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.

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School Information

ARS Sosse Chapter – Pasadena, CA
School Schedule: Every Saturday; Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
School Reopening: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Contact: (626) 823-5747, [email protected]
Jivalagian Youth Center
2242 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107


Pasadena, California

Pasadena Armenian Center,
2242 E Foothill Blvd,
Pasadena, CA 91107

  • Tamar Orichian, Chairperson
  • Maral Gharibian-Kalemkarian, Vice-Chairperson
  • Manoushag Degirmendjian, Secretary
  • Tamar Magarian, Treasurer
  • Karine Barikian-Setian, Advisor

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