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Spotlight On: AHEPA Day 2023



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District 2, Chapter 356 Clearwater, Florida

Over 100 AHEPA family members, including four Past District Governors, gathered on May 21, 2023, to celebrate “AHEPA Day” locally and globally. AHEPA Brother Father James Paris, alongside Chapter 356 President Gus Pantelides, recognized the AHEPA family by reading an Encyclical from Archbishop Elpidophoros, a proclamation from the City of Clearwater, and highlighting their contributions to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox community. They also announced nice scholarship recipients who will receive $1,500 each. The celebration continued with a coffee hour social, offering refreshments and various pastries. It was a joyous day for the AHEPA family.

District 2, Chapter 489, New Port Richey, Florida

Brothers of AHEPA West Pasco Chapter 489 made presentations at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church (See them here!) to members of the community, including Fr. Andrew Pavlakos, an Ahepan, for his support of the AHEPA and service to the community.

District 6, Chapter 25, New York, New York

The brothers of Delphi Chapter 25 celebrated AHEPA Sunday by representing the Order of AHEPA at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City.

District 6, Chapter 319, Port Jefferson, New York

On AHEPA Sunday, May 21, 2023, AHEPA Port Jefferson Chapter 319 awarded three scholarships worth $3,000 to students at Stony Brook University’s Center for Hellenic Studies. The scholarship competition, created in collaboration with George Kallas and Dr. Stella Tsirka two years ago, focused on interviewing elderly Greek residents and exploring their integration into American culture, drawing connections to the current immigration environment. The ceremony took place at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Port Jefferson, following the liturgy, where Father Louis Nicholas blessed the Artoklasia and read Archbishop Elpidophoros’ encyclical. AHEPA Vice President George Kallas introduced Dr. Stella Tsirka, thanked the chapter for its support, and presented the three winners—Georgiana Misthos, Eleftherios Apollon Zoumpanidopoulos, and Demetrios Kritikos—with $1,000 checks and certificates of achievement. Each winner expressed gratitude and shared their insights from the experience. The event concluded with a coffee hour sponsored by AHEPA and Philoptochos.

District 5, Chapter 517, Holmdel, New Jersey

For AHEPA Sunday, the Garden State chapter’s celebration took place at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church in Holmdel, N.J. They organized a community pancake and omelet brunch, assisted by the Maids of Athena Theodora Chapter 282. A touching memorial service was held to honor the departed members of the AHEPA family. In addition, three exceptional high school graduates were awarded scholarships during the event. Fr. Panayiotis Lekkas had the privilege of presenting the chapter president with a cherished icon from the church, further strengthening the bond between the chapter and the religious community

District 13, Chapter 205, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Lakeshore hosted AHEPA Sunday at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, and sponsored both an Artoklasia, and the coffee hour after church. The chapter also set up a table for a recruitment drive. Fr. Chrysanthos Kerekeres is a fellow AHEPA brother and strong supporter of AHEPA.

District 20, Chapter 528, Palm Desert, California

Chapter 528 Ahepans in Palm Desert, Calif., presented three scholarship awards at St. George Greek Orthodox Church of the Desert on AHEPA Sunday in 2023. The Fr. TP Theophilos Award was deservedly given to Katrina Nicole Storton. Emmarie Shannazarian and Jack Shannazarian both achieved a unique mathematical score, resulting in them both being recipients of the Penelope Award. All three awardees demonstrated exceptional academic achievements, community service, and citizenship, reflecting the Hellenic tradition. A Memorial Service was held to honor the departed Brethren for their dedicated service to the chapter. A delightful coffee hour was served after the Liturgy to commemorate this significant day.

District 27, Cyprus

AHEPA District 27, Cyprus honored “AHEPA Sunday” by contributing an amount towards covering the medical and accommodation expenses of a young Cypriot girl who needs to be hospitalized this coming July at Springfield, South Carolina.

District Governor Georgios Kallenos, and the members of the District Lodge, Constantinos Kassianides and Nicolas Shakallis, have delivered the envelope with the financial aid to Father Marios of the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen in Dali.

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