ARS 71st International Convention Concludes, Central Executive Board Is Elected

The participants of the ARS 71st International Convention.
The participants of the ARS 71st International Convention.

The participants of the ARS 71st International Convention.

YERVAN—The 71st International Convention of the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) convened from Sunday, October 4, 2015, until Friday, October 9, 2015 in Yerevan, Armenia. During the six days, the convention considered the ARS Central Executive Board’s activities for the past four years, evaluated the activities, and adopted special programs. Along with educational, health, social and assistance programs for the needy, the convention paid particular attention and adopted corresponding resolutions for the following: the crisis in the Middle East; standing in solidarity with compatriots in Armenia, Artsakh and Javakhk; providing care packages to soldiers; helping border villages with their various issues; the financial hardships facing the ARS Armenian Blue Cross in Greece; and the immediate needs of the other Armenian communities.

The convention concluded by electing the following Central Executive Board (CEB) for the upcoming 2015-2019 period. The CEB elected officers as follows:

Caroline Chamavonian, Chairperson (Eastern USA)
Nyree Derderian, Vice Chairperson (Western USA)
Rita Hintlian, Secretary (Western USA)
Silva Kouyoumjian, Treasurer (Eastern USA)
Sonia Akkelian, Advisor (Eastern USA)
Liza Avakian, Advisor (Europe)
Alesya Pejanyan, Advisor (Armenia)
Anna Markarian Der Hagopian, Advisor (Syria)
Maral Matossian, Advisor (Western USA)
Varsenig Sarkissian, Advisor (Canada)
Nelly Vekillian, Advisor (Lebanon)


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