By Catherine Tsounis
A filled Hellenic Room was the site of the successful Christmas dinner of the AHEPA Family on Sunday afternoon, December 9th at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul on 110 Cathedral Ave, Hempstead, NY. A lavish, well-organized buffet dinner was served by the members, with liquor and pastries. The Dinner was hosted by The AHEPA Family of Hempstead Long Island, consisting of the following organizations: AHEPA Constantine Cassis No.170, Daughters of Penelope Pasithea No.141, Sons of Pericles Lord Byron Chapter No.233 and Maids of Athena Victory Chapter No.76.
AHEPA District 6 Lodge members in Attendance for The 2018 AHEPA family of Hempstead Christmas Dinner was: Governor Demi Pamboukes, Lt. Governor Lou Katsos, District Marshall Paul Macropoulos, Director of Education Dr. John Siolas and Director of Civic Responsibility Anastasios Stampolis.
“We are engaged in Philanthropic work to aid St. Michael’s Home for Senior Citizens in Yonkers, New York,” explained President Anastasios Stambolis of the Constantine Cassis No. 170 of the Order of AHEPA. “St. Paul’s Cathedral is expanding. We are aiding in the Expansion program. Today we initiated 100 members. The Constantine Cassis No. 170 of the Order of AHEPA celebrated its 90th Anniversary. Our chapter location is dynamic, located in the heart of Long Island in Hempstead NY. The Constantine Cassis Chapter is committed to the ideals of Hellenism and Education, furthering the mission of the Order of AHEPA.
“The AHEPA, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena have raised a combined total of close to $30,000 to aid Saint Basil’s Academy,” said Demi Pamboukes, AHEPA District Governor Empire State District 6. “The donation will be given at the Christmas Open House and Pageant, Saturday Morning, December 15th. A Brunch with Santa will be held, Sunday, December 16th, at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church after morning liturgy in Albany, NY.”
“We believe we have a duty to pass on the AHEPAN LEGACY,” said Demi Pamboukes AHEPA Governor Empire State District 6. “We are promoting and preserving Hellenic ideals and service to our community in our rapidly expanding AHEPAN Empire District 6. Our AHEPAN family is the best channel. AHEPA has changed many lives. Our goal is for each brother to bring into AHEPA a new member. We must remember our history as we are approaching the celebration of our 100th Year Anniversary. Our fellowship bond is creating our 2018 legacy for the present generation. We stand together, aiding our community. In Empire District 6 we are reaching new membership heights.”
In 2018 District 6 gave the following recipients the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievements and Merit to Constantine Cassis Chapter 170 members: Anton Skrivanek, Executive Secretary; James Versocki; George Hadjoglou, Board of Governor; and George Marinos, Chaplain. New members are Mike Stambolis, Petros Stambolis and Harris Dounelis.
AHEPA is the largest Greek-American association in the world with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, and sister chapters in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 1922 by visionary Greek Americans to protect Hellenes from prejudice originating from the KKK. In its history, AHEPA joined with the NAACP and B’nai B’rith International to fight discrimination.