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The celebrated restaurant owner and chef José Andrés describes Las Vegas as a celebration. From July 10th through the 13th some 230 Knights and Daughters of Vartan did just that, celebrated at their Grand Convocation. For the Knights of Vartan, it was their 101st Avak Tahlij while the Daughters of Vartan marked their 79th Kerakouyn Zhoghov. This year’s Grand Convocation was hosted by Fresno, California’s Yeprad Lodge No. 9 and Alidz Chapter No. 8 with help from other California lodges as well as those from Chicago and Washington D.C. The site of this year’s gathering was Harrah’s Hotel and Resort, located on Las Vegas’ famous strip.

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Avak Sbarabed’s 2012 Thanksgiving Message


Thanksgiving 2012 Message from the Avak Tivan

Dear Brother Asbeds,

Thanksgiving is a day set apart annually for gratitude and praise to God in return for His blessings and mercies. We, therefore, publicly celebrate this occasion in acknowledgement of divine goodness.

As we look upon the past experiences of our predecessors, we can by comparison, appreciate the adversities under which their deeds were accomplished. Asbedutune is no longer the pioneering task of rekindling Armenians into communities, as our forefathers endured for the better part of the last century. Our task today is to strengthen and retain what has already been established.

Today with the grace of God, we are enjoying a society filled with an abundance of Fraternal Spirit and cooperation. We are better organized today than ever before. In some measure we can attribute this progress to modem conveniences and proper tools with which we work to accomplish our mission. We thank our many devoted members who have charged themselves with selfless responsibility dedicated to all Armenian causes. The offering of thanks is a personal thing, yet Asbeds as a Brotherhood ought to acknowledge the deepest fulfillment of common enterprises committed to all Armenians. In the theme of Thanksgiving, we should pause from the everyday, to reflect and meditate the occurrences of the past year and thank the Lord for our health and prosperity, for the achievements of our goals and for our shortcomings as well. Above all as Americans we can thank the great United States which has offered us the place to rekindle the Armenian race .

On behalf of your Avak Tivan, here’s wishing you and your families a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving.


Nigoghos Atinizian II

Avak Sbarabed