AHEPA E-News! | Vol. 11 Issue 25
AHEPA Announces 2017 Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
The AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee selected its Hall of Fame Class of 2017, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades, Supreme Athletic Director Lou Atsaves, and Gregory J. Stamos, chairman, Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The Class of 2017 includes: May Kotsopoulos, college and professional basketball player; Dan Mavraides, college and professional basketball player; Nick Tsiotos, college basketball player and journalist; Aleke Tsoubanos, college tennis player and coach; and Dr. James Vailas, college football player and sports medicine. read more
ICYMI | Joint Statement on Third Trilateral Summit
AHEPA, the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), B’nai B’rith International, and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued the following joint statement, June 16, 2017:
“We welcome the third trilateral summit between Israel, Greece and Cyprus, held in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 15, 2017. The summit again demonstrates the ongoing commitment between the three countries, which share common democratic values, principles and interests, to strengthen their strategic partnership to provide stability to the eastern Mediterranean region... read entire statement
Add Your Voice: Parthenon Marbles Congressional Resolution
Add your voice. Tell Congress to back the return of the Parthenon Marbles. Help pass a congressional resolution that expresses the sense of Congress hat the United Kingdom should enter into negotiations with Greece to facilitate the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. learn more
Programming Update | 95th Supreme Convention
Are you a delegate or alternate to the 95th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention? Or are you attending as a guest? Register online by June 23 and save money!
Rebuild St. Nicholas 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.
NEW! | Our campaign continues its momentum as we head into summer. Thank you AHEPA Parthenon Chapter 405, Whitestone, N.Y., $5,000; and Lord Baltimore Chapter 364, Baltimore Md, $500, for their donations to the campaign!
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!
St. Nicholas Appeal Video
AHEPA has produced its latest appeal video to help #RebuildStNicholas.
TAKE ACTION: Donate Today!
MORE TO SHARE: Initial appeal video released at the 94th Grand Banquet!
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.
AHEPA Welcomes Congressman Carbajal to Hellenic Caucus
AHEPA welcomes news that U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) has joined the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades. Congressman Carbajal represents the 24th Congressional District of California, which includes all of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Salud served eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, including active duty service during the 1991 Gulf War. Membership in the Hellenic Caucus now stands at 124.
"We are deeply grateful to Congressman Carbajal for joining the Caucus," Zachariades said. "We appreciate his service to our nation and look forward to working with him, and his staff, on issues of importance to the American Hellenic community."
Rep. Carbajal serves on the Armed Services and Budget Committees.
Tell Congress to Back the Return of the Parthenon Marbles
AHEPA commends the introduction of H.Con.Res.51, a bipartisan, concurrent resolution that expresses the sense of Congress that the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece. U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced the resolution, May 2.
Find & Urge Your U.S. Representative to Co-sponsor H.Con.Res.51, or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard, 202.224.3121.
Share our Call to Action blog post.
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 has 124 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.
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
25-29 | AHEPA Family 95th Supreme Convention, Orlando, Fla.
14 | Deadline for fall issue of The Ahepan
Greek American News Digest
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Greece gets more money, Europe hopes for better days
Politico Europe (June 16)
In the end, the Greeks got what they wanted: €8.5 billion.But that was only half of what was on their wish list. read more
Greece gets enough to avoid another bailout trauma
ABC News via Associated Press (June 15)
Greece avoided another potential brush with bankruptcy after striking a deal Thursday with European creditors to tide it over for the rest of the year and gained assurances that its repayment burden will be eased when it finally can stand on its own after nearly a decade on financial life support. read more
8 Must-see Points of Interest in Greece
Travel + Leisure (June 20)
Revered by classicists as the fount of European civilization, Greece is an easy country to fall in love with.When you’re not cruising around its many islands in the Aegean Sea, or counting columns at the Acropolis, it's the people who make this place so memorable. read more
AP PHOTOS: Refugees, migrants stranded in limbo in Greece
The Washington Post via Associated Press (June 20)
In either direction, the waiting line is stuck. On World Refugee Day, more than 60,000 refugees and migrants are stranded in Greece. They’re eventually supposed to go forward to other countries in Europe or be sent back to Turkey, but the process is barely moving. read more
Greece and Turkey downplay divisions ahead of fresh Cyprus talks
EURActiv.com with AFP (June 20)
Greece and Turkey put a territorial dispute in the Aegean on the back-burner in talks in Athens on Monday (19 June). The two countries’ prime ministers instead focused on their common commercial interests ahead of another round of UN-sponsored talks on Cyprus. read more
Greek-Jews Unveil Monument to Thank Village that Hid Them from Nazis in WWII
The National Herald (June 19)
Greek-Jews thanked the residents of the village of Amarantos in Karditsa on Sunday who protected them or their relatives from the Nazis during World War II, during the unveiling of a monument of “eternal gratitude and recognition” to commemorate the event. read more
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