The Order of AHEPA Hoosier District #12 (Indiana) held their annual district convention on Saturday June 5th in Indianapolis, Indiana.
We thank the convention planning committee made up of AHEPA 232 and DOP 212 members for their hard work in putting the convention together.
We congratulate the members of AHEPA 232 that were elected to the AHEPA Hoosier District No. 12 Lodge for the 2021-2022 year:
District Governor: Matthew R. Kochevar, Esq.
Marshall: Ted Dervenis
Also elected to the new lodge was:
Lt. Governor: Harry Mihailidis
Secretary: Ernie Dunbar
Treasurer: Nick Kavadas
Warden: Jimmie Furos
Athletic Director: George Domoras
The first act as Governor, Matthew appointed Nick Kavadas as communications director (website, newsletter, social media).
This is the 2nd time Matthew has been elected Governor. Matthew was previously the Governor 2012-2014.
Congratulation to Brother Matthew and all the newly elected officers. Best of luck for the AHEPA 2021-2022 year.
Thank you to Supreme Counselor Lou Atsaves for swearing in the officers and being the representative for Supreme President George Horiates.
Also, thank you to outgoing Governor Panos Niarchos for doing a great job the past year.
Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Have a Blessed Pascha from us at the AHEPA James Whitcomb Riley Chapter No. 232
On April 17, 2021, members of James Whitcomb Riley Chapter 232 of the Order of AHEPA were honored to host the Supreme President, George Horiates, during his visit to Indianapolis. We were proud to give him a tour of our AHEPA 232 Housing and the AHEPA room and engage in fellowship at OPA! in Avon, one of the best Greek restaurants in central Indiana. We were also thankful that our Hoosier District No. 12 received recognition for all the work it had done for the Greek Bicentennial.
The 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence was celebrated this year on March 25th and it is always a day where Greeks around the world have large celebrations and public events to honor all those who fought for our freedoms and to remind everyone of this significant moment in world history. The AHEPA Family of Hoosier District 12 would normally participate in the Greek Flag raising in Chicago and the Greek Independence Parade in Chicago. Unfortunately, the pandemic dampened those normal traditions and celebrations as we must be more cautious until the pandemic passes. However, the pandemic did not stop the Order of AHEPA of Hoosier District 12 for making sure the Bicentennial of Greece Independence and its’ freedom from Ottoman oppression be honored in a significant way.
Back in November 2020, under the leadership of District Governor Panos Niarchos, a plan was put in place to make sure AHEPA Hoosier District determine the best and safest way to honor the Bicentennial with the expectation that large gatherings and public events would not be allowed due to the COVID pandemic.
Past District Governors Matthew Kochevar and Nick Kavadas worked alongside Panos and decided that they would pursue a proclamation from every town and city in Indiana where there is an AHEPA Family Chapter, a Greek Orthodox Church, or large Greek American community. They divided the state into 3 parts and each one took responsibility and ownership to work with local officials in their assigned areas and begin the process to secure proclamations.
The result of their hard work led to history being made. Never in the history of the State of Indiana and its communities that this many proclamations were issued for Greek Independence Day.
The following 17 communities in Indiana issued a 200th Bicentennial Greek Independence Proclamation.
In addition to all those communities issuing proclamations, the Governor of Indiana Eric Holcomb on behalf of the State of Indiana issued a proclamation. Also, a delegation of Hoosier District 12
AHEPANS were invited to meet personally with the Governor in his office at the State Capitol. Due to the COVID restrictions, we were limited to how many people could attend. Four AHEPANS attended the meeting with the Governor. AHEPA District #12 Governor Panos Niarchos, Past District #12 Governor Matthew Kochevar, Past District #12 Governor and Past AHEPA National Housing President Angelo Kostarides, and Past District #12 Governor and current National Sons of Pericles Advisor Nick Kavadas attended the meeting with Governor Holcomb.
The Governor signed the Proclamation and gave it to the AHEPA delegation. In return for our appreciation, the AHEPA gave the Governor a glass encased Greek Flag that was flown at the Parliament in Athens, Greece. The Governor met with the AHEPA delegation for over 30 minutes in his office and the Governor was impressed with what AHEPA does in the State of Indiana and impressed with the overall Greek community in Indiana. The Governor also mentioned that his brother converted to Greek Orthodox and his brother lives in Chicago and attends a Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago. The Governor expressed his love of everything Ancient and Modern Greece has provided to the world and that he is also a Philhellene. The Governor wished the AHEPA delegation well and looked forward to celebrating Greek Independence again next year.
Other AHEPA family members and friends also assisted the Proclamation committee in securing the proclamations in the various communities. District 12 would like to thank the following for their assistance and critical contribution:
The James Whitcomb Riley Chapter No. 232 of the Order of AHEPA would like to thank Carmel Mayor James Brainard for issuing a proclamation honoring March 25, 2021 as Greek Independence Bicentennial Day in the city.
Carmel is home to central Indiana's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Holy Trinity, and home for many Greek Americans in the area. We appreciate the city taking the time to honor the contributions our community has made to Carmel, Indiana, and the United States. Greeks have been at the forefront of defending democracy and liberty, building businesses and economies through the United States and the world, and strived for individual excellence in many fields.
The proclamation reads as follows:
WHEREAS: The people of ancient Greece developed the concept of democracy, in which the supreme power to govern was vested in the people; and
WHEREAS: The founding fathers of the United States, many of whom read Greek political philosophy in the original Greek language, drew heavily on the political experience and philosophy of ancient Greece in forming the representative democracy of the United States; and
WHEREAS: Many Americans offered humanitarian assistance to, and even fought alongside, the Greeks during their struggle for independence; and
WHEREAS: Thousands of Americans of Greek descent have fought in the United States Armed Forces, the governments and people of Greece and the United States are at the forefront of efforts to advance freedom, democracy, peace, stability, and human rights; and
WHEREAS: Americans of Greek descent in Zionsville and its surrounding areas, have made a positive impact in our communities; and
WHEREAS: The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Hoosier District 12, and its members throughout Indiana, will celebrate and recognize the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day on March 25, 2021;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES BRAINARD, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CARMEL, INDIANA, DO PROCLAIM THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021 AS GREEK INDEPENDENCE BICENTENNIAL DAY
in the City of Carmel, Indiana and invite all citizens to celebrate Greek heritage and its positive influence on our community.
The International Hellenic Association (IHA) in collaboration with the Organization for the Dissemination of the Greek Language (ODEG) is promoting the Greek language to Greeks everywhere in the Diaspora and beyond, through the online Zoom Greek Tutoring Center.
Two of IHA's members will be offering lessons:
Mrs. Nina Gatzoulis, Vice President of IHA will be teaching Modern Greek in USA. Nina has taught Greek at all levels of education (Primary, High School and University) for the last thirty years.
Mrs. Gatzoulis (NinaGatz@comcast.net) will teach Modern Greek to children aged 7-9, whose mother tongue is not Greek, twice a week: Wednesday and Friday from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm USA EST.
IHA is in the process of assembling classes for adults as well. All lessons are free of charge.
Please contact IHA Program Coordinator, Dimitris Voggolis, at Vogdim36@gmail.com, to learn more about the program and to sign up.