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AHEPA E-News! | Vol. 11 Issue 33

August 16, 2017

AHEPA 95th Anniversary Video Available

We unveiled our 95th anniversary commemorative video at the 2017 Supreme Convention at Walt Disney World. And now, it's available for download. Share widely with the community! Thank you to Walt Disney World, which produced the video.  

 

Supreme Convention Highlight Reel 

We're still smiling from the great time we had at the 2017 Supreme Convention!  Check out some of the highlights from this memorable, Magical event, including our 95th birthday bash!

 

ICYMI | Statement on Rep. Tsongas' Retirement Announcement

U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA) announced she will retire from Congress at the end of the 115th Congress in December 2018. Upon the news, Supreme President Carl Hollister issued a statement.  read more

 

Charlottesville Violence Condemned

 

 

Rebuild St. Nicholas Campaign

 

AHEPA is $160,000 short of meeting its Saint Nicholas Capital Campaign fund raising goal of $1 million. We are determined to meet it! Donations--large and small--keep pouring in for AHEPA's #RebuildStNicholas capital campaign. Will yours be the one to get us to the historic $1 million milestone?

 

NEW! | Thank you to the districts and chapters that presented donations to our capital campaign at the 95th Grand Banquet in Orlando! At the end of July, we received donations from: DCGreeks.com ($2,000)Lehigh Chapter 60, Allentown, Pa. ($1,000); and AHEPA Chapter 244, Burlington, Vermont, ($500). Thank you! 

 

 

 

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!

 

Make your tax-deductible donation online by clicking here

 

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St. Nicholas Appeal Video

AHEPA has produced its latest appeal video to help #RebuildStNicholas. 

  • MORE TO SHARE: Initial appeal video released at the 94th Grand Banquet!

 

Project Update

 

Live Webcam!

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.

Washington Update

 

Tell Congress to Back the Return of the Parthenon Marbles

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are home for August recess. 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.

  • Add Your Voice: Share our Call to Action blog post and video.

 

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.

 

 

The Hellenic Caucus has been an active, bipartisan group in Congress since its founding in 1995. 

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

 

September

15-17 | Governors Conference, The DuPont Hotel, Washington, DC

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.

 

Eat, drink, play: Where new meets old in Athens

CNN (August 14) 

While the shuttered storefronts around downtown bespeak an economy still very much in recovery, make no mistake that Athens, the Greek capital, has a vibrant and fighting spirit. read more

 

As ‘Greek’ yogurt keeps proliferating, Greece is getting protective

The Washington Post (August 11)

 

Democracy, the Olympic Games, and thick and creamy yogurt are among Greece’s greatest contributions to humanity. And when it comes to the latter, the Greek Ministry of Agriculture is sick of impostors. The country wants people to know that true Greek yogurt is made in Greece and prevent anyone making it elsewhere — in Europe, at least — from calling it Greek.  read more

 

Greece win shoot-out to claim World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships title

Inside the Games (August 13)

Greece defeated Croatia via a penalty shoot-out to clinch their second World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships title in Belgrade.  read more

 

EU nations start process of returning migrants to Greece

ABC News via Associated Press (August 8)

European Union countries have begun the process of sending migrants who arrived over the last five months via Greece back there to have their asylum applications assessed, resuming a practice that was suspended as Greece struggled to cope with a massive refugee influx.  read more

 

United Airlines Seeking Greek Speaking Flight Attendants

The Pappas Post (August 11)

 

Ready to see the world and get paid for it? United’s route to Athens has a brought a new and exciting job opportunity. They’re seeking candidates (especially Greek speakers) to apply and start a career flying the friendly skies as a United flight attendant.  read more

 

Justice Minister stresses President’s readiness to continue Cyprus talks and Turkey's responsibilities

Famagusta Gazette (August 13)

 

The President’s readiness to continue the dialogue within the parameters of the UN Secretary-General gives us the opportunity to hold Turkey responsible for the solution of the Cyprus issue without any future review clauses, troops and guardians, Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nicolaou said on Sunday.  read more

 

Thessaloniki in the spotlight: 100 years after a fire destroyed the city of refugees

The Guardian (August 14)

The Great Fire destroyed much of a city home to thousands of refugees, but once again Thessaloniki has become a place of multicultural amnesty.  read more

 

A total of 91 wildfires reported in Greece in the last 24h

ANA-MPA (August 14)

A total of ninety one forest fires were recorded in the last 24 hours throughout the country. The blaze continues to rage on the islands of Zakynthos and Cephalonia and in the wider region of Kalamos, Attica prefecture. It is the highest number of wildfires recorded from the start of the fire season.  read more

 

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