AGBU New England District Set for Revitalization with New Leadership


WATERTOWN, Mass. — The AGBU New England District announces that it has a new Executive Committee.

“We’re very excited to revitalize AGBU’s role in New England, provide creative programming and reach out to our community,” said Ara J. Balikian, the new chair of the New England District. “We have a rich history as the third district worldwide and the first in the United States. I hope that many of those who were past leaders, members, supporters and participants of the New England District in the past return to support us and our new initiatives.”

As one of their first event, on Thanksgiving Day, the New England District, along with the AGBU Boston Young Professionals (YP), hosted a dinner for local college and university students who were not able to go home for Thanksgiving. This is a tradition they plan to continue and grow.

“In the Boston area, we are fortunate to have Armenian college and university students from around the world,” according to Vice Chair Salpie Takadjian. “We’re reaching out to them so we can be a resource for them and connect them to the local Armenian community. Their participation will help enrich us, as well.”

The new Executive Committee is busy planning several other events. On March 31, they are hosting an inaugural event, Performing Artists in Concert, showcasing outstanding young Armenian musicians. All of the performers are past recipients of AGBU scholarships, who have received their education at some of the world’s most prestigious conservatories and universities.  Similar concerts have been held with great success, by the AGBU, in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Further details of the upcoming concert will be released soon.

Every second and fourth Thursday night of the month, starting at 6 p.m., at the AGBU Center on Mt. Auburn Street, the New England District is accommodating a Bistro Night featuring catered traditional appetizers, kebab and desserts. The Bistro night is open to all who want to congregate with friends and family.

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They are also allowing members of the Armenian community to rent the center for functions, such as private gatherings, organizational meetings, get-togethers for families, luncheons, etc. Anyone interested in renting the center is encouraged to contact the New England District Center.

In addition, the New England District has instituted an Armenian cooking series, an educational series, as well as a series showcasing present day Armenian authors. In the near future, the Committee plans on opening the Center as a safe and fun gathering place for Armenian teenagers and as social gathering place during the day for Armenian seniors. “We also remain very committed to encouraging and supporting the activities of the Boston YP,” said New England District Treasurer Robert Parsekian.

The committee also intends to launch an informative website. “It will be a great source of for all things AGBU related in New England and worldwide,” said Executive Committee member Ipek. “I encourage everyone to check it out.”

“I would like to thank past Chair Souren Maserejian and his entire committee for their unyielding dedication, hard work and sacrifice to the New England District,” said Balikian. “We intend to build on their success.”

The 2011 Executive Committee consists of Chair Balikian, Vice Chair Takadjian, Treasurer Parsekian, Secretary Christina Orchanian Mardiros, Alicia Demirjian, Talinn Demirjian, Antranig Mardiros, Ipek and Seza Metrebian Seraderian. Nina Festekjian serves as an advisor.


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