Women’s Guild representatives from local parishes across the Eastern Diocese met in West Harrison, NY, in early May for the 32nd annual Women’s Guild Assembly. The gathering at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel was hosted by the St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, and organized by the Women’s Guild Central Council (WGCC).
The attending 44 registered delegates—some 20 of whom were first-time delegates—represented 25 of the 34 active Women’s Guilds in the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.
A business session on Thursday, May 3, included committee reports, proposals, amendments to bylaws, and elections.
Fundraisers included a “Hye Raffle” involving some 45 donated prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a Women’s Guild pin sale.
Friday, May 4 was devoted to workshops and interactive sessions. Special presentations were made by Garnig Nanagoulian of the Fund for Armenian Relief, and Yn. Sirarpi Ayvazian. Nancy Kassabian led the delegates in an interactive session titled “Guilds in Motion.” Delegates left with a renewed sense of excitement and new ideas to take back to their local communities.
The Women’s Guild delegates also enthusiastically welcomed Primate-elect Fr. Daniel Findikyan to their meeting. Diocesan Vicar Fr. Simeon Odabashian (who serves as the liaison with the WGCC) and a number of other clergymen also visited the assembly.
The culmination of gathering—the 8th Annual “Women of Wonder” awards luncheon, sponsored by the Women’s Guild Central Council—was held on Saturday, May 5.
This year’s honorees, Aida Pisani and Beatrice Postian, were both members of the hosting St. Gregory the Enlightener Church. The luncheon was well attended by family and friends of the honorees, as well as clergy and delegates from the Diocesan Assembly meeting, all of whom expressed their warm congratulations to the honorees.
In addition to tributes to Aida Pisani and Beatrice Postian, the program included recitations by Hasmig Minassian and Louisa Baghdasarian (both of the WGCC) and a beautiful performance on the oud by John Berberian (brother of Beatrice Postian).
Elections and Officers
The Women’s Guild Assembly sessions were chaired by Charlotte Sevazlian, with Yn. Patricia Buttero as vice chair and Robin Williams as recording secretary.
Election results from the assembly (pending the approval of the Primate and Diocesan Council) are as follows:
Women’s Guild Central Council:
Charlotte Sevazlian (chair), Nancy Kassabian (vice chair); Robin Williams (recording secretary); Liz Barone (corresponding secretary); Hasmig Minassian (treasurer); Yn. Patricia Buttero (assistant treasurer); Deborah DerAsadourian, Meline Grigorian, Louisa Baghdasarian (advisors); Marian Varteresian (alternate).
Barbara Haroutunian (chair), Robin Williams, Manooshak Penrose, Christine Chorbajian, Angela Nakashian (members); Hasmig Minassian (alternate).
Adrienne Damian (chair), Lucy Murad, Lucy Chaghachbanian (members); Sherry Edwards (alternate).
Karen Dederyan, Janice Kavjian, Sandy Raphalian.