Hard Rock Casino Trip

Members of our Ramallah Community:

We are happy to announce a Seminole Hard Rock Casino trip on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 to Tampa, Florida. The cost is a non-refundable $50 per person. The bus will leave the club at 7am sharp and will leave Tampa at 5pm. Please contact Abla Bateh at 904-730-7249 or Hiyam Odeh at 904-655-3931 for reservations and questions.

Payment must be made prior to event to guarantee your seat. Seating is limited so book early.

Looking forward to great fellowship!

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Mary Fuad Batteh Obituary

Mary Fuad Batteh

Mary Fuad Batteh
September 19, 1933 – March 2, 2015

Mary Fuad Batteh was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 19, 1933 and was raised in Ramallah. She has been a resident of Jacksonville, Florida since marrying her late husband, Fuad Salem Batteh in 1955.

Mary was a gentle soul who loved her family and adored her children, grandchildren, and soon to be great granddaughter. She always put others’ needs ahead of her own.

She was an active member of the Assumption Catholic Church and Ramallah Club of Jacksonville. Mary had many friends and was known for her kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness, her compassion towards others and her cooking and baking skills.

Mary was a mother, grandmother, Godmother, sister, and an aunt. Her son Richard and his wife Darlene, her son Sammy and his wife Ghada, and her daughter Brenda Brown and her husband Kevin, her grandchildren Jamilah Brown McCann and her husband Jeremy, Houston Brown, Brock, Sierra, Samantha, Mikayla, and Fuad Batteh, her brother Albert Bateh and his wife Janan survive her. All will miss her. May her memory be eternal and may she rest in peace.

The family would like to thank everyone for the phone calls, the flowers, the messages and the outpouring of love during this time.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborns:
Baby Boy, Thomas Eric born to Eric and Shereen Shunnarah Bateh. His proud grandparents are Ted and Jackie Bateh, and Reyad and Ghada Kash Shunnarah of Birmingham, Alabama.

Baby Boy, John Mack born to John and Deena Bateh Wallace. His proud grandparents are Mr. Wesley Lupton Wallace and Ms. Sandra Silcox Wallace; and Mr. George Ziadeh Bateh and the late Janan Ghannam Bateh.

Baby Girl, Ileana Marie born to Ron and Sabrina Bateh Kuruvilla. Her proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kuruvilla and Mrs. Rose Mufeed Bateh

Weddings:
Jena Azizeh Kassis to Gregory Lamar Higginbotham. Their proud parents are Marty and Susan Higginbotham and Issa and Afaf Kassis.

Graduations:

Leanna Yasmine Farah

Leanna Yasmine Farah graduated from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. She will attend Jacksonville University to pursue Business Major. Her proud parents are Jimmy and Hanya Farah.

Matthew Gregory Farah

Matthew Gregory Farah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bishop Kenny High School. He will attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. His proud parents are Greg and Muna Farah. His proud grandparents are Murad and Ida Farah and Maurice and Lila Rukab.

Club News:

Installation

On Saturday, January 31 our annual membership dinner/installation of officers’ ceremony was held. Close to 400 members were in attendance including the Honorable Judge Gary Flower and various Federations guests including Deputy President Ken Harb, Issa Baba and Dr. George Habib. In addition, we had the pleasure of our own Judge Michelle Kalil swear in our officers and board members. 

Grace Farhat Award

Outgoing President Sammy Batteh thanked everyone for their support, especially those who assisted with our signature events. He also gave special recognition to Mrs. Grace Jamal Farhat for her 15 years of service as our Recording Secretary. Incoming President Issa Odeh stated how honored and excited he is to lead our community to a successful 2015. Outlined below are the Officers and Board Members for 2015.

2015 Officers and Board Members:
President: Issa Odeh
Vice President: Nicholas Mousa
Treasurer: Andrew Salem
Financial Secretary and Correspondent Secretary: Julia Farhat
Recording Secretary: Melissa Alley Farhat
Club Manager: Amanda Mousa Gazaleh

Board Members:
Jason Bajalia
Donald Bateh
John Jacob Bateh
Ricky Batteh
Sammy Batteh
Tania Hanania
Nabeel Rukab
Elias Louie Samaan

Congratulations and many blessings for much success!

Following tradition, our club hosted Super Bowl XLIX on Super Bowl Sunday. Close to 200 people were in attendance with covered dishes in hand as they watched the New England Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl. Huge thanks go out to the Officers and Board members for coordinating the event.

On Saturday, February 21 our club hosted a medical mission dinner to support the AFRP efforts. Close to 300 people attended and enjoyed a formal dinner along with a power point presentation outlining the medical mission’s work. Appreciation and thanks go out to Chairperson Said Samaan, his committee for organizing the event and the various donors.

Leadership Conference

On February 27th, four of our Jacksonville professionals, Andrew Bateh, Laura Bateh, Tala Farah and Nicholas Freiha attended the 2015 Midyear Leadership Convention in Houston, Texas. The Jacksonville team was met in Houston by 15 other professionals from across the country.

On their first night, the Ramallah Club of Houston hosted a barbeque dinner and a meet and greet for their out of town guests. On Saturday, they attended the Leadership Conference at Houston’s club. They had the honor of having Clinical Psychologist Maha Harb Sheets facilitate their discussion as well as guest speaker Peter Sackleh, President of Deloitte University. He gave an insightful presentation on how to provide effective leadership.

The professionals also had the pleasure of meeting the Mayor of Ramallah who offered wonderful advice on ways young professionals can better own their Ramallah Clubs. During the seminar, they also participated in hands-on exercises and were able to openly discuss ways in enhancing their leadership skills in hopes of leading their respective Ramallah Clubs and the local groups they are involved in. 

Overall, it was an amazing experience to be able to meet other young professionals who all have a similar interest in becoming the future leaders of their Ramallah Club but most importantly to establish a lifetime connection with other professionals from across the country. (Submitted by Laura Bateh)

Youth Group News:
Outlined below are our 2015 Youth Group Officers:
President: Rawan Farah
Vice President: Reem Farhat
Secretary: Lana Farhat
Treasurer: Matthew Mousa
Historian: Mikayla Batteh
Youth Group Directors: Ghada Habash Batteh, Joy Batteh-Freiha and Reem Farah

Congratulations and many blessings for much success!

Jay Farhat Soccer game

(Pictured from left: Rawan Farah, Lana Farhat, Rania Farhat, Reem Farhat, Reem Habayeb Farah and Joy Batteh-Freiha)

On Saturday, February 7 a few members of our youth group and their directors rallied at a Jacksonville Armada Soccer game in support of one of their own – Jay Farhat, who is running for Sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida. They held signs and passed out literature. Many thanks to the youth and the directors for volunteering their time.

Youth Group

On Sunday, February 16, twenty one Youth group members attended a movie and pizza night at their President’s Rawan Farah’s house. Thank you to her parents Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Reem Farah for hosting a fun event.

Sympathy
The Jacksonville Community extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the following families:

The Jubran family for the passing of Soumaya Jubran.

The Batteh family for the passing of Mary Fuad Batteh.

The Abraham family for the passing of Deana Marie Abraham.

May their memories be eternal.

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Visitation for Deana Marie Abraham

Members of our Ramallah Community:

We are saddened to inform you of the falling asleep in the Lord of Deana Marie Abraham, age 43. The family will receive family and friends at Resurrection Catholic Church, 3383 University Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32277 TODAY, March 12 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM with a vigil service at 7:00PM. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Friday, March 13 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.

The Jacksonville Ramallah Club extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to her family and please join us in keeping her family in our prayers.

May she rest in peace and may her memory be eternal.

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Visitation for Mary Fuad Batteh

Members of our Ramallah Community:

Visitation for Mary Fuad Batteh will take place at Assumption Catholic Church, 2403 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207 on Wednesday, March 4 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM and the rosary will begin at 6:30PM. Her funeral will be on Thursday, March 5 at 10:00AM at Assumption Catholic Church.

Her 9 Day Memorial Mass will be on Sunday, March 8 at St. George Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church, 6300 Bowden Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32216.

The Jacksonville Ramallah Club extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to her family and please join us in keeping her family in our prayers.

May she rest in peace and may her memory be eternal.

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March General Assembly Meeting

Members of our Ramallah Community:

Please save the date and plan to attend our General Assembly meeting on Sunday, March 8, but plan to come early and hungry for a delicious Lenten dinner prepared and served by our Youth Group. Dinner will be served at 5PM and the menu includes Mujaddara, salad, Lenten desserts, fruit and refreshments for $7.00.

Please also plan to stay for the General Assembly meeting which begins at 6PM.

Thank you for your support of our Youth Group and we look forward to seeing you there.

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General Assembly Meeting

Members of our Ramallah Community:

This is a friendly reminder to plan to attend our General Assembly meeting this Sunday, February 8 at 6PM. The Youth Group will meet at 5PM and the Youth Group officers will meet at 4:30PM.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Upcoming Federation Easter Trip to Ramallah

Members of our Ramallah Community:

If you are interested in going to Ramallah for the annual Easter Federation trip please try to book the airfare by April 8, 2015 and return flight by April 18, 2015. You may go before and extend your stay if you choose. Once you book your flight, please forward the names and each itinerary to tamara.azrak@afrp.org.

The Federation will arrange for your pickup at the airport, your transportation to the hotel and day trips to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Haifa and Acre. The trip details are still being determined and will be forwarded to you in the near future.

If you have any questions please email Bassam Eways at bfeways@aol.com or Johnny Rukab at carpetjohnny@aol.com.

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AFRP Medical Mission Dinner

Members of our Ramallah Community:

Please join us on Saturday evening, February 21 for an elegant evening to include cocktails and dinner to support the AFRP Medical Mission. Ticket price is $50.00 per person and includes a cocktail hour with mazza, dinner and dessert. Cocktail hour is at 6:00PM and dinner is at 7:00PM. Dinner music will be playing with a PowerPoint presentation on the medical mission’s work.

To purchase your ticket please contact Said Samaan, Ticket Chairperson at 904-219-3868 or Committee Members David Bateh at dmbateh@yahoo.com, Samir Farhat at 904-705-8293, Jamal Jubran at 904-591-3030, George Salameh at 904-268-4485, Ramzi Salameh at ao82209@allstate.com or Said Samaan at 904-219-3868.

Thank you for you support for a worthy cause.

Please note that your ticket donation is tax deductible.

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RACJ Super Bowl XLIX Party

Our annual Super Bowl Party is on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015.  Doors open at 5:30 and game festivities begin at 6:30.  Come and enjoy the big game on our 200” high definition Jumbotron.

This is a free event and open to everyone, so invite your friends to join.  This is a potluck, so please bring your favorite covered dish and refreshments (soft drinks and water) will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you representing your favorite team!

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