New AJA Chapter is Set Up in Turkey #96


On February 23rd, the "cream" of Armenian jewelers came together in the Hall of Constantinople Patriarchy of the Armenian Church in Istanbul to inaugurate the AJA BOLSAHAY Chapter.
The meeting was held under the patronage of the Patriarch of Constantinople, Archbishop Mesrob II Mutafyan. On behalf of the Patriarch, his representative Bishop Sahak, greeted the members by welcoming and blessing their initiative.

AJA Executive Director Dr.Artak Udumyan explained the idea to set up an AJA BOLSAHAY Chapter was initially put forward six months ago. Since then, Dr. Udumyan and AJA Secretary Hovel Chenorhokian visited Istanbul several times and as a result, a co-ordination committee headed by acclaimed jeweler Hrach Arslanyan was formed.

The latter opened the meeting by thanking everyone for the huge undertaking they had so well prepared, giving the new chapter in Istanbul a firm ground to start on. Mr. Arslanyan then gave the floor to AJA Executive Director Dr. Artak Udumyan who greeted the BOLSAHAY jewelers on behalf of AJA President Gagik Gevorkyan by wishing them further success and praising their initiative to join the AJA family. Dr. Udumyan also set forth AJA's main goals and tasks to the members.

During the meeting, 40 BOLSAHAY jewelers were elected to the Board and immediately after which, it held its first session.

An Executive Board with three co-chairmen was formed: Hrach Arslanyan, Efrim Bag and Kendir Avedis.

The Board also elected three vice co-chairmen, two secretaries and a treasurer. 

Mr. Alaatin Kameroglu, Chairman of Istanbul's Chamber of Jewelry, welcomed the plus three hundred participants and praised the significant role Armenian Jewelers have had in such a rich and worldly tradition.

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