VATAN is a charitable organization with a Tax ID number of EIN: 90-0340728






Sunday, December 7th, 2014, 7 am to 1 pm.

5432 Breakers Way, Oxnard, CA 930355760 Ralston Ave, Ventura, CA 93003

If you have questions contact Handan Yazici, Vega Sankur, or Beril Hamsioglu.


Saturday, December 27th, 2014, 5 pm to 9 pm.

Dear VATAN-SC Members and Guests,

We would like to invite you to our Christmas & New Year Party and General Assembly of VATAN Election. We will serve dinner. Desserts and appetizers are welcome.
Best wishes and happy holidays,


Dear Vatan Members,

This year we will be holding our year-end holiday party and VATAN board elections on December 27, 2014.

If you are interested in serving on the Vatan Board, we encourage you to declare your candidacy by contacting the election committee chair Vega Sankur no later than December 20th:

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,

Requirements for candidacy are:

Membership in good standing (paid member in 2014)
Candidate statement (should include brief personal information and a brief answer to the question: Why would you like to be VATAN Board member?)

2015 Membership Dues:

It is once again time to renew your VATAN membership. You can do this by writing check to VATAN and

mailing it to:


2419 Harbor Blvd #185

Ventura CA 93001


by PayPal:

You can pay with PayPal on our website ( ). Click on the “Pay Now” button under Membership on the left hand side.

* Membership dues are the primary source of income for VATAN and pays for many of the activities VATAN Board brings to members throughout the year. Please make your payment ASAP.

Yearly membership dues are:

Family: $75

Individual: $50

Student: $25

If you are unable to join us on that day, please send or give your PROXY to a friend who will come and can vote on your behalf.

A sample proxy can be found in the following link:


VATAN Board of Directors



Rebuilding A Community

Turkish Philanthropy Funds would like to thank all who have donated to Soma Disaster Relief Fund. 100 percentage of your donations will be transferred to organizations that directly help the community impacted from the disaster.

We are collaborating with our 38 formal partners in Turkey and our larger network to get real-time updates from the region. As these local NGOs are the first ones on the ground, their guidance enables us to make our grants wisely and more efficiently.

Currently, our focus is on the “three Rs” - RecoveryRebuilding and Resilience. Your help ensures a fourth: Results. Accordingly, our priorities are to provide support in the areas of Education, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Diversifying Income Generation in the region.

Please read our detailed report here.

Please donate here.

You may also contribute to the Soma Disaster Relief Fund by sending your check to: 

Turkish Philanthropy Funds 

Re: Soma Disaster Relief Fund 

216 East 45th Street, 7th Fl. 

New York, New York 10017 

Please make your checks payable to Turkish Philanthropy Funds and indicate “Soma Diasater Relief Fund” on the check. 

For additional information, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please follow updates on developments in Soma disaster by using the hashtag #somarelief

 The TPF Team

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Dear VATAN Community,

VATAN had 2014 BOD elections on Dec 28 during the Holiday Party. The food was delicious, company good, lots of children: next generation of Turkish Americans. The new VATAN Board had first meeting on January 13th and decided on the various Board positions.

President: Vega Sankur
Vice-President: Beril Hamsioglu
Secretary: Seher Dagdeviren Doymaz
Social Chair: Ebru Dilara Gurel
Treasurer: Hikmet Ucok
Member at Large: Nilufer Yasa
Member at Large: Behcet Kaya

We are looking forward to a very active year: preparing meaningful events for our community, educating public about Turkey, finding opportunities for charitable activities here and in Turkey, and overall help all Turkish Americans and friends of Turkey to have a home to get together.
We again wish you a Happy New Year, and hope to see you amongst us in 2014.




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