DETROIT – On November 16th, the Knights of Vartan Nareg-Shavarshan Lodge 100th Anniversary and the Daughters of Vartan Zabelle Chapter 70th Anniversary was celebrated with an elaborate dinner-dance in Detroit with over 200 guests. Special guest in attendance from Fresno, California was Knights of Vartan Grand Commander Steve R. Adams who also made an official visitation to the local Lodge (Tahlij) and met with Past Grand Commanders Vahram G. Fantazian, Simon Javizian, Edward H. Korkoian and Dr. Gary Zamanigian.
Shavarshan Lodge was instituted in 1918, named after the sacred battlefield where Vartan the Brave and his comrades fell, in defense of their Christian faith and for the Freedom of Conscience of the Armenian People. Nareg Lodge was instituted in 1954. The name “NAREG” was chosen in honor of St. Gregory of Nareg, the 10th-century Armenian theologian and poet, who is considered to be the most outstanding figure in the Armenian literary heritage. The two Lodges have been working side by side and eventually on May 1, 1996, the two Lodges in Detroit merged as Nareg-Shavarshan.
The lodge has contributed to the growth and advancement of the Knights of Vartan nationally under the leadership of its illustrious sons: Alex Manoogian, Hagop S. Derderian, Vahram G. Fantazian, Simon Javizian, Edward H, Korkoian and Dr. Gary Zamanigian as Grand Commanders of the Brotherhood.
Zabelle Chapter was established on September 30, 1950 in Detroit. It was named after Queen Zabelle, the daughter of King Levon I. Mrs. Marie Manoogian was the first Dirouhie, who served from 1950-1952.
The Zabelle Chapter and Nareg-Shavarshan Lodge have an extremely warm relationship. They work together to further the goals of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan.
After numerous activities during last 100 years, now was the time for Nareg-Shavarshan Lodge and Zabelle Chapter to celebrate their 100th and 70th anniversaries on November 16, 2019. Upon arrival, guests entered an elegantly ornamented ballroom and then were treated to a sumptuous assortment of Armenian hors d’oeuvres after which Past Grand Commander Vahram Fantazian welcomed everyone and invited Asbed Rev. Armash Bagdasarian, Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian, Pastor Hagop Haroutunian and Msgr. Andon Atamian to say Grace. A delicious gourmet dinner was prepared and then presented with French banquet service.