Bay Area ANC Greets
Reps. Woolsey, Solis, Davis, And Marin Schools
June 3, 2000 - At the ninth annual "A League of Their Own" event,
organized by Bay Area Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey to honor women who have made important contributions to
education, Bay Area ANC representatives were present to extend ANC's
appreciation for the their efforts.
Congresswoman Susan Davis from San Diego, who serves on the Education and the
Workforce Committee, is a co-sponsor of
the New Democratic Coalition's education bill to increase funding for the
nation's poorest schools. Prior to
being elected to Congress, she served in the California State Assembly, where
she chaired the bipartisan Women's Caucus and the Consumer Protection,
Governmental Efficiency, and Economic Development Committee.
(L to R) ANC-SF member
Roxanne Makasdjian Rep. Susan
Hilda Solis, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, and ANC-SF member Ara Makasdjian
the fundraising event were Bay Area ANC members Roxanne Makasdjian and Ara
Makasdjian, in addition to Marin County constituents and supporters Dr. Berge
and Rose Roubinian, who introduced Rep. Davis to the goals of the Armenian
National Committee and familiarized her with the growing, active
Armenian-American community in the San Diego area. Rep. Davis expressed interest
in learning more about the issues and working with her constituent
Congresswoman Hilda Solis, who began her career as a member of the Rio Hondo
Community College Board of Trustees, is now a member of the House Education and
the Workforce Committee. She was
recognized at the gathering for her commitment to education, and for the many
barriers she has broken - having been the first Latina elected to the State
Senate, the first woman to chair the State Senate's powerful Industrial
Relations Committee, and the first woman to receive the prestigious "John
F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award."
As a State Senator, she passed key environmental justice legislation to
help low-income, minority communities.
members greeted and congratulated Rep. Solis, also thanking her for her
continued support of Armenian-American issues.
Rep. Solis expressed her gratitude to the Armenian-American community for
having been one of her first major supporters in her Congressional election
campaign. She joined the
Congressional Armenian Issues Caucus shortly after election and said she was
looking forward to working with the other members.
"A League of Their Own" event also honored Mary Jane Burke, Marin
County Superintendent of Schools. Prior
to taking her current position, Burke was a successful teacher and school
principal, focusing on special education. In
1993, she was awarded "Outstanding County Support Administrator of the
Year" by the Marin County School Administrators' Association.
members briefly told Superintendent Burke about ANC's Genocide Curriculum
Project, and Burke was interested in meeting further to discuss the possibility
of administering the curriculum and lesson plans within the Marin Country school
Lynn Woolsey, a long-time member of the Armenian Issues Caucus,
warmly greeted ANC members and constituents, who reiterated their support
for her work in Congress, and thanked her for an impressive speech on the House
Floor on April 24th, in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
They also urged her to communicate with neighboring Congressional
representatives, to encourage them to support issues important to the