Tzouig Chapter, from left to right, Daughters of Vartan Grand Chairwoman Gloria Korkoian, Susan Hazarvartian, the new Chairwoman or Dirouhie of Tzouig Otyag No. 33, and New England Grand District Representative Yeretzgin Patricia Buttero.

Daughters of Vartan Returns to Merrimack Valley with New Chapter

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HAVERHILL, Mass. — On October 22nd, 2022, a celebration ceremony occurred in Haverhill, Massachusetts, as The Daughters of Vartan Grand Council instituted a new chapter, Tzouig #33, with 17 new members. The institution and initiation of those 17 Sisters and the installation of the Tzouig Chapter were presided over by Grand Chairwoman Gloria Korkoian. The ceremonies also involved the Grand Council with the assistance of Past Grand Chairwoman Yvonne Korkoian, New England Grand District Representative Yn. Patricia Buttero, Past Chairwoman Debbie Megrdichian, Aik Chapter #10, Providence, and Secretary Catherine Minassian, Arpie Chapter # 9, Boston. Attendees included the Sisters of Arpie Chapter #9, Aik Chapter #10, Santoukht Chapter #5, and the Brothers of Arakadz Lodge #35 and Ararat Lodge #1.

The new Chapter’s Chairwoman is Susan Hazarvartian, who became a member of the Daughters of Vartan during the Grand Convocation in July 2022. She is the wife of Commander Kim Eric Hazarvartian of the Knights of Vartan Arakadz Lodge #35. Her great-great-uncle, Bishop Papken Guleserian, helped found the Knights of Vartan in 1916.

Hazarvartian expressed: “Finally, we have a chapter in this growing Armenian community, where we can build a sisterhood, carry on what our past generations started, and stand by our Armenian men to continue our cultural mission.”

The new Chapter, located in North Andover, MA, will be involved in the Daughters of Vartan programs and projects on a local, national and international level. In addition, they will identify programs to support a wide range of Armenian projects, events, and charitable causes in their area. But most of all, it is about people, a sisterhood.

The Grand Council traveled from Detroit, Michigan, joining other leadership members from New England to participate in and witness the Institution-Initiation-Installation of Tzouig Chapter #33. The Institution team was: Grand Chairwoman Gloria Korkoian, Past Grand Chairwoman Yvonne Korkoian, Grand Chaplin Nancy Kalajian Berschbach, Grand Secretary Laura Negosian Lucassian, NE Grand District Representative Yn. Patricia Buttero, Grand Mistress of Ceremony Leslie Balian Bush and Grand Sentinel Joyce Karageozian Obenhoff.

Tzouig Chapter group photo

The Executive Board of Tzouig Chapter consists of the following: Chairwoman Susan M. Hazarvartian Vice Chairwoman Reinya Rita Kitabjian, Secretary Naro Khandjian, Treasurer Beverly Chorbajian, Chaplin Araxie Kitabjian/Brenda Tavitian

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Mistress of Ceremony Barbara Sarkisian Arthur Sentinel Robin Hazarvartian Advisors Past Chairwoman Beverly Koltookian and Past Chairwoman Araxie Vann.

The event itself was very emotional. It was the first institution in the New England District in 49 years and 11 years since the last Daughters of Vartan’s Chapter, Anoush, was formed in Orange County, CA.

Grand Chairwoman Gloria Korkoian also presented Certificates of Appreciation to three Daughters of Vartan members who had served fifty years or more. The certificate recipients were Past Chairwoman Sylvia Tavitian, Past Chairwoman Brenda Koltookian, and Past Chairwoman Elizabeth Kochakian, all charter members of Tzouig Chapter #25.

The name Tzouig comes from Lady Tzouig, the sister-in-law of Commander Vartan Mamigonian and mother of Vahan Mamigonian.

The chapter is accepting new members. Any women interested in joining may contact Chairwoman Susan at Hazarvartian@teppLLc.com.

 

 

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