"Led by Democrat Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis and Republican Wyoming State Senator Stephan Pappas and a group of eleven bipartisan Hellenic-American elected officials from across the United States have signed and sent letters to the Vice Mayor Stratos Amigdalos of the Greek island of Kastellorizo and also communicated their message to South Aegean Governor George Hatzimarkos, expressing their support for the community in the face of Turkish threats in the region." Read more from Hellenic News click/tap here.
Greek Language / Yianopoulos Tribute
In St Augustine, Florida, regarding community outreach and Greek education - Honoring the founder, Ioannis Giannopoulos, of the 1st Greek school in the America in 1760. The January 22, 2020 event's ceremony facilitated the transfer of the statue of Yiannopoulos to the United States from Tripoli, Greece. Present were Federation of Hellenic-American Educators President Stella Kokolis, Prometheus Association President Meropi Kyriakou, and Rhode Island’s Greek-American State Senator Leonidas Raptakis. "The bust of Ioannis Giannopoulos will travel to St. Augustine, Florida on March 7, 2020. It should be noted that the event is part of the series of events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Revolution of 1821." Click/tap on graphics to see the videos and read The National Herald articles...
TAMPA, FL – January 5, 2020 – Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended the AHEPA Epiphany Grand Banquet at Tampa Bay's The Innisbrook Resort. In addition the referring to the Mediterranean's political climate the Greek Prime Minister stressed the importance and key areas of the American Greek community’s practical relationship with Greece.
Present were Mareva Mitsotakis, Stelios Petsas, Haris Lalakos, Alexandra Papadopoulou, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Rep. Michael Bilirakis, RI State Sen. Leonidas Raptakis, Tarpon Springs Mayor Chris Alahouzos, and Pancretan Association of America President Eleftherios Dramitinos. Read the complete story at and by: The National Herald.
At the SS Hellas Liberty Museum in Piraeus Port, Greece -
Ambassador Geoffery Pyatt stated “the Greek shipping industry serves as a stabilizing force in the region that is grappling with a range of geostrategic challenges.” State Senator Lou Raptakis spoke about the heroic effort, in which he and others present that night played major roles, to find a Liberty ship. The ship found was 1 of only 3 remaining in the world converted into the museum. Raptakis also noted that his father made 11 Atlantic voyages during the war before settling in the USA and enlisting in the US Army. For details: Read/Click/Tap Here: Greek Memorial Planned. Initial story by Kathimerini, The Trust Project.
Greek News Online: "Providence, RI – State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) and the Newport Hellenic community hosted a celebration of Greek Independence Day at the Rhode Island State House, bringing together state leaders and members of the Hellenic community to recognize the 197th anniversary of Greece’s independence. This is the twenty-sixth consecutive celebration of the event, which included the Consul General of the Hellenic Republic Stratos Efthymiou meeting with Rhode Island Senate President Domenic Ruggerio." Read more at: Community-Greece-Headline
"Senator Raptakis and St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Hellenic community host the celebration of 197th anniversary of Greek Independence Day and the Feast of the Annunciation at RI State House
Greek Consul General Efthymiou joins local Greek leaders, elected officials in celebration of Greek heritage
STATE HOUSE – State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) and the Newport Hellenic community hosted a celebration of Greek Independence Day at the Rhode Island State House, bringing together state leaders and members of the Hellenic community to recognize the 197th anniversary of Greece’s independence. This is the twenty-sixth consecutive celebration of the event, which included the Consul General of the Hellenic Republic Stratos Efthymiou meeting with Rhode Island Senate President Domenic Ruggerio.
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A long-time member of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association, Sen. Raptakis has worked on a range of RI legislation policy issues impacting not only Greece but many European nations. Please like the Senator on Facebook.