AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 14 Issue 8 - Wednesday, February 26, 2020   

Biennial Gala to Honor His All-Holiness 
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 
Supreme President George G. Horiates and the Supreme Lodge extend a formal invitation to attend the 45th AHEPA Biennial Congressional Banquet, May 14, 2020, Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.

The gala will honor His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on the occasion of his 2020 Apostolic Visit to the United States.  All proceeds will benefit the Ecumenical Patriarchate. | Sponsor a table
AHEPA Happenings | Pennsylvania Visitation
Supreme President George G. Horiates visited Chapter 64, Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 24, and participated at the chapter's mass initiation ceremony and banquet. Supreme President Horiates conveyed the Order's appreciation to District 4 Marshal Dr. Michael Billys, Ed.D., for helping to organize the successful event, along with District 4 Governor Charles Mackenzie and Chapter 64 President Christ Megoulas. Congratulations and welcome, Brothers!

AHEPA Mourns Passing of former Board of Trustees Member, PSG Steven Tripodes
AHEPA mourns the passing of Past Supreme Governor Steven G. Tripodes. Brother Tripodes, a 67-year Life Member of Rose Bowl Chapter 373, Pasadena, Calif., passed away Feb. 19, 2020. He was 87. 

"We are deeply saddened with the news of Brother Tripodes' passing," Supreme President George G. Horiates said. "A pillar of the Greek American community of Southern California, we are forever grateful for Brother Tripodes' decades of dedication and service to our Order, which garnered the respect and admiration of AHEPA family members throughout the domain. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the Tripodes family. May his memory be eternal."

Brother Tripodes served two terms as supreme governor and several terms on the Board of Directors/Trustees, including as its secretary. He also was the recipient of the AHEPA District 20 Periclean Award and contributed to many AHEPA national projects. |  Brother Tripodes' obituary

Inaugural Rising Sons Conference Held
Sons of Pericles members traveled to the Diakonia Retreat Center, Salem, S.C., for a weekend of service and brotherhood. As part of the Rising Sons initiative, the first Rising Sons Conference program featured professional development, strategic planning for the Order, and beautifying the campgrounds for future use. The Sons helped to clean up, restore, and build some new structures for campers to use for years to come.

Program Announcements

Call for Applications | Scholar-Athlete Scholarships, Hall of Fame Honors
Annually, AHEPA presents scholarships and awards to outstanding athletes, scholar-athletes, and former athletes at the AHEPA Family Supreme Convention. Don't miss this opportunity! Do you know of a standout athlete who excels in their individual sport(s) or who displays excellence in the classroom and volunteerism? Or a former athlete worthy to join the ranks of more than 140 members of the AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame that includes the likes of Harry Agganis, Alex Karras, Pete Sampras, and other industry greats? 

Applications  are available for the 2020 AHEPA National Athletic Awards:
National Scholarship Application Deadline: March 31

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to deliver Notre Dame's 2020 Commencement address
University of Notre Dame (Feb. 24)

Patriarch Bartholomew, Orthodox Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch,  will deliver the principal address and receive an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame's 175th commencement ceremony May 17.  read more

WaPo opinion piece: Greece should be the keeper of Parthenon marbles
Ekathimerini (Feb. 22)

Now that times have changed and Britain is leaving the European Union, it's time to reconsider Greece's claim for the return of the Parthenon sculptures, according to an opinion piece in the Washington Post published this weekend.  read more

Kiki Dimoula, acclaimed poet, dies at 88
Ekathimerini (Feb. 22)

Kiki Dimoula, an acclaimed Greek poet and Academy of Athens member, has died at the age of 88.  read more | 2013 New York Times profile

Listen: The Sound Of The Hagia Sophia, More Than 500 Years Ago
NPR (Feb. 22)

When the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was built in the 6th century, it was the largest building in the world, an engineering marvel. And the unique acoustics inside inspired composers to write 10 centuries worth of religious music specifically to be sung there.  read more

Greek-American Eleni Roumel Appointed Federal Judge
The National Herald (Feb. 25)

Greek-American Eleni Maria Roumel was sworn in as a Federal Judge by Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on February 24. Roumel will serve on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and was nominated by President Donald Trump on June 24, 2019, to a seat vacated by Mary Ellen Coster Williams. She was confirmed by the Senate on January 8, 2020, and received commission on February 24.  read more

Greece, US hold live-fire drill following military base deal
Associated Press (Feb. 19 )

Army aviation forces from Greece and the United States took part in a live-fire training exercise Wednesday at the foot of Mount Olympus, marking deepening defense ties between the two countries.  read more

Greece Has 227 Islands. Here's How to Choose.
New York Times (Feb. 19)

Greece receives approximately 30 million international visitors each year, with many heading to the country's six main island regions.  read more

These 3-D Models Offer a Digital Glimpse Into 3,000 Years of Athens' History
Smithsonian (Feb. 14)

T he Golden Age of Athens is long over. But thanks to photographer-animator  Dimitris Tsalkanis , you can still stroll through the ancient city during its most prosperous time-at least in digital form.  read more

Celine Dion to perform in Athens on July 31
ANA-MPA (Feb. 19)

Celine Dion will give a concert at the Olympic Stadium of Athens (OAKA) on July 31, as part of her "Courage World Tour".  read more
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