Executive Director Basil N. Mossaidis recently caught up with U.S. Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis, co-chair, Congressional Hellenic Caucus, to review the latest developments with Congress, including the policy priorities of the American Hellenic community.
AHEPA mourns the passing of Alex G. Spanos, a 73-year Life Member of Chapter 212, Stockton, California, announced Supreme President George E. Loucas. In 1997, Brother Spanos received the AHEPA Socrates Award, the highest honor the Order can bestow, for his career achievements and boundless philanthropy. In 1985, he received the AHEPA Distinguished Service Award.
U.S. Ambassador-designate to Cyprus Nomination Hearing
“Brother Spanos exemplified the American Dream and represented the Hellenic ideal of the pursuit of excellence,” Loucas said. “Our sympathies and prayers are with the Spanos family. May his memory be eternal.”
U.S. Ambassador-designate to the Republic of Cyprus Judith Gail Garber provided testimony to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations at her nomination hearing held Oct. 4. During the hearing, Ambassador-designate Garber faced questioning from Committee Ranking Member Sen. Robert Menendez and Senators Chris Murphy and Tim Kaine (coverage from GreekNews). Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, presided over the hearing.
Although Congress is heading into the homestretch of the 115th Congress, there is still time to increase the membership of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues. AHEPA asks for your help, especially as U.S. representatives are back in their districts until after the midterm November elections. The Hellenic Caucus has been an active, bipartisan group in Congress since its founding in 1995. It is co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis and its co-founder, Carolyn Maloney.