A Letter from our Club President

As we wind down 2018, I’ve had a chance to breathe and look back on the year we’ve had among the Ramallah community. Being the President of this Club is a monumental task. There is no way a single person can do everything on his or her own. It was only possible through the help of the volunteers who came to help throughout the year; and for that, I’m thankful. We do not give the volunteers enough credit. So, to those of you who cook for us, who collect tickets, who decorate, and to the dozens of others who donated their precious time, I want to say thank you. Together we have had a successful year.

As President, I was focused on the long-term expansion of this Club. If you aren’t going forward, you are going backwards. We must not get complacent with what the Ramallah Club currently is, but continue to push onward. In furtherance of that goal, this year we created the Ramallah Club Capital Fund. This is money that is earmarked specifically for major construction or renovation projects. There is increasing competition for banquet space, and in order to be the top choice for Jacksonville events, this Club needs updates. Having a capital fund will allow us to effectively make those updates, and to keep our eyes on long term growth, while still allowing flexibility to deal with daily expenses.

In that vein, the future of the Club is in its members. More specifically, the future is in our Youth Group, and truthfully, it is the Youth Group that makes this Club so fun. From selling desserts, to building haunted houses, to community service in the Jacksonville area, the Youth Group has never refused a call for help. We often look to the past for guidance, but we could also all benefit from emulating our youngest members.

Financially, the Club is strong. That is a relief for all of us. We needed a revenue boost this year, so last year we reluctantly raised dues for all members. We worried that the increased cost would drive away members. We worried that our membership would diminish. We worried, that we were asking too much of our members. All of you recognized that this Club needs us to thrive, and membership revenue increased this year. The Club asked for help from its members, and you rose to its aid.

Aside from the big projects, I’m proud of the little things. For example, this year we started serving dinner at the General Assembly meetings. We were lucky enough to have families donate those meals. The Ramallah Club is a place for family, and as a community, we are a family. Nothing brings family together like food. When we dine together, and make decisions about this Club together, we are stronger for it.

Finally, I am proud to have been the President when we made a pitch for, and were awarded, the 2020 Ramallah Convention. For the first time in decades, we will have the convention here in Jacksonville and I cannot wait for all of us to show off our community to the other Federation members.

I came to this community two years ago and asked to lead. We had never had a President so young and inexperienced, yet you all trusted me. Every day since then I have thought about that trust. It was my motivation to prepare for every meeting, to consider every decision, and to work at every event. I hope I did not let you down.

Gratefully,
Tala Suad Farah
President – The Ramallah Club of Jacksonville

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Christmas Party

Join us on December 15th for the Ramallah Club Christmas Party. Details are on the flyer below.

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General Assembly Meeting

General Assembly Meeting
Sunday, December 2
Meeting at 6:30

Please plan to attend as this is our annual election meeting for officer and board positions. We need a majority of our members present to vote on new positions. If you are interested in getting involved please email Edward Bateh at Edward.Bateh@gmail.com

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New Years Eve Party

Join us on December 31st for our New Years Eve Party.

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General Assembly Meeting

Members,

Our next General Assembly meeting will be held on October 21. Please join us beginning at 6pm for the meeting. Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone there.

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Golf Tournament

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Raise the Roof Golf Tournament

November 4
Check in at 8:30 am
Shotgun start at 9:30am
Deercreek Country Club

$100/player includes entry, driving range access and BBQ lunch.

For entry or sponsorship info email RACJaxGolf@gmail.com

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Fall Picnic, General Assembly Meeting, Children’s Fall Festival, Haunted House, and Blood Drive

Sunday, October 14 (12pm Noon)
Join us for our Fall Picnic and enjoy a traditional dinner, Children’s Fall Festival and a Haunted House!

*Volunteers are always welcome! We will be cleaning chicken at 9am on Saturday and grilling at 5am on Sunday. We would also love volunteers to help serve meals.*

General Assembly meeting will begin immediately after the picnic.

Children’s Fall Festival
Bring out the kids for fun games and awesome prizes!
Cost: $1 per game

Haunted House
Get ready for a scream at the Ramallah Club Haunted House!

Blood Drive
One Blood Drive will be at the Ramallah Club from 11-3 on October 14. Consider donating to such a worthy cause. For more information please Click Here

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General Assembly Meeting

Members,

Our next General Assembly meeting will be held on September 9. Join us before the meeting for dinner and bingo!

Bingo – 5pm
Bingo Cards: $5
Dinner: $8 (hamburger, potato salad and coleslaw)

The meeting will begin immediately after bingo.

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August General Assembly Meeting

General Assembly Meeting
Our next General Assembly meeting will be held on August 12 at 6 pm. We have a number of items to discuss including the past Ramallah convention, the 2020 convention status and more. Please plan to join us.

If you are interested in chairing a meal for this meeting please contact Tala Farah at TalaSFarah@gmail.com

NYE Committee Meeting
Anyone interested in helping to plan and prepare for the 2018 NYE Party is asked to attend a planning meeting beginning at 5pm on August 12. For Questions please contact Jacob Bateh at JJBateh@gmail.com

Youth Group Meeting
The Youth group will be meeting on August 19th. Please take note that this is not the same day as the General Assembly meeting.

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