Message from the President
Happy New Year 2014 our Beloved ADS Community! I hope you are as enthused to start the year as me.
Friends, it is an absolute honor and privilege for me to accept the President position for the ADS, DC Chapter. This is truly a moment to be honored and cherished. I accept this appointment with pride and I will give my best efforts to continue to make our organization a successful one. With grace of God and the cooperation of my fellow board members, I will devote my time and myself to the obligations of the duty of this post.
I want to begin by thanking the past President, Hisham Ghanem, for his tremendous accomplishments over the past years, and for his continued support throughout this transition. To my amazing Board of Officers and Directors, thank you for your steadfast support and commitment.
Let me give you a short synopsis of my background and experience: I am a retired Federal employee. I served in the past on various board of director positions with the ADS, DC Chapter, and other social organizations, including Optimist International. I was instrumental in building for the first time two Optimist international clubs, one in Lebanon and one in Venezuela, South America. These experiences challenged me to learn. I am privileged to learn new things from all of you everyday.
Our slogan for our Chapter is Togetherness.
We will strive to continue in bringing the community together by introducing programs for our children and providing a safe haven for learning of our culture, because our youth is our future. We will introduce programs in areas of religion, healthier living, and sports activities, thus enhancing the pride and joy of being a member of the ADS.
You, our community, have the vision, the knowledge, and the experience to help us pave our way into the future. You are truly our greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and leadership. Please stay engaged, keep us proactive and help us shape the future of our beloved ADS.
My personal respect and thanks goes out to all of you.
Issam Ackley Aboulhoson