Phocion Chapter #44
Sons of Pericles are searching for male youths ages 14-27, who are interested in taking pride in their Hellenic heritage. Anyone who is interested can contact President Alex Athanassiadis.
2016 – 2017 officers
Sons of Pericles
Eleven young greeks, with a spirit which equalled that of their ancestors, conceived the idea of and organized the Sons of Pericles. Together with the aid of some AHEPANS from the Manchester Chapter, these young men were the first members of the Order and are known collectively as the Mother Lodge of the Sons of Pericles
The first chapter named itself the “Queen City Chapter.” Its first officers were installed on February 3, 1926. Within a year, the first national convention was held in Lowell, MA with 14 chapters in the fraternity. In 1928, in Detroit, MI the Sons were recognized as the Junior Order of AHEPA. In 1932 at the Convention in Akron, OH, the order expanded its jurisdiction into Montreal, Canada.
In 1938, an excursion to Greece gave the Sons the inspiration for the first of many national projects. A visit to Missolonghi inspired the dedication of a monument to the heroes of the war of Greek Independence. After approval of both Houses of Congress, the monument was presented as an expression of goodwill from America to Greece. The first national basketball tournament was held in 1940 with Pittsburg, PA #112 taking top honors. The first Camp-Olympic was held and run by AHEPANS that summer. After a respite during the war years (1942-1946), a new Supreme Lodge was elected. In 1949, Supreme Governor Stergios Milonas met with a fatal accident, and a scholarship was established in his memory.
In 1971, the Sons of Pericles and the Maids of Athena undertook the same National project for the first time, raising over $30,000 for Multiple Sclerosis. Also, the National newsletter, Eleftheri Zoi, came into Prominence.
In 1982, the Sons and Maids, in continued cooperation, held the first biannual youth salute. The first honoree was Senator Paul Sarbanes, with Sargent Shriver (1984), Ike Pappas (1986), and George Gekas (1988) to follow. In 1985 the Sons of Pericles raised $10,000 in order to bring the Greek Special Olympics team to the International Games in Utah. The Periclean was revived as the Sons Newsletter to better serve the membership. In 1989, the Sons of Pericles reached 2,248 members, the highest total since World War II.