By Daphne Abeel
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BELMONT, Mass. — Even before Souren Maserejian took on more official responsibilities at the New England District of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), he proved his dedication to the organization at a young age. Newly arrived in the United States from his native Aleppo, Syria, and still in his early 20s, Maserejian was voted the most valuable AGBU volunteer in 1984.
Two years later, he was elected chairman of AGBU’s Greater Boston Chapter and in 1990, he was appointed Central Committee chairman of the New England District. He soon chose his committee, which included Alex Kalayjian, Bedros Dilsizian, Jacko Atamian, Ara Barmakian Sr., Gregory Seymorian, Michael Gulbankian, Ani Kalayjian, Maida Yetimian, Lisa Maserejian, Maro Getzoyan, Vartouhie Cholakian, Garo Yavshaian. William Aznavourian, Linda Abkarian, Albert Abkarian and Tina Maserejian.
Following his retirement as chairman from the New England District Committee in September 2011, Maserejian reflected on his nearly 30 years of service.
“I was in Boston when the earthquake happened in Armenia,” said Maserejian in a recent interview. “This was our first big fundraising effort. The Boston Chapter coordinated with the New England District, then headed by Eva Medzorian, and we managed to raise $700,000 from Armenian and non-Armenian donors to help the victims.”