CHARLOTTE, NC – The Order of AHEPA Marathon Chapter #2 established on September 11, 1922 as the second chapter initiated by the Order of AHEPA celebrated its centennial with a total donation of $30,000 to three projects that received $10,000 each – Order of the AHEPA Founding Monument from AHEPA Mother Lodge Chapter #1 Atlanta, GA, the Girls of Penelope Charitable Foundation Meals on Wheels America and the AHEPA Charitable Fund.
The Centennial Banquet was held May 7 at the Maggiano Restaurant with the presentation of the colors, the singing of the Hellenic and American national anthems, and a local Greek band playing background music.
AHEPA Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas was the guest of honor and had the opportunity to mingle, meet and visit the banquet guests during the communion hour preceding the banquet.
Dignitaries honored included Congressman Dan Bishop of North Carolina’s 9th District and Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry L McFadden.
Also in attendance were AHEPA family dignitaries: the daughters of Penelope (DOP) Grand Vice President Georgette Boulegeris, AHEPA Capital District #3 Supreme Governor James Gregorakis, DOP District Governor Sondra Sealine, AHEPA Capital District #3 Governor Steve Goodson, AHEPA Marathon Ch. #2 President Frank Boardman, AHEPA Marathon Chapter #2 Foundation President James Cavalaris, DOP Venus Chapter #102 President Christina Skiouris , Sons of Pericles (SOP) Supreme Treasurer Alec Economakis, and SOP President Victory Chapter #123 John Shelton.
Specially honored dignitaries included AHEPA District No. 1 Governor John D. Shinas, AHEPA Centennial Committee Co-Chair, AHEPA Chapter No. 1, Tom Kantsios, Past Secretary Supreme James Stasios and former North Carolina Governor and former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory as guest of Past Marathon Chapter #2 President Louis Politis.
Priests and parish council presidents from the three Greek Orthodox communities in the area, Holy Trinity Cathedral and St. Nektarios Church, both in Charlotte, and St. Luke’s Church in Mooresville, also attended.
Prof. Jonathan Resmini, Proistamenos of Holy Trinity Cathedral, read letters of blessings and congratulations from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta.
Supreme President Kokotas spoke about his travels, current concerns of the Order of AHEPA, and the accomplishments and history of Marathon Chapter #2.
He awarded former Supreme Governor and former Chairman of National Projects Harry T. Cavalaris the 50-year pin that belonged to his father Thomas Cavalaris, former Supreme Treasurer and AHEPA Chapter 107 member.
Congressman Dan Bishop and Sheriff Gary McFadden spoke of their past associations and friendships with many Charlotte Ahepans from their early years with fond memories.
SOP Supreme Treasurer Alec Economakis and Chapter President John Shelton reflected on the Sons’ charitable work and outreach. The Charlotte Sons of Pericles Chapter is the largest chapter in the country.
Marathon Chapter #2 was honored with warm thoughts and greetings from all involved.
The centennial banquet celebration ended with Greek and American dancing and more camaraderie.