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American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
AbbreviationAHEPA
FormationJuly 26, 1922; 98 years ago (1922-07-26)
Atlanta, Georgia
Purpose"To promote the ancient Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism."[1]
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., US
Membership
60,000+ (2011)[2]
Supreme President
George G. Horiates
Supreme Vice President
Jimmy Kokotas
Supreme Secretary
Jim Stasios
Supreme Treasurer
Savas Tsivicos
Websiteahepa.org

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is a fraternal organization founded on July 26, 1922, in Atlanta, Georgia. AHEPA was founded to fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred felt at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. It is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe.[1]

The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.[1]

History[edit]

AHEPA headquarters located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

The AHEPA was founded as a fraternity in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 26, 1922. Its initial mission was to promote the image of Greeks in America, assist them with citizenship and assimilation into American culture, and combat prejudice. During that inaugural meeting, it was decided that AHEPA's purposes would be:[3]

(a) To advance and promote pure and undefiled Americanism among the Greeks of the United States, its Territories and Colonial possessions;
(b) To educate the Greeks in the matter of democracy, and in the matter of the government of the United States;
(c) To instill the deepest loyalty to the United States;
(d) To promote fraternal sociability;
(e) To practice benevolent aid among this nationality.

With the full assimilation of Greek Americans, its mission evolved toward philanthropy, education, and promoting and preserving the Hellenic identity of the Greek Americans and the ethnic Greeks of other countries where AHEPA is present, such as Australia, Canada, the Bahamas as well as Greece and Cyprus.[4][5] In recent years, AHEPA has also expanded to other countries in Europe, besides Greece and Cyprus, including Austria, Belgium,France, Germany, Netherlands and UK.[6]

The founders of the fraternity were eight men, all residents of Atlanta, who conceived the idea of the establishment of an association of mainly citizens of Greek descent, although not limited only to such members. The eight founders of the Order of AHEPA, who were also the members of the first Supreme Lodge of the organization, were Nicholas D. Chotas, James Campbell, Spiro J. Stamos, Harry Angelopoulos, George A. Polos, John Angelopoulos, George Campbell, James Vlass.[3]

Franklin D. Roosevelt was initiated into the Delphi Chapter on March 11, 1931 and was an active dues-paying member for 14 years, to the time of his death. [7]

The office of Supreme President is the highest office in the Order of AHEPA. There have been 68 Supreme Presidents since the founding of the organization on July 26, 1922.[6]

Past Supreme Presidents[edit]

[8]

Period Supreme President
2018-2019 George E. Loucas
2017-2018 Carl R. Hollister
2016-2017 Andrew C. Zachariades
2015-2016 John W. Galanis
2014-2015 Philip T. Frangos
2013-2014 Anthony Kouzounis
2011-2013 Dr. John Grossomanides
2009-2011 Nicholas A. Karacostas
2007-2009 Ike Gulas
2005-2007 Gus J. James II
2004-2005 Frank R. Manios
2003-2004 A. Jack Georgallas
2002-2003 Dr. James F. Dimitriou
2001-2002 Andrew T. Banis
2000-2001 Johnny N. Economy
1999-2000 George J. Dariotis
1998-1999 Lee George Rallis
1997-1998 Steve A. Manta
1995-1997 Dr. Spiro J. Makris
1994-1995 Charles M. Georgeson
1993-1994 John N. Economou
1992-1993 Dr. Gus A. Constantine
1991-1992 John T. Pappas
1990-1991 James S. Scofield
1989-1990 Charles P. Tsaffaras
1988-1989 A. Steve Betzelos
1987-1988 Nicholas L. Strike
1986-1987 John G. Plumides
1985-1986 George P. Gabriel
1984-1985 Cleo N. Zambetis
1983-1984 Peter H. Cardiges
1982-1983 Peter Kouchalakos
1981-1982 Gustav Coffinas
1979-1981 Nick Smyrnis
1978-1979 Dr. Peter V. Paulus
1977-1978 Peter N. Dervis
1976-1977 Xenophon K. Microutsicos
1974-1976 William G. Chirgotis
1973-1974 William P. Tsaffaras
1972-1973 Dr. Michael M. Spirtos
1971-1972 Sam Nakis
1969-1971 Louis G. Manesiotis
1968-1969 Gus Cherevas
1967-1968 Andrew Fasseas
1965-1967 Kimon A. Doukas
1964-1965 Nicholas J. Chirekos
1963-1964 John G. Plumides
1962-1963 George J. Margoles
1960-1962 Nicholas Coffinas
1959-1960 George E. Loucas
1957-1959 CP Vernis
1956-1957 John L. Manta
1954-1956 Stephen S. Scopas
1953-1954 Leo J. Lamberson
1951-1953 Peter L. Bell
1947-1951 John G. Thevos
1947-1949 William Helis
1945-1947 Harris J. Booras
1942-1945 George C. Vournas
1940-1942 Van A. Nomikos
1935-1940 VI Chebithes
1934-1935 Achilles Catsonis
1931-1934 Harris J. Booras
1929-1931 George E. Philles
1927-1929 Dean Alfange
1924-1927 VI Chebithes
1924 George Demeter [9]
1923-1924 Hugh N. Wells [10]
1922 - 1923 Nicholas Chotas[11]

Organization[edit]

Originally AHEPA was organized on a lodge system like that of the Masons or Oddfellows. Local units were called "Subordinate Lodges" and state or territory structures were called "Superior Lodges". Now local groups are called "Chapters" and regional organizations are called "Districts". The national structure is still called the "Supreme Lodge", however, and all of its officers have "Supreme" in their title such as Supreme President, Supreme Treasurer etc.[12][13]

The Order of AHEPA has over 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition, the chapters report to 28 different districts. Those 28 districts report to the Supreme Lodge and Headquarters located in Washington, DC.

Membership[edit]

Originally, membership was restricted to only Greeks. At its third meeting, the Order decided to change this, allowing non-Greeks to join. In 1979, AHEPA had over 25,000 members in 400 chapters.[14] By 1989, the number climbed to 60,000, despite an overall decline in memberships of fraternal groups during this period.[15]

There have been 540 chapters chartered in the United States, 16 chartered in Canada, 30 chartered in Greece, 5 chartered in Cyprus, and 10 chartered in Europe. There are "sister" chapters in AHEPA Australasia (Australia and New Zealand). An estimated 500,000 men have been inducted into the Order of AHEPA over its 90-year history.[16]

Supreme Convention[edit]

"In accordance with the provisions of the AHEPA Constitution, the Supreme Convention of the Order of AHEPA shall be the highest constituted body of the entire AHEPA; it shall remain in session until it is adjourned by a majority of its members; its powers over the entire Order shall be limited only by the AHEPA Constitution and the AHEPA BYLAWS, over which it shall have the exclusive power to alter; and it shall consist, in its composite whole, of the Voting Members of the Convention.

The Supreme Convention has the authority to overturn, overrule, reject or rescind decisions of the Supreme Counselor, Board of Trustees or Supreme Lodge, including the authority to reject, rescind or terminate contracts after the consequences of such action is explained to them. Any such decision of the Supreme Convention to overturn, overrule, reject or rescind any decision of Supreme Counselor, Board of Trustees or Supreme Lodge can be made by a majority vote of the registered Voting Members of the Convention then present and voting at the time as long as those voting in favor represent at least a majority of the Voting Members of the Convention duly registered at such Convention."[17]

Politics[edit]

AHEPA has taken a stand on the Cyprus issue since 1955 when it formed the "Justice for Cyprus" committee to support Cyprus' independence.[18] Through the decades, the organization has continued advocate on issues relating to Greece and Cyprus in Washington, while also educating the public about these topics.[15]

  • Congressional scorecard

For each Congress, AHEPA compiles a Congressional scorecard on issues of importance to the American Hellenic community and to the organization. The purpose of the scorecard is to educate AHEPA's membership and the community on how engaged members of Congress are on these issues, or at the least, their level of awareness.

AHEPA Center, New York

Awards[edit]

AHEPA recognizes distinguished achievements in various categories such as Public Service, Government, Law, Business, Journalism, Science, the Arts, Military Service, Humanitarian. Below is a list of AHEPA awards and recipients over the years.

Socrates Awards[edit]

The Socrates Award recognizes prominent men and women who have emulated ancient Hellenic ideals. This is the most prestigious award AHEPA awards.

AHEPA's premier social event, the AHEPA National Banquet, was held for the first time on February 26, 1929, at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. In 1948, the name of the event was changed to the "AHEPA Congressional Banquet" and for the first time, a United States President, Harry Truman, attended. In 2000 AHEPA reverted to a more appropriate name of this event, The AHEPA Biennial Banquet.

Since 1964, the AHEPA National Banquet has also featured presentations of the organization's most coveted honor, the Socrates Award.

A list of past recipients of the Socrates Award:

  • Henry R. Luce – 1964 – Publisher of Time and Life magazines
  • Lyndon B. Johnson – 1966 – President of the United States of America
  • Everett Dirksen – 1968 – Senator from Illinois
  • Spiro T. Agnew – 1970 – Vice-President of the United States of America
  • Richard M. Nixon – 1971 – President of the United States of America
  • Holiness Athenagoras I Ecumenical Patriarch – 1972
  • The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives – 1976
  • Hubert H. Humphrey – 1978 – Vice-President of the United States of America
  • Claiborne Pell – 1982 – Senator from Connecticut
  • Bob Hope – 1984 – Entertainer
  • Ronald Reagan – 1986 – President of the United States of America
  • Archbishop Iakovos – 1988 – Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America
  • George W. H. Bush – 1990 – President of the United States of America
  • William "Gus" Pagonis – 1992 – Lt. General
  • Mary Matthews – 1992 – Philanthropist
  • Paul Sarbanes – 1993 – Senator from Maryland
  • William Clinton – 1996 – President of the United States of America
  • Patriarch Bartholomew – 1997 – His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch
  • George W. Bush – 2002 – President of the United States of America
  • Tassos Papadopoulos – 2007 – President of Cyprus
  • Costas Karamanlis – 2007 – Prime Minister of Greece
  • George A. Kalogridis – 2014 – President Walt Disney World Resort
  • Joe Biden – 2015 – Vice-President of the United States of America
  • John Boehner – 2015 – Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Philip Christopher – 2019 – President of the International Co-ordinating Committee "Justice for Cyprus"
  • Michael Psaros - 2019 - Co-founder and Managing Partner of KPS Capital Partners

AHEPA Socratic Award Winners: https://ahepahistory.org/AHEPA-Awards/AHEPA-Socratic-Award-Socrates-Award.html

George E. Paraskevaides O.B.E. Philanthropic Award[edit]

Past recipients include:[6]

Pericles Award[edit]

The Order of AHEPA developed the Pericles award on both the National and District level to honor those individuals in Government. Past national recipients include:

  • Senator Paul Tsongas
  • Senator Paul Sarbanes
  • Senator John Glen
  • Congressman Mike Bilirakis
  • Congressman Gus Bilirakis
  • Congressman Gus Yatron
  • Congressman George Gekas
  • Efthimios E. Mitropoulos
  • Congressman John Lewis – 2015
  • Congressman Peter J. Visclosky – 2016
  • Panos Kammenos – Minister of Defense of the Hellenic Republic – 2017

Also several United States Governors have been honored with this award as have many local government officials.

Solon Award[edit]

This national award is given to a member of the bar for excellence in the field of law.

  • Honorable Charles P. Kocoras – 2016

Homer Award[edit]

This is a special award to be presented only by the Supreme Lodge at their discretion to any outstanding individual.

Past recipients:

  • Dr. Mary Lefkowitz, Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities, Wellesley College
  • Nicholas Gage – Author
  • Thea Halo – Author

Aristotle Award[edit]

This award is to be presented by the Supreme Lodge at the Grand Banquet of the Supreme Convention to an Outstanding Hellene who has distinguished himself in his respective profession or field of endeavor.

  • Yiannakis Matsis (2012) – Member of the European Parliament
  • Robert W. Peck (2015) – Canadian Ambassador to Greece
  • Theofanis Economidis (2015)
  • John P. Calamos (2016)
  • Michael Zampelas (2016) - Founder and CEO of Coopers & Lybrand in Cyprus and Athens, Greece
  • Timothy P. Tassopoulos (2017) – President and Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A

Public Service Award[edit]

An award developed for recognition of members both national and local for their devotion and hard work in the field of public service.

Academy of Achievement Awards[edit]

These awards were funded by the Educational Foundation to honor individuals who excel in various areas of expertise. Awards can be given in the fields of business, journalism, the arts, science, and other liberal sciences.

  • Efthyvoulos Paraskevaides – Academy of Achievement in Business (2010)
  • Photos Photiades – Academy of Achievement in Business (2011)
  • Rev. Dn. Chris Avramopolos – Academy of Achievement in Community Service (2016)
  • Eleni Bousis – Academy of Achievement in Philanthropy (2016)
  • Basile Katsikis – Academy of Achievement in Arts (2016)

Archbishop Iakovos Humanitarian Award[edit]

This award was developed to honor the Archbishop of North and South America who was an active and vocal member of the AHEPA. Archbishop Iakovos helped define a generation of Orthodox faithful in the Americas. His vision and support of Human rights and compassion are a testament to his being a unique life force for all. This award is given to those individuals who surpass any standard of giving in support of Human rights and freedom.

List of recipients:

  • Andrew A. Athens – Global Hellenic Diaspora Leader
  • Eugene Rossides – American Hellenic Institute Founder
  • Andrew S. Natsios – Former USAID Administrator
  • George Behrakis – Businessmen/Philanthropists
  • George Marcus – Businessmen/Philanthropists
  • B'nai B'rith International – First organization to receive the award (2014)
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation (2015)

Medal of Freedom/Military Medal of Honor[edit]

Awarded to active and retired members of the military in honor of their service to their country.

This award was developed to honor those individuals who sacrifice their lives or put their lives in harm's way in executing their duty. After the tragic events of 9/11 this award was created and awarded to the brave first responders. Additionally, this award is also reserved for any individual who sacrifices his or her own safety for those of others.

  • Col. Alan C. Macaulay (2015)
  • Lt General Ilias Leontaris (2019) - Chief Cyprus National Guard

Demosthenes Award[edit]

An award developed exclusively for those individuals who excel in the area of broadcasting or reporting the news, in any form. Television and or radio news personalities and other such journalists are eligible for this award.

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

This award is bestowed exclusively by the Supreme President of the Order of AHEPA on a member of the Order for a lifetime of achievement in the Order of AHEPA.

  • Gus J. James II – AHEPA Past Supreme President (2015)
  • James S. Scofield – AHEPA Past Supreme President (2016)
  • George Rigos – Founder of the Odyssey Charter School (OCS)(2018)

AHEPAN of the Year[edit]

The AHEPAN of the Year award is in recognition of outstanding leadership, devoted services, and unselfish contributions toward the advancement of the programs and progress of the Order of AHEPA over an AHEPA fiscal year.

All National AHEPA awards are awarded by the AHEPA Supreme Lodge and are reviewed and the criterion is always changing as dictated by the times by the AHEPA Supreme Lodge.

Athletics[edit]

In 1970, the AHEPA athletic program took form. AHEPA athletics include: softball, golf, bowling, basketball, with regional and national tournaments held annually. Each year, at the Supreme Convention, inductions are made into the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame.[19]

In 1975, the Order of AHEPA, at the suggestion of Past Supreme President, Louis Manesiotis and through the leadership of Supreme Athletic Director Dr. Monthe N. Kofos, established the AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame to honor outstanding Hellenic athletes and sports personages. As of 2013, 130 members have been inducted. Annually, a representative and diverse of Ahepans appointed by the Supreme Athletic Director select worthy and eligible candidates for induction, after a nomination process pursuant to established written guidelines for both nomination and selection. The hallmarks of said process are objectivity, transparency and accountability.

Categories of selection[edit]

There are two categories of selection;

  1. ATHLETES who have excelled in their particular field of play, being eligible after the passage of three (3) years from the end of their playing days (retirement); and
  2. CONTRIBUTORS, being individuals who have contributed in some fashion to the field of athletics; for example, Athletic Directors, Coaches, Supporters and Media Personalities.

Formal induction into the AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame is accomplished annually at the annual AHEPA Supreme National Convention during the Athletic Awards Luncheon.

AHEPA is honored to recognize Hellenes of outstanding athletic accomplishment. The AHEPA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME serves to memorialize these individuals and recognize their outstanding achievements.

ELIGIBILITY and nomination process[edit]

  • A nominated candidate must be of Hellenic descent.
  • Nominated candidate was considered exemplary in their particular sport or athletic field. (Criteria as set forth in the guidelines includes both accomplishments and good character)
  • Nominated candidate needs to be nominated by an AHEPAN, supported by his chapter, and accompanied by the completion of the appropriate nomination forms attached hereto.
  • A current photograph (head shot) of the candidate, as well as an action shot (if applicable), is requested.
  • Once the nomination application is received, it is reviewed by the selection committee, and determined is thereafter included on the selection ballot.

AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame[edit]

Member Year inducted Member Year inducted
Harry Agganis 1975 Alex Aronis 2000
Dee Andros 1975 George Bollas Sr. 2000
Peter Clentzos 1975 Alex G. Spanos 2000
Alex Kampouris 1975 Peter G. Stark 2000
Alex Karras 1975 Jimmie Angelopoulos 2002
Jim Londos 1975 John Critzos II 2002
Milt Pappas 1975 Charles George 2002
Pete Pihos 1975 Michael Siganos 2002
Lou Tsioropoulos 1975 Peter Angelos 2003
Gus Zarnas 1975 George Dimit 2003
Alex Grammas 1976 Jim Korfas 2003
Johnny Morris 1976 Tom Palis 2003
George Saimes 1976 Jim Carson 2004
Dr. George Kaftan 1977 Jim Daopoulos 2004
James Kekeris 1977 Nick Pappas 2004
Gus Triandos 1977 Lou Skizas 2004
Mike Castronis 1978 Mike Balitsaris 2005
William Mackrides 1978 Chris Kontos 2005
Gus Zitrides 1978 Manuel Scarmoutsos 2005
Arthur Gregory 1979 Ernie Serfas 2005
Billy Loes 1979 Anthony Loukas 2006
Anton Christoforides 1980 George Makris 2006
Gus Niarhos 1980 Carl Angelos 2007
Nick Kerasiotis 1981 George Pappas 2007
Andy Marefos 1981 Andy Sideris 2007
Chris Pelekoudas 1981 John Galaris 2009
Nick Kladis 1982 Greg Manesiotis 2009
Dr. Monthe Kofos 1982 Vasili (Billy) Pappas 2009
Archie Matsos 1982 Pete Sampras 2009
Nick Rassas 1982 Gus Constantine 2010
George Zaharias 1982 Eric Karros 2010
Ted Karras 1983 Steve Lappas 2010
John Maskas 1983 Stanley Maratos 2010
Nick Matis 1984 Art Anastopoulo 2011
Leah Poulos-Mueller 1984 Adam Archuletta 2011
Chris Farasopoulos 1985 Nick Kypreos 2011
Dr. George Poloynis 1986 Stan Spirou 2011
Nick Rodis 1986 George Theodore 2011
John Mellekas 1986 Dean Lampros 2012
Plato Andros 1987 Steve Leondis 2012
Louis Manesiotis 1987 Nick Pappageorge 2012
John Karras 1988 Tom Pappas 2012
Menil Mavraides 1988 Leonidas Tsantiris 2012
Eugene Rossides 1989 William Atessis 2013
Nickos Spanakos 1989 Nick Galis 2013
Petros Spanakos 1989 Bill Gazonas 2013
Van Nomikos 1990 Greg Louganis 2013
Peter Tountas 1990 Charles Theokas 2013
Alex Athas 1991 Peter Karmanos Jr. 2014
Bob Costas 1991 Joe Panos 2014
Louis Karras 1991 Matt Stover 2014
Archie Kodros 1991 Kirk Vidas 2014
Mike Schooles 1991 Theodore ("Ted") Leonsis 2015
Nick Conteas 1992 Christina Loukas 2015
Bill Korinthias 1992 Bob Barnek 2015
Lee Palles 1992 Paul J. Kaliades 2015
George Theodoratos 1992 Nicolette Gianulias 2016
Joe Collins 1993 Niko Koutouvides 2016
Ted Gregory 1993 John Margaritis 2016
Spiros Siaggas 1993 Steven Schubert 2016
Chris Vagotis 1993 Christos Tsiotos 2016
Al Campanis 1994 May Kotsopoulos 2017
John Diamantakos 1994 Dan Mavraides 2017
Peter Kouchalakis 1994 Nick Tsiotos 2017
John Scolinos 1994 Aleke Joy Tsoubanos 2017
Jimmy Caras 1995 Dr. James Vailas 2017
George Dales 1995 Harry Cicma 2018
James Poulos 1995 Michele Koclanes 2018
David Psaltis 1995 George Papadakos 2018
Augustus Ganakas 1996 Mark Philippoussis 2018
Dr. Tom Katsimpalis 1996 George Ravanis 2018
John Tsitouris 1996 Lt. Colonel Thomas Bellairs 2019
Paul Xanthos 1996 Valorie Kondos Field 2019
Ernest Afaganis 1997 Peter Laskaris 2019
Phil Bouzeos 1997 Adam Rand 2019
John Pachivas Sr. 1997 George Veras 2019
Lou Tsipis 1997
Nick Sacrinty 1998
Robert Samaras 1998
Fred Smerlas 1998
Leo Thalassites 1998
George Catavolos 1999
Art Demmas 1999
Tom Laris 1999
Diana Nyad 1999

AHEPA athletics recognizes outstanding athletic achievements in many ways. AHEPA athletics department award scholarships to deserving scholar-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding achievements both in the classroom and the athletic fields. The funds are available through the athletic booster trust fund established through the donations of individuals.

AHEPA hosts many regional and national tournaments in sports such as golf, bowling, basketball, and softball. Winners of the tournaments are awarded in many cases free travel to the national tournament during the Supreme convention.

The most prestigious AHEPA athletic award is the Harry Agganis Hellenic Athlete Award, which is awarded annually to the outstanding Hellene in the field of athletics professional or amateur of college level and above.[20]

Harry Agganis Award winners[edit]

Year Award winner Sport Year Award winner Sport
1955 Alex Aronis Football 1990 Pete Sampras Tennis
1956 George Spanes Football 1991 Karen Choppelas Horstmeyer Basketball coach
1957 Alex Karras Football 1992 Steve Lappas NCAA basketball coach
1958 Lou Tsiriopoulos Basketball 1993 Chris Kontos Hockey
1959 Gus Triandos Baseball 1994 Alkis Panagoulis Soccer coach
1960 Milt Pappas Baseball 1995 John Mitsopoulos Weight lifting
1961 Chris Pelekoudas Baseball umpire 1996 Peter Karmanos Jr. Hockey
1962 Alex Grammas Baseball 1997 Spiros Siaggas AHEPA athletics
1963 George Saimes Football 1998 Peter Clentzos Olympic pole vaulter
1964 NONE NONE 1999 James Daopoulos NFL Super Bowl Referee
1965 Chris Pelekoudas Baseball umpire 2000 John Korfas Basketball
1966 Peter Tountas Bowling 2001 Matt Stover Football
1967 Dee Andros Football 2002 None None
1968 None None 2003 None None
1969 Angelo Loukas Football 2004 Tom Pappas Decathlon
1970 George Allen Track 2005 NONE NONE
1971 George Pappas Bowling 2006 NONE NONE
1972 Gus Ganakas Basketball 2007 NONE NONE
1973 Chris Farasopoulos Football 2008 None None
1974 Alex Strike World Judo Champ 2009 Nick Markakis Baseball
1975 Leah Poulos Olympic Speed Skater 2010 George John Soccer
1976 NONE NONE 2011 Dan Mavraides Basketball
1977 John Scolinos Baseball Coach 2012 William Vlachos Rimington Finalist
1978 NONE NONE 2013 Niko Koutouvides Football
1979 Alec Campanis L.A. Dodgers GM 2014 Kostas Koufos Basketball
1980 Lee Palles Decathlon 2015 Giannis Antetokounmpo Basketball
1981 Fred Smerlas Football 2016 Mike Moustakas Baseball
1982 Art Demmas NFL Referee 2017 Giannis Antetokounmpo Basketball
1983 Greg Louganis Olympic Diving 2018 Dean Karnazes Ultra-Marathoner Runner
1984 Mike Castronis NCAA Football Coach 2019 Cody Bellinger Baseball
1985 Greg Louganis Olympic Diving 2020
1986 Peter Dalis UCLA Athletic Director 2021
1987 Greg Tafralis Track 2022
1988 Tom Patsalis Track 2023
1989 Chris Chelios Hockey 2024

Structure[edit]

The AHEPA Family consists of four organizations, the AHEPA (men), Daughters of Penelope (women), Sons of Pericles (young men) and Maids of Athena (young women). AHEPA publishes The AHEPAN, which is the second largest Greek American publication in circulation. The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association also maintains ties with the similar Australasian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.

The order of AHEPA consists of Chapters, Districts, and the Supreme Lodge.

Chapters[edit]

Any organization of men, but no fewer than ten, which individually and collectively, shall have duly petitioned for and received a Charter from the Supreme Lodge and which, thus Chartered and authorized, is functioning under the name and style of AHEPA, or its corporate name, shall be deemed to be a Chapter of the Order of AHEPA, and subject to its jurisdiction.[21]

At the chapter level, the main officer positions are:[22]

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Chaplain
  • Warden
  • Captain of the Guard

In addition, a chapter may also have the following officer positions:

  • Vice-President/Director of Hellenism
  • Vice-President/Director of Education
  • Vice-President/Director of Philanthropy
  • Vice-President/Director of Civic Responsibility
  • Vice-President/Director of Family and Individual Excellence
  • Inside Sentinel
  • Outside Sentinel
  • Athletic Director

The chapter also has a Board of Governors composed of a Chairman and a number of Governors selected in accordance with the number of members for whom per capita assessment has been paid to AHEPA Headquarters.

Number of Governors Based on Chapter Size:

  • 10-25 Members 2 Governors
  • 26-100 Members 4 Governors
  • 101-200 Members 6 Governors
  • 201-300 Members 8 Governors
  • 301-400 Members 10 Governors
  • 401-500 Members 12 Governors
  • 501 and up Members 14 Governors

The Officers of a Chapter shall serve for a term of twelve (12) months, or until their successors are elected and qualified.

All AHEPA Chapters report to a specific District.

Districts[edit]

The Chapters within the jurisdiction of this Order may be organized by the Supreme Lodge into twenty-eight (28) Districts. Each District shall bear an individual name and number. Each District shall have a minimum of three (3) active Chapters. The Chapters in a District with less than three (3) active Chapters will be assigned by the Supreme Lodge to another District or Districts. The Supreme Lodge shall fix the boundaries of each District.[23]

At the District level, the main officer positions are:[24]

  • District Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • District Secretary
  • District Treasurer
  • District Marshal
  • District Warden
  • District Athletic Director

In addition, a District may also have the following officer positions:

  • Vice-President/Director of Hellenism
  • Vice-President/Director of Education
  • Vice-President/Director of Philanthropy
  • Vice-President/Director of Civic Responsibility
  • Vice-President/Director of Family and Individual Excellence

Each and every District of the Order shall hold a District Convention annually during the months of May, June, or July. The specific time, date and place for succeeding District Conventions may be chosen by the District Convention not more than two (2) years in advance. The Order of AHEPA in Canada may hold the District Conventions not later than the first week in August.[25]

The Conventions of each District shall be composed of duly elected Delegates of the respective Chapters composing the District and the District Officers thereof, and the immediate retiring District Governor. All Past District Governors of any District in the AHEPA Domain may vote and have a sovereign vote provided that they are members in good standing of a Chapter of that District.[25]

The District Conventions of the Order of AHEPA shall have power and authority to:

  1. ALL MATTERS: Consider and discuss all matters affecting the affairs of the Order in the District;
  2. LEGISLATION: Adopt such legislation as the Delegates may deem necessary and proper for the welfare of the District, provided that such legislation does not in any way conflict with the AHEPA CONSTITUTION and AHEPA BYLAWS and decrees of the Supreme Convention of the Order;
  3. DECISIONS: Decide any and all things necessary and proper for the advancement of the District;
  4. RESOLUTIONS: Pass resolutions and transmit them to the Supreme Convention through the District Governor; and
  5. APPROPRIATE FUNDS: To appropriate monies had or to be had in the District Treasury, prescribe the manner and purposes of and for which such appropriations shall be used and designate the Officer or Officers who are to disburse the same.

List of districts[edit]

  • MOTHER LODGE DISTRICT NO. 1: All Chapters within the states of Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
  • CITRUS DISTRICT NO. 2: All Chapters within the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and in Nassau, Bahamas.
  • CAPITAL DISTRICT NO. 3: All Chapters within the states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and the Chapter of Bluefield, West Virginia.
  • POWER DISTRICT NO. 4: All Chapters within the state of Pennsylvania, excepting Sharon-Farrell.
  • GARDEN DISTRICT NO. 5: All Chapters within the state of New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware.
  • EMPIRE DISTRICT NO. 6: All Chapters within the State of New York.
  • YANKEE DISTRICT NO. 7: All Chapters within the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the Chapter of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
  • BAY STATE DISTRICT NO. 8: All Chapters within the State of Massachusetts, excepting the Chapter at Pittsfield.
  • NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT NO. 9: All Chapters within the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
  • AUTOMOTIVE DISTRICT NO. 10: All Chapters within the state of Michigan.
  • BUCKEYE DISTRICT NO. 11: All Chapters within the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and the Chapters at Weirton, Huntington, Wheeling, Clarksburg and Charleston, West Virginia, and Sharon-Farrell, Pennsylvania.
  • HOOSIER DISTRICT NO. 12: All Chapters within the state of Indiana.
  • BLUE RIBBON DISTRICT NO. 13: All Chapters within the states of Illinois, Wisconsin.
  • GRAINFIELDS DISTRICT NO. 14: All Chapters within the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, all of Nebraska (excepting Bridgeport, Nebraska), and the St. Louis, Missouri Chapter No. 53.
  • DELTA DISTRICT NO. 16: All Chapters within the states of Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and all the Chapters in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • SILVER DISTRICT NO. 17: All Chapters within the states of New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Colorado, the Chapters in Ely, Nevada, and Bridgeport, Nebraska.
  • EL CAMINO REAL DISTRICT NO. 20: All Chapters within the state of Arizona, Hawaii, and in the city and south of Bakersfield, California; and Chapters in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • GOLDEN GATE DISTRICT NO. 21: All Chapters north and exclusive of Bakersfield in California, and the Chapter at Reno, Nevada.
  • FIREWOOD DISTRICT NO. 22: All Chapters in the states of Oregon and Washington, and Alaska.
  • BEAVER DISTRICT NO. 23: All Chapters in the Provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Islands, and New Brunswick, Canada.
  • ROYAL CANADIAN DISTRICT NO. 24: All Chapters in Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada.
  • HELLAS DISTRICT NO. 25: All Chapters situated within Greece.
  • CANADIAN DISTRICT NO. 26: All Chapters in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
  • CYPRUS DISTRICT NO. 27: All Chapters situated within Cyprus.
  • EUROPEAN DISTRICT NO. 28: All Chapters situated in Europe except for Cyprus and Greece.[26]

Regions[edit]

AHEPA also has Regions. There are ten Regions defined by the Order of AHEPA. Each Region is divided into a set of active districts. Each Region also has an elected Supreme Governor who makes up part of the Supreme lodge.

The ten Regions are:

  • Region 1 – Districts 1 and 2. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • Region 2 – Districts 3 and 4. West Virginia, DC, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia
  • Region 3 = Districts 5 and 6. Delaware, New Jersey, New York
  • Region 4 = Districts 7, 8 and 9. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Region 5 = Districts 10 and 11. Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, except Bloomfield WV
  • Region 6 = Districts 12, 13 and 14. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, E. Nebraska, E. Missouri
  • Region 7 = Districts 15, 16 and 17. Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, W. Missouri, W. Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Utah, except Salt Lake City
  • Region 8 = Districts 20, 21 and 22. Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah
  • Region 9 = Districts 23, 24 and 26. Canada: Maritimes, Quebec Ontario (23) Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta (24) British Columbia (26)
  • Region 10 = Districts 25, 27 and 28. Greece, Cyprus and the rest of Europe [26]

Supreme Lodge[edit]

The "Supreme Lodge" of this Order shall be composed of the following Supreme Officers:[27]

  • Supreme President
  • Supreme Vice President
  • Canadian President
  • Supreme Secretary
  • Supreme Treasurer
  • Supreme Counselor
  • Nine Supreme/Regional Governors


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c AHEPA website ahepa.org
  2. ^ "How to Plan A Successful AHEPA Day Program" (PDF). AHEPA. May 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  3. ^ a b The History of The Order of AHEPA from 1922 – 1972 by George J. Leber
  4. ^ Alan Axelrod, International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders, New York: Facts on File, 1997, pp.4-5
  5. ^ AHEPA Districts and chapters Archived July 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b c AHEPA Supreme Governor Pitiris
  7. ^ Conversations with F.D.R. at his AHEPA Initiation: Frigates, Battleships, Espionage and a Sentimental Bond with Greece, by Leonidas V. Georgiou, New York: Knollwood Press, 2019. Available through AbeBooks.com.
  8. ^ The History of The Order of AHEPA from 1922 – 1972 by George J. Leber, AHEPA Supreme Governor Pitiris
  9. ^ The History of The Order of AHEPA from 1922 – 1972 by George J. Leber. George Demeter served as Supreme President from March till September 1924, when the 2nd Supreme Convention was held
  10. ^ The History of The Order of AHEPA from 1922 – 1972 by George J. Leber. Hugh N. Wells was elected at the 1st Supreme Convention in October of 1923 and was ousted from his position in March 1924. George N. Demeter was elected as Supreme President till the 2nd Supreme Convention held in September of 1924
  11. ^ The History of The Order of AHEPA from 1922 – 1972 by George J. Leber. He was elected at the first meeting held of the Order of AHEPA on July 26, 1922
  12. ^ Schmidt, Alvin J. Fraternal Organizations Westport, CT; Greenwood Press pp.23,25
  13. ^ "AHEPA". AHEPA. Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  14. ^ Schmidt p.25
  15. ^ a b Axelrod p.5
  16. ^ AHEPA membership fact sheet via AHEPA HQ in Washington, DC
  17. ^ AHEPA Constitution 2013; Article 13
  18. ^ Schmidt
  19. ^ AHEPA fact sheet via AHEPA HQ in Washington, DC
  20. ^ Order of AHEPA 90th Anniversary 1922-2012, 2012 AHEPA Family Album, 90th Supreme Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 22–27, 2012
  21. ^ AHEPA Constitution 2013; Article 8
  22. ^ AHEPA Constitution 2013; Article 9
  23. ^ AHEPA Constitution 2013; Article 10
  24. ^ AHEPA Constitution 2013; Article 12
  25. ^ a b AHEPA Constitution 2013; Article 11
  26. ^ a b AHEPA Current Bylaws Article 29, Section A, Subsection 2
  27. ^ AHEPA Constitution 2013; Article 15

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