(United States) – AHEPA, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, has elected a new Supreme President, Andrew C. Zachariades. The elections took place at their recent Supreme Convention, which were held in Las Vegas, Nevada. That was the 94th year that the Supreme Convention has taken place. Zachariades, who is from New Jersey and has held other leadership positions in the AHEPA, ran his campaign during the convention and the ceremony swearing him in the next day. He ran unopposed. Prior to this he served as the Supreme Vice President.
When accepting his new role, Zachariades said, “It is an honor and privilege to be elected Supreme President…I’m sincerely grateful to the convention delegates who placed their support and trust in me to lead this vibrant, venerable, and unique organization…. In addition, the need for community service around the world is ceaseless and the promotion of Hellenic ideals and our Hellenic heritage will always be priorities for AHEPA.”
AHEPA’s mission is to promote all things Greek to people in the United States, Canada, and also at an international level. According to the AHEPA’s official website, “The mission of the AHEPA Family is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence.” Zachariades’ duties will fall within that scope during his time as the president and he will do his utmost to preserve that mission.
The AHEPA was founded in 1922 in response to bigotry and racial issues that impacted Greek immigrants to the United States during that time. They also provide services and support for those who move to the United States from Greece and need to assimilate into their new homes. It is important to note that membership isn’t just restricted to those with Greek descent. Anyone who believes in the organization’s mission can obtain membership.