Northwest and Pacific Notes – March 2017

E. John Rumpakis and wife and author Cleo Rumpakis

MAJOR GIFT: The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) in Washington, D.C. received a major gift of $175,000 from E. John and Cleo Rumpakis of Portland, OR. AHI’s Foundation Library will be rededicated and named in honor of the donors. The donation is one of the largest gifts received by AHIF, and will go toward the AHI’s Foundation Library in Hellenic House in the Nation’s Capital. “We are deeply grateful to E. John and Cleo Rumpakis for their immense generosity,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “Their gift will enhance the Foundation’s ability to be a resource for the community. We will now be able to properly catalog, restore and present the more than 1,000 volumes, archival materials and historical documents in our possession, thereby creating a remarkable library that will serve the community as one of the most unique collections on Greece, Cyprus and the southeast Mediterranean.”

Mr. Rumpakis said. “Over the years, AHI has proven it holds true to the rule of law, especially to the principle that no one, or nation, is above it. AHI actively engages with Congress, the White House and State Department, keeping them informed and updated on policy developments. AHI has earned their respect and is a proven resource through the Institute’s programs.”

He and his wife also pointed out that the AHI Foundation helps to educate the youth about the civic and political processes through internships and raises awareness of Hellenism through seminars and conferences throughout the world. Portland’s Oregonian newspaper cited the couple’s longstanding relationship with AHI, recognizing it as a viable and stable organization through its strong leadership and worthy of their major gift to the AHI Foundation.

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American think-tank and public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community. Go to or Twitter @TheAHIinDC for more information.


Cleo Rumpakis’ book, Hellenic Tour USA: Capturing History

HELLENIC TRAVEL BOOK: In November 2016, Cleo Adeline Rumpakis’ well-researched Hellenic Tour USA: Capturing History, a 392-page paperback travel book, was published. Arranged alphabetically by state, the book chronicles the Greek American experience with history briefs of Greeks in the U.S. and shares things to see: monuments, works of art, noted personalities, museums, early or unique Greek Orthodox Churches, Sister Cities, and more. Hellenic Tour USA gives contact information, websites, phone numbers, and addresses. It is a book perfect for trips. Cleo’s father, Charalambos Adelinis, came from Cephalonia to work in the lumber industry before settling in Yakima where he had a restaurant. He later bought a dairy farm where he and his Greek-born wife, Clio, raised their children—Tony, Kathy and Cleo. Go to or call 1-503-281-8141 for the $15 travel book.

NW GOYA RETREAT: The 2017 Lent Retreat at Holy Trinity Cathedral March 17-19 sees the return of The Amazing Race where teenagers from Oregon and Washington will see Portland, OR, through an amazing photographic trip on foot and also learn about the Lenten journey that leads to Pascha. Portland Orthodox families will house visiting GOYAns. For details on activities, cost, scholarships, and registration, contact

FAMILY WELLNESS: Fr. Athanasios (Tom) Tsagalakis and Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis of Holy Apostles Church in Shoreline, WA and Fr. Timothy Pavlatos and his Presvytera Vicki Pavlatos, professional family photographer, of St. John the Baptist Church in Beaverton, OR were among the leaders for the Metropolis Family Wellness retreat held at Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco February 3 and 4 and headed by Metropolitan Gerasimos and Bishop Apostolos.



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