FRESNO–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Fresno Soghomon Tehlirian Chapter organized a series of events to celebrate "ARF Day" from January 28-29. Special guests included ARF Western Region Central Committee members and keynote speaker–ARF Bureau member Dr. Vicken Hovsepian.
Prior to the celebration–Hovsepian met with Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Kevork Chavoosh Chapter members and Homenetmen Sassoon Chapter scouts to discuss issues concerning the youth.
Hovsepian–in his keynote address–spoke of the huge task that lays ahead for the ARF–both in Armenia and the diaspora. A fundraiser hosted by Apo–Rosine–and Nayiri Saghdejian Saturday evening helped raise $37,000–which the Central Committee will use to sponsor a new office in Yerevan.
On Sunday–the special guests–along with ARF members and community members from Fresno visited the monument dedicated to Soghomon Tehlirian–where they honored the national hero.
The ARF Day Celebration was held that afternoon at Rose Mgrditchian Hall in the Armenian Center. Avedis Krikorian–Master of Ceremonies for the evening–welcomed guests and community members. ARF Western Region representative Vicken Yepremian stressed the importance of mobilization in reaching our potential and ensuring future success. Keynote speaker Vicken Hovsepian spoke about the meaning of the ARF oath and outlined the organization’s activities throughout the world. He said commitment is neccessary if we are to achieve our national aspirations and goals.