AHEPA to Honor Greece’s FM Dora Bakoyannis

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek ancestry, and countless Philhellenes, will hold its 87th Annual Supreme Convention, June 29 to July 5, 2009, in San Francisco, Calif. “We’re excited to return to the West Coast for our Supreme Convention,” said Supreme President Ike Gulas. “San Francisco is also a poignant location for the Daughters of Penelope which was founded there 80 years ago. We believe we have a wonderful program for the entire family to enjoy, including a gala affair honoring a distinguished group of Hellenes.” Honorees attending the 87th AHEPA Grand Banquet on Friday, July 3, include Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis who will receive the AHEPA Pericles Award. “I would like to wholeheartedly thank both you, personally, as well as members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) for your decision to honor me with the Pericles Award, which I gladly accept,” wrote Foreign Minister Bakoyannis in an acceptance letter to Supreme President Gulas.
In addition, the convention program will consist of: educational and policy symposia, athletic events, business sessions, and social affairs hosted by the San Francisco AHEPA Family. The Daughters of Penelope, an affiliate organization of AHEPA, will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in the city of its founding. “Everyone is welcome to attend the convention,” said Executive Director Basil Mossaidis. “One can register as a guest, or non-AHEPA family member; although a registration discount is offered to non-members who join.” This will be the third time San Francisco hosts a Supreme Convention. Previously, AHEPA held conventions there in 1931 and 1979.