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We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
Phoenicia Hotel
Minet El Hosn
Carthage Room
Beirut,  0000
Lebanon

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3 771 487
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Stories
Joint session with the Rotary Club of Metn with guest Speaker Dr. Habib Torbey CEO of Global Com Holding. Dr. Torbey's session was about Internet in Lebanon: Myths and Realities- the Untold Story. Also during the session, PP Joe Boulos and Rtn Joelle Feghali talked about the Orphans Christmas event. RCBC welcomed back Rtn Karin Saab who joined back our Club. 
Taking into consideration the difficult times the country is going through and the tough economic situation, RCBC distributed food boxes as a joint initiative with RC Beirut Cedars and the Lebanese Food Bank. 
The joint session between the three Clubs included the presentation by Mrs. Myra Saadeh, the pinning of new RCBC member Mr. Nasr el Baba and two PHFs PP Edouard Rassie and P Adib Mounla. 
Mrs. Myra Saadeh is a Human Rights activist specialized in detention and law enforcement as well as a Senior trainer and expert in International Humanitarian Law. She has worked in several international organizations such as the UNDP , the International Committee of the Red Cross and Diakonia.
During the session, Mrs. Saadeh listed the chain of events that paved the way to the October 17th revolution, then she talked about Blocking the roads, freedom of expression v/s freedom of movement, Law enforcement operations v/s Excessive use of force. Mrs. Saadeh discussed human rights and law enforcement issues and whether some rights can be derogable and the principles governing the exercise of powers by law enforcement officers. 
RCBC's PP George Beyouti visited the Rotary Club of St Petersburg -Florida and thanked the Club for their generous contribution to the HOME ELPIS Project (contribution of USD 5,000). PP Beyourti and RC St Petersburg's President exchanged their Clubs Banners. 
Mrs. Hana Abou Khadra Salem shared with RCBC Club members and guests her experience with Inclusive education. She shared the story of her daughter Zeina who faced multiple challenges in her life and came out a stronger person. Thanks to her, the perception of Society towards people with down syndrome has changed and thanks to the love of the family and dedication, Zeina is now an active member of the society with professional skills and multiple hobbies and talents.   
RCBC members assisted RC Beirut Cedars with the packing of food boxes that will be distributed to the needy. This falls as a countrywide initiative to assist the poor in these difficult circumstances. RCBC will deliver around 55 food boxes to poor communities. 
Thanks to the generous contributions of  RCBC members and guests, around 100 children visited Harissa for a warm and joyful Christmas event. The Children came for 3 different orphanages in Lebanon, they had an exciting Telepherique ride all the way to Harissa, then a full animation show was delivered to them. Once done, Santa Claus presented each child with a Christmas gift and they all had a nice warm lunch with Desert. RCBC Rotarians & guests and BCRAC members were present to make sure the Children will have an unforgettable day.
Mr. Jad Jreijiri from LMI Lebanon explained how Personal Leadership can be developed using specific techniques. The session covered this notion for individuals but also for Rotary Clubs who can benefit from these techniques while preparing their strategic plan.  Also during the business meeting, Rotarian Diana Cotran presented the positive results of the Members Satisfaction Survey conducted in November and December 2019.
DG Shawkat Tadros honored RCBC with his presence along DDG Bana Kalash and AG Samir Constantine. During the visit, RC Beirut Cosmopolitan Committee Chairs and BCRAC presented the Clubs' accomplishments during the first half of the RY, in summary 2 Global Grants handed over, 4 global grants in the pipeline, 2 new members(1 Rotarian and 1 Rotaractor),  13 guest speakers, 9 banners exchange, 2 fellowship events and 1 Twining agreement. During the meeting DG Tadros offered the PHF pin to 20 members and exchanged banners with our Club. The meeting was followed by a Christmas fellowship Dinner. 
During the meeting, RCBC Club members have elected the RY 2020-2021 Board members in addition to the 2021-2022 President Elect Sona Kourtian. Assistant Governor Samir Constantin provided the PHF pin to RCBC Past President and Assistant Governor Assad Salhab. 
An informative and fellowship event at Hadi Maktabi Gallery. Dr. Maktabi presented the various types of ancient carpets and informed the members the characteristics and history behind each type. 
The Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan (District 2452), in partnership with the Rotary Club of Lebanon, Indiana (District 6560), and the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, Florida (District
6950), as well as contributions from private donors, secured a global grant from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to help provide a complete dental clinic and state of the art ophthalmology equipment to the Elpis HOME Clinic in Fanar, Lebanon. 
 
Mrs. Josiane Torbey VP of Association Sel de la Terre presented the Sebhel Public School project and how a state of the art public school was built based on personal initiatives to generate an outstanding public school. Also during the session, PP George Beyrouti presented the benefits and responsibilities of a Rotarian. This session was part of the Rotary information and was beneficial to new members and guests. 
 
RCBC held a open discussion and Q&A session  between the Committee Chairs and the Club's members. The purpose of this session was to update all members on the operations of the Club and to guarantee transparency in its operations. The members were also requested to fill a Members Satisfaction survey. RCBC guest Mr. Mohamad Harake introduced himself to the Club. 
H.E. Dr. Karam Karam ex Minister of Health, Culture and Tourism was the guest speaker at RC Beirut Cosmopolitan. Dr. Karam shared with the members and guests his experience in the Medical and Political fields. Also during the session RCBC member Rtn Diana Cotran did a presentation entitled "Be a Vibrant Club" covering what makes a Rotary Club healthy and vibrant.   
RC Beirut Cosmopolitan and RC de Beyrouth both welcomed Rotarians Raffaele and Luigi Pilla from RC Benevento - Italy at the Sursock museum. The Lebanese clubs discussed with their Italian counterparties possible joint projects and each of the clubs exchanged banners. 
Mr. Habib Hatem presented the accomplishment of Dar el Amal Center that provides support and skills development for women who have been victimized or imprisoned. During the event, RCBC received visiting Rotarians from Switzerland Mr. Martin and Corine Muller and Cheryl Sartian from the USA. The Clubs exchanged their banners and discussed possibilities for joined activities. 
A session by Mr. Razmig Azezian specialist in Chinese Medecine. RCBC also had the honour to receive visiting Rotarians from Germany D 1841 and D 1842,PDG Sonnenborn and PP Rink. 
 
On the occasion of the national Apple Day, RCBC members, guests and Rotaractors organized a fellowship event to Aitanit -  Bekaa. The event was an apple picking event to encourage Eco Tourism in Lebanon. The event was followed by a fellowship lunch. Later at night RCBC members attended a gathering with visiting French Rotarians in Byblos. 
Dr. Nadim Karam presented to RCBC members and guests his impressive artistic portfolio starting from his work in Japan, Australia to many other Countries and continents. The session was followed by a book signing session and a Q&A. During the event, RCBC also received PP Abed Medawar from RC Hillsborough N.J who presented the activities of his club. Our Clubs exchanged their banners. P Jean Pierre Asmar from RC Kesrouan honoured us with his presence.   
 
Ms. Iman Assaf Assaf gave a little synopsis on her NGO AHLA FAWDA  and Where There’s Walls whose focus was: - Using art to create positive change - Embellishing areas and enriching lives through art and murals. - Creating green spaces. - Inspiring young talent while engaging communities. - Offering emerging artists opportunities to showcase their work and develop their skills with modest capital outlay.
A session by Mrs. Maya Abi Chahine: Thanks to the University for Seniors at AUB program, older adults are offered the opportunity to remain intellectually and socially engaged, learn new things and contribute actively in their communities. The program offers a variety of activities: study groups, lectures, cultural travel programs, and intergenerational activities with AUB students
Mrs. Maguy Khoubieh Kostanian, co-founder and president of the label and NGO Les Plus Beaux Villages du Liban was the guest speaker of RCBC. Mrs. Kostanian briefed the audience on the "Les Plus Beaux Villages de la Terre" concept and how this label has reached the Lebanese Villages. She listed the criteria on which the villages are graded and eventually be assigned the label. Mrs. Kostanian went over the NGOs website and its future objectives and strategic goals. The session was followed by a Q&A session. RCBC presented a recognition certificate to Mrs. Khoubieh Kostanian. 
First handover of the RY 2019-2020 was at the Mission de Vie Providence Hospital in Adma, a global grant of USD 52,500 with RCBC as Host Sponsor, RC LA Cedars was the main International Contributor and RC Beirut Cedars and RC Metn as local contributors. 
 
 
Rotarian Annick van de Geest-Vogelaar from RC Haarlemmermeer- the Netherlands on a visit to Lebanon, met RCBC members and the two clubs exchanged banners, we discussed the possibility of working on future joint initiatives between the two Clubs.