Section A GUBERNATORIAL DISTRICTS AND REGIONS
1. REGIONS Pursuant to Legislation adopted at the 84th Supreme Convention of the Order of AHEPA the AHEPA Domain was divided into 9 Regions as follows: Region # Approximate District #’s States Covered:
REGION 1: 1+2 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee
REGION 2; 3+4 – DC, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Bleufield, WV REGION 3: 5+6 – Delaware, New Jersey, New York
REGION 4: 7+8+9 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
REGION 5: 10 + 11- Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, except Bleufield, WV
REGION 6: 12 + 13 + 14 – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska
REGION 7: 16 + 17 – Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Utah, except Salt Lake City
REGION 8: 18 + 19 + 20 + 21 + 22 + ID + MT + AL+ HI – Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Salt Lake City Utah
REGION 9: 23 + 24 + 26 – Canada (To the extent of any conflict in the placement into a specific Region of The Chapters within a State between the above Approximate District column and the above States Covered column, the States Covered column shall control.)
REGION 10: 25 + 27 + 28 – Europe
2. DISTRICTS Pursuant to a Resolution adopted by the 12th Supreme Convention of the Order of AHEPA, and subsequent redistricting, the Supreme Lodge grouped the Chapters within the Domain of the AHEPA into 27 Gubernatorial Districts as follows:
MOTHER LODGE DISTRICT NO. 1: All Chapters within the states of Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
CITRUS DISTRICT NO. 2: All Chapters within the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and in Nassau, Bahamas.
CAPITAL DISTRICT NO. 3: All Chapters within the states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and the Chapter of Bluefield, West Virginia.
POWER DISTRICT NO. 4: All Chapters within the state of Pennsylvania, excepting Sharon-Farrell.
GARDEN STATE DISTRICT NO. 5: All Chapters within the state of New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware.
EMPIRE DISTRICT NO. 6: All Chapters within the State of New York.
YANKEE DISTRICT NO. 7: All Chapters within the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the Chapter of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
BAY STATE DISTRICT NO. 8: All Chapters within the State of Massachusetts, excepting the Chapter at Pittsfield.
NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT NO.9: All Chapters within the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
AUTOMOTIVE DISTRICT NO. 10: All Chapters within the state of Michigan.
BUCKEYE DISTRICT NO. 11: All Chapters within the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and the Chapters at Weirton, Huntington, Wheeling, Clarksburg and Charleston, West Virginia and Sharon-Farrell, Pennsylvania.
HOOSIER DISTRICT NO. 12: All Chapters within the state of Indiana.
BLUE RIBBON DISTRICT NO. 13: All Chapters within the states of Illinois, Wisconsin.
GRAINFIELDS DISTRICT NO. 14: All Chapters within the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, all of Nebraska (excepting Bridgeport, Nebraska), and the St. Louis, Missouri Chapter No. 53
DELTA DISTRICT NO. 16: All Chapters within the states of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and all the Chapters in Kansas City, Missouri.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN DISTRICT NO. 17: All Chapters within the states of New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, the Chapter in Ely, Nevada and Chapter Bridgeport, Nebraska.
EL CAMINO REAL DISTRICT NO. 20: All Chapters within the state of Arizona, all Chapters in the city of and south of Bakersfield, California, the Chapters at Las Vegas, Nevada, and Hawaii.
GOLDEN GATE DISTRICT NO. 21: All Chapters north and exclusive of Bakersfield in California, and the Chapter at Reno, Nevada.
FIREWOOD DISTRICT NO. 22: All Chapters in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.
BEAVER DISTRICT NO. 23: All Chapters in the Provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Islands, and New Brunswick, Canada. ROYAL CANADIAN
DISTRICT NO. 24: All Chapters in Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, Canada.
HELLAS DISTRICT NO. 25: All Chapters situated within Greece.
CANADIAN DISTRICT NO. 26: All Chapters in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
CYPRUS DISTRICT NO. 27: All Chapters situated within Cyprus. (From the 2006 Supreme Convention until the 2007 Supreme Convention, the 2006-2007 Supreme Lodge, in consultation with District 25, will supervise the operation of a new 27th District for Chapters in Cyprus.)
EUROPEAN DISTRICT NO. 28: All Chapters situated in Europe with the exception of those listed above. (Beginning June 1, 2013, District 19 Shall Merge into District 17) (Beginning July 1, 2013, the Salt Lake City Utah Chapter No. 146 shall be transferred from the El Camino Real District No. 20 to a newly combined District No. 17 that shall be composed of the current District No. 17, 18 & 19.)
Section B THE AHEPA EMERGENCY FUND
(The Emergency Fund applies ONLY to members initiated or reinstated PRIOR to January 1, 1970) Upon the death of any member who was initiated or reinstated PRIOR to January 1, 1970, and who has remained in constant good standing with his Chapter and the Supreme Lodge, his beneficiary or beneficiaries shall be entitled to the sum of Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) subject, however, to the conditions hereinafter set forth: (Note: Any members either initiated in reinstated ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1970, regardless of age, SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE BENEFITS OF THE AHEPA EMERGENCY FUND).
1. Any member, who is in the arrears six (6) months in the payments of his dues, is not entitled to receive any benefits from the Emergency Fund.
2. No member who is sixty (60) or more years of age at the time he is reinstated, and no person sixty (60) or more years of age at the time of his initiation into the AHEPA shall be entitled to share in the Emergency Fund, if reinstated on or after January 1, 1938, or initiated on or after August 21, 1937
3. That no beneficiaries of a member who was not in good standing continuously for the twelve months immediately preceding the date of his death shall be entitled to receive any benefit from the AHEPA Emergency Fund.
4. No Supreme Lodge, or any Supreme Lodge Officer or any other person, shall have the right to pay any money or monies to the family of their deceased brother or to the beneficiary designated by the deceased brother, or to any other person from the AHEPA Emergency Fund unless the following requirements and conditions shall have been complied with as a condition of payment:
a) A letter must be dispatched to the Supreme Headquarters signed by the Chapter President and Chapter Secretary, certifying that a brother from the Chapter has died; that he was in good standing with the Chapter continuously for the twelve (12) months immediately preceding his death, and that he was of a certain age at the time of his initiation or reinstatement, as the case may be.
b) A certified copy of the certificate of death, obtained at the Department of Vital Statistics, must be sent to the Supreme Headquarters.
c) In the event no beneficiary is designated, Supreme Headquarters must receive a certified copy of the appointment of an Administrator or Executor.
5. The Cincinnati Supreme Convention, in 1941, made the following changes with respect to the amount of the death benefit accruing from the Emergency Fund to new and reinstated members (This legislation went into effect January 1, 1942). The Miami Supreme Convention, in 1949, increased the amount of benefit in the first two (2) age categories for new and reinstated members:
a) When members are fifty (50) years of age (but have not reached their sixtieth (60th) birthday) at the time of their initiation or reinstatement, they will be entitled to a death benefit of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).
b) When members are forty (40) years of age (but have not reached their fiftieth (50th) birthday) at the time of their initiation or reinstatement, they will be entitled to a death benefit of One Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($150.00).
c) When members are below forty (40) years of age at the time) of their initiation or reinstatement, they will be entitled to the full Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) death benefit.
RECAPITULATION OF RULES GOVERNING THE EMERGENCY FUND
(The following rules are only applicable to those members who were either initiated or reinstated PRIOR to January 1, 1970. Members initiated or reinstated ON AND AFTER January 1, 1970, are NOT eligible for the benefits of the Emergency Fund). All members who were initiated or reinstated prior to January 1, 1942, and who kept themselves continuously in good standing with their Chapters and the Headquarters are entitled to the full amount of the benefit ($200.00) with noted exceptions:
a. Members who at the time of their initiation have reached their sixtieth (60th) birthday will not be entitled to the death benefit (The rule went into effect August 21, 1937).
b. Members who at the time of their reinstatement have reached their sixtieth (60th) birthday will not be entitled to the death benefit (This rule went into effect January 1, 1938).
2. Members initiated or reinstated after December 31, 1941, at less than sixty (60) years of age, who kept themselves continuously in good standing with their Chapters and the Headquarters, will be entitled to a Death Benefit, the amount of which will depend upon their exact age at the time of their initiation or reinstatement, as cited above.
3. New Members and the reinstated members will be eligible to the death benefit after twelve (12) full months have elapsed from the date on which they were initiated or reinstated.
4. Members who at the time of their death are in arrears in the payment of their dues for six (6) full months or longer will NOT be entitled to the death benefit.
Section C ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
The 13th National Convention authorized the establishment of a Department of Athletics in the Order of AHEPA. The purpose of this department is to devise ways and means of bringing forward and developing the athletic talent within the AHEPA and its Junior Order, with a view of enabling those who possess it to take their place in the national and international competition of athletic events.
Section D HISTORICAL OBJECTIVES
The Order of AHEPA, and every member thereof shall always strive to teach, exemplify and achieve the following Objectives, Principles, and Ideals:
To promote and encourage loyalty to the member’s nation, allegiance to its flag, support to its Constitution, obedience to its laws and reverence for its history and traditions;
2. GOVERNMENTAL INSTRUCTION:
To instruct its members, by precepts and examples. in the tenets and fundamental principles of government, and in the recognition and respect of the inalienable rights of mankind;
To instill in every one of its members a due appreciation of the privileges of citizenship, and the sacred duties attendant therewith, and to encourage its members to always be profoundly interested and actively participating in the political, civic, social and commercial fields of human endeavor, and always to strive for the betterment of society;
4. ABHORRENCE OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION:
To awaken in every member an abhorrence of all political corruption, the destroyer of free institutions, and pledge its members to do their utmost to stamp out from this country every trace and influence of this evil;
5. PRESERVATION OF LIBERTIES:
To arouse mankind to the realization that tyranny, wherever it may exercise its baneful power, is a menace to the life, property, prosperity, honor, and integrity of every nation; and that the preservation of our liberties can be assured, only as this country becomes the Champion of Liberty and the Defender and Protector of all oppressed and downtrodden peoples;
6. PROMOTE HELLENISM:
To promote throughout the world, and especially in the United States of America, a better and more comprehensive understanding of the Hellenic Peoples and Nation, and to revive, cultivate, enrich and marshal into active service for Humanity the noblest attributes and highest ideals of true Hellenism;
7. PROMOTE MORALITY AND FELLOWSHIP:
To labor in every manner possible, and to utilize every means available for the perfection of the moral sense in its members; to promote good fellowship among them; to endow them with a spirit of altruism, common understanding, mutual benevolence and helpfulness; and to point out to them, in unmistakable methods, the advantages of education, the beauties of sacrifice and the deformities of selfishness;
8. CHAMPION EDUCATION:
To champion the cause of education; to support the American system of public schools and keep them free from religious prejudice; to promote and augment the educational advantages of this country; and to open, establish and maintain new channels for facilitating the dissemination of culture and learning; and
9. SUPPORT THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE:
To resist, by lawful means and methods, any tendency towards a union between the civil Government and any church or religion, and to repel the interference of any religion in governmental affairs.
Section E MOTHER LODGE NAMED AND DEFINED
The Mother Lodge of this Order is an Honorary Body, composed of its founders, who also constituted the original Supreme Lodge thereof, namely: Nicholas D. Chotas, Supreme President; James Campbell, Supreme Vice President; Harry Angelopoulos, Supreme Secretary and Treasurer; S. J. Stamos, Assistant Secretary; George A. Polos, John Angelopoulos, George Campbell and James Vlass, Supreme Governors. All candidates for membership in this Order shall be instructed upon their initiation that they owe respect and fealty to the Mother Lodge, whose Seat is in Atlanta, Georgia, where this Order was conceived and instituted.
Section F EMBLEM
The official emblem of the Order of AHEPA shall consist of a cross whose arms are of equal length over which shall fly the eagle on a background on the rising sun and in the foreground an olive branch whose stem shall be directed to the right of the cross, and two naked swords crossed with points directed downward. This is inscribed in the inner of two concentric circles with the tips of the eagle wings protruding beyond the outer circle, the words Order of AHEPA printed on top and between the circles, the word AHEPA printed on the bottom between the circles, and four stars between the circles on each side representing the Mother Lodge. That the official emblem as approved by the Order of AHEPA be used in Canada and by all Chapters and that the Maple Leaf, the official emblem of Canada be permitted to be used in the background of the official emblem of the Order of AHEPA, thereby indicating that the Chapters using the Maple Leaf belong to the Canadian Jurisdiction.
2016 Bylaws Convention Amendments
• Additions by: George G. Horiates, Esq, Supreme Counselor
• Formatted by: Wynn Storton PDG D20, Webmaster AHEPA.org
• Approved by: George G. Horiates, Esq, Supreme Counselor