LOS ANGELES–The Hamazkayin Western USA Regional Meeting took place on February 25–and was attended by Hratch Simonian of the Central Executive–Hovsep Avakian–chairman of the Eastern USA Hamazkayin executive–Shahan Stepanian of the Central Committee of the ARF Western Region–and various representatives from Hamazkayin chapters throughout California.
The Hamzkayin delegates presented the activities of their respective chapters over the course of the past year. Hrayr Garabedian–chairman of the regional executive–briefed the delegates on the work of the executive over the past two years. The seven-member executive body was able to carry out its goals despite the fact that it had been reduced to only four members. Several fund-raising event were organized for the purpose of carrying out various projects–since the initial starting budget was limited.
Hamazkayin was successful in putting together the Artee Society which promotes young Armenian artists in the community. There were also a series of lectures and literary-cultural events organized–along with the release of CDs.
The new executive was elected with the following members – Hrayr Garabedian–Hrayr Sherikian–Kevork Badigian–Carmen Der Garabedian–Markar Mardirosian–Sosi Najarian–Varty Yaghlian–Varaztad Markarian–and Levon Isahag.