ATLANTA, GA – Following church services at the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta on April 3, the Daughters of Penelope (DOP) Menelaos Chapter 53 held their monthly meeting. The members were honored to have Grand Vice President Georgette Boulegeris visit the Chapter.
After a Lenten lunch was served, Boulegeris initiated four new members into the Chapter and she also explained about the significant national projects that the DOP supports. The Chapter was truly thankful to have Boulegeris visit.
They also welcomed Guest Speaker Dr. Victor Polizos, Atlanta AHEPA Centennial Celebration Chairman, who explained about the AHEPA Monument being constructed on the Church grounds honoring the AHEPA Founders. The Chapter graciously donated $1,000 towards the construction of the Monument. Dr. Polizos also mentioned the events celebrating the 100th Anniversary of AHEPA in Atlanta where AHEPA was founded in 1922.
The District 1 Convention, set for June 23-26, will include guest speakers explaining how the Founders were able to accomplish such an achievement. The Founders stressed that members apply for their Declaration of Intent to become American citizens, and to be good citizens of the United States.
District Governor Elaine Tissura mentioned that her father joined AHEPA in 1934 and received his 50-year pen in 1984 and that three of her aunts were Founders of the Menelaos DOP Chapter in Atlanta. Everyone is invited to attend the 100th Anniversary Celebration, with AHEPA/DOP District meetings on Friday, June 24, followed by a Southern Nights Dinner. On Saturday, June 25, 5:30 PM, the Dedication of the Monument honoring the AHEPA Founders will take place with Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas, DOP Grand President Kathy Bizoukas, Sons of Pericles Supreme President Timothy Noitsis, Maids of Athena Grand President Maria Ana Pantelous, District 1 Governor John Shinas, District 1 Governor Elaine Tissura, AHEPA Chapter 1 President Ted Pruitt, DOP Chapter 53 President Anthea Nichols, Dr. Polizos, Metropolitan Alexios, Fr. Paul Kaplanis, and Fr. Christos Mars in attendance. The Centennial Celebration Dinner Dance will follow.
Tim Tassopoulos, a native of Atlanta and President/COO of Chick-Fil-A Inc. is the Honorary Chairman for this historic event. John Boosalis and Audrey Marianes are chairing the 100th Anniversary Commemorative Album and everyone is asked to submit a photograph of their Chapter either from the past or present, a family picture or an ad for this historic album.
Everyone is invited to attend. More information and tickets available online: www.ahepa100.org.
Donations toward the historic AHEPA Founders Monument are tax deductible and are also welcomed online. Checks are also accepted for donations and tickets. Please make checks payable to AHEPA. Mail to: Mr. William Simitses, 980 Ashebrooke Ct. NE, Marietta, GA 30068-2398 Attention: AHEPA.
Tom Kantsios, Committee Co Chairman, as well as the entire committee is asking everyone to please come to Atlanta for this historic event. Sunday morning, following the Divine Liturgy, an Artoklasia Service will take place to honor the living and a Memorial Service will be held to remember the deceased members of the AHEPA Family. A reception will follow in Carlos Hall.