ANCA Professional Network Hosts Acf Roundtable Discussion


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

A scene from the ACT roundtable

LITTLE ARMENIA-TheArmenian National Committee of America Professional
Network hosted a roundtable discussion on Saturday May 21 at the new
Hollywood Hye Getron on how to stay involved in the Armenian community
and in the Armenian cause, showcasing all of the organizations
under the Armenian Cultural Foundation. With leaders of each of the
organizations under the ACF present, each representative presented
the mission, goals, structure and membership of their respective

Allen Yekikian, former member of the Armenian Youth Federation Central
Executive, and current member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation,
presented on behalf of the ARF, ARF Shant Student Association and
the AYF; William Bairamian, Executive Director of the Armenian
National Committee of America-Western Region and Haig Hovsepian,
Senior Staff, presented on behalf of the ANCA-WR; Sevag Demirjian,
presented on behalf of the ANCA-Professional Network as their chairman;
Roger Khardarian, president of Hamazkayin Regional Executive Board
USA Western Region presented on behalf of the Hamazkayin Armenian
Educational and Cultural Society; Arousyak Melkonian, Chair Person
of the ARS WUSA Regional Executive Board, presented on behalf of
the Armenian Relief Society; Hovig Chahinian, Athletic Director of
Homenetmen Los Angeles, presented on behalf of Homenetmen, the Armenian
General Athletic Union; and Kris Demirjian, chair of the ANC-Political
Action Committee (ANC-PAC), presented on behalf of ANC-PAC.

Following the presentation from each organization, the participants
of the leadership summit, including community leaders, members and
students, shared ideas and discussed collaborative efforts to achieve
the ACF goals of bettering the Armenian community and attracting new
supporters to the ACF. The discussion was moderated by ANCA-PN board
member Ayk Dikijian. Several members of the local Armenian community
were present, as were representatives of the Armenian Bone Marrow
Donor Registry, who recruited all the organizations to host blood
donor drives at their upcoming events in efforts to save Armenian
lives by finding compatible donors for those with blood cancers.

The discussion was followed by a Wine and Cheese meet and greet.

Horizon reporters were on site to cover the event and interview
participating attendees. The open forum for the sharing of all
organization’s upcoming events and goals helped foster stronger and
healthier relationships between all the ACF organizations. All in
attendance agreed that such a forum should be held regularly to help
forge stronger relations between the organizations.

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