Demetrios Raizes Named Ahepan
of the Year for District 9

DOVER, NH - Demetrios Raizes, past district governor, will be honored at a testimonial October 9 as the recipient of 2005 Ahepan of the Year for District 9.

An Ahepan since 1960, Raizes has served as the Thesseum Chapter 248 president on several occasions,chaired many committees for the district lodge and also served as
district governor.

As a member of the Annunciation Church, Raizes has served as president of the Parish Council as well as chairman of various committees including the Hellenic Center building committee. He is often found cooking in the kitchen and regularly bakes Prosphora for the Church. He has received the Laity Award reserved for the Parishioner of the Year.

Raizes lost his wife, Maria, who died at an early age, but he continues to care for his100-year-old mother-in-law. He has three daughters, Shari, Cynthia and Patti and six grandchildren with Papou being his most precious title.

He was the owner of the Nubble Light Restaurant in York, ME for many years before selling it to a relative. He is strong outdoors-man who enjoys fishing, tying flies,
hunting and golf and also enjoys playing the violin.

After graduating from Spaulding High School In Rochester, NH, he obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration from Nasson College.

He currently resides in Somersworth, NH.

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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