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VOLUME

2, ISSUE

1 – APRIL

2008

PAGE

19

South California

Building & Growing

By Rima Joumblat ADS Chapter President, South California

Resides in California with her husband and two daughters.

It has been an honor and a privilege to be the President of the ADS Southern California Chapter. I was elected in June 2007 and would like to introduce myself, to those who don’t know me and present our Chapter’s agenda and vision for our board’s two-year term.

In

the past year

California

community has

biggest, yet most important, challenge. After approximately six months after my election and by working directly with the community, we started witnessing an increase in participation & our community demonstrated the willingness to turn a new leaf and work as a team. It is very important for our community to unite as Druze in our newly adopted homeland given we are small in number which

leaves us no room for division.

Chapter. We are working on developing a schedule for the whole year, which we will post on the web site, once complete. We are also in the process of publishing a phone directory of the Druze in Southern California. We will also populate our

web

site

with

financial

statements,

schedules, and times of events.

uniting

our

been

my

another challenge. existing system building a working

In addition to the I’m personally web site for the

My family and I moved to the US in 1983. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with Bachelors in Graphic Design & I now ply my profession on a freelance basis. I have been married for twenty years and we have two daughters, Natalie (16) and Tanya (9).

From the experiences and challenges as a board member and Ladies Auxiliary Chairwoman, it gave me new insights for my two-year term as the

Chapter President. priorities we will urgently:

Some need

of the critical

to

address

1.

Southern California Center is

in

It is very important for our community to unite as Druze in our newly adopted homeland given we are small in number which leaves us no room for division.

As a family we owe a lot to the ADS. I met my husband, Bassam, at an ADS

summer. My

two sisters

met their present

husbands in

the 1987

and 1988 ADS

conventions.

We have

continually been

Eve party in late December were married the following

New Year’s

1986.

We

such a ultimate building

state

of disrepair.

Our

goal

is to get the

ADS

to

a

shape

where

we

can

market it & turn it that generates Chapter.

into a profit center

revenue

for

our

2.

Our youth are the heart & soul of the ADS. They are our future. Attracting the youth is our biggest challenge, but we have been up to

the task & improvements.

are

witnessing

3. Our communication

system

is

I am committed to work hard & serve the ADS. I know it takes a lot of determination & conviction to volunteer for this position, if one is to do it right. I know that if I want to achieve these goals and deliver on my promises, I need to rely on a lot of help from my board and community. It has been heart warming to work with a group of talented, honest, committed & hard working individuals from our community.

active almost

members of the ADS, attending all functions and conventions.

As a family, we try to show our appreciation by giving back to the ADS. My husband has been the ADS National

Treasurer for about National Board for

three

years

two

years.

&

on the Before

With the help & support of my board, dedicated ADS members and generous contributors, I strongly believe we have been making a difference. Remodeling the Center, getting our youth more involved, improving communications & bringing community unity has been a team effort.

becoming Chapter President, Ladies Auxiliary Chairwoman member of the Chapter. We

I was the & a Board both work

hard & are in it for the servitude, and unification of the ADS.

benefit,

I appreciate the confidence and trust our community has placed in me. God bless you all and bless the American Druze Society.

AL FAJER - THE DAWN - DRUZE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

EMAIL: ALFAJER_THEDAWN@HOTMAIL.COM

ADS - Chapter In Depth Report

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