AYF-ER hosts year-end meeting, presents interim Central Executive

The 88th Annual Convention of the Armenian Youth Federation – Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (AYF-YOARF) Eastern Region was set to take place in New York from December 26 – 30, 2021. Unfortunately, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Central Executive (CE) decided that the safety of our members and their families was of the utmost importance. With many delegates gathering and traveling for the holidays, the CE decided to postpone the traditional, in-person convention.

Instead, the organization conducted a virtual meeting from December 28 – 29. The Zoom session hosted over 30 delegates representing each of the region’s 15 chapters. The delegates reviewed the work carried out by the 2021 CE, the 13 Central Councils and the 15 chapters of the region. 

Unfortunately, the group was unable to discuss new objectives or adopt resolutions for the organization’s 2022 calendar year. The goal, however, is to hold an official in-person convention as soon as it can be done safely and efficiently.

The following members represented the outgoing 2021 CE: 

  • Vrej Dawli (Chicago)
  • Nareh Mkrtschjan (Providence)
  • Aram Balian (Washington, DC)
  • Alex Manoukian (Washington, DC)
  • Sosy Bouroujian (Washington, DC)
  • Sipan Ohannesian (Washington, DC)
  • Araxie Tossounian (Detroit) 

    AYF delegates pictured during year-end meeting, December 2021

Because the convention was unable to elect a new CE for the start of 2022, the ARF Eastern Region Central Committee appointed the following AYF members as the interim 2022 AYF-YOARF CE. The appointed CE held its first meeting and elected the composition of its body as follows:

  • Nareg Mkrtschjan (Providence) – Chair
  • Aram Balian (Washington, DC) – Vice-Chair
  • Harout Tashian (Providence) – Treasurer
  • Ani Khachatourian (Greater Boston) – Secretary
  • Meghri Dervartanian (Greater Boston) – Advisor
  • Alex Manoukian (Washington, DC) – Advisor
  • Talene Sagherian (Manhattan) – Advisor
AYF delegates pictured during year-end meeting, December 2021

The 2022 CE is motivated to start off the year successfully and looks forward to continuing to uphold the legacy of the AYF-YOARF in its 89th year.

Founded in 1933, The Armenian Youth Federation is an international, non-profit, youth organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF). The AYF-YOARF Eastern United States stands on five pillars that guide its central activities and initiatives: Educational, Hai Tahd, Social, Athletic and Cultural. The AYF also promotes a fraternal attitude of respect for ideas and individuals amongst its membership. Unity and cooperation are essential traits that allow members of the organization to work together to realize the AYF’s objectives.


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