February 11, 2005

GLENDALE, CA – Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) Board members met with State Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer (D-43) last week to discuss a range of pressing issues facing the California Armenian community, including plans to establish a California Regional Trade Office in Armenia and inclusion of the Armenian Genocide in public school curricula. The February 4th meeting was held at the Assemblyman Frommer’s district offices in Glendale.

This was the first meeting held between the Majority Leader and the new ANCA-WR leadership since the Board’s appointment in December of 2004. In addition to the California Trade Office and genocide curricula, community-wide plans marking the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide were discussed. Assemblyman Frommer shared his ideas on the ANCA-WR’s initiatives and offered his support.

“The ANCA-WR appreciates Assemblyman Frommer’s collaborative spirit,” said Steven Dadaian, Chairman of the ANCA-WR Board. “He plays an instrumental role in affecting positive change for the community he serves,” commented Dadaian.

Assemblyman Frommer represents the most heavily Armenian American populated Assembly District in the state. He has consistently worked closely with the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

The ANCA-WR Board of Directors is appointed every two years to coordinate activities between local and national bodies of the organization. Serving on the current Board which began its term in December of 2004 are Steven Dadaian (Chairman), Souzi Zerounian-Khanzadian (Treasurer), Vahagn Thomasian (Secretary), Zanku Armenian, Thomas Azaian, Ara Bedrosian, Aida Dimejian, Raffi Hamparian, Garo Kamarian, Leonard Manoukian, Armen Martin, Vahe Melkonian, and Garo Yepremian.

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

Editor’s Note: Photo available upon request. Photo caption from left to right – Armond Agakhani, ANCA-WR Government Relations Director Armen Carapetian, ANCA-WR Board Members Aida Dimejian and Souzi Zerounian-Khanzadian, CA State Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer, and ANCA-WR Board Chairman Steven Dadaian.


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Armen Carapetian
Email / Tel: (818) 500-1918
Armenian National Committee of America
Western Region
104 N. Belmont, Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91206 * Tel. (818) 500-1918