New York, N.Y. Agnouni organizes existing women’s groups in the United States and forms the ARF Red Cross.
The first convention is held. Emergency assistance program is implemented over the next four years to assist the wounded in Caucasus. (Genocide Survivors)
The ARS “Mayr” Chapter, the first chapter, of the ARS Western USA is founded.
The Armenian Red Cross of Syria is founded in Aleppo (later known as the Armenian Relief Cross).
The 2nd Convention ratifies the unification with the Armenian Red Cross, formed upon the declaration of the Republic of Armenia, and changes its name to “Daughters of Armenia”.
The national shelter is opened in Aleppo, Syria.
The first chapter of France is formed in Marseille. Chapters are formed in Bulgaria and Romania (later known as Mercy Cross). They cease to exist in 1939 due to the political situation in those countries.
The Armenian Women’s Association of Tavriz, Iran, joins the Armenian Red Cross. ARC provided emergency assistance to the 10,000 Armenians who found refuge in Tavriz following the February revolt against Communist rule in Armenia.
March 30, 1921
The Armenian Red Cross participates in the 10th Congress of the International Red Cross, held in Geneva.
The ARC participates in the activities of the Central Committee for the Salvation of Armenia, then continues to provide emergency assistance to Armenia on its own.
The Armenian Blue Cross of Greece is founded in Athens. In a response to an appeal by the government of Soviet Armenia, the ARC provides financial assistance for the transportation of hundreds of repatriating Armenians.
With the “One orphan, one gold piece” motto, the ARS begins the search for Armenian orphans.
All ARC entities organize and provide emergency relief to the survivors of the earthquake in Shirak, Armenia. This assistance program continues for two years.
Girl scout troops and youth groups of the ARC are formed.
ARC chapters in northern Greece are recognized as the Armenian Mercy Cross (of Salonica).
March 27, 1929
At its second convention the headquarters of the West European Region are officially moved to Paris, France; and the name of the entity is officially changed to the Armenian Blue Cross of France.
The Armenian Relief Cross of Lebanon, formerly part of the Syrian entity, is formally established.
From various parts of the Armenian Diaspora, the ARC provides emergency relief to the victims of the earthquake in Salmast, Iran.
The Armenian Red Cross of Iraq is founded. (It ceased to exist later due to political reasons.)
The Armenian Women’s Organization, founded in Egypt in 1920, and is reorganized as part of the Armenian Red Cross.
The “Drop of Milk” and Beach Camping programs are established in Alexandria for needy children.
The Armenian Red Cross of Jerusalem is founded (later to be called the Armenian Relief Society of Jerusalem).
The Armenian Red Cross is founded in Argentina (later to be called the Armenian Relief Society of South America).
The Summer Youth Camp program is established in France.
The Armenian Relief Society of Haifa, Palestine, is founded.
The Society starts publishing its official periodical (currently Hai Sird)
The “Bnag Me Geragour” (A Plate of Food) program is launched.
The ARC is renamed Armenian Relief Society (ARS). In response to a request from Ejmiatzin (the Holy See in Armenia), the ARS provides financial assistance for the purchase of beds for the Gevorkian College.
The summer youth camp program is established in Greece.
The ARS actively participates in the efforts by ANCHA to relocate in the United States thousands of wartime displaced persons.
The Armenian Women’s Society for the Care of the Poor is founded in Amman, Trans-Jordan; two years later it becomes an entity of the Armenian Relief Society.
The ARS launches its Social Services program.
ARS launches a fundraising campaign across the United States for the Hamazkyain Jemaran (College) in Lebanon and raises $127,000.
In the United States, the ARS raises $278,000 to aid the victims and refugees of WWII.
The ARS provides emergency relief to the victims of war in Jerusalem.
The ARS launches a second fundraising campaign in the United States for the Hamazkayin Jemaran and raises $140,000.
The Armenian Blue Cross of France acquires its own campground in Bellefontaine.
June 12, marks the opening of ARC – Greece’s Levon and Sofia Hagopian School.
The First chapter of the ARS of Australia is founded in Sydney.
The ARS Sophia and Levon Hagopian $1,000,000 Trust Fund is established with the proceeds from the estate of the benefactor and long-time member, Sophia Hagopian.
August 25, 1968
The ARC of Syria opens a campground in Kessab.
The ARS begins to work with the United Nations.
The ARS “Onnig Bodourian – Ohanness Diarbekirian” Retirement Home is established in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Amman, Jordan ARS establishes an Old Age Home; it closes its doors after eight years when no elderly in need of care remains.
The ARC of Lebanon establishes the Workshop for Armenian Embroideries and, four years later, opens its center for Armenian Handicrafts.
The ARS “Nairi” Dance group is formed in Buenos Aires.
The 59th International Convention restructures the organization, forming an international executive body known as the Central Executive Board and creating a separate body to govern the ARS of North America.
The Armenian Relief Society of North America is created.
The Social Services Program is created in Los Angeles, California, with the opening of three offices located in Glendale, Hollywood and Pasadena.
The Armenian Relief Society of Australia is formed with the unification of the 3 existing chapters.
The Armenian Mercy Cross of Salonica acquires a parcel of land for a youth camp.
The 62nd International Convention, in 1983, ratifies the formation of the ARS of Western USA, (All states west of the Mississippi would belong to the newly formed ARS Western USA.)
The 64th Regional Convention of North America elects the 1st Regional Executive Board of the ARS of Western USA by delegates representing the ARS Western Region.
The ARC of Syria establishes a socio-medical center.
The ARS founds a chapter-at-large in Jaffa, Israel.
The ARS launches its Youth Exchange program.
The ARS of Australia establishes the ARS Happy Kids Kindergarten.
The ARS of Cyprus is officially recognized by the government.
November, the ARS contributes $50,000 as emergency relief for Karabagh.
The ARS mobilizes its worldwide network to aid the victims of the December 7 earthquake in Armenia.
The first ARS leadership team departs for Armenia on January 26.
The ARS Central Executive Board opens an office in Washington, DC to secure grants for relief and reconstruction programs in Armenia.
The ARS of Canada is formed through the re-organization of the ARS of North America.
The ARS of Bulgaria is reorganized.
The ARS Central Executive opens its headquarters in Yerevan, Armenia.
The ARS entity in Armenia, the Armenian Relief Cross, is organized and its first Regional Convention is held.
The ARS “Nigol Aghbalian” school is opened in Akhourian.
The ARS Western USA establishes psychological Centers in the earthquake regions of Gyumri and Spitak.
The “Sponsor an Orphan” project is established.
For the first time ever, in October the ARS holds its International Convention in Armenia.
The ARS of Artsakh is created.
Two ARS chapters are founded in Sweden one in Stockholm and the other in Uppsala.
April 27, the ARS of Kuwait is founded.
An ARS representation composed of members from Australia, France, Greece, Iran, Lebanon, Russia, and the United States, attends the 4th International Women’s Conference in Beijing.
The ARS WUSA Optic Centers are opened in the cities of Yerevan, Talin, and Vanatzor.
The ARS Mother and Child Health Center, built through the efforts of the ARS of Eastern USA, opens in Akhurian, Armenia.
May 9, the ARS of Germany is re-organized.
May 29-30 – The ARS organizes a seminar in Yerevan, Armenia “Armenia and the Diaspora at the Start of the 21st Century”.
The ARS “Sosse” Kindergarten program is launched in Arstakh.
On May 28, the Armenian Relief Society is officially accepted as a member of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
The remains of Sosse Mayrik, the wife of Aghbiur Serop, are returned to Armenia.
The ARS Sosse Kindergarten/Day-Care center is officially opened in Stepanakert, capital of the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic.
Under the auspices of President Kocharian, the ARS organizes a symposium entitled “Armenia-Diaspora Relations at the Threshold of the 21st Century” in Yerevan.
The ARS entity of Germany is reformed.
The ARS participates in The Hague Appeal for Peace Conference as a member of the organizing team. Representatives attend the Paris Conference promoted by the Medecins du Monde, at the UNICEF Culture of Peace Conference; and regular meetings of that body take place in Geneva, Switzerland.
Two representatives take part in the UN-NGO Conference, October 10-15, in Seoul, South Korea.
The ARS of Javakhk is founded.
The ARS of South America receives the UN “Messenger of Peace” Award.
The newly established birthing center at ARS Akhurian Mother and Child clinic is opened. The first child born in the center is born on April 24, 2005, and is named Vrej.
September 18-20, the ARS participates in the 3rd Armenia-Diaspora Conference, in Yerevan, Armenia
The ARS of Russia is re-established, its official name is ARS –Armenian Women’s Society of Russia.
September 2, the ARS of Switzerland is founded.
The ARS Member-at-large classification is called into existence by two individuals in Milan, Italy.
The ARS “Cruise for the Centennial Anniversary is organized by the Central Executive.
In April the President and First Lady of Syria visit the ARS Children’s Shelter in Aleppo.
November 12 – The ARS of West USA hosts the unveiling of the Centennial Logo at the ARS WUSA headquarters in Glendale, California.
March 10 – Marks the official opening to the ARS Centenary celebration in New York, New York.
October – The Centenary Celebrations end in Yerevan, Armenia.
In April, the ARS hosted a 4-day events at the United Nations dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
Since 2012 - The ARS has provided over $831,311 for the Syrian Armenian Relief.
The ARS holds its 71st International Convention in Yerevan, Armenia.
The ARS provided assistance to the families of the fallen soldiers immediately following Four Day War. Over $470,405 has been provided to the families through the Artsakh Relief Aid.
The ARS “Mother and Child” Health and Birthing Center celebrates its 20th Anniversary.