BURBANK–The Burbank ANC Chapter has enjoyed a period of remarkable growth over the past year, thanks to its growing role as an effective grassroots organization serving the city’s Armenian American community.
The Burbank ANC has a long and growing tradition of serving the local Armenian American community and has drawn its strength from over 40 dedicated members who have been successful in unifying the town’s Armenian Americans behind a common and positive agenda. That agenda has included bringing people closer to their local government, strengthening the local school system, building ties with other business and community groups, and working to provide resources to groups, like the local Armenian Relief Society, that serve those in need.
"The Burbank ANC is an effective bridge builder," commented Burbank ANC Chairman Dr. Arbi Ohanian. "We bring people together, to work for our community and ultimately, to make the City of Burbank a better place to live, work, and play for our families and our neighbors," Ohanian added.
In the first six months of 2007 the Burbank ANC has been hard at work serving and uniting the community. In January, the Burbank ANC hosted a bridge building meeting between the Executive Director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce Gary Olsen and local Armenian business owners. Shortly thereafter, the chapter welcomed the national Chairman of the ANCA, Ken Hachikian, who spoke to a standing room only audience at Woodbury University to discuss the organization’s efforts in Washington.
In May of this year the chapter welcomed over 300 local friends, activists, and community leaders for its second Annual Banquet. The annual event reviewed the organization’s achievemen’s and featured a number of individuals honored for their contributions to the community. Among those present at the Burbank ANC’s banquet were Assemblymember Paul Krekorian, former Assemblymember Carol Liu and local officials, from the city’s Mayor to the Chief of Police. Following the banquet, the Burbank ANC Chapter held a town hall meeting with the Executive Director of the ANCA Aram Hamparian, who specifically praised the local ANC for being a "model grassroots organization that truly serves the common interest of our community."
The City of Burbank is home to well over 100,000 residents, including a growing and prosperous Armenian American community. The Burbank ANC is expanding its efforts to reach out to all Armenian Americans as new and old residents look to continue or become involved in local government and work to make the town, known as the "Media Capital of the World," an even better place to live.