Representatives from Homenetmen chapters throughout the Western US Region gathered at the Montebello Armenian Center on October 8-10–to conduct the Organization’s 26th Regional Representatives Meeting.
The Regional Representatives Meeting takes place at least once every two years. During this weekend–the Regional Executive Committee provided a report of its bi-annual activities to the elected representatives of the Region’s Chapters. Chapter representatives are based on membership. This year’s meeting had 112 elected representatives and some 30 invited guests. Present at the meeting were Homenetmen Central Executive Committee members Manuel Marselian and Mher Tavitian–as well as ARF Central Committee representative Hagop Tufenkjian.
The special executive–elected by the representatives to run the three day meeting–were two chairmen–Raffi Sarkissian and Garo Ispendjian–along with four secretaries. After the presentation of the bi-annual report–the Regional Executive Committee presented its collective resignation. The meeting attendees proceeded to ask the resigning Executive Committee questions about the bi-annual report to better comprehend the scope of Homenetmen’s activities and programs.
Saturday morning–Viggen Tavitian–Chairman of the resigning Regional Executive Committee–answered the questions asked the evening before. Thereafter–meeting participants were given the opportunity to express their opinion regarding the work of the past Regional Executive. This portion of the meeting was particularly interesting since it served as an opportunity for those members closest to the Organization to offer their honest assessment. While most remarks commended the resigning Board for their hard work–innovations–and vision–some condoned certain activities and the lack of effort in particular areas. It is constructive criticism such as this that allows Homenetmen to take stock of itself and continue to improve.
The remainder of Saturday was spent working on motions and suggestions to help develop the agenda for the coming two years. Meeting participants separated into specialized committees to review motions which–only on passing in committee–were discussed at the full session of the Regional Representatives Meeting.
Among the most talked about topics were the continuous enhancemen’s for educational programs and the required focus for development at the Chapter level. The weekend appeared to also serve as an opportunity for Homenetmen’s leadership to once again bond together. Given that the attendees are geographically spread out most of the year–they are always excited to take advantage of get togethers such as this to not only collectively work towards the betterment of Homenetmen–but catch up socially as well.
The meeting reached its final stage Sunday morning. Nominations were made for the new Regional Executive Committee and voted on. With the election of every new committee–there always seems to be a sense of promise. The Homenetmen Regional Executive Committee of 2002–2004 certainly did its part to ensure the continuing success of the Organization. Faced with what often seemed like insurmountable challenges–they hedged forward and made sure we still had an unprecedented Regional Jamboree–a revival among the scouting ran’s–two magnificent Navasartian Games and many more accomplishmen’s. It is worth taking the time to once again acknowledge the members of the 2002–2004 Homenetmen Western US Regional Executive–their Scouting and Athletic Councils–all of the sub-committees–and countless volunteers for their hard work and dedication to Homenetmen. It is through their devotion and unwavering commitment that thousands of young Armenia’s are able to thrive in the positive Armenian environment so distant from our Homeland.
As for the newly elected Homenetmen Western US Regional Executive Committee–it is obvious that their work will be just as challenging as that of their predecessors. The eleven member group has already begun their work with the continuation of the 4th Annual Homenetmen Winter Games–currently taking place at Pasadena High School for divisions AA–A–B & C in basketball. They will spend the next few weeks taking the suggestions of the Regional Representatives Meeting and cultivating their agenda for the next two years. Sub-committees will soon be appointed and–before we know it–the 30th Navasartian Games & Festival will be here.
2004–2006 Homenetmen Western US
Regional Executive Committee
Moneh D. Grigorian
Aram B. Chobanian