Prelate Delivers Opening Message at ARS 96th Regional Convention

On Friday, July 14, 2017, the Armenian Relief Society’s 96th Regional Convention convened at Homenetmen Glendale “Ararat” Chapter’s center. The three-day convention will review the organization’s biennial activities and draft endeavors for the new term.

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, accompanied by Vicar General, Very Rev. Fr. Torkom Donoyan, attended and delivered the opening message.

In attendance were ARF Western Region Central Committee member Garo Ispenjian, ARS Central Executive members Nyree Derderian, Rita Hintlian, and Maral Matossian, members of the Regional Executive and chapters, delegates, and guests.

His Eminence began his message by greeting the members of the Central and Regional Executives, delegates, and honored guests and wishing for productive deliberations as they assess past activities and lay the groundwork for future endeavors. The Prelate lauded the subsequent generations of diligent members who have served in the ranks of the worthy organization to provide for the needs of our compatriots in need and in crisis with a loving and compassionate heart, with the full awareness that the wellbeing of our larger collective family is as important as the wellbeing of their individual families. “We are assured that the ARS will continue to thrive and endure owing to its dedicated members and generous supporters,” he stated. The Prelate recalled that the Prelacy honored ARS members on the occasions of the Year of Service, stating, “Indeed you are worthy of every commendation and appreciation,” and stated that this year, the Year of Renewal, is an invitation to all, individuals and organizations alike, to renew our faith in our Lord and our Church, and to renew our commitment to serving our nation and our homeland. Finally, His Eminence again commended the exemplary service of ARS members for the benefit of our people and nation, and wished them continued successes in their valuable work.

Remarks were delivered by Western Regional Executive Chair Mrs. Rebecca Berberian, Mr. Ispenjian, and Mrs. Matossian.

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