Phillip T. Frangos Elected Supreme President of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)

Phillip T. Frangos Elected Supreme President 
 Michigan Native Runs Uncontested 
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The delegates of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, elected Phillip T. Frangos, East Lansing, Mich., as their supreme president at the 92nd Annual Supreme Convention, New Orleans, La. Frangos ran unopposed in elections that were held Friday, July 25, 2014. Formal installation ceremonies were held Saturday, July 26, 2014.”It is an honor and privilege to be elected AHEPA supreme president,” Supreme President Frangos said. “It is with humility that I undertake the responsibilities of this office. I thank those who have mentored me, supported me, inspired me, and tutored me over the many years that I have been a member of an organization which carries the torch of Hellenism.
He added, “The community continues to face a multitude of challenges that are important to address as the need for community service is relentless, both in the United States and abroad, and the promotion of Hellenic ideals will always be a priority for AHEPA. I am excited to work with our seasoned Supreme Lodge and our membership to address these challenges and keep AHEPA on the steady path set forth by my predecessors in a spirit true to our mission.”Frangos is a member of Wolverine Chapter 142, Lansing, Mich. He has served AHEPA in numerous leadership positions including most recently supreme vice president and all offices at the district and chapter levels. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in the late-1980s. As supreme president, Frangos’s responsibilities include being the chief executive officer, and principal spokesperson, of the entire AHEPA domain, which includes the United States, Canada, and chapters in Europe.

Election of AHEPA Leadership for 2014-2015

The AHEPA Supreme Lodge is the international governing body of the organization.

The 2014-15 Supreme Lodge is comprised of: Canadian President Kenneth N. Matziorinis, Supreme Vice President John Galanis, Supreme Secretary Andrew Zachariades, Supreme Treasurer Tom Gober, Supreme Counselor Gregory Stamos, Supreme Athletic Director Louis G. Atsaves, and Sons of Pericles National Advisor James Kokotas.

The eight Supreme Governors are: Region I: Demetrios C. Kirkiles, Region II: Robert Stepp, Region III: Philip Vogis, Region IV: Frank P. Fotis, Region V: Costas Boutsikakis, Region VI: Nick Kavadas, Region VII: Timothy Joannides, and Region VIII: Robert Sexton.

Elected to positions on the Board of Trustees were: Nicholas Karacostas and Vassos Chrysanthou. Karacostas, who is a past supreme president, was re-elected to his second term on the board.

AHEPA Family Elections

The organizations that comprise the AHEPA Family also held elections. Anna-Helene Grossomanides was elected Daughters of Penelope Grand President; Jimmy Googas, was elected Sons of Pericles Supreme President; and Deanna Socaris was elected Maids of Athena Grand President.

Saturday’s Installation Ceremony of newly-elected officers officially concluded the 92nd AHEPA Supreme Convention, which began Monday, July 21.

The 2015 Supreme Convention will convene in San Francisco, Calif.

Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, to protect individuals from the evils of bigotry and discrimination, AHEPA 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. The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.

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On Friday night, we honored excellence in the community at our Grand Banquet-which is the pinnacle event of each of our Supreme Conventions.

We were thrilled to honor George Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney® Parks and Resorts, as well as B’nai B’rith International. George Kalogridis was presented with the AHEPA Socrates Award for excellence in his profession. The Socrates Award is the highest honor the AHEPA can bestow upon an individual. “I stand before you both as a son of America and a son of Greece,” he said in acceptance.

B’nai B’rith International was the first organization to receive the AHEPA-Archbishop Iakovos Humanitarian Award (previous recipients have all been individuals) for its 171 years of global humanitarian work, service to the community, especially to senior citizens; and unwavering efforts to combat intolerance and anti-Semitism. In acceptance, B’nai B’rith International President Allan Jacobs cited a 1938 write-up in B’nai B’rith’s publication that reported on AHEPA’s passage of a resolution that condemned “the inhuman and cruel persecution of a race which has given so much to the world.”

Both recipients of the awards received standing ovations!

We received inspirational remarks delivered by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who was our Keynote Speaker, as well as remarks from the Ambassador of Greece to the United States Christos Panagopoulos, Ambassador-Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus Vasilis Philippou, and Philip Christopher, president, International Coordinating Committee-Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA). Our Ahepan of the Year and our AHEPA Lifetime Achievement Award were presented to Peter Marudas and Alex Booras, respectively. And all of us enjoyed plenty of laughs from my alter ego, Basile the Comedian, who was our master of ceremonies!

AHEPA National Housing President Angelo Kostarides announced charitable contributions of more than $360,000 to national and local community service and charitable organizations. And in remarks by Penelope Alefantis that clearly moved the audience (including myself to tears), the Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena announced the Junior Orders raised $60,000 for research to find a cure to Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare neuro-muscular disorder. Penelope suffers from this terrible rare disease. She is truly an inspiration to us all!

Finally, we heard farewell remarks from each of the AHEPA Family’s national leaders-AHEPA Supreme President Anthony Kouzounis, Daughters of Penelope Grand President Joanne Saltas, Sons of Pericles Supreme President John Ververis, and Maids of Athena Grand President Angela Armstrong. All provided eloquent and lasting remarks that we will take with us and reflect upon on our travels back home.

Supreme President Kouzounis did leave us with one final challenge-to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero. Even before officially rolling out our fundraising drive, we collected $3,000 toward this effort tonight! We’re off to a great start!

As the convention draws to a conclusion, I’d like to once again thank our major sponsors: FAGEGalloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr, and Smith; AHEPA National Housing Corp.; Gaea; Wells Fargo AdvisorsWalt Disney® Parks and Resorts; Pappas Restaurants; Loucas Law; and Franklin Pharmacy.

Finally, congratulations to AHEPA’s new Supreme President, Phillip T. Frangos, of East Lansing, Michigan, to the newly-elected AHEPA Supreme Lodge and Board, and all newly elected AHEPA Family officers. All the best for the 2014-2015 administrative year!

Safe travels!


Basil Mossaidis

Executive Director

Here is the complete list of elected AHEPA national officers:

The 2014-15 Supreme Lodge is comprised of:
Supreme President
Phillip T. Frangos

Canadian President
Kenneth N. Matziorinis
Supreme Vice President
John Galanis
Supreme Secretary
Andrew Zachariades
Supreme Treasurer
Tom Gober
Supreme Counselor
Gregory Stamos
Supreme Athletic Director
Louis G. Atsaves
Sons of Pericles National Advisor
James Kokotas.
The eight Supreme Governors are:
Region I: Demetrios C. Kirkiles
Region II: Robert Stepp
Region III: Philip Vogis
Region IV: Frank P. Fotis
Region V: Costas Boutsikakis
Region VI: Nick Kavadas
Region VII: Timothy Joannides
Region VIII: Robert Sexton
Region X: Nick Papadopoulos