We as Armenia’s incorporate song, dance, tradition, and style to fit our everyday life; we as Tashnagtsagans incorporate power, self-awareness and pride to fit the lives of our surrounding ungers and ungerouhis.
An organization with both determination and play was off for an adventure of our own. As we packed up all fifteen of our bags and headed up the road to Pines Resort, Bass Lake on January 16th, 2009, I imagined just how my very cold weekend would be considering it was mid January.
Singing songs that had been sung by our fathers, learning stories that have activated lives and seeing images that trigger pride filled both heart and soul in just three days.
By the end of our trip we were all zombies from lack of sleep. Some of the boys had set their alarms to ring at four in the morning to go fishing which was five short minutes after most had time to rest their heads.
Although we only caught one small fish, each of us lined up by the fire and had a small bite of delicious luck. The food was perfection, the pantries were bare, and our cravings were satisfied. Entertainment was not a problem due to very important and interesting educationals, old songs that were new to most, and fun games such as “mute the T.V.”.
Those four small rooms had transformed into bedrooms, classrooms, playrooms, and living rooms but we all saw the same as we locked up the doors and left a significant mark of memories inside, we all saw a bond that grew stronger and a weekend that would be unforgettable; we saw the true meaning of our organization and of our chapter, the Fresno “Kevork Chavoush” Chapter.