ANCA Professional Network Hosts ACF Roundtable Discussion

A scene from the ACF roundtable

LITTLE ARMENIA—TheArmenian National Committee of America Professional Network hosted a roundtable discussion on Saturday May 21 at the new Hollywood Hye Getron on how to stay involved in the Armenian community and in the Armenian cause, showcasing all of the organizations under the Armenian Cultural Foundation. With leaders of each of the organizations under the ACF present, each representative presented the mission, goals, structure and membership of their respective organization.

Allen Yekikian, former member of the Armenian Youth Federation Central Executive, and current member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, presented on behalf of the ARF, ARF Shant Student Association and the AYF; William Bairamian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region and Haig Hovsepian, ANCA-WR Governmental Affairs Director, presented on behalf of the ANCA-WR; Sevag Demirjian, presented on behalf of the ANCA-Professional Network as their chairman; Roger Khardarian, president of Hamazkayin Regional Executive Board USA Western Region presented on behalf of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society; Arousyak Melkonian, Chair Person of the ARS WUSA Regional Executive Board, presented on behalf of the Armenian Relief Society; Hovig Chahinian, Athletic Director of Homenetmen Los Angeles, presented on behalf of Homenetmen, the Armenian General Athletic Union; and Kris Demirjian, chair of the ANC-Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC), presented on behalf of ANC-PAC.

Following the presentation from each organization, the participants of the leadership summit, including community leaders, members and students, shared ideas and discussed collaborative efforts to achieve the ACF goals of bettering the Armenian community and attracting new supporters to the ACF. The discussion was moderated by ANCA-PN board member Ayk Dikijian. Several members of the local Armenian community were present, as were representatives of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, who recruited all the organizations to host blood donor drives at their upcoming events in efforts to save Armenian lives by finding compatible donors for those with blood cancers.

The discussion was followed by a Wine and Cheese meet and greet. Horizon reporters were on site to cover the event and interview participating attendees. The open forum for the sharing of all organization’s upcoming events and goals helped foster stronger and healthier relationships between all the ACF organizations. All in attendance agreed that such a forum should be held regularly to help forge stronger relations between the organizations.


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  1. manooshag said:

    Great idea of all coming together – a fine example for all Armenians. This includes, too, all of our diasporans who will want to come and join with the our bretheren in our homeland, Haiastan.
    Today, this is a very important step as the Hemshen Armenians now seek to come to live in Artshak. Important, to know that formerly, when Armenians of communist USSR invited Armenians, several years ago, to return to Haiastan many, from many countries returned to Haiastan – many bringing their belongings, their business equipments, and more. Upon entering Haiastan all their belongings were taken from them by the communists – sadly, many were sent to Siberia!!
    Today this situation exists still as the Armenian leaders are scrupulously keeping the diasporans at distance from our Haiastan – for their own addlepated mental reasons…
    This is not to be allowed – neither in Artsakh nor in Haiastan – for wherever we are, wherever we have had to flee to escape the Turks, we have, amazingly, now for nearly 100 years, retained our love for our homeland, our Haiastan. Who, in all the world, having suffered Genocides have been in pursuit for their justice as have the Armenians??
    Attitudes must be examined/ changed/eliminated as the citizens of Haiastan shall know that the return of Armenians from other lands shall not be the problem – too, shall not be held against the returnees… for coming together in Haiastan these returnees (whose forbears fled the Turks) will bring to our Haiastan so much for the advancement and the progress of our Haiastan… which our homeland, Haiastan, joining together will secure the advancement our homeland – together. Yev gulah, Miaseen!!