District Winter Workshop & DOP Conference – Richmond



St. Constantine & Helen Greek Cathedral
30 Malvern Avenue
Richmond, VA. 23221



9:00 – 10: AM                Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 10:30 AM          Welcome, Introductions, and Recognitions
10:30 Am -12:00 PM    Presentation and Discussion

  • AHEPA District Membership
  • District #3 Initiatives
  • District Issues
  • 2018 District Convention – Frederick, Md.

12:00 – 1:00 PM              LUNCH

Come share ideas and suggestions on District issues. Meet your Brother AHEPANS from other Chapters

Merry Christmas

On behalf of the District No. 3 AHEPA Lodge, we would like to wish you and your families,

a Joyous Christmas and Happy New Year.

AHEPA Family Wreath Laying – Arlington Cemetary

Dear Presidents of the AHEPA Family Chapters in the Washington Area,

This year, as in years past, the AHEPA Family will continue the traditional wreath laying at the graves of 550 Hellenes and Phil-Hellenes interred at Arlington National Cemetery. The wreath laying is scheduled on Saturday May 27th, 2017 and will be carried out by the Washington Area AHEPA Family members who have undertaken this solemn task every year since 1949. The wreath laying requires advance assignment of volunteers to specific Cemetery Regions consistent with the number of grave sites identified in each Region. This facilitates the orderly conduct of the preparations as well as the actual wreath laying and should minimize confusion and uncertainty.

We urge all AHEPA, Daughters , Sons and Maids members to participate in this patriotic event. Please e-mail me or call me with the names of volunteers by Friday May 19th 2017 at dkolaras@aol.com, or 703- 847-9493 (H), 703-915-1621 (C). Volunteers will be assigned based on the names provided by the Chapter Presidents. Members who commit to this event, are expected to present themselves to conduct the Wreath Laying on Saturday, May 27th. This will prevent last minute volunteers who cause confusion, unnecessary requests for instructions and delay all those who arrive well informed and prepared to carry out the task.

This year, the Leaders of each Region are asked to collect the wreaths and the instruction binders for their Region from St Sophia Cathedral on Thursday afternoon or on Friday May 25th and 26th.  The Leaders are expected to review the Wreath Laying procedures with their respective volunteers using the attached Arlington Cemetery Briefing, well before we arrive at the Cemetery. They should also assign volunteers to specific Cemetery Sections within their Region. Spreadsheet assignments of volunteers will be communicated to the Leaders well before we conduct the event. We anticipate that the Cemetery authorities may restrict the number of vehicles permitted entry to the Cemetery. Leaders are encouraged to use the parking lots at Saint Sophia Cathedral, at Saint Constantine and Helen, and at St. Katherine to promote carpooling.

All wreath laying volunteers will meet near the entrance to Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Drive, adjacent to the SEA BEE Memorial at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 27th.  After last minute instructions and picture taking, we will proceed to the Cemetery equipped with the wreaths to carry out our solemn task.

Following conclusion of our wreath laying, AHEPA Chapter 438 will be hosting all the wreath laying volunteers at a luncheon and fellowship at Saint Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Fall Church.

We look forward to everyone’s participation.

Demosthenes N. Kolaras
Secretary, AHEPA Chapter 31

Download the presentation here
and the announcement here

District 3 Workshop #3


APRIL 29, 2017

9 AM TO 1 PM

Due to scheduling conflicts, this workshop has been cancelled.  See you at the District Convention in June

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church -5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27612                                           

*          Supreme President’s  Objectives
*          K-9 For Warriors Project
*          Capital District #3 Objectives
*          Humanity Now Project – Wilmington NC Group
*          District Convention – Charlotte NC – June 9th & 10th
*          Supreme Convention – Orlando, Fl. – July 24 thru 30th

Please respond to Charles Karvelas at cjkarvelas@yahoo.com by April 19th on your chapter’s attendance so that the host chapter can plan for adequate refreshments for breakfast and lunch.

2017 Workshop and DOP Mid-Year Conference

The District would like to thank the PETER DERZIS CHAPTER #438 of FALLS CHURCH, VA. for hosting this year’s District Workshop and the DOP Mid-Year Conference.  We would also like to thank the Supreme President (Andrew C. Zachariades), Supreme Governor (Anthony J. Drakos), District Governor (Bill Bond), DOP District Governor (Renee Mozingo ), PDG (George Papaspyrou & Dimitri Govotsos), and all attendees.



2017 District Convention – Charlotte, NC


American Hellenic Education Progressive Association

600 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203

Dear Brothers, Sisters and friends of the Order of AHEPA,

On behalf of the Brothers of the Marathon Chapter No. 2 of the Order of AHEPA, I invite you to attend and celebrate the 86th Annual AHEPA Capital District No. 3 Convention which will be held in Charlotte, NC from June 9- June 11, 2017.

We look forward to exchanging ideas, updates from the various committees, chapter reports, continued discussion on how to promote the Hellenic ideals and the good work of AHEPA along with fellowship. The convention will be held at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel in the SouthPark section of Charlotte. The hotel has many amenities in support of a relaxing weekend and the surrounding area filled with premier restaurants, shopping opportunities and parks nearby for a nice walk. Charlotte has developed tremendously, is North Carolina’s biggest city and we encourage you to explore our great city.

There will be a welcome dinner held at Maggiano’s Restaurant which is just a short walk away from the hotel on Friday evening. On Saturday, the convention business meetings, Awards Luncheon and Grand Banquet will occur at the hotel.

You will find the information for registration, hotel information and the convention album here. We look forward to hosting you and your families in Charlotte.

Fraternally yours,
George C. Kokalis
President, Marathon Chapter #2

Mid-Year Workshop Announced


FEBRUARY 25, 2017
9 AM TO 1 PM

Download flyer here.

2017 District Scholarship Applications

District 3 Scholarship Applications are now being made available On-Line.

The eligibility information concerning this program, as well as the various restrictions that apply are all listed on the application form.

     2017 District 3 Scholarship Form

       2017 District 3 Scholarship Form

Fall/Winter Trio-Gram

The new issue of the District 3 Trio-Gram is now available here.


Order of AHEPA

American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

Welcome Ahepans and Visitors to our District 3 AHEPA site

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 District Lodge Officers

Governor – Bill Bond #30

Lt. Governor – Nick Forakis #364
Secretary – Steve Goodson #9
Treasurer – George Papaspyrou #286
Marshall – Peter Kalogerinis #9
Warden – Angelo Toutsi #438


October 2016 TrioGram – Article Deadline

Just a reminder to submit your articles and photos for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2016 Issue of the Trio-Gram. The article submission deadline for the Fall/Winter-2016 Trio-Gram Issue is: October 31, 2016.

Please email me, evan1762@yahoo.com, your submissions as soon as you have completed your articles. Below are some content ideas for your articles (not all my ideas):

1. Updates about Your Chapter and Report on your outcomes: What has your chapter been up to? Numbers impress so use them to tell a story about the success of your latest chapter event, the people helped by your latest fundraiser or project. Have you reached a goal, hosted an event, expanded your membership? Include all the exciting details: the location, the delicious food, the fun and fellowship – whatever has made your chapter’s past events successful. Share your obstacles and your success stories, but keep your readers in mind. Members (active, delinquent or new) might want to hear about further opportunities to get involved. Focus on the most engaging parts of your story and provide links to your website for your newsletter members who want to find out more.

2. Stories of Impact: Keep the readers interested in and impressed by your chapter’s work with recent stories of impact. Compose your chapter’s most recent successes into stories that will inspire the readers. Take a step back and try to reread them from an outside perspective. Ask yourself, do I care about the people and organization in this story? Do I connect with them emotionally?

3. Pictures, Pictures, Pictures: You may want to stay away from the lengthy articles and use instead descriptive pictures which can tell your story faster. Most people just don’t read all the content, so concentrate on headlines and picture captions. Use pictures with big faces and use captions that tell a compelling story of your results. I am trying to use large and more pictures with captions within the Trio-Gram. When you email pictures, please email them in their original resolution…bigger is better.

4. Relevant Community Events: Your article doesn’t have to be all about you. You are no doubt a part of a strong and supportive community, and the Trio-Gram is a great medium to reciprocate that goodwill. Showing your support for local events is a great way to demonstrate your chapter’s involvement in the community, not to mention helping to spread awareness for your chapter’s cause and mission.