For the past nine years, our school has served the public in Orange County with its mission to teach Turkish Language and culture and to strengthen a sense of community. OC Turkish School offers a curriculum based on secular and modern Turkish values. OCTS has also built a community of alumni, parents, and friends who will remain as lifelong friends and who will promote Turkish culture and language for generations to come. We are excited to announce that this year we are updating our curriculum to include pilot programs such as field trips, folk dancing, music and art activities, and seminars on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to our community. The OC Turkish School would like to welcome all members of our community to join us in our kick-off and registration event and learn about our plans to further improve our community school. This will also give you the opportunity to see our classes first hand and meet our wonderful teachers and volunteers. Sustainability of our Turkish School depends on your support. We will serve tasty Turkish pastries and refreshments as we welcome you to our school. South Coast Chinese Cultural Center 9 Truman, Irvine, California Saturday, January 31, 2015 09:30 AM

During the month of Ramadan, OCTAA and the Orange County Turkish School raised funds to benefit “Families Forward” and “Back to School” programs managed by the Families Forward organization. The food and school supplies raised through the program help 400+ families in need in South Orange County. We extend our sincere appreciation to members of Turkish community in Orange County who contributed to this effort.


IRVINE, Calif., May 14, 2014 – The Orange County Turkish American Association (OCTAA) mourns the deaths and expresses its sympathies with the families of estimated 274 coal miners killed in a tragic mine explosion on May 13 in Soma, a district in the western Turkish province of Manisa. Following an explosion at the private mine owned by Soma Kömür İşletmeleri A.Ş., a fire broke out resulting in a carbon monoxide poisoning of the escaping miners. As many as 120 miners were trapped inside the mine on Wednesday.

As emergency teams continue their rescue efforts, our thoughts and prayers are with the miners who were injured or trapped underground. OCTAA supports the Soma Disaster Relief program organized by the Turkish Philanthropy Fund (TPF) and appeals to the community in Orange County to contribute to this effort.

For a third year in a row, the Orange County Turkish American Association (OCTAA) and its Turkish School (OCTS) successfully raised funds in support of socio-economically disadvantaged girls in rural regions of Turkey.

The illiteracy rate among young women in the eastern and southeastern regions of Turkey is estimated at 45 percent. For many years, the Turkish government and various NGOs have worked to improve the situation. But the economic hardship, restrictive traditions, distance to schools, and insufficient number of dormitories prevented many girls from access to education.

On March 11, 2014, OCTAA organized a fundraiser picnic, celebrating the International Women’s Day in Irvine and raising $2500 for the Girls’ Empowerment Scholarships project managed by Bridge to Türkiye Fund (BTF). Additionally, at the 8th annual celebration of Turkish National Sovereignty and Children’s Day – April 23 – OCTS held a silent auction exhibiting wonderful paintings by our own students under the artistic direction of Nalan Kumlali Atahan.  We are proud to report that our young students raised another $500 to help support girls in Turkey.

Despite the difficulties they face, these girls have high hopes for a better future just like any young girl growing up in developed countries.  This is why the BTF Girls’ Empowerment Program focuses on providing financial support to bright young women from poor families and who show the most potential for success.

With generous contributions from the community in Southern California, OCTAA and OC Turkish School will continue to support education of two students from Erzurum and of a second year law school student, Bahar, from Istanbul University. We greatly appreciate the broad public support for this project, and hope to make a difference in the lives of these young women.

Contact OCTAA for further information about the Girls’ Empowerment Program and to make a contribution to the cause.


On Saturday, April 26, 2014, OCTAA Turkish School will host its 8th annual celebration of the Turkish National Sovereignty & Children’s Day at the South Coast Chinese Center in Irvine.

On April 23, Turkish Americans and Turks around the world celebrate the 94th anniversary of the establishment of Turkish Grand National Assembly which, under the guidance of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, led to the establishment of the modern Republic of Turkey in 1923. Marked for the first time in 1921 as the Turkish National Day, since 1927, April 23 had also been celebrated as the Children’s Day to signify the role of future generations in realization of the Turkish dream for peace, progress and prosperity. In 1979, April 23 was officially designated as the International Children’s Day, when young people from all over the world gather in Turkey for festivities of peace and fraternity.

On this occasion, the 2013-14 academic year students at the OCTAA Turkish School have prepared a wonderful show of national songs, poems and plays. They would like to share the joy of the Turkish National Sovereignty and Children’s day with the community in Orange County and throughout Southern California. Please, come and join us in our celebrations and celebrate our national holiday with wonderful Turkish food and the spectacular show of our students.

8th Annual 23 Nisan Celebration
Saturday, April 26, 2013
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
South Coast Chinese Cultural Center
9 Truman, Irvine, CA 92620

On Friday, November 8, 2013, Orange County Turkish American Association will join the University of California Irvine – Athletics Department in organizing the first OCTAA-UCI Basketball Night. The event will start with the meeting of UCI Men’s Basketball team’s Coach, Ali Ton, followed by a season game of UCI vs Fresno State, featuring Ege Mala, a Turkish player on the UCI Team. OCTAA invites members of Turkish community to join this one of a kind sports heritage event at UC Irvine.

The developments in Turkey over the past week have become a source of concern for the Turkish-Americans across California, including those in Orange County. A peaceful social action to save a green park in central Istanbul – Taksim Gezi Parkı – from being demolished has met with a disproportionate police response leaving one person dead and over thousand injured, among them members of Turkish Parliament, journalists, intellectuals and civil society activists. Consequently, the Istanbul protest morphed into a grassroots movement against the police brutality and for freedom of speech, bringing tens of thousands of people out on the streets across Turkey.

Use of the excessive police force against the protestors in Turkey have become a focus of international media and human rights groups.  In a statement on June 3, 2013, Amnesty International called to “end abusive use of force and reveal the extent of injuries”. In contrast, the mainstream Turkish media remained largely silent about the nationwide protests. Similarly, the recent terrorist attack in Reyhanlı, a Turkish town on the Syrian border, which killed 40 people and wounded many more, becoming the deadliest attack in the modern Turkish history, did not receive a sufficient coverage in the national press. This indicates an increasing monopolization of the Turkish press, which further limits the freedom of expression in the country.

Public reaction to these developments also came from the Turkish Diaspora communities in Europe and North America. Joining them on June 2, 2013, the Turkish American community in Orange County staged a public action in Irvine, rallying against the police brutality and in support of free speech in Turkey. Reflecting on this voice of the community and its members, the Orange County Turkish American Association, a chapter of the American Turkish Association of Southern California (ATASC), appeals for increased public awareness of the events in Turkey and for support in defending Turkish democracy.

2012-13 academic year students at the OC Turkish school have prepared a wonderful show of Turkish songs, poems and plays. They would like to share the joy of the Turkish National Sovereignty and Children’s day with all the community in Orange County and throughout Southern California. Please come and join us in our celebrations and celebrate our national holiday with wonderful Turkish food and the spectacular show of our students.

Saturday, April 20, 2013
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Coast Chinese Cultural Center
9 Truman, Irvine, CA 92620
For more information or sponsorship:



Orange County Türk-Amerikan Derneği (OCTAA) önderliği ve Orange County Türk Teknoloji Profesyonelleri (TTP-OC) işbirliği ile Güney Kaliforniya’da yaşayan, çalışan ve okuyan Türkleri profesyonel bağlamda biraraya getirmek amacıyla düzenlediğimiz toplantılara “ABD’den Türkiye’ye Melek Yatırımcılık ve Girişimcilik” (“Angel Investing and Entrepreneurship from US to Turkey”) konusuyla devam ediyoruz. Yeni bilgiler ve iş bağlantıları edinmek, kariyer tavsiyesi almak ve deneyimlerini paylaşmak isteyen herkes davetlidir.

[Speeches will be given in Turkish and English]



19 Kasım 2012 Pazartesi 7pm-10pm


7:00 – 7:45 pm
Kayıt ve Yiyecek-İçecek Servisi

7:45 – 8:30 pm
Aydın Koç – Melek Yatırımcı, Keiretsu Forum
“Angel Investing in Turkey via Keiretsu Forum” başlıklı sunumu

8:30 – 9:15 pm
Bulut Ersavaş – Kurucu ve Genel Müdür, ClimateMinder
“From Istanbul To Los Angeles: The Story of a Startup Company” başlıklı sunumu

9:15 – 10:00 pm
Serbest zaman – Katılımcıların ve konuşmacıların bilgi alışverişi – Kaynaşma


Norman P. Murray Community Center, Sycamore A Odası
24932 Veterans Way Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(Park ücretsizdir)


OCTAA, LATAA, VATAN, ATASC-SD, TALL Üyeleri ve Öğrenciler: $10
Diğer: $15

Facebook Etkinlik Sayfası:

** ÖNEMLİ: Lütfen gelip gelemeyeceğinizi yukaridaki Facebook Etkinlik Sayfası linkini kullanarak isaretleyiniz.
** Program yemeklidir ve masraflar bağışlarınızla karşılanmaktadır.
** Henüz belirtilmemiş ayrıntılar için lütfen etkinlik sayfasından güncellemeleri takip ediniz.

PLACE: Norman P. Murray Community Center


Directors: Mehmet Ali Tan (President), Can Soydinc (Membership Chair), Acalya Heeren (Social Chair), Mine Caglar (Treasurer), Javid Huseynov (Executive Secretary)
Guests: Sevda Aleckson, Mine Tan, Rabia Tan, Ozcan Tan, Burak Evcimen, Burcu Tansu, Filiz Cetin, Sibel Turfanda, Aycan Iskent-Ekener, Burcin Ekener, Maria Cakiraga
Absent: Ugur Dundar (Vice President), Berna Yorulmaz (Education Chair)
A general assembly meeting was held at the Norman Murray community center in Mission Viejo on November 11, 2012. Chair Mehmet Ali Tan opened the official meeting at 14:45 and provided an annual summary for the attendees. The quorum for elections was achieved per the current Bylaws (15% of the current membership).
  • The accomplishments of the organization and the outgoing board during the past year have been discussed;
  • The General Assembly voted to accept the resignation of Vice President, Ugur Dundar, for personal reasons;
  • On behalf of the Board, President Mehmet Ali Tan recognized the following members for their outstanding contribution to the organization:
           – Rabia Tan
– Ozcan Tan
– Ayca Altintig
– Ruya Urso
The General Assembly nominated and elected the following officers:
           – Aycan Iskent-Ekener as Corporate Executive Secretary
– Sibel Turfanda as Vice-President
– Javid Huseynov as President
           – Burak Evcimen as Membership Chair
Congratulations to our new members of the Board of Directors, and thanks to all
members who participated in this election.

ATASC Cordially invites you to very special event: “Commemoration of ATATURK.”

This event will be hosted by TURKSA- Turkish Students Association of Chapman University, supported by OCTAA of ATASC and LATAA of ATASC, organized & sponsored by ATASC. This special event will be followed by TURKSA of Chapman Unv Networking Event.

Our program as follows;
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Welcome/National Anthem/ Introductions by ur MC of the day; Vega Sankur
2:15 pm – 2:40 pm Ataturk – A Military Hero by Ahmet Onerbay
2:40 pm – 3:00 pm Ataturk – Republic and Reforms by Ergun Kirlikovali
3:00 pm – 3:10 pm Break
3:10 pm – 3:25 pm Ataturk – Reforms by Alara Dinc
* Alara is the OCTS student who won the Irvine History Competition with a Project on Ataturk
3:25 pm – 3:50 pm ATAM in LA Project by Vega Sankur
3:50 pm – 4:00 pm Comments and AdjournProper attire to this special commemoration event is kindly requested.Deserts, coffee and hot tea will be served. Your RSVP will help us estimate amount of desert to be served.Event Building and Room :
Chapman University
One University Drive, Orange, CA
Argyros School of Business & Economics Beckman Hall
Beckman Hall, 4th floor – Room 404The volunteers will show the way to the hall, if you need it.

For the directions to the event, please follow the link below:
There will be a $3 parking entry fee for on-campus parking. Please bring exact change with you. The parking pay station does not give change back. Please see the following link for parking details

ATASC appreciates your attendance.

Burcu Tansu
On behalf of ATASC

“Peace at Home, Peace in the World”
― Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

DATE: Sunday, October 28, 2012.

PLACE: William R. Mason Regional Park

Shelter#4. There is a $5 car entrance fee per single entry. Map–>

Please bring your beach chairs. Soccer ball, volleyball to play.

Menu: Kavurma/Pilav, Ayran, Salata, Baklava, Soft Drinks. Hot Tea.
Suggested Donation:$12(Member), $22(Non-member) on-site,  $11(Member), $20(Non-member) on-line. The Members include the members of all ATASC Chapters.

Please RSVP, either by “Join” button on Facebook event invitation and then indicate how many individuals you are bringing, OR send an e-mail message to containing the word “Kurban” on the Subject line or in the message body and indicate how many individuals will be coming with you including yourself. Also you may donate  below via PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account to do so)  and indicate the number of people by number of donations.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8AM

Irvine City Hall

DATE: Saturday, September 8, 2012
PLACE: Mason Regional Park, Irvine, CA
Shelter#4 (as usual :)). There is a $5 car entrance fee per single entry.
Please bring your beach chairs. Soccer ball, volleyball to play.
Menu: Sucuk/Ekmek, Potato Salad, Baklava, Soft Drinks.Suggested Donation:$10(Member), $20(Non-member)For those who did not respond yet, but might be coming: Please RSVP as soon as possible. Pllease also indicate on this page, HOW MANY SERVINGS you would like (some people may get food and share) to have for your company. Please comment about this below your name. This is important to us to guess the amount of sucuk. We don’t want to waste any food. If you did not RSVP’ed, we may kindly ask you to wait to be served later, and upon the food would be enough for people who confirmed. You may donate in advance by the following link.

Save-The-Date Sunday May 20th 2012

Mason Regional Park in Irvine, Shelter #4.

The park single entry fee for cars is $5.

Food will be served: Tas Kebap, Pilav, Cacık, Baklava.

Suggested Donation per person: $12 for the members of OCTAA, and all sister chapters, Non-members: $20

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time: 6:00PM for the Lecture,   a reception will be held at 4:30PM
Place: Ocean Institute, San Diego, CA
            24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629

Dive into archaeology. Join us as Dr. Ufuk Kocabaş takes us on a journey to the excavation site of Yenikapi to explore the oldest skeletons ever found in what is now Turkey.
Here a tunnel is being constructed under the Marmara Sea to create Instanbul’s most important transportation hub.
In addition to the 8,500 year-old skeletons, the project has uncovered 36 shipwrecks, including Byzantine galleys – the first ever found – part of a breakwater that that protected the city’s first harbor, and more than 40,000 artifacts, including wine and olive oil amphorae, and many decorative and every day items.For registration (On-line only):
Lecture starts at 6PM. Carpooling is suggested for this event.

RECEPTION: Cost: $25 includes lecture at 6PM: Limited Space is available. at 4:30PM Turkish Refreshments, Turkish food, music and Turkish Artifacts corner.

LECTURE: Cost: $10 for members $15 for non members. Lecture starts at 6PM.

This Event is Co-sponsored by

The Ocean Instıtute,
ATASC (Association of Turkish Americans of Southern California),
Orange County TUrkish American Association (OCTAA),  and
Newport International Travel.

OCTAA and Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) Invite You to





Date: Sunday, March 11th

Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location: William R. Mason Park (Shelter #2) Irvine, CA  (MAP )

POTLUCK PICNIC filled with delicious Turkish dishes provided by the attendees

Suggested Minimum Donation: $20


Please RSVP & sign up for a dish to bring at the Facebook Event page:

Or send an e-mail to <> with “BTF” or “Fundraiser” on the subject line or message body with your name & the dish to bring.

$5 per car for one entry; carpooling is suggested

Ms. Mine Demir Gulsen was elected as OCTAA Treasurer for the next two-year terms during OCTAA Elections on Dec. 20. We are happy to welcome Ms. Mine Demir Gulsen to the OCTAA Board of Directors.
During the first face-to-face Board of Directors Meeting on January 17, 2012, Mr. Can Soydinc was appointed to continue his role as the Membership Chairperson and Ms. Acalya Heeren was appointed as the Social Activities Chairperson for 2012-2013. We welcome Ms. Heeren to our OCTAA team. We would like to express our gratitude to our previous Social Activities Chairperson Ms. Serap Atli for her hard work and dedication to our team during the past year.

• Mehmet Ali Tan – President

• Ugur Dundar – President Elect

• Mine Demir Gulsen – Treasurer

• Javid Huseynov – Executive Secretary

• Can Soydinc – Membership Chairperson

• Acalya Heeren – Social Activities Chairperson

• Berna Gundogdu Yorulmaz – School Director, Education and Cultural Chairperson


We would like to thank to our volunteers and members for continuing support to our activities and operations.
OCTAA Board of Directors

Date:    January 29, 2012

A message from the OCTAA president regarding the upcoming  ATASC BoD elections
Dear OCTAA member,
As an OCTAA paid member, you are entitled to vote in  ATASC elections for the opening Board of Director positions, which will take place, on Jan 29, 2012 as announced at the ATASC web site,  If you are not planning to go to the ATASC elections, you may choose to send me, Mehmet Ali Tan, your proxy to authorize me to vote on your behalf, since I am planning to  be there.
Or you may choose anybody else, who would go to the elections, to authorize for this instead of me.
If you choose me, you may  fill the bottom portion of  the proxy to his my address.
             (Mehmet Ali Tan, 252 Greenmoor, Irvine, CA 92614)
and write OCTAA in “Name of Chapter or ATASC At-large Membership” portion,
and mail the proxy to my address in this paragraph.


The eligibility for voting in ATASC elections is only  to be “having paid the current membership dues” for you.
One separate proxy per person who is eligible to vote is needed.
Our, dear OCTAA member, ex-officio, Ms. Sevda Aleckson, who is currently on the ATASC Board of Directors has already decided not to run for the Board of ATASC positions, for the next term. We owe Ms. Aleckson for the service she conveyed for  our Community in different dimensions and platforms. It is heart breaking to see her leaving this active involvement in ATASC, although she understandably needs a rest from her relentless efforts towards this noble service.
I am currently searching an experienced person or persons with good credentials to nominate for this position to represent OCTAA Community at ATASC Board of Directors. Please send me an e-mail message ( to contact him/her if you would like to nominate someone. You may nominate yourself as well.
The condition to be eligible to be a candidate for ATASC Board of Directors positions is to have served officially on the Board of Directors of ATASC or one of her chapters in the past, or serving in a position currently.
With proxy or without proxy,  going to the elections of ATASC, I respectfully urge you participate in this election, get involved, or become a candidate if you are eligible. This will enhance the diversity of our community, will enrich the power of collective decision making, addressing our community needs at higher platforms.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Yours truly
Mehmet Ali Tan,
President, OCTAA
Ph. (949) 294-2418

Orange County Turkish American Association
The 8th General Assembly & Treasurer Election


Date:   Dec. 20, 7PM-9:30PM

Place: Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

General Assembly Agenda: 

  • Welcome
  • Presentation 2011 Financial results and status for OCTAA and OC Turkish School
  • Q&A Session
  • Elections of new OCTAA Treasurer
  • Adjournment

OCTAA is proud to announce the nominees for the 8th General Assembly meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Norman P. Murray Community Center located at 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. In view of the current Treasurer, Talha Bayraktar, vacating his position, OCTAA will hold an election for this position. The Treasurer, who is elected by the General Assembly to serve two years (2012-2013), will also become a member of the OCTAA Board of Directors during this period.

The General Assembly meeting is open to anyone interested in OCTAA, however, the right to vote and get elected is limited only to the members in good standingA member in good standing is defined as an individual who is either a Family Member, or an Individual Member or a Lifetime Member, and who has paid his/her current and previous annual membership dues (i.e., paid member through 2010 and 2011). The payment of the current year membership dues will be accepted on site. Following the election, the ballots will be counted and results will be announced by one of the Election Committee members.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can send a written voter proxy with one of the members in good standing (click here to download a voter proxy form).

If you would like to verify your membership status, you may send an e-mail message to <  with the keyword  “election”  on the subject line or in the body text, and including your Full name and address.

The following is provided as background information on the single nominee running for the open position of Treasurer.  However, please keep in mind that voting is not limited to this person.  Per our bylaws, other members in good standing may run from the floor as write-in candidates on the day of the election.  If you would like to nominate a “member in good standing” for this position in advance, including possibly yourself, please send his/her/your resume with an e-mail message to < > with the key word “nominee” on the subject line or in the body text.

You may RSVP through OCTAA Facebook:

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, December 20th.

Sincerely yours.

Nominee for Treasurer


Background:  Ms. Mine Demir Gulsen is a graduate of Bogazici (Bosphorus) University in Turkey with Master in Science Education (2000) and Mathematics Education. She is currently a Senior Financial Analyst for the Anesthesiology Department at the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Gulsen has nearly 7 years of experience as a financial analyst and possesses a proven ability to work in teams.

A complimentary food will be served in the event.

Orange County Türk-Amerikan Derneği (OCTAA) ve Orange County Türk Teknoloji Profesyonelleri (TTP-OC) işbirliğiyle, UCI Türk Öğrenci Derneği’nin (UCI TSA) evsahipliğinde Güney Kaliforniya’da yaşayan, çalışan ve okuyan tüm Türkleri biraraya getirmek amacıyla düzenlediğimiz toplantılara “Teknik Kariyer Arama ve Geliştirme” konusuyla devam ediyoruz. Yeni iş bağlantıları edinmek, kariyer tavsiyesi almak ve deneyimlerini paylaşmak isteyen herkes davetlidir.

(Keynote speeches will be given in Turkish)

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Kayıt, Yiyecek-İçecek Servisi ve Tanışma

8:00 – 9:00 pm
Teknik Kariyer Danışmanı Sayın Ceren Güven’in “Teknik Kariyer Arama ve Geliştirme” konusundaki uzman sunumu ve soru-cevap şeklinde bilgi alışverişi.

Konu başlıklarından bazıları aşağıdaki gibidir:

– Tam Zamanlı / Yarı Zamanlı Teknik Kariyerler ve Farklılıkları
– Teknik Kariyerlerin Maaş ve Saatlik Ücret Trendleri
– Özgeçmiş Yazımında Dikkat Edilmesi Gerekenler
– İş Görüşmesinde Ne Yapmalı / Ne Yapmamalı?
– Sertifikasyonun Kariyere Etkisi
– En Aktif Teknik Pozisyonlar, Endüstriler, Coğrafi Bölgeler

9:00pm – 10:00pm
Katılımcıların kaynaşması

UCI Student Center / Conference Center – Doheny Beach A
Pereira Dr. ile W. Peltason Dr. kesişimi
Irvine, CA

Arzu Edilen En Az Bağış:
OCTAA, LATAA, VATAN, ATASC-SD, TALL Üyeleri ve Öğrenciler: $10
Diğer: $15

** Program yemeklidir ve masraflar bağışlarınızla karşılanmaktadır.

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Turkish-American community in Orange County, the Board Directors of OCTAA extend their greetings to all Americans in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. On this holiday, which traces its roots to the mix of European and Native  traditions, American people celebrate the prosperity of the nation. As integral members of American society, the Turkish-Americans equally rejoice in recognition of the homeland that gave us an opportunity to pursue our dreams.

Warm wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!


Değerli girişimcilerimiz,
18-19 Kasım 2011 tarihlerinde İstanbul’da gerçekleştirilecek Dünya Türk Girişimciler Kurultayı Deik tarafından organize edilmektedir. Bu etkinlikle eşzamanlı olarak da bir alım heyeti programı düzenlenmekte olup, Ataşeliğimizin onayını alacak firma temsilcilerinin (satın alma konusunda yetkili) kahvaltı dahil konaklama masrafları program bütçesinden karşılanacaktır.
Konuyla ilgilenenlerin ataşeliğimiz ile temasa geçmeleri ve adresindeki başvuru işlemlerini tamamlamaları gerekmektedir.
Kurultay programını indirmek için buraya tıklayın.

Başvuru formunu indirmek için buraya tıklayın.
Çalışmalarınızda başarılar dilerim.

Gurkan SUZER
Commercial Attaché
Trade office of Consulate General of Turkey
in Los Angeles

Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles
Office of Commercial Attache’
6380 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1210
Los Angeles, CA  90048
Tel  : 323 852 1894
Fax : 323 825 1896

On behalf of the Turkish-American community in Orange County, CA, OCTAA expresses its sorrow over the major loss of life during the recent magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit the Van region of Turkey on October 23, 2011. According to Bloomberg, while the official death toll has climbed to 279, as many as 1,000 people are feared dead, say the officials. At least 2,262 buildings collapsed in the quake, which was the most severe since a 1999 quake east of Istanbul that took 17,000 lives.

OCTAA once more extends its condolences to families of the earthquake victims. OCTAA volunteers are working together with the parent organization, ATA-SC, to set up a support fund for the victims of the natural disaster.

On the night of October 19, 2011, the militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) staged a terrorist attack against the Turkish armed forces, killing 26 and wounding 22 Turkish servicemen. The four-hour assault took place in eight remote army outposts in the Yuksekova and Cukurca districts of the Hakkari province of Turkey, near its border with Iraq.

The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union (EU), Turkey and other nations. Since 1980s, over 30,000 people have perished in terrorist attacks launched by the PKK against Turkey. While the party claims to represent interests of Turkey’s Kurdish minority, its separatist claims supplanted by its terrorist agenda have been strongly rejected by the absolute majority of Turkish Kurds. The latter have been closely integrated into the diverse cultural ethnoscape of Turkey as well as its economic and political structure.

Describing the latest PKK attack as outrageous, President Obama stated that the U.S. will continue to cooperate with the Turkish government to “defeat the terrorist threat from the PKK and to bring peace, stability and prosperity to all the people of southeast Turkey”. The EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, condemned the “shameful terrorist attacks in Turkey by the PKK in the strongest terms”.

Members of the Orange County Turkish-American Association (OCTAA) join in condemnation of the PKK terrorism, and offer condolences to the families of victims and the Turkish nation.

Chapman University

University Drive Orange, CA 92866
Thursday, November 10 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm



Speaker: Mr. Ergun Kirlikovali,
Assembly of Turkish American Associations
Washington, D.C.

We are proud to announce that this very special event, this year, is organized by the Chapman University Turkish Student Association, supported by OCTAA and sponsored by ATASC. The event will be in English Language.Attendance is FREE for every one, member, or non-member, by RSVP only. You may RSVP to the Facebook Event page or by sending a short e-mail message with “RSVP” on the subject line and/or body with the Name(s) of the individual(s) who will be attending to e-mail address <>.A proper attire to this special commemoration event is kindly requested.Refreshments, including hot tea, will be served.For the directions to the event, please follow the link below:

There will be a $3 parking entry fee for on-campus parking. Please bring exact change with you. The parking pay station does not give change back. Please see the following link for parking details


Sunday, November 6 · 12:00pm – 4:00pm

William R Mason Regional Park
18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612-2601

The entry fee to Mason Regional park is $5.00 per car for a single entry.
The event will be at Shelter #4.
Please see the map

There are nice play grounds for children, one nearby the shelter #4.

Food: Kavurma, pilav, salata, borek
Desert: Baklava
Soft drinks, bottled water.

Raffles, small gifts for children.

Members : $6 per person, (All ATASC Chapter memberships are included)
Non-members: $12 per person
Membership renewal, new membership will be available on-site during the event.

We hope to see you all there, as well as new members and new friends.




Position: Hyperion Principal Architect


Department: Corporate Business Systems


Reports to: VP, Applications Manager


Duties and Responsibilities:
• Execute best practice Hyperion Essbase design and development.
• Collect business requirements and interpret business needs.
• Successfully engage in multiple initiatives simultaneously.
• Serve as the interface between the client community and the other development team members.
• Collaborate with IT partners, developers, and client subject matter experts to determine available solutions.
• Describe and communicate the value of a project in terms of both its benefits and cost to management.


Skills and Qualifications:
• Advanced proven Hyperion Essbase design and development preferably in the Financial Services industry
• Demonstrated advanced proficiency with Essbase Studio.
• Proficient skills in Data Relationship Manager.
• Proficient skills in Star Analytics.
• Proficient skills with MS Word, Excel, SharePoint, and Outlook
• Proficient skills with MS Visio and MS Project
• Proficient skills using, understanding SQL design, and relational reporting.
• Qualified candidates will have the ability to analyze and document complex business processes.
• Qualified candidates will possess strong problem solving and analytical skills.
• Must be able to gather and interpret relevant data and information.
• Qualified candidates will possess solid mathematical aptitude.
• Strong communication skills and ability to interact professionally with all levels of internal and external employees in both written and verbal communications.
• Team player, self-motivated, innovative and solution minded.
• Proven project management skills.
• Ability to work effectively and professionally in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.


Preferred Education/Experience:
• Minimum of five years of experience in a large financial services company, or consulting firm where the primary responsibility is design and development of Hyperion Essbase applications.
• Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent is required.
• Financial Services or Asset Management industry preferred.








Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by OCTAA. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of OCTAA, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

We’re one of the largest online game publishing company and we’re currently working hard to establish our partnership with Turkish game companies in Turkey.


Our company – IJJI GAMES (NHN USA): located in UCI research center (Irvine, CA)


Position – Full time employee for business development part. (10 AM to 7 PM / M-F)


Requirement – Must be fluent bilingual (English and Turkish)


Duties – Communicating & managing our partnership companies located in Turkey & General duties as a business development manager


Hiring schedule – A.S.A.P. (My boss is heading to Turkey this October so he likes to fill this position before his trip.)


If you are fluent Turkish speaker (must be able to read and write too) and interested in online game business, Please let us know.




Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by OCTAA. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of OCTAA, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.


Dear Turkish American Friends, thank you for spending your Saturday evening with us to celebrate our double holiday. We, together, enjoyed it so much that I can’t wait for a new one. It was great food, the best sucuk-ekmek that I have ever had. It was Adanus’s secret recipe in the sauce. The baklava from Rabia’s kitchen was a great polish to the great taste from our dear homeland.

And my special thanks is to our dear volunteers, particularly who work relentlessly, the first and the foremost to my dear friend Mr. Engin Pehlivanoglu, my lovely wife Mine, my dear friend Mr. Can Soydinc, my dear friend Ozcan Tan. I also thank the Turkish School volunteers and teachers, our friends; Ms. Ruya Sunal Urso, Ms. Nihal Kaymaz-Foley for representing the OC Turkish School.

And, the last but not the least, I am grateful to our friends by spreading the word to make the transition from none in the morning to the great event possible in the evening. It was like a miracle. As word-by-word translation of a Turkish saying “We lost our donkey in the morning, we found it in the evening, Thank you God!”.

I look forward to seeing all of you, and more Turkish-American friends, again in the future events.
Sincerely yours,

Mehmet Ali Tan

Orange County Turkish-American Association.
Long Beach Hyatt Hotel

200 South Pine Avenue Long Beach ,CA 90802

Saturday ,October 15th 2011,  6:30PM – 9:00PM

The Saint of Istanbul

“A Collection of Short Stories by ChanCe”

Los Angeles Convention Center
Friday, September 23 2011
2:30PM – 3:30PM Pacific Time


Prof. Dr. Şansın Tüzün
(Pen-name: ChanCe)
İstanbul University
Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty

Sayın Halit Nejat Yakupoğlu’nun “Fikri Mülkiyet Hakları” (Intellectual Property) konusundaki sunumu ve ATAA başkanı Sayın Ergün Kırlıkovalı’nın “Fikri Mülkiyet Hakları” konusundaki pratik tecrübelerine dayalı sohbeti ile 14 Eylül 2011, Saat 19:00’da, “Norman Murray Community Center”, Mission Viejo, CA adresinde yapıldı.

Üç ay kadar sonraki buluşmamızda tüm Güney Kaliforniya Türk Profesyonellerini aramızda görmek umuduyla,





I would like to take this opportunity and introduce you our new committee and teachers of Orange County Turkish School and inform you about our new schedule for 2011 Fall and 2012 Spring School Semesters.

All our teachers and volunteers are already extremely excited to welcome our new students for this coming school year. We are embarking on a wonderful journey that will lead us to reach very many other members and students of our Turkish Society. I believe we are all in for another enjoyable and convenient school experience this coming year, too.

Part of my responsibility, in addition to directing, is to help you acclimate to the Turkish School, its guidelines, needs and structure. In this vein, I’ve also attached our Turkish School Guidelines as well.

Please note our tuition reflects our last year’s rates, and may be subject to change according to our new contract with SCCCC(Chinese Center). Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions and concerns.

My e-mail address is and phone number is 949-412-5046.



Berna Yorulmaz
Director, OC Turkish School


OCTS Committee and Teachers

Chair and School Director: Berna Yorulmaz
Vice Chair: Ruya Urso
Treasurer: Elif Hanna
Members: Sevda Aleckson, Nihal Foley, Aysu Dinc, Berna Ogut
Teachers: Kids-Minikler( Ages 5-7): Aysu Dinc, Zerrin Tusa
Stars-Yildizlar(Ages8-12): Berna Ogut, Burcin Irfanoglu
Youth-Gencler(Ages 13-17): Acalya Heeren, Tulinay Demir
Adult Beginner(Ages18+): Zeynep Rogers
Adult Intermediate(Ages18+): Zeynep Rogers

Schedule for 2011 Fall and 2012 Spring Semesters:

Registration Day: August 27 (Bon Fire)

1st Semester-Fall

September 10,17 (1st day of school)
October 1,15,22
November 19,26
December 3,17
January 7 (Last day of 1st semester)

2nd Semester-Spring

January 28( 1st day of 2nd Semester)
February 11,25
March 10,24,31
April 7,14,21 (21st is the Children’s day Celebration)
May 5,19 (last day of 2nd Semester)

Elections for the seven (7) vacant seats on the OCTAA Board of Directors were held at the 9741 Irvine Center Dr in Irine, CA on June 8th, 2011.  Ersin Sengul (Past President), was elected by the existing Board of Directors to serve as the Election Committee Chair.  The President opened the official Election Meeting and described the election procedure in detail.

The President opened nominations for the Board.  6 candidates had expressed interest in running for the Board of Directors prior to the meeting: Mehmet Ali Tan, Ugur Dundar, Javid Huseynov, Talha Bayraktar, Can Soydinc and Serap Atli and their statements of interest were presented preceding the election.  No one ran off the floor.  The President closed nominations. Sevda Aleckson had a motion to have open elections, since there was only one candidate for each of the positions. Mehmet Ali Tan seconded the motion, and then the motion passed anonymously. Ersin Sengul had a motion to approve the entire board all at once, Sevda Aleckson seconded the motion and then motion passed anonymously. All candidates were elected to the respective positions anonymously.

The following individuals have been elected to serve on the Board for a two-year or one-year term during 2011-2012:


• Mehmet Ali Tan- President (2 year)

• Ugur Dundar- President Elect (2 years)

• Javid Huseynov- Communications Chair/Secretary (2 years)

• Serap Atli – Social Events Chair (1 year)

• Talha Bayraktar- Treasurer (1 year)

• Can Soydinc-Membership Chair (1 year)


Right after elections, Board of Directors had their first meeting and elected Berna Gundogdu Yorulmaz as the OCTAA School Director and she became an official member of Board of Directors. According to the new Bylaws, OCTAA School Director is elected by the OCTAA Board of Directors.

• Congratulations to our new members of the Board of Directors, and thanks to all members who participated in this smooth election.

OCTAA Election Committee (2011)

OC Turk okulu ogrencileri bu sene de her sene oldugu gibi sahane sarkilar, siirler ve piyeslerle sizlere 23 Nisan’da sahane bir Ulusal Egemenlik ve Cocuk Bayrami yasatmak icin hazirlandilar. Orange County ve Guney Kalifornia’daki Turk-Amerikan toplumunun butun uyelerini aramizda gormek istiyoruz. Lutfen gelin, cocuklarimizla hem bu mutlu gunu paylasin, hem de sahane Turk yemekleri ile guzel bir ogleden sonra gecirin.

Students of the OC Turkish school have prepared a wonderful show as usual with Turkish songs, poems and plays. They would like to share the joy of the National Sovereignty and Children’s day with all the members of the Turkish – American Community in Orange County and the entire Southern California region. Please come and join us in our celebrations and celebrate our national holiday with wonderful Turkish food and the spectacular show of our students.

Our big raffle gift FREE roundtrip ticket(LAX-ISTANBUL) is sponsored by TURKISH AIRLINES.

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