A tri-regional meeting of Hamazkayin Eastern and Western United States representatives–along with Hamazkayin Canada–was held on September 18 in New Jersey. The executive chairmen from all three regions were present–as well as the organization’s Central Executive chairman from Lebanon–Dr. Megerdich Megerdichian–who briefed participants about the Hamazkayin Educational institutions (Jemarans) in Antelias–Lebanon and Marseille–France–its printing and publishing houses–quarterly literary journal Pakine–as well as the general activities of Hamazkayin’s executive body.
Each region also presented an update of activities–along with present obstacles. Discussions focused–however–on attracting youth to participate in cultural activities–and generally embody culture. Undertakings that require joint development were reviewed–such as establishing a Central Executive office in North America–the status of updating the Hamazkayin website–reemergence of Hamazkayin forums–among other issues.
Participants decided to organize large-scale celebrations in 2005 to mark Jemaran’s 75th anniversary–as well as the 1600 anniversary of the Armenian alphabet.
Participants agreed to boost literary publications and to increase Pakin subscriptions in respective regions.
The meeting commended the organization’s increasing presence in Armenia and Mountainous Karabagh–including the Central Executive’s support in organizing soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian’s first-ever performance in Armenia.
Dr. Megerdichian closed the meeting by stressing that there exists vast opportunities for Hamazkayin in North America. He emphasized that the organization remains greatly different from others who work in the cultural field–because it will persist as one created with the ideal of serving the Armenian people.