Glendale Mayor Larry Zarian and the entire city council was recognized by the Armenian Society of Los Angeles on April 2 for its ongoing service and commitment to Armenian interests within the city.
Held at the society’s Glendale headquarters–the event–which drew some 100 invited guests–included representatives from several local Armenian organizations–public figures–and members of the print and television media.
The Armenian Society’s Jora Manoucherian served as master of ceremonies–and following opening remarks–invited Vahan Krikor to the podium to introduce Zarian.
Krikor gave a brief biography of Zarian–including his educational background and highlights of his service to the city council–including his volunteer work in both public and private sectors. Krikor noted that Zarian had spent most of his life in Glendale–and had devoted his life to serving the people of the city.
Krikor went on to state that Zarian had received his early college education from Glendale College–moving on to UCLA where he received an undergraduate degree in Political Science. Zarian began his long tour of duty on the Glendale City Council in 1983–and has served as its mayor four times. Zarian was also chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Krikor turned to the City Council’s efforts in Glendale next–and said it was through its effort that Glendale has grown into the thriving city it is today–and also has become one of the safest cities to live in America.
Krikor then invited the City Councilmembers present–Zarian–Sheldon Baker–Eileen Givens and David Weaver–up to the podium to be recognized. Armenian Society president Kathy Mkrtichian presented the members with a special recognition plaque to end the ceremony.
Zarian and the entire city council spoke last–and thanked both the Armenian Society of Los Angeles and the entire Armenian community for honoring it–saying Armenia’s had always supported what the council had done–and hoped this partnership could remain strong.
The program was concluded by musical entertainment–provided by Ararat Petrossian on the piano and Hilda Mnakian on the flute.