Monthly Archives: January 2015
Annual Florida Meeting to Feature Armenian Genocide Symposium
WASHINGTON, DC – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) is pleased to announce that the annual Assembly Members Meeting and Banquet will take place at the Marriott Town Center on March 13-14, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. Organized by the Assembly’s South Florida Regional Council (SFRC), this year’s gathering will feature an expanded program, including a special panel discussion on the Armenian Genocide.
“We are excited to welcome all members, guests and friends of the Armenian Assembly to attend our annual meeting and banquet,” stated Assembly Board Member Lu Ann Ohanian. “It will be an informative and enjoyable weekend,” Ohanian said.
The weekend will begin with a welcome reception on the evening of Friday, March 13th. Following the welcome reception, guests will have the pleasure of spending time with friends and family at their choosing. On Saturday, March 14th, the Annual Members Meeting will take place at 9:00 AM, followed by lunch. At 1:00 PM, the Assembly will host a special academic symposium that will explore different dimensions of the Armenian Genocide. Speakers will be announced shortly. Later Saturday evening, guests will convene for cocktails and dancing.
Below is a listing of events for this year’s Assembly Annual Members Meeting:
Friday, March 13, 2015:
- Welcome Reception, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2015:
- Breakfast, 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
- Annual Members Meeting, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
- Lunch, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Armenian Genocide Symposium (Speakers Invited), 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- Cocktails & Dancing, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
All events will be held at the Marriott Hotel at Boca Town Center, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486. Please call (561) 392-4600 to reserve your room and be sure to mention the Armenian Assembly in order to receive the reduced rate of $169.00 per night.
For tickets or additional information, please contact Assembly SFRC Chair Carol Norigian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.
By Mercedes Gechidjian
FLArmenians Miami Contributor
BOCA RATON, FL – What does it mean to be an Armenian? What have the Armenian people been through in 3,000 years? How have we flourished as a people and as a nation? These are some of the questions that Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston’s (SNDC) production A Journey Through Time answered during their powerful performance on Saturday, January 24 at Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton.
The event was held in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were brutally tortured and killed by Turkish nationalists. The show took the audience on a magical and heartfelt journey through Armenian history, in which the adoption of Christianity, the genocide, and the creation of a free and independent Armenia were portrayed.
The program was organized into two parts. Part one, consisted of a travel through time, in which the audience met famed Armenian hero’s Saint Gregory the Illuminator in Khor Virab and Vartan Mamigonian in the Battle of Avarayr, among many others. Yet, the most agonizing encounter was with the twenty brides of Adana in 1909, where the audience saw the gruesome execution of twenty, innocent, young women. Part two, on the other hand, celebrated the many cultural and melodic dances of the Armenian culture, including crowd favorites, Kochari* and Nare Nare.* This part of the production showed that, even amid tragedy, Armenians have always managed to stay connected to their roots and the essence of being Armenian; in addition to finding both peace and courage through the art of music and dancing.
According to the definition by SNDC: Kochari- “Is an ancient national, ritual dance symbolizing movements that express the sense of “fighting the battle of life.” Nare Nare- “[is a] festive dance celebrating the spirit, love, and allegiance of Armenians to their homeland.”
This wonderful event would not have been possible without the Armenian Genocide Commemoration, Inc. (AGC) and their efforts to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide in Florida. Their mission is to educate Armenian and non-Armenians in the local community on a very dark time in world history. “I felt proud, relieved, wired,” stated Arsine Kaloustian, the Public Affairs Director of Florida Armenians and Chairman of AGC. “A lot of people and a lot of work went into bringing Sayat Nova to Florida. There were a lot of moving parts to this and to watch it come together so seamlessly was energizing. To know that it was the first official event in the USA that was commemorating the centennial was very emotional for me,” Kaloustian said.
With over 700 tickets sold, Sayat Nova’s A Journey Through Time was a great success for the Armenian community of Florida, and encouraged all of us to help raise awareness and seek justice towards the atrocities that occurred in 1915. As the Armenian proverb states, “If the village stands, it can break a trunk (strength increases unity).”