GLENDALE MAYOR–CITY MANAGER–SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT AMONG PRESTIGIOUS DELEGATION VISITING THE CITY OF GHAPAN; LOCAL SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE COMPUTERS COMPLEMENTS OF GLENDALE
GLENDALE–Eleven of Glendale’s top city officials will gather at Los Angeles International Airport to depart on Oct. 2 for a nine-day visit to Glendale’s newest sister city Ghapan–a small town located in Southern Armenia.
In December of 2002–the City of Glendale unanimously adopted resolution 17023–establishing a sister city link with the small southern town of Ghapan in Armenia. Subsequently–the Glendale-Ghapan Sister City Association was established as a non-profit corporation in order to foster relations between the two cities.
The trip is organized and sponsored by the Glendale-Ghapan Sister City Association–an organization created to foster relations between the two Sister Cities. The delegation includes: Frank Quintero–Mayor–City of Glendale; Rafi Manoukian–Council Member–City of Glendale; Pam Ellis–President–Glendale Unified School District Board of Education; Armine Hacopian–PhD–President–Glendale Community College Board of Trustees; Ara James Najarian–Member–Glendale Community College Board of Trustees; Greg Krikorian–Member–Glendale Unified School District Board of Education; James Starbird–City Manager–City of Glendale; Zizette Ayad–Senior Administrative Analyst–City of Glendale; Steve White–PhD–Vice President–Glendale Community College; Paul Schlossman–Vice President–Glendale Community College; Leroy Sherman–Co-Principal–Glendale High School
"I am very excited to be a part of this delegation," said Frank Quintero–Glendale City’s Mayor. "The City of Glendale has a very large Armenian population–and I think that this trip will promote a better understanding of Armenian culture and heritage among our city’s leaders."
This inaugural trip will serve as an opportunity for both cities to learn from one another. While it will enable the delegation to view firsthand the culture and ways of life of this small rural Armenian town–it will enable Ghapan’s city officials to talk with and learn from Glendale’s administrators and leaders.
"Glendale’s leaders–our elected officials as well as our full-time administrative staff–are the best and brightest in the entire state," said Artin Manoukian–Chairman of the Glendale-Ghapan Sister City Association. "Ghapan’s city officials will have a golden opportunity to learn about first-rate civic administration by talking with and learning from Glendale’s leaders."
"I am looking forward to meeting our counterparts in Ghapan," said Rafi Manoukian–Glendale City Council member. "It will be a great learning experience for all of us–not only because we will get to experience the ethnic culture of Glendale’s largest minority population–but because we will see firsthand how a small city with extremely limited resources deals with administering its laws and delivering services to its residents."
In addition to a cultural and informational exchange–the trip will also serve as a means for the delegation to deliver much-needed computers for all of Ghapan’s fourteen local schools. With help from the City of Glendale–the Glendale Unified School District–and several Glendale organizations–the association has assembled and reconditioned sixty desktop computer stations–and will be presenting them to the city of Ghapan on the delegation’s arrival.
James Starbird–Glendale’s City Manager–said–"Our delegation will no doubt learn a great deal during this trip–about Armenia–its people–culture and government. This trip will give us an opportunity to become better acquainted with one another as well–and that will enable us work more closely together when we get back home."