GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee-Glendale Chapter announced this week plans to honor two dedicated members of the Glendale community for their contributions and long-time service to the residents of the city. Assemblymember Scott Wildman (D-43) and Homenetmen Ararat Chapter leader and community activist Edward Maroutkhanian will be honored for their devotion to the welfare of a city–in which they have lived and worked–at the ANC-Glendale Chapter’s 2000 Honors Banquet–scheduled to take place on Thursday–Nov. 30–at Glendale’s Brandview Collection.
The two honorees–both of whom are familiar to "Glendalians" and the larger Los Angeles community for their continued leadership in public service–have earned distinctions from their peers and the people they so readily serve. This year the ANC-Glendale Chapter will award Assemblymember Scott Wildman and Edward Maroutkhanian its Community Service 2000 Award.
A teacher–former small business owner–and advocate for working families–Scott Wildman was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1996–and since taking office and representing the diverse and dynamic 43rd State Assembly District–Wildman has distinguished himself as a passionate and caring leaders with real solutions and high hopes for his constituents.
Wildman has introduced and fought for legislation dealing with local issues such as education–government waste–public safety–environment–as well as a host of issues concerning the Armenian American community.
He has been a vocal voice in fighting for the proper teaching and affirmation of the Armenian Genocide–by fighting against the establishment of Turkish revisionist chairs in California public universities–as well as participating in local annual commemorative activities–such as the Armenian Youth Federation demonstration at the Turkish consulate. Wildman’s outreach to youth–and specifically to Armenian American youth through the Armenian Youth Outreach and Internship Program has garnered him a legion of dedicated young Americans of Armenian descent–working at his offices–and becoming active participants in civics and community projects.
In contrast to other legislators–Wildman remains an accessible leader with the distinct ability to reach out to individuals. Wildman and his wife Arlene have five children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Edward Maroutkhanian was born in Iran in the late 1940’s. Just after receiving his credentials as a dentist he immigrated and settled in the United States with his two young daughters in 1979. Dr. Maroutkhanian’s involvement in community activities go back to his days as an active parent at the Chamlian Armenian School PTA–as well as the school’s fundraising committee.
As a member of the Homenetmen Ararat Chapter sine 1994–Dr. Maroutkhanian has taken on several big projects and has shown himself to be a leader in the activities of the Chapter–but also in the community at large. For the past three years–Dr. Maroutkhanian has been on the Board of Directors of the Ararat Chapter–where he currently serves as the vice-president of the Board.
As a personal passion–Dr. Maroutkhanian spends much of his time working with youth who have been inflicted with addictions to drugs and alcohol–referring them to counseling centers and rehabilitation facilities.
In 1997–with the help of fellow Homenetmen Ararat members–he organized and promoted the First Annual 5K/10K Walk and Run–dubbed Just For the Health of It. The event was organized to promote a healthy and drug free community and has grown to attract some 1000 participants at the most recent event–held in May 2000.
Dr. Maroutkhanian is one of the founders and the director of the Armenian Relief Center (ARC). The primary purpose and objective of ARC is to establish a recovery center/referral service for individuals who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and related problems–with an emphasis on people with language barriers. The Center is also dedicated to finding ways and means to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
"The ANC-Glendale Chapter has chosen Scott Wildman and Edward Maroutkhanian as this year’s honorees–because they have–over the last several years–demonstrated the true meaning of selfless service to one’s community and they have truly given of themselves for the improvement of our community," said Artin Manoukian–Chairman of the ANC-Glendale Chapter. "We hope that by honoring these two fine individuals we pay tribute to the spirit of generosity and giving–which they have embodied."
The ANC-Glendale Chapter banquet will take place on Thursday–Nov. 30–2000 at 7:30 p.m. at Brandview Collection at 109 East Harvard St. in Glendale.