Programs Hosted by AMECC
05-03-2004 at 6:00 PM: Meeting Hosted by the Honorable Representative Lisa Wojno
Members of the American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) attended a function hosted by the Honorable Representative Lisa Wojno in Warren. Members had a discussion with various guests at that function, including the Honorable Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm. The delegation included Dr. Ramsay F. Dass, president; Mr. David Enwiya; Ms. Asoma Karna; Ms. Nadia Sukkar; Mr. Hany Choulagh; Rev. Fr. Benjamin; and Mr. Clarence Dass.
05-03-2004 at 8:00 PM: President George W. Bush Rally at Freedom Hill Amphitheater
A delegation from American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) attended President George W. Bush’s rally at Freedom Hill Amphitheater, including Dr. Ramsay F. Dass, president; Mr. David Enwiya; Ms. Asoma Karna; Ms. Nadia Sukkar; Rev. Fr. Benjamin; and Mr. Clarence Dass.
06-30-04: Meeting with Honorable Congressman Mike Rogers
A delegation from the American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) chaired by Dr. Ramsay Dass, president, met with the Honorable Congressman Mike Rogers to discuss areas of interest to the American Middle East Christians Congress and Iraq. The delegation included Mr. Hany Choulagh, Mr. David Enwiya, Mr. Steve Aziza, and Mr. Mohsin Al-Jebory. There was a frank discussion regarding political and heritage issues between the United States of America and the Middle East countries and people.
07-01-04: Meeting with the Honorable Congressman Joe Knollenberg
A delegation of the American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) chaired by Dr. Ramsay Dass, president, met with the Honorable Congressman Joe Knollenberg to discuss areas of interest to the American Middle East Christians Congress and Iraq. The delegation included Mr. Hany Choulagh, Mr. David Enwiya, and Mr. Mohsin Al-Jebory. There was a frank discussion regarding political and heritage issues between the United States of America and the Middle East countries and people.
07-28-04: Meeting with Mr. Daniel D. Roberts, Special Agent in Charge, FBI
On July 28, a delegation of American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) chaired by Dr. Ramsay Dass, president, met with Mr. Daniel D. Roberts, special agent in charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Michigan to congratulate him on his new appointment. There was a presentation regarding the American Middle East communities in Michigan and their vision and mission. There was a candid and frank discussion regarding issues related to the FBI and the community. We wished him well and the best of luck in his new appointment. The delegation included Mr. Hany Choulagh, Mr. David Enwiya, Ms. Asoma Karna, and Mr. Basim Daoud.
08-09-04: Townhall Meeting with First Lady Laura Bush
Members of the American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) were invited to attend a townhall meeting with First Lady Laura Bush that was hosted by the Michigan Republican party. The members included Dr. Ramsay Dass, president; Mr. David Enwiya; Ms. Asoma Karna; Mr. Nazar Boghossian; and Mr. Clarence Dass. AMECC was visible with its activities discussing issues related to the Middle East communities and Iraq. There were many interviews with our members with the media including TV, radio, and newspapers.
The American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) hosted a unique and special Health-O-Rama to the American Middle East communities at Mother of God’s Chaldean Cultural Center on August 22, 2004. Various community organizations including medical organizations, heritage organizations, cultural organization, the Interfaith organization, members in the medical field, and auxiliaries with a large group of volunteers. These groups included the Iraqi American Endowment Center, Chaldean Federation of America, ACCESS, Transcultural Home Health Care Program, MedShare, Greak Lakes Health Plan, the American Red Cross, the American Diabetic Association, Allegiance Home Health Care, Quest Diagnostics Lab, and Oak Park Medical Clinic. Over 826 people from various ethnicities and faith-based people utilized this program, where blood sugar, cholesterol, bone densomitry studies, blood pressure, and general physical exams. Various brochures and consultations where made with the group of physicians who volunteered to assist in this program, including Dr. Malik George, dermatology; Dr. Samira Zebari, pediatrician, Dr. Haifa Kashat Monsour, dentist; Dr. Fatin Asmar, dentist; Dr. Basima Daman, dentist; Dr. Louie Haddad, psychiatrist; Dr. Mazin Mukhtar, cancer specialist; Dr. Imad Nakash, opthamologist; and Ms. Ghaida Kashat, pharmacist. There was also a group of youth volunteers, which included Dr. Chris Gappy, Tanelle Pattah, Vera Pattah, Pierre Konja, Bridget Yaldou, Christina Kassab, Christina Orou, Noor Attisha, James Yousif, Armadian Boghossian, Arman Boghossian, Nadia Bazzy, Kathleen Dass, Clarence Dass, and Clarissa Dass. The Health-O-Rama was also assisted with a group of volunteers from AMECC, including Mr. David Enwiya, Mr. Nazar Boghossian, Ms. Asoma Karna, Ms. Jalila Karana, Mr. Namir Isso, Mr. Basim Daoud, Mr. Nadhir Zoma, Ms. Ban Mukhtar, Ms. Natalie Dass, Mr. Steve Aziza; members of the Iraqi American Endowment Center including Mr. Mohsin Al-Jebory, Mr. Umid Ali, Mr. Shaker Al-Farajalla, and Mr. Raad Abbo.
AMECC appreciates Rev. Fr. Manuel Boji, Pastor of Mother of God Church, for his kind consideration, assistance, and visitation to this Health-O-Rama; Mr. Steve Spreitz from the Interfaith organization; Dr. Wael Sakr, president of the National Association of Arab Americans; Brenda Rosenberg from the American Jewish Federation; Dr. Sharifa Boumedian from ACCESS and her team; Mr. Sam Zeer, Chaldean Federation of America; Ms. Najah Bazzy, RN, Director of Human Diversity and Transcultural Services; Mr. Eide Alawan; and the Bayer company for distributing over a thousand blood sugar machines.
Special thanks to Mr. Steve Aziza for his publications and printing materials; Mr. Nadhir Zoma for his donation of the hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, and food; Mr. Riyadh Mansour from ACN television; Chaldean Voice (Radio); Karballah Iraqi Voice (Radio); Detroit Panorama, Panorama on Iraq and Middle East (Radio); Al-Mostukbal Radio; the Youth Radio; and all the pharmaceutical companies that have donated medical and informational materials.
08-25-04: Meeting with Sister Rose Marie, president of Madonna University
Dr. Ramsay Dass visited Sister Rose Marie, president of Madonna University, with Dr. Jonathon Swift to discuss various issues of interest between the American Middle East Christians Congress and Madonna University in the fields of education and humanity.
The American Middle East Christians Congress Board of Directors, the Advisory Board, guests, and members at large celebrated Christmas at Sahara Restaurant on December 21, 2003.
On January 23, 2004, Dr. Dass, Mr. David Enwya, and Ms. Asoma Karama, representing AMECC, attended the monthly BRIDGES meeting, which was held at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Eastern District of Michigan, and was co-chaired by Mr. Jeffrey Collins, United States attorney. BRIDGES is a unique community project that is sponsored by Mr. Jeffrey Collins and many American Middle East organizations to discuss issues related to the American Middle East communities and the United States government, especially with the department of homeland security, and its federal branches. The main discussion was related to the Computer Assisted Passenger Screening System I/II. Information was delivered by James Douglas, the acting federal security director at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. In addition, there were issues discussed related to immigration and border crossing.
The American Middle East Christians Congress participated in the World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation [the Interfaith Holy Day of Peace among the Religions of the World] on January 31, 2004 at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It was hosted by Rev. Rodney Reinhart, founder, and Rev. Edward Mullins, Rector of Christ Church Cranbrook. AMECC was represented by Dr. Ramsay Dass, David Enwya, Asoma Karana, Najma Ghazar, Nazar Boghossian, Namir Isso, and Basim Dawood. Also, there was representation from various religious and community organizations, such as Christians, Muslims, Jews, Bahais, Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists. This program was very well attended and will be televised nationally and internationally. It was dedicated to making peace among all the religions in the world. We want to thank Rev. Rodney Reinhart for incorporating AMECC as part of the program at such a short notice. Dr. Dass was invited to be a participant in the program.
On February 2, 2004, Dr. Dass, president of the American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) met with Daniel H. Krichbaum, Ph.D., the executive director, and Steve Spreitzer, Interfaith coordinator from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ,) and discussed issues related to the NCCJ and AMECC.
The American Middle East Christians Congress celebrated Valentine’s Day with a festive party on February 14, 2004 at the Macedonian Cultural Center. It was very well attended by members of various American Middle East communities. The cultural committee’s, chaired by Ms. Asoma Karama and members Linda Ishkanian, Nazar Boghossian, Najma Ghazar, Namir Isso, Basim Dawood, David Enwya, and Nadhir Zoma, efforts in this event was very appreciative and made this event very successful.
Mr. Steve Spreitzer, Interfaith coordinator from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ,) addressed the AMECC Board of Directors on February 16, 2004. The AMECC Board of Directors unanimously voted to participate in future programs of NCCJ and continue to further cooperation between the two organizations.
On Wednesday, February 18, 2004, Dr. Ramsay Dass and Mr. Louis Zoghby attended the Investiture of Honorable Judge David J. Allen to the Wayne County Circuit Court Bench at the Plymouth United Church of Christ. It was very well attended by Governor Jennifer Granholm, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, the Detroit City Council, and a large number of judges and community leaders. We congratulate Honorable Judge Allen on his appointment as he and his two brothers Jim and John, who are lawyers, are prominent members of the Middle East Christian community and have contributed, along with their parents, to the society. Honorable Judge David Allen; John Allen, esq.; and Jim Allen, esq., received certificates of appreciation and recognition from AMECC on November 1, 2003 at the annual convention.
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