The San Francisco Garin and Oakland Bay Erepouni Chapters of the Armenian Relief Society held a joint event for the Bay Area Armenian community on Sunday March 8, commemorating ARS Day, celebrated by all chapters throughout the Western Region during the month of March.
The event also celebrated the Erepouni Chapter’s 75th Anniversary. Among their guests were local clergy, the chairman of ARF. Krisdapor Gomideh and representatives of Bay Area Armenian organizations.
The program opened with Erepouni Chapter chair, Ungh. Hasmig Kozanian, and Garin Chapter Chair, Ungh. Judy Jingirian, greeting the audience with their welcoming remarks in Armenian and English.
Program emcee Ungh. Vickie Markarian spoke about the history of the Erepouni Chapter, from its founding in 1934 to the inception of a weekly Armenian School in 1992. The audience was entertained by Armenian songs sung by Seda Kizirian and classical piano selections by Arpine Hakobyan. The keynote speaker was ARS. Regional Executive Secretary Ungh. Seda Martir. She spoke movingly of the heart of the "Homouhi" and the many acts of compassion on the part of members.
The program culminated with several presentations. First, Ungh. Sonia Chilingirian took her oath of membership in the A.R.S. Erepouni Chapter, followed by the awarding of a certificate and gold pin to Ungh. Maro Demirjian of Garin Chapter for her 50 years as a dedicated ARS member. The Garin Chapter also awarded scholarships to local university students.
Finally, the event ended with a candle lighting ceremony in celebration of the Erepouni Chapter’s 75th Anniversary, in which donors participated. The attendees were then treated to a sumptuous buffet of homemade treats by the two chapters.