AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 14 Issue 9 - Wednesday, March 4, 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
Statement | Greek-Turkish Border Migration Crisis
Supreme President George G. Horiates issued the following statement:  

AHEPA staunchly backs Greece's right to defend its borders as a new surge in migrant flows has intensified on Greece's islands and its land border with Turkey. Greece, because of its geographic location and its 8,700-mile border, the longest in Europe, continues to bear the brunt of the burden whenever Turkey chooses to " open the gates ." read entire statement | Placement: Ekathimerini |  The National Herald | Hellenic News of America

AHEPA Happenings | California Visitation 
AHEPA Chapter 342, Long Beach, Calif., held a reception on the occasion of Supreme President George G. Horiates' visit to Southern California. Supreme President Horiates traveled to Southern California to attend the funeral of Past Supreme Governor and former National Board of Trustees Member Steven G. Tripodes. During the reception, Supreme President Horiates caught-up with Past Supreme President Dr. James F. Dimitriou (pictured), who currently serves as Chairman and President of the American Hellenic Council. 

Census Awareness | Ensure Your Ancestry Is
Thanks to our friends at the New Jersey Hellenic American Heritage Commission for providing this flyer. Share it widely!
AHEPA encourages your participation in the 2020 U.S. Census, announced Supreme President George G. Horiates.
It is part of our civic duty to participate in the U.S. Census.  It is important to do so for a couple of reasons.
First, community-based organizations such as AHEPA, rely on accurate census data to ensure that its constituency is represented properly.  On a larger scale, census results will help communities receive federal funding for hospitals, schools, and emergency services.
Question about Race. When asked on the Census form to indicate your race, you can mark or check "White," and under the designation, write-in "Greek" or "Cypriot" to indicate your ethnicity/ancestry.
Beginning in mid-March 2020, people will be able to respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. You can choose the option that works best for you.
Personal information provided on the census is kept confidential by law.
Program Announcements

Deadline Approaching! | 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

The Senate Must Act!
Contact Senators and urge them to :
  • Uphold American values and security interests. 
  • Hold Turkey responsible for its actions.
  • Urge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring legislation to the Senate Floor.
The House acted. Now the Senate must.
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Editor's NoteEditorials, commentaries, opinion pieces, and articles 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.  

Thousands of migrants look for way around shut Greek border
Associated Press (March 3)

Thousands of migrants and refugees searched for ways to cross Greece's border with Turkey on Tuesday, as Athens ramped up its diplomatic efforts for help from the European Union to seal off its eastern land and sea frontiers.  read more | AP EXPLAINS: The new migration crisis at Europe's borders

Coronavirus spread could slow Greek economy's growth- fiscal council
Reuters (March 3)

A spread of the coronavirus outbreak in the euro zone is likely to put the brakes on Greece's recovering economy and trim its projected growth this year, the country's fiscal council said on Tuesday.  read more | Greece confirms three new cases of coronavirus, brings total to seven

Technology could help Greek economy grow, Microsoft chief tells Kathimerini
Ekathimerini (March 2)

Digital technology could be an integral part of Greece's economic growth as well as efforts to modernize the state apparatus, Microsoft President Brad Smith told Kathimerini in an interview on the occasion of his recent visit to Athens during which he met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. read more

Cyprus sees surge in migrants after Turkey opens border
Yahoo! News via AP (March 3)

Cyprus is seeing a surge of migrants after Turkey's president made good on a threat to stop intercepting people trying to reach Europe.  read more

Greece Releases Eurovision Song "Supergirl"
The Pappas Post (March 3 )

A Dutch-born Greek singer named Stefania will represent Greece in the 2020 Eurovision competition with a song entitled "Supergirl." read more

Triumph from tragedy: how Greece's theatre roared out of a national crisis
The Guardian (March 2)

A fter a three-day visit, it would be presumptuous to sum up Athenian theatre. But in that short time, I saw five productions, met numerous artists and learned a lot. My immediate impression was that Athens is a hive of theatrical activity: some 1,500 productions a year covering everything from Aeschylus and Sophocles to Pinter and Albee.  read more

Event Honors Greek Constantinopolitan Authors in Istanbul
Greek Reporter Europe (March 1)

A special literary tribute to Greek  Constantinople  writers and poets was completed recently at the University of Istanbul's School of Philosophy, an event organized due to the International day of Greek Language.  read more
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