PHILADELPHIA — The Knights and Daughters of Vartan gathered in Philadelphia July 6-10, to celebrate the Knights’ 100th anniversary and hold the organization’s 98th National Grand Convocation.
The convocation was presided over by the Grand Commander of the Knights of Vartan, Steven Kradjian of San Diego, and the Grand Matron of the Daughters of Vartan, Sona Manuelian of New Jersey.
A call for service leadership in all communities and a new chapter of service in the motherland were the major themes throughout the convocation as the brotherhood enters its second century. The five days of workshops, tours, business meetings and evening events were attended by over two hundred Knights and Daughters from across the United States, their families, and many local Armenian youth.
A hallmark of the event included the approval and announcement that the Knights of Vartan will be opening a first-ever Communications Office in Yerevan, to monitor the organization’s many charitable projects and forge new public and private partnerships. The organization is sponsoring a trip to Armenia from September 14-24, to launch the Communications Office and tour various sites and institutions the Knights and Daughters support.
The convocation was an energetic time of new dialogues on topics and projects relevant to all Armenians, and on building friendships old and new.