Comedy for a Cause, Spotlight, Armenian Genocide Commemoration, Upcoming Events, and More

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ARS Festival Committee Honors Satenig Nalbandian - Comedy for a Cause Luncheon

Approximately 180 ARS members and supporters attended a Comedy for a Cause 
Luncheon organized by the ARS of Western USA’s Regional Festival Committee on 
March 24, 2018 at Arbat Banquet Hall. The event featured the comedic talent of 
Mary Basmadjian.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by Seta Tarpinian, Co-Chairperson of the 
Regional Festival Committee, who explained the event’s fundraising nature to 
raise financial support for the re-organizing efforts of the ARS Festival, 
which is set to be held on September 29-30, 2018. Thereafter, the committee’s 
Co-Chairperson Emma Garabetian was invited to deliver a surprise announcement 
of the honoring of Satenig Nalbandian, a member of the ARS Santa Monica “Gars” 

Surprised by the announcement, Satenig Nalbandian was accompanied to the stage 
by ARS Regional Executive Chairperson Silva Poladian, who presented her with a 
plaque recognizing her years of service and contributions to ensuring the 
success of ARS festivals. Nalbandian expressed her heartfelt appreciation for 
the honor and stated, “It is our duty to be of the utmost service to our 
beloved organization and to do so without any expectations in return.”

Remarks were also delivered by Houri Kassabian, Chairperson of the ARS “Gars” 
Chapter, who congratulated Nalbandian on behalf of the chapter, commended her 
years of dedication and service, and presented her with a floral bouquet in 

Armenian Relief Society of Western USA, Regional Executive Website 
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ARS Member Vicky Marachelian Honored as One of the 2018 Women of the Year  

On April 5, 2018, during a luncheon in Echo Park, Calif., Vicky Marachelian was 
honored among a group of inspiring women from communities in the 28th 
Congressional District by  U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff.

“These women have worked to found or support a myriad of charitable 
organizations, started multiple businesses and given so much of themselves to 
improve the common good. They are all pillars of our communities and I thank 
them for their invaluable service," said Rep. Schiff.

Board of Regents of ARS Schools' Events for Students

On April 21, 2018, ARS school students will visit the Armenian Genocide 
Monument in Montebello, Calif. to pay their respects to the victims of the 1915 
Armenian Genocide. 

On April 28, 2018, a Quiz Bowl for younger and older ARS school students will 
be held at the Hollywood Armenian Center. The Quiz Bowl is dedicated to the 
100th Anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia. 

QuickBooks Workshop

The ARS Regional Executive Board has organized a QuickBooks Workshop for 
chapter treasurers and accountants, which will be held on April 19, 2018 
starting at 7 p.m. at the ARS Regional Headquarters. 

This workshop will allow chapters to be familiarized with the software in an 
effort to maintain accurate chapter financial and accounting records. 

The workshop is open to all ARS members interested in attending. 

Upcoming Chapter Events

ARS Lori Chapter Irene Boodakian Saturday School's Kids Paint Night (Ages 6-15)

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Armenian Community Center's Titizian Hall

Tickets: $35 

Contact Seta (818) 298-3003 or Suzy (818) 640-0345

ARS Sevan Chapter's Mother/Daughter Tea Party - Fashion Show

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 12 Noon

Ghazarian Hall

Tickets: $50

Contact Hermine (714) 417-0534

ARS Araz Chapter's Presentation on "Prepare to Survive" & Emergency 
Preparedness by Connie Lackey, RN

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Burbank Youth Center

Free Admission - Open to the Public

Contact (818) 500-1343

ARS Nairy Chapter's 50th Anniversary Banquet 

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Bagramian Hall 

Contact Laure (323) 728-4084

ARS Anahid Chapter's Mother's Day Luncheon

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

Terrace Restaurant & Lounge

Tickets: $50

Contact Azadouhi (818) 609-8098 or Sirvart (818) 472-5889

ARS Lori Chapter's Mother's Day Luncheon

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Brandview Ballroom

Tickets: $60

Contact Maro (818) 384-3057 or Ivy (818) 419-5959

ARS Arax Chapter's Spring Luncheon

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 12 noon

Armenian Community Center in Lomita, Calif.

Tickets: $30 for adults; $10 for children 13 and under

Contact Azniv (310) 344-7804

ARS Araz Chapter's Mother's Day Luncheon

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Olivia Restaurant

Tickets: $50

Contact (818) 726-2960

Alice Filhanessian

ARS Sevan Chapter 

Alice Filhanessian, a native of Musa Ler, relocated to Anjar, Lebanon in 1930. 
She received her education and worked within Armenian Evangelical Schools in 
both Anjar and Beirut, Lebanon. She became a member  of the Armenian Relief  
Cross of Lebanon. Following the Lebanese Civil War, she relocated to the United 
States with her family and settled in the Orange County area. There, she joined 
the ARS "Sevan" Chapter where she continues as a member until the present time. 
She has taught at the chapter's Saturday School, served as a member of the 
chapter executive, and on various committees.  Filhanessian has taught the 
Armenian language to older adults in her community, has been elected as 
secretary of regional conventions, and has also served as a member of the 
regional Saturday School  committee and ARS  Regional Executive Board.

In memory of their parents, her family donated their home in Anjar, Lebanon to 
the LOKH "Akhtamar" Chapter of the Armenian Relief Cross of Lebanon.

ARS Sevan Chapter's Armenian Classes for Adults

The ARS Orange County "Sevan" Chapter will be holding Armenian Classes for 
Adults on Friday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. at Ari Guiragos Minassian Armenian 

For more information, contact chapter chairperson Hermine Parseghian (714) 
417-0534 or Ani Geloian (714) 797-0361.

Upcoming Regional Events

April 2018

Armenian Genocide Commemoration Events 

May 1, 2018

ARS Javakhk Fund's Public Forum

May 11, 2018

ARS Javakhk Fund's Annual Fundraiser

June 4, 2018

Outstanding High School Graduates' Awards Ceremony

June 5, 2018

ARS Day Luncheon at Ararat Home 

ARS of Western USA's
Standing Programs

Heart to Heart

Social Services Division

Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center


ARS Javakhk Fund

Families in Need

16 One-Day Schools

Friends of ARS

Educational Programs


517 W. Glenoaks Blvd. | Glendale, CA 91202-2812 US


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