The American Hellenic Educational
Progressive Association (AHEPA) is by far the largest Greek-American
organization. Its scope is international - with chapters in the United
States, Canada, Australia, Greece and Cyprus.
AHEPA was founded July 26, 1922, in Atlanta, Georgia, by visionary
Americans of Greek descent to protect Hellenes from the evils of bigotry
and to help assimilate them into American society in the early 20th
Although a majority of the membership is composed of Americans of
Hellenic descent, application for membership is open to everyone who
believes in the mission of the organization that is to promote the
values of Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility,
Family and Individual Excellence.
AHEPA's North American structure is organized in 25 Districts.
Our District No. 22, like the rest of the Districts, defines a local
AHEPA Family group which is composed of four affiliated,
cooperating, but autonomous organizations:
The men's organization: AHEPA
The wonen's organization: DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE
The male youth's organization: SONS OF PERICLES and,
The female youth's organization: MAIDS OF ATHENA
of the above organizations is defined by a number of popular Chapters
situated within our
Oregon and Washington States' defined
To learn more about our AHEPA Family or
how to join one of the AHEPA organizations' Chapter, please visit:
Our District 22 AHEPA,
DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE,
SONS OF PERICLES or
MAIDS OF ATHENA pages OR
The AHEPA National Headquarters' page:
For Membership Applications, please visit our Forms/Documents Page.
...BELIEVE IT or NOT (if you plan
to join our AHEPA Family!!)
The AHEPA Firwood District 22 has an impressive
and long history
in our region.
Modern internet search tools enabled our researchers to trace the origins
of AHEPA Firwood District 22 deep in antiquity going back to the times when
Mount Olympus -- namely the highest peak in Washington State Olympic
Peninsula's mountainous range and not 'the other' mountain in Greece -- was
considered to be the home of the Greek-American Gods!
Excavations at Olympia, the Capital of Washington State, (many ill
humored scholars still argue that the Olympia referenced in the
excavation is actually the Ancient Olympia in Greece) brought to light a
beautiful bronze relief, displayed below, depicting the First AHEPA
Family in the US Pacific Northwest!!
Ahepan Zeus sits on his throne holding
a Pacific Northwest Red Fir tree (erroneously believed to be a
thunderbolt!) as Maid Athena, wearing a helmet and brandishing a spear
and shield, emerges from his head. The Daughter of Penelope Eileithyia
serves as midwife and the Son of Pericles Hephaestus moves away, after
having split Ahepan Zeus' skull with his axe, (have a Son to see good
Bronze relief depicting the Birth of Athena, shield band panel, 8.6 cm, c. 550 BCE
Olympia Museum, Olympia, Greece.
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