BY TIM CLARK, HG 2013, NORTH CAROLINA REGIONAL CO-CHAIR
This past April the Heritage Greece Alumni in North Carolina held our first organized meeting as a chapter. For our kickoff event in this region we met at Kipos, a Greek restaurant located in downtown Chapel Hill. As most of us were spread across the different years of Heritage Greece this was a great chance to connect and forge new and lasting relationships with each other based on our shared experiences.
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to come together, but more importantly to be able to reinforce the idea that Heritage Greece does not end once you return from Greece. The alumni that were present ranged all the way from the inaugural trip to the most recent trip back to the beautiful place we all share roots to.
With the events taking place within the NHS and HG community typically being farther away it can be difficult for those of us in places like North Carolina to attend regularly simply because of distance. Most of the alumni in the area want to be involved and those that were able to attend agreed that having a regional chapter in North Carolina is going to go a long way in making that possible.
We all enjoyed the chance to come together as a group and spent the majority of our dinner enjoying our parea. We did spend some time during the dinner to take the chance to discuss some of the current events and projects going on within the organization. Currently, we are planning our second meeting as a group and the hope is that we can have the opportunity to reach others in our region by meeting in Charlotte, NC. This would allow those that were unable to join us in Chapel Hill to get involved- expanding our chapter to include all the North Carolina alumni.