Archie Avedisian’s passion throughout his 91 years on Earth has been to help disadvantaged youth reach their full potential in life. A longtime program director at Boys and Girls’ Clubs throughout America, dating back to when they were segregated by gender, Avedisian has helped countless children and young adults find their purpose. And last week, he was honored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington for that selfless devotion that has been a hallmark of his life.
Long before he started working at WANADA, where he continues to work part time on the association’s Automobile Dealer Education Institute, Avedisian spent almost six decades in various roles at Boys Clubs (and later Boys and Girls Clubs) chapters across the country. From helping desegregate chapters in places with fraught racial histories like East St. Louis, Ill., to growing chapters from San Francisco to Seattle, and then the Washington area, Avedisian has helped keep kids in school, and make their communities safer.
Last Friday, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington’s Germantown Branch honored Avedisian at a luncheon, after which they dedicated a room at the club in his honor. The entrance to the Germantown Branch was also dedicated as “Archie Avedisian Way,” serving as a permanent marker along Frederick Road that honors his decades of service to the organization.
Avedisian continues to play an invaluable role in keeping WANADA’s Automobile Dealer Education Institute fiscally solvent, securing tens of thousands of dollars of donations each year through his vast network of connections through local Rotary Clubs and other civic engagement groups. This, in turn, has allowed ADEI to continue providing recent high school graduates, many from less-fortunate backgrounds, with a path towards a middle-class, upwardly-mobile career, while providing dealers with quality service technicians.
In addition to his decades of service to Boys and Girls Clubs across the nation and his work with WANADA and the Rotary, Avedisian continues to serve on a host of civic boards and other public service initiatives, both locally and across the country in places he previously lived. Avedisian is a living legend, and WANADA thanks him for not only his invaluable contributions to ADEI, without which the program likely might not have gotten off the ground, but for dedicating his life to serving those who need it the most.Download Bulletin PDF