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Montreal's AHEPA Family Raises $76,000 for Summit School
The AHEPA Family of Montreal raised $76,000 for Summit School at its 19th Annual Saint Valentine's Ball, held at the Crowne Plaza, Plaza Volare, Feb. 9. Summit School services more than 550 special needs students, ages four to 21, by creating an individualized and enriching environment.  More than 300 persons attended the Ball.  In addition to Supreme President Carl R. Hollister, Daughters of Penelope Grand President Eva Jean Fomalont and Canadian President Christos Argiriou, attended.
"I commend the AHEPA Family of Montreal for organizing yet another successful event to the benefit of the broader Montreal community," Supreme President Hollister said. "It was a honor to be in attendance and in the company with a truly remarkable group of volunteers and advocates."
Turkey's Provocations Are Alarming and a Danger
Supreme President Carl R. Hollister issued the following statement yesterday:
"Turkey's ongoing acts of provocation in the eastern Mediterranean--let alone in the broader region--are alarming and a danger. Turkish aggression unnecessarily elevates tensions, contributes to instability, is a detriment to achieving peace, and violates international law. We are deeply concerned...    read statement in its entirety
AHEPA Applauds Introduction of Ecumenical Patriarchate Resolution
AHEPA applauds the introduction of a congressional resolution that calls on Turkey to cease its violations of the rights and religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, announced Supreme President Carl R. Hollister.  U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Gus Bilirakis, co-chairs, Congressional Hellenic Caucus, introduced the resolution, H.Res.732.
"We sincerely appreciate the leadership of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, U.S. Representatives Maloney and Bilirakis, for their introduction of this important resolution," Supreme President Hollister said. "We will work with Congress to garner support for its passage."
Sad News | AHEPA Mourns Passing of PSG Katsafanas
AHEPA mourns the passing of Past Supreme Governor Alex G. Katsafanas on Feb. 8, 2018. He was 88.  In addition to serving as Supreme Governor, Brother Katsafanas served the AHEPA Cooley's Anemia Foundation with tremendous dedication for more than two decades, including as the Foundation's Chairman for two years.  An AHEPA Life Member of 61 years, Brother Katsafanas held membership in Aristoteles Chapter 34, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Alexander the Great Chapter 29, Houston.
"Brother Alex's devotion to the Order of AHEPA was second to none, and we are grateful for his service to our country," Supreme President Carl R. Hollister said. "We are especially thankful for his six decades of unselfish service to the Order, including our Cooley's Anemia Foundation.  Our deepest sympathies are with his wife, Mary, and his family. Brother Alex will be sorely missed. May his memory be eternal."
AHEPA Journey to Greece 2018 Session
Journey to Greece this summer with AHEPA and Webster University! Earn college credit while traveling to a whole host of iconic ancient Greek sites and beautiful Greek locations. The 2018 session runs June 23 to July 21. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2018. Apply Today! 

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Family searching desperately for bone marrow donor for 6-month-old with rare immune disorder
ABC News (Feb. 9)
A Michigan family is searching for a bone marrow donor for their 6-month-old who suffers from a rare immune disorder.  Doctors initially did not think that baby Elias would make it to 7 months, his mother, Evelyn Argirokastritis, told ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ. The immune disorder he suffers from is so uncommon that he's only the 22nd person in the United States to ever be registered with it, WXYZ reported.  read more
Investors back Greek bond issue as bailout end approaches
Associated Press (Feb. 8) 
Investors bought strongly Thursday into a bond issue designed to help wean Greece off its international bailouts, in what officials see as an endorsement of efforts to right the country's battered economy.  Officials said Greece raised about 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) from the new seven-year bond, which has a yield of roughly 3.5 percent. Offers exceeded 7 billion euros ($8.6 billion), with up to 6 billion euros being bid in the first hour of the auction.  read more 
Standoff in high seas as Cyprus says Turkey blocks gas drill ship 
Reuters (Feb. 11)
Cyprus on Sunday accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship contracted by Italian oil company Eni from approaching an area to explore for natural gas, highlighting tensions over offshore resources in the east Mediterranean.  read more
Greece, Turkey try to calm tensions after Aegean Sea crash
Associated Press (Feb. 13)
The prime ministers of Greece and Turkey worked late Tuesday to calm escalating tensions after a Greek coast guard vessel was damaged in a collision with a Turkish patrol boat in the Aegean Sea, the site of a boundary dispute.  A government official in Athens said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece and Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim spoke by telephone about the circumstances of the boat crash. The official asked not to be named pending an official announcement.  read more
Opinion | Impose Sanctions on Turkey
Wall Street Journal (Feb. 9)
A Turkish court Thursday sentenced Serkan Golge, a dual Turkish-American citizen, to 7½ years in prison on trumped-up charges of membership in a terrorist organization. Mr. Golge, who works for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Texas, was visiting family in Turkey when he was arrested in July 2016 as a part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown in the wake of the attempted coup in the summer of 2016.  read more  (subscription required)
Greek guerrilla group assassin Dimitris Koufodinas granted two-day leave from prison
Ekathimerini (Feb. 12)
A leading member of November 17, Greece's most deadly guerrilla group, has been granted another two-day leave from prison.  read more 
Egypt warns Turkey over East Med economic interests
Cyprus Mail Online (Feb. 7)
Egypt on Wednesday warned Turkey against any infringement of its economic rights in the eastern Mediterranean under a maritime border demarcation agreement signed in 2013 with Cyprus that allows exploration for gas in the area.   read more 
This All-Marble Stadium Hosted the First Modern Olympics
National Geographic (Feb. 12)
Fire has been a symbol of the Olympic games since ancient times. Every four years, before the athletes gather for the games, the emblematic torch makes a long journey to the new host city from the Panathenaic Stadiumin Athens-the site of the first modern Olympic games where the tradition began more than a hundred years ago.  read more
Your Burning Questions About the Olympic Torch, Answered
Smithsonian (Feb. 9)

After 101 days of traveling by plane, train, automobile, Korean warship, zipline and even robot, the Olympic torch will finally reach the site of the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. This Friday, a lucky honoree will use it to light the Olympic cauldron in a grand, symbolic start to the games.  While the blaze looks like any other, its origins are special: It was lit not with matches or a Zippo lighter, but with a parabolic mirror, echoing rituals from Ancient Greece.   read more 
Greek superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo emerging as one of NBA's most popular figures
ESPN (Feb. 10)  
Mike Seremetis and his young son, Theo, are waiting for just the right moment to take a picture. It's 10 minutes before Sunday's matinee between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets, and the father and son, dressed in matching blue Greek Freak T-shirts, are standing a few rows off the Barclays Center floor trying to snag the attention of the man so many have come to see.  read more 
Israeli archaeologists unearth 1,800-year-old mosaic, also featuring Greek inscription 
Ekathimerini (Feb. 9)  
A 1,800-year-old mosaic of toga-clad men dating back to the Roman era has been unearthed in Israel, archaeologists said on Thursday.
The mosaic was discovered during the excavation of a building from the Byzantine period - some 300 years younger than the mosaic it was on top of - in the coastal city of Caesarea.  read more 

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