PASADENA—On November 18, Homenetmen Western United States hosted an Open Forum and a welcome get together for the visiting Homenetmen Central Executive Committee Member and Treasurer, Mihran Chimchirian, at the Pasadena “Azadamard” Chapter.
The forum was open to the media and Homenetmen’s governing bodies in the Western United States. Present were Homenetmen Central Executive Committee Member Viggen Davidian, Homenetmen Western United Stated Regional Executive Committee Members, the region’s chapter executive committee members, and guests from the Armenian American community.
Mihran Chimchirian’s visit to the Southland coincided with Homenetmen Western U.S. Region’s preparations to unveil the much anticipated Strategic Plan. For Mihran Chimchirian – whose many years as an active Homenetmen member have seen this esteemed organization through its changes – to be present during this latest installment of change and progress was a joy for everyone.
At 70, Mihran Chimchrian has been an active Homenetmen member for many decades. He began his Homenetmen journey at the tender age of 5, and for the past 65 years has not ceased from being a Homenetmen Member for a single day. That would be a very difficult record to match. Very few individuals can make the claim that they’ve served in Homenetmen and have built up the kind of enviably distinguished record that Mihran Chimchirian has, without missing a heartbeat.
He began his journey as a Homenetmen member at the age of 5 as a cub scout, and then proceeded to go through all stages of scouting in Homenetmen. Mihran participated in the 1963 Marathon Jamboree, and has been in two Arabic Scout Jamborees in Lebanon, in 1971 and 1999. He was also the Treasurer of the Lebanese Scouts. Mihran Chimchirian has in the past also participated in three Arab Scout and International Jamborees and has been in Lebanon’s Scout Federation for 25 years. These experiences led him to become one of the most prominent members in Homenetmen’s history and propelled him to serve on various Homenetmen executive committees.
Chimchirian has served on Chapter Executive Committees, both in Beirut and in Damascus. From 1983 to 1999 he served as Central Executive Board Member and Treasurer, and then again from 2007 to the present.
Mihran Chimchirian’s visit to Southern California began on November 5th, when he first arrived here, and departed on November 20th. He was here partially on personal business, but the Central Executive decided to take the opportunity to also deliver the first ever presentation of the Strategic Plan before all executive committee members of Homenetmen in Western United States. The Strategic Plan process is led by Homenetmen’s Central Executive and was mandated originally by the Homenetmen’s Ninth Delegates Congress in 2007and approved by the Tenth in 2011. The Strategic Plan is to transform the way Homenetmen functions globally in preparation for its second century starting in 2018. It will introduce a bevy of incentives for future Homenetmenagans to join and be part of its history and legacy, with technology in the driver’s seat to steer the organization into a much more fruitful and productive one than it already is. A workshop that took place on Monday, November 11th, is evidence that efforts are underway to move the plan into the implementation stage, and, hence, prepare it to fully become functional worldwide in the very near future.
In closing, Mihran Chimchirian’s visit to Homenetmen’s Western United States Region in November could not have come at a better time as it happened to coincide with the 95th Anniversary of Homenetmen’s founding, which, appropriately, was celebrated with one of Homenetmen’s greats.