1 VOLUME 41, NUMBER 2, MAY 2004 AHEPA DISTRICT 20 EL CAMINO REAL THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AHEPA FAMILY OF DISTRICT 20 PASADENA TO HOST 2004 DISTRICT CONVENTION The 2004 Convention of the El Camino Real District 20 AHEPA Family will be held on June 24-27, 2004 at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel and St. Anthony s Greek Orthodox Church Community Center in Pasadena, California. Rose INSIDE THIS ISSUE: PASADENA CONVENTION SCHEDULE GOVERNORS MESSAGES CHRIS JULIAS TO BE HONORED WITH PERI- CLEAN AWARD CHAPTER NEWS 3 CONVENTION DELEGATE FORM AHEPA FLOAT REQUESTS YOUR SUPPORT 6 10 NEWSWORTHY 10 OLYMPICS 12 Bowl AHEPA Chapter #373 and Adrasteia Daughters of Penelope Chapter #233 are hosts of the event. District 20 Convention Schedule THURSDAY, JUNE 24, :00 am AHEPA Family Golf Tournament, Brookside Golf Course, Pasadena, CA. (626) Shotgun Start. Course No. 2. $125 Golfer Entry Fee includes: Golf Cart & Green Fee, Registration Gift Bag, Beverages, and Golf Dinner. 5:00 pm Golf Dinner at St. Anthony s Church Hall. $35 for non-golfers. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE, Santa Monica Room FRIDAY, JUNE 25, :00 am - 5:00 pm REGISTRATION - ALL ORDERS, San Diego Room. Includes non delegate ticket sales. 9:00 am - 9:30 am OPENING CEREMONIES, Pacific Room 10:00 am - 10:30 am ELECTION OF CONVENTION OFFICERS. AHEPANS in the Pacific Room, and the DAUGHTERS in the Monterey Room. 10:30 am - Noon OFFICERS REPORTS and APPOINTMENT OF COM- MITTEES 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm No Host Lunch 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm PRESENTATION Dr. John Triantafyllos, Pacific Room 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm BUSINESS SESSIONS - ALL ORDERS 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BUSINESS NETWORKING WORKSHOP, San Marino Room 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm No Host Cocktails, International Ballroom 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm GRAND BANQUET, International Ballroom- Chris Julias will be the recipient of the Periclean Award. Jim Dimitriou, Ph.D. will be honored as Past Supreme President. SATURDAY, JUNE 26, :30 am - 9:00 am PAST DISTRICT GOVERNORS BREAKFAST, Trevos hotel restaurant 8:00 am - Noon REGISTRATION - ALL ORDERS, San Diego Room. Includes non delegate ticket sales. 9:00 am - Noon JOINT SESSION - SCHOLARSHIP, CHARITA- BLE, CONVENTION/CONFERENCE CITY - Pacific Room Noon - 2:00 pm SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION LUNCHEON - California Ballroom 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm GENERAL TICKET SALES, San Diego Room 2:15 pm - 4:30 pm BUSINESS SESSIONS - ALL ORDERS 6:30 pm - 12:00 pm GREEK GLENDI, St. Anthony s Church Hall SUNDAY, JUNE 27, :00 am - 11:30 am DIVINE LITURGY St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church 778 South Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, CA (626) / saint-anthonys.org
2 EL CAMINO REAL Page 2 MESSAGE FROM THE AHEPA DISTRICT GOVERNOR The District Convention is upon our volunteers. At the heart of us and it hardly seems possible every non-profit, one must ask, that a year has passed so where do I belong? How can I When you quickly. Your District Lodge hopes that we have furthered best contribute? When you manage a non-profit, the most manage a nonprofit, the most valuable resource is people. You can always make more money, but it s very difficult to inspire the discouraged volunteer. our mission of being a Greek- American Chamber of Commerce by promoting the benefits of AHEPA membership along with providing networking opportunities. Nationally, AHEPA is as strong as ever, and we are growing our membership. The Supreme Convention is in Miami, Florida on July 19-24, We hope that you can attend. For more information, please visit the national website at ahepa.org. We have worked hard to focus on the contributions of valuable resource is people. You can always make more money, but it s very difficult to inspire the discouraged volunteer. AHEPA s strengths begins and ends at the chapter level. We need strong chapters with solid programs. It s not just what you thought would work well and did. But think about the unexpected success. Was there an event or program that went exceptionally well? Why? You may need to revisit that and give it some thought. We hope to see all of you, with your ideas, in Pasadena at the District Convention! Dean S. Tripodes AHEPA District Governor El Camino Real District 20 Photo by Maria Karras MESSAGE FROM THE DAUGHTERS DISTRICT GOVERNOR The challenge get out of the officer visitations, regular participants in supporting the box and color put forth to meetings and initiations. Mission Statement of this the Sisters of El Camino Real Because of the untiring organization. Because of the has been gratifyingly re- work of members of all the continued commitment of the ceived. All of the chapters Chapters, generous dona- sisters of all the chapters, a have added color to our tions to various projects will powerful impact and pro- beautiful picture. Members be possible. Guide Dogs of found effect has been real- have been busy with lunch- America, District Scholarship ized for many individuals. eons, dinners, Glendis, pan- & Charitable Foundations, El Two questions often cake breakfasts, bake sales, Camino Real Newsletter, asked are: How can we re- garage sales, holiday parties, Penelope House, Sylvester cruit new members? How hosting after church coffee Cancer Center, Maids of can we maintain member- hour, greeting card fronts Athena, Cooley s Anemia, ship? These are serious and soup label collections, L.A.M. Foundation, DOP questions and need to be candy sales, bread sales, DOP Foundation book sales, toy collections, membership teas, bingo, potlucks, excursions, tours, gathering items for Penelope House, raffles, Foundation, local parishes and community projects will all be willing and thankful recipients. The Daughters of Penelope of District 20 are active addressed. No one answer exists, but some possible suggestions may be helpful. 1. Articulate the opportunities the Daughters of Penelope provides. 2. Convey the goals and many accomplishments of the Daughters of Penelope. 3. Use outreach tactics to get new Daughters of Penelope. a) Give Sunday School teachers an (continued on page 10)
3 VOLUME 41, NUMBER 2, MAY 2004 Page 3 CHRIS JULIAS TO BE HONORED AS PERICLEAN AWARD WINNER Each year the District Governor of our four state District has the honor of recognizing one member of the Greek-American Community. Our guidelines state that this award should be for someone of good character, who is also an exceptional individual and supporter of our community, our churches, and our Greek-American families. - Chris Julias will be honored at our District Convention Grand Banquet on Friday, June 25, 2004 as Periclean Award Winner. As an AHEPAN and an active John and mother Ismene attending USC majoring in Busi- cialty coffee roaster. The member of St. Sophia Cathe- taught him that if you have ness and Marketing. He is a company sells and distrib- dral, Chris believes in support- and can afford to give back member of AHEPA, Squires, utes in all 50 states as well ing all of the Greek-American to the community, you Sportsman, and USC Cardinal as 50 countries. community. He supports should. Chris is a proud and Gold. Chris indulges in a churches far and wide AHEPAN and enjoys giving Chris met his wife Kathy little nostalgia with his Wall through donations and partici- back to the Greek-American in 1971 the old fashioned way of Fame which is promi- pation in their festivals, golf community everywhere. at the Greek Easter picnic in nently displayed in his of- tournaments, and philan- His hobbies include Pomona. They have a daughter fice. Here he posts pictures thropic events and programs. golf, swimming, wine collect- Christina and a son John who of the many friends that Chris comes from an ing, and attending USC foot- are both attending college. have visited him over the AHEPAN family. His father ball and basketball games. In 1987, Chris purchased years as well as photos of John and Uncle Tom were Chris attended Dorsey High Caffe D Amore. Caffe D Amore the various events they dedicated members for over where he played football and is a manufacturer of gourmet have attended together. 50 years each. His father ran Track & Field, before instant beverages and a spe- AHEPA SAN DIEGO #223 We had a San Diego Chapter we will have our Past Presi- Church on Park Blvd. in San San Diego Chapter #223 #223 Ahepa Hockey Night on dent's Dinner honoring Presi- Diego. The dinner will feature a also went to great lengths to Saturday, March 13, dent Constantine "Dino" Bu- wonderful program, including assist the young girl, Litsa The San Diego Gulls played the Fresno Falcons at the San Diego Sports Arena, and we were fortunate to have ice level seats. Tickets were only $40, which included dinner at Georgia's Greek Cuisine before the game. In the coming months zunis and Treasurer John Rougas. John will also be honored with the George Karavantes Chapter Ahepan of the Year Award. The event is set for Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 7:00 pm in the Cypress Room at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Greek and American music, songs by Miss San Diego Alexandra Stathoulis, and presentation of awards. Please mark your calendars now and contact Dino Buzunis for program sponsorship information at or (619) Xilikakis, who was stricken with cancer. Through Fr. Alex Chetsas from St. Sophia Cathedral, the members of San Diego helped contribute to her and her family. We would particularly like to thank brothers Dimetri Lahanas and George Trikas, who were the main donors!
4 EL CAMINO REAL Page DISTRICT 20 OFFICERS District Governor Dean S. Tripodes Post Office Box 486 Sierra Madre, CA (626) work (707) fax District Governor Joanne Saltas 20 W. Lester Ave. B14 Murray, Utah (801) Home (801) Cell Lt. Governor Zachary T. Prineas Post Office Box 9829 Newport Beach, CA (562) work Lt. Governor Georgia Souris 1676 W. Campbell Ave. Gilbert, AZ (480) Home Secretary John Pappas III Post Office Box San Diego, CA (619) cell Secretary Carol Stathopoulos 308 Zink Avenue Santa Barbara, CA (805) AHEPA LONG BEACH #342 Greetings to all in the 20th District. generations of AHEPANS in our Our last initiation included the son of Chapter. Pictured is John Zambos one of our Chapter Brothers, John who is holding the Bible for his son, Zambos. By initiating his son Nicholas, we now can proudly say, we have Karidakis administers the oath to while Chapter Vice President Nick the youngest member and also two new initiate Nicholas Zambos. AHEPA LAS VEGAS #314 On Sunday, March 28, 2004, the Las Vegas Chapter hosted a Greek Independence Day Celebration at St. John s Greek Orthodox Church and the Panos Community Center. Our Special Guest was the Honorable Dimitrios S. Zevelakis, Consul General of Greece. In addition to the fish luncheon, guests were entertained with presentations by the award winning St. John Youth Dance Groups and The Hellenic School Groups. The District Lodge will visit the Las Vegas Chapter on Saturday, May 22, For more information on our Chapter including our events, please visit our site at ahepa20.org/~chapter314/ Mercedes-Benz Anthony J. Alexakis (626) West Huntington Drive Arcadia, CA rusnakautogroup.com Treasurer Greg Mallis Post Office Box San Marino, CA (626) x11 - work Marshal George Makris 8461 E. Appomattox Tucson, AZ (520) home (520) cell Warden Paul Poulos 2022 East Caroline Lane Tempe, AZ (480) home (480) work Athletic Director Louis S. Pastis 1458 S. Bradbury Road San Marino, CA Tel (626) District Advisor Chris J. Mellas 5531 Pebble Beach Lane Yorba Linda, CA (714) home (714) work (714) fax (714) cell Sons of Pericles Advisor Jim Ruboyianes 6350 N. Camino De Santa Valera Tucson, AZ (520) home (520) work Treasurer Magdaline Thomas 8241 E. Thomas Road Scottsdale, AZ (480) Home Marshal Elaine Perparos 1346 W. Sparrow Drive Chandler, AZ (480) Home Maids of Athena Advisor Fay Lyons rd Street Santa Monica, CA (310) Home (310) Cell District Advisor Helen Condon McGillivray 736 Chiquita Road Santa Barbara, CA (805) phone (805) cell (805) fax District Web Page Administrator Elpiniki Schwenke (Niki) 2221 W. Straford Drive Chandler, AZ (480) Home (480) Work (480) Fax El Camino Editor Dean S. Tripodes Published by Queen Beach Printers
5 VOLUME 41, NUMBER 2, MAY 2004 Page 5 DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE AEGINA #340 Our Sisters got together St. Katherine's Greek 16. We wish them well We have scheduled a to celebrate our Holiday Festival was held on February throughout their lives. Fasion Show for May 6 to be Brunch on December 28 at 12, 13 and 14. Our Sisters Karen Nikas baptized held at St. Katherine's Commu- the Hilton Hotel in Tempe, were there day and night Elaine's daughter-in-law Deb- nity Center. Many of our Sisters AZ. We enjoyed a wonderful serving food, selling pastries, bie last month. Elaine's son, will be modeling the latest lunch and each other's com- dancing, and manning every John and Debbie had their trends in casual, sport and for- pany. booth to make this year's marriage blessed in mal attire. SteinMart is supply- Our Chapter was well- Festival a great success! church. Congratulations to ing our clothes and we're all represented at the Mid- We have some some new the both of you! looking forward to this Winter Conference in Ana- babies to brag bout: Elaine's Our wheelchair pro- event. (We hear a talent scout heim by: Maggie Thomas, daughter, Maria Leaverett ject has been very successful will be in the audience) Elaine Preparos, Georgia had a beautiful little boy born and we are ready to present Souris, Catherine Kapani- December 7 and Shaylee a check for purchase. We'll Until next time.... cas, Niki Schwenke and Josephine Avaneas. Holland had a darling little girl (Camille) born January keep you posted on the progress. Pam Martinez AHEPA VENTURA #220 / SANTA BARBARA #243 The Ventura Chapter and Santa Barbara chapter had a visitation by the District Lodge on April 20, 2004 at the Greek at the Harbor Restaurant. Representing the District Lodge was Lt. Governor Zachary Prineas and District Housing Co-Chairman Peter Triantafyllos. Members from both chapters enjoyed the camaraderie of the dinner and presentation, which included District benefits and programs. The Ventura chapter discussed their chapter scholarship, and the Santa Barbara chapter announced their church golf tournament on May 3, 2004 at the Rancho San Marcos golf course. Saint Sophia Camp Week 3 - August 1 through August 7 Week 4 - August 7 through August 14 We will be holding camp this summer at Camp Seeley which is located in the San Bernardino Mountains at an elevation of 4,200 feet. It s close to Lake Gregory and the Village of Crestline. You can check out Camp Seeley at Registration forms are available in your church office or visit our web site at saintsophiacamp.org. We look forward to seeing you for the 2004 Saint Sophia camping season!!! For more information or registration forms please contact our administrative assistant, Vicki Kades, at or by phone at
6 ORDER OF AHEPA El Camino Real District #20 73rd Annual District Convention Hosted by AHEPA Rose Bowl Chapter #373 & Daughters of Penelope Adrasteia Chapter #233 Pasadena Hilton Hotel 168 South Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California June 24-27, 2004 Delegate / Alternate Registration Name Chapter No: District No: Address City State Zip Code Work Phone Home Phone AHEPAN Daughter Son Maid I am registering as a: Delegate Alternate Membership Number: Convention Packet includes: Grand Banquet, Scholarship Luncheon, and Greek Glendi. Packet Registration Fees: AHEPAN or Daughter, Delegate / Alternate $135 Non-Delegate or Guest $135 Sons or Maids $100 All Registration Forms and Fees Must be Received by June 14, All registrations after this date shall have a $5 late charge per event ($15 for the three event convention packet). Fees are payable to: Order of AHEPA, Chapter #373. You may register online at ahepa20.org use Visa or MasterCard. For individual tickets, please reserve: # Tickets for GOLF TOURNAMENT and DINNER - Thursday, June 24, 2004 at $125 each. # Tickets for GOLF DINNER for NON-GOLFERS - Thursday, June 24, 2004 at $35 each. # Tickets for GRAND BANQUET - Friday, June 25, 2004 at $65 each. # Tickets for SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON - Saturday, June 26, 2004 at $35 each. # Tickets for GREEK GLENDI - Saturday, June 26, 2004 at $35 each. Check No. in the amount of $ Signature Send completed form and fees to: Peter Triantafyllos Phone: (818) Ventura Boulevard #158 Fax: (818) Woodland Hills, CA
7 VOLUME 41, NUMBER 2, MAY 2004 Page 7 AHEPA ROSE BOWL #373 / DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE ADRASTEIA #233 Pasadena has been busy working on our District 20 Convention on June 24-27, Golf Chairman Jimmy Christos has been working hard to organize a great golf tournament at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena. Presidents and Convention Chairmen Steven Tripodes and Georgina Hayes have been meeting with the convention committee to help ensure that our upcom- ing District Convention is first rate. The convention committee includes Vice Presidents Jim Bornino and Bess Bornino, Secretaries Peter Triantafyllos, Nick Gritsonis, Valerie Lakon, Treasurers Nick Demos, Nick Nicolaidis, Vera Messerotes, Past District Governors Gregory Karaptis and Anthony Horaites, Past Chapter Presidents John Buzas, Nick Tripodes, and Victoria Randall, District Treasurer Greg Mallis, and members John Kopatsis, Jimmy Christos, Charlie Christodulelis, and John Triantafyllos. The committee has visited the Pasadena Hilton several times, and is confident that the facilities will provide an excellent convention experience. Thanks to all the members in both the AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope, we know that our events and activities will be a great experience for all. On Tuesday, May 4, the Pasadena AHEPA family initiated Nicholas Politis and Harry Scolinos. Nicholas is Vice President of St. Anthony s Parish Council. Harry is our U.S. Congressional candidate for the 29th District (see scolinos4congress.com for more information), and he has also been a long time supporter of our AHEPA Tournament of Roses Float project. AHEPA NEPTUNE #233 While Past District Governor the District Governor of Dis- gala evening for April 24. attendance. The Hellas District Gus Alex was visiting family trict 25 in Greece. Brother Among the planners for that 25 has really expanded in the in Greece, he took time to look up some of the AHEPA brothers located in the Athens area. First he met with George Dussias, formerly from Tucson, Arizona and who served as District Treasurer with Gus in the years George is currently Dussias introduced Gus to the General Manager of the Hotel Grande Bretagne, Timothy Ananiadis. Timothy is also an AHEPAN. At the invitation of Brother Dussias, Gus stopped off at the Royal Olympic Hotel and met other brothers who were planning a evening were: Anthony Gremos - Past President & PDG of the Hellas District, George Costas - the current President of the Athens Chapter, Vagelis Tsirtsikos - Treasurer, and Steve Adamopoulos. Of course, George Dussias was also in short 5 or so years of its existence. It has chapters in Thessaloniki, Glyfada, Cyprus, and they are planning for one in Chania, Crete. This year's convention is going to be held on the beautiful island of Zakynthos, on June It's great being an AHEPAN, isn't it?
8 EL CAMINO REAL Page 8 AHEPA COACHELLA VALLEY #528 The Coachella Valley chapter was formed officially in December The photo at the right shows the initiation of its first members. Back row, from left to right: Stavros Olympios, Thanos Vorris, Nick Krespis, and George Tcharos. Front row, from left to right: Frank Tracadas, Harry Loukatos - President, Rev. Theophilos Theophilos, and Gus Kurupas. As the newest chapter in District 20, we look forward to meeting the other members and growing our membership. Nicky s Gift World, Inc. Specialty Gifts For All Occasions! Nick Gritsonis CEO/Owner All New Customers Receive 10% Off Your First Order! Send For Your Catalog Today at: Nicky s Giftworld 4901 Bluebell Avenue North Hollywood, CA Residence (818) / Business (818) Fax (818) GREETINGS! When you are in Los Angeles, we invite our Brothers and Sisters in District 20 to join us at the Sunday Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall following the Divine Liturgy at the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. HESPERIA CHAPTER #152 ALKANDRE CHAPTER #43
9 VOLUME 41, NUMBER 2, MAY 2004 Page 9 AHEPA TUCSON #275 / DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE PHOEBUS #146 Photos, clockwise from upper left hand corner, from various Tucson events. 1) Christmas Party, 2) Greek Independence Day, 3) Spring training pre-game picnic on 3/14/04 - Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies. Photo to left: District Lodge visitation on 4/18/04.
10 EL CAMINO REAL Page 10 MESSAGE FROM THE DAUGHTERS DISTRICT GOVERNOR apple of appreciation. b) ing Daughters of Pene- business agenda in a being accomplished. Energy is Provide doughnuts to lope events. timely manner. better spent on honest meth- the Choir at a rehearsal 5. Acknowledge that every- 8. Provide a fun, educational, ods of addressing problems and refreshments to one s presence and informative agenda item to and in finding ways to move youth groups and other input is valuable to the all Daughters of Penelope forward. In this way, tangible church clubs. c) Set up a Daughters of Penelope. meetings to balance out benefits will be seen that will recruiting table after 6. Find out and then utilize the business part. promote the Daughters of Church services with the individual Daughters of There will always be ob- Penelope. DOP informational bro- Penelope s skills, inter- stacles, demands and snags Thanks to everyone for chure and membership ests and experiences along the way. When these are all the love, support and enjoy- applications. d) Encour- when planning upcom- seen as hurdles and challenges ment. age wives and daughters ing events. that can be overcome, progress of AHEPANS to join. 7. Have well-organized will be made. Attention should- In ΘΠ, 4. Involve all members in Daughters of Penelope n t be given to what is not being Joanne Saltas the planning of upcom- meetings that follow the accomplished, but to what is District Governor AHEPA FLOAT REQUESTS YOUR SUPPORT Nick Perdaris, President of the AHEPA Hellenic Heritage Foundation, requests your support for the 2005 AHEPA Float entry. The theme for next year s parade revolves around the family. Enclosed is an envelope. If you can help us, we would appreciate it! Please call us if you know of someone whom we should talk to. Donations are still being accepted: Ahepa Hellenic Heritage Foundation Post Office Box Pasadena, CA Toll Free: (866) 88-GREEK One potential rendering of the 2005 AHEPA Float. NEWSWORTHY June 6, 2004: Dr. Theo- Beach, California. April 19, 2004: PDG Chris March 25 & March 5, 2004: dore Markellos is host- April 20, 2004: District Mellas was awarded The Consul General of ing a testimonial dinner 20 now offers its mem- Salesman of the Year for Greece, Dimitrios Zeve- for PSP Jim Dimitriou, bers Six Flags Magic U.S. Motors. It was his lakis, hosted a Greek Inde- Ph.D. at St. Katherine s Mountain discount third consecutive award. pendence Day celebration church at 1 pm. RSVP with Dr. Markellos at (310) April 24, 2004: PDG Gus and Kay Alex were honored for their dedication to St. Katherine s Com- cards. April 19, 2004: National AHEPAN of the Year C. Peter Gus Stath passed away. He was a two-term Supreme Treasurer, PSG, and April 16, 2004: Pete Clentzos requests that all golfers save the date of September 30, 2004 for the 32nd Annual Western Regional Peter D. Clentzos Abba Zaba Golf and before that, he hosted the Ambassador of Greece to the United States, George Savvaides. Both events were at his home in Beverly Hills. The AHEPA District Lodge was in attendance. munity in Redondo PDG. Tournament.
11 VOLUME 41, NUMBER 2, MAY 2004 Page 11 DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE ANTHOS #395 The Anthos Chapter #395 from Redondo Beach, California hosted their 4th annual dinnerdance. The guests of honor were PDG Gus and Kay Alex, who have done so much for St. Katherine s Community in the South Bay. The picture on the right was taken on March 12, 2004, commemorating the LAUNCH program at Arnold Elementary School in Torrance for children with learning disabilities. Our Chapter donated $ at Christmas time to the school so they can buy new play equipment. To the left of the children are Frances Economides - Corresponding Secretary, and Anne Eliopulos, PDG. To the right of the children is Chapter President Mary Peters. The children (not just from this class, but from all the other classes) wrote us thank you notes that were very touching. All the teachers involved in the program and the principal also wrote and shared their appreciation for our group s help, and for just thinking of them. Mary Peters President Special thanks to Maria Karras for her photographs of our chapter members in the upcoming AHEPA District Convention Album. Advertise in the El Camino Real! Full Page ad: $200 Half Page ad: $125 Quarter Page ad: $75 Business Card ad: $45 Send ad with payment to: AHEPA El Camino Real c/o Dean Tripodes Post Office Box 486 Sierra Madre, CA Dean S. Tripodes CEO Baywalk Web Development Serving Small Business and Non-Profit Clients 2400 N. Lincoln Avenue, Altadena, CA Direct (626) / Office (626)
12 AHEPA DISTRICT 20 Dean Tripodes District 20 Governor Post Office Box 486 Sierra Madre, CA Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 400 Laguna Beach, CA Change Service Requested GREEK OLYMPIC BASEBALL TEAM Mike Riskas, member of Rose Bowl Chapter #373, is the assistant manager of the Greek Olympic baseball team. It's an interesting time -- the U.S. won't have a team in the Olympics, but the Greeks will, and they just might be good enough to win a medal. Greece, as host country for the Olympics, gets an automatic berth in every sport they choose. Taking advantage of a little-known rule in the Olympic constitution, they are stocking their baseball roster with the American and Canadian children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren of Greek emigrants. Among those on the current roster are former big leaguers Eric Pappas and Clint Zavaras, plus World Series veteran Clay Bellinger and top prospects Pete Sikaris and Aaron Miles (who is good enough that he may have to pass up the Olympics if he's in the majors with the Rockies). The uniforms may read "Hellas" but the labels ought to read "Made in America." The Greek tryouts were held last November, though manager Rob Derksen is still looking for players to add to the roster. The players will play with their regular organizations this season and those who aren't on a 25-man major-league roster in August will play a couple of exhibition games in Toronto and Baltimore. Then they'll fly to Athens and try to win a medal for Greece. With the U.S. and Korea out, they just might. GREEK OLYMPIC DISCUS TEAM After struggling for 3 years to work and train and then a 2 year absence from the sport of track & field, Alex Ghanotakis of Arlington, MA is back in a big way. With a new personal best of 62 meters, the 6 5, 275 lb., 2003 Greek National Discus Champion hit the Olympic Qualifying Standard which will earn him the chance to represent Greece in next summer s games in Athens. Alex had a very successful college career. He earned All-American honors, won several Ivy League Titles, and was named Team Captain his senior year. Upon graduating from Dartmouth College in 1997, Alex moved to California to pursue his athletic goals and realize his dream of making an Olympic team. Training was his priority, but the costs of life Alex Ghanotakis member of the Greek National Discus Team and college loans required him to start working at Oracle Corporation selling software. Finally in April 2002, Alex realized that he had a brief opportunity to compete at an elite level and experience the Olympics. Now Alex spends 7 months out of the year in Tucson, AZ where he is a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and AHEPA Chapter #275. As a member of the Greek National Team, Panellinios Athletic Club, Alex spends 5 months of the year in Athens where he trains and competes. Arizona Chapter #275 has a fund to help Alex Ghanotakis. If you would like to contribute, please send a donation to: AHEPA Arizona Chapter # East Fort Lowell Road Tucson, AZ 85719