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
Jena Azizeh Kassis to Gregory Lamar Higginbotham. Their proud parents are Marty and Susan Higginbotham and Issa and Afaf Kassis.
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 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.
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.
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
John Jacob Bateh
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.
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!
(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.
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.
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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