AHEPA Delegates Re-Elect Gus J. James, II,
National President

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The delegates of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading Hellenic heritage organization, re-elected Gus J. James, II, Virginia Beach, Va., Supreme President for the 2006 - 2007 year. James was officially installed on Sunday with the rest of the new Supreme Lodge and Board of Directors.

"I am honored to be given the unique opportunity to serve as supreme president for a second consecutive term,” said James. “I will continue to work hard promoting AHEPA and its mission domestically and abroad. This effort, I strongly believe, will help AHEPA grow.”

James is the first president elected to a second term since Dr Spiro J. Macris who served from 1994 to 1996. He is a member of Robert E. Lee Chapter No. 122, Norfolk, Va., one of the strongest chapters in the AHEPA family.

James’s roots are in the northern occupied Cypriot village of Koma Tou Yialou, where his father and grandparents are buried. He left Cyprus at the age of seven with his two sisters. James is an Archon in the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle and a member of Annunciation Cathedral in Norfolk, Va.

The supreme president thanked outgoing supreme lodge members and his wife, Helen, and family members for their support.

James is the CEO and President of the Norfolk, Virginia law firm Kaufman & Canoles.

Supreme Lodge & Board of Directors Elections

The balance of the Supreme Lodge is a fine blend of veteran leadership combined with energetic newcomers. They are: Canadian President Foti Antoniou; Supreme Vice President Gus Stefanadis; Supreme Secretary Nick Karacostas; Supreme Treasurer Dr. John Grossomanides, Jr.; Supreme Counselor Chris Rockas and Supreme Athletic Director Dr. Monthe N. Kofos.

The eight Supreme Governors are: Mark Alevizos; Anthony Drakos; Anthony Kouzounis; Michael Manios; Harry Psaltis; James Selimos; Spiro Vasilakis and Tom Cavalaris.

AHEPA Family Elections

The remaining organizations that comprise the AHEPA family also held elections. Georgia Psichogios was elected Grand President of the Daughters of Penelope; Elias Papadopoulos was elected Supreme President of the Sons of Pericles and Maria Panayotou was elected Grand President of the Maids of Athena.

(Posting date 08 August 2006)

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization in the world. 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. During its history, AHEPA has joined with the NAACP and B'nai B'rith to fight discrimination. 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 http://www.ahepa.org.

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