BUDAPEST–As the Armenian community of Budapest was celebrating the 87th anniversary of Armenia’s First Independence Day on May 28–they had cause for another momentous celebration as a new chapter was added to the Homenetmen family.
More than 120 youth–alongside 32 members from Homenetmen Vienna chapter–assembled in Budapest’s City Hall to mark the occasion while Adam Sarksian emceed and Homenetmen Vienna chapter’s Chairperson Rima Paroyan gave the keynote address.
Homenetmen Western Region Central Committee member Manuel Marselian was present to convey the organization’s message. Speaking about the importance of passing on Homenetmen’s legacy to the youth of tomorrow–Marselian said–"Though it might be easy to create a new chapter–the real challenge comes when the youth work together–through self-sacrifice–to strengthen and preserve our Armenian identity."
Praising the determination of the Hungary chapter–Marselian then introduced the chapter’s first elected executive–presenting them with the organization’s by-laws and constitution–as well as the Homenetmen flag. The 2005 executive members are Nigoghos Hagopian–Hayastan Aghegian–Gagik Jotian–Adam Sarksian–Haroutioun Papzapanian–Ermani Mardaian–and Lilit Outamian.
The chapter will begin its activities by developing the athletics division–while a scouting division will be formed in the future.