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Homenetmen Celebrates 25 Years

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    NORTHEAST GLENDALE, July 30 (Noyan Tapan). Homenetmen Glendale Ararat
    Chapter held a 25th anniversary celebration 27 July at Glandale High
    School. The event included live cultural music, dancing and sporting
    events. It lasted from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and by midafternoon,
    organizers said more than 1,000 people had walked through the
    entrance.The event was for the community but it also was a chance to
    bring past and current membership together to see how the organization
    has grown. "We wanted to create an environment in which the membership
    would see each other and create a momentum for the 25th anniversary
    gala in October," Glendale News Press quoted anniversary
    celebration organizer Armen Abrahamian as saying. This year, the
    anniversary has already included reunions of past members and
    volunteers. The chapter, the largest of its kind in the Western United
    States, is celebrating 25 years of providing a place for
    Armenian-American boys and girls - many from south Glendale - to get
    involved in scouting and athletic activities. Homenetmen, also known
    as the Armenian General Athletic Union & Scouts, is a global
    organization founded in 1918. The mission for the local chapter has
    remained the same since it started 25 years ago, when it started out
    of small homes and rented space in Glendale. "I think we've done a
    good job with educating kids while being able to give them enough to
    do to help them not get into trouble," Abrahamian said. Many members
    are now in their 50s, and mentoring a new generation at 3347 N. San
    Fernando Road. "This place is a second home for us," said Andre
    Pashai, a longtime member who is now coaching the basketball team that
    Homenetmen officials said will represent Glendale this year in the
    Pan-Armenian Games in Armenia. "It is a great idea," said Narek
    Shahmoradian, 13, who plays tennis and basketball. "It will stop kids
    from getting into spraying graffiti on walls and getting into gangs.
    It makes the community better."

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress