2018 Javakhk Fundraiser, Lifetime Achievement Award, Spotlight, Nairy Chapter’s 50th, and More

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ARS Javakhk Fund Committee's Annual Fundraiser 2018

Supporters of the ARS Javakhk Fund Committee gathered in Glendale, California 
at Legacy Banquet Hall on May 11, 2018 to benefit the three youth centers in 
Javakhk, specifically the expansion of the Akhaltskha Youth Center.  The ARS 
Javakhk Fund Committee organizes fundraisers annually to support its ongoing 
efforts in the highly Armenian populated region of Georgia.  This year, the 
committee honored its long-time chairperson, Ungh. Haigoush Keghinian Kohler 
with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A dynamic video was presented displaying the vast accomplishments of the ARS 
Javakhk Fund Committee over the years in educational, outreach, coin bank 
collections, fundraising, Camp Javakhk, and youth centers. Committee 
Chairperson Lena Bozoyan delivered the committee’s remarks by thanking and 
appreciating all the members, donors, and supporters of the ARS Javakhk Fund, 
who trust the committee and help accomplish their projects.

A special video was also presented highlighting the life and achievements of 
the honoree, Ungh. Haigoush Keghinian Kohler. Organizational and community 
leaders, as well as the former and current Artsakh Republic ministers, hailed 
and congratulated Kohler’s service to our nation and organization. They 
highlighted that in addition to her services toward Javakhk, Kohler has 
exhibited humanitarian work in Armenia and Artsakh as well.

Bozoyan invited the honoree, as well as ARS Regional Executive Chairperson 
Silva Poladian, and the ARF representative to present the Lifetime Achievement 
Award to Kohler. Ungh. Kohler accepted the award and thanked supporters, 
family, friends and guests, who were present and reiterated the importance of 
helping and supporting Javakhk.

The ARS Regional Executive Board’s remarks were delivered by Regional Executive 
Board member and Javakhk Committee representative Nancy Bederian, who stressed 
that the Armenian Relief Society is always prepared to assist Armenians in need 
wherever they may be found. She added that preserving the Armenian identity of 
Javakhk Armenians must be deemed as a responsibility and new methods must be 
discovered to keep Javakhk and Javakhk Armenians remaining strong. 

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Ungh. Haigoush Keghinian Kohler receives Lifetime Achievement Award at ARS 
Javakhk Fund Committee's Annual Fundraiser on May 11, 2018 

(Pictured Left to Right -  ARF Central Committee representative Dr. Carmen 
Ohanian; ARS Regional Executive Chairperson Silva Poladian, Honoree Haigoush 
Keghinian Kohler, ARS Javakhk Fund Committee Chairperson Lena Bozoyan)

ARS Nairy Chapter's 50th Anniversary Celebration  

The ARS Montebello "Nairy" Chapter celebrated its milestone 50th Anniversary on 
April 29, 2018 at Bagramian Hall, alongside the 37th Anniversary of its 
Saturday School and 20th Anniversary of the ARS Nairy Preschool & Day Care 
Center.

ARS Javakhk Fund Continues Outreach and Education 

The ARS Javakhk Fund Committee continued its community engagement activities 
and events through the following means: On April 30 and May 2, 2018, Professor 
Ashot Melkonyan, a native of Javakhk and historian, visited Ferrahian High 
School and Chamlian Armenian School, respectively, to discuss the importance of 
Javakhk. 

On May 1, 2018, the Committee held a public forum, titled "The State of Javakhk 
During the First Republic of Armenia," presented by Prof. Melkonyan at the 
Glendale Adult Recreation Center. Prof. Melkonyan shared his vast knowledge of 
Armenia, Javakhk, and the history of the First Republic with the audience. He 
also discussed the various battles that have taken place in Javakhk and 
historic lands, which ultimately lead to the borders observed today. Prof. 
Melkonyan shared biographies of historic Armenians from Javakhk, who have 
shaped the First Republic of Armenia and the nation today.

Seda Khojayan Receives Community Service Award

The Armenian National Committee of America - Glendale Chapter (ANCA Glendale) 
held its 2nd Annual Award and Appreciation Dinner on May 3, 2018 at Renaissance 
Banquet Hall.

At the event, the ANCA Glendale Community Service Award was awarded to Seda 
Khojayan for her dedication to raising the quality of life within the community 
and her selfless contribution and service to the ongoing welfare of the 
community-at-large. ANCA Glendale annually hosts this event to honor remarkable 
individuals and local organizations, highlighting their achievements and 
commitment to the betterment of the Glendale community.

Khojayan, a member of the ARS Glendale "Sepan" Chapter,  serves on the Glendale 
City Commission on the Status of Women, Board of Directors of the YWCA of 
Glendale and has served on the ARS Regional Executive Board and "Sepan" Chapter 
Executive. 

Upcoming Chapter Events

ARS Maro Chapter's Fundraiser for "Beds for the Brave"

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum

Contact Satenig (818) 602-5786

ARS Sepan Chapter's Mother's Day Luncheon

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

Legacy Ballroom

Tickets: $50

Contact Zharmen (818) 484-6618

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Terry Minasian

ARS Roubina Chapter 

Terry Minasian was born in Athens, Greece. After her public education in Greek 
and Armenian schools, she subsequently attended the American College for Girls 
in Athens. Terry married Berge Minasian from Detroit, Michigan and together 
they settled in Detroit. She continued her education and majored in Art and 
Business. She subsequently became a successful artist and was the owner of an 
art gallery. Her painting of the Madonna and Child hangs at the Altar of the 
San Diego St. John Garabed Armenian Church.

Terry's mother volunteered as a Blue Cross member in Greece and Terry followed 
her example and joined the ARS Chapter in Detroit. When the family moved to San 
Diego, Terry along with her friend Azniv Sabonjian founded the ARS Roubina 
Chapter in 1985. The Roubina Chapter has been very successful. Over the years, 
they compiled an admirable record of serving the elderly, helping immigrant 
families, conducting Armenian language classes, making annual financial 
contributions to the ARS Western Region Board for their humanitarian 
commitments and sponsoring events to strengthen the community. Every year, they 
also managed to give scholarships to deserving Armenian college students.  

Terry was elected to the Regional Board from 1991 to 1993 and then again in 
1997 to 1999. It was during her second term that she chaired the committee that 
built the new ARS Regional Headquarters building in Glendale. With the support 
of the Regional Board, Terry guided the many facets of securing building loans, 
hiring architects, and builders.  The outcome was a state of the art building 
which was completed on schedule and on budget.

ARS Gala 2019

The ARS of Western USA will hold its 2019 Gala on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 
Taglyan Cultural Complex, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Western 
Region.

Upcoming Regional Events

June 4, 2018

Outstanding High School Graduates' Awards Ceremony

June 5, 2018

ARS Day Luncheon at Ararat Home 

September 29-30, 2018

ARS Festival

 October 14, 2018

ARS Day Celebration

ARS of Western USA's
Standing Programs

Heart to Heart

Social Services Division

Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center

Armenia-Artsakh

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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