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2015 Elections and General Assembly

Posted by on December 12, 2014 at 00:11 am

Please renew your membership with your local chapter!

On Sunday January 25th 2015,  our association ATASC will be holding the annual General Assembly between 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm @ Santa Monica Public Library.


Eligible candidates who are in good standing member status may apply. All candidates should submit a letter that explain their willingness to be part of ATASC, address, email, phone info and should enclose a self photo with their CV/composition to no later than 01/18/2015. More details will be posted within couple days. Please follow us on Facebook.

It is a good time to renew your membership with your chapters.

Your ideas are important to us as long as within our vision and bylaws. We feel more powerful with you.

ATASC thanks to all members and Board of Directors who served at our Chapters and at our ATASC Board. We all appreciate your continuous support.

– ATASC Election Committee

When: 25 Jan 2015 @1:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

You can download the proxy from the link below:
ATASC Voter Proxy Form 2015

(each good standing member whether student, individual or family membership can give proxy to another good standing member of ATASC. If you have a “family membership” to any chapter; both husband and wife can give one (1) proxy separately)


  • President Elect – One (1) position available, 2-year term
  • CFO/Treasurer –  One (1) position available, 2-year term
  • Member at Large –  Two (2) positions available, 2-year term/each position



  • President Elect – Ayca Altintig, PhD
  • CFO/Treasurer –  Beril Hamsioglu
  • Member at Large –  Maria Cakiraga
  • Member at Large – Mehmet Tazebay, PhD
  • Member at Large – Recep Ozdag, PhD




  • Education: B.Sc in Business from Bogazici, M.Sc and PhD in Finance from Louisiana State University.
  • Assistant Professor of Finance at Drucker School of Management – Claremont Colleges
  • Member of the US Turkish American community since 1999.
  • Service to the Turkish American Community:

–      Teacher, Treasurer, Director of the OC Turkish School (2008 – 2011).

–      Member of the OCTAA BoD (2010 – 2012)

–      Secretary of ATASC BoD (2014)

–      Irvine Global Village Volunteer (2009 – 2014)

  • Personal Statement: “I am a community builder. I believe in growing the Turkish American community stronger and making it more united.  Ever since my involvement with OCTS I have worked for the development, enrichment, unification and recognition of the Turkish American community in OC as well as SoCal. “



  • Education: Civil Engineer from Yildiz Technical University, MBA from Marmara University
  • 5 years of work experience in banking industry in managerial position
  • Residence of California since 2006, has been in the USA since 2003 and holding membership of VATAN
  • Served at ATASC Board for 3 years (as the President of VATAN for 2 years and the Vice President of VATAN for 1 year).
  • Service to Turkish American community:

–          Vice President, President, and Turkish School Director for VATAN chapter

–          1 year on ATASC board as VATAN Chapter President

–          Handled and lead many projects within the community.

–          Serving at ATAMinLA, Project Management & Website design of this project.

  • Married with 2 children
  • Personal Statement: “Based on five years of continuous Turkish-American community service, I would like to apply my education, knowledge and skills as the Treasurer for ATASC. “



  • Education: Mechanical Engineer from Tufts University
  • Member of the Southern CA Turkish American community since 1982

–      Married to one of the founders of ATASC

  • Service to Turkish American community:

–      Active in United States Turkish Community since 1985:

–      Member of original grassroots team of ATAA

–      ATA-SC board member, 1993 -1995

–      ATA-SC social committee chair 1995 -1998

–      Long Beach Turkish School  Treasurer (2002-2005),  Children day coordinator /head  (1994- 2006), liaison with long beach unified school district  (1998 -2006)

–      Appalled to California parole board to deny Sarkassian parole  2011 and 2013

–      Vice president, ATAA Western Region 2011 – 2014

  • Met with various members of congress and their staff for grassroots efforts of Turkish-American community.
  • Connection with many members of the Turkish American Community in USA, Canada, and Australia
  • Personal Statement: “My experience with Turkish Issues, community service, and political issues I would like to train the next generation of Turkish American leaders while still being involved with the community.”



  • Education: Electrical Engineer PhD from USC.
  • Member of the US Turkish American community since 1998.
  • Service to the Turkish American Community:

–      President of the USC Turkish student association

–      Member of LATAA BoD in 2014.

–      Paid member of LATAA and VATAN

–      Attended many events organized by LATAA, VATAN and ATASC

–      Supports the ATAMinLA project

  • Personal Statement: “I realize that these organizations are run purely on a volunteer basis and therefore I admire and thank all the volunteers who have worked so hard in these organizations.  I would like to help as much as possible by volunteering for this position.”



  • Education: Electrical Engineer with B.Sc from ITU, M.Sc from Bogazici and PhD from NJIT.
  • Member of the US Turkish American community since 2001
  • Service to Turkish American Community:

–      Chairman of OCTAA BoD (2007-2009)

–      Member at Large on ATASC BoD (2012 – 2014).

–      Grants committee management of ATASC.

  • Married with 2 children
  • Residence of California many years and holding membership with OCTAA Chapter.
  • Personal Statement: “I believe in the self-support & advocacy of Turkish-American community rights and establishing community awareness for Turkish-American children. A secular, informed & self-driven Turkish-American community is my dream and I will be honored to work towards it.”

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10 Kasim Ceremony – 2014

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


10 Kasim Ceremony

10 Kasim Ceremony

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.

Gulru Gezer 10 Kasim

Gulru Gezer 10 Kasim

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.

Burcu Tansu

Burcu Tansu

During the break, the attendees visited the proposed monument site and had a chance to ask their questions.

Location of Ataturk Monument in Carson, CA

Ataturk Monument’s Location

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.

Jim Dear

Carson Mayor Jim Dear

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.

Ahmet Alptekin

Ahmet Alptekin

Ilhan Sami Ozulu

Ilhan Sami Ozulu


Filed Under: News

Donate to Ataturk Monument

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

Ataturk Monument in LA


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.

10 Kasım Atatürk’ü Anma Toplantısı / Commemoration of Atatürk

Posted by on October 30, 2014 at 22:22 pm




Location: City of Carson, Community Hall
Address: 3 Civic Plaza, Carson, CA 90745
Date: November 10, 2014
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm


Filed Under: Events

Turkish Republic Day Ball – 2014

Posted by on August 12, 2014 at 20:53 pm

Join us in celebrating the 91st Anniversary of  Turkish Republic, on Saturday, October 25th 2014 at Hilton Costa Mesa. Childcare is available for a fee below.




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Diamond Sponsors 
Turkish Airlines
DFH Network
Gold Sponsors
BlueMask Production
ProTrim Enterprises
Total Beauty
Askew Industrial
Orem Pistacchio
Brady – Didem Yilmaz McCollum
Arzu – Jeff Morgan
Sema- Bulent Basol
Asuman – Deniz Yilmaz
Vega- Haluk Sankur
Puzzle Zoo
Tuba-Murat Koc/Adalet-Umit Kuru
Vie Vite
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Ayse Onur
Cagri Eroge
Melissa-Okan Demirci
Payless Auto
American Bouillion
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Amphora Oil
Arzu-Adem Kocyigit
Asuman-Deniz Yilmaz
Ayca Altintig
Aycan Iskent Law Office
Ayse Sule Ulubay
Coach’s Restaurant
Cravings Restaurant
Dr. Asuman Unal, DO
Dr Meral Heyat, DDS
Dr. Cigdem Coyle, PsyD
GG’s Cafe Bistro
Guner Ayter
Golden Gate Productions
Hamle Market
Hilton Hotels
Ikram bakery
Law Office of Attorney Soner McIntyre Gizer
Metin Serdan
Mama’s Bakery
Nalan-Ahmet Atahan
Pinar-Michael Thielen
Sako’s Restaurant
Selin Atagul
Songul-Tolga Yaprak
Total Beauty
TY Engineering
Vega-Haluk Sankur
Volkan Duygun
Wyndham Hotels
Yasemin Elmas
Zuma Restaurant
Photo Prop Sponsor
One-Point Art – Metin Guldas

Childcare Registration:

We’re happy to let you know that just like last year, a fun night awaits our children in the adjacent room. For those of you with children, childcare will be provided by the Nanny Factory from 6:30pm-12:00am during the ball. There is a flat rate of $25 per child until October 13 then $40 per child after the early registration deadline. Please follow the link below for childcare registration.

Request Recognition of Turkish Republic Day

On October 29, 2014, Turkish Americans and Turks around the world will celebrate the 91st anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. On that day in 1923, the Turkish Grand National Assembly, under the guidance of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, proclaimed the Republic that fulfilled the aspirations of Turkish people for liberty, justice, and peace. Realizing Atatürk’s vision of a modern statehood, Turkey had transformed from its imperial past into a sustainable secular democracy and an emerging market.
Over the past century of immigration, Turkish Americans have also significantly contributed to the economic, scientific and technological progress, and to the diverse cultural fabric of America.
Join the Pax Turcica action campaign quickly requesting your elected federal and state officials to properly recognize Turkish Republic Day ahead of October 29th.
Please, forward any received response to


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