WATERTOWN–On October 8–members of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Eastern Region gathered in Paramus–NJ–for the organization’s annual Senior Seminar.
Participants from Providence–Boston–Philadelphia–Detroit–New Jersey–New York and Washington–DC–attended the seminar–which included lectures on the current status of the organization; an overview of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF); and a discussion on what it means to be Armenian.
Lead by AYF regional advisor Zorab Khaligian from Racine–Wisconsin–the group talked about the dimensions of what it means to be Armenian and what types of activities are included in its definition. Khaligian asked the group to put the discussion into perspective. "We have all of this commitment–socialization–but what are we doing with it? Going with the flow and being at events is great–but what about taking the next step? If you remain stagnant–then there will be no AYF," said Khaligian.
"We have our monthly meetings to discuss chapter dynamics and the successes or failures that occur within our own cities. It is important for us–however–to take time out to meet with the leaders and active members of other chapters to discuss our organization as a whole," said Philadelphia AYF chapter president Anglela Deese–who attended the seminar. "This year’s event was a chance for us to discuss those issues–such as the ways in which we can run the AYF most efficiently and successfully. I believe that a weekend like this helps us take ownership of the AYF; this is easy to do within our own communities back home. But we must remember that we are part of a group of youth striving for the same goal–and as a part of ARF youth–we strive for this goal not only in our own cities–but with the rest of our ungers all over the world," she said.
"I believe that this meeting was a successful event for two reasons. First–it addressed important issues that our organization faces and presented solutions. And secondly–the lectures and discussions were different than the usual take on the subjects," said New Jersey AYF attendee Razmig Tchaghlasian.