SAN FRANCISCO–A first-time-ever event entitled “To Our Sisters In Service” took place on Jan. 18 at Khachadourian Armenian Center’s Saroyan Hall in San Francisco. The Oakland Erepouni Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society gathered together women from all the Bay Area Armenian churches Ladies Societies, as well as other organizations, to honor their chosen volunteer workers. Each organization was asked to single out one to five women whom they felt had given exceptional service to their church community, or to the Armenian community at large.
Churches who were invited to participate included St. Gregory of San Francisco, St. Vartan of Oakland, St. Andrew of Cupertino, St. John of San Francisco, and Calvary Congregational Church of San Francisco. Also included were NorCal Senior Services, whose volunteers aid the older members of our community, A.R.S. Garin Chapter of San Francisco, as well as our own Erepouni Chapter. The program opened with words of welcome from Erepouni Chapter Chair Ung. Hasmig Kozanian (Armenian) and Program Chair Ung. Vickie Markarian (English). This was followed by vocal performances from Kevork & Hellen Boursalian, a wonderful recitation by Hasmig Cingoz, and piano selections from Agnes Avoyan.
The keynote speaker of the day was Mrs. Alice Petrossian, Asst. Superintendent of the Glendale School District, who spoke of the “Phenomenal Armenian Woman” and her many roles in society. She was exceptionally well-received by the audience. Finally came the presentation of the honorees. The chairlady or a representative of each organization introduced the individual honoree, stated what work each has done, presented her with a special Certificate of Appreciation, and a corsage was pinned on each recipient.
After Rev. Fr. Avedis Torossian closed the program with a prayer, everyone was invited to partake of a sumptuous buffet of foods prepared by the members of Erepouni Chapter. A good-sized crowd was in attendance, and everyone was thoroughly pleased with the event and hope to see it done again in the future.