHEPA is concerned deeply about the inability of the European Union and Turkey to manage the flow of refugees to Europe, specifically to Greece.  The American Hellenic community deems it unacceptable and an outrage that Greece is left to carry a large share of the refugee crisis burden based in part on geographic location and its 8,700-mile border - the largest in Europe - amid a crippling economic crisis.  Greece is a reliable NATO ally and EU member-nation and finds itself under enormous economic and social pressure.

 
"Because of recently implemented restrictions by Balkan countries, at the urging of central European countries, Afghan refugees are being turned away at the FYROM border crossing at Idomeni, and a restriction on the number of migrants from other nations is in place. Consequently, nearly 3,000 refugees are backed up at the Idomeni crossing; and transit centers in Athens and Thessaloniki are at capacity with nearly 10,000 refugees. Some 1,700 refugees are camping out in Piraeus. Some 300 refugees are camping out in Victoria Square in Athens. Groups of refugees, including women, children and the elderly, are to be seen walking along the Athens - Thessaloniki National Highway on their way to the FYROM border. Approximately 3,000 refugees are arriving daily in Piraeus from the Greek islands. It is estimated that 25,000 refugees are presently within Greece, and this figure is expected to double within the week.  In essence, as one diplomat put it, Greece has become an 'open air detention camp.'

"Moreover, Austria's exclusion of Greece from a conference it called this week with nine Balkan countries to discuss the crisis is baffling. The conference announced its participants would not comply with a previously agreed-to EU policy of facilitating refugee flows until the March meetings. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz stated Greece had shown no willingness to reduce the influx of refugees. He did not explain how Greece - with an immense maritime border - was supposed to do this.  Calls for an end to Schengen by some in European circles further exemplify a fragmented and dysfunctional Europe.


"The refugee crisis in Greece, and the resulting instability it has created, is not in the best interest of the United States or the European Union and has left the American Hellenic community and Diaspora perplexed and indeed angry. Although AHEPA is encouraged with a NATO mission aimed to dismantle the human trafficking rings and to reduce refugee flows has begun, we call for much more support, cooperation, and coordination from the European Union, Balkan nations, and Turkey, all of which can play a far greater role in controlling the flow of refugees to Europe in a more responsible manner.  Turkey, especially, can do more to squash the workings of human traffickers and smugglers who are profiting as much as six billion dollars, according to Europol, off the desperation of the refugees.  

"AHEPA calls for the United States to remain engaged and to support Greece in the crucial weeks and months ahead as the ramifications of a continuation of the refugee crisis and the growing instability it promotes are serious and beyond measure.  President Barack Obama's video conference call with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week is welcomed and appreciated. Their discussion of the Syrian crisis and the consequent refugee crisis can only be helpful.

"AHEPA will not tolerate an isolation of Greece, a valued and trusted NATO ally, during this critical time. We call on the community, individuals and organizations alike, to reach out to Congress and the president to express their dismay and concern about the refugee crisis in Greece, and to make clear the source of this crisis, namely Turkey."
            
# # #
 
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 www.ahepa.org.
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AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 10 Issue 7 - Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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Τετάρτη, 17 Φεβρουάριος 2016 18:21

AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 10 Issue 7 - Wednesday, February 17, 2016 

 

Members of Congress gather with Lt. Col. Megellas including (l-r): Reps. Russell, Titus, Bilirakis, Tsongas, Megellas, Sessions, Marchant, and McCaul at AHEPA, Hellenic Caucus reception. (Photo Credit: Bill Petros)

AHEPA Commends Hellenic Caucus Initiative for Megellas' Medal of Honor Review
AHEPA commends a Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues initiative to generate congressional support for Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy to grant urgent consideration and personal review of Lt. Col. James Megellas' Medal of Honor case for acts of valor at the Battle of the Bulge, announced Supreme President John Galanis. U.S. Rep. PeteSessions (R-TX), chairman, House Committee on Rules, also led the effort.

Twenty U.S. representatives, including: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL), House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Hellenic Caucus Co-chairs Gus Bilirakis(R-FL), who is also vice-chair of the Veterans' Committee, and CarolynMaloney (D-NY), and Chairman Sessions, signed the February 12 letter to Acting Secretary of the Army Murphy

"We are deeply grateful to Hellenic Caucus Co-chairs Bilirakis and Maloney, and Chairman Sessions, for leading this important initiative," Galanis said. "To have significant support from leadership, including the backing of the Speaker and three committee chairs and a ranking member, as well as strong overall bipartisan support for Maggie's case is very encouraging. We are hopeful for a positive response from Acting Secretary Murphy."

Also signing on to the letter were: U.S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD),

Speaker Ryan shares a moment with Megellas at AHEPA, Hellenic Caucus reception. (Photo Credit: Bill Petros)

ranking member, Committee on Budget; Dina Titus (D-NV), member, Veterans' Affairs Committee; SamGraves (R-MO), member, Armed Services Committee; Niki Tsongas (D-MA), member, Armed Services Committee; Marc Veasey (D-TX), member, Armed Services Committee; Joe Wilson (R-SC), member, Armed Services Committee; Joe Crowley (D-NY), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Janice Hahn(D-CA) Steve Israel (D-NY), SamJohnson (R-TX), Kenny Marchant (R-TX), David Rouzer (R-NC), and JohnSarbanes (D-MD).

AHEPA joined with the Hellenic Caucus and Rep. Sessions to co-host a congressional reception in appreciation for Megellas, an AHEPA Life Member, on Capitol Hill, Feb. 2. Since 2011, AHEPA has backed the effort, including legislation, to authorize the president to award the Medal of Honor to Lt. Col. James Megellas for acts of valor during the Battle of the Bulge. 

Sad News | AHEPA Mourns Passing of Past National Sons Advisor Chris Economides, Jr.
AHEPA deeply mourns the passing of long-standing Past National Advisor to the Sons of Pericles Chris Economides, Jr., Feb. 14, 2016, announced Supreme President John Galanis.  He was 84. Brother Economides was a 65-year Life Member of AHEPA Chapter 2, Charlotte, N.C.
 
"Brother Economides literally molded a generation of young Greek Americans into the leaders they are today, and from his labor of love, communities throughout North America have benefited," Galanis said. "There are no words to convey the appreciation we have for Brother Economides' selfless dedication to our Order, Junior Order, and to the community at-large. Simply stated, he was a mentor to many and a hero to all for his military service during the Korean War. His colorful personality, masterful storytelling and joke-telling talent, and charming presence at AHEPA family events sorely will be missed. Our deepest sympathies are with the Economides Family. May his memory be eternal."
 
Brother Economides was a recipient of the AHEPA Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was the first inductee into the Sons of Pericles Wall of Honor.
WASHINGTON UPDATE
 
AHEPA Welcomes Rep. Ben Ray Luján to the Hellenic Caucus
AHEPA welcomes news that U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), who represents New Mexico's Third Congressional District, including Santa Fe, has joined the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, announced
Rep. Lujan
Supreme President John W. Galanis. Membership in the Hellenic Caucus now stands at 133.

"We sincerely thank Congressman Luján for joining the Caucus," Galanis said. "We look forward to working with him, and his staff, on issues of importance to the American Hellenic community."

Rep. Luján serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and as a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. 

Hellenic Caucus Membership at 133. Help It Grow.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACTION ITEM | Help Us Grow the Hellenic Caucus!
Congress has returned to Washington to commence the Second Session of the 114th Congress.  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 133.
REBUILD SAINT NICHOLAS SHRINE CAMPAIGN
 
 
 
THANK YOU!
 
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.  

 
  • Thank you to El Camino Real District 20, which collected more than $5,000 at its Mid-winter Conference, Jan. 23, to help #RebuildStNicholas. Contributions came from chapters and sales of lapel pins.
Our #RebuildStNicholas campaign webpage has been updated to reflect the many generous donations we received over the summer.
 
TAKE ACTION
 
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!
 
PROJECT UPDATE
 
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 winter issue of The Ahepan is out! Share it with family and friends by forwarding this electronic version.  
 
Read about how AHEPA honored excellence in the Boston community and maintained its commitment to education through its National Educational Foundation.  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

February
19-20 - Supreme Lodge, Board of Trustees Meetings, Chicago
Greek American News Digest


EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel Associated Press (Feb. 12) BRUSSELS - European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule to keep some border controls for two more years because of the migration crisis and Greece's troubles in controlling its border, according to EU documents seen by The Associated Press. The switch would reverse a decades-old trend of expanding passport-free travel in Europe. Read More

Greece says will have to spend over 1 bln this year to deal with refugee crisis; NATO on its way  Ekathimerini (Feb. 11)  
The cost of dealing with the refugee crisis in Greece this year could exceed 1 billion euros, or more than 0.5 percent of gross domestic product, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas told Parliament Thursday. His warning came as NATO confirmed that one of its rapid reaction forces would begin patrols in the Aegean aimed at tackling human traffickers who send refugees and migrants across the sea in dinghies from Turkey to Greece. Read More
We Met the Angry Young Farmers Protesting Pension Reforms in Greece VICE (Feb. 16) It's fair to say that things kicked off on Friday, when Cretan farmers in Athens outside the Ministry of Rural Development protested against the Greek government's proposed new pension reform plans. By 10AM riot police had positioned themselves around the ministry at Archarnon Street and two platoons, with a pile of vegetables chucked by the farmers already scattered at their feet, stood firm at the entrance to push back the farmers determined to storm it. Read More

Migration minister slams EU for delaying relocation at Lesvos refugee conference  ANA-MPA (Feb. 14)  Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas criticized the stance of the European Union on Saturday saying that relocation is increasingly ignored and Greece is being made into a 'scapegoat' for the slow progress made in managing the refugee flows. The minister was speaking at a conference organized by the Athens News Agency - Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA) and the municipality of Lesvos in Mytilene. The aim of the conference, titled "Greece, Europe, the world before the refugee crisis", was to present not just the refugee issue, but the way it has been handled by the State, local communities, Europe and the media. Read More
 
Greek Scientist Among Team Who Made Detection of Gravitational Waves Discovery  Greek Reporter (Feb. 15) Greek astrophysicist Vicky Kalogera was among the scientists who made possible the direct detection of gravitational waves on Earth. Read More
 
President seeks Arab support on Cyprus problem in-Cyprus/The Cyprus Weekly (Feb. 16) President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday called on Nicosia-based ambassadors of Arab states to stand by Cyprus in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul in April.Read More
 
How a Greek Silver Mine Discovery is Rewriting History  
Forbes (Feb. 16) Archeologists in Greece have found a silver mine that may rewrite mining history during the Aegean times. It sounds like a plot line for a new Indiana Jones film, but it's real. "Mining archaeologists who were conducting a subterranean investigation of a silver mine discovered in Thorikos, Greece, have found a mining complex with infrastructure unlike any seen from this time period (around 3200 BCE)," said New Historian post Sunday. Read More
 

Greek Athlete Breaks Youth Indoor Pole Vault World Record
Greek Reporter (Feb. 15) Greek athlete Emmanouil Karalis, 16, broke the world record in indoor pole vault in his age category during a sports event at Athens' Peace and Friendship Stadium on Saturday, with 5.53 meters in his first attempt. Read More

 

 
AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 10 Issue 6 - Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Τετάρτη, 10 Φεβρουάριος 2016 13:55

AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 10 Issue 6 - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 

Update | Illinois Governor to Attend Midwest Gala
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) has confirmed his attendance to AHEPA's 
Gov. Rauner
Midwest Gala, Feb. 20, 2016, Hyatt Regency Chicago. 
 
AHEPA's honorees include:
Rev. Dn. Chris Avramopoulos, director, Youth and YAL Ministries, Metropolis of Chicago; Philanthropist Eleni Bousis, John P.Calamos, CEO/chairman and global co-chief investment officer, Calamos Asset Management; Hon. Charles P. Kocoras, judge, Northern District of Illinois; and U.S. Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN), member, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues and House Committee on Appropriations.
 
In October, AHEPA held its first of its regional galas in Boston, honoring excellence in the community.
WASHINGTON UPDATE
 
Help Back Hellenic Caucus-led Effort for Megellas' Medal of Honor Case Review
Since 2011, AHEPA has backed the effort, including legislation, to authorize the president to award the Medal of Honor to Lt. Col. James Megellas for acts of valor during the Battle of the Bulge. Currently, U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), co-chairs, Congressional Hellenic Caucus; along with U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),  are circulating a letter that calls for Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy to grant his urgent consideration and personal review of Lt. Col. Megellas' Medal of Honor case. Urge your member of Congress to back the effort too by signing on to the Sessions-Bilirakis-Maloney letter to Acting Secretary Patrick Murphy.  The deadline for U.S. representatives to sign on is Fri., Feb. 12, close of business.
Hellenic Caucus Membership at 132. Help It Grow.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACTION ITEM | Help Us Grow the Hellenic Caucus!
Congress has returned to Washington to commence the Second Session of the 114th Congress.  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 CarolynMaloney (D-NY).
  
Membership in the Hellenic Caucus stands at 132.
REBUILD SAINT NICHOLAS SHRINE CAMPAIGN
 
 
 
THANK YOU!
 
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.  

 
  • NEW! Thank you to El Camino Real District 20, which collected more than $5,000 at its Mid-winter Conference, Jan. 23, to help #RebuildStNicholas. Contributions came from chapters and sales of lapel pins.
Our #RebuildStNicholas campaign webpage has been updated to reflect the many generous donations we received over the summer.
 
TAKE ACTION
 
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!
 
PROJECT UPDATE
 
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 winter issue of The Ahepan is out! Share it with family and friends by forwarding this electronic version.  
 
Read about how AHEPA honored excellence in the Boston community and maintained its commitment to education through its National Educational Foundation.  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

February
19-20 - Supreme Lodge, Board of Trustees Meetings, Chicago
Greek American News Digest


Greece struggles to hit EU migrant hotspot deadlineEUobserver (Feb. 9) Greece is struggling to get its refugee arrival screening zones finished by a 15 February deadline. EU demands to have the five so-called hotspots up and running on the Aegean islands is meeting local resistance. On Monday (8 February), Greek minister for national defence Panos Kammenos said it would deliver on "a pledge to complete the work for the centres" by the deadline. Greek daily Kathimerinireports that less than half the work at the proposed hotspots in Samos and Kos is completed...read more
 
Angry Bulgarian drivers smash through Greek border blockade Reuters (Feb. 9)  SOFIA/ATHENS - Four Bulgarian truck drivers smashed through barriers set up by Greek truckers along the countries' shared border on Tuesday, saying they were fed up with Greek protesters barricading roads over a planned revamp of their country's pension system. Greek farmers have been sporadically blocking roads into Bulgaria and motorways across Greece for about three weeks, incensed by pension reforms that will triple their social security contributions over the next four years...read more
 
Will the EU really fence off one of its own members? 
Reuters Blog (Feb. 9) IDOMENI, Greece - The European Union's weakest link could become an open-air refugee camp if some European leaders get their way. Amid concerns that Greece is failing to protect Europe's external frontier, calls have grown louder to quarantine it by helping Macedonia sealits southern border - which refugees must cross to continue their journeys north - and suspend Greece from the EU's passport-free Schengen zone...read more  

 
Ecumenical Patriarch Performs Historic Liturgy in Izmir  Greek Reporter (Feb. 7)  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew stressed the importance of peaceful coexistence between people of every religion in his speech during the Divine Liturgy that took place in Izmir (Smyrna). "In many parts of the world, Muslims, Christians and the Jewish live in harmony. Religious diversity is now accepted in many countries. We are the ones who will set an example of good coexistence. This example was presented today by the people of Izmir who welcomed us with so much love and care. Please continue to look after and care for the small different communities and minorities of Izmir. Our brothers in Istanbul we have embraced us and that is what we're looking for here too," he said...read more
   

 
Dow Chemical CEO Liveris to step down by mid-2017 Reuters(Feb. 2) Dow Chemical Chief Executive Andrew Liveris said he would retire by mid-2017, following the merger of the company with fellow chemical and seeds producer DuPont. DuPont CEO Edward Breen is set to head the combined company after the merger, while Liveris will be the executive chairman after the deal closes in the second half of 2016. "... My own planned transition out of the company, which will occur when we are set up to be spun off, but no later than the end of Q2 2017," Liveris said on a post-earnings call...read more

 
A Six Generation Greek American Family Story Involving Some of the Purest Olive Oil on the Planet  Pappas Post  (Feb. 6) It's a remarkable family story that goes back five generations (and entering the 6th) and thousands of miles away in the foothills of Kalamata- eventually makes its way to Pittsburgh and returns full-circle to a tiny village in the foothills of southern Greece.  Antonis Liokareas was known as an expert farmer in the mid 1870s and his plot of land- inherited from his own forefathers was amongst the best in the area- nicknamed perivolatha or "premium orchard" by the locals.  Antonis had a knack for harvesting and pressing Koroneiki olives into a rich and flavorful oil and expanded his business by acquiring more orchards. By the turn of the century, he was ready to pass the baton to his son, Fotios- but not before he could protect his legacy and family tradition...read more

 
Total 'chases Greek deep-water block' Upstream(Feb. 5)  Total is one of a number of companies said to have bid for acreage off Greece as the Mediterranean nation looks to increase upstream activity.  The French supermajor is leading a consortium containing two other companies that has bid for one block in the ongoing offshore acreage awards, Reuters reported. The news wire quoted an unidentified official at Greek refinery player Hellenic Petroleum as saying it had bid along with Total and Italy's Edison for Block 2 in the Ionian Sea. Hellenic has also bid independently for two more blocks in the Ionian Sea, the report continued...read more 
 
Greek Guardian Leaves Law To Help Aid Migrant Children NPR (Jan. 30) Three teenage boys are lugging boxes of donated shoes into a stately neoclassical home in Mytilini, Greece, the 
capital of the Greek island of Lesbos. Two of the boys are Syrian, and the other is Algerian. For the moment, they live in this house, a shelter for underage asylum-seekers traveling alone. Inside, Christina Dimakou, a high-energy young lawyer, greets them. "Kalimera!" she says, Greek for "good day" and flashes a smile. The boys repeat the word, giggling. Dimakou, 30, is a guardian for unaccompanied minors, the official term for migrant children traveling alone. She works for Metadrasi, a Greek nonprofit that also runs this shelter, which also has social workers, psychologists and interpreters on duty...read more
 
AHEPA e-News! - Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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Πέμπτη, 04 Φεβρουάριος 2016 10:57

AHEPA e-News! - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 

Speaker Paul Ryan greets Lt. Col. James Megellas and his wife_ Carole as Meredith Walker and Supreme Vice President Andrew Zachariades look on.
Speaker Paul Ryan greets Lt. Col. James Megellas and his wife, Carole, as Meredith Walker and Supreme Vice President Andrew Zachariades look on.
AHEPA, Hellenic Caucus Co-host Congressional Reception for WWII Veteran Lt. Col. Megellas; Speaker Ryan Attends
AHEPA, in cooperation with U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), co-chairs, the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues; and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), hosted a congressional reception for World War II Veteran Lt. Col. James "Maggie" Megellas (U.S. Army, ret.), the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division, last night on Capitol Hill.  
 
Nearly 20 members of Congress attended the reception in appreciation 
Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos, Lt. Col. Megellas, and Supreme President James Galanis. An American flag that flew above the U.S. Capitol in honor of Megellas is displayed on the table.
for Megellas, who originally hails from Fond du Lac, Wisc., includingSpeaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI). The reception featured remarks from: U.S. Reps. Bilirakis and Maloney as well as Supreme President John Galanis and Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Christos Panagopoulos. More than 75 persons attended.
 
Megellas, an AHEPA Life Member, is the recipient of the: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, Belgian Fourragere, and Dutch Orange Lanyard; and in 2008,the German government honored him for his role in liberating the Wobbelin Concentration Camp, May 2, 1945.  
 
"We sincerely appreciate the hard work of Representatives Bilirakis, Maloney, and Sessions, and their staffs, who helped to make tonight's event a wonderful experience for everyone," Galanis said. "We also thank all the members of Congress who took time out of their busy schedules to meet Maggie. We pledge to continue our efforts, working with our allies on Capitol Hill, to ensure Maggie's case for the Medal of Honor is granted review and reconsideration because he most deserves the honor."
 
Since 2011, AHEPA has backed the effort, including legislation, to authorize the president to award the Medal of Honor to Megellas for acts of valor during the Battle of the Bulge. Currently, Reps. Sessions, Bilirakis and Maloney are circulating a letter that calls for Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy to grant his urgent consideration and personal review of Lt. Col. Megellas' Medal of Honor case. Urge your member of Congress to back the effort too by signing on to the Sessions-Bilirakis-Maloney letter to Acting Secretary Patrick Murphy.

Trilateral Summit Issues Declaration to Strengthen Cooperation
A trilateral summit concluded Jan. 28 in Cyprus between the leaders of Cyprus, Greece, and Israel to discuss strengthening ties in the security, energy, economic and political arenas between the three countries.

Ahead of this summit, AHEPA had the honor of joining a Leadership Mission of American Hellenic and American Jewish organizational leaders from American Hellenic InstituteB'nai B'rith International and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
to visit these three countries. During the Mission, the delegation spoke with the prime ministers, presidents and top officials from Israel, Greece and Cyprus, exploring the major policy issues and concerns as well as ways to foster ties between the people of the three countries.
AHEPA Applauds Nomination of Greek Islanders for
Nobel Peace Prize         
Last week, AHEPA saluted the effort of an international group of academicians who planned to nominate the people of Lesbos, Kos, Chíos, Samos, Rhodes and Leros, for the Nobel Peace Prize.  That effort, fueled by an online petition from Brother Steven Katradis, Chapter 31, Washington, D.C., has gained momentum thanks to grassroots support.  According to The Pappas Post, three names have been submitted to the Nobel committee by the academicians that represent everyone's efforts -- a grandmother, a fisherman, and an actress. AHEPA vigorously applauds the nomination and commends the academicians who submitted the nomination and Brother Katradis' online petition initiative, announced Supreme President John Galanis.
AHEPA Announces Honorees for Midwest Gala
AHEPA is proud to announce its honorees for the Midwest Gala, Feb. 20, 2016,  Hyatt Regency Chicago. They are: Rev. Dn. Chris Avramopoulos, director, Youth and YAL Ministries, Metropolis of Chicago; Philanthropist EleniBousis, John P. Calamos, CEO/chairman and global co-chief investment officer, Calamos Asset Management; Hon. Charles P.Kocoras, judge, Northern District of Illinois; and U.S. Rep. Peter J.Visclosky (D-IN), member, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues and House Committee on Appropriations.
 
"We salute and congratulate our honorees," Supreme President John W. Galanis said. "They exemplify excellence in the community. We're excited about our program, and we're looking forward to a fun evening."
 
In October, AHEPA held its first of its regional galas in Boston, honoring excellence in the community.
WASHINGTON UPDATE
 
Hellenic Caucus Membership at 132. Help It Grow.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACTION ITEM: Help Us Grow the Hellenic Caucus!
Congress has returned to Washington to commence the Second Session of the 114th Congress.  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 CarolynMaloney (D-NY).
  
Membership in the Hellenic Caucus stands at 132.
REBUILD SAINT NICHOLAS SHRINE CAMPAIGN
 
 
 
THANK YOU!
 
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.  
  • We sincerely thank our latest donors: AHEPA Chapter 314, Las Vegas, Nev.Woodrow Wilson Chapter 241, Newport News, Va.Aristoteles Chapter 34, Pittsburgh, Pa.AHEPA Chapter 407, Augusta, Ga.Juan De Fuca Chapter 177, Seattle, Wash. and AHEPA Chapter 140, Albany, N.Y. for their recent donations!
Our #RebuildStNicholas campaign webpage has been updated to reflect the many generous donations we received over the summer.
 
TAKE ACTION
 
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!
 
PROJECT UPDATE
 
AHEPA Mourns Passing of Father Romas
AHEPA mourns the passing of Rev. John Romas, who presided over Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on September 11, 2001. He passed away January 24, 2016 at the age of 86.
 
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Father Romas," Supreme President John Galanis said. "He worked ceaselessly toward the reconstruction of Saint Nicholas following September 11, including with AHEPA as together we successfully helped to cut the red tape of bureaucracy so that Saint Nicholas may one day rise again.  May his memory be eternal."
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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 winter issue of The Ahepan is out! Share it with family and friends by forwarding this electronic version.  
 
Read about how AHEPA honored excellence in the Boston community and maintained its commitment to education through its National Educational Foundation.  Also, check out the latest on how AHEPA chapters give back to the community.
 
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Upcoming Events

February
19-20 - Supreme Lodge, Board of Trustees Meetings, Chicago
Greek American News Digest

Visual Journey | The Waypoint  The Washington Post  Take a visual journey through the island of Lesbos and follow refugees on their way to Europe...read more

Two Greek islanders and actress Susan Sarandon to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize  ANA-MPA (Jan. 31) Emilia Kamvysi, a 85-year old woman from Lesvos island, a 40-year old fisherman Stratis Valiamos and the actress Susan Sarandon have been nominated for the Nobel Prize, according to sources. A petition on the website in favour of the nomination of Greek islanders has amassed more than 500,000 signatures...read more 
   

Greece-Cyprus-Israel pact seen creating many benefitsEkathimerini (Jan. 29) Greek diplomatic sources said on Friday that a cooperation agreement signed in Nicosia between the leaders of Greece, Cyprus and Israel could lead to significant political and economic developments.  The Nicosia Declaration followed Thursday's trilateral summit between Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While it covered a number of areas of potential cooperation between the three countries, which made it clear that Turkey and Egypt could join the group, Greek sources focused on the potential economic gains from the three signatories working together in the energy sector...read more

Israel and Greece send message to Turkey: Our friendship is not aimed against you  Jerusalem Post  (Jan. 27) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, sent a message to Ankara on Wednesday, saying the growing alliance between the two states, together with Cyprus, is not aimed against Turkey, with whom all three have tense ties.  "Our cooperation with Greece and Cyprus stands on its own," Netanyahu said at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with Tsipras. "We believe it is long overdue, and are very happy about the progress. It is independent of efforts to normalize relations with Turkey."...read more

Biden, Cypriot President Anastasiades discuss Cyprus settlement: White House  Reuters  (Jan. 29) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden phoned Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades to discuss work toward a settlement deal on the divided Mediterranean island, the White House said on Friday.The leaders also discussed talks held on Thursday by Greece, Israel and Cyprus exploring the possibility of building a natural gas pipeline to Europe, the White House said in a statement. Biden also spoke with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the issue on Friday, the White House said...read more
 

Quinnipiac hockey standout Sam Anas tries to blaze a trail from Maryland to the NHL  Washington Post (Jan. 28) If Sam Anas ran or dribbled or threw, his path to collegiate and professional sports would have been much clearer. Hundreds of teenagers from his home state earn athletic scholarships every year, and a number have gone on to the NFL and the NBA.  But Sam Anas doesn't run. He skates. He doesn't dribble or throw. He dekes.  As the offensive catalyst for Quinnipiac ice hockey - the top-ranked NCAA Division I team in the country - Anas is an anomaly but not because he was a slight, 5-foot-7, 130-pound high school senior when he committed to the Hamden, Conn. university. No, what makes Anas an anomaly is the place he and those hockey skills call home...read more

Thanasis Antetokounmpo finally gets shot with Knicks 
NY Daily News (Jan. 30) Thanasis Antetokounmpo could use a nickname like his younger brother Giannis, aka the Greek Freak, because Thanasis Antetokounmpo may be a good name for Scrabble but it's a mouthful for NBA broadcasters.  Antetokounmpo's long journey - Athens to the Westchester Knicks of the D-League - finally reached Madison Square Garden on Friday when the Knicks signed their former second-round pick to a 10-day contract. The goal is to score a second 10-day contract and eventually land a deal for the remainder of the season. So that gives Antetokounmpo 20 days to make an impression and it gives his teammates plenty of time to find a suitable nickname. Zinger, of course, is already taken...read more
 
Οι Έλληνες του LoveGreece.com και το έργο τους ταξιδεύουν σε ακόμη περισσότερους δέκτες, μέσα από τον ΣΚΑΙ TV.
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Τρίτη, 02 Φεβρουάριος 2016 15:08

Οι Έλληνες του LoveGreece.com και το έργο τους

ταξιδεύουν σε ακόμη περισσότερους δέκτες,

μέσα από τον ΣΚΑΙ TV.

 LoveGreece.com-LOGO

Σε συνεργασία με τον δημοσιογράφο Νίκο Υποφάντη και την εκπομπή του Ready business- Tα Νέα των Μικρομεσαίων Επιχειρήσεων, που προβάλλεται κάθε Κυριακή στις 13:00, οι θεατές του ΣΚΑΙ θα έχουν τη δυνατότητα να γνωρίσουν μέσα από τα video που έχει επιληφθεί η ομάδα του LoveGreece.com μερικούς από τους πιο δημιουργικούς Έλληνες που δραστηριοποιούνται και έχουν ξεχωρίσει σε τομείς όπως οι τέχνες, η επιχειρηματικότητα, η καινοτομία και η τεχνολογία.

Κατά τη διάρκεια του προγράμματος της εκπομπής, θα παρουσιάζεται η ιστορία ενός μέλους του δικτύου LoveGreece.com. Στόχος είναι μέσα από τις δικές τους ιστορίες να αντιληφθούμε ότι πολλοί Έλληνες έχουν πραγματοποιήσει τα όνειρά τους, υλοποιώντας φρέσκες, καινοτόμες ιδέες, και ότι η επιτυχία είναι μία απόφαση μακριά.

 

Σχετικά με το Lovegreece.com

Το LoveGreece.com, το οποίο ιδρύθηκε το 2013, αποτελεί μια πρωτοβουλία για την ενίσχυση και την προώθηση της εικόνας της χώρας μας στο εξωτερικό. Η εν λόγω πλατφόρμα υποστηρίζεται από τη Τζίνα Μαμιδάκη, Πρόεδρο του Ιδρύματος Γ. & Α. Μαμιδάκη.

http://www.LoveGreece.com  - www.facebook.com/lovegreececom

 

 

 

Σχετικά με την εκπομπή Ready Business

H εκπομπή Ready Business-Tα Νέα των Μικρομεσαίων Επιχειρήσεων, έχει στόχο να αναδείξει τις καλές πρακτικές του "επιχειρείν", να εντοπίσει παθογένειες, να ενημερωθεί και να ενημερώσει τον επιχειρηματικό κόσμο για τις εξελίξεις, τις ευκαιρίες, τις δυνατότητες στα αστικά κέντρα αλλά και σε όλη την περιφέρεια.

 


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