AGBU PRESIDENT BERGE SETRAKIAN’S VISIT TO ARMENIA

Between May 25-29, AGBU President Berge Setrakian visited Armenia to attend a series of meetings and events. On May 26, President Setrakian participated in 2014 RA Presidential Award Ceremony at the RA Presidential Palace. The Presidential Awards - certificates with inscriptions and monetary awards - were conferred to the awardees for their significant contribution in the fields of literature and arts, architecture and urban development, sciences, humanitarian and social sciences, etc., by RA President Serzh Sargsyan and Diaspora-Armenian philanthropist Robert Boghossian, representative of the Robert Boghossian and Sons Foundation. President Sargsyan congratulated all the awardees and wished them success in all their future endeavours. He also thanked the Boghossian family for its participation and contribution in the development of their homeland, as well as that particular award ceremony. Since its inception in 2001 the RA Presidential Award has been conferred to 306 individuals and organizations, including 19 international organizations. On May 27th, Berge Setrakian participated in the 24th annual meeting of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s Board of Trustees presided over by the Board’s President, RA President Serzh Sargsyan. AGBU has been a member of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund since its inception in 1992. Prior to the official session, the board members observed a minute of silence in memory of their deceased colleague Eduardo Seferian (Argentina). After approving the session agenda and watching the film about the work financed by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund in 2014, the board of trustees discussed the agenda items, during which Ara Vardanyan was re-appointed as Executive Director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund for another three-year term, effective May 27, 2015. The Board of Trustees awarded the Certificate of Benefactor Membership to Andranik Baghdasaryan, Chairman of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund U.S. Western Region Affiliate, who has so far donated around 900.000 USD to the Fund’s projects. Vahe Jazmadarian, Member of the Fund’s Audit Committee, who had been on the Board of Trustees since 1991, stepped down from his appointment and proposed the candidacy of Ara Aslan, which was accepted by the Board. President Serzh Sargsyan thanked Mr. Jazmadarian for his lasting contribution and dedication and adherence to principles demonstrated during his time in office and awarded him with a First-Class Medal of Services to the Homeland. A report on the target of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s Marathon 2015 was presented by NKR President Bako Sahakyan. In his speech, President Sargsyan briefly reflected upon the Genocide Centennial events, which have been and are to this day financed exclusively through private donations by our compatriots, this time mostly from Armenia and Russia, who sponsored large-scale projects like the global forum entitled Against the Crime of Genocide, the commemorative event at Tsitsernakaberd, the System of a Down concert at the Republic Square and the Revival concert by more than 100 musicians from dozens of countries, and the Canonization Service held at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union.

 

 
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