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It was May 22, 1918 in the midst of the First World War that twelve dedicated Armenians in Fresno, California took their oaths to form Yeprad Tahlij #9.  These men became the charter members of a national brotherhood that had been formed just two years prior in Philadelphia, for the noble purpose of alleviating the suffering of the oppressed Armenians who had been torn away from their native homeland in the midst of a great Genocide.

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Avak Tivan

Grand Council of the Knights of Vartan

L to R: Avak Tbrabed Deacon Richard Norsigian; Avak Argughagal Ed Bedikian; Avak Araroghabed George Boyagian; Avak Ted Ray Boujoulian
Seated L to R: Avak Ter Sbarabed Howard Atesian; Avak Sbarabed Dr. Gary Zamanigian; Avak Yeretz C. Garry Javizian

Avak Sbarabed
Dr. Gary Zamanigian

Avak Ter-Sbarabed
Howard Atesian

Avak Yeretz
C. Garry Javizian

Avak Tbrabed
Deacon Richard Norsigian

Avak Argughagal
Ed Bedikian

Avak Araroghabed
George Boyagian

Avak Ted
Ray Boujoulian

Naghkin Avak Sbarabed Steven Kradjian
All Naghkin Avak Sbarabeds