Baby Girl Olivia Presley born to Mr. and Mrs. Ziadeh and Carmen Khoury Farhat. Her proud grandparents are Edward and Ida Gazaleh Khoury and Abraham and Maysoon Farhat.
Baby Boy Bradley Brooks born to Scott and Lyanna Louthan Kalil. His proud grandparents are Sam and Frieda Kalil and Edwin and Evalee Louthan.
Baby Boy Adeeb Andre born to Christopher and Razan Farmand. His proud grandparents are Anwar and Salwa Farmand and Dr. Taroub and Dr. Ghassan Faramand from Ramallah.
Baby Boy Hudson Gabriel born to Anthony and Kelly Rukab Salem. His proud grandparents are Ronald and Nancy Salem and Robert and Paula Rukab.
Nicole Leigh Ghanayem, daughter of Salem and Donna Farah Ghanayem, married Andrew Nelson, son of Dennis and Wendolyn Van Beck and James and Linda Nelson.
Suzanne Lynn Bateh, daughter of Rose Mufeed Bateh and the late Mufeed Bateh, married Spyros Dennis Syrmis, son of the late Christo and Katherine Syrmis.
Victoria Ann Bishara, daughter of Victor and Deborah Bishara married Andy Yacoub Akel, son of Yacoub Jameel and Mary Akel.
At the end of January, our annual membership dinner/installation of officers’ ceremony was held. Close to 450 members were in attendance including the Honorable Judge Gary Flower and various Federation guests. Outgoing President Issa Odeh thanked everyone for their support, recapping our record membership and those members who assisted with our signature events. Outgoing President Odeh also asked for everyone’s assistance to continue their support and exceed our 2016 membership goals. Incoming President Nicholas Mousa stated how honored he is to continue our strong legacy and to lead our community to a successful 2016.
2016 Officers and Board Members:
President: Nicholas Mousa
Vice President: Edward M Bateh
Treasurer: Elias Louie Samaan
Financial Secretary: Sandy Salem
Recording Secretary: Melissa Alley Farhat
Eric M Bateh
John J Bateh
Issa N Odeh
Joy Ackall Rukab
On Super Bowl Sunday, we continued with tradition and held our annual Super Bowl party. Multiple members enjoyed food, fellowship and Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Many thanks to the officers and board for coordinating the event and our attendees who brought the delicious side items.
On Valentine’s Day, a Children’s Valentine’s Day party was held for our youngest members of the club preceding our general assembly meeting. Crafts, cookie decorating and pizza were provided. Everyone including the adults had a wonderful time. Many thanks go out to Mrs. Kara Bateh Mousa and Mrs. Sandy Saad Salem for coordinating the event.
Prior to our March General Assembly meeting, a homemade spaghetti dinner was served to the members. The dinner was delicious and sold out. Many thanks go out to Kara Bateh Mousa and her committee.
Youth Group News:
Congratulations to our 2016 Youth Group Officers and Advisors.
President: Carly Hanna
Vice President: Fuad Batteh
Secretary: Kaitlyn Bateh
Treasurer: Jonathan Farhat
Assistant Treasurer: Buder Bajalia
Historians: Elaina Rukab and Said Akel
Youth Group Advisors: Katherine Shunnarah Akel and Christy Farmand Rukab
The Jacksonville Community extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the following families:
The Salem and Ziadeh families for the passing of Najla Ziadeh Salem.
The Ewis and Kishek families for the passing of Nahil Sliman Kishek Ewis
May their memories be eternal.
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