BOSTON — “Boston Knights Light the Way” was the theme for the 91st Knights of Vartan and 69th Daughters of Vartan Grand Convocation held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel, during the week of June 30 – July 5, hosted by Ararat #1 Knights Lodge, Commander Nelson Stepanian, and Arpie #9 Daughters Otyag (chapter) of Boston and Donna Deranian, matron.
The Convocation Committee was headed by Robert M. Avakian and a team of Ararat Lodge and Arpie Otyag members.
Two days of intense business meetings were held separately by the Knights and Daughters, during which delegates deliberated on various current issues and election of the officers for the ensuing year. The Knights reelected Haig K. Deranian as grand commander, Charles S. Guleserian as vice commander, Jack Medzorian as grand chaplain, Ara Balikian Esq. as grand secretary, Edward Juskalian as grand treasurer (new candidate), Sarkis Gennetian as grand master of ceremonies and Arto Kurkjian as grand sentinel. The Daughters elected a new Grand Council, replacing the outgoing Grand Council headed by Grand Matron Anita Arslanian. The new council is headed by Grand Matron Melene Ouzounian and includes Geraldine Tahajian, Peggy Kalemkarian, Salpy Adams, Betty Farsakian, Kathy Bedrosian and Rozine Bedoyan.
The Knights made special recognition awards during its meetings to honor individual members who demonstrated exemplary service during the year. These included Antranik Cingoz from San Francisco, who personally raised over $100,000 from friends and associates all over the world for the Knights of Vartan Armenia School Support Project. Also recognized were the efforts of Michael Gulbankian for his past service on the Armenia Adopt a School Project, James Kalustian and state Rep. Peter Koutoujian for their efforts in spearheading the Armenian Heritage Park and Genocide Memorial on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway.