WATERVLIET Many things were different 100 years ago, with modern technology seeming more like science fiction. At least one thing remains unchanged — the dedication of a faithful group of women.
IF YOU GO
• What: St. Peter’s Women’s Guild centennial celebration
• When: May 17 at 6 p.m.
• Where: Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany
• How much: $75, $35 for ages 12 and under
• Info: 274-3673
The Ladies’ Aid Society of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church was formed on May 4, 1914, 15 years after the parish was established in Green Island. Maritza Doumanian was the first chairwoman of the newly organized church auxiliary, which is now known as the Women’s Guild. Almost a century to the day of the group’s formation, Women’s Guild Chairwoman Sharon Foley will lift a glass to the past while pushing forward into the future.
“It is a testament to the dedication, strength and love of our predecessors that the Guild has remained strong and serves the needs of our St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church,” Foley said in a statement.
The Women’s Guild will commemorate its centennial on Saturday, May 17, with a dinner dance at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany. The event features an “extensive” buffet dinner selection transitioning into a night of dancing to the big band sounds of the local Greg Nazarian ensemble.
Alice Chorbajian, a member of Women’s Guild Executive Committee, has been a member of the church for all 75 years of her life.
“I hardly ever miss a Sunday without going to church,” Chorbajian said, “and if I do, it is for a good reason I am not there.”
Chorbajian, of Loudonville, has also served as chairwoman of the Women’s Guild around six times over the past 35 years. She said she likes the sisterhood of the guild.