Thursday, August 2, 2012

History of the Order of Ahepa - The Years 1951-56 (Includes 276 Names)



The following is courtesy of the ORDER OF AHEPA - Taken from the book "The History of the Order of Ahepa (The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) 1922-1972" by George J. Leber, Executive Secretary of the Order of Ahepa.  Published by the Order of Ahepa, Washington, D.C. 1972.

This book is available through the U.S. Inter-library loan program, you can work with your local library to obtain a copy.



CHAPTER NINE - The Years 1951-56

The 29th Supreme Convention was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during the week of August 19-25, 1951, and the convention officers were:
Van A. Nomikos, Chairman
George Papanicolas, Vice Chairman
George Nick George, Secretary


Supreme Lodge delegates:
John G. Thevos
Leo J. Lamberson
Zack T. Ritsos
William D. Belroy
George Geroulis
Socrates V. Sekles
Nick Jamson
Peter V. Paulus
Stanley Galanos


Mother Lodge delegates:
George A. Polos
James Campbell
Spiros J. Stamos
James Vlass


District Governor delegates:
George G. Mooney
John T. Manos
Nick Pappas
Thomas D. Cook
Peter Caravoulias
S.S. Peters
Sperie Perakos
George A. Granitsas
George M. Papadopoulos
John B. Doukas
George Nick George
Emmanuel S. Zaphiriou
Peter K. Thanasoulas
William Bouramas
Leo J. Zotaley
Elias S. Sutter
John Pappadas
George Poulos
Thomas J. Bastas
George Karras
George J. rotsis
William Rotas
Jack S. Tsapralis
Christ D. Tsipuras
James Baltekos
In addition, there were 322 Chapter delegates in attendance.


The new Supreme Lodge elected was:
Peter L. Bell, Supreme President
Anthony Aroney, Supreme Vice President
Constantine P. Verinis, Supreme Secretary
George Geroulis, Supreme Treasurer
Louis J. Dukas, Supreme Counsellor
Socrates V. Sekles, Supreme Governor
John A. Kiamos, Supreme Governor
Tom Ralles, Supreme Governor
Stanley Galanos, Supreme Governor for Canada


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The 30th Supreme Convention was held in Washington D. C. during the week of August 17-23, 1952, and the following served as convention officers:
Stephen S. Scopas, Chairman
George Nick George, Vice Chairman
Nicholas J. Chirekos, Secretary


Supreme Lodge delegates:
Peter L. Bell
Anthony Aroney
Constantine P. Verinis
James G. Dikeou
Louis J. Dukas
Socrates V. Sekles
John A. Kiamos
Tom A. Ralles
Stanley Galanos


Mother Lodge delegates:
George A. Polos
James Campbell
Nicholas D. Chotas
James Vlass
Spiros J. Stamos


Retiring Supreme President delegate:
John G. Thevos


District Governor delegates:
T. J. Kalomeres
John T. Manos
Andrew D. Vozeolas
Thomas D. Cook
William C. Economides
Gus Nichols
Peter Nichols
William P. Tsaffaras
Nicholas Scontras
John G. Doukas
George Nick George
Eli D. Miller
Sam Skafidas
Kopie G. George
Elias S. Sutter
Jim Theo
George Poulos
Thomas Corontzos
George Morris
Andrew C. Angelson
Andrew J. Sardell
Jack C. Tsapralis
Nicholas Kerhoulas
In addition, there were 412 Chapter delegates in attendance.


The new Supreme Lodge elected by the Washington convention was:
Peter L. Bell, Supreme President
Stephen S. Scopas, Supreme Vice President
Constantine P. Verinis, Supreme Secretary
Stephen L. Berdalis, Supreme Treasurer
Louis J. Dukas, Supreme Counsellor
Speros A. Versis, Supreme Governor
Peter Kourmoules, Supreme Governor
Speros J. Zepatos, Supreme Governor
Chris D. Tsipuras, Supreme Governor for Canada


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The 31st Supreme Convention was held in Houston, Texas during the week of August 16-22, 1953, and the convention officers elected were:
George E. Johnson, Chairman
Leo Ypsilanti, Vice Chairman
Dean Macris, Secretary


Supreme Lodge delegates:
Peter L. Bell
Stephen S. Scopas
Constantine P. Verinis
Stephen L. Berdalis
Louis J. Dukas
Peter Kourmoules
Speros J. Zepatos
Speros A. Versis
Chris D. Tsipuras


Mother Lodge delegates:
James Campbell
Spiros J. Stamos
George A. Polos
James Vlass


District Governor delegates:
J. Stamos
George N. Peter Pahno
Nick Mack
John P. Angelson
William Seras
Milton Marikakis
Peter G. Giftos
Anthony Don Bullion
William P. Tsaffaras
Christos Costarakis
John G. Martin
Eli D. Miller
William D. Belroy
James Demos
William C. Karnaze
George Pakis
P. C. Dakis
Thomas Corontzos
George Spiropoulos
James N. Kangles
In addition, there were 348 Chapter delegates in attendance.


The new Supreme Board of Trustees elected their officers as follows:
Chris Athas, Chairman
Charles D. Kotsilibas, Vice Chairman
Speros A. Versis, Secretary
Remaining members were:
Sam Nakos
Anthony Aroney
Supreme President Leo J. Lamberson
Supreme Treasurer John A. Kiamos


The new Supreme Lodge elected for fiscal year 1953-54 was:
Leo J. Lamberson, Supreme President
Stephen S. Scopas, Supreme Vice President
For the office of Supreme Secretary there was a tie vote, and with the consent of the convention, each candidate agreed to serve six months in office, therefore Peter Kourmoules was Supreme Secretary for the first six months of the fiscal year, and George Nick George was Supreme Secretary for the last six months.
John A. Kiamos, Supreme Treasurer
John T. Laskaris, Supreme Counsellor
James P. Mazarakos, Supreme Governor
Andrew C. Angelson, Supreme Governor
James Millas, Supreme Governor
Chris Tsipuras, Supreme Governor for Canada


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President Dwight D. Eisenhower again received the Supreme Lodge at the White House in Washington on March 20, 1954, and those attending were:  
Leo J. Lamberson
Stephen S. Scopas
George Nick George
John A. Kiamos
John T. Laskaris
James P. Mazarakos
Andrew C. Angelson
James Millas
Chris D. Tsipuras
V. I. Chebithes, Executive Secretary


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The 32nd Supreme Convention was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during the week of August 15-21, 1954, and the convention officers were:
Peter T. Kourides, Chairman
George J. Margoles, Vice Chairman
Sam Nakis, Secretary


Supreme Lodge delegates:
Leo J. Lamberson
Stephen S. Scopas
George Nick George
John A. Kiamos
John T. Laskaris
James P. Mazarakos
Andrew C. Angelson
James Millas
Chris Tsipuras


District Governor delegates:
Ernest E. Dematatis
Peter Kouchalakos
Ted G. Boudoures
George P. Pattis
Arthur P. Faipeas
Theo N. Tsangaris
William C. Karnaze
A. G. Ekonomou
Dr. N.S. Nicholas
Kimon A. Doukas
George L. Mihos
Const. Lentgis
James G. Baltekos
Stratis Doukas
James A. Panagos
Michael Colias
E. G. Matsoukas
G. W. Arvanitis
S. C. Andreadis
William D. Belroy
George Miller
Louis Cheroutes
Peter Vafiadis
John Melonas
James Kangles
In addition, there were 356 Chapter delegates in attendance.


The newly-elected Supreme Lodge was:
Stephen S. Scopas, Supreme President
Constantine P. Verinis, Supreme Vice President
Constantine Gatsos, Supreme Secretary
Socrates V. Sekles, Supreme Treasurer
George Papanicolas, Supreme Counsellor
Louis G. Manesiotis, Supreme Governor
George J. Pappas, Sr., Supreme Governor
Gust Rakus, Supreme Governor
Nick Kogos, Supreme Governor for Canada


The Ahepa Refugee Relief Committee elected was:
Past Supreme Presidents Leo J. Lamberson and Van A. Nomikos, Louis J. Dukas, Supreme President Stephen S. Scopas and Supreme Treasurer Socrates V. Sekles.  Anthony Aroney was the new member elected to the Supreme Board of Trustees.


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The Supreme Lodge visited President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the White House on March 7, 1955, and those attending were:
Stephen S. Scopas
Constantine P. Verinis
Constantine Gatsos
Socrates V. Sekles
Gregory M. Pahules
George J. Pappas, Sr.
Louis G. Manesiotis
Gust Rakus
Nick Kogos


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The 33rd Supreme Convention was held in San Francisco, California during the week of August 14-20, 1955, and the convention officers were:
George J. Margoles, Chairman
John M. Manos, Vice Chairman
Stephen C. Andreades, Secretary


Supreme Lodge delegates:
Stephen S. Scopas
Constantine P. Verinis
Constantine Gatsos
Socrates V. Sekles
Gregory M. Pahules
Louise G. Manesiotis
George J. Pappas, Sr.
Gust Rakus
Nick Kogos


Mother Lodge delegates:
George A. Polos
Nicholas D. Chotas
Spiros J. Stamos
James Campbell
John Angelopoulos


Supreme Board of Trustees delegates:
Chris E. Athas
Charles D. Kotsilibas
Speros A. Versis
Sam Nakos
Anthony Aroney


District Governor delegates:
George N. Blanos
Peter Kouchalakos
John G. Plumides
William Zacharellis
George J. Stathakis
Dennis J. Livadas
Constantine P. Pappas
Dr. Nicholas H. Despotopulos
George Brickates
Spyro T. Nicholas
Peter G. Giovas
S. James Senes
Sam Karakostas
George Karaidos
William G. Nicas
James G. Petheriotes
Louis S. Cheroutes
Peter Vafiades
John C. Bockas
George J. Shanis
Spiro J. Tentes
William Karanson
Constantine Lentgis
James G. Baltekos
In addition, there were 370 Chapters delegates in attendance.


The new Supreme Lodge elected was:
Stephen S. Scopas, Supreme President
Constantine P. Verinis, Supreme Vice President
Gregory M. Pahules, Supreme Secretary
George A. Bezaitis, Supreme Treasurer
Ernest E. Dematatis, Supreme Counsellor
Louis G. Manesiotis, Supreme Governor
Anthony C. Lingon, Supreme Governor
James Frangos, Supreme Governor
Nick Kogos, Supreme Governor for Canada


The Supreme Board of Trustees was:
Chris E. Athas
Charles D. Kotsilibas
Speros A. Versis
Sam S. Nakos
Anthony Aroney


The Ahepa Refugee Relief Committee was:
Leo J. Lamberson, Chairman
Andrew Brockles, Sr., Vice Chairman
John M. Manos, Secretary







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