Friends of Alif,
As we rang in the 2018 New Year in the last two weeks, we also reflected on the many exciting events which Alif was able to hold in 2017. Your role, as dedicated supporters, made it happen! We could not have experienced this success without you. Know how grateful we are for your commitment.
Our spring Festival and our fall Gala were bigger than ever! Not only did we raise more funds to help expand our programs and improve our facility, we added many new friends who came to enjoy our two biggest fundraisers. It was exciting to see how they became aware of the Alif mission that celebrates the Arab cultures, and educates the community through education and arts enrichment programs. As a result, membership grew to include, not only more Arab Americans joining Alif, but also non-Arabs living in the greater Metro Atlanta community. Kudos to the staff and volunteers who worked around the clock with complete dedication to make Alif stronger everyday.
This has also been a time of transitions as Mrs. Ghada Muhanna, long-time Arabic Program Director, and Mrs. Angela Khoury, Executive Director, have officially stepped down from these positions, to become Advisors to Alif. Angela has also accepted an invitation to serve on the 2018 Board of Directors. What this means is that, though there are new people who have now taken up the mantle and go forward in these positions, Ghada and Angela are not far away. Their institutional wisdom is invaluable and we will be forever grateful for their service, both in the past, as well as in the future.
The two people who will replace Ghada and Angela are Manal Soudani as Executive Director, and Noura Almasaeid as the Arabic Program Director.
A new year also means a new Board of Director is put into place. The following Alif members have become that 2018 Board:
Mustafa Saadi, Chairman; Kasim Abuaisheh, Vice President; Angela Khoury, Treasurer; Susan Anderson, Secretary; Samar Sulieman; Dimitri Shreckengost; Sohel Elia;, John Mulholland; Rami Arfoosh are returning Directors; and Akram Ibrahim; Shafik Habal; Paula Leon; Rama Tamimi; Haitham Haddad; and Samir Farra are new Directors..
We said thank you, and goodbye to the following Directors whose terms of service have been completed: Abeer Moanna, Issa Ackall, Mohammad Wehbi and Laura Badwan.
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