Armenian National Committee – Western Region
104 North Belmont Street, Suite 200
Glendale, California 91206
March 4, 2008
Contact: Ani Garabedian
ANC-WR and SF Bay Area Activists Spread Word about Armenian American
Issues at California Republican Party Convention
San Francisco, CA – The Armenian National Committee-Western Region
traveled to San Francisco to attend the California Republican Party’s
(CRP) annual spring convention which took place from February 22nd
through the 24th. ANC-WR Community Relations Director, Haig Hovsepian,
led a group of local San Francisco Bay Area ANC activists as well as
ANC-WR interns to the convention.
"The ANC-WR works to raise awareness and promote understanding of our
community, its values and concerns," stated Hovsepian. "Along with our
local ANC activists, we are here to make sure that the California
Republican Party faithfully continues to address issues of concern to
the Armenian community in California," said Hovsepian.
SF Bay Area ANC board member Mark Markarian as well as SF Bay Area ANC
Executive Director Matt Senekerimian were joined by SF Bay Area ANC
activists Rita Astoor, Shant Hagopian and Christopher Yemenidjian, as
well as ANC-WR interns Christine Semerdjian and Carina Khanjian.
"The workshops were informative and gave us an inside look on how the
Republican Party operates," said Hagopian. "The experience was proof
positive of how grassroots outreach can make a difference – in
addition to raising awareness of our community’s concerns with current
and future elected officials," Semerdjian added.
The group had the opportunity to interact with California Republican
Party delegates, members, and leaders. Several of the volunteers
attended convention workshops which included issues regarding youth
involvement in the Republican Party as well as the changing face of
the California electorate. The convention also featured discussions
about the party’s platform for the next year as well as an election of
a Republican National Committee member.
The Armenian National Committee – Western Region is the largest and
most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in
the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of
offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States
and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANC-WR advances
the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of
Photo caption: (from L-R) Former ANC interns Chris Yemenidjian, and
Shant Hagopian join Haig Hovsepian and current ANC-WR interns Carina
Khanjian and Christine Semerdjian at the California Republican Party
spring convention this past weekend.