ARS Delegation Meets with Ambassador Heffern

Libby and Ambassador John Heffern with ARS Western US chairperson Lena Bozoyan

GLENDALE—On Wednesday, December 5, 15 members of the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA met with U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia John Heffern and his wife, Libby, for a positive meeting at the Glendale Central Library. Jeffrey Paretchan, USAID Armenia Public Private Alliance Specialist, accompanied the ambassador. The ARS delegation was led by Regional Executive Chairperson Lena Bozoyan. Also in attendance were ARS Central Executive members Rosie Bedrossian and Annie Kechichian. At the end of the meeting, Bozoyan presented the Ambassador with a golden memento, embossed with the ARS logo.

The ARS of Western USA, established in 1984 and with regional headquarters in Glendale, CA, has 27 chapters and more than 1,500 members in five western states. The ARS-WUSA operates a Social Services Division, a Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center, and funds numerous youth programs, scholarships, and relief efforts. For further information, please visit or call 818 500 1343.


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  1. Berge Jololian said:

    For which reason (choose one below) was the US State Department Ambassador to Armenia presented with a golden memento?

    a) The U.S. State Department will continue military assistance to Azerbaijan.

    b) The U.S. State Department will do nothing to change the status quo of Turkey’s border closure until Turkey decides otherwise.

    c) The U.S. State Department will not ask Georgia (a major U.S. aid recipient) to facilitate trade routes for Armenia.

    d) The U.S. State Department will continue to exert pressure on Armenia until it stops all trade with Iran, even as Turkey continues to do billions in trade with Iran and spurn U.S. sanctions.

    e) The U.S. State Department wants Armenia to spurn Russia and eventually join NATO (even though the U.S. will never offer any security against Turkey and pan-Turkism).

    f) All of the above.