Educational Foundation Reports


ANNUAL REPORT

January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018

           The Educational Foundation’s report corresponds to a calendar year 1-1-18 to 12-31-18 of activities and highlights.  Officers and members of the Educational Foundation from January 1, 2018 until July 31, 2018 were as follows. Chairman George Mortis, Vice-Chairman Penny Khorraminia, Treasurer Dino Stathis, members: Mark Przeslawski, Louis Kircos, Tina Prevas, Georgia Stathl, Elena Kerasiotis, Dr. Evans Farres Dist.#10 Gov. OA, Peggy Collias Dist.#10 Gov. DOP, Dimitris Papageorgiou Dist.#10 Lt.Gov.OA, Elaine Charalambopoulos Dist.#10 Lt. Gov. DOP.  In addition Milton Gust serving as Executive Secretary.

Our money manager is Tom Laskaris along with his partner Renato Jamett of Raymond James.

A total of five formal meetings were held.  Below are some of the important highlights. 

MARCH 3, 2018

The 2018 High School and College Applications were sent out to all AHEPA & Daughters of Penelope Chapters and to all Greek Orthodox Churches in Michigan.  In addition Lt. Gov. Papageorgiou e-mailed to various organizations as well as the AHEPA Website and on Malista.com. The deadline date for submission of the scholarships was 5:00pm est. April 1, 2018.

All chapter $100.00 obligations/contributions were sent out as well as all 2018 E-Club statements to the 2017 E-Club members. 

Committee’s were formed with the following acting as Chairman: (a) Finance & Investments Dino Stathis, (b) Public Relations & Fund Raising Penny Khorraminia, (c) E-Club & Scholarships Milton Gust, (d) Legal & By-Laws George Mortis, (e) Capital Fund Raising Project Elena Kerasiotis.  Under Capital Fund Raising over 180 letters were sent out.  PayPal account information was corrected to receive monies from donors.  A new database sorted by area, city was formed and calls were made to past recipients.

Chairman George Mortis passed out a new updated donor’s packet that will be used to hopefully secure new scholarship donations.

Our new accounting system is working well along with the help by Chairman George Mortis & Dimitris Papageorgiou

The 2018 District Convention would be held on May 19th in Ann Arbor at the St. Nick’s Greek Church Center.

President John Hatzis & Vice-Pres. Lou Kircos of Omega #371 present a detailed proposal of what the Omega Chapter would like to implement in conjunction with the Educational Foundation.  Basically they proposed to fund at least 4 scholarships for a 10 year period. (1)  $5,000 high school need, (2) $2,500 high school merit, (3) a $2,500 college merit, (4) $2,500 High school need.  In addition to also give $1,000 per year to the Foundation to implement the proposal.  The proposal was unanimously accepted.  In addition, the Foundation will give out 2 $500.00 special awards to the best high school and college essay that is submitted.

Scholarship donors were asked to submit a brief bio on why they started their award, which then would be incorporated into this year’s scholarship brochure, 

A pay pal account was established on the District Web-Site for those who wish to make a donation to the Educational Foundation.

The Executive Secretary requested that all Board members check on the status of scholarship applications when they get back to their chapters.  Again, the deadline date is April 1st 5:00 pm est

APRIL 21, 2018

The on line E-Club account had very little if any donations and if there are no donations in a given month there is a charge.  At the upcoming convention we should make a big push to see if the program is viable.

As of this meeting the 2018 E-Club has 117 paid members.   Board Members were encouraged to get other members in their respective chapters to join the E-Club.

The 2018 raffle will again be held with tickets being sold, 1 for $10, 3 for $20, & 10 for $50.  Drawing will be during the mid-year conference.

Chairman George Mortis & Gov. Dimitris Papageorgiou gave an update on the new system of accounting procedures of tracking all the funds of the Foundation and especially how the unused scholarship monies would be tracked.

The Foundation gave out 16 high school and 21 college scholarships totaling a recor $58,150.00

Using the new evaluation and scoring process the following students were selected to receive the following awards.

HIGH SCHOOL

1      Thales Koulios, Ted Vlahon $1,150.00

2      Dylan Sherman, Steve & Anna Mae Vlahon $1,150

3      Helena Petrouleas, Pericles & Catherine Kallis $1,150

4      Sam Raphtis, Chris & Betty Batryames $1,150

5      Jack Tsalis, Nicholas & Helen Masters $1,150

6      Andrew Carson, James & Helen Alexander $1,150

7      Elena Tyler, Thomas & Pauline Litos $1,150

8      Maria Manolias, Christina Kallos Przeslawski $1,150

9      Theodore Niforos, Tecos Family $1,150

10    Evan Theros, Louis & Mary Pisley $1,350

11    Evyenia Craprotta,Dr. George Kouskoulas $1,500

12    Theodore Kardasis, Peter Prevas $1,650

13    Sophie Mehl, Socrates & Georgia Sekles $2,150

14    Philip Palazzola, Ahepa Omega #371 $2,500

15    Steven Brylinski Ahepa Omega #371 $2,500

16    Madelyn Borchardt, Ahepa Omega R371 $5,000

COLLEGE

1      John Hauck, Leo Alexander $1,000

2       Angelos Bairactaris, Pet4r Stathis $1,000

3       Stephen Philippou, Iphthime #66 $1,000

4       Claire Duncan, Iris #242DOP $1,000

5      Jacqueline Kosmas, Olga & George Yeotis $1,150

6       Petros Besieris, Basil Inempolidis $1,150

7      Konstandinos Bakoulas, Sam & Georgia Gianoplos $1,150

8      Harilaos Vouharas, Knossos $374 DOP $1,150

9      Christina Clinton, Joint Dist.#10 Ahepa/DOP $1,150

10   Jonathan Theros, George & Nita Mortis $1,150

11   Dimitri Przeslawski, C.Gus & Marge Paron $1,150

12   Athena Chapekis, Kostos Kostopoulos $1,150

13   Kenneth Joynt, Milton Gust Honor $1,400

14   Socrates Papageorgiou, Ahepa Dearborn #374 $1,500

15   Jordan George, Thamyris #272 $1,650

16   Nicholas Zingas, 30th Anniversary $1,650

17   Othan Edonomopoulos, T.K. Zampetis Family Foundation $2,150

18   Christopher Mitropoulos Rundus, Sam & Estelle Spounias $2,150

19   Stephanie Gryebet, Bill & Dina Papanos $2,150

20   Artemis Vouharas, E-Club Award $2,150

21   Demetrios Stathis, Ahepa Omega #371 $2,500


In Addition, two scholarships of $500.00 each were awarded to the best high school and college essays.

They went to Dimitrios Stathis and Theodore Niforos.

Once again, the Foundation Board wishes to thank Dr. Mike Syropoulos and Sister Kiki Seckles for all their help with the Pre-Screening of all the scholarship applications that were submitted for consideration of a possible award.  Also, to Sister Calliope Duncan for all her work on preparing the beautiful Gold & Blue certificated that each recipient receives besides their monetary award.

A decision was made in in reference to the Foundation concern regarding the cost of the recipient’s dinner’s at the awards banquet.  An agreement was finalized that the recipient’s dinners would be divided by 4 which means that the AHEPA & DOP District Lodges along with the host chapter and the Foundation each would pay 1/4 of the total net cost for the recipient dinners.

JUNE 2, 2018

Election for Foundation Board officers for the 2018-2019 were held.  George Mortis was again elected as Chairman, Penny Khorraminia as Vice-Chairman, Dino Stathis as Treasurer.  Milton Gust was again re-appointed unanimously as Executive Secretary.

E-Club paid members now stand at 162 for the 2018 year.

District Governor Dimitri Papageorgiou and Brother Milton Gust are to work on refining the 2 foundation scholarships applications. 

An audit committee was proposed and the AHEPA selected Brothers Chris Spounias and Dr.John George as the AHEPA’s representatives to this committee.  The DOP is to select two members also.  This would be an internal audit. The Board will hire an outside CPA to do a final audit for 2019.

Again the Foundation will have a raffle with a cash prize and other donated prizes.  The cost of the tickets again are 1 for $10., 3 for $20, and 10 for $50.  Drawing will be at the Mid-Year Conference on Nov. 3, 2018.

Also the Foundation is bonded with Travelers Insurance Company until 6-1-20 for $1,000,000.00

JULY 7, 2018

The Executive Secretary passed out the E-Club list to all liaison members indicating who has not as of yet paid their 2018 dues.  As of this meeting the E-Club stands at 189 paid members.

Two new scholarships were received by the Foundation.  One from the Iphthime #66 DOP along with a check for $5,000.00 to start their award, and one from District Governor Peggy Collias along with a check for $1,000.00 to start a scholarship in her mother name called the Shirley P. Collias Scholarship.

Chairman George Mortis indicated that the IRS #990 is ready with only two minor corrections need to be made.

Committee assignments for 2018-2019 were presented with the following members as Chairman.  Scholarship Awards: Tina Prevas & Georgia Stahl, E-Club: Milton Gust, Public Relations & Fund Raising: Penny Khorraminia, Capital Fund Raising: Elena Kerasiotis, Auditing: Dino Stathis, Summary of changes to Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act that affect Nonprofit Corporations and IRS regulations: Dino Stathis.

Raffle ticket were distributed to all liaison members present.  The others will be mailed out by the Executive Secretary.

OCTOBER 13, 2018

Chairman George Mortis indicated that the IRS #990 is complete and has been submitted.

The E-Club membership now stands at 204 paid.

The By-Law Committee is to meet and review our present by-laws and make suggestion and or clarification for possible consideration at the upcoming district convention.

E-mails were sent to all Presidents of the AHEPA & DOP requesting that they send whatever raffle stubs and monies that they have so that we have an idea on how we are doing in regards to the raffle.

Governor Dimitris Papageorgiou moved to raise the minimum named scholarship awards from $1,000.00 to $1,500.00.  Also to try and give out at least 30 District awards plus and one time awards.

Executive Secretary Milton Gust suggested that since the scholarship award level is to be raised to $1,500.00 he recommends that the chapter obligation level should also be raised from $100.00 to $150.00.  A resolution is to be presented at the upcoming convention regarding this recommendation.

The District Convention will be on May 18, 2019 at the St. George Southgate Center.

Our new fillable PDF high school and college applications will be on the AHEPA Dist.#10 Web-Site as well as on Malista.com

District #10 Scholarship Donation Report:

As of December 31, 2018 the following chapters of the Order of Ahepa and the Daughters of Penelope, have  paid their $100.00 District #10 Scholarship donation

     O.A.           ALL HAVE PAID                    

     D.O.P.        ALL HAVE PAID

It is hoped that all chapters will participate and send in their chapter’s donation early so that it can earn interest.  Again a chapter is requested to donate $100.00 per year, and it is due as of January 1st for the following year.

 DISTRICT #10 E-CLUB DONATION REPORT:

The “E” Club was conceived and implemented by late Brothers John Athans and Theodore Skartsiaris.  In essence the “E” Club” is a means of raising funds for scholarships.  Membership is $25.00 per person annually or more.  For this $25.00 or more a member receives a membership card and has their name printed in the annual “E-Club brochure”.  As of December 31st 214 members paid $25.00 or more towards the 2018 E-Club. Special thanks go to the Aegean (45), Thamyris (33), Flint (20) Doris (13), Lansing (14), V.I. Chebithes (13), Grand Rapids (12), Alpha-Bloomfield (19), Dares-Dearborn (12), Saginaw (14), Ann Arbor (17), Muskegon (8), for their tremendous effort in trying to get as many members to join as possible. 

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE DISTRICT #10 EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION TO THE 88th ANNUAL DISTRICT #10 CONVENTION.

1.    That chapter presidents report a liaison officer (new or existing) to the Educational Foundation’s Executive Secretary in order to have a direct line of communication between the Educational Foundation and the local chapter.

2.    That each and every individual in both Orders take a more active part in the goals of the Foundation including:

a.    Joining the E-Club

b.    Circulating and encouraging applicants for scholarship awards

Promptly submitting of the chapter scholarship dues of $100.00, preferably in January or February.  This will help us earn more interest.

3.    That the District Secretaries of each Order forward a list of newly elected chapter presidents, their

Addresses and telephone numbers to the Foundation immediately following this convention and that it

be a requirement hereafter.

4.    That careful consideration should be given to this year’s election of members to the Educational

Foundation to fill the following terms expiring this year.

a.    Ahepa must elect a  4 year term member

b.    D.O.P. must elect a  4 year term member


NOW THAT WE ARE A 501(c)(3) TAX-EXEMPT CORPORATION:

Those individuals both in the Order of AHEPA as well as the Daughters of Penelope or various chapters in both Orders consider the possibility of initiating a commemorative or memorial scholarship and such funds to be administered by the Educational Foundation.  It is felt by the Foundation, that there are many leading and prominent families in our district as well as chapters that may wish to initiate these types of awards but were unaware as to the procedure.  By contacting the Foundation they would receive the necessary information in order to initiate such an endeavor.  

   

As Aristotle said “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth”.  

                                                                       Respectfully submitted,

                                                                       Milton A. Gust

                                                                       Executive Secretary

For the Order of AHEPA District #10 Educational Board Members: Chairman, George Mortis, Vice-Chairman, Penny Khorraminia , Dino Stathis Treasurer, Dr. Evans Farres Lt. Gov.OA, Dorothea Williams, Gov. DOP, Mark Przeslawski, Tina Prevas, Elena Kerasiotis, Georgia Stahl, Lou Kircos Dimitris Papageorgiou Gov OA, Elaine Charalambopoulos, Lt.Gov. DOP                               

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