LITTLE ARMENIA—TheArmenian National Committee of America Professional Network hosted a roundtable discussion on Saturday May 21 at the new Hollywood Hye Getron on how to stay involved in the Armenian community and in the Armenian cause, showcasing all of the organizations under the Armenian Cultural Foundation. With leaders of each of the organizations under the ACF present, each representative presented the mission, goals, structure and membership of their respective organization.
Allen Yekikian, former member of the Armenian Youth Federation Central Executive, and current member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, presented on behalf of the ARF, ARF Shant Student Association and the AYF; William Bairamian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region and Haig Hovsepian, ANCA-WR Governmental Affairs Director, presented on behalf of the ANCA-WR; Sevag Demirjian, presented on behalf of the ANCA-Professional Network as their chairman; Roger Khardarian, president of Hamazkayin Regional Executive Board USA Western Region presented on behalf of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society; Arousyak Melkonian, Chair Person of the ARS WUSA Regional Executive Board, presented on behalf of the Armenian Relief Society; Hovig Chahinian, Athletic Director of Homenetmen Los Angeles, presented on behalf of Homenetmen, the Armenian General Athletic Union; and Kris Demirjian, chair of the ANC-Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC), presented on behalf of ANC-PAC.
Following the presentation from each organization, the participants of the leadership summit, including community leaders, members and students, shared ideas and discussed collaborative efforts to achieve the ACF goals of bettering the Armenian community and attracting new supporters to the ACF. The discussion was moderated by ANCA-PN board member Ayk Dikijian. Several members of the local Armenian community were present, as were representatives of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, who recruited all the organizations to host blood donor drives at their upcoming events in efforts to save Armenian lives by finding compatible donors for those with blood cancers.
The discussion was followed by a Wine and Cheese meet and greet. Horizon reporters were on site to cover the event and interview participating attendees. The open forum for the sharing of all organization’s upcoming events and goals helped foster stronger and healthier relationships between all the ACF organizations. All in attendance agreed that such a forum should be held regularly to help forge stronger relations between the organizations.