“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead’s timeless words hold true, especially within the community of young Armenians at the heart of Armenia’s and, by extension, the world’s pressing social issues. On Thursday, Nov. 21, a group of 20 thoughtful and committed AYF members came together at Pasadena’s Armenian Center for a night of open, thought-provoking and often contentious discussion.
On Friday, November 22, 2013, over a hundred members and novices of the Armenian Youth Federation Western Region (AYF WR) made their way up to AYF Camp Big Pines for the 2013 AYF Retreat, a weekend-long seminar of educationals, discussions, and activities revolving around the Armenian identity, community activism, concluding with an oath ceremony and a celebration for the new members of the AYF ranks.
As President Obama visits the epicenter of the Armenian community in the United States, religious and community leaders will hold a press conference to call on the President to stop blocking the display of an Armenian Genocide-era rug woven by orphans of that crime against humanity. The rug, which took Armenian orphans 10 months to weave and has 4,404,206 individual knots, was presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925.
The 14th Anniversary of the Armand Arabian Leaders in Public Service Awards Luncheon was held on October 3, 2013 at the Hilton Woodland Hills Hotel. On this occasion, one of the 2013 six recipients was Lily Balian in recognition of her leadership in public service and humanitarian efforts in the community. Over 500 people gathered in the Hilton Woodland Hills Ballroom to celebrate and honor the work of individuals who in their free time, or through their work, make our community better.
Arutiun “Art” Mikaelian
Born Dec. 13, 1937
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing our beloved husband, father and grandfather Artutiun “Art” Mikaelian, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in La Canada, CA. A viewing service will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at
Glendale Forest Lawn, Church of the Recessional. Funeral Services [...]
The ANCA-WR is honored and excited to announce the Ghailian Family as the banquet sponsor for the 2013 ANCA-WR Annual Gala Banquet. Philanthropy is a cornerstone of the Ghailian family which includes Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Julia Ghailian, Mr. and Mrs. Carlo and Gisella Ghailian, Mr. and Mrs. Angelo and Lori Ghailian and Miss Monica Ghailian.
On November 1st, Orange County’s Armenian Center was filled with excited AYF Juniors, Seniors, and ARF members who were all impatiently waiting to venture off to AYF Camp for the annual ARF-AYF getaway weekend. The bus ride up to camp foreshadowed the weekend. There was a sense of camaraderie in the air. Everyone was passionately singing Armenian songs and creating life-long memories.
The Grand Opening of Dr. Armen Vartany’s new Plastic Surgery Center was held at the newly constructed building in the heart of city of Burbank Media and Entertainment District. In attendance were California State Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian (46th District) and City of Burbank Council Member Bob Frutos, as well as family, friends and former patients.