Supreme President Galanis Meets Cypriot President Anastasiades at EOKA Commemoration Event in Chicago
Supreme President John W. Galanis met briefly with President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades at a gala to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EOKA (National Organization of Cypriot Struggle) uprising, which would eventually lead to Cypriot independence from Great Britain in 1960.
President Anastasiades served as the keynote speaker for the gala, which was held Sept. 20, in Chicago.
“We were proud to have a strong showing of AHEPA family members from the Midwest in support of this important celebration,” Galanis said. “I appreciated the opportunity to convey AHEPA’s warm regards and greetings to President Anastasiades, who also took time to greet our AHEPA family members in attendance. I also congratulate the organizers of the gala, which was a great success.”
A proclamation to mark EOKA’s anniversary from the Illinois Secretary of State was read. The Cypriot American Society of Greater Chicago organized the event. Several past supreme and current district and chapter officers accompanied Supreme President Galanis.
AHEPA Attends Ceremony Honoring Greek American Hero Skarlatos, Appreciation Conveyed
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter presented Greek American Specialist Alek Skarlatos and his two friends, Airman First Class Spencer Stone and Anthony Salder, with awards for heroism and valor when they subdued a heavily-armed terrorist gunman on a Paris-bound train in August. AHEPA Executive Director Basil Mossaidis attended the Sept. 17 ceremony held at The Pentagon and conveyed the appreciation, gratitude, and pride of the American Hellenic community to Skarlatos, his family, and friends.
AHEPA welcomes U.S. Reps. David Rouzer (R-NC) and Brian
Babin (R-TX) as the newest members to the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, announced Supreme President John W Galanis.
“We sincerely thank Congressmen Rouzer and Babin for joining the Hellenic Caucus,” Galanis said. “We look forward to working with them, and their staffs, on issues of importance to the American Hellenic community. We also thank the dedicated grassroots of Ahepans from North Carolina and Texas for their efforts.”
Membership in the Hellenic Caucus now stands at 129. Since mid-July, nine U.S. representatives have joined the Hellenic Caucus.
ACTION ITEM: Help Us Grow the Hellenic Caucus!
AHEPA asks that you help us to grow the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues. The Hellenic Caucus has been an active, bipartisan group in Congress since its founding in 1995. It is co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
Greece is an important strategic ally of the United States, and is undergoing crises, both economic and migratory, with lasting effects likely to persist into the foreseeable future. Hellenic Caucus Co-chairs U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis and Carolyn Maloney have taken initiative to convene a consortium of business, academic, and policy experts from around the country and Greece to explore ways how U.S. policies can be best utilized to provide technical and security support to the longtime friend and ally of the United States, Greece.
ICYMI: Nearly $115,000 in donations to the campaign to help rebuild Saint Nicholas National Shrine at World Trade Center were announced by AHEPA family entities at the 93rd Grand Banquet held July 4 in San Francisco.
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