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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 Century.
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
 

Each one of the above organizations is defined by a number of popular Chapters situated within our
Oregon and Washington States' defined District.

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: "How to Join AHEPA!"

 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 done!).

Bronze relief depicting the Birth of Athena, shield band panel, 8.6 cm, c. 550 BCE
Olympia Museum, Olympia, Greece.

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