E-News Vol. 11 Issue 10
Supreme President Attends Cyprus Children's Fund Gala
Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades attended the Cyprus Children's Fund Annual Gala, March 5, where he provided remarks to an audience of 250 persons. The Cyprus Children's Fund honored First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus Mrs. Andri Anastasiades and the Honorable Judge Harriet George. The Gala was held at the Boathouse, Central Park, New York City.
SP Zachariades (center) is flanked by Amb. Kornelios Korneliou, permanent representative of Cyprus to the UN (left) and Consul General of Greece Dr. Kontantinos Koutras (riight).
Programming Note | Honoring Our Veterans - Please Register
AHEPA appreciates its districts and chapters for honoring Ahepans who are Veterans with the AHEPA Medal for Military Service and certificate. To keep a proper accounting, and for archival purposes, the AHEPA Veterans Committee is requesting all Veterans who have received this honor to register with the Committee's database (preferred method). Registration can also be facilitated through a downloadable PDF. If your
district or chapter has held an event to honor our Veterans with the medal, please ensure they are registered with the AHEPA Veterans Committee.
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 Salute Banquet. The banquet's theme was "Salute to Veterans."
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Call for Applications | 2017 AHEPAcademy Session
Join a select group of Greek American students from across the country for AHEPAcademy, June 25 - July 1, 2017, at George Mason University, outside Washington, DC. learn more
Early Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
Final Deadline: April 15, 2017
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ICYMI | AHEPA Joins American Jewish Leaders for Meetings in Cyprus
AHEPA joined American Jewish community leaders at events held with Cypriot government officials in Nicosia, Cyprus, February 22, 2017, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades.
READ MORE: AHEPA news release
Book Your Room! | 2017 Supreme Convention!
Rebuild St Nicholas Shrine Campaign
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.
AHEPA Chapter 41, Brooklyn, N.Y. announces its $20,000 donation for the campaign to help rebuild Saint Nicholas.
NEW! | AHEPA's campaign to help #RebuildStNicholas is grateful for the support it has received from all across the globe. The latest donation to the campaign is yet another example of this worldwide support. Thank you to Ifestos Chapter HJ-17, Vari, Greece, for its $1,000 donation! Thank you!
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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!
New Media Share | Latest St. Nicholas Appeal Video
AHEPA has produced its latest appeal video to help #RebuildStNicholas.
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MORE TO SHARE: Initial appeal video released at the 94th Grand Banquet!
MEDIA COVERAGE: New York Times: Cross Takes Its Place, Temporarily, Atop Shrine at World Trade Center
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.
A look at Tower 1 at the World Trade Center through the dome of St. Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center. (Photo credit: Theo Nicolakis, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese)
It's a New Congress! Help Grow the Hellenic Caucus!
The 115th Congress is well underway. And with it, the work renews for the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, led by Co-chairs U.S. Reps. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY). The Hellenic Caucus begins the 115th Congress with 120 members.
Is your U.S. representative a member of the Hellenic Caucus? Click here to find out.
DOWNLOAD & SHARE: Action alert to help you outreach to Congress
The Hellenic Caucus has been an active, bipartisan group in Congress since its founding in 1995.
ICYMI Check out the winter 2016 issue of The Ahepan! Share it with family and friends by forwarding this electronic version.
Read about how the AHEPA family reached a milestone in cancer research grant-giving, how young professionals from Greece are battling "Brain Drain, and how Ahepans are continuing to provide aid to the victims of the Flint water crisis. Also, don't forget to catch-up on the latest ways AHEPA chapters are giving back through community service.
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Upcoming Events & Deadlines
10 | Deadline to apply for the 2017 Journey to Greece Program 11 | Hellenic History Tournament - Chicago Regional
14 | Reception to Celebrate 100th Birthday of Lt. Col. James "Maggie"
Megellas, Cannon House Office Blg., Room 122
26 | New York City Greek Independence Day Parade
31 | Deadline to apply for an AHEPA National Educational Foundation
1 | Early Deadline: AHEPAcademy Application
2 | Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade
15 | Final Deadline: AHEPAcademy Application
30 | Chicago Greek Independence Parade
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.
US-Israel-Greece poised for annual maritime drill in Eastern Mediterranean
Defense News (Mar. 7)
The trilateral Noble Dina exercise between the American, Israeli and Hellenic navies will begin later this month, with nearly a dozen surface ships, submarines and related air assets scheduled to engage in joint reconnaissance, counter-terror and antisubmarine warfare training. Cyprus will participate as an observer in the annual three-way drill, which begins in Greece and will conclude in mid-April here at the Israeli Navy headquarters in Haifa, said Commander Assaf Boneh, the head of international cooperation for the Israeli sea service. read more
US backs Greece's efforts to build EU energy connections
New Europe (Mar. 3)
The United States strongly supports Greece's efforts to build its energy connections with Europe, US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt told the Delphi Economic Forum on March 3."Projects like TAP (the Trans Adriatic Pipeline), the Bulgaria-Greece-Interconnector (IGB), Revythousa (LNG terminal) and the proposed FSRU (Floating Storage Regasification Unit) near Alexandroupolis all help cement Greece's critical role in transforming the energy security in southeast Europe and will help drive economic growth in the years ahead," Pyatt said. read more
Ambassador Pyatt praises responsible Greek response to 'activity' in Aegean
ANA-MPA (Mar. 3)
Commenting on recent heightened activity in the Aegean, U.S Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt on Fridayexpressed concern about the possibility of an "accident" while praising the Greek government's responsible attitude at a time of heightened tension, in remarks at the Delphi Economic Forum. Regarding on the Cyprus issue, meanwhile, he said the new U.S. administration will continue its efforts for a solution. Turning to economic affairs and the role of the IMF, the ambassador said that he had not observed any change in the attitude of the new U.S. leadership, expressing U.S. support for growth in Greece. read more
Greek Envoy Lalacos Expects Trump to Help in Debt Talks
Bloomberg (Mar. 3)
Haris Lalacos, ambassador of Greece to the U.S., discusses Greece's debt issues and economic outlook. He speaks with Bloomberg's Joe Weisenthal and Scarlet Fu on "What'd You Miss?" WATCH VIDEO!
Eide expects new move in talks
In Cyprus (Mar. 6)
UN special envoy Espen Barth Eide expects the two Cyprus leaders to make new moves this week, as time for achieving a settlement is running out. After meeting with both leaders separately, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Eide told daily Politis in an interview that he is expecting to see them take steps this week aimed at diffusing the situation. read more
Greeks in Ukraine: Living Near the Front Line
Hromadske (Mar. 6)
There is a picture on the wall depicting a Trier, an Ancient Greek warship. There are about twenty people on the deck with Greek and Ukrainian flags flying above their heads. There is a woman on the ship's bow. This was a present made by the team at the Federation of Greek Societies of Ukraine, the head of which is Oleksandra Protsenko. Greeks are the third largest nationality in the Donetsk region. They've established dozens of settlements which are now located on the boundary line. The Federation's main building is located in Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, near where shootings are still taking place. read more