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AJCC 2008/09 elections AJ's Open Letter

Postby Abou Jamra » Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:44 pm

نامي يا جلنار... نامي يا حبيبتي

...غداً سنبحر

…والطريق بعيدة بعيدة

نهار بكامله سنقضيه في البحر قبل أن نبلغ قبرص.

لماذا تبكين؟


لماذا تبكين؟

فالخلاص قد دنا؟


Attallah Azzi (3ala dourob sydney 1997)



What salvation was he talking about? We might have saved our physical self but in the process of doing so, we have left our village to die a slow, miserable, agonizing and painful death. “Allow me to cry father” Jalnar replies “for crying heals”. But does it? How many more tears must be shed for us to be healed? Cry no longer we will. Take action we must. We have been patient long enough and it is this patience that brought suffering on our village and caused even those optimists amongst us to lose hope.

I am obsessed with the Rahbani theater. I have a passion for it and it is perhaps this passion that has kept Lebanon and Jieh close to my heart. My uncle and I, are regularly discussing Jieh affairs, as we were walking through Jieh during one glorious summer morning last year, I began singing tunes from “baya3 al khawatem”. Fairuz in a duet with Nasri Shams Al Din sings “khale ma byoubsor be nawmo 2al day3a 3am bete3amar” my uncle interrupts me and says “Khalak ma byobsor be namwo 2ella day3a 3am tetdamar”. I felt a sharp pierce in my rib as he said that. I will never forget it and I will never forgive him for losing hope. What is left when the former generation loses enthusiasm and the new one cares little for Lebanon and a little less for Jieh?

I have just completed reading Atallah’s book “3ala doroub Sydney” (1997). I have familiarized myself with his thoughts and with his style. His arrogance as well as his charm. He was eccentric, he was a genius, he was outspoken, he was a man well ahead of his time. He was a warrior of light. I sit and reflect on his thoughts and ideals, I read and then reread his commentary on Dr Nassif Azzi’s book “Sefr al tahjeer” a book which Atallah himself described as an “open wound” a “sea full of emotions and tears”. I ask my self, if Attallah was still with us, how will he address the Jieh people? Will he show them mercy for neglecting the very institutions that represent them (AJCC) or will he slay the institution for neglecting and failing the people? Or will he condemn us all for deserting our village.


I believe his letter to the Jieh people will addressed as such

تقولو انكم أذكياء.. بل أنا أعرف انكم أغبياء : أهلي الكرام


Aghbeya2 because after all these years and all these letters you still fail to see the potential and the capability of the AJCC. It’s either people don’t understand or they choose not to understand. Are people that ignorant of a matter than concerns them as individuals and concerns them as a community?

The AJCC elections are upon us, four days away to be exact. It seems as though people have little interest in it and a little less interest in the out come. It’s unfortunate because I consider this election to be the most important one we as a village have ever had. Not only because of the effect it will have on the coming year but more importantly on the effect and influence it should have and will have on the year that is to follow. The municipal election will be held in 2010. I vigorously disagree with any person who says that the AJCC should not involve it self in such maters. The AJCC should be at the forefront of these matters. It should be leading the battle if it has any desire to remain significant.

I am all for supporting one candidate over another, regardless of who it is. The AJCC has always approached such issues with a statesman like attitude. My message is straight forward and very blunt and I do apologies, but the AJCC in 2010 should have some balls make a decision and endorse one candidate even at the risk of upsetting another. The endorsement of a candidate should be based on his/her qualifications but more importantly on his/her program and what they have to offer our town. Many might be thinking it’s too premature to start working on the 2010 elections and the board elected in next years AJCC elections might have a different view regarding this issue. Nothing could be further from the truth. If those who wish to contest the 2010 AJCC elections cared about the village, would realize the significance and importance of such a campaign.

I wont go into further detail regarding this issue in this letter as I could fill up pages. But for those interested it may be discussed at length along with other issues concerning Jieh (Lebanon) at the AJCC AGM next Saturday. I believe the AJCC should increase its efforts regarding Lebanon and those efforts should go beyond co-hosting church fundraising parties.

Areas of focus include (I will provide a short summary but I will discuss at length at the meeting)

Land Sales. I am sick of letters and statements being issued regarding this, but very little gets done about it. I am proposing setting up a Jieh Heritage Foundation, which will also work towards preserving our historical landmarks.

Jieh Scouts. This has been long over due and I am sure because of its many benefits many of the parents will be all too enthusiastic about and will want their kids to participate. This is a youth oriented project. It will include sporting activities, camping, seminars, tutorials and an annual summer trip to Lebanon. . They will be engaged in community development and community service work whilst in Jieh during the trip. Sponsors will be sought to help finance the trip as well the individual and families contributions. If implemented and executed correctly this could be one the AJCC’s most successful achievements

Tuition Fees. This was discussed with Fr Namour last year. The monastery sponsors and helps assist some families. The AJCC can help and assist in contributing to the fund. Although in Australia not many require financial assistance, but the AJCC through volunteers can provide academic support. This idea has been flirted with previously but not enough energy has been invested in it. Same thing can be applied for medical assistance as the JACC recently succeeded in doing amongst other forms of assistance.

The AJCC club house. The heart and soul of our community. It hurts me when I see other villages club houses open seven nights a week, whilst ours remains largely deserted. Social nights should be increased and there are many ways in which we can lure the people back. I will take this opportunity to thank the current AJCC board for renovating the club house.

Public Relations. This year the AJCC sent no more than 5 letters out. It can’t be because of lack of funding after all it did spend $30 000 on renovations, $15 000 alone on an air condition. Letters should be sent out on a monthly basis and the AJYC website and Jiehonline (the unofficial jieh homepage) must be regularly up dated. I believe this is one the reasons that turn out at events has been bellow satisfactory this year as matter of fact they have been disastrous.

Government Grants. There are various ways in which the AJCC can seek government assistance. And the grants allocated by the government are generous amounts. In order to be eligible for these grants the AJCC must elevate its status and become a service provider for the Australian Jieh community.

Social events. Other than the traditional annual events such as the fundraising parties for the churches (which are not even AJCC events) and the New Years Eve party nothing has been hosted and held. What happened to the annual AJCC party? Harbor Cruises? Field Trips? Etc… on the social event platform the AJCC has performed well below its capabilities.

General Meetings. Why is it that the only time the AJCC calls for a meeting is for its annual meeting. This issue must be addressed and meetings should be held quarterly. Enthusiasm must be generated and maintained.

Memberships. Just as the AJCC and others have time to go door knocking raising funds and selling tickets for events, it ought to do the same thing for memberships. Every Jieh household should have a least one member. This is what strengthens the AJCC and increases its lobbying power in the community.


Sports. Individuals have taken the initiative and organized sports days out for the Jieh people. Volleyball on Wednesday at the YMCA and soccer on Saturday at Roberts Park. On Saturday’s no less than 20 player turn up and many of them also bring their children who enjoy an afternoon of sporting activities. This year I would like to see the AJCC register a soccer team in the local competition. Those who attend on Saturday will be all too eager to participate and an indoor team should also be considered.


Community Development and setting up an out reach program. Many people need start realizing and accepting that fact that Nabe Younis is part of Jieh. We need to start working towards ending sectarianism and working together with the institutions in the Nabe Younis district of Jieh.

Church and Council. I wont discuss these issue yet, but I firmly believe that the AJCC should lobby and lobby hard to have a member represent it in the village council and the church councils.

There are many other issues which need to be addressed and many programs to be implemented. As stated earlier these issues and many others will be discussed at the AGM on Saturday. From experience I have come to the conclusion that Jieh people are willing to participate and support causes all they need is direction, they need to be lead it is the duty of the AJCC to provide administrative and technical support. As Kevin Costner in Bull Durham says “If you build it, they will come” it is the responsibility of the new board to build, and those who are not willing to commit and invest their full energy ought to step aside, resign and not contest. Being in the AJCC is not a position of prestige it is a position of duty.

Hope to see you all on Saturday. Hope our uncles see 3amar not Damar, lets keep Attalah’s words eternal and turn Jalnars tears of sorrow into tears of Joy.

Abou Jamra

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Postby Prince Cadmus II » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:31 pm

This forum thread is in the wrong forum.

Please post correctly into the Australia section, thankyou.

A reminder to prospective AJCC election nominees, your lists were due on 25th of October, 1 week before the elections on November 1st.

As it stands, the current committee minus a few people will be running unopposed.
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Postby Abou Jamra » Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:12 pm

Mine was complete on the 21st :D . i know of others who are interested some didn't receive an email or the letter. And since there was no AJCC meeting last tuesday or the tuesday before they did relay their interest verbally to more than one present member of the board. No formal application was asked to be submitted and these people are members.

how do you deal with that? are you going to deny them because of a technicality?
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Postby Prince Cadmus II » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:58 am

According to the letter "lists must be forwarded to the AJCC" means that it should be in writing, not word of mouth. There is no excuse to interpret this in any irrational way as a simple cause for whinging.

All families were sent one letter according to the addresses listed in the up-to-date Jieh directory soon to be printed in the coming months.

Members consist of the couple hundred or so people who paid $25 subscription to the AJCC for the 2007/2008 year. These people were given receipts and their names archived.

Email unfortunately is not an official source of correspondence in this regard because of many issues associated with emails bouncing back and several groups not receiving their email when it has been sent out.

Lists were clearly asked to be forwarded to the AJCC, and this is in writing addressed to PO Box 1, Belfield NSW 2191 in case you didn't know.

Also, you can only be nominated if you are a registered member who has paid their annual $25 subscription to the club.

To those individuals who did not receive any letter, perhaps they should think about updating their address details in the AJCC phonebook by emailing ajyc@hotmail.com referring corrections or any additions.

To those who did receive letters but their parents threw it out, maybe you should take care next time you receive letters like this because it does cost money and time to prepare and send. Or, you can ask to remove your details from the phonebook or simply ask not to receive mail.
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Postby Abou Jamra » Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:27 pm

lol bedal m3asab wa yetfalsaf.

thanks for the info. you should have perhaps posted it a couple of weeks ago not three days before. nonetheless wont make any difference. Those who want to join are paying members.
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Postby GWB » Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:03 pm

program looks good on papper, how will you implement it? what has the feedback being like from the AJCC as well people?
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Postby Ant0ni0 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:35 am

TARA RA tata GeNeRaL

Kifkon shabeb w sabaya? 2eli zamen ma hkeet hon.
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Postby jieh2008 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:08 pm

Abou Jamra said: “I am all for supporting one candidate over another, regardless of who it is.” and he wants AJCC to do it.
I don’t know the legal ramification if the AJCC can adopt a statement like that, and endorse a candidate. In another word since it is a social organization, can it be involved in politic?
Abou Jamra the platform looks good to me, please don’t get discouraged, and go for it.
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Postby Tanious Chahine » Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:58 pm

Georges Nader Azzi should be replaced :lol: , I may agree on that if we're to talk in absolute.

However, who do you consider able to lead the Council ? You ? LOL !

You my friend are a wusooli, trying to present yourself an an alternative while everyone knows you do nothing but theories. However, all "political" (in the narrow sense) things aside, I firmly believe that Georges nader is a good for nothing.

CHANGE !!!!! good luck
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Postby Abou Jamra » Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:33 am

GWB wrote:program looks good on papper, how will you implement it? what has the feedback being like from the AJCC as well people?


very positive....


jieh2008 wrote:Abou Jamra said: “I am all for supporting one candidate over another, regardless of who it is.” and he wants AJCC to do it.

I don’t know the legal ramification if the AJCC can adopt a statement like that, and endorse a candidate. In another word since it is a social organization, can it be involved in politic?

Abou Jamra the platform looks good to me, please don’t get discouraged, and go for it.

Good luck


Their are no legal ramifications. I will be pushing this agenda through the AJCC and lobbying very hard for it. Again even if it upsets a few ;-)

Tanious Chahine wrote:Georges Nader Azzi should be replaced :lol: , I may agree on that if we're to talk in absolute.

However, who do you consider able to lead the Council ? You ? LOL !

You my friend are a wusooli, trying to present yourself an an alternative while everyone knows you do nothing but theories. However, all "political" (in the narrow sense) things aside, I firmly believe that Georges nader is a good for nothing.

CHANGE !!!!! good luck


Lucky it was i who read your original post and not Cadmus he would have deleted it not edited it. Please avoid using such language next time when describing the mayor. The man is worthy of all praise and he could be the candidate we are supporting in 2010. i never presented my self as an alternative but i sure as hell am qualified. dont confuse the ajcc program with the council one.
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Re: AJCC 2008/09 elections AJ's Open Letter

Postby karina_gemayel » Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:27 pm

"What salvation was he talking about? We might have saved our physical self but in the process of doing so, we have left our village to die a slow, miserable, agonizing and painful death. “Allow me to cry father” Jalnar replies “for crying heals”. "[quote]

The question though seems here that perhaps village politics will remain the same as we, in saving our 'physical selves' lose vision... Remember Maslowe's hierarchy of basic needs (group fulfillment is not attained until the basic needs of oneself-- satisfaction, happiness, food, life-- are met.

Been gone for a while but I look forward to teaching my friend AJ a thing or two about civility and politics (I know 'that' will get a response out of him).


Karina


p.s. can candide piss himself less on the mayor and work more on coalition-building rather than destruction ??? c'est non candide le optimise?? :D
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Postby Prince Cadmus II » Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:28 am

All this talk about change and change and replacing people and new vision and all this nonsense makes no difference. If there are problems with something, then those problems must be addressed. You can't address them, as AJ puts out, by starting afresh, opening a new page. It is like pulling the grass out, without treating the weed problem. It never solves the problem because the problem always comes back.

Changing people gives a false illusion of hope and delays the improvement process by making everybody start all over again.

It would be better to work with what is already present and understand the fact that not everything you wished for is going to be implemented.
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Postby GWB » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:25 pm

Prince Cadmus II wrote:All this talk about change and change and replacing people and new vision and all this nonsense makes no difference. If there are problems with something, then those problems must be addressed. You can't address them, as AJ puts out, by starting afresh, opening a new page. It is like pulling the grass out, without treating the weed problem. It never solves the problem because the problem always comes back.

Changing people gives a false illusion of hope and delays the improvement process by making everybody start all over again.

It would be better to work with what is already present and understand the fact that not everything you wished for is going to be implemented.


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Postby jieh2008 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:40 am

How do we address bribes and corruption in a country where corruption is endemic?
And it cannot be enforced if the officials can be easily bribed. How can you address something with somebody who thinks that there is nothing wrong with what they are doing?
Officials who accept bribes strengthen the hold and influence of criminal and corrupt elements in society. A corrupt Jieh creates a vicious circle in which the town quickly loses its authority and ability to govern for the common good. Corruption makes it possible for critics to be silenced, for justice to be subverted. When corruption reigns, basic human rights and liberties come under threat and socially become unpredictable. It’s funny how dealing with an infestation of slimy politicians is a lot like dealing with lice. We need new directions and keep asking for change until things change with uncorrupt one, as the Prince put it: treat the roots of the grass. It takes multiple treatments to get rid of lice, and probably the same for politicians and the weed.
In the fight for change or the lack of it, rebuilding Jieh must be considered as the principal actor of development. Jieh’s refugees can no longer be seen as target groups rather; they are strategic partners.
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Postby Abou Jamra » Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:23 am

jieh2008 wrote: Jieh’s refugees can no longer be seen as target groups rather; they are strategic partners.


By far your best comment ever on this forum. bas badak meen yesma3.
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