History of the Order of AHEPA 1922 - 1972


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The Order of Ahepa (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 26, 1922, and the fraternity is celebrating its 50th Anniversary during this year of 1972.

This history, commemorating Ahepa's Golden Anniversary, is being published by the fraternity as a service to our membership, and in recognition of those early pioneers of Ahepa to whom we owe so much for their dedicated service and devotion to the basic objects and principles of the fraternity.

The book is dedicated to our Founders, the Mother Lodge - Nicholas D. Chotas, James Campbell, Spiros J. Stamos, Harry Angelopoulos, George A. Polos, John Angelopoulos, George Campbell, and James Vlass.

All of the manuscript work, research, writing, and preparation of this book was done by our Executive Secretary, George J. Leber. Executive Secretary Leber undertook this task as a "labor of love" and he has devoted more than twelve months of effort at night, and at home, compiling and writing the hook. George J. Leber has served as Ahepa's national Executive Secretary since September, 1958 at our headquarters in Washington, D.C. He has been a member of the fraternity since 1937 when he was initiated at age 21 into the Wichita, Kansas, Ahepa Chapter, in which he still maintains his membership. He joined our Junior Order, the Sons of Pericles, in 1930, and served the Junior Order as District Governor, as well as chapter president. In 1937 he became national Executive Secretary of the Sons of Pericles at the Washington, D.C. headquarters, and served in that capacity until April, 1942 when he became an Ensign in the U.S. Navy during World War IL Following World War II, he went into business for twelve years; in 1958 he accepted the position of national Executive Secretary of Ahepa and has served continuously in that capacity for the past fourteen years. Among his other capacities and duties as Executive Secretary, he serves as Administrative Director of Supreme Conventions, and as Managing Editor of The Ahepan Magazine.

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The fraternity is indebted to George J. Leber for his countless hours of work in writing and preparing this book, so that the first fifty years of Ahepa's accomplishments and service to our communities and nation may become a malter of record, as well as an incentive to all members for the future accomplishments of our next fifty years.

SAM NAKIS, Supreme President
June, 1972
Washington, D.C.


  • Sam Nakis, Supreme President
  • Dr. Michael N. Spirtos, Supreme Vice President
  • William P. Tsaffaras, Supreme Secretary
  • William G. Chirgotis, Supreme Treasurer
  • Dinos Lambrou, Supreme Vice President of Canada
  • A. Steve Betzelos, Supreme Governor
  • George A. Heropoulos, Supreme Governor
  • John G. Speliopoulos, Supreme Governor
  • Dennis J. Livadas, Supreme Counsellor
  • Peter J. Georges, Supreme Governor
  • Sam Platis, Supreme Governor
  • Nicholas Zannetos, Supreme Governor
  • George J. Leber, Executive Secretary
  • Dr. Monthe N. Kofos, Supreme Athletic Director


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George J. Leber's book is copyright protected. However, any portions of this book may be quoted at length, provided that proper credit & acknowledgement is given to the book, author, publisher, and pages.


Leber, George J. History of the Order of AHEPA 1922 - 1972. Washigton DC, Order of AHEPA, 1972.

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