April 2019 Newsletter
Dear AAAEA Members,
The month of April was a very busy month this year. It started with our working with Arab America to obtain proclamations from many state officials recognizing April as Arab American Heritage Month.
We were able to secure more than eight proclamations from MD and NV. Please click here to see the list. This effort allowed us not only to be part of the Arab America initiative but also to promote our association and our Arab American professionals. I am truly grateful to Amal and Warren David for offering me this opportunity to be part of this great initiative.
I, along with our Treasurer, Mr. Eissa Haj Hamad, attended the 2019 Governor's Ethnic Commission’s Joint Legislative Night in Annapolis. The event provided us with insight into the Hogan Administration's 2019 legislative priorities and initiatives such as Expanding Economic And Tax Opportunities For Maryland Residents And Job Creators, Education Opportunities for All Marylanders, Expanding Healthcare Access, and over Half A Billion Dollars In Tax Relief.
One of our recent special events was an enjoyable evening at the Bowlero Bowling alley in Columbia. We enjoyed the newly renovated venue featuring black lights, soft lounge seats, huge HD video walls that play everything from live sports and music videos to classic family films. We played countless rounds, that I, a novice player, finally was able to score 100 by the end of the event.
This is definitely a venue to be considered for future occasions!
We also had an amazing speaker at our April L&N. Mr. Jean AbiNader’s talk on Intercultural Negotiations was entertaining and at the same time informative. He gave us many great points. We hope to have back at some point.
Our Spring picnic this year at Centennial Park in Columbia was full of fun, delicious food and games. But most importantly, Mr. Kevin Craft, MD Governor’s office rep, presented us with the Governor’s Proclamation of April as Arab American Heritage Month
We continued our celebration of our heritage near the end of April by participating in Arab America’s National Arab American Heritage Month Commemoration at WeWork in Washington, DC. It was attended by many prominent officials, including Senator Debbie Stabenow; Representative James Clyburn, the House Majority Whip; Representative Rashida Tlaib; and Mayor Muriel Bowser. The event was full of joy and pride of being Arab American.
April has ended with the great news of a new resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives: "Expressing support for the recognition of April as Arab American Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Arab Americans in the United States." We are keeping our fingers crossed!
Our Upcoming Events
We are starting May by announcing that our Scholarship Program is officially open and we are accepting applications. Please click here to learn more.
Saturday May 4th: Champions League, presented by University of MD (UMD) and Beyond relief to support Helping Hand’s efforts in aiding Syrian and Palestinian refuges in Lebanon. AAAEA-Capital Area is proud to be a sponsor of this cause and support our Arab students. To learn more and register, please visit the event website.
Save the Date: The AAAEA-Capital Area Iftar is on May 19 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Registration will open soon.
To check our upcoming events, please visit us at our new website:www.aaaeacapital.com
Last but not least, this is my last newsletter to you. For the past months, my family obligations have increased tremendously and it reached a point that I no longer can continue do my job effectively as a president to this chapter. It was a great honor to serve you.
I wish you and your loved ones health, happiness and prosperity.