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LEBANON AMERICAN CLUB NEWS FEBRUARY 2017 Page 1

22 West Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Presidents Corner
Dear Members,
I would like to thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to help lead The Lebanon Club as your new
Club Officers president. From the day I joined, you all made me feel at home and I enjoyed many of our family events, fund
raisers, and dinners.
Mike Caravakis While growing up in Danbury many of my friends were Lebanese, Syrian and of course Greek.
President We all were involved in school and after school activities including baseball, basketball, and many events at
The War Memorial and Rogers Park.
Ghassan Najm My local roots led me to join the club that I use to attend as a guest on New Street.
Vice President My Wifes grandfather, Mike Lahoud was one of the original founders of the club and many of his family later
Jimmy Glynn became very active members to include, Nicholas and Thomas Lahoud, my father-in-law Fred Raya, and
Secretary currently my cousin Louis Lahoud. This is family!
I want to thank President John Ashkar for his 4 years of hard work and dedication, Dick Jowdy for his
Lou Najamy continued support and all of our board members, past and present.
Asst. Secretary Looking forward in working with Ruth Ashkar and The Ladies Auxiliary and thank them for all of the amazing
things they do.
William Asmar My current goals are to continue working on improvements on this facility. Listed below are a few ideas:
Treasurer Support Fund Raisers to help continue the daily operations at 22 West St;
Enlarge and improve both kitchens, exterior painting and cleaning, a new outdoor shed to house our outdoor
Mark Chory equipment which is already on order. Ensure that our grounds, including sidewalks and parking lot are cleaned
Asst. Treasurer and passable for our guests and renters.
By achieving some of these goals, we could then continue to take a pro-active approach in renting our beautiful
John Ashkar hall for a variety of events and create a stronger revenue stream.
Past President More to follow next month.
Directors
Sincerely,
Vinny DiGilio Mike Caravakis Happy Valentines Day
Ray Antous
John Ashkar
Annual Membership Meeting Sunday January 29th
Eddie Essa
On Sunday, January 29th during the Annual Meeting, a new slate of officers led by the new president Michael
David Glynn Caravakis as listed to the left, was elected for a 2-year term. Congratulations!
Dick Jowdy Special Friday Night Dinner & Live Middle Eastern Music See Page 5 for Details
Mark your calendars for a special Friday Night Dinner on February 10th by Chef Elie Taweh, with live Middle
Ladies Auxiliary Eastern Music by Nadim Bourjaile!
Officers
Super Bowl Big Day Event See page 5 for Details
Ruth Ashkar As we celebrate and enjoy a great day of Super Bowl, you may not be aware that there were number of NFL
President players of Lebanese descent, including couple Quarterbacks such as Joe Namath of NY Jets and John Elway
of the Denver Broncos who led their respective teams in winning Super Bowl III and XXXII & XXXIII
Betty Najm respectively. Both were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985 and 2004 respectively. Other
Vice President & players were Doug Flutie (Former New England QB 1988), Jeff George (QB for many teams 1990-2006), Bill
Past President George (LB for Bears and Rams, inducted in 1974), Abe Gibran (former offensive lineman and coach for
Janet Coury the Chicago Bears), Brian Habib (Former lineman for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks),
Secretary Fred Maalouf (Quarterback for the St. Louis Cardinals) and Ryan Nassib (Backup QB on the NY Giants
Team since 2013). For More details visit http://www.lgic.org/en/lebam_sports.php
Debbie Sousa
Treasurer Inside:
Upcoming Club and Local/Regional Community events - Pages 3, 4 and 5
News Staff Pasta Dinner & Texas Holdem Tournament Pages 5
Ghassan Najm March Madness Final Four Events Page 5
Louis Najamy
Ruth Ashkar
Betty Najm

Phone: 203-743-5828 / Email: lebanonclub@att.net


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News Staff Corner:
After an enjoyable Annual Meeting on Sunday January 29th, we have newly elected Club Officers: Pres., Mike Caravakis,
Vice Pres., Ghassan Najm, Secretary, Jim Glynn III, Asst. Secretary, Louis Najamy, Treasurer, Bill Asmar, Asst. Treasurer,
Mark Chory. With the members support may our new governing body continue to successfully lead our club. Also, a
heartfelt thanks to our immediate Past President John Ashkar who has served our club over the past several years. Great
strides have been made under Johns leadership and with the newly elected officers and our Board of Directors we have no
doubts that this progress and success will continue. The key ingredient is - YOUR SUPPORT! - without your participation
and support our club will falter.

One quick reminder LAC Newsletter Ad payments are past due, if you have not sent your payment in please do so a.s.a.p.
If you have already sent your payment, thank you for your support.

Thoughts to Live By:


In keeping with the current political climate here in the United States I offer you the following quote:

The people can never understand why the President does not use his supposedly great power to makeem behave. Well all
the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to
do what they are supposed to do anyway. President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972).

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. politician and diplomat
(1927-2003).
A Little Humor:
Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. W.C. Fields, American comedian (1880-1946).

Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second and best in comfortably
going through everyday life, that is, having a good nights sleep and not being hurt by new shoes. Theodor Fontaine,
German author (1819-1898).

Health and Welfare:


Please keep our ill members in your prayers. Please notify Pres. Mike Caravakis, whenever a member falls seriously ill by
sending an email to caravakis@aol.com.

Member News:
Just a reminder be sure to note all the upcoming events both at our club and at our affiliated churches and area clubs. You
can find the events and dates on the attached calendar (last page of the newsletter) and within the pages of this edition. Your
support and participation is needed especially for LAC club events.

Congratulations Like Father, like Daughter, Mia Nahom,


to Katie and Anthony DePoto on the who is a senior track top athlete at New
birth of their daughter Lucy Lin who Milford HS and is the daughter of our brother
was born on Sunday, January 15th at member, Mike Nahom, an avid runner, will
11:59pm. She was 6 pounds 13 compete in the junior mile at Reggie Lewis
ounces. As stated by her dad on FB, Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury
Lucy wanted to be original and came Community College in Boston, on Saturday
into the world in the parking lot of the February 4th . This event brings together some
CT Birthing Center with air temp at 20 of the top junior athletes in the world,
degrees. Big sister, Cora is as excited including Olympians and future Olympians.
to have her little sister home. Some of the past participants of this event,
Congratulations also to the went on to win Olympic medals. We wish Mia
Grandparents, Joe and Vera DePoto great success in her upcoming race in Boston
and the rest of the family. Photo is and future local, regional and National Races.
courtesy of the CT Child Birth and This story was reported by the Spectrum, a
Woman Center. Litchfield County magazine of The
Newstimes, on January 27th.

Phone: 203-743-5828 / Email: lebanonclub@att.net


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LADIES AUXILIARY NEWS by President Ruth Ashkar
COMMENTS:
1. We are all glad to note that Janet Coury, our LAX secretary, is on the mend and doing much better after her recent
car accident on December 10th.
2. We were sorry to hear that Audrienne Buzaid recently injured her shoulder. We are all praying that she will heal
quickly and be up and about very soon.
3. Congratulations to Judge Diane Yamin, who recently was elected and sworn in for a two year term on the executive
committee of the National College of Probate Judges.

WITH SINCERE SYMPATHY: We all wish to extend our sincere sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the following people
and their families, who have lost loved ones over the past few months. May they all rest in peace.
1. To Ronda Antous on the passing of her brother, Bechara Madkour.
2. To Eddie Simon on the untimely passing of his wife of 40 years, Simone Simon.
3. To Evelyn Ellis on the passing of her devoted husband of 66 years, Edward Ellis.
4. To Georgette Morey on the passing in North Carolina of her sister, Carol Beers, and to Marie Nahom on the passing
of her sister-in-law, Carol Beers.
5. To the whole Ataya Family on the passing in Lebanon of their aunt, Mary Ataya.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Sunday, February 5th after the 10:00 AM liturgy, St. Anthonys MYO will host a Superbowl Breakfast. Cost:
Adults @ $10 per person/ Children under 12 @ $6. All are welcome.
2. Saturday, February 25th after the 5:00 PM liturgy celebrated by Bishop Gregory, St. Anthonys will host its Annual
St. Marons Dinner in the church hall. There is no charge, but donations at the time of the dinner will be greatly
appreciated.
3. Sunday, February 26th @ 10:00 AM @ St. Anthonys Church, a memorial Mass will be celebrated for both Mary
Ataya and Lila Shaker. All are welcome to attend.
4. Tuesday, February 28th @ 7:00 PM, the Ladies Auxiliary will hold its monthly meeting, weather permitting.
(Please note that this date was changed due to the mens meetings and we voted not to have our regular meeting on
February 14th due to Valentines Day conflict.).
IMPORTANTREMINDERS:
1. Special prayers and a speedy recovery to all of our members who maybe ill.
2. Please remember to support our advertizing sponsors.
3. Friday night dinners and the once a month spaghetti dinner, are posted in the newsletter calendar.
4. Any upcoming news, and/or events, that members wish to share, please contact Gus, Betty or myself. Thank you.

Club Events
Feb. 3 .& 17 7pm, Fri Night Buffet Dinner, by Nicks Catering $25/Person. BYOB
Feb. 5 Sun. 12 noon, Annual Super Bowl Event, by Pr. Mike Caravakis. See Page 5 for details.
Feb. 7, 21 - Tues.7pm/8pm Board of Directors and General Meetings respectively.
Feb. 10 7pm, Special Fri Night Dinner, Lebanese Buffet by Chef Elie Taweh, With Live Music by Nadim Bourjaili,
$40/Person, $30 Dinner only. BYOB. See Page 5 for details.
Feb. 15 & 16 Wed & Thurs, Pasta Dinner and Texas HoldEm Tournament respectively.
Feb. 24 7pm, Fri Night Dinner, Lebanese Buffet by Chef John Hanna, $30/Person. BYOB
Feb. 28, 7pm, Ladies Auxiliary Monthly Meeting
Looking Ahead.
Mar. 15/ Apr. 3 WM 7pm, Final Four Tip-Off Party & Championship respectively. By Jimmy Glynn & Vinny DiGilio.
See Page 5 for details.
Apr. 20th Teachers Exchange Dinner, By Farid Khouri. More details to come next month.
May 10 - Wed. 11:30am, Annual Golf Outing at Richters Park in Danbury, By past president John Ashkar.
Community Events
Feb. 12, 10am St. Maron Feast Day Mass with The Knights of Columbus Honored Guard and Luncheon, by St. Maron
Council #42 honors at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Waterbury.
Feb. 25, 5 & 6pm St. Maron Feat Day and 85th Year Anniversary kickoff celebration. See Ladies Auxiliary news corner.
April 8-9, Bake sake @ St. Ann Melkite Church, Danbury
Phone:
For NYC and Boston Cultural Events 203-743-5828
, visit / Email: lebanonclub@att.net
http://www.lebanon-americanclubofdanbury.com/p/regional-events.html
www.lebanon-americanclubofdanbury.com
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The 2017 Annual meeting Thank You President John Ashkar For Your Service of the past 4 years ,
and welcome our New President Mike Caravakis who was elected on January 29, 2017

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2017 NCAA Mens Basketball


Final Four
Phoenix
Tip-Off Party
Wednesday March 15 @ 7:00 pm
Championship Dinner
Mon. April 3 @ 7:00 pm
Price to participate is $100/Person
and it includes:
Both Dinners (3/15 & 4/3)
2 Boxes On the Big Board
1 Entry in the Bracket Pool
Limited to 50 Participants!
For more information
or to reserve,
contact Jimmy Glynn at coachglynn@yahoo.com
or (203) 994-1817
or Vinny DiGilio at 203-788-7916

Special Friday Night Dinner


with Live Mid-Eastern Music

Featuring:
Musician & Singer LAC Pasta Dinner
* Nadim Bourjeili * Wednesday Feb. 15 @ 6:30 pm
http://www.nadimabourjeili.com/ By Chef Lou Scalzo and Frankie Schlemmer
$12/Person (BYOB) - All are welcome!
Friday February 10th
7PM Dinner; 8:30PM - Live Music
Dinner Prepared By
* Chef Elie Taweh *
Lebanese Buffet Dinner
Featuring:
Mezza and Several Lebanese Specialties
Coffee and Desserts (BYOB) Thursday Feb. 16 @ 7:30 pm
$40/Person or $30/Person Dinner Only By Billy Orr
Children Ages 12 and under $20, Age 5 under for free Great Food and Prizes
$50/Person to Enter
RSVP to Lebanonclub@att.net or by Members and Their Guests only!
Calling Ghassan Najm at 860-488-0074

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FEBRUARY 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4

Italian Buffet Dinner


5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Lebanese Buffet Dinner


7pm Board Mtg. By Chef Elie with Live
Big Game day 8pm Gen.Mtg.
8pm-Gen.Mtg. Music
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St. Maron 6:30pm Pasta


celebration @ OLOL Dinner By Chef 7:30pm American Buffet
Church Waterbury Happy Valentine's Day Scalzo Tournament Dinner
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
St. Maron
celebration
l b ti byb
7pm Board Mtg. Lebanese Buffet Dinner Bishop Mansour @
8pm-Gen.Mtg. By Chef Hanna St. Anthony's
26 27 28 15-Mar

7pm March
7pm LAX Madness
Meeting Tip-Off Party

Lebanon American Club


22 West Street
Danbury, CT 06810