Member # 4
It is official; the mayor of the
City of Houston Lee Brown issued a Proclamation that October 8th is
Miriam Habib’s Day. The Ceremony took place last night at the Westin Oak
Hotel in the Galleria area and was attended by a several Council Members
as well as the Councilor of Cyprus, NBC’s Channel 2 News anchor Linda
Lorrelle and a whole lot of the Lebanese community in Houston, and some
from Groves Texas.
Everything was first class, the location was perfectly picked, the 21st
floor with open windows overlooking Houston’s skyline. The food was a
blend of Lebanese, Latin, and Huge Gulf Coast Shrimp surrounding an Ice
Sculpture of a Cedar of Lebanon with Miriam’s Picture embedded inside
and quite visible through the ice with a Green Light Shining behind it…
The flower arrangement were elegant and very appealing to the eye, the
color red dominated but was not overpowering. Beautiful variegated Red
Roses (Lexis Rose) were used on the food tables. I do not have to
elaborate more than saying that Siham , Sue, Habib was the force behind
all activities and she did a fabulous job.
Coming all the way from Lebanon were Nabil Habbaki and Julia Nader co
owners and publishers of Al Hader Magazine. They were the couple that
encouraged Miriam to Enter the Miss Emigrants Pageant in the first
place. Do they have an eye for beautiy or what?
Miriam Came in around 8:45 PM and you could not help hearing people say:
God, She is really Beautiful”. Indeed she is, she simply shines and she
the Miss Emigrants Title fits her so well.
The ceremony started with the National Anthem followed by the Lebanese
National Anthem… A couple of introductions, Mom proudly but briefly
spoke about her young pride and to the viewers it was obvious where
Miriam gets her looks, then Miriam took the stage in her cute little way
and a voice that has the cutest “Ba7a” thanking all that were involved
along the way including: Appreciation for Dhour Shweir hospitality, Dr.
Nabil Ghosn, Ms. Alexa Kiameh, and the pageant voting panel. She spoke
so positively about Lebanon and invited all to visit and help even just
a little to help rebuild our home land... Well Said ya Miriam
Then The Honorable, Gordon Quan walked to the Stage and presented Miriam
with the proclamation and read it to all. For those of us from Shweir,
the Third Paragraph mentions that "Miriam got crowned in Shweir
Lebanon". As a Shweiry I would like to say we accept this honorable
mention fullheartedly and would like to add: " Shweir, with open arms
welcome this wonderful young lady and adopt her as an honorary member of
our Shweir family"
Miriam has a special warm way of making all feel so comfortable around
her. My Wife and I were touched when she took the time and walked to us
and said: “You know when I see you guys, I can’t help but feel that you
are part of my family…” and I said “and you are one of ours ya Miriam”.
Honestly I consider this one of the best compliments I’ve ever received.
Somehow everybody on this night looked great, all of the young ladies
were pretty, Floreeda Chedid, Lillian Bou Kheir who was celebrating her
18th birthday, Ralda, Rita, and Rima (Miriam’s Cousins), Roula who was
great dancing the Dabke, and Many Others.
Shweir was represented well with Nabil and Wadad Matar, Elie Bou Kheir
and his daughter Lillian, Samia Chedid and Her Children Floreeda and Sul.,
and Janice and yours truly. In case you are wondering, Yes we did
inflate our Chests When Mariam mentioned Dhour Shweir.
The Night was sponsored by a new organization called “Lebanese American
Women Society” a non profit organization to help Women. This night was
also their premier night and they did it with style. Any of you ladies
would like to join please contact Siham Habib or let me know and I’ll
try to connect you with the right people.
We really had fun, we ate, drank, met new friends, danced and got home
safely. Thank you Siham and Miriam Habib so much for the Invitation it
really was a special night.
Nabil and I took so many Pictures, they will be coming your way sooooon.
Anwar, Nabil sent you some pictures, and I took about a Hundred, We'll
put those on a CD for. Wait for them
Your Reporter on the Spot
ps. please forgive the number of edits
[ 10-10-2003, 07:30 AM: Message edited by: George Matar ]
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