District 28 mid-term-Conference – Munich 27-29 January

District 28 held its 2023 mid-term Conference in Munich on January 27-29. This highly successful
Conference was hosted by the local Chapter A618 “Friedrich von Thiersch” and was attended by
53 delegates from western European countries with large Greek communities such as Germany,
United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria, as well as representatives of District 25
AHEPA Hellas. AHEPA Supreme Secretary, Savas Tsivicos, also attended the event accompanied by
District 28 Governor Dimosthenis Mammonas.

An informal AHEPA Family dinner took place on the eve of the Conference at the Cretan restaurant
“MINOA” in the outskirts of the city. Almost 80 AHEPA Family members had an amazing time with
the Supreme Secretary cutting the District 28 traditional vassilopita and receiving a special award
from A618 Chapter President Christos Kafasis for his contribution to promoting Hellenism. This
was followed by a “live” Cretan music and dancing program which entertained participants until
late night!!

During the official part of the Conference, Supreme Secretary had the opportunity to install
officials of our newest Chapter in Europe, A624 “Achilleas” in Stuttgart. This was followed by a
mass initiation ceremony with the new members coming from most of our European Chapters. In
his introductory remarks, Supreme Secretary Tsivicos praised District 28 Governor and Lodge’s
work calling upon our European brothers to continue their path of growth and expansion in the
old continent where the presence of Hellenism has been boosted these last years.

District 28 officials and Chapter Presidents presented their rich activities since the last Convention
in Frankfurt (June 2022) and discussed about joint actions to enhance the promotion of Hellenism,
philanthropy, education and civic responsibility in the countries where they live and work. In this
context, District 28 Treasurer Savvas Apostolidis presented the state of play of our AHEPA National
Project related to the establishment of a post-doctoral program on Greek living dialects at the
University of Iena in Germany.

Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas virtually addressed participants together with Supreme
Governor Region 10, Yiannis Mitropoulos and Past District Governor Georgios Kritikos. Kokotas
encouraged delegates to continue their amazing work in Europe by further pursuing their
philanthropic, educational and social activities that could have a huge impact on local
communities. Following a relevant presentation by D28 Secretary, Ioannis Amoutzas, it was
decided that the annual District 28 Convention will take place from June 23 to 25 in London.
During their stay in Munich, Conference participants and guests had inter alia the opportunity to
visit the city center, hold an official dinner at the luxurious restaurant in Munich’s City Hall with a
number of prominent local officials, including the Greek Consul to Munich, Vassilios Gouloussis
and the Spanish Consul to the city, Miguel-Angel Boixareu, and learn more about the close
historical ties between Greece and the State of Bavaria.

Finally, on Sunday, January 29, District 28 Governor, officials and Chapter delegates followed the
Holy Mass at the historical Church of the Transformation of the Savior (“Metamorfossi tou
Sotiros”) in the old city of Munich. They were welcomed by the priest and Archiepiscopal
Commissioner for Public Relations with the Bavarian State, Father Apostolos Malamoussis, who
explained the Church’s rich history and offered an album related to the famous Greek scientist
Konstantinos Karathodori, who lived and died in Munich.