TORRANCE, Calif.—The first anniversary of the establishment of the ARS N. San Fernando Valley “Lori” Chapter was held on March 17, 2012 at the De Luxe Banquet Hall in Burbank, California. The 200 guests included members of the ARS Regional Executive Board, representatives of local sister organizations, and community supporters.
Welcoming remarks were presented by chapter executive member Sossi Khatchadourian, congratulated “Lori” Chapter members and thanked guests for their continued support. She expressed, “We knowingly have taken upon ourselves the responsibilities and duties of the ARS. With this responsibility, we vow to strive with our youthful and creative strength to continue and advance the humanitarian goals and mission of the ARS.”
Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian commenced the evening speeches with a prayer and expressed his blessings to the chapter. ARS “Lori” Chapter Chairperson Maria Terterian conveyed special thanks to the ARS Regional Executive Board and sister chapters for their support and guidance throughout the year, as well as to the ACF Arshavir Shiragian Gomideh for sharing their new center and always facilitating the chapter’s needs. She recalled the journey of the chapter’s first year, noting that just one year ago 17 members took their ARS oath and, currently, the “Lori” Chapter stands firm with 43 members and continues to grow.
ARS Regional Executive Chairperson Dr. Nyree Derderian praised the chapter’s dedication, hard work, and commitment, expressing contentment and amazement with the chapter’s progress within its first year. Thereafter, ARS Regional Executive Board members presented the chapter with a plaque of special recognition. The evening speeches concluded with ACF Arshavir Shiragian Gomideh Chairperson Vatche Donoyan extending well wishes in the years to come.
The evening entailed surprising gifts for the chapter, including a cordless microphone from the ARS “Anahid” Chapter and a hand-painted portrait of the ARS logo by ARS member Anahid Der Ashodian.
Musical entertainment was provided by well-known singer Koko Hayitian and guests enjoyed a lively atmosphere full of celebration