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AHI Hosts Reception in Appreciation of Col. Neroulias
July 9, 2016—No. 29 (202) 785-8430

AHI Hosts Reception in Appreciation of Col. Neroulias

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted a reception in appreciation for Col. Andreas Neroulias, June 6, 2016, at the 3 West Club, New York City.  Col. Nerouilas is the founder and organizer of AHI’s monthly networking receptions that have been held in Manhattan for 20 years.  The June 6 reception marked his “retirement” from his position as president of AHI’s New York Chapter, a position he has held since 2001.

AHI President Nick Larigakis presented Col. Neroulias with a plaque that stated in part, “In appreciation for two decades of public service to the Greek American community and dedication to the mission of the American Hellenic Institute, for the promotion of Hellenism, strengthening relations between Greece, Cyprus, and the United States, and his generous commitment of time, support, and inspiration to the members and friends of the AHI New York Chapter.”

Larigakis added, “Andoni, you came to me and were interested in facilitating AHI’s efforts in New York, and I could not think of anyone more worthy to do this and you proved us correct over the last 20 years.”

In acceptance, Col. Neroulias stated how moved he was by the recognition and how blessed he is to claim three countries as his homeland—Greece, Cyprus and the United States. Greece, his birthplace, gave him a big heart to appreciate culture, art and history.  

2016pr29Col. Andonios Neroulias proudly displays his plaque and is flanked by his wife, Eva (at left), and daughter, Laura (at right).

“In 1956, America adopted me and taught me how to think objectively and logically,” he said.

And Cyprus is where Col. Neroulias got married to his Cypriot wife, Eva, and gifted him with a beautiful Cypriot family of two daughters and grandchildren.

Dignitaries in attendance were: Greece’s new consul general in New York, Dr. Konstantinos Koutras; Ambassador Yannis Vrailas, Consul Manos Koubarakis, and Argyris Argitakos, AHEPA Delphi Chapter 25 President.  Ambassador Vasilios Philippou, Cyprus’ high commissioner, was unable to attend but he sent congratulations.  Dean Sirigos served as Master of Ceremonies.

Lou Katsos, a leader in the real estate and construction management industry for over 35 years, and president of his own firm, Jekmar Associates and Inc., will take over as president of AHI’s New York Chapter.

The American Hellenic Institute is an independent non-profit Greek American public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.


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