Republican party officials, local residents and members of the Armenian American Republican Council convened Saturday night to honor former California Gov. George Deukmejian at the Hilton Glendale. Deukmejian received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the council for his contributions to the political party and to the Armenian community.
James Rogan, a former Glendale congressman and present U.S. undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent Trademark Office, was the keynote speaker for the event. Republican candidate for governor Bill Simon, L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and California Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel attended the gala.