"I am honored and humbled to be re-elected supreme president of AHEPA,” said Dr. Grossomanides, Jr., a 28-year member. "We continue to face many important challenges as the need for community service is more in demand than ever, both in the United States and abroad. Obviously, we will continue our commitment to provide the people of Greece with humanitarian aid through Apostoli Mission during this unprecedented economic crisis. The geopolitical importance of the Republic of Cyprus—a nation that remains divided after thirty-eight years—is rising as its assumes the rotating presidency of the EU and pursues hydrocarbon reserves within its sovereign borders and the plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate persists.”
He continued, "I look forward to working with our seasoned Supreme Lodge and our membership to overcome these challenges, address new ones that will emerge, and keep AHEPA on the steady path set forth by my predecessors in a spirit true to our mission.”
Dr. Grossomanides, who hails from Westerly, R.I., is a member of Rose of New England Chapter 110, in Norwich, Conn. He has served AHEPA in numerous leadership positions including two terms as supreme vice president and supreme secretary and all offices at the district and chapter levels. As supreme president, Dr. Grossomanides' responsibilities include being the chief executive officer, and principal spokesperson, of the entire AHEPA domain, which includes the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus.
The supreme president is a senior clinical pharmacist at Advanced Pharmacy Concepts, North Kingstown, R.I. He served as president of the Rhode Island Pharmacist Association from 1995 to 1996 and served two years as grand regent of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Dr. Grossomanides earned both his undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Grossomanides is a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Norwich. He is the son of AHEPA Life Member John G. and Celia Grossomanides. The supreme president is newly-married to the former Anna-Helene Panagakos, Brooklyn, N.Y., who was elected Grand Vice President of the Daughters of Penelope at its convention proceedings.
Election of AHEPA Leadership for 2012-2013
The AHEPA Supreme Lodge is the international governing body of the organization.
The 2012-13 Supreme Lodge is comprised of: Supreme Vice President Anthony Kouzounis, Houston; Canadian President George Vassilas, Montreal, Quebec; Supreme Secretary Phillip T. Frangos, East Lansing, Mich.; Supreme Treasurer Anthony Drakos, Ambridge, Pa. ; Supreme Counselor George Loucas, Brecksville, Ohio; and Supreme Athletic Director Ike Gulas, PSP, Birmingham, Ala.
The eight Supreme Governors are: Region I: Dalton Respass, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Region II: Ed Guminski, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Region III: James Kokotas, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Region IV: John Tanionos, East Sandwich, Mass.; Region V: Socrates Kolitsos; Region VI: Nick Kavadas, Schererville, Ind.; Region VII: James Peros, Denver; and Region VIII: Chris Mellas, Yorba Linda, Calif.
Re-elected to positions on the Board of Trustees were: John Galanis, Elm Grove, Wisc., and Constantine Calliontzis, Dedham, Mass. Christopher Gallas, Brooklyn, N.Y., was re-elected to a term on the Board of Auditors.
AHEPA Family Elections
The organizations that comprise the AHEPA Family also held elections. Joanne Saltas, Salt Lake City, Utah, was elected Daughters of Penelope Grand President; Michael Michalopulos, Norman, Okla., Sons of Pericles Supreme President; and Angela Armstrong, Chandler, Ariz., Maids of Athena Grand President.
Friday's Installation Ceremony of newly elected officers officially concluded the 90th AHEPA Supreme Convention, which began Sunday, July 22 and celebrated the organization's historic 90th anniversary. The 2013 Supreme Convention will convene in Orlando, Fla., at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.