ENCINO—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US welcomed 41 new members to its ranks during an officiating ceremony Saturday at the Ferrahian Armenian School’s “Dickranian Hall,” where 35 novices, having completed a 10-week educational program, took their oath to join the 128-year-old party.
Joining the 35 will be four novices from Fresno, one from Las Vegas and another who could not attend the ceremony on Saturday.
The ceremony began with remarks from Harut Mgrdichian, who oversees the ARF novice educational program. After inviting each candidate, Mgrdichian introduced ARF Western US Central Committee member Levon Kirakosian who officiated the ceremony.
In his remarks to the novices, Kirakosian highlighted the importance of volunteerism as a backbone of the ARF. He then spoke of ARF’s more than a century commitment to justice for the Armenian nation, saying that each newcomer will now join the larger ARF family in advancing social justice and advance the ideology of the party, as well as strengthen the ranks of the organization, so that those in the Diaspora can better ensure the progress for the Nation.
After the novices took their oath, Kirakosian welcomed them to the ARF family and wished them well on their new journey.
Also addressing the new members was ARF Bureau member Dr. Viken Yacoubian who spoke of the current challenges facing the Armenian Nation, saying that the new members were joining the ARF at a critical juncture in Armenian history, where the strengthening of the homeland and advancing the ARF ideals were of utmost importance to the salvation of the Nation.
The ceremony concluded with the singing of the ARF anthem, “Mshak, Panvor,” following which the group joined more than 600 community members in celebrating the party’s 127th anniversary at a banquet in the adjacent Avetissian Hall.