The Knights and Daughters of Vartan
Hosted by
Yeprad Tahlij #9 and Alidz Otyag #8

Convocation Events

The Convocation registration desk is located on the main floor of the hotel.  Pick up your Registration packet and tickets along with report books if you are a delegate.  The desk is also there to answer any questions you have.

Hospitality Room
Located on the main floor, the Hospitality Room is a meeting point as you start your day.  Open daily starting on Thursday.  Hours will be posted.

Wine Tour – Wednesday, July 10th
The Wine Tour will take place on Wednesday, July 10th. Boarding for the bus will commence at 8 AM in front of the DoubleTree Hotel. Our Valley Wine Tour package includes transportation via motor coach and tastings at three local wineries, with a light nibble provided at the third stop. You’ll have the opportunity to visit a diverse range of wineries: a small, family-run winery established in 1936, a medium-sized family winery that has been cultivating grapes for decades and recently began producing its own wines, and a large, internationally renowned port producer founded in 1946. This tour offers a comprehensive experience of the rich variety of wines and producers our great agricultural valley has to offer. We will return by 4:30 PM. Please dress comfortably—Fresno is known for its hot summers.

Avak Sbarabed / Avak Dirouhie Reception – Thursday, July 11th
Our Avak Sbarabed / Avak Dirouhie Reception has a slightly new twist this year.  Starting time is a little later, we will get together starting around 7:00 pm.  So go out, get some dinner, and then join us in the Sequoia Room for the reception after 7 pm.  Avak Sbarabed Hunan and Avak Dirouhie Nancy will be welcoming you to the Grand Convocation, but the fun doesn’t stop there.  We will have a piano bar set up! Be ready to gather around the piano and enjoy the musical talents of Van Kouzoujian as he entertains us.  Don’t be surprised if all our voices come out that night.

Fresno Armenian Cultural Tour – Thursday, July 11th
Our Cultural Tour includes stops at the David of Sassoon statue, the Tehlirian Monument in the Masis Ararat Cemetery, and the Armenian Genocide Memorial on the Campus of Fresno State University.  We will end with a stop and box lunch at the Fresno County Historical Museum, established with the help of Yeprad Knights, which has many exhibits featuring local Armenians and their contributions to this great Valley. The tour begins at 8:00 am in front of the hotel and will return around Noon.  A box lunch will be served at the Historical Museum. Dress comfortably, yes Fresno is hot in the summer.

Knights of Vartan National Tavloo Tournament– Thursday, July 11th
For the first time at a convocation, we will have a Knights of Vartan National Tavloo Tournament.  Each lodge will be able to enter one player, so lodges, find your best. Win this one and you get bragging rights for a year.  Practice up and we will see you at the Convocation.

Knights and Daughters Workshops – Thursday, July 11th
On Thursday, both the Knights and Daughters will have various workshops.  Stay tuned for more details.

Daughters of Vartan Luncheon – Friday, July 12th
The Sisters of the Daughters of Vartan will again hold their Friday Luncheon at Noon July 11th.  There is a menu choice of Salmon, chicken, or Stuffed Bell Pepper for a vegetarian option.  The Sisters will be entertained by the Fresno Armenian Dance Group.  The theme for the Luncheon is “Armenian Women Generation to Generation — Light up the Sisterhood!”

Business Sessions – Friday and Saturday, July 12th and 13th
Business sessions are Friday and Saturday starting at 9 am.  If you are a Knight or a Daughter, please plan on attending your respective meetings.  This is the heart of the Grand Convocation, where we plan and organize our activities for the year.  Dress for the meetings is business, for men coats and ties are preferred.

Kef Night Dinner Dance – Friday, July 12th
We know how to get down to business and we know how to have some FUN!  And fun it will be on Friday night.  We will begin at 6:30 pm with a buffet dinner.  When the music starts, make sure you have your dancing shoes ready for the music of Richard Hagopian and his band.  We enjoy all types of music, but the traditional music that we line dance to still holds a special place in our hearts.  Tamzara, Halay, Sepastatsi Bar, nothing beats the sound of Richard’s oud as the band plays all of our favorite music.  Dress for the evening is business casual, dress nice but comfortable. Many of us will be in coat and tie if that gives a hint. The theme for the evening is “Light up the Night!”

Grand Banquet – Saturday, July 13th
The Grand Banquet is the culmination of the week’s activities. There are three great menu choices for that evening, Filet Mignon, Cedar Plank Salmon, or Eggplant Parmigiana (vegetarian), take your choice.  We will hear from our Avak Sbarabed and Avak Dirouhie that night along with this year’s Man and Woman of the Year.  Dress for the evening is formal, yes some of us will be in tux and others in suit and tie.  It’s a nice evening to dress up. The theme for the evening is “Armenians Light Up the World!”