ARF Rosdom Committee Celebrates 50 Years in the Valley

ENCINO–Southern California’s ARF Rosdom Commitee marked a milestone on Sunday, March 18, with more than 300 guests on hand to celebrate the organizations 50 years of service to the San Fernando Valley Armenian community. Opening the ceremony, which took place at Ferrahian School’s Avedissian Hall, Emcee Azadouhi Ghazarian invited Homenetmen Massis scouts to conduct the traditional flag ceremony. This was followed by performances of the national anthems of the US and Armenia by Ferrahian students and members of the AYF Sardarabad chapter, accompanied by Hovig Keoshgerian on piano. In her remarks, Emcee Ghazarian stressed that from the time it was founded, up to this day, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) has sworn to serve the Armenian people by protecting their rights and promoting deman’s. "Now, 117 years later, its mission has not changed." Keynote speaker Vasken Madenlian immediately noted why the celebrations center around the specific committee as opposed to the entire organization. "When we talk about the ARF, we recognize its ideology, its socio-economic outlook, its noble past, and the legacies of many, including its founders, fighters, intellectuals, etc." Madenlian asked what would have become of the ARF if it were not made up of individual committees that are in turn composed of its membership. "It would have become an elected body, a collective like other organizations But since its birth–its characteristics, traditions, entire reason for being has been–and will remain a party of the people, for the people." He stressed while there exist differences, sometimes disappointmen’s and disagreemen’s–differences in opinions are not only natural, but also healthy. "Any body that preaches democracy must be tolerant of varying opinions." In closing, Madnelian said that one of the founders of the ARF, Rosdom, was known for his tenacity and resolve. In turn, the Rosdom Committee should symbolize this region’s force and determination. Happy birthday and success to you." The artistic portion of the program included performances by Hamazkayin "Barouyr Sevag" dance ensemble, Element band–which performed unique version of traditional pieces, poetry by Nayiri Bostonian, as well as a video presentation prepared by Knar Kortoshian and Mardig Keoshkerian.

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