ARF-EUSA and AMAA leaders meet to discuss mutual cooperation

Hrair Baronian, Ani Tchaghlasian, Zaven Khanjian, Rev. Joseph Garabedian and Tony Vartanian

Recently, members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Eastern USA (ARF-EUSA) Community Relations Committee met with leaders of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA). The meeting was held to introduce the AMAA members to the Community Relations Committee, which has been formed to engage with key leaders and organizations in the region by establishing consistent dialogue and a framework to identify opportunities for collaboration.

The meeting was held at the AMAA headquarters in Paramus, New Jersey. Participating were ARF-EUSA Central Committee chair Ani Tchaghlasian, ARF-EUSA Community Relations Committee members Hrair Baronian and Tony Vartanian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO Zaven Khanjian and pastor of the Armenian Presbyterian Church in Paramus Rev. Joseph Garabedian.

The warm and open dialogue in the meeting reflected the friendship between the individuals present, as well as the mutual respect for each organization’s efforts on behalf of the Armenian people and nation.

The conversation focused on learning about both organizations’ priority programs for 2024 at both the local and regional levels, as well as key initiatives related to Armenia and Artsakh. Khanjian reported on the various projects the AMAA is working on in Armenia, with a focus on their efforts on behalf of the refugees from Artsakh. ARF-EUSA participants focused on activities across the region and efforts for Artsakh Armenians through the ACAA Artsakh Fund. Both organizations are prioritizing humanitarian initiatives for the displaced Armenians of Artsakh.

Community Relations Committee members additionally presented the ARF’s plans, through the ACAA Artsakh Fund, to identify other programs that enable employment and integration of Artsakh Armenians in Armenia. 

The ARF-EUSA Community Relations Committee members and AMAA representatives also discussed ways to collaborate in the region. On a local level, the leadership from both organizations agreed to work towards an event in the New Jersey area in support of the key programs they identified.

The meeting concluded with collaborative sentiments between the organizations. The AMAA leadership expressed that the mission of the committee aligned with establishing a successful working relationship and dialogue in the region.

ARF Eastern US Central Committee

ARF Eastern US Central Committee

The ARF Eastern Region Central Committee’s headquarters is the Hairenik Building in Watertown, Mass. The ARF Eastern Region’s media and bookstore are also housed in this building, as are various other important Armenian community organizations. The ARF Eastern Region holds a convention annually and calls various consultative meetings and conferences throughout the year.


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