September 30, 2011 / Issue 17
In This Issue
President's Message
In Memoriam: ATAA Remembers...Gokhan Mutlu
ATAA Supports Ohio Ahiska Turks at Turkish American Solidarity Conference...
ATAA Supports Ohio Ahiska Turks at Turkish American Solidarity Conference...
Kalkınma Bakanı Cevdet Yılmaz, ATAA'nın Temsilcileriyle Bir Araya Geldi.
ATAA Leaders participated at PM Erdogan's program in NY
ATAA Brings the Turkish American Community in Minnesota Together
ATAA Continues its TABAN Seminars in Atlanta
ATAA Trustee Oya Bain Visits Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey
Young Turks Hold White House Vigil for Victims of PKK Terror
ATAA Ranks #1 in Facebook Followers
Hampig Sassounian: An Archetypal Example of Contemporary Armenian Terrorism
American Turkish Association of Houston - ATA Houston
Upcoming Events
ATAA in the News

ATAA President-Elect Mehmet Celebi's WBEZ 91.5 interview on Turkey's leadership in the Middle East. Click here

President's Message by Erg�n Kırlıkovalı

Dear Turkish Americans and Friends of Turkey: 


We are entering a very exciting time in ATAA's annual program. During October 16-21, 2011, we will be visiting our beloved homeland, T�rkiye. The program is full of exciting, exhilarating, inspiring, and educational visits, panels, and discussions. You might call this heritage tour a "journey of personal discovery". Whatever you do, I suggest you do not miss this wonderful opportunity to get to know the leaders in Turkish politics, economy, industry, sports, arts, and more. Please click here to see the minute-by-minute account of activities in the Trip Program.

This is also an important fundraising opportunity for ATAA, a nonprofit umbrella organization for Turkish-American communities and associations coast-to-coast which survives on donations and grants, as well as the endowment fund. So, for a $1,000 donation by any member of ATAA, we will be glad to include his/her name in our group. Participant can then pay the package tour cost directly to ATAA's official travel agency (Prowin) in Ankara. You can fly from wherever you are to Ankara and meet us at Ankara Sheraton on October 16th for a kick-off dinner. The group size is limited to 25 participants so please hurry. Please call ATAA office at 202-483-9090 today with your credit card payment information. Please click here to learn more about the Annual Delegation Trip to Turkey.[Continue]


The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), established in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization, is the largest Turkish American umbrella organization in the United States, representing regional Turkish American associations coast-to-coast, as well as member associations in Canada and Turkey. [Continue]


The ATAA E-Newsletter reaches approximately 17,000 individuals throughout the United States, Canada and Turkey. The ATAA is now accepting banner ads from businesses that wish to reach the Turkish-American community.  For advertising rates and options or other advertising related inquiries, please e-mail to
In Memoriam: ATAA Remembers Gokhan Mutlu 


On behalf of ATAA, I would like to wish president Gokhan Mutlu's family and friends our deepest sympathy and condolences on their tragic loss.  I also would like to recognize her for her many years of continuous service to the Turkish-American community, as she has led an exceptional presidency during all those years. Her support of the needy kids in Turkey will never be forgotten. The Turkish-American community will never forget her.  May she rest in peace.


Ergun Kirlikovali, President


Click here for more information

ATAA Supports Ohio Ahiska Turks at Turkish American Solidarity Conference


Dayton, Ohio - ATAA participated in full ranks at the 2nd Annual Turkish American Solidarity Conference, which was hosted by the Ahiska Turkish American Community Center (ATACC), City of Dayton, University of Dayton and Wright State University. ATACC President Islom Shakhbnadarov welcomed national and local Turkish American leaders nationwide. Opening remarks were provided by Ohio Governor John Kasich, Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell, [Continue]

Kalkınma Bakanı Cevdet Yılmaz, ATAA'nın Temsilcileriyle Bir Araya Geldi 


Kalkınma Bakanı Cevdet Yılmaz, Washington'daki temasları kapsamında D�nya Bankası'nın organize ettiği Arap d�nyasında geliŞmeler, siyasi ve ekonomik d�n�Ş�m s�re�leri ve halkların sahip oldukları rollerle ilgili d�zenlenen bir toplantıda konuŞtu. Yılmaz, ''Arap D�nyasında Yeni Bir Toplumsal S�zleŞmeye Doğru" baŞlıklı toplantıdaki konuŞmasında, ''k�resel toplumun zorlu bir d�neme tanıklık ettiğini, geliŞmiŞ ekonomilerin 2.D�nya SavaŞı'ndan bu yana en ciddi ekonomik vaziyetle karŞı karŞıya olduğunu'' s�yledi. [Continue]

ATAA Leaders participated at PM Erdogan's program in NY


ATAA leaders travelled to New York to be present at Prime Minister Erdogan's important talk at the University Club of New York in Manhattan. President Elect Mehmet Celebi, Trustee Oya Bain, Consultant to the President, Ali Cinar were the invited guests of SETA-DC which organized the program. The Prime Minister was introduced by the well-known US Statesman Brent Scowcroft and former Congressman, and co-chair of the Turkish Caucus, Robert Wexler. [Continue]

ATAA Brings the Turkish American Community in Minnesota Together


The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) brought together the members of the Turkish American community and American friends with a reception in Minnesota. Turkish Consul General of Chicago - Mr. Fatih Yıldız, who visited the region for three days and held a series of meetings, participated to a panel organized jointly by Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Midwest (TACCI-Midwest), Turkish American Association of Minnesota (TAAM), [Continue]

ATAA Continues its TABAN Seminars in Atlanta


The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) continued its TABAN seminars, which are geared to educate the Turkish American community about the importance and methods of civic engagement, in Atlanta. Sponsored by Turkish Coalition of America (TCA), the seminar at the Emory University's Campus, brought together the members of the Turkish American community and American friends. [Continue]

ATAA Trustee Oya Bain Visits Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey


During past summer ATAA Trustee Oya Bain was invited to the headquarters of Kadin Girisimciler Dernegi (KAGIDER) in Istanbul,to give a talk. Founded in Istanbul in September 2002 by 38 successful women entrepreneurs, KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey) is a nation-wide, non-profit civil society organization. Today, KAGIDER has 200 members, all active in various sectors such as textiles, communication, public relations, tourism, mining, [Continue]

Young Turks Hold White House Vigil for Victims of PKK Terror


The Young Turks of DC held a vigil in front of the White House to remember the victims of PKK (Kurdish Worker's Party) terrorism and salute the Turkish Armed Forces, as well as Turkish law enforcement and Turkish citizenry for cooperating in solidarity against the the hatred and violence of the PKK. Accordingly to the US Supreme Court, support to the PKK amounts to support to a terrorist organization and is illegal. According to two federal Courts of Appeal, the PKK is a racist organization, [Continue]

ATAA Ranks #1 in Facebook Followers


Facebook is an important and highly popular social media platform. Many non-profit organizations take advantage of Facebook to promote their activities and increase visibility. The Assembly of Turkish American Associations is one of these organizations. Besides its monthly e-newsletter, ATAA instantly reaches the Turkish American community and friends of Turkey via Facebook - informing them about its activities. [Continue]


Following article by JTW Columnist Maxime Gauin was published on Turkish Weekly on 09.06.11.


Hampig Sassounian: An Archetypal Example of Contemporary Armenian Terrorism

The congress of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation of 1972, organized in Vienna, Austria, decided the return to terrorist methods and the creation of a terrorist branch, the so-called "Justice Commandos Against Armenian Terrorism," later renamed the "Armenian Revolutionary Army." Among the main targets of the JCAG/ARA were Turkish diplomats, with a preference for ambassadors and consul generals. [Continue]

Turkish American Association of the Month

American Turkish Association of Houston - ATA Houston


Founded in 1979, ATA Houston is a non-profit organization created to promote better understanding and friendship between the people of the United States and Turkey through social, educational, cultural and charitable activities. It also aims to provide assistance to Turkish citizens living in Houston.  ATA-Houston contributes to the society by organizing, sponsoring and hosting cultural and social events such as Turkish classes, seminars, picnics, music nights, concerts, and many other activities, which help build a bridge between the two cultures. Among the year-round activities organized by ATA-Houston, Turkish Festival is the biggest and most influential event. The first Turkish Festival in Houston was held in the year 1991, which was a first in the United States and has become a tradition since then. ATA-Houston has been able to expand and enrich its festivals every year in termamons of the number of activities (musical and dance performances, arts and crafts displays and workshops, children activities, vendors, presentations, and food selection) and number of attendees it hosted. Houstonians have heterogeneous backgrounds and are very interested in learning differences among cultures.


President: Deniz Demirors
Address: P.O. Box 460253, Houston TX, 77056-8253
E-mail: president@atahouston.org
Website: www.atahouston.org

Upcoming Events

DC Turkish Festival 2011: "The Sister Cities" 
October 2, 2011
11am - 7:00 pm
Pennsylvania Ave NW, between 12th and 14th St.
Info: www.turkishfestival.org

North America Turkish Leadership Conference

October 8-9, 2011
11:00 am-12:00 am
Four Points by Sheraton
285 King Street East, Kingston, Ontario CANADA
Info: www.turkishcanadians.com

ATASC Republic Day Ball

October 15, 2011, 6:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel
200 South Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802
Info: www.atasc.org


AFOT/ATAA Project on Perge Exhibition
Discovering Perge: Celebrating 65 Years of Excavations on Turkey's Mediterranean Coast
Lecture by Archeologist Professor Inci Delemen of Istanbul University
Oct. 20-24, 2011  - Wesleyan University, Middleton, CT (SNE-TACA)
Oct. 24-28, 2011 -  Boston University, Boston, AM
Oct. 29-Nov. 3, 2011 - Turkish Embassy, Washington, DC
Nov. 4-8, 2011 - TAFSUS Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 8-12, 2011 - University of Virginia, Charlotesville, VA


TURANT Anniversary Republic Day Ball
October 21, 2011, 7:00pm
Crown Plaza North Dallas
14315 Midway Road Addison, TX 75001
Info: www.turant.org


TurkFest in WorldFest, 2011
October 22-23, 2011
Addison Circle Park, Addison, TX
Info: www.turant.org


TAFSUS Republic Day Dinner Dance
October 29, 2011
The Crowne Plaza Philadelphia
260 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA. 19406
Info: www.tafsus.net

TACA Chicago  Republic Day Ball

October 29, 2011
9100 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL
Info: www.tacaonline.org

10th Annual Florida Turkish Festival

November 19-20, 2011
Broad Walk, Hollywood Beach, FL
Info: www.ftaa.com


ATAA TABAN Pennsylvania Grassroots - Public Outreach Program
December 3, 2011, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Temple University Howard Gittis Student Center South, Room 200A
1755 N. 13th St. Philadelphia, PA 19122  
RSVP: events@ataa.org

ATAA in the News

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Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA)


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