ALTADENA, Calif. — The legacy of the memorable leaders who helped solidify Armenian culture in the Diaspora and the homeland lives on as 10 Armenian Americans have pledged to continue in their footsteps by forming the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) Metro Los Angeles Chapter on Thursday, August 23.
Experiencing a period of revival, the TCA’s newest chapter in Los Angeles joins its counterparts around the world as it ushers in a vibrant and cohesive committee of educated professionals who are joining hands to keep the mission of the organization alive, holding in high regard the Armenian language and culture.
The members, all of whom share family ties and connections to the TCA, held elections during their inaugural meeting in a democratic fashion for the following roles: Carl Bardakian (Chair), Aleksan Giragosian, Esq. (Vice-Chair), Shahnour Hovsepian (Treasurer), Armand Yerjanian (Secretary), Taleen Babayan (Media), Maral Kojayan Beylerian, Talene Hachikian, Armen Toumajan, Esq., Mihran Toumajan and Arno Yeretzian.
“Our newly-formed committee recognizes the significance and responsibility of establishing a new Tekeyan chapter in Metro Los Angeles,” said Bardakian, whose community service spans across the Diaspora and Armenia. “I’m honored to lead this exemplary group and to carry on the legacy of my great-great-uncle, Hratch Yervant, who was one of the founding fathers of the ADL [Armenian Democratic Liberal Party].”
Under the guidance of the organization’s veteran leaders, who attended the meeting in a show of solidarity, the group is well on its way to making its mark in Los Angeles, and ultimately, the Diaspora.
Edmond Azadian, Chairman of the Central Board of the TCA of the United States and Canada, who is based in Detroit, expressed his support for the chapter.