AYF Albany ‘Shoushi’ Chapter Holds First Meeting Since Reinstatement

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The AYF Albany Chapter was deeply engaged in the educational portion of their meeting.

TROY, NYAYF Albany’s “Shoushi” Chapter held its first meeting of members since their inaugural meeting back in February. All eight members were present at Saturday’s meeting at Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church.

During Saturday’s meeting, members discussed upcoming events such as the Junior Winter Olympics, AYF Convention and AYF Junior Seminar. Members also discussed plans for upcoming fundraisers and participation in local commemorations for the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

For the first time in more than 10 years, the “Shoushi” chapter of AYF Albany will be represented at the Junior Winter Olympics in New Jersey; four juniors and two seniors will take part in this weekend’s sporting events. The chapter will also have two representatives at the special convention scheduled for early April.

Aram Brunson of the Central Board of Education (CEC) presents the history of the Armenian state to a packed house of AYF Albany members.

Aram Brunson, a member of the AYF Central Board of Education, led a virtual educational presentation on the history of the state of Armenia and its kingdoms. Members then discussed the importance of learning and understanding the ancient history of their homeland.

Pictured L-R: Raffi Rejebian, Amy Karageozian, Lilly Karageozian, Saro Karageozian, Nanor Karageozian and Garabed Minassian ready for lunch after a successful meeting.

After the meeting, the chapter ordered pizza for lunch and spent a fun afternoon at a local bowling alley.

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The newly re-established AYF Chapter is looking forward to participating in this weekend’s Winter Junior Olympics as a proud and active Chapter in the AYF-YOARF Eastern Region.

“It is amazing to see this chapter reinstated. Many alumni of this community have benefited from the AYF Shoushi chapter and now the next generation will have the same opportunity,” said Antranig Karageozian, adviser to the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), “Seeing them at their first membership meeting brings back so many memories. It brings joy to my heart.”

AYF Albany’s “Shoushi” Chapter has launched an Instagram account (@ayfalbanyshoushi) and Facebook page for their members and interested community members to follow their work and activities.

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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 is based on five pillars that guide its core activities and initiatives: Educational, Hai Tahd, Social, Athletic and Cultural. The AYF also promotes a brotherly attitude of respect for ideas and individuals among its members. Unity and cooperation are essential traits that enable members of the organization to work together to achieve the goals of AYF.

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