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VOLUME

2, ISSUE

1 – APRIL

2008

PAGE

27

Ohio Chapter Back on Track

By Nahed & Raya Jawhari

Nahed was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1975, he is from the village of Aramoun and came to Ohio in 1976. His wife Raya was born in Germany & lived in Aramoun. They have two beautiful daughters Maya, age 5 and Gabriella, age 3. He has a degree in Information Technology Business Management. Raya achieved a BA in English from AUB. She believes the Druze community is an extended family & a separate entity. His motto is “Unification through technology” Nahed is currently the VP Ohio Chapter.

By Nahed:

I would like to extend my appreciation to all who worked hard to spark life into this initiative and bring the idea of the Ohio Chapter of the ADS into fruition. I will prove your confidence in me is well placed. These infant (yet formative) years, I believe, should be dedicated to consolidating and crystallizing the image and structure of this fledgling chapter of the ADS. We are small in number but we have motivated and spirited members who will make a difference.

I propose the following items to be our

Meeting new people and promoting a close-knit society creates a support system that may not exist at the moment. The family is backbone and nucleus of our support system but the family itself needs something bigger and stronger to fall back on in times of need.

To sum up, the coming year should be an opportunity to increase our members and build the capital, or fuel if you want, that will allow us to realize any project we take on and take us where we need to go. We should make an effort to create

educational

programs

for both

our

children and

our adults.

Progress

and

betterment of the Druze people through charitable work; and to do any and all things legally and ethically proper and conducive to the attainment of the above goals and purposes.” [1] This was the mission statement of the original founders of the Ohio Chapter of the American Druze Society.

On 01/24/08 the Ohio Chapter of the American Druze Society was infused with

new

vim

by

the

selection

of

new

leadership. founders of

In the spirit of the original the first Druze Society,

Albakaurat

AlDirziyat,

the

society

hopes

primary goals

1. Membership drives:

By informing

people of our purpose and drawing them in we can increase or members and strengthen our chapter. Our people are scattered across the State and need to stay informed on current events. Deciding on a specific quota would be

one the points subsequent meetings.

of

discussion

at

2. Fundraisers: One cannot forget or deny the economic factor in making or breaking an organization. I t is crucial that we have the capital to finance events and help realize our purpose. Again a specific number can be set as goal at future meetings.

3. Education: I think you will all agree with me that promoting family values, moral values, cultural values and knowledge of our native language is a basic goal to all of us. The earlier we instill a sense of morality and loyalty in our children the better off we will all be.

4. Creating a cohesive and close-knit community:

education go hand in hand. We choice between being a stagnant placid yet murky water or a

have a pool of boiling,

powerful

river.

Individual

hands

may

have a tough time changing a united we can do great and

current but meaningful

things. plan of

I will support our president in his action and I do not think we can

effectively

do

much

of

anything

unless

we

lend an ear to all discrimination. We

our members

without

come from a

country

agreement

are

the order

of the

day

everyday,

we

should’ve

learned

our

were

dissension

and

difference

in

lesson accord

long ago and strive to make and respect for each other’s point

of

view

the

order

of

things

in

our

community.

By Raya:

“To perpetuate the universal teachings of the Druze sect: to enhance and promote fellowship among the Druze through social activities; the advancement of the religious and cultural knowledge through meaningful contribution to education and research; the

to uphold the cultural values,

traditional Druze family loyalty, and

Arab purity

of spirit, brotherhood and honesty. It take time for the chapter to find

will its

bearings

and for

the

gain the

trust of

the

board members to members but they

have faith in the hard members and the mutual the vehicle to express their

work of the desire to find commitment.

In this age of apathy is stronger than compassion and where self involvement is the central axis and there is strong temptation to abandon our values and our identity, a cohesive Druze community is indispensable. We must bolster the family unit so that it can prevail in the face

of adversity. What is the Druze community but an extended family? Our country is experiencing troubled times of dissent and conflict; all the more reason

to keep a united front and a show of solidarity.

None of this could not have taken place without the energy, motivation and generosity of Dr.’s Rima and Farid Muakkassa. Thank you.

AL FAJER - THE DAWN - DRUZE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

EMAIL: ALFAJER_THEDAWN@HOTMAIL.COM

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