I could not have stated this any better. Bravo to our Executive Director.
At first I only noticed the reference to the difficulties facing organizations like AHEPA and I thought—true. But Basil points out the author’s alleged direct connection between a failing Sears and AHEPA, which escaped me, and with that bleak outlook I take issue. In one article judgment and sentencing are rendered: service organizations built upon fundamental values like love, respect, family, honor, friendship, community service, charity, excellence, and many more, are dying or dead.
The AHEPA Family carries a legacy forged in these values and found only through Greek heritage: philotimo. I would not bet against philotimo!
The many who invest heart and soul in human bonds created as an end-product to joining together to promote higher ideals for man and community see things differently and thus strive through action to make things different. Belief in and effort towards a greater good transcend bricks and mortar. A human bond ignited by these values makes the difference for a better community and humanity.
Add one touch of philotimo and we have something truly special that very well may separate AHEPA from the rest of the pack and avoid such a harsh sense of reality. Mix one touch of hope and my bet is AHEPA survives—bricks, mortar, social media and all.
Thank you for the thought-provoking letter to the Editor.
George E. Loucas, R.Ph., J.D.
The Order of AHEPA