AHEPA members are proud of the contributions the ancient Greeks gifted to Western Civilization. As Americans, we share many of the values put forth by them: civic responsibility, philanthropy, education, family and individual excellence, and the ideals of democracy.
This is the essence of our heritage. This is the core of our mission.
June 5 - 7, 2015
AHEPA 5th District Annual Convention
The Fifth District NJ/DE will be holding its 84th Annual District Convention at the Somerset Doubletree hotel. Your hosts for the weekend are the New Brunswick AHEPA Family, AHEPA Chapter Monroe #75, Tethys #229 of the DOP and Kanaris #177 of the Sons of Pericles.
For Reservations Call
732.469.2600 (Ask for the AHEPA rate)
Friday, June 5
Convention Opening (7:00 pm)
AHEPA Meeting/Election of Convention Officers (8:00 pm)
Sons and Maids Reunion at T.K.'s Pub in the Hotel (8:30 pm)
Saturday, June 6
Convention Meetings (9:00 am)
Daughters of Penelope Luncheon (12:00 noon)
Election of Officers (Approximately 4:00 pm)
Grand Banquet (7:00 pm)
Sunday, June 7
Church services at Saint George Church River Rd, Piscataway,
NJ Times are subject to change. A final communication will be sent to all chapters the end of May
March 25, 2015
AHEPA Greek Flag Raising Ceremony 2015, Hackensack, NJ
Join Brother Ahepans and friends on Saturday, February 28th to help raise funds for the building of the St Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero. Donation $100." Download Flyer
25th Annual Cancer Gala - Saturday, November 1st
On Saturday, November 1st the Fifth District Cancer Foundation celebrated its 25th Anniversary at their Gala. Follow more news coverage of the event on Cosmos Philly."
AHEPA FIFTH DISTRICT CELEBRATES 83RD
The Fifth District NJ/DE along with the fourth District from Pennsylvania held a combined Convention. The date was June 20-21 at the University Sheraton Hotel, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The Convention hosted by Camden Chapter #69 from the 5th District and by Radnor Chapter # 514 District # 4 in Pennsylvania.
This was a family Convention with the participation of the Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena, from both Districts. There were many Ahepans from all over the AHEPA domain that participated at the Convention for the betterment of the future of both Districts. Both Districts are to be commended for putting all the work through the year to make this a very successful Convention.
On Friday evening the opening began promptly for the nomination of the Convention chairman. Last year’s Governor William Harrison was elected to chair the convention by the delegates.
Saturday we started at 9:00 am with a nice turn out of delegates present. The morning session was highlighted with the appearance and presentation of the Supreme Secretary Brother John Galanis. He praised the publication AHEPA Voice which is by far the best publication in the AHEPA Domain. He also praised District Five as being the best District.
The final report of the outgoing District Governor Sammy Thomas was also given at that time. Sammy’s report summarized accomplishments and District Five’s leadership and other issues including report and accomplishments of the Sons of Pericles under the guidance of our District Sons Advisor PDG Ted Vitas.
A report about the Odyssey school in Wilmington, DE was given by PDG George Rigos as well as the District Scholarship report given by Vasso Chissanthou.
The District Convention also included a Daughters of Penelope luncheon where the District Scholarship recipients were recognized.
The Convention meetings concluded with the elevation of Stanley Gerondelis of Monroe Chapter #75 Piscataway NJ, to District Governor .The incoming District Governor gave a short speech thanking everybody for their support and confidence by electing him to this high position.
District Governor Stanley Gerondelis will be joined on the Lodge by Lieutenant Governor Asteris Fanikos, District Secretary George Petrakakis, Treasurer Dimitri Rozanitis, Marshal Zenon Chrystdoulou, Warden Steve Marmarou, Athletic Director Nicholas C. Mariolis, and Sons Advisor PDG Ted Vitas.
The evening concluded with a Grand Banquet with many in attendance. The food was excellent and the entertainment superb by the Atlantis Orchestra. The Master of ceremonies was Basil the Greek comedian who entertained everybody.
The highlight of the gala came with presentations of the year’s awards.
The Chapter of the Year was presented to Garden State #517. Chapter President of the Year award was presented to Peter Vardakis Eagle Rock chapter #375 and Secretary of the Year award was presented to Lou Larres Ocean County chapter #467 in Toms River.
The Camden Chapter #69 is to be commended for all their hard work in hosting another successful convention.
We hope for another productive year from our new District Lodge under the leadership of District Governor Stanley Gerondelis. We look forward to next year’s Convention to be hosted by Monroe Chapter #75 Piscataway NJ.
District 5 AHEPA Family's Drive to Eradicate Cancer Endures
The AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope Cancer Research Foundation of District 5 (New Jersey and Delaware) donated $50,000 to medical research institutions at the Foundation's Ball held November 2, 2013. Donations of $10,000 each were made to: Fox Chase Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (received two), Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Foundation also honored Yibin Kang, Ph.D., Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, with its Axios Award for cancer research in the area of secreting particles.
To date, the 5th District AHEPA Cancer Research Foundation has donated $825,000 toward cancer research since its founding in 1990.
Supreme President Anthony Kouzounis and Daughters of Penelope Grand President Joanne Saltas attended.
The 5th District of AHEPA, comprising 18 Chapters across the states of NJ and DE, recently completed its 82nd annual District Convention at Newark, NJ. The convention delegates elected new District Lodge Officers, who were sworn into their new positions by dignitaries of the National Supreme Lodge.
This past year witnessed a number of initiatives from many chapters across our District.
Our AHEPA Chapters and their members responded immediately and compassionately to provide emergency relief to communities devasted by Superstorm Sandy. AHEPANS provided supplies, helped with storm cleanup, and organized and manned emergency food kitchens. People throughout the District cheered when AHEPANS arrived, clad in their "AHEPA Emergency Response Team" jackets. Our activity gained the attention of grateful public officials and emergency response workers, and was even praised on the floor of the United States Congress.
AHEPA serves, and our members proudly displayed that belief all year long. Other activities in our District included:
Comfort and support to the students of Saint Basils Academy. This year, our District Chapters provided funds to allow the students to enjoy the Christmas holiday as well as attend a night at the Medieval Times in Lyndhurst
Support to the national AHEPA mobilization to provide food and medical supplies to Greece to relieve hungry families and stressed medical facilities
Active support for Veterans Services in Northern NJ. Efforts by AHEPA chapters to mobilize community support have encouraged Veterans Services to expand its outreach resources in Northern NJ
A long tradition of scholarship grants, advanced school programs for High School seniors in AHEPAcademy, and Journey to Greece for college students
Well attended commemoration ceremonies of Greek Independence Day, honored by dignitaries in counties across our District and at the State House in Trenton
An expanding and festive Greek Independence day parade in Philadelphia, complementing the parade in NYC. AHEPANS are leaders in both venues
AHEPA celebrates its 90th annivesary this year, and extraordinary milestone. Imagine what the next 90 years will bring!
Sammy Thomas, District Governor
Spring Issue of the AHEPA Voice
(Click on the image of the cover to open)
Hot off the press is the Spring issue of the AHEPA Voice.
The spring cover features images from the the Ramapo Chapter's Veterans Gala. Also there is plenty of coverage of the New York and Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parades, Savas Tsivicos' testimonial dinner, Sports plus Sons and Maids news.
82nd Fifth District Convention Hotel Reservations
June 14 - 16 at the Ramada Plaza, 160A Frontage Road, Newark, NJ
Rates for the convention are $99.00 and include Breakfast. This rate will be available until June 7, 2013
(After that date the reservations will be at full rate of $119.)
May 19, 2013
Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for AHEPA Sunday
On AHEPA Sunday, I ask all of our parishes to honor AHEPA’s bright legacy of service and to recognize the members of its organizations. Also may we offer thanks to the members of AHEPA for their contribution to our Church in America and our Greek American community, and for their offering to so many educational, philanthropic, and cultural endeavors ... [ More]
Get Ready for March MADNESS !
March 18, 2013
We are pleased to announce our bracketing for the
AHEPA District 5 Basketball Tournament - March 23-24, 2013
It will be held at:
St George Greek Orthodox Church 1033 West Park Ave Ocean, NJ 07712
2013 District 5 Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
February 15, 2013
The Order of Ahepa , John G. Thevos 5th District Scholarship Committee, is inviting you to participate in this year's scholarship program. if you are graduating from high school this year and have been accepted and/or applied to a school of higher learning, you are invited to apply for an AHEPA 5th District Scholarship Grant. [ More ... ]
On Saturday, December 15, 2012, the Children of Saint Basil Academy performed "Infant King", a celebration of the Christ Child in scripture, story and song.
Members of the AHEPA District 5 Family were in attendance for the Christmas Pageant [ More ]
Sandy Relief: District 5 in Action
November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving at Saint Barbara (November 20, 2012)
Sandy Relief: Ocean County Chapter 467
Toms River AHEPA Chapter 467 in conjunction with the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Community have worked non-stop providing food, donations, shelter and other necessities to their community at large. Recently our AHEPA brothers volunteered their time for the "Thanksgiving at Saint Barbara" dinner which was an amazing success... [ More ]
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AHEPA support of relief efforts continued over this past weekend.
Supplies were donated to the OEM (Office of Emergency Management) coordinator in Jersey City on November 17. These donations were collected and delivered by:
Trenton Chapter 72, in collaboration with their Philoptochos and GOYA
Bergen Knights Chapter 285, in collaboration with their Philoptochos
Demi Thomas, Grand Secretary of the Daughters of Penelope on behalf of the Grand Lodge
Hudson Chapter 108 coordinated with County OEM to make the collection facility available to AHEPA
Three trunk loads of supplies were brought to the OEM collection facility by Brother Asteris Fanikos from Trenton and Brother Constantine Mikelis from Tenafly. The wide assortment of material suitable for cleaning included bags, bins, cleaning agents, brooms, gloves, masks and flash lights. Clothing was also collected, which will be delivered to emergency relief groups that will distribute as needed. Brother Zenon Christodoulos from Hudson Chapter was the key point person between AHEPA and OEM.
At this stage of the recovery efforts, repair and rebuilding efforts will become the key focus of activities.
November 9, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Relief: Bergen Knights Team Up in Tenafly
The order of business for our first chapter meeting after Superstorm Sandy was to combine the efforts amongst our various organizations into a single cohesive relief effort. We invited our Philoptochos and Parish Outreach representatives to attend ... [ More]
November 8, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Relief
Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the AHEPA Emergency Response Committee is working with AHEPA Headquarters in coordinating relief efforts for those affected in New York and New Jersey. Our AHEPA Chapters in New York and New Jersey are acting as our eyes and ears and letting us know where the most help is needed. Currently, Chapter 41 of Brooklyn, NY, Chapter 349 of Staten Island, NY, Chapter 72 of Trenton, NJ and Chapter 108 of Hudson, NJ have mobilized and volunteered extremely needed man hours in the field.
AHEPA Headquarters has committed to raise funds to buy equipment, food, and clothes necessary to aid our Chapters in this endeavor, and we're reaching out to our membership for help as well. Below is a list of donations needed by the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We encourage your Chapter to send as much as you can to either of the Chapters listed below in order to help. If your Chapter is unable to send goods, monetary contributions can be made through AHEPA Headquarters. As part of the relief effort, Ahepa National Headquarters, Empire State District 6, Local Ahepa Chapters, and other groups and individuals are sending supplies, care packages, and donations. Please make a commitment and help in this worthy cause by sending in your contribution in as well.
If you are sending clothing, materials or blankets:
EVERYTHING MUST BE NEW, NO OLD OR USED MATERIALS WILL BE USED, THEY WILL BE THROWN AWAY. ONLY DONATE NEWLY PURCHASED ITEMS!!
Materials to Donate:
Building equipment and tools
Industrial brooms & rakes
Toothbrushes / Toothpaste
Heavy duty garbage bags
Batteries (all sizes)
Items can be sent to the Chapters at the following addresses:
Brooklyn Chapter 41c/o Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral64 Schermerhorn StreetBrooklyn, NY 11201
Staten Island Chapter 349c/o John Antonopoulos P.E.87 Emerson CourtStaten Island, NY 10304
As the recovery efforts continue throughout NJ and New York City, each Chapter can organize efforts to directly support our communities and help provide relief to the stricken. Power is still out in much of Northern NJ, the temperature is dropping, and the weather forecast foresees a Noreaster storm sweeping through in a few days. The Trenton chapter has been collecting water and other supplies and sending them to Atlantic County. Brooklyn chapter 41 has been likewise bringing water and other supplies to Staten Island.
We would recommend that each Chapter form a group to contact every member in their chapter to determine if there is any need that could be supported. Offer to make the same effort to each family in your church community (some have reported difficulty getting in touch with families). Elderly and shut ins should especially be reached.
National AHEPA has also issued a set of recommendations for activities that each Chapter could conduct. The article is at http://tinyurl.com/bgorhex . In light of the Noreaster storm coming, AHEPA has also compiled an “emergency plan” guide (attached). Please distribute to your chapter and community.
Finally, keep us informed of conditions and activities in your chapter’s related to storm recovery.
And stay safe!
November 1, 2012
Join AHEPA in Helping The Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Brothers and Sisters of the AHEPA Family:
Hurricane Sandy will no doubt go into the history books as one of the largest and most devastating hurricanes in American history. The AHEPA Emergency Response Committee through the auspices of the Supreme President, Dr. Grossomanides, are actively working with the Districts which have been affected. Currently we are developing a plan to see how AHEPA can help.
AHEPA will make a formal announcement after our preliminary investigation shows us where our help is most needed.
In the meantime, we are asking all of our chapters to:
Donate funds made out to the: AHEPA Charitable Foundation (a 501 c 3), in any amount in preparation of making a financial donation to assist. Please forward these monies to AHEPA headquarters as quickly as possible or click on our web site and make an electronic donation to the AHEPA Emergency Relief Fund by clicking the "Contribute" button and click on AHEPA Emergency Relief Fund or visit the site at: https://secure.doublematrix.com/ahepaonline-com/contribute.aspx
All AHEPA members are asked to reach out in their communities to mobilize volunteering in areas affected by the hurricane. AHEPA has a long tradition of service in our communities, call your local fire departments and Red Cross shelters and see what AHEPA can do to help.
Ask around your area if you can collect clothing, donate food stuffs, and be aggressive in efforts to get food and clothing to people in need.
Coordinate efforts to assist first responders, have your chapter volunteer time and man power in areas affected. Ask to feed your first responders by manning a soup kitchen or donating time to prepare meals for persons dealing with all the damage.
Hold fundraiser in your communities for future need of relief efforts.
Our strength lies in our communities and our chapters support of local charities. Reach out in these areas and contact headquarters to let us know how we can be of assistance. Winter is fast approaching and there will be a definite need for clothing and food in these areas. Chapters can begin to coordinate preparing Thanksgiving meals for families who have been displaced. Every one of our chapters can participate. Be sure to make AHEPA Headquarters aware of your efforts in order to help us promote the philanthropic ideals that the Order of AHEPA was built on.
Headquarters is coordinating to see how and where we can make a difference by volunteering our members to assist in the field. FEMA and other governmental agencies are reaching out to coordinate our efforts.
Basil Mossaidis, Executive Director
October 31, 2012
AHEPA Fifth District Cancer Research Foundation Gala Cancelled
As we know by now Hurricane Sandy has left a devastating impact not only upon New Jersey but on the entire east coast, including New York City, areas north of New York and Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. After processing all information available to us, we have no alternative but to CANCEL the upcoming AHEPA Fifth District Cancer Research Foundation Gala scheduled for this Saturday at the Pines Manor, in Edison, New Jersey.
In making this extraordinary decision, the Cancer Foundation board, by unanimous consent, is compelled to take into account the safety of its patrons, researchers and attendees to the Gala. The factors used include:
1) Widespread damage throughout the eastern seaboard of our AHEPA domain. Many members have experienced flooding at their homes and transportation has grinded to a halt.
2) Many whom have not been affected have family and other loved ones who require assistance into the untold short term future.
3) As of the time of this press release, power outages have crippled many communities, further endangering the safety of those affected.
4) Airport travel is at a standstill with many dignitaries and researchers unable to attend at this time.
5) The Pines Manor as of this time still does not have power. It is unknown whether the facility itself will be able to host our annual Gala this Saturday.
The Fifth District Cancer Research Foundation intends on hosting the Gala in the short term future and asks that each AHEPAN consider attending this important event when it it rescheduled. A press release will be issued as soon as we can find a date suitable to the Pines Manor. The Gala, one of the most significant AHEPA events in the United States, supports one of the noblest causes throughout the entire AHEPA domain.
Again we apologize for the inconvenience, are hopeful you will consider attending the Gala on the rescheduled date as we strive to maintain the safety of all involved while promoting our mission to promote research that will one day eradicate this horrible disease.
THE AHEPA FIFTH DISTRICT CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION BOARD
Support Religious Freedom: The Patriarchate Needs Our Help
Tell The United States Congress to Urge Turkey to Reopen Theological School of Halki without Further Delay
H. Res. 506 is an extremely important vote in the House regarding the re-opening of the Theological School of Halki in Turkey. Please also feel free to pass on to others. This vote pertains to one of our country's most sacred fundamental values -- Religous Freedom
Pictured Left to Right: PDG Ted Vittas, Athletic Director Nick Mariolis, Warden Tom Vastardis, Treasurer Asteris Fanikos, Secretary Stanley Gerondelis, District Governor William Harrison, Lt Governor Sammy Thomas, Marshall George Pappas
It was a beautiful sunny day, in the high 60s, as marchers walked up the Ben Franklin Parkway in honor of Greek Independence Day. The parade was attended by communities throughout eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware [ Check Out the Photos ...]
2012 AHEPA Relief Effort for Greece
We are pleased many AHEPA family chapters have answered the appeal issued by Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides. However, your support is stil needed Please, Contribute Today!
The AHEPA Charitable Foundation is part of the AHEPA Foundation, Inc. -- a 501(c)(3) entity of the AHEPA which was created to accept 100 percent tax deductible donations for charitable projects. The AHEPA Foundation, Inc. is accepting donations to help with humanitarian relief efforts for the people of Greece. Contributions to AHEPA Foundation, Inc. will directly pay for the shipment and acquisition of medical supplies and food. AHEPA will partner with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to assist with acquisition of medical supplies and food. AHEPA's 14 chapters in Greece will liaison with the Greek Ministry of Education to execute a food voucher program for schools. AHEPA's Greece chapters will also distribute food to communities in need that is acquired and secured through AHEPA Foundation, Inc. Thank you for your generous contribution Click Here to Contribute Today!
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation's three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and countless Philhellenes, commends U.S. Reps. Ed Royce (R-40-CA), member, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Howard Berman (D-28-CA), ranking member, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, for having introduced H.Res.306 - a religious freedom measure calling upon Turkey to return Greek, Armenian, Assyrian, and other Christian churches, announced Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas [ Continue ...]
What a year it has been! I take this time to thank the members of the District Lodge for putting up with the most demanding schedule we have ever had during my term as your District Governor. [ Continue ...]
Philanthropy and volunteerism have been pillars of strength for AHEPA. From natural disaster relief to raising funds for the elimination of
life-threatening diseases to making significant contributions to our local neighborhoods, AHEPA is at the forefront of charitable giving.
Our grassroots has a strong voice. With chapters in every major metropolitan city and in rural areas of North America, AHEPA communicates the
positions of the Greek-American community to elected representatives at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as to our diplomatic leaders.
What makes AHEPA unique from other organizations is the creation of the AHEPA Family. Together with three affiliated organizations, the AHEPA
Family works as a unit toward the fulfillment of a common mission.