GLENDALE–The Armenian Relief Society-Western USA celebrated the 87 anniversary of the organization’s establishment at the Glendale High School Auditorium Sunday.
Present at the festivities was Western Prelate Right Rev. Moushegh Mardirossian as well as representatives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee of Western US–Prelacy Executive Board and members of affiliate organizations.
ARS Executive Director Rita Vorperian delivered the keynote address–in which she encouraged and commended the organization and its members for their continuous and tireless efforts for the benefit of the Armenian Nation. She stressed that the ARS must continue "extending a helping hand to the hungry–ill–homeless–unemployed–mentally disadvantaged–freedom-fighters–prisoners–numerous orphans and finally the new generation of Armenia’s in the Diaspora."
With this spirit and with poetic verses from Daniel Varoujan–Central Executive member Anahid Meymarian declared the event opened.
Chairwoman of the ARS-Regional Executive Alice Madenlian noted–during her address–that time and the history are witness to ARS’ diligent efforts in assisting the Armenian people–regardless of external situations. "And today–we have gathered to reaffirm our commitment to our Nation. As long as Armenia’s exist anywhere in the world–the ARS will be there along to support them," said Madenlian.
ARF-Western USA representative Vahik Gurjian–speaking on behalf of the Central Committee commended the ARS for its unwavering commitment to Armenia and the Armenian Cause–noting that the organization was established during a time when the event of World War I–dictated the destiny of the Armenian people to come.
Gurjian stressed the important role the ARS has played in the Nagorno-Karabakh liberation struggle.
ARS Central-Executive representative Mako Mgrdichian expressed the group’s support for the Western Region activities–congratulating and wishing the region continued success. Mgrdichian also stressed that after a decades-long struggle for free and independent Armenia–in which all Armenia’s have a role to play–the current situation has shattered those ideals. She noted–however–that the ARS will continue its work in assisting the new communities of the homeland.
During the event–various speakers noted that the Western Region now operates with 27 chapters–1400 members and 19 Saturday schools.
The Homenetmen Glendale "Ararat" scouts conducted the flag ceremonies–while Garen Gharibian performed the US–Armenian and the ARS anthems..
The closing address was delivered by Right Rev. Mousheg Mardirossian. He praised the organization’s work–calling the efforts of ARS members sacred and essential to the Armenian Nation.
"I respect all ARS members who are ready at all times to help and assist the vast needs of our people," concluded the Prelate.
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