For Immediate Release ~ June 20, 2012

Yerevan, Armenia – On May 30, 2012, the Board of Trustees of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund held its 21st annual meeting, at the Government Reception Hall in Yerevan. The plenary event was presided over by Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia. Representing Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region at the meeting was its Chairman, Ara Aghishian, Esq.

Prior to addressing the agenda, Sargsyan congratulated the attendees on the 20th anniversary of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. “We have come a long way together,” he said. “It would be impossible to list all the projects that were realized during those 20 years. Given a portfolio of accomplishments so numerous and diverse, it suffices to note that Armenia and Artsakh would be inconceivable today without the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. While its jubilee inspires us with joy and pride, it also motivates us to continue building on the fund’s work with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.”

20th Anniversary Commemorative Medals of Achievement were awarded to members of the Board of Trustees, chairpersons of the fund’s worldwide affiliates, and several members of the Executive Board, in recognition of their far-reaching contributions to the development of Armenia and Artsakh.

During the meeting, the Fund’s activities in various realms and ongoing projects were discussed. The meeting participants viewed a video report of the fund’s accomplishments in 2011. The screening was followed by a presentation of the Executive Board’s annual activity report, delivered by Ara Vardanyan. The executive director’s report, as well as the ensuing presentations of the annual financial and audit reports, were approved by the Board of Trustees.

Prior to the meeting, affiliates of the Fund visited various completed and on going projects of the Fund in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. In addition to the project visitations, the Fund’s affiliates also met with Minister of Diaspora, Hranush Hakobyan.

While in Armenia, Ara Aghishian was the guest of several television programs. He was interviewed on Or Vecerord, a prominent program on Shoghakat TV, the official channel of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin.