By Kevork Keushkerian
PASADENA — An Armenian community round table meeting was organized by the Western District Committee of the Armenian General Benevolent Union to introduce Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. It was held on Friday, July 19, at the AGBU center in Pasadena.
Barger serves the residents of Los Angeles County’s 5th Supervisorial District, the county’s largest (2 million), spanning 2800 square miles, which includes 22 cities and 70 unincorporated communities in the San Gabriel, San Fernando, Crescenta, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Vallies. Cities with an abundant Armenian population like Pasadena, Glendale, and Burbank are in the 5th District.
Present at the meeting were Father Armenag Bedrossian from the Armenian Catholic Eparchy, Western District Director of the Armenian Assembly of America Mihran Toumajan, Roy Boulghourjian from the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Armenui Amy Ashvanian, Kevork Keushkerian from the Tekeyan Cultural Association, Harout Markarian from the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, Asbed Tatoulin from St. Gregory Armenian Church in Pasadena and many others.
AGBU Wester District Committee Chairlady Talin Yacoubian welcomed the guests and briefly dwelled upon the history of AGBU, the world’s largest Armenian non-profit organization, which promotes education, cultural, and sports activities to preserve the identity of our youth in the vast Diaspora. She then invited moderator Steve Samuelian to introduce Barger.
Samuelian said that Barger has been working with the former Supervisor Mike Antonovich for the last 28 years, until she was elected to replace him, when he decided to retire. She had started in that office as an intern and gradually rose to the rank of Supervisor, two and a half years ago. He then asked the Supervisor to present her achievements so far and lay out her plans.