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1986 Speaker - Mr. John G. Plumides

Former Supreme President of the National Order of AHEPA

Mr. John G. Plumides was a man devoted to his Hellenic heritage. Throughout his life, Plumides was heavily involved in the AHEPA, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, founded to encourage Americans of Greek descent to promote the virtues of Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence. As a Life member of AHEPA, Plumides joined the Marathon Chapter No. 2 in Charlotte, SC, in 1950. He held a multitude of offices within the organization, including:

  • District Governor of Capital District No. 3
  • Chairman of the AHEPA Cyprus and Hellenic Affairs Committee
  • Supreme Convention Chairman
  • Supreme Counselor
  • Supreme Secretary
  • Supreme Vice-President

Plumides’ greatest honor within the organization came in 1963 when, at the age of 36, he became the organization’s youngest Supreme President, an office he held once again in 1986.

Plumides both completed his undergraduate education and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his practice in 1953 and served in the U.S. Army for the next two years during the Korean conflict. After leaving the service, Plumides banded with his brother to form the Plumides Law Firm. As a lawyer, Plumides’ victories often had a great impact on North Carolina civil and criminal law, and in 2003, he was recognized by the state Bar Association for fifty years of practice.

Plumides was not only a successful lawyer and an active member of the AHEPA, but he was also involved in politics, as well as religion. A Democrat, he was involved with the party on local and national levels, serving as:

  • Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (twice)
  • Winner of the Democratic primaries for U.S. Representative for the 8th Congressional District of North Carolina
  • National campaign manager for President Carter
  • Supporter of President Clinton’s campaigns and presidencies

As a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, Plumides was also active on the home front, as
well as nationally. His positions within the Church included:

  • Member of the Archdiocesan Council (25+ years)
  • Counsel to His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos
  • Member of Leadership 100
  • “Megas Notarios” within the Archon of the Order of St. Andrew
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Charlotte, NC
  • President of the Board of Trustees of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Plumides passed away in May 2005 at the age of 78.

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