Man of the Year Dr Nicholas Romas, Professor of Urology at Columbia University Medical Centre, was honored by AHEPA with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday 2nd December for his commitment to serving humanity through his profession and offering care and guidance for his fellow Ahepans.
The awarding ceremony was part of the 15th Annual Initiation and Luncheon held by the Order of AHEPA New Rochelle James Plevritis- Joseph C. Keane Chapter #405 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York.
The event which was very well attended, also included the initiation of new members of the chapter and afterwards those present enjoyed the luncheon that was followed by the award presentation.
Fr. Nicholas Anctil- presiding priest of Holy Trinity Church in New Rochelle and assisting priest Fr. Patrick O’Rourke gave the invocation after the Chapter’s President Joseph C. Keane had extended a warm welcome to all attendees.
Supreme President Carl Hollister was the keynote speaker at the AHEPA luncheon. In his speech, he referred to AHEPA’s numerous programs and scholarships across the world and nationwide which benefit the lives of many people every day and also said that success is not the only thing that matters, stressing the importance of giving back to our fellow human beings.
Hollister also talked about the documentary film Greece Year Zero and the agreement between AHEPA and the film’s producers to hold screenings for AHEPA chapters, schools, and churches as of January 5 in order to raise awareness of what is really happening in Greece. The president also called for more direct investment in Greece to alleviate fellow Greeks’ suffering. To this effect, he mentioned the example set by John Calamos- founder and chairman of Calamos Investments as well as the purchase of Ethniki Hellenic General Insurance.
The honouree Dr Nicholas Romas was introduced by his son-in-law Harry Wilson who made note of the fact that the room was full of Ahepans who had received the distinguished doctor’s medical services. He also attributed Romas’ wonderful character to his Greek heritage.
Nicholas Romas was born to Greek immigrant parents in upstate New York. His father was one of the first AHEPA members back in 1922. Dr Romas has done extensive research in the field of urology and has dedicated his life to treating patients. Apart from his scientific achievements, he also served as Major in the United States Air Force.