Destination: Greece in 2008
AHEPA to Hold Supreme Convention in Greece July 2-11, 2008

Supreme Lodge votes to hold Supreme Convention in Greece

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the largest and oldest American-based Greek heritage grassroots membership organization, has approved holding its 86th Annual Supreme Convention in Athens, Greece, announced Supreme President Gus J. James, II. The dates are July 2 – 11, 2008.

“We are proud and excited that the AHEPA Family will return to Greece in 2008 for what promises to be a historic and magical convention,” said James. “It will be a tremendous boost to the spirit of Hellenism among the American Hellenic community, and frankly, something that is long overdue on our part.”

According to James, the delegates of the 2006 AHEPA Supreme Convention expressed the desire for AHEPA to hold a future convention in Greece. The vote of the organization’s Supreme Lodge has made it official.

The decision comes on the heels of a successful pilgrimage to Greece in May 2006, and the even more triumphant revival of the Journey to Greece Program for our youth.

AHEPA’s annual conventions have been held throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, and Canada. The convention drew more than 2,500 people in Hollywood, Fla.

It has been 38 years since an AHEPA Supreme Convention was held in Athens.

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena. For more information about the organization or how to join, contact AHEPA Headquarters (202-232-6300) or visit the organization's newly redesigned website at

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