Medal of Merit Recipients

A look at the names of members of Homenetmen who were awarded the organization’s highest award, the Medal of Merit, reveals devotees, who built and developed the organization. They spent a lifetime in the service of Homenetmen’s mission of educating young generations.

To honor their life-long dedication, the first-ever Homenetmen General Assembly adopted the order of the Medal of Merit in gold and silver medals in 1974. The order was put to practice by the first Homenetmen Central Committee (February 1976).

In 1995, the 6th Homenetmen General Assembly adopted a decision to merge the two, gold and silver, versions of the medal into one.

The Homenetmen Medal of Merit may be awarded to “Members of Homenetmen who have shown a life-long commitment to the organization, supported its growth and development, and displayed an exceptionally meritorious conduct during their deep involvement in the areas of scouting, sports, and administrative services.” (Bylaw of Homenetmen Medal of Merit, Article 4).

Below is the list of Medal for Merit recipients:

Award Recipient Region/Chapter Date of Award

Luther Massbanajian

Aleppo and Toronto

Post mortem, January 30, 1977

Toros Khachadourian

Cairo

September 6, 1977

Hovhannes Shahinian

Beirut

November 13, 1977

Levon Gaian

Athens

July 25, 1978

Kevork Hapetian

Athens

July 25, 1978

Khachig Partemian

Thessaloniki

August 7, 1978

Father Dikran Khoian

Washington and Alexandria

August 13, 1978

Vahan Kavoukjian

Athens and Montreal

February 10, 1979

Taniel Tanielian

Beirut

October 26, 1980

Albere Hagopian

Los Angeles

December 17, 1980

Kerop Arakelian

Beirut

November 28, 1982

Hrant Mouradian

Cairo and New Jersey

January 2, 1983

Karekin Shamlian

Damascus

July 31, 1983

Dikran Vosgerichian

Damascus

December 11, 1983

Sarkis Babigian

Boston

December 11, 1983

Bedros Garabedian

Buenos Aires

November 25, 1984

Father Shavarsh Mehrabian

Aleppo

November 22, 1985

Barkev Missirian

Amman

March 1987

Hovhannes Stamboulian

New Jersey

September 10, 1988

Dr. Joseph Melikian

Philadelphia

September 10, 1988

George Dakessian

Amman

November 24, 1988

Zaven Sabounjian

Aleppo

November 27, 1988

Souren Nazarian

Aleppo

November 27, 1988

Yeghishe Manougian

Beirut and Los Angeles

May 14, 1992

Hovhannes Baytarian

Beirut

December 25, 1992

Varoujan Kazanjian

Cairo

November 26, 1993

Haroutyoun Parseghian

Los Angeles

October 9, 1993

George Daghlian

Buenos Aires

December 18, 1993

Barkev Barsamian

Buenos Aires

December 18, 1993

Vartkes Alahaydoian

Beirut and Los Angeles

1994

Sevan Sakinian

Glendale

1994

Garbis Kouyoumjian

Athens

1994

Adom Tnjougian

Beirut

April 11, 1995

Krikor Mghtsavedikian

Beirut

April 11, 1995

Dr. Haroutyoun Kazanjian

Beirut and Paris

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Yervant Demirjian

Aleppo and Bourj Hamoud

February 11, 1996

Hovhannes Der Haroutyounian

Bourj Hamoud and Antelias

February 11, 1996

Samuel Mgrdichian

Los Angeles

October 3, 1998

Varoujan Seropian

Montreal

June 22, 1999

Zhirayr Khachadourian

Beirut

January 18, 2000

Dr. Missak Arzumanian

Bourj Hamoud and San Francisco

July 8, 2001

Arshak Galstaun

Sydney

December 12, 2002

Berj Krikorian

Athens

February 2, 2003

Boghos Boghossian

Athens

February 2, 2003

Haroutyoun Takvorian

Athens

February 2, 2003

Onnig Shangaian

Athens

February 2, 2003

Yervant Shahinian

Toronto

February 16, 2004

Puzant Torigian

Beirut

March 21, 2004

Zhirayr Sarkissian

Beirut and San Francisco

June 26, 2004

Koko Balian

Boston and Los Angeles

June 26, 2004

Vahe Chokgarian

Aleppo and Beirut

May 11, 2006

Garo Tutunjian

Antelias

Post mortem, January 17, 2006

Bedros Shemmessian

Aynjar and Jdeideh

Post mortem, November 5, 2006

Hovhannes Mardoian

Sydney

March 3, 2007

Zaven Proudian

Sydney

March 3, 2007

Manuel Hallajian

Aleppo and Toronto

September 19, 2007

Mihran Shimshirian

Beirut

September 19, 2007

Zohrab Bosnoian

Beirut

Post mortem, July 10, 2008

Vartkes Der Garabedian

Beirut

Post mortem, November 14, 2008

Badrig Gulbengian

Beirut

November 14, 2008

Hovhannes Dzadourian

Lebanon

November 14, 2008

Vartkes Hayrabedian

Lebanon

November 14, 2008

Haroutyoun Margarossian

Lebanon

November 14, 2008

Jacque Boyajian

Lebanon

November 14, 2008

Hrach Der Sarkissian

Canada

May 26, 2012

Kevork Garabedian

Syria

August 9, 2012

Sarkis Der Bedrossian

Australia

October 12, 2013

Vahram Tanielian

Eastern United States

January 11, 2014

Hagop Hamamjian

Lebanon

 March 8, 2015

Medal of Merit Bylaw

The order of the Homenetmen Medal of Merit was approved in accordance to the decisions adopted by the First Homenetmen General Assembly (held in December 1974, in Beirut), and the decisions adopted by the Homenetmen Central Committee (session 29, held on February 22, 1976).

Article 1. The Homenetmen Central Committee is the only body entitled to award the Medal of Merit. The medal is presented by a member of the Central Committee or an authorized representative.

Article 2. The Medal of Merit is awarded together with a matching lapel pin and a certificate. The certificate is sealed by the Homenetmen Central Committee, signed by its Chairperson and Secretary, and carries the date of authorization.

Article 3. The Homenetmen Central Committee registers the names, photographs, and date of authorization of the Medal of Merit recipients in a “Golden Book” designated for this special purpose.

Article 4. The Medal of Merit may be awarded to members of Homenetmen who have shown a life-long commitment to the organization, supported its growth and development, and displayed an exceptionally meritorious conduct during their deep involvement in the areas of scouting, sports, and administrative services.

Article 5. The Homenetmen Central Committee may bestow the Homenetmen Medal of Merit through the following procedure:

  1. By its own initiative: in this case, the Central Committee should inform  the award recipient’s Regional Committee or the Solitary Committee in advance.
  2. Based on an application by a Regional Committee or a Solitary Committee: in this case, the application should include the curriculum vitae of the nominee and the filled application form designated for the Homenetmen Medal of Merit. The latter is presented as an “Appendix” to this Bylaw.

Article 6. The Homenetmen Central Committee announces the name of the Medal of Merit recipient in its official publication, throughout the Armenian press, as well as disseminating a specific Release announcing the news to all Homenetmen Regional and Solitary Committees. In their turn, the committees spread the announcement among their chapters and members.

Article 7. It is acceptable to bestow the Medal of Merit post mortem, to recognize the life-long service of a deceased member of Homenetmen.

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