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Chicago Events

Current President: Shaghig Danielle Galian

The Chicago Affiliate was formally organized on Saturday, October 17, 2012, when a group of women met in Chicago at the home of AIWA life member Sonya Doumanian.  An interim committee was formed consisting of Veronika Moroian, President; Tamar Wasoian, Vice President; Greta Doumanian-Harley, Secretary; Christine Markarian, Treasurer; Rita Terterian, Chair of Philanthropy; and Sonya Doumanian, Board Adviser.  Several of these women had attended AIWA’s 6th International Conference in San Francisco in October of 2011, and were inspired by the dynamic and talented panelists and speakers to form their own Affiliate.   

The Affiliate’s first event, a cocktail party at award-winning Chef Carrie Nahabedian’s NAHA Restaurant, took place on October 28, 2013.  At the second event held on June 28, 2014, Affiliate members and friends gathered at the studio of Artist Jackie Kazarian for a preview of Project 1915, Kazarian’s monumental painting to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide.  For its third event, the Affiliate hosted a luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of Professor Ann Lousin and Professor Leona Mirza, both of whom are lifetime members of AIWA.  150 people attended the luncheon, which took place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the historic Union League Club of Chicago.  

The Chicago Affiliate’s plans for the near future will include focusing on expanding membership.  

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