Pasadena, California, United States

Areas Served

Pasadena, CA

The ARS Sosse Chapter was established in February 1974 with 11 members in Pasadena, California. The chapter was instrumental in establishing a social services office, which continues as a branch office of the regional social services network. Initially, the chapter members provided their homes for all chapter activities. Later on, Haygouhi Boyadjian, prior to her passing, made a donation towards the purchase of the first community center on Lake Boulevard. The ARS office bears her name in her memory. Armenouhi Paroyan donated $80,000 towards the purchase of a second community center on Foothill Boulevard.The chapter established a Saturday School in 1979, which continued at the Mount Olive Church complex until 2003, when it switches to the weekday format at Webster Elementary School. Kevork Bedigian was a principal from 1991-2005; Mary Aghoian took over the position since 2005. The chapter was the initiator of a tradition honoring the achievements of public high school graduates of Armenian descent.

Over the decades, the chapter made several worthy accomplishments including:

  • A needlework class taught by then 80-year old Mariam Shirigian.
  • Blood drives in memory of the Armenian Genocide victims on April 24.
  • Cultural bazaar displaying the handiwork of members.
  • Participation at a multi-cultural festival with a food booth in 1997.
  • A craft class in the tradition of decoupage.
  • A dinner-dance in honor of Sarkis Boghossian, a benefactor.
  • As a sister-chapter of the ARS Chapter in Vanatsor, Armenia, a group of students were invited to share their experiences with the chapter.
  • Special programs to commemorate the decades of service by the Chapter and Saturday School.

The chapter continues a long tradition of service to the community and funding ARS programs around the globe.

Chapter Executives

  • Tamar Orichian, Chairperson
  • Karine Barikian-Setian, Vice-Chairperson
  • Lucine Krikorian, Secretary
  • Maral Kalemkarian, Treasurer
  • Hasmig Minassian
  • Anahid Boghigian-Manoukian
  • Zvart Mermerian

School Information

ARS “Sosse” Chapter
School Schedule: Every Monday; Hours: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Administrator: Karine Barikian-Setian (626) 823-5747;

School Address

Webster Elementary School
2101 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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