On July 26, 1922, eight Greek Americans, created an organization that would help combat ignorance and intolerance. They met at the Greek OrthodoxChurch in Atlanta, Georgia, and laid the foundation for the National Organization known as the American Hellenic Educational ProgressiveAssociation (AHEPA). The organization was founded to protect individuals from the evils of bigotry and discrimination. The Order of AHEPA, is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, Greece and Cyprus.
On November 2, 1926, twenty-six Americans of Greek heritage met in the old Eagle Hall on Church Street in Norfolk, VA and formed the Robert E Lee, Chapter 122, Order of AHEPA. The first president was Brother Sam Douros and the first Secretary was George Pahno who served in that capacity for almost half a century. In the modern era, the brothers of AHEPA have been active by serving at the National and District levels: Gus James II served as Supreme President; John Parker, Theodore Boyce and Paul Angelson served as Supreme Governors; Ted Maroulis and Nicholas Gretakis served as District Governors; Nick Harrison served as Lieutenant Governor and Michael Savvides served as National Chairman of Cyprus and Hellenic affairs.
The Mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.