AHEPA Convention Elects George E. Loucas as Supreme President
By Philip Chrysopoulos*
The delegates of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA) elected George E. Loucas Supreme President at their 96th Annual Family Supreme Convention, held this past July in Atlantic City, N.J.
Loucas, of Novelty, Ohio, ran unopposed in elections that were held July 26, with the formal installation ceremonies held on July 27.
“It is an honor and privilege to be elected AHEPA Supreme President, and I am humbled to carry the mantle of leadership for our Order,” Loucas said. “My sincere appreciation is given to the convention delegates who placed their love, support and trust in me to lead this remarkable organization in the coming year.”
“The need to provide community service and humanitarian assistance is ongoing, both in the United States and abroad, as we have witnessed with the deadly and devastating wildfires in Greece,” Loucas said. “I am eager to work with our AHEPA family, and the diaspora, to address this crisis, as well as other challenges that may come our way. Separately, the promotion of Hellenic ideals will always be a priority for AHEPA, and I pledge to keep AHEPA on a steady path set forth by my predecessors with a spirit that is true to our mission.
Loucas is a 37-year member of Chapter 480, North Royalton, Ohio. He has served AHEPA in numerous leadership positions, including supreme vice president. In addition, he comes from an AHEPA legacy of leaders. His grandfather, George, served as Supreme President in 1959. As supreme president his responsibilities include being the chief executive officer, and principal spokesperson, of the entire AHEPA domain, which includes chapters in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
The new AHEPA Supreme President is a pharmacist and 3rd generation lawyer. He founded Loucas Law in 1995 with a vision of helping families who have suffered catastrophic injuries and wrongful death in the area of complex civil litigation. He is a leader in fighting Drug Overdose Death (Drug OD) cases from prescription painkillers.
He graduated from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, where he received his Juris Doctor degree, and West Virginia University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. He became a Registered Pharmacist and worked in the pharmaceutical industry while attending law school.
George E. Loucas is married to Sandra Loucas and they have a son, Max, and a daughter, Lexi.
During the Convention in Atlantic City, the Order of AHEPA was immediately mobilized to come up with a plan for the Wild Fires in Greece. Past Supreme President Hollister asked Dr. Zenon Christodoulou to take charge and mobilize our Emergency Response team and the Charitable Fundraising efforts. Upon election the new Supreme President George Loucas ratified the appoint of Dr, Christodoulou and he tasked him to coordinate our national posture on this program.
AHEPA immediately announced the collection of $100,000 within 48 hours of the fires. The committee along with members of the Supreme Lodge have been reaching out to members and chapters to make sure they donate to our efforts. A 10 point “Boots on the Ground” announcement was made August 6 and chapters from around the world started to coordinate.
The organization also sent two medical containers, one to the Evangelismos Hospital in Athens and another container to the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki. The estimated value of both of these container exceed $1.5Million. Moreover, Supreme President Loucas travelled to the devastated areas in September.
Also, under the direction of Supreme President George Loucas, Chairman of the AHEPA Educational Foundation for 2018, George Vorkas nnounced the 2018 AHEPA Educational Foundation Scholarship winners.
“This year we had over 600 applications for National Scholarships. We are pleased to present a balanced list of winners comprising educational excellence, financial need, and under graduate, graduate and seminarian level students” stated Vorkas.
Supreme President George Loucas was “pleased to see so many individuals looking to the AHEPA for assistance while attending college.”
The Order of AHEPA on a local, state and national level awards nearly $2Million annually in educational scholarships with over 400 active chapters worldwide. “We are very proud of our youth, and their families and look forward to their involvement in the AHEPA when their education is completed,” stated Loucas.
Part of this story were first published in usa.greekreporter.com.