Coney Island AHEPA Celebrates Community Service, Honors Outstanding Members

BROOKLYN, NY – The Coney Island Chapter 200 of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) recently gathered to celebrate AHEPA Sunday on May 19, a momentous occasion that recognized the unwavering commitment and remarkable contributions of its members to both the organization and the broader community.

This year’s AHEPA Sunday held a special significance as it honored John Evgenis as the Ahepan of the Year. John, a dedicated member of Coney Island Chapter 200, has exemplified the values of AHEPA through his tireless service and leadership. Not only has he been an esteemed member of the chapter, but he has also played a pivotal role in the community as the former president of Three Hierarchs Church. John’s dedication and selflessness have left an indelible mark on all those he has served, earning him this well-deserved honor.

In addition to honoring John Evgenis, AHEPA Sunday also paid tribute to the late Andrew D. Gallis, when PSP Jimmy Kokotas presented him posthumously with the AHEPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

A Memorial Service was held for the departed brothers of Coney Island AHEPA Chapter 200. Photo: Courtesy of AHEPA

Brother Gallis, a lifelong Ahepan, a chapter parliamentarian and the backbone of the Coney Island Chapter, was remembered for his unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions to the organization. His nephew, Christopher Gallis, a member of the AHEPA Board of Auditors, graciously accepted the award on his uncle’s behalf, ensuring that Brother Gallis’ legacy continues to inspire generations of Ahepans.

During the commemoration, the chapter also took a moment to remember its members who have passed on, particularly honoring the recently departed Brother George Stoilas. A heartfelt memorial was offered, reflecting on their profound impact and enduring legacy within the AHEPA community.

The event culminated in an Artoklasia, a traditional Greek service of thanksgiving, offering gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon the chapter and its members. Following the church service, attendees gathered for a fellowship hour, where a breakfast was generously provided by Past Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas, further fostering camaraderie and unity among AHEPA members.

AHEPA Sunday serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring spirit of service and camaraderie that defines the AHEPA community. Through their unwavering dedication and selfless contributions, members like John Evgenis and Andrew D. Gallis continue to uphold the noble ideals upon which AHEPA was founded, leaving a lasting impact on both their fellow Ahepans and the wider community.


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