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Jan. 29, 2012 ATASC General Assembly Meeting & Election [Invitation to Elect – Participate – Delegate]

Posted by on December 26, 2011 at 19:02 pm

Dear ATASC Members,

The General Assembly meeting is open to all of the members of the Organization. Members are invited to participate and vote in person at the General Assembly Meeting.  However, in order to cast your votes, you must be a member in good standing (i.e., paid membership through 12/31/2011) with ATASC or its Chapter organizations (ATASC-SD, LATAA, OCTAA, TALL, and VATAN).  Following the election, the ballots will be counted and results will be announced by one of the Election Committee members.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can send a written voter proxy (sample at bottom of message) with one of the members in good standing.

In accordance with the ATASC Bylaws, dated October 29, 2010, Article II Qualifications of Directors, the candidate who meets the following criteria may run for the ATASC Board:

  • A member in good standing with ATASC and/or its Chapters (i.e., paid membership through 12/31/2011);
  • A resident of Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, or Santa Barbara County; and
  • A member who has served for a minimum of one year on the ATASC and/or Chapters’ Boards (ATASC-SD, LATAA, OCTAA, TALL, and VATAN).

Please identify candidates who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors (you may also nominate yourself). Please e-mail the Election Committee Chair Leyla Cohen at by January 19, 2012 with the following information:

  • Name of Nominee/Candidate;
  • Name of Nominator;
  • “Statement of Interest” indicating why he/she is interested in serving on the Board of Directors; and
  • Photograph in .jpg, .bmp, .gif, or .pdf format.

The Election Committee (Leyla Cohen, Hafize Turgut, and Murat Mese) will post the candidates photos and their statements of interest on the ATASC’s website ( and forward them to the members list via e-mail prior to the General Assembly meeting.

During the General Assembly Meeting, ATASC President and Treasurer as well as each of the Chapter Presidents will present a summary of their achievements, finances, and any future plans.  To learn more about the organization and how you can contribute, please join us and be a part of the vibrant Turkish-American community.


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Happy Holidays From ATASC !

Posted by on December 26, 2011 at 18:55 pm

Dear  Turkish American community of California,

ATASC would like to wish you and your loved ones happy holidays, a great 2012, happiness and success!

We hope to see you in one our events and greatly appreciate your support and membership to ATASC.

Best Regards, ATASC Board


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ATASC Commemorates Mustafa Kemal Atatürk | Nov. 10 2011

Posted by on November 10, 2011 at 08:19 am

ATASC commemorates Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic, on the 73rd anniversary of his death.

Atatürk and his principles will live in our hearts forever…


Sizler yaşadıkça çocuklarım

Ben de yaşıyorum demek,
İşte aranızdayım Ahmetler, Mehmetler’le,
Sizler yaşadıkça çocuklarım


Sizler yaşadıkça çocuklarım
Daha ferah içim,
Gök daha geniş denizler daha geniş,
Vatan ya vatan,
Vatan sonsuzluktan gelmiş
Sonsuzluğa açılan yol
Vatan siz.


Sizler yaşadıkça çocuklarım
Bilin ki
Ben de yaşarım,
Bir sevinç düştü mü içinize
Bir keder düştü mü içinize
Bilin ki
Aranızda ben varım.


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Posted by on November 8, 2011 at 22:16 pm

The Association of Turkish Americans of Southern California (ATASC) has launched the “Van Earthquake Relief Campaign” to raise funds for the Türk Kızılayı (Turkish Red Crescent), a relief organization which is helping victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Turkey.

On October 23, 2011, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit eastern parts of Turkey, with an epicenter at approximately 30 kilometers north of the city of Van. The deadly quake occurred on Sunday afternoon and lasted 25 seconds. Provincial capital Van, with a population of 380,000, and the eastern city of Ercis were the worst affected. Nearly 500 people were killed, more than 1,300 were injured. The death count is likely to rise further as many people are still missing and 2,262 buildings have collapsed.

On behalf of the Turkish-American community members, we offer our deepest condolences to the families, who lost their loved ones in this disaster. Our thoughts and sympathies are with them, and we also wish a rapid recovery and rebuilding for those who were injured or lost their homes.

We appeal to diverse communities across Southern California to join in our efforts to assist the victims of the quake in getting access to the much needed services in the coming harsh winter months. ATASC fund will initially support the Turkish Red Crescent, working diligently to provide disaster relief. Over time, the fund may transition to support long-term recovery efforts.

Please consider contributing to our campaign by donating online by clicking on the “DONATE” button on the left.  Please specify Kizilay in the “memo” space since we  also have a campaign for Mehmetcik Fund to help the victims of the PKK terror. 

Alternatively you can  send a check to “ATASC” with Kızılay (or Turkish Red Crescent) in the memo section to the address below:

2419 E. Harbor Blvd #185, Ventura, CA 93001

To receive continuous updates about this campaign, please visit us at or write to

Click HERE for official press release

Please check our chapter websites for additional information/activities regarding the Van Earthquake Disaster Relief.

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ATASC Kurban Bayramlarinizi kutlar, bu gunun hepimiz icin arkadaslik ve paylasma mutlulugu icinde gecmesini diler.

Posted by on November 5, 2011 at 17:29 pm

ATASC Kurban Bayramlarinizi kutlar, bu gunun hepimiz icin arkadaslik ve paylasma mutlulugu icinde gecmesini diler | ATASC celebrates Kurban Bayram and wishes all a day full of friendship, sharing and happiness.

ATASC local chapters (VATAN, LATAA, OCTAA and ATASC-SD) each prepared a gathering of locals for Kurban Bayram either Saturday (11/5/2011) or Sunday (11/6/2011) this weekend. Please check individual chapter websites or facebook sites for details.
ATASC and OCTAA are preparing 10 Kasim Ataturk Commemoration Day in Chapman College in Orange 7-9 pm. ATAA President Ergun Kirlikovali will present a celebration of his life and achievements. We hope you will join us to commemorate the incredible vision, life and legacy of Ataturk.
Kurban Bayram means sharing wit h those that are not as fortunate as we are. ATASC is currently collecting funds for those that need our help.

  1. To educate needy girls in Turkey: We are collecting funds for Cagdas Yasam Destek Dernegi (CYDD). Our goal is to give scholarships to six needy and bright girls this year. Contact Naime Berkoz or Sevda Aleckson for details.
  2. To help out the victims of Van earthquake: we are collecting funds for Kizilay (Red Crescent), an organization already on the ground helping survivors with basic needs. Contact Burcu Tansu or Hulya Kosal if you have any questions
  3. To help out the families of martyrs who died due to PKK terror, we are collecting funds for Mehmetcik Foundation who helps out the families of the victims or the wounded. They educate the orphans left behind. Contact Burcu Tansu or Hulya Kosal for any questions.

You can donate to any of the campaigns by donating online at (Please specify which of the causes you want to donate) or by sending a check to “ATASC” with Kızılay or Mehmetcik in the memo section to the address below:

ATASC, 2419 E. Harbor Blvd #185, Ventura, CA 93001

To receive continuous updates about this campaign, please visit us at or write to

Saygilarimizla/ Kind Regards

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