AHEPA E-News! | Vol. 11 Issue 30
95th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention Underway!
Stay connected with AHEPA during the 2017 Supreme Convention as today--Founders' Day--we celebrate 95 remarkable years of service to the community! Be sure to follow @AHEPAconvention on Twitter and Instagram for photos, videos, and more about the convention. Of course, we'll also be posting updates to our Facebook page.
Don't forget to use our #AHEPA95 so that we can see your posts and share the experience!
Download: 95th Supreme Convention app! With the app, you can keep tabs on scheduled events, receive convention-specific emails, access hotel meeting room maps, view Facebook and Twitter feeds, and more!
Once dowloaded, enter passphrase "ahepa"
From the app's menu - check in on the "Attendees" page to receive updates.
Video instruction tutorial about the 95th Supreme Convention app.
Summer Issue of The Ahepan
Hot off the electronic press! Check out the latest issue of The Ahepan before it hits mailboxes. It recaps another successful Capitol Hill Day, Greek Independence celebrations, and our annual Leadership Excursion. And, of course, read about how AHEPA chapters throughout the world are strengthening their communities through volunteer service. Fall issue deadline: August 14.
ICYMI | AHEPA Statement: 43rd Anniversary of Invasion, Occupation of Cyprus
Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades issued a statement to mark the 43rd anniversary of Turkey's illegal invasion, and subsequent occupation, of the Republic of Cyprus, which began July 20, 1974. Read entire statement here.
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
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.
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.
U.S. Rep. Sarbanes at Sheridan Circle "Stand for Free Speech"
AHEPA commends U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Ahepan, for standing-up for the First Amendment and Free Speech alongside his colleagues from both sides of the aisle on July, 19, 2017, at Sheridan Circle, Washington, DC. Thanks to the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) for organizing the event. Rep. Sarbanes reminded President Erdogan that “in this country, under our First Amendment, under our constitutional democracy, we have the right to peaceably assemble.” He noted that Turkey’s authoritarianism is nothing new for those in attendance of the protest – “discrimination, aggression, repression, (and) violence directed at the Kurds, at Armenians, at other ethnic and religious minorities, and of course there’s the shameful legacy of the Armenian Genocide.”
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.
Help Grow the Hellenic Caucus! Membership at 126.
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 126 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
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.
Greece Gets Solid Demand for First Bond Issuance in Three Years
Wall Street Journal (July 25)
Greece got solid demand Tuesday for its first bond issuance in three years, in what the government sees as the first of several moves that will enable the debt-ridden country to wean itself from new bailouts. read more
IMF approves conditional $1.8 billion loan to Greece
Fox Business via Associated Press (July 20)
The International Monetary Fund's board on Thursday approved a $1.8 billion loan to Greece — but will only release the money if the country gets debt relief from its European creditors. read more
Strong aftershocks test nerves on Greek island after quake
ABC News via Associated Press (July 22)
Crews of experts began examining the damage to cultural monuments and infrastructure on the eastern Greek island of Kos on Saturday, a day after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others in the Aegean Sea region that stretches to Turkey's sprawling coast. read more
Cyprus' best answer to Turkish provocations is to continue with energy plans, says Energy Minister
Famagusta Gazette (July 25)
The best answer that the Republic of Cyprus can provide for Turkey’s provocations is to continue and complete its energy plans, stated Energy Minister George Lakotrypis.Asked about the Republic of Cyprus’ energy plans, bearing in mind the Turkish provocations in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone, Lakkotrypis said that the drilling schedule continues as planned and hoped for a positive result. read more
Greece crowned U20 European champions in front of sold-out home crowd
FIBA (July 23)
Spurred on by a sold-out home crowd, Greece have defeated Israel 65-56 to be crowned FIBA U20 European Championship 2017 champions. read more
Greek Documentary ‘Ludlow’ Wins Special Jury Award in Festival
Greek Reporter Hollywood (July 21)
The Greek documentary “Ludlow, Greek Americans in the Coal War” won the Special Jury Award in the “Workers Unite! Film Festival 2017,” which was held in New York. read more