By Ray Hanania
The Arab Community Center of Houston, one of the most active and energetic organizations in the American Arab community, announced the election of its new board members this week.
“The ACC accomplished many things in 2014 and we anticipate that 2015 will be even better,” newly elected ACC President Kamal Khalil announced.
“To start the year, I would like to first make the announcement that the ACC Board of Directors has elected a new Executive Committee to lead our center and direct its mission throughout 2015. I am very pleased to announce the election of the following board members to the committee.”
Dr. Kamal Khalil President
Dr. Faiza Zalila First Vice President
Mr. Wadih El Hajj Second Vice President
Mr. Abdel Elkhadiri Treasurer
Mr. Zak Patel Secretary
Dr. Rudeina Baasiri Member at Large
Dr. Majed Khalifa Member at Large
Dr. Rizk Saqer Member at Large
The following member was re-elected to serve another two- year term on the Board, Khalil said:
Mr. Wadih El Hajj
The following members were elected to become ACC Trustees:
Dr. Rudeina Baasiri
Ms. Dania Dandashli
Mr. Ali Daher
Mr. Wadih El Hajj
Dr. Amer Sabbagh
Mr. Zak Patel
Dr. Faiza Zalila
The ACC issued the following letter to the community detailing their activities and achievements over the past year:
Dear ACC Members, Community and Friends:
The achievements and the acclaims that the ACC has received in the last two years are heart-warming, encouraging and motivating, especially during such challenging times. Like never before, the Houston community, witnessed a series of events that furthered our mission; events highlighting Education, Arabic language, culture and artists, a testimony to what we are truly all about including humanitarian efforts that touch our community here and abroad.
One of the major initiatives our Board of Directors embarked in was the Debt Elimination Campaign. A historical, focused fundraising effort that was aimed at bridging the financial gap and building other resources for a healthy and bright future. Today, thanks to the generosity of a community and the courageous and confident decision of Mr. Farouk Shami to match all donations, the ACC is debt free!
As we look forward to build on the successes of 2014 and to a bright 2015, I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to our partners and sponsors who make the Arab American Cultural and Community Center mission possible. A special thanks to the Arab American Organizations in Houston for their collaboration and support. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Founders for their vision, commitment and dedication to the center and our community. Last but not least, I would like to thank all of our Board Members, volunteers, dedicated staffs and community. I am very proud to serve with them and truly blessed to have known them.
I am confident that through the vision and commitment of our new President and the Board of Directors, we can look forward to a strong ACC, and as a result, an even stronger community.