Canakkale Photo Exhibition

Posted by on February 25, 2015 at 09:15 am

"Gallipoli…where thousands died for their country ..thousands of miles away from home" Canakkale Fotograf Sergisi Los Angeles March 18, 2015 1pm-5pm Astroetic Studios 224 E. 11th St. 700A Los Angeles, CA 90015 Ventura March 19, 2015 5pm-8pm Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District Freedom Center 515 Eubanks St. Camarillo, CA 93010 San Diego March 20, 2015 4pm-8pm Balboa Park Club 2150 Pan American Road West San Diego, CA 92101 Orange County March 21, 2015 1pm-5pm Tuscany Mediterranee Grill, Irvine 2010 Main St Irvine, California 92614   GALLIPOLI

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2015 Election Results

Posted by on January 27, 2015 at 21:17 pm

Valuable Members & Turkish Community in SoCal,

ATASC had its annual General Assembly and Elections this Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015 at Santa Monica Public Library.

It is our pleasure to announce that our four (4) open Board of Director positions were filled with eligible candidates;

Dr. Ayca Altintig (elected as the President Elect), Beril Hamsioglu (elected as the CFO/Treasurer Dr. Mehmet Tazebay (elected as the Member at Large) Ahmet Atahan (elected as the Member at Large)

Each position will serve 2-year term. We welcome all our board of directors and warm welcome to Mr. Ahmet Atahan, who have served as the President in 2007-2008. Our new Board strongly believes that we will have another strong year in 2015 with your assistance and support. ATASC thanks all members who attended, presented, and to those who sent in their proxies. We truly had awesome audience, you showed us how much you care about your association, and your support brings us more power. You turned the event very effective meeting. ATASC Board in particularly thanks to Mrs. Hafize Turgut who served as the President on ATASC BOD for the last 2 years. We cannot thank enough her for her great leadership and joyful yet successful meetings.We also would like to extend our appreciation to Dr. Vega Sankur, who is a great asset to ATASC Family, our hats off for her tremendous leadership in ATAMinLA project and her project team, God Bless your hearts. Special thanks to our Treasurer Mr. Burak Tuncer who have served past 2 years on our board. He accomplished his responsibilities and presented ATASC financials remarkably well each term adequately. Thank you. Thanks to all candidates for running positions. All 6 (six) are welcomed to join any ATASC committees. Now we have new board with new projects. ATASC will pursue its vision and resume events in the future will be aligned with Ataturk's principles and guidance. ATASC has always had an open door policy. That will also continue in the new term. We, as a team, are here for you and for your needs. ATASC and its five (5) chapters, ATASC- San Diego, ATASC - LATAA, ATASC - OCTAA, ATASC- TALL and ATASC - VATAN, are in gathering nature. We aim to gather all Turkish community living in the US under one roof like a big family. Thank you for being a part of our ATASC family. Regards,Burcu Tansu ATASC President On behalf of ATASC
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2015 secimlerimizin dernegimiz ve burada yasayan toplumumuz icin hayirli olmasini diliyoruz. Adaylarimiza boyle harika bir organizasyonda calismak icin gonullu olduklari icin tesekkur ederken, aramiza yeni katilan yonetim kurulu uyelerimize de hosgeldiniz diyoruz. ATASC ailesinin birer parcasi oldugunuz icin tum uyelerimize, Guney Kaliforniya’da yasiyan Turk toplumumuza ayrica tesekkurlerimizi iletiriz. Ne Mutlu Turk’um Diyene! Saygilarimizla, Burcu Tansu ATASC Dernegi Baskani ATASC Yonetim Kurulu adina  

10 Kasim Ceremony – 2014

Posted by on November 23, 2014 at 18:43 pm

  [caption id="attachment_2596" align="aligncenter" width="458"]10 Kasim Ceremony 10 Kasim Ceremony[/caption] ATASC continued its yearly 10 Kasim Ceremony tradition at a special location this year; at the City of Carson; steps away from the proposed location of the Ataturk Monument. ( There was more than 100 attendees even though it was a weekday evening in LA traffic. The program opened with a moment of silence and continued with national anthems. Dr. Vega Sankur, past president of ATASC opened the meeting, by a presentation of Ataturk's vision for the young nation sprinkled with her family's memories about Ataturk. Turkish Consul General Ms. Gulru Gezer continued the program reading the laudatory comments by famous statesmen around the world about Ataturk. [caption id="attachment_2603" align="aligncenter" width="428"]Gulru Gezer 10 Kasim Gulru Gezer 10 Kasim[/caption] ATASC President Elect also talked about Ataturk and her feelings. All three speeches emphasized the gratitude our nation, and especially our women feel about the reforms.Dr. Ilhan Ozulu accompanied the program with well placed songs from Ataturk's favorites or his story. [caption id="attachment_2608" align="aligncenter" width="301"]Burcu Tansu Burcu Tansu[/caption] During the break, the attendees visited the proposed monument site and had a chance to ask their questions. [caption id="attachment_2601" align="aligncenter" width="535"]Location of Ataturk Monument in Carson, CA Ataturk Monument's Location[/caption] The second part of the program was dedicated to the Ataturk Monument. Mayor Jim Dear explained his concept for the Carson International Sculpture Garden as a place for leaders who served liberty, freedom and equality. Ahmet Alptekin explained his design concept as the chronological history of Turkish Nation, under Ataturk's leadership, from end of WWI to modern times. Other members of the team were introduced with their roles. The crowd was very excited to have such a monument in SC in such a prestigious location among other world leaders. [caption id="attachment_2605" align="aligncenter" width="535"]Jim Dear Carson Mayor Jim Dear[/caption] Vega Sankur and Jim Dear explained that we will go for the application shortly, early 2015; and we need to have some funds raised by then to have credibility in front of City Council. [caption id="attachment_2607" align="aligncenter" width="535"]Ahmet Alptekin Ahmet Alptekin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2610" align="aligncenter" width="512"]Ilhan Sami Ozulu Ilhan Sami Ozulu[/caption]  

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Donate to Ataturk Monument

Posted by on November 23, 2014 at 15:51 pm

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We, the Turkish Americans in Southern California, have a very exciting project; working on a Ataturk Monument in the International Sculpture Garden of City of Carson, CA . We have already started the project and completed the design. All the permissions, formalities are to be completed in early 2015.  Now we need to raise funds. The estimated amount is roughly $150K including the long term maintenance.

You can find the details of the project on the web site:

If you are also willing to contribute to this historical and national cause please donate using the button below. The donations are all tax deductible and will only be used for the Ataturk Monument.

Thank you for your consideration and contribution.

Güney Kalforniya’da yaşayan Türkler olarak, yaklaşık 2 senedir, bizleri oldukça heyecanlandıran bir proje üzerinde çalışmaktayız. Kaliforniya’da ilk, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’nde ise ikincisi olacak bir Atatürk Anıtı yapacağız. Anıt için mimari tasarım tamamlandı, yer belirlendi, resmi izinler de 2015’in başlarında tamamlanacak. Anıt, Carson Belediyesi’nin, Uluslararası Heykel Bahçesi’nde yer alacak. Yapım maliyeti ve bakım masrafları için öngördüğümüz rakam yaklaşık 150bin dolar.

Projeyle ilgili diğer ayrıntılar için, anıtın web sitesine bakabilirsiniz:

Siz de bu heyecan verici projeye katkıda bulunmak, bu tarihi ve ulusal meselede yer almak istiyorsanız, lütfen aşağıdaki ‘donation’ butonunu kullanarak dilediğiniz miktarda bağış yapınız. Yapılan bağışlar yalnızca bu projede kullanılacaktır ve elbette ki vergiden muaf tutulabilir.

İlginiz ve yardımlarınız için çok teşekkür ederiz.

ATASC is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN: 33-0190399) and all contributions to the Ataturk Monument are tax deductible.

Rebuilding A Community

Posted by on June 13, 2014 at 14:21 pm

untitledTurkish Philanthropy Funds would like to thank all who have donated to Soma Disaster Relief Fund. 100 percentage of your donations will be transferred to organizations that directly help the community impacted from the disaster.

 We are collaborating with our 38 formal partners in Turkey and our larger network to get real-time updates from the region. As these local NGOs are the first ones on the ground, their guidance enables us to make our grants wisely and more efficiently.  Currently, our focus is on the “three Rs” - RecoveryRebuilding and Resilience. Your help ensures a fourth: Results. Accordingly, our priorities are to provide support in the areas of Education, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Diversifying Income Generation in the region.  Please read our detailed report here.  Please donate here.  You may also contribute to the Soma Disaster Relief Fund by sending your check to: Turkish Philanthropy Funds  Re: Soma Disaster Relief Fund  216 East 45th Street, 7th Fl.  New York, New York 10017  Please make your checks payable to Turkish Philanthropy Funds and indicate “Soma Diasater Relief Fund” on the check.    For additional information, please email us at   Please follow updates on developments in Soma disaster by using the hashtag #somarelief   The TPF Team

Turkish Philanthropy Funds is a tax-exempt organization described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. | 646-530-8988

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ATASC Mourns Victims of Coal Mine Explosion in Turkey

Posted by on May 14, 2014 at 11:22 am


The Association of Turkish Americans of Southern California (ATASC) mourns the deaths and expresses its sympathies to the families of more than 245 coal miners who lost their lives in a mining explosion on May 13 in Soma, a district of Turkey's Aegean province of Manisa.

As emergency teams continue their rescue efforts, our thoughts and prayers are with those workers who were injured or trapped underground.

ATASC supports the Turkish Philanthropy Fund (TPF) Disaster Relief program to help the families of the victims and encourages the Turkish American community donate to the TPF clicking the link below:


TPF Some Relief Fund

Even a penny would help.

In addition, you can send checks payable to ATASC to 2419 E. Harbor Blvd #185, Ventura, CA 93001 with a note "Soma Relief" or bring checks or cash to the Long Beach gathering this Sunday where we will have a special donation booth dedicated to Soma.

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March 2015

ATATURK’s Corner

Ataturk dedicated 23 Nisan, the anniversary of the Turkish National Congress in 1920 to Children. His vision was:


He expressed it best when he addressed Turkish Youth:

"O Turkish Youth! Your first and foremost duty is to defend and protect the Turkish independence and the Turkish Republic for all eternity. All the mighty strength that you will need exists in the noble blood a-flowing in your veins!."

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

For a full text (In Turkish) Click HERE


On August 17, 1999, western Turkey was struck by a devastating magnitude-7.4 earthquake. Many thousands of people were killed, and many more made homeless by the quake that was centered near Izmit. Contributing to the rebuilding process, ATASC initiated an effort in February 2003 to build a new school for the children of Izmit. The school admitted its first class on September 13, 2004. ATASC still continues to support its namesake school.
Since 2006, ATASC sponsored 13 needy children, helped send 6 children to Space Camp Izmir, opened up a Computer Lab and a Science Lab. Most recently ATASC helped the school to open up a pre-school by furnishing four pre-school classrooms named for ATASC chapters. VATAN Chapter is currently in the process of furnishing a conference salon for the students of the elementary school.

CLICK Here For More Izmit Arslanbey School Pictures