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Greenville, NY Girl Scouts Feature Armenia


On Saturday, March 7, the Greenville Troop of The Girl Scouts of America held their Annual International Day at the Greenville Central Jr- Senior High School.   As Armenians around the world gather in 2015 to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, it was noteworthy that the Greenville Girl Scout Troop chose this year to honor and represent the country of Armenia and its rich culture and heritage.    Ararat Center Executive Chef and Client Relations Manager, Paul Ventura, was present to lend a helping hand with the community event.  

International culture came to the forefront in the form of art, literature, costume, and customs.  Many countries and their cultures were represented by the various Girl Scout troops who participated.  Over 300 guests were exposed to many different cultures and were especially impressed with Armenia and all that the Greenville troop showcased--books, beautiful photographs, maps and posters, as well as hand-crafted tiles and Armenian-styled pottery.   

Oral tradition plays a major role in unifying the Armenian national consciousness--particularly when it involves food and its preparation.  The Scouts prepared various sweets,  mint tea, and hand-rolled stuffed grape leaves for everyone to sample.   Chef Ventura's food contributions to the Troop's offerings were pilaf and lahmajun.   “The lamb topping on the lamajun was grass fed and really made the difference,” stated Chef Ventura. “

Troop Leader, Christina Evola, had words of praise for Paul's involvement and his availability throughout the event.  “We had a great experience at Saturday's International Day event.  Paul Ventura was fantastic.  Not only did he arrive early to help prepare our food, he was able to engage with and speak about the Ararat Center and its presence in the community.  He brought along a visual display as well.    Paul noted that it was a great experience for him to speak with Greenville community members, especially its youth, about the Ararat Center.  "I believe it is through this type of dialogue that the community can better understand the mission of the Center and its rich Armenian culture."

On behalf of the Ararat Center Board of Directors and staff,  Chef Ventura personally thanked the Greenville Chapter of the Girl Scouts of America and looks forward to working with the Troop again in the future.  The International Day program has helped develop a stronger relationship for the Center within the town of Greenville.  "It was a pleasure working with the Troop, and we are pleased and honored that they chose Armenia as their country to highlight."