EAGLE ROCK—Every year, the Homenetmen Western United States Regional Executive bestows the title of “Exemplary Homenetmen Member” upon one individual in the organization who demonstrates a primary example for others to follow. This year, Berdj Djamdjian, notable in the community for his active involvement in scouting life, has deservedly been endowed with this esteemed title.
The opportunity to meet with the title recipient and obtain further insight into his background and organizational activities offered a true testament as to why he is indeed worthy of such an honor.
Born in June of 1946 in Cairo, Egypt, Berdj Djamdjian received his elementary education from the Kaloustian School, where he also actively engaged in the scouting movement. After also attending the local Mekhitarian Fathers School for two years, he relocated to Lebanon in 1960 and continued to pursue his education at the Mekhitarian Fathers School in Hazmieh.
In 1963, Djamdjian moved to the United States, settling in Los Angeles, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the California State University. He was considered a model student and, upon graduation, selected by Security Pacific Bank to specialize in IBM computers. His professional life, until today, continues to be dedicated to the computer sciences and his specialty is computer programming.
Berdj Djamdjian married and started a family with Norma, whom he met in 1968. The couple has two children, Monique and Armen, as well as two grandchildren.
The details Djamdjian shared regarding his organizational life and activities provide indication of his great interest and commitment to scouting and Homenetmen, in general. He has spent a great deal of time as a member of the Boy Scouts of America, assuming positions of unit leader and instructor.
After becoming a member of the Homenetmen Los Angeles Chapter in 1985, Djamdjian wholeheartedly became involved with the scouting division and served as an Assistant Scout Troop Leader, Troop Leader, and “Avak” Leader, respectively. His commitment to Homenetmen is apparent through his history of involvement as a member of the Los Angeles chapter’s Scouting Council, a chapter executive member, and a three-term member of Homenetmen’s Regional Scouting Council.
To this day, Djamdjian is the representative to the Boy Scouts of America on behalf of Homenetmen’s religious program. He has applied his vast knowledge to providing input in the development of the Western Prelacy’s St. Mesrob Emblem and has also received the International Wood Badge. Djamdjian continues to provide invaluable assistance to the community’s scouting divisions and in particular, the Los Angeles chapter.
Currently, he is a member of the Homenetmen Camp Tecuya committee and represents Homenetmen in the National Armenian Committee on Scouting.
Alongside his professional and organizational work, Djamdjian takes great interest in photography and dedicates his time taking photos of Homenetmen events and activities. For twelve years, he operated a Craft Shop and Wood Crafts establishment. He enjoys nature and retains his own Nature Study Collections and Props, which he presents to Homenetmen and various schools. As a hobby, Djamdjian also enjoys beekeeping.
Concluding the meeting, Jamjian expressed his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Homenetmen Regional Executive for awarding him with the “Exemplary Homenetmen Member” title. He reflected that he has great regard for Homenetmen, through which he has developed close friendships, and confidently assured he would continue serving the organization with great vigor.