San Francisco, Calif.- American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA elected John W. Galanis, Elm Grove, Wisc., as their supreme president at the 93rd Annual Supreme Convention, San Francisco, Calif. Galanis ran unopposed in elections that were held July 3, 2015. Formal installation ceremonies were held July 4, 2015.
Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, to protect individuals from the evils of bigotry and discrimination, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Hellenic heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education,Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.
“It is an honor and privilege to be elected AHEPA supreme president,” Supreme President Galanis said. “My sincere appreciation is given to the convention delegates who placed their support and trust in me to lead this vibrant, venerable, and unique organization in the coming year. I am excited to work with our seasoned Supreme Lodge and our membership to keep AHEPA on the steady path set forth by my predecessors in a spirit true to our mission.”
He added, “My parents were Greek immigrants, and I’m proud of my heritage and that is why I’m a member of AHEPA.”
At the installation ceremony, the supreme president also discussed his goals and challenges.
“Obviously, our immediate thoughts and concerns are with the people of Greece during this most difficult and challenge time in Greece’s history,” he said. “Also, we aim to complete our capital fundraising campaign to help rebuild Saint Nicholas and focus our internal efforts on membership growth and retention. In addition, the community continues to face a multitude of challenges that are important to address as the need for community service is never ending, both in the United States and abroad, and the promotion of Hellenic ideals will always be a priority for AHEPA.”
Galanis is a 47-member of Chapter 43, Milwaukee, Wisc. He has served AHEPA in numerous leadership positions including most recently supreme vice president and on the Board of Trustees. As supreme president, Galanis’ responsibilities include being the chief executive officer and principal spokesperson of the entire AHEPA domain, which includes the United States, Canada, and chapters in Europe.
The supreme president is a founding partner of Galanis, Pollack, Jacobs & Johnson, S.C., a Milwaukee-based law firm. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also attended the London School of Economics. Galanis has served as president of several community and charitable organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
Galanis and his wife, Patricia, are members of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Milwaukee, and have three children and several grandchildren. Galanis is an Archon of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle – Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Election of AHEPA Leadership for 2015-2016
The AHEPA Supreme Lodge is the international governing body of the organization.
The 2015-16 Supreme Lodge is comprised of: Canadian President Kenneth N. Matziorinis, Pierrefonds, Quebec; Supreme Vice President Andrew C. Zachariades, Brick, N.J.; Supreme Secretary George E. Loucas, Esq., Cleveland, Ohio; Supreme Treasurer Carl Hollister, Mason, Ohio; Supreme Counselor George G. Horiates, Esq., Moorestown, N.J.; Supreme Athletic Director Louis G. Atsaves, Lake Forest, Ill.; and Sons of Pericles National Advisor James Kokotas, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The eight Supreme Governors are: Region I:Demetrios C. Kirkiles, Esq., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Region II: James Stasios, Wilmington, N.C.; Region III: Christopher Gallis, Flushing, N.Y.; Region IV: Frank P. Fotis, Lexington, Mass.; Region V: George L. Kalantzis, Canton, Ohio; Region VI: Tom Gober, Region VII: Timothy Joannides, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Region VIII: Nick Perdaris, Van Nuys, California; and Region X: Nicholas C. Papadopoulos, Voula, Greece.
Elected to positions on the Board of Trustees were: Nick Aroutzidis, London, Ontario; and Lee Millas, Trenton, N.J. Michael Papaphotes, Brooklyn, N.Y., was elected to the Board of Auditors.
AHEPA Family Elections
The organizations that comprise the AHEPA Family also held elections. Connie Pilallis, Boca Raton, Fla., was elected Daughters of Penelope Grand President; Andreas Christou, Albany, N.Y., was elected Sons of Pericles Supreme President; and Deanna Socaris, Albany, N.Y., was elected to a second term as Maids of Athena Grand President.
Saturday’s Installation Ceremony of newly-elected officers officially concluded the 93rd AHEPA Supreme Convention, which began Tuesday, June 30.
The 2015 Supreme Convention will convene in Las Vegas, Nev., July 24 to 30.