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ACYOA’s “75th + 1” Anniversary Reunion Planned for 2022

With its original plans postponed, ACYOA’s alumni reunion weekend has been rescheduled for 2022.

The Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA), the national youth program of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, has decided to postpone the original plans for an event-filled 75th Anniversary Alumni Reunion Weekend in Northern New Jersey.

The weekend of fellowship and celebration will now take place a year later: from Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18, 2022, in what is renamed the “75th +1” Anniversary Weekend. In the interest of gathering as many ACYOA alumni and friends as possible, it was decided to move the weekend dates to accommodate everyone.

Shake (Ajamian) Derderian from Philadelphia will lead efforts across the Eastern Diocese throughout 2021 to celebrate ACYOA on the parish level. Kim Bardakian of Oakland, CA and Scott Najarian of Boston will co-chair the 75th Reunion Weekend on September 16 -18, 2022.

Early members of the Reunion Host Committee include ACYOA alumni Levon Altiparmakian, Sue (Chagachbanian) Biramian, Arda (Nazerian) Haratunian, Dn. Diran Jebejian, Taline (Jessourian) Najarian, Karen (Cholakian) Kazarian, and Lisa Manookian. The committee will engage other ACYOA alumni to help organize specific events and serve as regional ambassadors to encourage alumni of all ages to participate.

ACYOA was created on January 12, 1946 in Providence, RI–one of the early legacies of the Primate of the time, the late Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, who saw a successful youth movement as critical to the future of the Armenian Church in America. Throughout its history, at both the local chapter and national levels, ACYOA has organized and sponsored Christian education programs and retreats, service programs (domestically and abroad), leadership conferences, social and cultural events, and sporting competitions.

At this time, all ACYOA alumni are encouraged to take note of the date for this weekend of celebration from September 16-18, 2022. More details of the reunion weekend will be made available in the coming months.

If you’d like to get involved or become an ACYOA Alumni Ambassador for your church or region, please contact ACYOA75@gmail.com.  Stay up to date on Instagram at @ACYOA75.

Click the following links for an announcement flyer, and to view some historic photos of ACYOA events from the 1980s and ’90s.

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