WASHINGTON–The National Organization of Republican Armenia’s Board of Directors reviewed it activities over the past twelve months and outlined its priorities for 1999 at its first quarterly meeting of the year–which was held in Washington on January 23–in conjunction with the Republican National Committee’s annual winter meeting.
Among the key priorities identified by the Board of Directors was working with the RNC in preparation for the 2000 presidential and congressional elections–particularly through the RNC’s New Majority Council. The Board also addressed avenues for building coalitions with other ethnic groups and allied Republican organizations. In terms of organizational development–the Board detailed plans for expanding its outreach into the Armenian American community. The centerpiece of this effort was NORA’s recently launched nationwide membership drive.
The Board also highlighted NORA’s achievemen’s since the organization was founded on January 6–1998. During this short time–NORA has established strong working relationships with the RNC and other leading Republican institutions such as the Senate and House Republican Policy Committees–among others. NORA members have hosted several receptions honoring elected Republican officials and a number of NORA members have been honored for their public service. As a result of these and other activities–NORA has been recognized as the most dynamic and fastest growing Armenian Republican organization.
The NORA Board of Directors is comprised of the following individuals who are active in both the Armenian community and Republican party: Ara J. Bedrosian–Southern California; James Derderian–Washington; Brenda de Paris–New York; Kirk Kashian–Michigan; Melanie Kerneklian–Virginia; Steve Samuelian–Central California; John Bedrosian–Southern California; Aram Sarafian–North Carolina; Bob Semonian–Massachusetts; Zohrab Tazian–Indiana; and John Vartan–Pennsylvania.
NORA works to expand the Republican Party’s outreach into the Armenian American community and to encourage Armenia’s to become involved in shaping and advancing the Republican agenda at the local–state–and national levels. Armenian American Republicans interested in learning more about the NORA or participating in its activities are encouraged to call (202) 232-5151–or write to 1745 Pennsylvania Avenue–NW–Suite 126–Washington–DC 20006. Contact NORA via the internet at: [email protected] .