Importance Of Keynote Address At Annual ACF Banquet

BY PATTYL APOSHIAN KASPARIAN

Turn to any page on your calendar, be it the one hanging on your wall or your electronic planner—your days, nights and weekends are full.  There is always something—be it a school fundraiser, ballet practice, evening out with friends or a work function. It’s something.

We’re all busy. We’re all drained. We’re all pre-occupied with life’s daily tasks. Yet, we all have to commit an evening, once a year, to recharge the most paramount building block which outlines the activities of everything we do in and for our community.

Vision.

Helen Keller said, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”  Imagine an organization without a vision.

This year, I have committed some of my volunteer hours to serving on a Steering Committee for the Armenian Cultural Foundation of the Western Region.  A group of esteemed community activists started planning the highly-anticipated annual event, to be held Sunday, April 11, 2010. This event will provide us with an opportunity to share our organization’s policies, accomplishments and current activities.

Exciting—but not a ticket seller.  

What marks this event as a stand-out, marquee event is the strength of the keynote speaker who will outline the vision of our organization.  As a past attendee, I have taken comfort in listening to the keynote remarks as it provides me with the fuel I need to reignite my energy and passion towards the betterment of our Cause. Together, we create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.

That’s the power behind the remarks. That’s the power behind this event.

This year, our Keynote Speaker is A.R.F. Bureau member, Dr. Viken Hovsepian.

Year after year, this highly successful event elevates the community’s enthusiasm and support for the region’s multiple projects and activities.  As in past years, the event will attract a large number of community philanthropists, business owners, supporters and volunteers.

The Annual Banquet will begin at 6:00 p.m. To support the event and reserve your seats, please call (818) 243-1890.  I look forward to seeing the movers, shakers and visionaries of our community!

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