Obituary: Munir Boulous Hassan

Munir Boulous Hassan

Munir Boulous Hassan
January 26, 1947 – December 25, 2015

Munir Boulous Hassan, 68, went to be with the Lord on December 25, 2015.  He grew up in Jerusalem and then immigrated to Jacksonville, FL where he attended Andrew Jackson High School then was self-employed.

Munir was preceded in death by his parents, Boulous and Nijmeh Hassan and sister Malvine Qandah. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Jamileh Hassan, 4 children, Stella Hassan, Paul Hassan, Lisa Farides and Tammy Megas, and 4 grandchildren, Talia, AJ, Alex and Layna. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Majed Hassan and sister, Margo Ishaq and many nieces and nephews.

Daddy, our hearts are broken and we are so sad without you. We are a part of you and know that you live on within us. Words cannot begin to express how much you will be missed. You impacted us all in your own special and amazing way and we thank you. God bless you Daddy and may peace be with you always.
Love forever, your family.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborns:
Baby boy, Gabriel Elias born to Elias Louie and Hattie Carters Salameh. His proud grandparents are Ramzi and Boline Salameh and Randy and Pam Carters.

Baby girl, Madison Grace born to Salem and Dalia Mousa Fakhouri. Her proud grandparents are Mechail (Mike) and Aida Fakhouri, and James and Howaida Mousa.

Baby boy, Adrian Salem born to Jose and Whitney Salem Gomez in Washington, DC. His proud grandparents are Jose and Maria Gomez and Ronald and Nancy Salem of Jacksonville, Florida.

Graduations:

Kathleen Margaret Bajalia

Kathleen Margaret Bajalia, daughter of Nick and Julia Bajalia, graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism and Media Production. Her proud grandparents are the late Peter and Ikram Bajalia and Margaret and the late Hanna Ayoub.

Lindsay Marie Jaghab

Lindsay Marie Jaghab, daughter of George and Nancy Hishmeh Jaghab graduated from Jacksonville University with a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Her proud grandparents are Tom and Vera Hishmeh and the late Hanna and Mary Jaghab.

Faris Elias Kishek

Faris Elias Kishek, son of Elias and Shirley Kishek graduated from Jacksonville University with a Master of Business Administration. Faris plans on continuing his career path as a consultant at McKesson Corporation.

Arena Oweis

Arena Owais, daughter of Asad and Hanada Owais graduated from the University of North Florida with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations. After graduation Arena plans to attend the University of Florida to pursue a Master’s degree in Mass Communicationx with a focus on Global Strategic Communications and Marketing. She is the granddaughter of Zohair Mardini and the late May Cadoura Mardini and the great-granddaughter of Yasmine Cadoura.

Melissa Katrina Zarou

Melissa Katrina Zarou, daughter of Jack and Linda Zarou graduated from Seminole State College of Florida with her Associate’s in Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  She will be attending the University of Central Florida working towards her Bachelor’s in Science degree in Criminal Justice. Her proud grandparents are George and Georgette Zarou and Louis and Francis Scalzi.

Club News:

AFRP Summit

Nineteen of our Ramallah Youth including our own Dr. Laura Bateh, Dalya Farah and Nick Freiha travelled to Washington D.C. for the AFRP Youth Summit held November 13th- November 16th. 

The summit began on Saturday with an all-day conference and the youth were welcomed by the Governor of Palestine, Laila Ghannam and PLO Ambassador Maen Areikat. They had the pleasure of hearing numerous speakers throughout the conference including Richard Fawal who addressed the youth on how to effectively communicate with audiences of all ages in today’s society and Randa Fahmy who led an engaging discussion on how the audience can make a difference on the Palestinian issue through local, state and national activism.

The conference ended with the adults working together and strategizing ways to increase local club membership and interest. Saturday evening, the Ramallah Club of Washington, D.C hosted a dinner for the out of town guests and afterwards the young adults gathered for a social event in downtown D.C.

The conference continued Sunday morning with more strategic planning and speeches from current AFRP President Ken Harb and AFRP Deputy President Jeff Ajlouny. Select individuals attended a dinner in D.C. Sunday evening held by the Coalition of Palestinian American Organization.

On Saturday, December 12th, we hosted Breakfast with Santa. Approximately 150 members came including many donations in hand for the Syrian refugees through Catholic Charities. Much thanks and appreciation goes out to Chairperson and Co-Chairperson Sandy Saad Salem and Amber Salem Samaan and their committee for organizing a successful and enjoyable event.

NYE Party

We brought in 2016 with our annual NYE party featuring the FAZE band along with our favorite Arabic music playing throughout the night. Everyone had an amazing time. Many thanks and appreciation goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Nick and Kara Mousa, and their committee for coordinating an enjoyable and elegant event.

Youth Group News:
On Saturday morning, November 21 our youth hosted a Flapjack Fundraiser at a local Applebee’s. It was a great success and proceeds will benefit a Palestinian charity. Huge thanks go out to our youth, our Youth Group Advisors, the community for their support, and Applebee’s management.

Youth Group Christmas Party

On Saturday, December 19, Youth Group President Rawan Farah hosted their Christmas Party to celebrate their successes throughout 2015! Everyone had a wonderful time. Many thanks go out to Rawan, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Reem Habayeb Farah, the members’ parents, the youth group’s directors and the Jacksonville community for their support. Mabrouk Rawan for a successful year!

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

The Hassan family for the passing of Munir Boulous Hassan

The Cadoura family for the passing of Yasmine Marshoud Cadoura

The Bateh family for the passing of Mary I Bateh.

May their memories be eternal.

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General Assembly Meeting

Our January General Assembly is this Sunday, January 10th at 6:00PM. Please make every effort to attend this meeting so that we may establish a quorum as there are multiple items on the agenda including discussion of our paid up membership dinner/installation ceremony.

In addition, the Youth Group meeting will be at 5:00PM and the Youth Group Officers will meet at 4:30PM.

Please note that our paid up membership dinner/installation ceremony will be Saturday, January 30th. Please save the date and plan to attend.

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Ramallah Club Youth Donates $1,500 to Child’s Cup Full

We are proud to announce our Ramallah Club’s Youth Group raised $1,500 (including a matching donation by Mr. Eddie Farah) to benefit a Child’s Cup Full (CCF), a Palestinian charity that works to empower women and their families throughout Palestine.

The Youth Group hosted several successful fundraising events including Bingo Night, an Applebee’s Breakfast, and forfeited their end-of-the-year trip to Disney in order to raise funds to benefit the growing charity and help with their most urgent needs. The donated money will be able to assist CCF with their training efforts working with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Ramallah, Palestine.

For more information on a Child’s Cup Full, please visit: www.ChildsCupFull.org.

We are proud of our Youth Group and their willingness to share and their giving hearts to help make our world a better place to live.

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General Assembly Meeting

Our December General Assembly will be this Sunday December 6th at 6:00PM. Please make every effort to attend this meeting so that we may establish a quorum as there are multiple items on the agenda including voting for the 2016 Leadership.

In addition, the Youth Group meeting will be at 5:00PM and the Youth Group Officers will meet at 4:30PM.

Also, we will continue to accept nominations for Officer and Board member positions for our 2016 Leadership. If you are interested in running for an Officer or a Board member position please contact Sammy Batteh ASAP at batteh@att.net no later than this Saturday, December 5th.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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On The Move: Tala Farah

On The Move:
Congratulations to Tala Farah of Jacksonville, Florida who was recently featured in Jacksonville University’s Alumni Magazine, The Wave. Tala earned her undergraduate from JU in 2014, and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. Tala’s parents are Eddie and Reem Farah of Jacksonville.

Tala Farah

Meet Tala Farah. Tala is enrolled in her second year of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program. Her undergraduate degrees are in Psychology and Sociology, which she earned from Jacksonville University in 2014.

Why did you choose the JU MS SLP program?
While an undergrad at JU, I appreciated the role the rest of the faculty played in my academic journey. I felt so welcomed by the faculty I met. As a lost undergraduate senior, I scheduled a meeting to talk to Dean Sapienza, on JU campus. Talking to her and the rest of the faculty in the JU SLP program I was touched by their passion for the field and I wanted to feel the same way. The faculty wanted to learn more about me on a personal level and that meant a lot to me.

What do you like best about the program?
It’s hard to pick one thing. Not only do we have professors who literally are a phone call away or are constantly in their office with open doors for help; Jacksonville has an awesome opportunity in the healthcare field. JU has partnered up with stellar facilities for our practicum placements such as Brooks Rehabilitation, major local hospitals and clinics that have spoiled us with knowledge and practicum experience. Having these facilities and supervisor mentors as well as our JU SLP faculty members, have truly made the program one of a kind. The Jacksonville community has a growing healthcare field and I am honored that the JU program has allowed us to be exposed to these facilities.

What made you choose to pursue a career in speech-language pathology?
I caught love for the field of Speech-Language Pathology my senior year of undergraduate study. With my degrees, I always had a drive for being interactive with individuals but didn’t know in what field I wanted to work. Dean Sapienza took me under her wing and recommended I take an observation course as a senior in undergrad to get a feel of what this field entails. I left the facilities wanting to go back and learn more about this field. There are such a variety of populations in this field. I was so interested by the fact that no two patients are the same and every therapy is modeled to the individual. After shadowing local SLP’s in the Jacksonville community I realized that this field was for me!

What do you hope to pursue after graduation?
My dream career after graduation is to be a clinician in a hospital setting working with adults. I really enjoy the upbeat fast pace setting of a hospital and the adult population. I hope to specialize in individuals with swallowing impairments and cognitive deficits.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborns:
Baby Girl, Anastasia Westbrook was born to Troyce and Nawal Batteh McDaniel. Her proud grandparents are Patrick and Anne McDaniel from Natchez, Mississippi and Kamel and Maha Batteh.

Baby Boy, Malek Khaled was born to Khaled and Amanda Saaad Oweis. His proud grandparents are Nemer and Nabila Oweis and Nabil and Boshra Saad

Baby Girl, Alexis Nicole was born to Hector and Elizabeth Farhat-Murcia. Her proud grandparents are Hector and Ludy Murcia and Joseph Salim and Diana Salama Farhat.

Weddings:
Michael Nabil Saad, son of Nabil and Boshra Saad, married Melinda Kaye Reidenbach, daughter of August and Peg Reidenbach.

Awad Sami Rafidi, son of Sue Kalil Rafidi and Sami Rafidi, married Jacqueline Elias Jaghab, daughter of Elias and Janette Jaghab of San Jose, California.

Ramey Yousef El-Abu, son of Najah El-Abu and the late Yousef El-Abu, married Mary Anne Alkhoury, daughter of Haifa Alkhoury and the late Basem Alkhoury.

Alexis Michelle Osterhoudt, daughter of Hiram Osterhoudt and Maha Farmand Ostherhoudt married Stephen Kyle Whitaker, son of Mike and Sherry Provencal.

Club News:

Fall Festival

On Sunday, October 18 our annual Fall Picnic was held along with our first Fall Festival. Close to 300 people attended and enjoyed not only our traditional chicken dinner but also enjoyed Hamburgers/Hotdogs, Carnival Games, Mini Golf, Pony Rides, Bounce House and so much more at the Festival. Both events were a huge success. Many thanks goes out to Fall Picnic Chairperson Hiyam Odeh and her committee for their hard work. In additional much appreciation and accolades goes out to Fall Festival Chairman Mr. Nader Farhat and Co-Chairperson Mrs. Melissa Alley Farhat and their committee, as well as the Youth Group for assisting with the Fall Festival. Photography; courtesy of Angela Farhat Photography

Town Hall

On Monday, October 26 our first Town Hall was held. Close to 100 people attended and participated in an open, engaging and robust discussion with the focus on how to attract new membership and retain existing membership. The discussion was also based on the recent survey that was sent to our community. Huge thanks and much appreciation goes out to Membership Committee Chairperson Peter Farhat and the entire membership committee for an outstanding event. Photography; courtesy of Angela Farhat Photography

Some of our special matriarchs. Abla Essa Bateh, Leila Ziadeh Bateh, Wardeh (Rose) Mussa Bateh and Suad Charlie Farah traveled to Ramallah in September and spent approximately three weeks visiting family and friends. They had an amazing time.

Ramallah Trip

Jacksonville residents George Audi Bajalia, Johnny M. Bateh, Eddie and Chuck Farah recently traveled to Ramallah to assist with the annual olive harvest in Ein Kinya. Adnan Farmand and his family welcomed the group and their assistance and served a hearty traditional meal for all. George A. Bajalia, Jr., who is studying in Jordan met with his father George Sr. and the others in Ramallah, and obtained valuable information that will be used towards his doctorate degree he’s pursuing at Columbia University. Photo caption (from left): Chuck Farah, Eddie Farah, George Bajalia and Johnny M. Bateh.

On Friday evening, November 13, our club hosted a Member dinner and B-I-N-G-O night. More than 150 people came out and enjoyed a delicious dinner and B-I-N-G-O! Kudos go out to Chairperson Amanda Mousa Gazaleh for coordinating the dinner, and the youth group for managing B-I-N-G-O!

Youth Group News:

Youth Group Laser Tag

On Saturday, September 19, twelve members of our Youth Group went to Hard Knocks Laser Tag along with dinner. Everyone had a great time. Many thanks go out to the Youth Group President, Rawan Farah for organizing the event.

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

The Akel family for the passing of Sandra Susan Akel

The Butros and Bateh families for the passing of Adla (Juliette) Bateh Butros.

May their memories be eternal.

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New Years Party

RAC NYE

Tickets:
– $50 for Adults
– $25 for Kids 12 and Under
– $75 at the door

Arabic music will be played during band intermissions by our DJ.

For tickets, contact Nick Mousa at RamallahClubNYE@gmail.com

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November General Assembly Meeting

Our November General Assembly will be Sunday November 8, 2015 at 6:00PM. 

Please make every effort to attend these meetings so that we may establish a quorum as there are multiple items on the agenda.

In addition, the Youth Group meeting will be at 5:00PM and the Youth Group Officers will meet at 4:30PM.

In addition, NYE tickets will be on sale beginning at 5:30.  Please contact Nick Mousa at n.mousa@jbcpe.com with any questions.  

Also, we are accepting nominations for Officer and Board member positions for our 2016 Leadership. If you are interested in running for an Officer or a Board member position please contact Sammy Batteh at batteh@att.net.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Family Fall Festival

Free Fall Festival at the Ramallah American Club During the Fall Picnic
Arts / Crafts, Carnival Games, Cotton Candy, Bounce House, Mini Golf, Football Toss, 18ft Slide, Popcorn, Hayride, and More.



Sunday October 18th, 2015 from 12:00 – 4:00pm

Fall Picnic and Festival
$12 BBQ Chicken, Hashweh, Green Beans, and Salad
$5 Angus Hamburger or Hotdog with Chips and Sides

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