Washington – The leading membership-based association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and countless Philhellenes, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), welcomed news today that the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues has grown to a record 155 members, announced Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas.
The newest members of the Hellenic Caucus are: U.S. Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Howard Coble (R-NC), Pete Olson (R-TX), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
“This is exciting news. We deeply appreciate all of these representatives who have joined the caucus,” said Karacostas. “We look forward to working with them to strengthen the longstanding U.S.-Greece relationship and on issues of importance to the community.”
According to Karacostas, the latest additions to the caucus have come with the assistance of AHEPA’s grassroots outreach. “Our grassroots network is becoming more active and the legislators are responding,” he said. “We must build upon this effort and keep the momentum going.”
Karacostas continued, “We applaud the proactive outreach of Ahepans from all parts of the country, either in their home districts or who came to Washington in March, who have helped the caucus continue to grow to record numbers.”
The supreme president cited the work of Supreme Treasurer Col. Nick Vamvakias and Chapter 438 President Vasili Fotopoulos in northern Virginia, Jim Tasios, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Supreme Secretary Anthony Kouzounis, Houston; Supreme Governor Region 4 Alex Geourntas, Roslindale, Mass.; and Gregory Stamos, Chapter 98, Orange, Conn. for the recent increase in Hellenic Caucus membership.
On March 24, 2010, AHEPA held a successful Capitol Hill Day to fulfill its commitment to civic responsibility and to heighten awareness of issues of importance to the Greek American community