General Meetings

September 2018: Sara Soheili & Dr. Massih Tayebi


Q1. Overall, how would you rate the Short Film Presentation: Mwah?

Too imaginative. 

Audio wasn't clear. Sufi needs a simple mixer/amplifier for its audio system so average people can operate. Audio system problem is causing a reduction in quality of your programs. 

Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "From Idea to Foming a Smart Business"?

probably it could have presented in more attractive way for "layman"s. 

Very informative and relavent. 

Running power point by the guest speaker is always more professional. 

New Tax Law for individuals 

Q2. What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

Reza Pahlavi and Possibility of a new Iran Government 

November election local candidate forum 

Discussion about The Constitution of the USA 

scientific and art 

Q3. Would you recommend this event to a friend?

I think every Iranian is speculating who will be the next leader of Iran should a revolution/Ku happen! 

Educational benefit as well as socializing opportunity 

Because this is very important to learn & review.

Q4. Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

Is it OK to announce fund raising for the sick and needy in Iran? I made a request before the last meeting, but received no response. Thank you: Abbas Rastandeh 

Keep up the good work. 

He was knowledgeable and friendly. 

Discuss Racism and consequences. How can we help each other to understand the true equality. 

Keep the kitchen noise down. Is it possible to relocate the restaurant ‘s telephone to another location just for the night of the meetings? 

Thank you for your service to our community. People like this team makes a difference in our lives. Sepas. 

The noise from the back of the restaurant and the kitchen is very disturbing. Something needs to be done.!!! It is a shame that which such a wonderful speaker the noise made it not being able to focus and was hard to hear him sometime. 


August 2018: Annual Picninc 2018


Q1. Would you recommend the AIAP Annual Picinc to a friend?

It is a peaceful and friendly event that you can meet your friends.

There was not enough snacks and tea.

Because AIAP and its board rocks!

I think games could have started earlier to meet new people through games. we didn't know most of the people and we were alone most of the time.

The annual picnic event is a great excuse to enjoy the great outdoors, spend fun times with friends and enjoy fantastic Iranian cousine.

Q2. Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

As usual thanks to the staff and organizers that worked so hard to manage this event.

Thank u so much for your dedication to this event. This is the only picnic I look forward to every year as it makes us feel like guest; everything prepared & provided. Greatly appreciated. Reza Taleghani

Khasteh nabAshid

more games for kids maybe bounce house. more games for different ages and groups.

The event was well organized and lots of fun. A huge thank you to all who worked so hard in making this happen. Two thumbs up ????

khasteh nabashid

The food is expensive for non-members. I noticed that many of them go eating somewhere else and then join the picnic. Reduce the rate for non-members to encourage them joining. I lso disagree with the selling the food left over for $5.00. I suggest you next time give it for free.

Thank you for your hard work.????

با درود وتشكر فراوان

keep up the good work on the AIAP

Thank you for the hard work. We love all of you good people. Farrin

The water balloons for kids was a terrible idea. They kept popping once dropped which made kids sad and more importantly introduced a lot of plastic debris into tee environment. I collected a lot of it with a friend after the fact, but please don't do it next year.


July 2018:
 The Eco-poetics of Sohrab Sepehri (Dr. Bahar Davary)

Overall, how would you rate the Persian music performance?

وقت موزيك خيلى كوتاه بود

Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "The Eco-poetics of Sohrab Sepehri"?

- Speaker invented a subject to talk about that it was not coherent. She did not have an expertise on Persian poetry and Persian poets. Her treble comparisons between Sepehri and Shamloo and Akhavan were very cheesy and poorly prepared. She should not have been invited to speak about this subject. It was not becoming for AIAP.

- Be respectful of people's time.

- You are doing a great job. The only thing is when you read through the sponsors you could do a one liner about what each company or organization does.

- One of the most remarkable presentations I have ever attend. Hope you invite knowledgeable people like her in the future.

What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

- Election Forum with local candidates in Aug, Sep and Oct.

- I don't care about the topic that much, I care about the quality of the presentation.

Would you recommend this event to a friend?

- very informative, professional, friendly staff, to keep updated with my community.

- More people more cultural advantage

- Educational, informative, meeting old Friends and making new ones while socializing with professional Iranian-Americans.

- A great way to stay connected with the community, and a very pleasant evening.

- Yes if I feel the presenter is knowledgeable enough.

Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

- This event is too long for me, I usually attend the last hour which is fine for me. I suggest to attract more young professionals by increasing the quality of the event and engaging them more often.


June 2018:
 Updates on New Immigration Policy (Ali Golchin)

The Women’s Movement: From the Constitutional Revolution to the “Girls of the Revolution Street” (Dr. Nayereh Tohidi)


Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "Updates on New Immigration Policy"?

I think AIAP should start it’s meeting with Sorud Ay Iran and should be a three color flag with the Shirin khorshid logo

Speakers must consider their timing much better. It is often seen at the AIAP meetings that the invited speakers disregard their their allocated time. This must be changed.

He was suppose to speak from a legal aspect, not an ideological interpretation of what is going on. His responses to questions _some of which were far out there- e.g. the person who asked whether an iranian refugee ca go to the Mexico-US border and enter!- were elusive and not well articulated.

This subject needs its own hour to cover all the aspects.

Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "The Women’s Movement: From the Constitutional Revolution to the Girls of the Revolution Street"?

Better management of the contents with understanding of the time provided for the speaker.

Needed more time for presentation and A&Q.

They subject was very real and interesting and I personally came to hear the speech of the speaker .

Her talk was not organized at all. It was very much political. I think it could be good as a short presentation, not the main topic of our general meeting. It was too long, very much repetitive and unorganized.

The topic is an important one. My critique is that the first part of the talk had nothing to do with the women in constitutional revolution. So it was not on topic. It went far over time with rushing through a slide presentation prepared for a 3 hour seminar for American students of Women's Studies . The speaker did not articulate a thesis, rather jumped from one point to another. Lack of sophistication of analysis. What's sad is that a large group in the audience were quite happy to hear the things they knew, again. Who among us is unaware of the mandatory hijab in the IR of Iran or of the propaganda used to fortify that ideology, e.g. the analogy of women to candy and men to flies. The audience seemed to find that quite amusing and even funny. It seems that the speaker has a good read of her audience, and gives them what they want.

Unfortunately Dr. Golchin was not prepared for this lecture. Audience needed to know about the new law and it's impacts but he was not having that type info available. Even though, Dr. Tohidi is excellent Schollar on this subject, she had a hard time transferring her thought from topics of her slides (which was prepared for Non-Iranian young students) to her general lecture. But, she was great clarifying between religious hijab and political Hijab.

She was not considering the time correctly

Presentation was not informative at all. Showing the photos of Hijab protests that we are seeing everyday on social media was not worth sitting there. Instead of just complaining about the existing situation in our home country, give us solutions, motivations, and knowledge on how to confront that.

What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

Political and ecomomic

Health topics, social problems,

U S Nov. Elections and why we should vote.

Economic and politics

The water crisis in Iran: How Iran can face with water shortage in the next decade?

Attention to literature in the past has been weak. I don't mean literature for the sake of literature, but reading stories or novels or poetry for the sake of learning about our past in a way that can lead a shinning light on our present.

A panel discussion on civic participation by our community. Why, how and where they can get involved and be effective to help advocate issues affecting our community. Voting, writing to their representatives, joining a political party club, making an appointment to see their representatives. setting up a fundraiser for a good candidate friendly with our community.

Would you recommend this event to a friend?

It is beneficial.

It is a good Iranian forum with (often) nice talks.

you did not gain anything from this talk

Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

Aircondition Problem

What happened to the rating for the food?

Thank you for hard working at AIAP . Please if there is a chance make record the event and save as archive at the AIAP website that If we have a chance to watch the event later. Regards,

The restaurant's telephone was ringing very loud several times during the speakers presentation. I think you should notify the restaurant manager to do something about this.( it was happened every monthly gathering)

Let us have some presentations in English, so that we could invite our English speaking friends.

Preparing a round of news with video about Iran in uprising state. Even with the hot political situation, of today, creating a weekly news letter for members and call them to action to support the movement of anti regime in Iran. If you need some help let me know.

I have been a member since my arrival in SD and care about this organization. So what I am about to say is out of love. PCC used to have little to no cultural program when I first came here. Now they offer a variety of programs, some of which are good and attract some young people. AIAP remains the same with very little change. Most of the talks are on politics, most of which don't help us with our politics. I wonder what can be done to change it, not to be fossilized in the format of the past. Maybe I am aging, but why does the talk begin at 8:00 p.m? Why not start at 7:00 and have the other program at the end? It seems that crowd that are mostly older than I am, gets tired at 8:00 p.m. when the more serious part of the program is just beginning.

The conference room for presentations must be kept at a room temperature no higher than 72 degrees to keep everyone awake. The Audience can bring jackets if they wish. The room has hot spots under the ceiling lights. Thank you.


May 2018:
 Our Changing Planet and Ability to Predict Future Climate and Hydrologic Extreme


What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

- Future of Iran!!!

- Employment and unemployment situation in the US. How to find the best job in the US ? How the Iranian help each other in the community?

- Literature, history

- Cultural and social

- More scientific subject please

- Scientific and political talks

- Science

- does God exist?

- It has been a long time since there has been a talk on literature. The following would be great choices: Dr. Houra Yavari Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz Dr. Farzaneh Milani

Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "Our Changing Planet and Ability to Predict Future Climate and Hydrologic Extremes"?

- The temperature was a little cold in front seat .

- do not hesitate to invite speaker to talk about religion or politic It is time that we learn to listen to different opinion and tolerete

Would you recommend this event to a friend?

- I like your proffionalism. I always recommend your programs to everyone I know or I meet for the first time.

Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

- Reality check on Iran!!

- The noise from the kitchen and bar was distracting. Is it possible to somehow block or reduce the noise?


April  2018: Brief History of the Classical Music from Qajar Era to Today


Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "Brief History of the Classical Music from Qajar Era to Today"?

- This event was very long. I suggest to plan for 1- 1:30 hour.

- It is commendable to give chance to PCC to introduce their programs, but they should do the same. Last Friday at Iranian Center when PCC introduced their programs for upcoming weeks, time Piroozian did not mention AIAP, program in which he was a speaker. I never head them mention AIAP events.

- I wish more music was played along the presentation.

- The program was goo, educational and interesting. The quality of food was not good. Old and tasteless. ( Koobideh was smelly)

What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

- We have very knowledgeable people in SD for example Bahareh Davari.

- تاریخ شفاهی یهودیان ایران و دستاورد آنان در توسعه اقتصادی ایران.

Would you recommend this event to a friend?

- Because overall it is very long and boring.

- Informative event

- It is educational and there is always a friendly atmosphere.

Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

- متأسفانه هنوز مشكل ميكروفن داريم

- Please serve two cups of tea instead of one at dinner! They are so good!?? Also it has been a while since you had a female speaker. Instead of recycling your speakers use new ones. How about Homa Sarshar for future with the same topic I mentioned above. She is the author of that book.

- Always thankful for all the effort that AIAP put into these events.


Dec. 2017: Yalda Night celebration and AIAP Election


- If possible, invite Sepideh Raissadat for music event

- I applaud the candidates by volunteering their time.??

- I didn't get any mail !!

- Everything was perfect

- The restaurant ‘s bathrooms have strong odor that can be smelled in the main room. Either the sewer system or the vents need an upgrade. Please let the restaurant management know if they have not known by now. The sound system and the lights were working fine this time. The line for tea and sweets are too long!!

- please before starting the event announce that members should turn off their cell phones and do not disturb the ceremony.

- Please ask the audience to silence their cell phones.

- The place was very hot. It reflected in musicians performance too.

- If there was a way to reduce the line for admission & membership. Possible have tables on the left and right side of the entrance for dinner vs membership or other paperwork? Or other ideas?


Nov. 2017: NIAC and Building Iranian-American Political Influence (Jamal Abdi)


Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "NIAC and Building Iranian-American Political Influence" by Jamal Abdi?

- To some Iranians who are not in politics, this presentation was not very interesting.

- This feedback is about the Q&A section at the end of lectures: I am seriously sick and tired of sitting and listening to attendees giving lectures and comments instead of simply asking a freaking question. Please, please, please handle this type of situation. One solution that I can suggest is to ask attendees write down their questions on a piece of paper and have the emcee read it for the lecturer. Because apparently people can't understand that they are there to ask a simple question, not to give another lecture.

- Advertising only for NIAC and only for fund rising for themselves!

- It was a little bit strange to me that he could not speak Farsi. If we speak a language we are familiar to the culture and mentality of the country. As an activist and representative of Iranian community he should know the language.

What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

- History, Geography, scientific


- Please invite a guest to talk about "what is Iran"? And "who are Iranians?" These are very controversial topics and hearing an expert opinion will be very interesting.

- How to get locally involved in civic and political matters. Give us a local connection who will alert us to important issues.

- U.S. Elections: Why should Iranian-Americans participate in the U.S. elections? U.S. Census: Why Iranian-Americans do not identify themselves as Iranians in the U.S. census?

Would you recommend this event to a friend?

- It is very informative and a nice socializing event.

Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

- No

- This feedback is about the Q&A section at the end of lectures: I am seriously sick and tired of sitting and listening to attendees giving lectures and comments instead of simply asking a freaking question. Please, please, please handle this type of situation. One solution that I can suggest is to ask attendees write down their questions on a piece of paper and have the emcee read it for the lecturer. Because apparently people can't understand that they are there to ask a simple question, not to give another lecture.

- The chairs at the Sofi restaurants are very old and worn out. I, personally, have no issue with them, but they will not create a nice picture in the mind of our new members, or invitees. I suggest we gradually replace those chairs with something better.

- I would like your next speaker to be a woman( new faces please), who would address women’s social and psychological issues in the daily life. I would like to know why women don’t raise their hands in your meetings or in majority of conferences and gatherings to ask questions. How can we balance this issue and remedy it?


Oct. 2017:
 Iranian Journalism: A View from Inside


Overall, how would you rate the Persian classical music performance by Farid Afshari and his team?

-At least the sound of speakers should be fixed. There was problem of hearing nonstop from beginning to the end. Very first physical need that could be solved in a minute.

-Thank you for your time and effort.

-Stage lighting and sound system should be corrected by professional . The resturant kitchen is too noisy during geuss speaker ??

-More music performances please!

Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "Iranian Journalism: A view from Inside"?

-Almost, none of the questions or answers was clear or necessary, also both questions and answers were long.

-Speaker was very knowledgeable, humble & polite

-The biography of his life and arrest by Iranian government Does not have any affect to our every day life, livening out side of Iran. But it was nice to see him in person, because I always watch MSNBC/ CNN. And I had seen him reporting a couple of times.??

-The Mics were disaster! Please get a new system or have this one fixed once for all.

-There should have been more time for others to ask questions! Please improve!

-Try not to change the audio setup after it works adequately enough. MC may want to mentor or moderate so speakers keep the answers a bit shorter, and remind and moderate the guests to keep their questions short and not a speech. I know, this is easier said than done.

What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

-Science politics history music.....

-Environmental problems of Iran such as Air, Water, and Land pollutions

-Encouraging Iranian to regesiter to vote during state / national election with in their own city not for the Iran government.Right to vote and your vot counts, Health care program??

-Speakers making presentations in English to allow us to bring guests who do not understand Persian, but are interested to join us at AIAP once-in-awhile.

-Politics - Trump vs Iran

Would you recommend this event to a friend?

-Twin courage of Iranian gathering.

-It was informative in regard to what can happen to anyone at anytime.

-Good source of social and economic connection.????

-To get involve with his/her culture.

-It is informative. Good networking too.

Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

-Some of the old members discriminates when dealing with peoples.

-Microphone should be fixed before the meeting

-I can NOT stand the final questions anymore!!!! Some people give their own opinion instead of asking questions and analyze the speaker's opinion!!! Please don't let these people ask questions!


-أشكال ميكروفون را قبل إز شروع برنامه بر طرف كنيد

-More involvement with in our own community we liven in . We are not livening in Iran , we live hear in USA. This is our home . We should be concern what is going on hear not In Iran!

-Keep up the good work.

-Have more live music on stage. Thanks.

-Psychology and sociology are attractive topics to me.

-Khasteh nabAshid.


Sep. 2017: Herbal Medicine and Chronic Stress by Dr. Siamak Monjezi


Q1. Overall, how would you rate the short presentation on "Persian Music" by Salman Mohammadi?

- It could be more interesting if he played his instrument a little more, instead of just talking.

- Everybody enjoy music, so it would be nice if you have more often music short presentation.

- Rather than showing his awards, it could be better to speak more on his topic, music and his music instrument.

Q2. Overall, how would you rate the short presentation on "Persian Music" by Salman Mohammadi?

- The speaker was unable to present in a systematic and organized manner. His thoughts appeared scattered and not following a logic . I left half way but my friends who stayed said it was like that to the end. For the future it might be helpful to review the outline of presenter's talk prior to the session

- He was very knowledgeable and fun to listen, but number of times didn't carry the topic he was talking to the end and moved to a different topic.

- I did not learn anything new.

- He was not ready for a public presentation. His talk was not organized. He did not focus on the subject of his talk, but instead spent a long time on general topics like philosophy, history of science and so forth. There were many ambiguous points in his presentation, and he did not clearly answered many questions.

Q3. What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

- Bank Investment and health insurance options

- Why we don't have a good and comprehensive public transportation in San Diego? Homelessness problem as a social issue and how to tackle it.

- what is Iran, and who is an Iranian? Try to find a good speaker to open up that issue for us.

Q4. Would you recommend this event to a friend?

- Unlike other Aiap events, I will not recommend it to a frien due to low quality of second presenter

- Overall Aiap's program is a worthy event to attend.


August 2017:
Annual Picnic 2017


- It is a fun event, a good gathering and a great opportunity to talk, laugh and socialize.

- به خاطر اينكه شما بچه هاي نيك انجمن رو دوست دارم حسابي، با قدرت برين جلو و جمعتون رو متحد نگه دارين، دلم براتون تنگ شده، سيامك

- The Exelent locatoin, the friendly environment, excellent food, and more.

- Thanks for every once hard work and your extra miles. We and our gusts all had good time Thanks again Sholeh & Bijan

- It is a fun day and great event to be outside with your friends and or family.

- Thank you all for your hard work and dedication in organizing these activities. Parviz

- I would suggest adding music entertainment. It was a little boring.

- We are grateful for all of hard work you put on to organize this wonderful picnic, thank you all

- گفتم از اين طريق يادي كرده باشم از شماها، راستي، شنيدم تي شرت ندادين، اون تي شرت هاي اشعار رومي به نستعليق عالي بود، يك امتياز منفي دوستدار همتون، سيامك

- Thanks to organizers of the event. working so hard to keep everyone happy. I am very thankful.

- خسته نباشید - ممنون

-It was just unfortunate that the some of the folks were cheating in Backgammon, where by coming to AIAP picnic, we try to escape into a family oriented, friendly and healthy environment.


July 2017: 
US-IRAN Relations and the Fate of Nuclear Deal under the Trump Presidency (Dr. Mohsen Milani)


Q. General Comments:

- Mr. Fariba had invited a female guitarist and singer in the past that was very good. Could you invite her again?

- follow your way more about current iran and us politics

- It is hard to network with people.

Q. What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

- medical subject diabetic and cancer blood pressure thyroid and Colostrum

- The current state of U. S. Politics.

- Current political events

- I like to see more engineering networking. There is lack of real networking and I see more sociable meetings among different groups of Iranians.

- Informative speeches about Iran, Middle-East and around the world.

- What is Iran? What we call Iran, and how Iranians are defined?

Q. Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

- may be sometime you invite some Iranian joker

- Bring the noise from the kitchen to a minimum. It has got better but is still annoying.

- Keep up the good work that you are doing.

- Would it be possible to invite Dr Azar Nafisi to speak to our group?

- Keep up the excellent work you all do. A. Azimi

- I believe if you insert some sort of NEWS, in your starting events or a short analysis of a very important news of the week or month, might be interesting to the members.


June 2017: 
تجدید تشیع در عصر سرمایه داری متاخر (Dr. Babak Rahimi)

Q1. Overall, how would you rate the short presentation on "
روش های نوین ساخت آهنگ در موسیقی مدرن امروزی"?

-          This was a good "short presentation." The presenter did a great job of describing a long process in a very short time. Kudo!

Q2. Overall, how would you rate the Persian Music performance?

-          These young musicians are folks to be proud of as Iranians!

-          The music performance was good but not the presentation. Maybe just 5 min lecture would be enough. Please have more live music and less talk.

Q3. Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "تجدید تشیع ایران در عصر سرمایه داری متاخر"?

-          The presenter jumped all over the place and was not concise on his presentation. Some good information was shared, however!

-          For questions please watch the time !!

Q4. What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

-          History of Iranian dynasties, a few at a time, perhaps.

Q5. Would you recommend this event to a friend?

-          AIAP events are first and foremost for the benefit of the Iranian professionals to get to know one another and creat lasting friendships. So, I highly recommend attending these events to all Iranians, professionals or otherwise.

Q6. Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

-          Keep up the great work.

-          Please make the presentations short. It usually takes about one hour and after that 30 mins to ask questions. Its a lot! The meeting is on Wednesdays and everyone are coming from work and are tired. Don't want to listen to a talk that its too long. It is so boring. Personally I wasn't that impressed with the AIAP general meetings.

-          Would it be possible to invite Dr. Azar Nafici to talk to our group?


May 2017: 
Was there any beginning to the universe? (Dr. Ali Nayeri)


Q1. Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "Was there any beginning to the universe"?

Dr. Nayeri was phenomenal and his Farsi was amazing. What an honor and privilege to have been been in attendance for his informed take on the subject matter...and not to forget his great sense of humor.

Q2. What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

- physiology topic or scientific

- Persian music history

- Any topic which is today's problem area such pollution, environmental, global warming, water deficiency, and etc.

- Science

- same as month of the may

Q3. Would you recommend this event to a friend?

- Because is not a problem that deals with today's problems.

- The very civil gatherings of so many well informed individuals are something the Iranian society in the US needs more of. Kudos to the AIAP management team for this wonderful forum.

Q4. Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

- Would it be possible to invite Dr. Azar Nafici to speak to our group?

- No, thank you

- I just love coming to these meetings, because I learn something new every time. Keep up the fantastic work!


April 2017: An Hour with a Psychiatrist : Questions and Answers (Dr. Manoochehr Khatami)


Q. Overall, how would you rate the short presentation on "Music and Its Role on Human Societies"?

-       Thank you for all the good work you are doing

-      more on same topic

-      I appreciate the time and effort of AIAP for their work.

-      more of the same speaker

Q. Overall, how would you rate the Persian Music performance?

-        Please fix the piano

-      I suggest the same band or any other Persian traditional music band (Sepideh Raissadat) to be invited for the meeting.

-      more from psychiatrist, on marriage

-      Thank you for all the good work you are doing

Q. Overall, how would you rate the main presentation as "An Hour with a Psychiatrist: Questions and Answers"?

-       Please email me the Power Point presentation to […]

-      to have the speaker again in future.

-      No comments

-      more

Q. What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

-       The same topic as the presentation

-      psychotherapy

-      Water resources and distribution in Southern California.

-      No comments

-      marriage


March 2017: 
Nowruz 1396 Party (Persian New year Celebration)


Q. Overall, how would you rate the music by Joef Band (Gypsy King Family)?

-          It was in the spirit of Nowruz that people could bring their children, mothers and the whole family to celebrate new year! And that is what Eid is about. Your reasonable pricing made it possible. Thank you!!!

-          It was not Gypsy King {Family!!!???) They played short.

-          Thank you for good and hard work.

-          when doors opened, salad should be on the table and food served after that, not waiting hours and for salad and food.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the music by DJ Mohsen?

-          Very loud as usual.

-          DJ repeated the same music several times!

-          Sound system was horrible. I could hardly understand the words and my ears were clogged from the high base

Q. How would you overall rate Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina for the event?
-          Great job

-          The waiters and the hotel personnel were polite and friendly!

-          The similar room could be in another hotel with less costs.

Q. Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

-          Could not have been done any better. Excellent! Very proud and grateful of the all AIAP staff.

-          Thank you for a delightful evening

-          Thank You! One of the wise ways to use the membership money!

-          Overall it was great, great job. a few notes: Gypsy Kings total performance duration was so short! There was no traditional features other than haftsin! I was expecting traditional dancing.

-          A Persian singer would be more interesting in such an event. Thanks

-          Thanks for doing such a great job. You guys are the best

-          The music was too loud, suggest to decrease the music


February 2017:
The US new Immigration Order (Ali Golchin, James McElroy, Hanif Mohebi)


Q. Overall, how would you rate the short presentation by Congressional Field Representative, Jason Bercovitch?

- He is knowledgeable and informative, but as a presenter he talked without taking a breath! and fast. As an audience I felt like I couldn't take a breath either! He could have managed his time and talked slower. He could have been a lot more effective presenter.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the main speech by Attorney Ali Golchin?

- He did not really make an speech. It was more like a short introduction.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the main speech by Attorney James McElroy?

His slides were interesting at least.

Too long and somehow scary

Could have been shorter.

We came to find out about Immigration's law affecting iranians in US. not a speech about Trump

Q. Overall, how would you rate the main speech by Mr. Hanif Mohebi?

It seemed that he was using the stage most for his personal belief.

Too long, talked too fast and loud. He had great info.

The speech focused on negative issues rather to emphasize the positive aspects of our community. CAIR beside civil rights ,should consider condemning radical Islam and terrors that are done in the name of Islam.

Q. What topics would you most like for the upcoming meetings?

- Informative and educational topics like the last event. I know it is very hard to make everyone happy. but what you do is excellent.

- Immigration Challenges

- Growth and human psychology, education. How to improve our image in our host country

 Q. Would you recommend this event to a friend?

- We always enjoy the event. Great socializing opportunity, great speeches,.....

- The events are very educational, and informative.

- Too long ,and focus on negativity rather than all good thing done by people and non-profit organizations in this great country

Q. Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

- The speakers did not cover what I expected. I thought I would get more information about the new order. Their talks was more like an advertisement for what they do (or are interested to do).

- It seemed that some people attended the meeting to get answers to some questions they had. It did not happen

- Thank you so very much for the wonderful work. We appreciate you taking the time to get these surveys.

- sencerley thanks to all of Representatives who sacrifice their times to provide aiap events for the members.


January 2017:
Love in Persian Literature with Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak


The guest was exceptionally knowledgeable

- Thank you for all the good work you are doing.

- Poor Sound system !!

- If possible please invite Mr. Karimi again in near feature.

- Always mics and sounding system are the problem in 95% of the meetings.

- The Person controlling the light and sound should refrain from changing the set up so much.

- Sociology. Social respond.

- I expect to attend scientific and technical talks at AIAP meetings. Isn't literature PCC's field?

- Political history of Iran or any other country

- Where does Southern California's water come from and how is the drought situation?

- Any

- This is the most organized event in San Diego that I know, while it is fun and educational .

- Amazing speakers

- It was educational and fun.

- Why were the microphones so noisy and buzzing last night? I realize we are not living in a perfect world but there is always room for improvement!!

- Thank you I appreciate what you are doing

December 2016:
Board Election & Yalda celebration with Comedian Amir K


- The comedian was not prepared for the level and the age of the audience. Using F word did not go with the prestige of AIAP members. He did not study the audience in advance. I think it was the most inappropriate show i have ever seen at AIAP.

- بهتر بود اين جشن را با موزيك ايرانى برگزار ميكرديم تا با كمدين بى تربيت

- he was not funny,he was very rude.

- It was so painful to sit through Amir K's act and watch him embarrass himself and insult the audience for his own lack of self-esteem and confidence. Next time you decide to invite a comedian-wanna-be please remind them that it's their job to research and understand the audience and tune their show accordingly. Tehran and Max Amini performed for the exact same audience and they did great.

- Looks like some of the audience were not ready, or were not used to the type of language and comments by the comedian, and they were more embarrassed than being entertained.

- Why not traditional persian music?

- I enjoyed the first part more.

- I personally do not like or undrestand why the members have to put their name on the ballot. I believe the ballots themselves should have no name and signature required. At the time of handing the ballots to the members, their qualifications must be checked but No signature or name on the ballots.

- Total # of votes casted, those invalid and so on was missing from the process. Also final approval/ acceptance of the results would complete for future is recommended.

- The new members could come to the podium and thank the audience

- I am very great full of all the hard work of the staff that organizing the events of AIP. I thank you all and appreciate your eferts. Mo Jannati

- Next time your comedy show is going south please do feel free to cut the show instead of having the members and the"comedian" suffer through it.

- Thanks for the hard work putting the event together

- Inviting more reseanable people to perform in big events

November 2016:
Michael Seddigh, Nehzat Farnoody


Best presentation.

12/2/2016 8:10 PM 

I have always respected the knowledge and presentations of Dr. Farnoody.

12/3/2016 8:47 AM 

Invite her again

12/2/2016 10:25 PM 

Good timing for this topic, the best example (Trump) just showed up for this speech

12/2/2016 11:17 AM


12/4/2016 6:54 PM 

Psychology of relationships.

12/3/2016 11:03 AM 

Protecting the environment, Why it is important for Iranian-Americans to participate in politics, i.e. organize, vote, become a candidate, etc. How should Iranian-Americans identify their ethnicity in the next U S Census

12/3/2016 10:15 AM 

Immigration of Iranian

12/2/2016 10:25 PM 

I am interested a lecture about Yalda night, how this old tradition appeared, what the origin of this traditional ceremony is, and what the significance of each component of this night is. Thank you

12/2/2016 2:59 PM 

Psychological Topics ,such as the Narcissism and personality disorders.

12/2/2016 12:37 PM 

speaker was great

12/4/2016 6:54 PM 

it is useful to socialize, meet old friends, find new friends, learn something

12/3/2016 10:15 AM 

Great gathering and information.

12/2/2016 8:10 PM 

Excellent presentation and meaningful

12/2/2016 12:37 PM

about politics , insurance, Iranian problems for insurance

12/4/2016 6:54 PM 

Teach us how to think out of the box. Steps to build self confidence.

12/3/2016 11:03 AM

Keep-up the good work.

12/3/2016 10:15 AM 

October 2016:
Scott Peters, Doug Applegate/Dr. Mohammad Binazadeh


The MC should have announced the time for each speaker and kept the speakers on time. It was open ended talk, especially the second talk.

10/27/2016 7:54 

The speaker had not been told how much time he had, nor was he given notices of 10 and 5 mins toward the end of his time.

10/27/2016 7:54 PM 

Excellent to meet old friends and make new ones. Excellent to gain new knowledge.

10/27/2016 6:41 PM

Can you please ask Sufi to replace the styrofoam cups with paper cups

10/28/2016 2:36 PM 

The restaurant was freezing and too much noise as usuall.

10/28/2016 7:50 AM 

Please change the location of your happy hour. Go to somewhere closer and happier with better quality of snacks.

10/27/2016 8:54 PM

September 2016:
Mehangiz Kar, Sara Safari

Audio system still not efficient, wireless mic might help with some inexperience speakers, thanks for your community service. Love you

May be a better coordination of the speech with slide show or video clp

very poor sound system. Hard to hear. During the presentation, someone shoulod manage the sound system

There was no speech with that title.

Informative, nothing new to learn

The presentor was not respectfull of the first presentor. She did not want to give her hard work any credit. She kepy hinting that her affort was more difficult than climing the everest.

I wish the speaker would give more solution options too.

Basic human relashinship, how to communicate, respect and treat each other. I believe our community has not past this important milestone to learn anything else My two cents...

Evolution of the language - origin of languages

Family relationship and conflict.

If possible contact with Mr.Roshanzadeh to talk about Sports, especially those people who were involved in the past and recent.

Inspiring and motivational but practical ways to problem solving. Personal and global issues.

Social and political awarness, health and medical

Event was too long. Please plan to finish at 9 p.m. no matter the circumstances. Thank you for doing such a great job already.

I value your time and your community work Hugsssssss

If the restaurant is providing tea, it would be safer to use paper or glass cups, instead of Styrofoam. Some Styrofoam cups may carry traces of carcinogenic compound, and not suitable for hot liquid.

Please do something with the sound system

Teach us leadership and problem solving techniques. In local and global level. What are the ingredients and steps to train and get there?

Excellent program. Thank you so much.

Microphones and sounding system seems to be always inconvenience for the speakers and guests as well.

August 2016: Annual Picnic


-Thank you for all you do for us:)

-I just wanted to thank the organizers of the picnic and their hard work and dedication. Mo Jannati

-Adding dance and music would make the event much more interesting to all the generations. At least playing guitar or any other simple instruments would make it more fun.

-Thanks for excellent service

-There has to be ways to keep people engaged. Every time people are in their own group. It feels like going to a restaurant and every one on their table. May be have some music or have members play music, sing,… Overall is great and khasteh nabashid.

-The location is much nicer with more shades as compared to our original location. It is a keeper! Signs could be more visible, and a couple posted at the traffic light as we exit the freeway fro both south and north county.

-Thank you

-For next year if it is at the same location, I suggest that please mention NEXT TO THE HILTON. In that case it would be easier to locate.

-All great, thank you

-Very nice job!

-It would have been nice to have everyone get together at least for 5 minutes so someone had a quick talk and welcome the new participants and let them know why we organize the picnic every year and just having them in the loop. Thanks!

-Recommend to plan organized group games

-It would have been better if the fruits were served later. It would be nice if the tea would have last longer. Thank you anyway.

-Brings us together, we see our differences

-Thank you for all of your hard work, we are very grateful to all of you.

-It is fun and happy gathering in a Exelent environment. You can socialize with your friends.

-Thank you , it was great to see all precision friend .

-Socializing with friends and meet new friends, enjoy outdoor and some physical activities

-Good organization

-has to advertise more for tournament specially chess game

-It is fun to see friends.

-All those above.

-Fun to be with friend, well organized, good food and company

-It is a fun day with friends with great food and we do not have to do anything. Thanks to AIAP

July 2016:
Understanding the Personal Economy. By Ken Ghahremani


Both presentations were informative

- not enough time for Q & A.

- The solar system speech was bit lengthy and to some extent tiring.

- brave politician and not to scare from around himself and his position to say what ever is true around us specially Iran but some one with experience does not matter agree with today government or opposite , also medical specially diabetic or cancer or heart problem or any different science subject

- Lot of materials were covered in the short period of time, and not enough time remained for questions and answers.

- The speech was not well-organized and especially for general audience.

- was not very clear result from talking

- Science-based discussions, medical, environmental, engineering, space ...

- All AIAP events are informative and provide socialization for some Iranians.

- Good Iranian networking. Informative talks.

- was not clear

- I would suggest, if possible, ask the restaurant to provide paper tea cups instead of foam cups, because they are not very safe for the health and the environment.

- Once again the restaurant staff made loud conversation and noise during the speaker. AIAP monitors are best to go back there and tell them to be quite. Thanks

- Can you please ask Sufi to use paper cup instead of styrofoam for tea


June 2016:
The Idea of Culture in Late Ancient Persia. By Dr. Touraj Daryaee


- One of the audience asked this question: Why some Iranians tell lies so often even though they were advised as early as some two thousand years ago to tell the Truth?

- With Islamic mullahs in Iran trying to brainwash people about the Iran's past glory any effort to the the contrary is valuable.

- Other Restaurant guests to keep the voice down. It was very noisy and disturbing during speech.

- Please try to invite Dr. Daryaee more often

- I will appreciate it if AIAP gets a speaker to talk on this subject in future from SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL POINT OF VIEW. I AM PRETTY SURE THERE ARE COMPETENT SPECIALISTS on this topic WHO CAN DO IT. THANKS

- The world around us! Suggest to invite Dr. Firouz Naderi

- Iran History Islam and Iran

- Topics like Iranian history will be very helpful for all, because as you know more about Iran you love it more. Other topics like Iran's today's people life or global analyses of socio-economic situation of Iran and meddle east also can be very interesting. Thanks for what you are doing for the Persian society of SD. With Regards Dott. Reza Ghazinouri

- Iran's history politics and economics

- Medicine & History

- You always choose the best

- good program, good exchange of ideas and chance of gaining new knowledge.

- Very educational and interesting .

- You learn about our cuture

- Let us focus on making Iranians criticize themselves !

- To announce, if it is OK, that you can read and understand and accept responses if it is in Persian.

- Excessive noise. The organization has to do some thing about the noise issue.

- The noise during the speech was REALLY annoying! Actually that noise from either the kitchen or the other side of the hall has always been there,, but last night it was even louder... I was having hard time focusing on the talk.

- Microphone problem, as always Loud kitchen, worse than usual


May 2016: 
Why do we need mental health or Psychological services? By Dr. Cyrus Nakhshab and Dr. Ramin Shahla

- Keep up the good work. Thank you.

- Khasteh nabAshid.

- The presenters did not focus on the topic , the information they provided could be found on internet

- Excellent venue for networking, meeting Friends and learning something useful.

- Thank you.

- Focus on the topic

- Having too few or too many food options are not necessary. By having a happy medium could cut cost and reduce the dinner price? Mixing kabob and many different foods mixes up the tastes and does not add value.

- Get new microphones.

April 2016: Jahan Be Kodam Soo Miravad! By Dr. Morteza Mohit


February 2016:
I Love a Clean San Diego + San Diego Economic Outlook 2016 by Natalie Roberts-DeCarli and Kelly Cunningham

January 2016: 
HR158 Visa Waiver Law, Islamophobia, OFAC and Sanctions, and the Latest Immigration issues affecting dual citizens, by Ali Golchin

December 2015:
Yalda Night Celebration and AIAP Election

November 2015:
Being funny is not that funny; A review on Contemporary Humor and Editorial Cartooning, by Nikahang Kowsar

September 2015: 
The Root of Crisis in the Middle East, by Kazem Alamdari

August 2015: 
Annual Picnic

July 2015:
California's Water Crisis, by Halla Razak

June 2015: 
The Power of Mind, the Power of Belief, the Only Hope for Change, by Dr. Marjan Davoudi

May 2015:
The Ascendance and Tribulations of Modernity, by Mohammad Amini

April 2015:
Culture and nonviolense in Iran (فرهنگ و خشونت پرهیزی در ایران), by Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo

March 2015: No general meeting due to coincidence with persian new year.

February 2015
: Iranian immigrants in the US: A statistical review, by Dr. Kiumars Naseri: Presentation part 1, and part 2.

November 2014: A dialogue between science and spirtuality by Ali Asadi (Sadeh) (November 2014): Ali's contact information,, cell: 858-952-2486. 

February 2014: Sex, Drugs, and Babakaram by Mario Garrett (February 26, 2014): 

1. iAge:
2. List of his academic papers:

3. The Beers report:Beers Criteria.pdf

January 2014: Interactive music workshop by Kourosh Taghavi (January 29th, 2014)Kourosh Taghavi Tasnif Handouts.docx

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