By Chris Pappis

Another shining beacon of Hellenism was lit on December 19, 2019, with the joint initiation ceremony between AHEPA Chapters 319 in Port Jefferson and Shrine 500 in Greenlawn, held at the Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook, NY. The event, with strong attendance from both chapters’ leadership, as well as AHEPA District 6 leadership, welcomed eager new initiates to spur the values of AHEPA well into 2020 and further towards the goal of 100,000 members by 2022. It was an inspirational evening, prefaced by a social cocktail hour and mezedes, with passionate speeches and anecdotes from District 6 Lt. Governor Dean Moskos, Past District Governor Demi Pamboukes, and Chapter 319 member Constantine P. Kapassakis. Better sentiments could not have been expressed as these chapters, with the seasoned guidance of District 6 and the Supreme Lodge, help carry the torch of AHEPA’s values into the new decade.