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Yes, 3 Consecutive Miss Lebanese Emigrants Meet for the first time in San Francisco

Welcome To the 15th Annual Lebanese American Association Banquet
Westin Hotel, Millbrae, California, USA
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Our Special Guests

Tina Hage, Miss Lebanese Emigrants 2004
Miriam Habib, Miss Lebanese Emigrants 2003

Rima Mattar, Miss Lebanese Emigrants 2002

On behalf of the Lebanese American Association (LAA), the Lebanese community in Northern California and the newly formed youth Welcome Committee, we wish to extend a warm Lebanese welcome to you and your family as our Special Guests to celebrate our 15th Anniversary Banquet with the theme of "Casion Du Liban" Dinner, Dance and Casino.   

I wish to express a BIG thank you for the Welcome Committee  Angie Atik; Anwar George Kenicer; Carla Ghosn; Fadi Malak; Jumana Nabti; Kamal Freiha; Maroun Fram; Maya Houcheime; Nader Shehayed; Raina Makdissy; Rima Mattar; Rola Malaeb who volunteered to welcome our three queens.   A special thanks to Maroun Fram for taking this most recent segment of posted pictures. 

Shweiry connection:
Nader Shehayed playing the piano.
<<Nader is son of Georgette Abi Nader from Shweir.  Many of you remember her  sister Yvonne who used to be Shweir phone switchboard operator.
< Ghada Saliba Malouf, neice of Mitran Saliba, from Btighreen
^ Laila bint Adeeb Touma Sawaya

Fouad Malouf, founder of the LAA



Arriving at SFO:  Miriam & Sue Habib Abeer, Chad & Tina Hage Hage & Habib
Here Rima & Brother Rami join Miriam and Tina at the Westin Hotel
Storming Pier 39

And at the LAA Banquet...

L:  Salwa Jurdak Nawas & daughter Samira *

*  More Shweir connections:  Salwa Nawas is daughter of astronomer and mathematician, Mansur Jurdak from Shweir.  Go to http://www.shweir.com/did_you_know.htm and scroll to see Mansur Jurdak then read also about his eldest daughter, Angela Jurdak Khoury, Salwa's sister, who was Lebanonís first woman diplomat.  Salwa & Angela were born in Shweir.  Salwa's daughter, Samira Nawas Plesman is V.P of the Lebanese American Association.   Samira promised to send bio about her mom soon. 


and the next day on Sunday,,, a visit across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito

A very SPECIAL THANKS to the Mothers of our three Queens...
Without them, non of this would have happened.

Abeer Hage, Siham (Sue) Habib & Joumana Mattar

Thank you Abeer, Siham & Joumana


Thank you, Rima, Miriam & Tina



Author Topic: San Francisco!!!!!!
Miriam Habib
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posted 11-16-2004 01:46 PM      Profile for Miriam Habib     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Waooo!!! Now I know what they mean by the saying,"I left my heart in San Francisco!" What a wonderful reunion of everyone except we were missing George and Nabil, we really wished u guys were there!!!! Anwar and the welcoming committee with Nader,Maroon,Fadi,Kamal, and last but deffinately not least the host queen Rima!!! They really put 2gether a great agenda. Anwar, thanks again! The Magic Carpet ride with the three queens was one of the many highlight of the funfilled weekend. George, U and the family will have to come over soon and watch it. Its sooo funny!!!! Offcourse thanks to Anwar there are many photos coming soon. The banquet was great. We even did the traditional Dabke many times. Tina had a great speech about how proud she is to be Lebanese!  George, dont be upset because we are already planning the MEGA reunion Bil LIBAN in the summer!!!! Thanks to the whole San Fran Team!!! We are waiting for YALL  here in HOUSTON,TEXAS!!!

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George Matar
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posted 11-16-2004 02:11 PM      Profile for George Matar     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Thank you ya Ammoura. I knew it was going to be a great get together. We missed San Francisco, no doubt it would have been great, but missing you all is No words to describe the disappointment, it's Just too much.

Ya Anwar, we're waiting 

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Rima Mattar
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posted 11-16-2004 05:27 PM      Profile for Rima Mattar     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Ahh Miriam!!! george we really did miss you!...but dont worry we can simply do it again but even better!!!
it was an amazing weekend!! i love miriam and tina they are truely great girls!!! thanks anwar for everything you did and the committee! im glad i met all of you! i cant wait to see everyone again...hopefully really soon...
lets make this summer the best especially miss emigrants 2005!!! yalla we can do it right miriam and tina? [Wink]
thanks agaian everyone [Smile]

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Hello Miriam, Rima & Tina, our wonderful Queens and your families,

It was so wonderful to see the three of you bonding and having so much fun in San Francisco.  You brought such youthfulness and energy and excitement with you.  It was a great pleasure to meet Tina's mom, Abeer and her 10 year young brother Chad.  Yes, it was Chad's Birthday the nite of the Banquet and he was surprised with two cakes.  Also it was wonderful to see Miriam's mom, Siham (Sue) again and to see Rima's family again.  

We miss you already. It was a great pleasure for each of us on the welcoming committee to share some wonderful time with you. I guess the best way to describe our queens would be to borrow a few words that Miriam wrote after she met Tina last summer. You described Tina as someone who is not only beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside. Yes, such beauty was clearly apparent by the way you made fast friends with each others and all of those who you met.

And yes, you did energize our young people. Now, I know of two people (and counting) who are looking forward to participate in the pageant. The LAA Banquet was a greater success with your participation.

To see more about the visit to SF, click here: http://www.shweir.com/miss_emigrants_reunion_in_ca.htm

Thank you all for setting a wonderful example for others to follow. You make us very proud.

Now to Mukhtar, Mukhtara and Nabil and those who missed this great gathering, we sincerely wished you were here. But, no matter, our queens are now energized and looking forward to a bigger and even more exciting encore... in Lebanon, in Texas and even back in California. No matter where it happens, I am sure we will have lots of fun and spread goodwill.

Thanks to all for your support and participation.


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