By Nubar Dorian
Imagination, dreams, wishes, success, wealth and power are cheap commodities that clutter the human mind and separate us from birds, insects, plants and trees and all creatures of God who do not know Sunday from Monday. In this confusing world we live, very few among us add passion, mission and action to the mix and become leaders to be admired, respected and loved.
One such leader is Hirair Hovnanian. He is involved in all phases of our community, with exemplary caring, attention, devotion and largesse. Hrair is extraordinary and unique in the sense that all worthy causes are embraced by him. Partisanship is alien to him. His name appears as donor, supporter or participant in just about all Armenian causes, without regard to party or group affiliation. This is, indeed, the hallmark of true leadership.
Obviously, Hirair is best known throughout the Armenian world as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Assembly of America, which he, along with long-remembered Mr. Mugar, a wonderful memory, established in Washington, DC, decades ago.
Without doubt, question or hesitation, this organization presently is the best loved, most admired and most envied in terms of furthering the Armenian Cause. The White House, the Senate and the House in Washington, as well as Armenia and Europe, consider the Armenian Assembly the best source and the most powerful advocate in pursuit of justice for the Armenian Cause.
It is a little ironic, though, that the Armenian Assembly is not fully appreciated in some quarters. It is worth reminding us that from the very inception of the Assembly, it insisted that the organization shall be an advocate for us all by having representation from the Armenian Diocese, the Armenian Prelacy, the Armenian Protestant community, along with two major Armenian political parties. It started with 21 members on its board of directors, with three co-chairpersons, and Hirair Hovnanian as the president of the Board of Trustees.