Sunday, August 5, 2012

History of the Order of AHEPA - The Years 1962-66 (Includes 329 Names)




The following information 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.

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CHAPTER ELEVEN - The Years 1962-66


The 40th Supreme Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois, during the week of August 19-25, 1962.  Convention officers were:
Louis J. Dukas, Chairman
John C. Castanes, Vice Chairman
Gregory J. Despinakis, Secretary


Supreme Lodge delegates:
Nicholas Coffinas
George J. Margoles
Nicholas J. Chirekos
Panayes G. Dikeou
John M. Manos
Peter Kotsonas
Toby Caragian
Mike Costas
Peter Caravoulias
James Kostopulous
Sam Nakis
Nicholas T. Laskaris


Supreme Board of Trustees delegates:
Ernest E. Dematatis
Gus Nicholas
Michael Colias
Chris E. Athas
William G. Chirgotis
Anthony E. Papageorgiou
A. Don Bullion
George J. Pappademas


Mother Lodge delegates:
Nicholas D. Chotas
James Campbell
George A. Polos
Harry Angelopoulos
John Angelopoulos


Past Supreme President delegates:
George E. Phillies
George C. Vournas
Peter L. Bell
John G. Thevos
Leo J. Lamberson
Constantine P. Verinis
George E. Loucas


District Governor delegates:
Sergei Kampakis
Christopher Ekonomou
Tom P. Pappas
Perry Chappen
Thomas Kress
John S. Linakis
Alexander Demessianos
Charles J. Kirkiles
Theodore Caras
James Palmer
Thomas L. Chase
Peter Pakes
John C. Castanes
Peter G. Andrews
Thomas Polley
George Calfas
George P. Dikeou
Gust P. Carkulis
George Mahlis
Nick Koumiotis
John G. Kaplanis
Steven Gimurtu
Louis Yankou
In addition to the above, there were 613 Chapter delegates registered at the convention.


The following new Supreme Lodge was elected:
George J. Margoles, Supreme President
Nicholas J. Chirekos, Supreme Vice President
Louis G. Manesiotis, Supreme Secretary
Panayes G. Dikeou, Supreme Treasurer
Peter C. Charuhas, Supreme Counsellor
George Prahales-Panos, Supreme Vice President of Canada
Gus Cherevas, Supreme Governor
Mike Costas, Supreme Governor
Chris Anton, Supreme Governor
Arthur Lagadinos, Supreme Governor
Nick Smyrnis, Supreme Governor
Angelo F. Mavrigan, Supreme Athletic Director


The members of the Supreme Board of Trustees were:
Gus Nicholas
Ernest E. Dematatis
Michael Colias
Chris E. Athas
William G. Chirgotis
Anthony E. Papageorgiou
A. Don Bullion
Speros J. Zepatos


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The Executive Committee of the Ahepa Truman Memorial Committee was:
George J. Margoles
Nicholas Coffinas
John L. Manta
Socrates V. Sekles
George E. Johnson
Sam S. Nakos
Tom Ross
Louis G. Manesiotis
William G. Chirgotis
John Paulos
William Zacharellis
Peter L. Bell
Andrew Fasseas
George Douris
John G. Plumides
Kimon A. Doukas
Peter D. Gianukos


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The 41st Supreme Convention was held in San Diego, California, during the week of August 11-17, 1963.  Convention officers were:
William P. Tsaffaras, Chairman
Peter G. Chingos, Vice Chairman
Ted Mavrick, Secretary


Supreme Lodge delegates:
George J. Margoles
Nicholas J. Chirekos
Louis G. Manesiotis
Panayes G. Dikeou
Peter C. Charuhas
George Prahales-Panos
Gus Cherevas
Mike Costas
Arthur N. Lagadinos
Xeonophon K. Microutsicos
Nick Smyrnis
Angelo F. Mavrigan


Mother Lodge delegates:
Nicholas D. Chotas
James Campbell
George A. Polos


Supreme Board of Trustees delegates:
Gus Nicholas
A. Don Bullion
William G. Chirgotis
C. E. Athas
Speros J. Zepatos


Past Supreme President delegates:
Peter L. Bell
John G. Thevos
George E. Loucas
Nicholas Coffinas


District Governor delegates:
Harry G. Carratt
G. William Holmes
Frank D. Grammas
James A. Rappas
Peter H. Despotopulos
Peter G. Palmer
Peter Laras
Sam Stavrakas
Frank A. Karigan
Alex C. Bouras
Dr. Peter G. Frangos
Tommie Sotiriou
George Marantos
Louis Frangos
Spero T. Southas
In addition, there were 268 Chapter delegates in attendance.


The new Supreme Lodge was:
John G. Plumides, Supreme President
Nicholas J. Chirekos, Supreme Vice President
Nick Smyrnis, Supreme Secretary
Xenophon K. Microutsicos, Supreme Treasurer
Theodore Alexander Bardy, Supreme Counsellor
George Prahales-Panos, Supreme Vice President of Canada
Harry C. Boosalis, Supreme Governor
George Dimas, Supreme Governor
Gus G. Gatseos, Supreme Governor
Nick T. Georges, Supreme Governor
John G. Kaplanis, Supreme Governor
James G. Petheriotes, Supreme Governor
Pete G. Pasvantis, Supreme Athletic Director


The new Supreme Board of Trustees was:
Socrates V. Sekles, Chairman
C. E. Athas, Vice Chairman
James Mazarakos, Vice Chairman
William G. Chirgotis, Secretary
Gus Nicholas, Treasurer
Nicholas G. Chronis
Panayes G. Dikeou
A. Don Bullion
Gust J. Herouvis
Sam S. Nakos
Anthony E. Papageorgiou
George J. Pappademas
Peter Sideris
Speros J. Zepatos


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The 42nd Supreme Convention was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada during the week of August 16-22, 1964.  Convention officers were:
Charles J. Panagopoulos, Chairman
Gregory J. Despinakis, Vice Chairman
Thomas C. Yeotis, Secretary


The Supreme Lodge delegates:
John G. Plumides
Nicholas J. Chirekos
Nick Smyrnis
X. K. Microutsicos
Theodore Alexander Bardy
George Prahales-Panos
Harry C. Boosalis
George Dimas
Gus T. Gatseos
Nick T. Georges
John G. Kaplanis
James G. Petheriotes
Pete G. Pasvantis


Mother Lodge delegates:
Harry Angelopoulos
George A. Polos


Supreme Board of Trustees delegates:
Socrates V. Sekles
C. E. Athas
James Mazarakos
William G. Chirgotis
Gus Nicholas
Nicholas G. Chronis
Panages G. Dikeou
Anthony Don Bullion
Gust J. Herouvis
Sam S. Nakos
Mike Costas
George J. Pappademas
Peter Sideris
Speros J. Zepatos


Past Supreme President delegates:
Peter L. Bell
Stephen S. Scopas
C. P. Verinis
John G. Thevos
Leo J. Lamberson
George C. Vournas
George E. Loucas
Nicholas Coffinas
George J. Margoles


District Governor delegates:
Gregory J. Despinakis
James S. Scofield
Anthony E. Manuel
Constantine Gekas
Dean S. Papanou
Angelo Petromelis
C. Charles Chekas
Arthur Pappas
John G. Scontsas
Thomas C. Yeotis
Nicholas J. Pitanis
Peter T. Spfops
Peter W. Boznos
John D. Kazos
Ted Jamson
Dr. Peter Athens
Michael T. Thames
Angelo T. Mountanos
Gustav G. Kostakos
Chris Zakos
In addition to the above delegates, there were 403 chapter delegates who attended the convention.


The new Supreme Lodge elected was:
Nicholas J. Chirekos, Supreme President
Kimon A. Doukas, Supreme Vice President
Gus Cherevas, Supreme Secretary
Gust Rakus, Supreme Treasurer
George S. Stratigos, Supreme Counsellor
Nicholas Liaskos, Supreme Vice President of Canada
Peter H. Cardiges, Supreme Governor
Gus G. Country, Jr. Supreme Governor
Charles M. Georgeson, Supreme Governor
J. William Holmes, Supreme Governor
George T. Poolitsan, Supreme Governor
William G. Poulos, Supreme Governor
Andy Panos, Supreme Athletic Director


The new Supreme Board of Trustees for `964-65:
Socrates V. Sekes, Chairman
James Mazarakos, Vice Chairman
Sam S. Nakos, Vice Chairman
William G. Chirgotis, Secretary
Gus Nicholas, Treasurer
Nicholas G. Chronis
Panayes Dikeou
A. Don Bullion
Gust Herouvis
Mike Costas
Peter Sideris
Speros Zepatos
Peter Kouchalakos
John A. Samios


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The Forty-Third Supreme Convention 
August 7-13, 1965
Athens, Greece


The long-awaited Supreme Convention in Athens, Greece was held during the week of August 7-13, 1965 and despite the travel distances required for attendance, it proved to be the fraternity's most spectacular and best-attended convention in history.


From the original plan for a convention in Athens some three years earlier, up until only a short six months prior to the convention, there was some trepidation in taking such a step, with the fear that attendance might be slight.  But, once convention plans were published, and the fact that Ahepa charter flights would offer big reductions in fares, the response from members for flight seats was almost overwhelming.  There was, of course, the desire among all members of the Ahepa to visit Greece, and the fraternity gave its members this opportunity with greatly reduced fares, thus enabling Ahepans to include all members of their immediate families on Ahepa flights.


Fifty Ahepa Charter Flights left the United States for Greece during the spring and summer of 1965.  The first flights left in late March, and the returning flight came back in late September, 1965.  The duration of the charters was from a minimum stay of two weeks, up to a maximum stay of six months.  This was probably the largest air jet flight mass movement ever undertaken by any association or organization as of that time.  More than 8,000 members and their families took part in those jet flights.  An addition 4,500 members and their families travelled to Greece on either Ahepa steamship excursions, or on other non-Ahepa flights.  The fraternity was unable to satisfy all members' reservations for these air jet flights, since the Ahepa was unable to secure more than 50 charter flights.


The convention officers elected for the business sessions were:
Peter G. Batsakis, Chairman
Arthur A. Karkalas, Vice Chairman
James S. Scofield, Secretary


Supreme Lodge delegates:
Nicholas J. Chirekos
Kimon A. Doukas
Gus Cherevas
George S. Stratigos
Nicholas Liaskos
Peter H. Cardiges
Gus G. County, Jr.
Charles M. Georgeson
J. William Holmes
George T. Poolitsan
William G. Poulos
Andy Panos


Mother Lodge delegates:
Nicholas D. Chotas
James Campbell


Supreme Board of Trustees delegates:
Socrates V. Sekles
James Mazarakos
Sam S. Nakos
William G. Chirgotis
Gus Nicholas
Nicholas G. Chronis
Panayes G. Dikeou
A. Don Bullion
Gust J. Herouvis
Mike Costas
Peter Sideris
Speros J. Zepatos
Peter Kouchalakos


Past Supreme President delegates:
George E. Phillies
George C. Vournas
Peter L. Bell
George E. Loucas
Nicholas Coffinas
John G. Plumides


District Governor delegates:
John C. Stamatiades
Constantine P. Lantzounis
Michael G. Plumides
William Mackrides
Dino G. Callas
William A. Vasiliou
Harold Harper
George S. Diamond
Thomas N. Fisher
Nicholas J. Pitanis
William Damaskos
Ted N. Mavrick
John D. Kazos
Christ J. Kallos
John N. Janes
John P. Dikeou
Paul C. Kanas
In addition, there were 750 Chapter delegates in attendance, or an overall total of 802 voting delegates at this convention, the largest voting delegation in the history of the Oder.


The new Supreme Lodge was elected unanimously:
Kimon A. Doukas, Supreme President
Xenophon K. Microutsicos, Supreme Vice President
Peter H. Cardiges, Supreme Secretary
Gus Cherevas, Supreme Treasurer
William P. Tsaffaras, Supreme Counsellor
Chris Zakos, Supreme Vice President of Canada
George P. Dikeou, Supreme Governor
Charles A. Alexander, Supreme Governor
Christopher Ekonomou, Supreme Governor
Gus G. County, Jr., Supreme Governor
Andy Panos, Supreme Governor
Peter J. Chimoures, Supreme Governor
John Paulos, Supreme Athletic Director


The new Supreme Board of Trustees was:
Gust J. Herouvis, Chairman
Sam S. Nakos, Vice Chairman
Peter Sideris, Vice Chairman
Peter Kouchalakos, Secretary
Speros Zepatos, Treasurer
James Mazarakos
Peter D. Gianukos
Tom Heos
Basil S. Milonas
George J. Brotsis



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