$80 000 Raised for Yerevan Homenetmen Scouting Center

GLENDALE–The Western US Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee office announced that on the occasion of a visit to Los Angeles by Azeri president Haydar Aliyev and with the aim of organizing protest demonstrations–the ARF Central Committee called a meeting of community organizations on March 18–to plan and administer relevant tasks.

During the meeting–representatives from 15 organizations discussed suggestions on methods of publicizing the issue.

At the conclusion of the meeting–the participants elected a committee which will coordinate the efforts.

The next session is scheduled to take place on Tuesday–March 30 at 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church hall. Homenetmen Central Executive held a banquet at Kix restaurant in Glendale on March 22 as a fund-raiser for the Yerevan Homenetmen center.

Attendees at the event included Armenian Consul General Armen Melkonian–Homenetmen Central Executive members Koko Balian and Jirair Sarkissian–Homenetmen Western Region Executive and chapter executive chairpersons–and members and friends of Homenetmen.

Koko Balian made welcoming remarks and briefed the guests on the purpose of the evening.

"The Homenetmen Central Executive has reached its goal," said Balian. "On the occasion of Homenetmen’s 80th anniversary–it was planned to raise $80,000 for the purchase and preparation of a Homenetmen Armenian National Scouting Organization center in Yerevan. Today we are thrilled to announce that–with the support and dedication of Homenetmen members and friends–we have attained our goal of $80,000."

Balian thanked everybody who has supported Homenetmen. He then invited Jirair Sarkissian to outline the work done by Homenetmen in Yerevan.

"Today Homenetmen works enthusiastically on Armenian soil," said Sarkissian. "The organization works at its full capacity with its scouting groups to help the new generation. After many years–the dream of working in our homeland has finally come true for Homenetmen.

"Today–thanks to the efforts of the Homenetmen Central Executive and heads of the Armenian National Scouting Organization–the Homenetmen ANSO has been recognized by the International Scouting Organization. And today the organization has at least nine chapters in Armenia who work for the younger generation."

Armenian Consul General Armen Melkonian spoke next.

"Dear friends–Koko called me a Homenetmen brother. I am very happy and proud to have been considered that. I say this because I have seen the Homenetmen Navasartian Games–I have seen the thousands of Homenetmen’scouts and athletes–and as an Armenian I couldn’t help but feel very proud. I also felt very proud to see the hundreds of Homenetmen members at the Scout Camp. How can I not be thrilled and proud to see $80,000 dollars being sent to Armenia for the sake of the installing Armenian pride and culture in the next generation. Every dollar is an asset to Armenia."

The audience applauded his heartfelt words.

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