2014 AFRP Convention Transport Accommodations

To those of you attending the Ramallah Convention, please forward your flight and hotel information to Johnny Rukab at carpetjohnny@aol.com. Johnny is coordinating transportation to your respective hotels.

If you know someone that is attending the convention and does not have e-mail access, please assist and obtain their information and provide to Johnny.

Thank You

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St. Vincent’s HealthCare: Health Lecture featuring Cynthia Farah

Please join us at the Ramallah American Club on Sunday, May 4 at 4:30PM as Cynthia Farah, Service Line Director, Oncology, Women’s Health, Cardiology, Palliative Care, & Research of St. Vincent’s HealthCare will speak on “What you need to know about some common cancers and good health.”

If you have any questions, please contact our RACJ President, Sammy Batteh at batteh@att.net or Hathihe Ramallah Correspondent, Julia Farhat at julias_1009@yahoo.com.

Please plan to stay for the General Assembly meeting at 6:00PM. In addition, the Youth Club meeting will be at 5:00PM.

We hope to see you there!

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NYE Party

The general assembly unanimously voted to host a New Years Eve Party this year at the Ramallah Club. Details to follow as soon as possible.

We want your opinion and/or feedback as to your thoughts of hosting the NYE party including if you plan to attend. Please e-mail our RACJ Vice President and Chairperson Issa Odeh at Issaodeh76@gmail.com or our RACJ President Sammy Batteh at batteh@att.net.

Your feedback is welcome and appreciated.

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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens – Voices of Diversity: Panel Discussion featuring our own Kristen Mousa

Voices of Diversity: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m. to visit the exhibition

Members and Non-members FREE

Please join The Cummer for an engaging panel discussion on what inclusion means within the concepts of religion, civil rights, ethnicity and sexuality. This event is being organized in partnership with OneJax and will bring together the themes on exhibit in One Family: Photographs by Vardi Kahana and A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art.

Facilitator: John Delaney, President of University of North Florida

Panelists will include: Kristen Mousa, Lois Chepenik, Alton Yates, Robert Arleigh White

For further information or to make your required reservation, please contact Kim Pomar at 904.899.6038 or kpomar@cummer.org

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2014 AFRP Convention Registration

Are you planning on going to the 2014 AFRP Convention in Ramallah, Palestine?  If you are, registration is now open online at https://www.ramallahconvention2014.com/

There is NO ONSITE REGISTRATION at the convention this year.  Everyone MUST REGISTER ONLINE.

Please spread this message to your friends and family because it is very important that everyone understand this.

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Notice of Proposed Expenditures

Notice of Proposed Expenditures

Pursuant to Article XI of our constitution, Acquisition and Disposition of Club Property – written or electronic notice of such meeting shall be mailed or emailed to all members at least five (5) days prior to such meeting. Over three-fourths of the club’s members must be in attendance at such meeting in order to take action with respect to real property, regardless of value, or other property having value in excess of $5,000.00.

This proposed expenditure relates to the remodel of club bathrooms.

April General Assembly Meeting
Our next General Assembly meeting is scheduled for April 13th at 6pm. We hope to see you there.

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60th Anniversary Celebration

1954 – 2014
You know it is going to be the event of the year: plus your family and friends will be there! So grab a good seat/table and buy your tickets at the annual Spring Picnic on April 6, beginning at 12N!

All current Ramallah Club members are eligible to purchase individual tickets ($75 each) or tables ($750 for table of 10) at the Spring Picnic on Sunday, April 6.

Buy your tickets and rest assured you will have the seat/table you desire at the 60th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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Annual Mothers’ Day Dinner

Announcing our annual Mothers’ Day Dinner on Friday evening, May 9th at 6:30PM at The Ramada Conference Center, 3130 Hartley Road, 32257. Tickets are $35 and available by contacting Mrs Ghada Batteh at 904-333-3378 or email at gbatteh@yahoo.com. Tickets will also be available at The Spring Picnic.

We hope to see you there!

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Outstanding High School Seniors Award Program

If you have any questions please contact Ken Harb at kenharb@gmail.com or 734-765-1103

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Hathihe Ramallah News Spotlight

Fred Gazaleh

Congratulations to Fred Gazaleh, as he was featured in the Public Defenders newsletter. His colleagues say Director of Circuit Court, Fred Gazaleh “has arguably the toughest job in the PD Office.”  He is adamant to “promptly return phone calls from all of the clients and help people who need legal guidance when no one else is available.”

Mr. Gazaleh oversees nearly 40 APD’s in nine courtrooms and manages a Capital Crimes caseload.  He is responsible for ensuring PD clients facing serious criminal charges are provided the effective and zealous legal counsel they are constitutionally guaranteed.  While he faces both legal and managerial challenges, he handles them with a professional approach and helpful demeanor.  The PD Office is fortunate to have an attorney of his caliber on staff, but also have such a tremendous mentor for the younger APD’s.

A first-generation American, Fred was born in Houston and moved to Jacksonville as a one year old.  He attended Robert E. Lee High School before graduating from The University of Florida in 1979 and the UF School of Law in 1982.  Fred started his career at the PD Office under the late Lou Frost then spent 20 years in private practice. He returned to the PD Office in ’09 to assume his current position as Director of Circuit Court

After work, he volunteers at the Sulzbacher Center, hosts a Pro Bono Legal Night and has participated in Immigration Day at Florida Coastal School of Law.   He loves attending Gator basketball and football games. He also enjoys friendly poker games and traveling.  His proud parents are Canann and Asma Gazaleh. Thank you for your public service, Fred! (Submitted by Mrs. Angie Gazaleh Rukab).

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