Hamazkayin Holds 39th Regional Meeting in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The 39th Regional Meeting of the Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Society of the Eastern United States took place on June 6 at the Armenian Community Center of Providence. Eight chapters—Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, and Providence—were represented at the meeting, which included both delegates and guests.
A moment of silence was observed at the opening of the meeting for Kevork Vishabian, a founding member of the Hamazkayin Providence chapter, and Ara Caprielian, a founding member of the New York chapter.
The meeting focused on a number of issues, including the detailed analysis of the events and initiatives dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Suggestions were also made throughout the meeting for future plans.
One of the main areas of focus of the meeting was the youth and their involvement in the community. In this context, the topic of the annual Hamazkayin Forum was discussed at length; the annual trip to Armenia is an effort to bring together Armenian students from all over the world in an Armenian atmosphere, to convey the Armenian past and present, history and traditions, and their concerns and opportunities for preserving cultural values.
Representatives from the Hamazkayin Central Executive (Hrayr Baronian), the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Eastern Region Central Committee (Hovsep Avakian), the Armenian Relief Soceity (ARS) Regional Executive (Taline Mgrdichian), the Homenetmen Regional Executive (Sarkis Tarpinian), and the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Central Executive (Hrag Arakelian) were all present at the meeting.
The meeting was chaired by Talin Mavlian. Hasmig Aprahamian served as secretary.
The meeting also elected its Regional Executive for the upcoming term: Dr. Dikran Kazanjian (Washington, D.C., chair); Arevig Caprielian (New York, vice-chair); Talin Mavlian (New Jersey, secretary); Kari Ghazarian (Philadelphia, accountant); Khatchig Dakarian (Chicago, adviser); Hasmig Aprahamian (New Jersey, adviser); and Dr. Zareh Soghomonian (Washington, D.C., adviser).
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