The Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock celebrated several milestones on last Saturday. They commemorated 100 years of Assyrian history in Turlock; they celebrated 65 years of AACCT membership; and they recognized the oldest living Assyrian in Turlock.
Assyrian history in Turlock dates back to 1911 when a man named Isaac Adams arrived in town. Adams was a driving force behind the Assyrian immigration to the Central Valley of California. Many Assyrian families soon followed him from Iran.
“These families that came to settle down and start a new life facing the challenges of the unexpected of a new society, but looking forward to a better life, full of freedom and equality among its people without discrimination of race, color and religion,” said Raymond George, president of the Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock, during his speech at the centennial event.
The club was founded as a way to preserve the Assyrian heritage within the American society, the club stated. It was important to Assyrian families that their children and grandchildren had strong cultural ties and understood their heritage. Community members established the Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock 65 years ago at its current location on Golden State Boulevard.
“It is very important to mention that we, the Assyrians, are loyal, peaceful and law abiding citizens of this great nation in which we have affirmed our allegiance to the constitution of the United States of America and who have shared the good and the sad times as one united family of citizens,” George said.
Since its opening, George said, the club has given Assyrians a place to relax in a traditional and recreational environment. More importantly, however, it serves an educational, cultural, and charitable purpose.
“The Assyrian American Civic Club has contributed toward many local charitable projects while donating thousands of dollars to the education of many students and in assisting the needy families…” George said.
The anniversary of the Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock was celebrated on Saturday with a reception and entertainment. The event included many aspects of Assyrian American culture, from a salute to the American flag to a procession of the Assyrian King and Queen. The gathering also recognized the oldest Assyrian living in Stanislaus County, Jenn Eshoo.
The club will continue its goal of preserving Assyrian culture and heritage, educating future generations, and reaching out to the community.
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