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The ARS “Maro” 

Chapter of Detroit

The ARS Maro Chapter was established around 1930, making it one of the oldest continuing ARS chapters in the Detroit area. The chapter is a cohesive unit of long-time ARS members and young members. The chapter’s signature event is its annual holiday “Breakfast with Santa,” hosted for the community’s youngest members and their families. This popular and unique event has become a Christmas tradition. The chapter also supports the ARS Zavarian Armenian One-Day School and participates in the ARS’s regional and international relief projects.

The ARS “Shakeh” 

Chapter of Detroit

The ARS Shakeh Chapter was organized on August 10, 1978 . It received its name from a deceased member, Shakeh Khatchikian, who was a member of the ARS of Lebanon for many years. To celebrate its establishment, the Shakeh chapter held a dinner where ARS Central Executive member Ungh. Berjouhi Habeshian was the guest and administered the ARS oath to the members of the new chapter. During its history, the Shakeh Chapter has actively carried out its ARS duties morally and financially. The chapter supports the ARS Zavarian Armenian One-Day School with its sister Detroit ARS chapters. Its main annual function is its Lenten Dinner.

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The ARS “Sybille” 

Chapter of Detroit

The ARS Sybille Chapter was formed around 1950 after the ARS Satenig Junior Chapter and the ARS Astghig Junior Chapter merged. The Sybille Chapter is named after the gifted poet, writer, and educator Zabel Asadoorian, who used the pen name Sybille. The chapter is proud to carry the name of one of the greatest figures of Armenian literature.

The Sybille Chapter sponsors recreational programs for senior citizens living at the St. Sarkis Towers and Manoogian Manor. The chapter also supports the ARS Zavarian Armenian One-Day School with its sister Detroit chapters and contributes to the “Newspapers in Education” program. In addition to its participation in ARS regional and international projects, the Sybille chapter adopted the Nork Marash Children’s Home in Yerevan and has made quilts to send to the Home along with baby supplies annually for many years. The chapter also has established a scholarship in the name of Edward Dilanian which supports the worthy efforts of community students in the arts. The chapter’s annual Mother’s Day event raises funds to support the chapter’s many endeavors.

The ARS “Tzolig” 

Chapter of Detroit

The ARS Tsolig Chapter was established on July 13, 1979 with 23 members.  The Tsolig Chapter’s very successful fundraiser is its annual Hampartzoum social, celebrating an old Armenian tradition which the chapter keeps alive.  The chapter sponsors many successful fundraising activities to support ARS programs in the Diaspora and Armenia and participates in regional and international ARS projects. The chapter also contributes to St. Sarkis Armenian Church and the Armenian Community Center.

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The ARS “Zabel” 

Chapter of Detroit

The ARS Zabel Chapter is the oldest continuing ARS chapter in the Detroit area.  It was originally centered in Highland Park, MI. The chapter is a long-time supporter of the ARS Zavarian One-Day School with its sister Detroit ARS chapters and actively participates in and supports all community endeavors. In 2004, nearly a dozen young women joined the Zabel Chapter and the chapter has grown greatly since then, attracting young women interested in the ARS’s work.  These young women share ARS membership with many long-time members, including surviving members of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.