Longtime Homenetmen members and supporters–Mr. and Mrs. Garbis and Terez Kemandjian–have been chosen to preside as Honorary Presidents over the 22nd Annual Navasartian Games–and in the process–donated $50,000 to the games’ organizing committee as a show of support for the organization and its activities.
"Homenetmen–for me–is a priceless educational forum–where my children and many like them–living here in this difficult time and place–may learn to be Armenian–and to help each other.
"In accepting the honor of being this year’s Honorary President–I want to offer my words of support and gratitude to the large family that is Homenetmen–for being there for the youth of tomorrow."
Kemandjian was born in Aleppo to parents from Ourfa–and received his early education in his birth city.
He later moved–along with his parents–to Lebanon–where he studied at Beirut’s Simonian College–while simultaneously becoming an expert in plastic production– before launching his own plastics business called Plasco Press.
Kemandjian has always had a love for soccer–as has been evidenced by his presence at virtually every Navasartian Games soccer competition.
In 1975–and in the wake of war in Lebanon–Kemandjian met his future wife–Terez Manoukian–whom he married in 1977. In 1981–the two celebrated the birth of their first child–named Rosalyn–and moved to the United States–settling in Pasadena and having a second child–Harout.
Kemandjian’s business–Plasco Press–was founded in 1984–and supplied plastic bags to the entire nation.
He opened factories in Chino–Fullerton–and in Boston.
Having found the opportunity–the Kemandjians sold their plastics factories one by one–and Garbis Kemandjian now spends his time in other pursuits–such as production of medical equipment–as well as his hobby of preparing cigar cutters.
Currently–the internationally renowned Davidoff company is where Kemandjian’s products are featured. There are several other ventures in planning stages.
The Kemandjians are currently members of the Homenetmen Pasadena "Azadamard" chapter–where their two children are also scouts.
Since 1990–Terez Kemandjian has volunteered her time for the chapter–and along with being an active parent–was also elected to the Board of Trustees for a four-year term. She is currently vice-president.
Rosalyn and Harout Kemandjian have also taken an interest in athletics. Rosalyn received her elementary education from Mkhitarian Armenian School–and graduated from Alverno girls’ school and is currently preparing to begin study at the University of Southern California.
Rosalyn has been a three-year member of the Regional Athletic Council–and has assisted with the organization of the Navasartian Games many times in the past. Her brother–Harout–aside from his scouting efforts–also plays soccer.
The Homenetmen Western United States Regional Executive extends its deepest congratulations to the Kemandjians–and thanks them for the generous support and for accepting the honor of being this year’s Honorary Navasartian Games Presidents.