Foundation officially a Non Profit Organization
Member # 4
01-26-2006 05:37 PM
Had to share this news with
all, Thanks to the drive of Elie Bou Kheir and Samih Baaklini,
Shweir Foundation is officially a non profit organization
Elie, Great Job Man, and On Behalf of all the Shweir.com Family
Also please You and Judy accept our deepest condolences on the
Loss of her Mother this week, Our Prayer is with both of you
Here is the email from Elie:
Shweir Foundation Registered in June of 2001 is now officially a
Public Charity Non Profit organization exempted from Federal
Income Tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue
Code. What does this mean you might ask, it means that all
contributions to the foundations are tax deductable under
section 170 of the code, we are also qualified to receive tax
exemption/ deductions of all bequests, devises, transfers or
gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the IRS Code.
My dear shweir family members, this is quite of an
accomplishment to us all, my special thanks to SAMIH BAAKLINI
who devoted his time to register the foundation in the state of
Texas and his continuous assistance to get this approval. It
took us a whole year to the IRS, all claims in our application
had to be verified with records of our activities and
Also special thanks to ANWAR KHUNAISER who spear headed the
development and maintenance of SHWEIR.COM which was an evidence
in our testimonial in all charitable activities that boosted our
credibility to obtain this recognition.
In order for us to maintain our status per 501 (c)(3) code of
the IRS, we have to operate accordingly as instructed by the
code, this will be a lengthy process and no time for discussion
at the moment. However we got what we have been waiting for, it
will be a good time to start an activity for raising funds for
our town and continue our mission. An announcement on the web
will be a good start, what do you think Anwar?
Our list of fund raising activities is an infinitely long list,
but there is only few of us and will only contribute their time
in a limited fashion, prioritizing immediate needs will be
essential. I look forward to hear from our members residing in
shweir to help us identify important issues that requires
Happy New Year to all, Shweir suffered immeasurable loses in
2005, and we hope that 2006 will bring good resolutions for
better united Shweir.
[ 01-26-2006, 05:42 PM: Message edited by: George Matar ]
Posts: 2060 | From:
Houston, Texas USA | Registered: Sep 2000 | IP:
Member # 327
02-03-2006 04:42 PM
The following communication
was sent by Elie Farid Aoun who is now in Houston visiting Samih
Baaklini before he returns to the Middle East in a few days. He
requested to post this on Shweir.com. It expresses his view
points and support of the Shweir Foundation and its potential
positive impact on the community. We are posting the
communication in its entirety. Whether you agree with everything
that is stated or not, we appreciate Elie’s taking his valuable
time to share his view points with us.
In the spirit of the best interest of the Shweir Foundation, we
encourage as many of you to take similar active part and share
your view points. For those who wish to respond, please keep in
mind to take a positive approach and be respectful. If you
disagree with an idea or what someone wrote, please do NOT
attack the idea or that writer, but instead, please present
facts. We can achieve a lot more if after we state factual
concerns or problems that we focus on solutions.
So, here below are five messages from Elie Farid Aoun:
To all Shweirieh wherever they are:
This is the first time I write on this web .that is an honor to
Rarely do I shed tears in life. yet, never have I been able to
overcome that when I am at this web. I take this opportunity to
congratulate you all especially, goerge and nabil mattar, samih
baaklini, anwar koneicer, elie abou kheir, antoin halabi dr.
Karrim nasr riyadh khneisser and the thousands of you who are
contributing, in silence, to this foundation which combines us
all in loyalty and pride.
Now the foundation is brought to life it is our duty to make it
progress and grow. I find it very important to address the goal
of this honorable foundation and speculate on the obstacles that
stand in our way and the means to overcome those obstacles.
All I will say is a personal opinion subject for discussion,
modification and enrichment. I suppose the goal of the
foundation is to unite the efforts of all the Shweirih all over
the world and entice them to help Shweir -land and people-by all
possible means allowed by the moral code and the laws of the
countries we are in. and the tax deductible issue you
accomplished in that regard is a blessed one. It is no doubt
that one factor that played a positive role in the birth of the
foundation is the fact that most of those who combined their
efforts to bring this foundation to light is that they know one
another .not only that they had a common past in Shweir . so
they had and have a common and united life full of memories and
a continuous yearning to repeat it again if that is reachable.
The new generation who is born overseas rarely do they have this
important bond.. societiies digest the immigrants and little by
little ties become weaker and weaker .that disturbs us all
especially we are a civilized people that is our tendency to
blend and react to the society we live in and consequently
become part of its social fabric is a sociological fact that the
foundation will have to address in order to secure and sustain
the life of the foundation .part of our admiration of the us is
its strength of its melting pot.
Remember we "have" 15 million lebanese out side Lebanon in 100
years time and a sizable number of those are from Shweir. it has
been said "we cannot change the direction of wind yet, we can
adjust our sails".all I hope is to have the will and wisdom and
adjust our sails and keep this foundation equipped with the
constituents that could sustain its life forever. follows with
congratulations and gratitude.
This born foundation that was brought to light by the tedious
and persistent efforts of the "forerunners" must be protected
and must be fortified so as to make it achieve its goals. this
dialogue and those speculations are meant to open or to continue
the discussion of identifying the goals and the means to achieve
them. let us first try to identify the problem and diagnose the
malad and later on we can start looking for prescription.
The problem of Shweir is not independent of the problems
engulfing the rest of Lebanon. yet, we will limit our research
to that directly related to Shweir and avoid addressing issues
that could be beyond the scope and capacity of the foundation.
However it is up to the foundation members and participants to
set out the premises of the foundation. Knowing the Shweirieh
spirit I would the sky is the limit.
Now I will try to go directly to the subject as I see it.the im!
Migration of the Shweirih especially those are qualified is the
most hurting element on Shweir. yet, we should realize that this
hurting element is ,in itself, an effect of a cause and a direct
consequence of other factors especially the socio-economic ones
at the least. the socio economic factors are the main causes of
immigration. those are the driving force that is leaving us
shattered peaces all over the world. The problem of immigration
has hit different parts of Lebanon with different forces and
caused different damages through out Lebanon . yet, Shweir took
and suffered more damages than other towns in my judgement.why?
In order to answer that question it would be very helpful to put
the question in a reversed manner.
What made Shweir flourish, relatively in the past, relatively
speaking, in spite of the adverse conditions that were engulfing
Lebanon? We can even simplify the question and reduce it to the
following: what stabilizing factors that Shweir had t! Hat could
be construed to its partial stability that it does not have now?
This is a very viable question. the better we answer that
question the better our diagnoses becomes and hopefully the
better cure could be envisaged and consequently prescribed. We
will not dig too deep in the socio-economic stratas and start
unraveling the deep-rooted elements that shaped the history of
Shweir , but we will limit this picture to the interval when
Shweir was at a stage of relative stability. that interval
extends from the early twenties till the late fifties.
We notice that the most contributing stabilizing factor
,economically and socially, is the existence of a prominent
Shweir Secondary School (SSS) that enjoyed all the educational
as well as the environmental and sports qualifications that made
it the center of gravity for so many students aspiring for good
education in a very beautiful-if not the most beautiful-and a
very reputable school amongst one of the most -if not he
most-hospitable and friendly community where religious and
cultural as well as "ethnical" back grounds and origins not only
tolerated but rather accepted and welcomed to the extent that
intermarriages among all and different backgrounds in Shweir
became very common. The sss was a very fundamental stabilizing
factor in Shweir recent history. That does not diminish from the
geographic factor that Shweir enjoys which qualified Shweir to
be a unique resort during the summer time. we must dwell on the
healthy relation between the sss and the resort .one contributed
to the progress of the other. Needless to say that the sss as an
educational interest brought with it some earnings the whole
Shweir community and curbed the effects of immigration that
would otherwise have plagued the community of Shweir.
The loss of the sss was a crime. Of all the people I talked to
for the past 40 years there is no clear answer for how did
Shweir have rights to the school and how those rights were lost.
Did we ! Initially take its premises wre we invaders to that
school? What right did we have to that school and how and why
did we lose that right? surprisingly there is not even a folder
for that school in the baladiyeh that we know of. the loss of
the sss was not a simple incident undermining the stabilizing
factor of a community is not a simple incident. personal
speculations on the sss episode are numerous and storeys related
to that are endless. one thing is for sure that the act of
weakening and closing the school was not innocent one.paradise
lost?yes. Why are we putting so much emphasis on the sss issue
which is now of the past? Because “those who dont learn from
history are condemned to repeat it". Addressing the stabilizig
factors for the future of Shweir must pass through this
obligatory path.it is a prerequisite to any progressive work in
Shweir . We must identify the monster that is eating our
children before we give birht to a new one,for at least to
secure the life of our new ! One. Of course one might ask now
:we have schools in Shweir yet the stabilizig factor is still
absent or the least not effective.
Please accept my apology for the grammaticcal or spelling
mistakes that I made in the past two letters and for the ones
coming. We go back to the question that Shweir does have many
schools yet, immigration from Shweir is quite high. it is close
to be classified as a deserted town especially in the winter
time. the answer to that question is that had it not been to
those schools it would have been deserted on a higher scale.
therefore are we to build new schools in this semi deserted area
under those economic conditions that are leaving people
sufferring? I don’t believe so. adding a school will not help.
does Shweir have any other resources to offer and be able to
sustain its community? Shweir is not an agricultural area ,on a
commercial level. its geographic elements limits such
possibility .in other words any agricultural endeavor falls
quite short from being able to sustain any reasonable standard
of living. likewise the industrial aspect.
In my judgement Shweir has two basic resources that can help
reverse the process of human desertation. one is its environment
and the other is education. Of course Shweir as a resort under
the present conditions plays a very limited in the stabilization
sense. the missing element is the human factor. here comes the
role of the Shweir foundation or league that you brought to
light and must assume a fundamental role in order to cause a
change and make a difference. how? I f we can unite our efforts
and instigate a movement leading to the creation of a university
that is backed financially and educationally by one or more
universities in the usa and in other parts of the world? too far
fetched? May be .but remember that there is no small and
immediate solution to the Shweir problem. We must think big. Any
solution must be based on a stabilizing factor. we must offer
something that would generate income. stability is based on the
satisfaction of the interests of the community. If we cannot
offer anything on the magnitude of a town, then bleeding would
be the direct consequence of the status-quo. Remember that
Shweir cannot rely on the aid that could come from the lebanese
state. Not only because the leb. State is incapacitated to do
that but also because Shweir cannot fit in the sectarian model
the leb. State is based on . Shweir does not satisfy any
sectarian interest so as to be introduced into the equation and
be eligible for or entitled to part of the sectarian cake.
Shweir is antisectarian and has ever denounced all forms of
discrimination and its people have always been a symbol for the
Every body is judged by his or her deeds and not by his or her
faith or religious or “ethnical” background. We have always
cherished the concept of the” melting pot” that highly
characterized the usa and contributed to its unity and strength.
Shweir is a bird singing a different song. Therefore we must
rely on something we can offer and excel in .the produce of the
mind and the environmental natural gift combined. I do believe
that we should never let short term prescriptions make us lose
sight for the need of major solutions. dealing with the symptoms
should be regarded as a temporary act. we must address the root
causes. We should think of the university project in Shweir on a
low fire .without a good back up from external institutions and
entities the project is not a feasible one. Education and more
education is what we should think of in terms of what we can
offer until such a time that the project becomes self
sustainable. We are an education-generating town. we must
accentuate this phenomena.
The foundation that you created must elevate its thinking to
look at the new top it will have to reach. failing to do that
the foundation becomes a witness watching the fade and
disintegration of the people and their heritage . If the idea is
to have any merits to see light this is how I see it can be
achieved. the Shweir foundation must put on the floor questions
on the salvation scale. The ship suffers a hole in its hull and
water is gushing in .unless we address the problem of the hole
in the ship all other ratifications and remedies and renovations
we make on the deck of the ship however welcome would all be
doomed as the ship is sinking .we must save the ship. As said
before we must approach the issue without haste and let dialogue
and discussion open its way .
With faith we can do miracles. Let dialogue and discussion level
our way for any future act. Let there be conceptual struggle .
Let good ideas merge its way through dialogue and let us upgrade
our knowledge of our problem and consequently let us upgrade our
solution so as to become more effective. any project to succeed
must be based on the power of knowledge ,the power of planning,
the power of economics, and the power of will. Further, if the
foundation does not develop its goals and means it could be
exhausted with repetition and routine and its activities are
confined to a few and the load becomes so heavy on them.
The question becomes how can we mobilize all or the majority of
the Shweirieh through out the world? The answer is :a common
goal.how can we reach to have a common goal? By faith ? How can
we develop faith ? By knowledge. How can we have knowledge? By
will and dialogue. What would be next? Next is to unify our
discussions and agree on a goal and agree on the means to
achieve it. We must equip our selves with the desire and the
will power to walk and rather climb long distances and high
slopes. The foundation you created must be augmented with young
ideas and carried by all Shweirieh all over the world. The task
is not an easy one and the requirements to achieve are not easy
to have. True but so is the problem. The requirements of success
are proportional to the magnitude of damage and to the scope of
work to be done. Beyond that the foundation would be limited to
a photo taker and a photo carrier( with all the appreciation and
thanks) of the pathetic situation we are in. We need more than
carry the picture. We need to change the course of depletion.
Depletion of our generations and depletion of our heritage and
depletion of our environmental gifts.
After blessing your efforts that lead to the creation of the
Shweir foundation and after addressing the issue of the need to
a common goal that could reverse the course of sizable
immigration and desertation plaguing our community,i wish to I
would like to propose a mechanism or a plan that could help the
process of riping and maturing the project of identifying a
common goal and the means that we need to achieve it through;
whether the goal is to build a university backed up by external
educational institutions, as iam suggesting, or whether the goal
is any other idea that can be put on the floor and win the
consensus of the Shweirieh. Therfore the discussion now will be
focused on the organization and its legal status that would
carry and represent the dream and aspiration of the Shweirieh.
Synchronization and unification of the direction of the efforts
is essential to reap the maximum produce with the least time and
cost, or else chaos and contradictions is the logical result and
the outcome is very limited. Creation of the institution is the
most important task after identifying the goal. Here are my
1_ we call upon Shweirieh and their supporters throughout the
world to enter into a dialogue aimed at forming and shaping the
best goal that the Shweirieh must unite at.such dialogue should
be confined to a time limit of six months.
2_the foundation ,after the six month period, calls upon
Shweirih to select by means of volunteering, selection or by
referundom a temporary committee whose main task is to study and
prepare for a Shweiry convention that could be held in a
convenient location be it houston ,florida europe or any other
place it sees fit. The committee could be three up to ten
3_the purpose of the convention is to discuss and vote on a goal
that becomes the focal point of the activities of the Shweirieh
in the world.
The floor in the convention is to elect a new committee that
would immediately assumes its responsibilities and assign a
qualified lawyer or lawyers and or any other knowledgeable
entity that could write down the constitution of the Shweirieh
league or fundation.
4_ the draft of the constitution is then put on the floor for
discussion (on the web). The elected committee would then decide
if the constitution is to be ratified or adopted as is.
5_ the committee is also to contact as mmany Shweirih in the
world as possible and brief them about the task of the committee
and the need to participate in the covention .the time limit of
this temporary committee is three months starting after the six
months (the dialogue period)
6_ the covention would be assigned to convene for three days and
all Shweirih are welcome.
7_ the interim committee elects an interim president whose sole
authority is to administer the works of the convention
Here are some observations that I hope could contribute to the
success of the foundation . We should not rush things for we can
afford no failure. Let time and dialogue play its role in
unifying our view to the best we can and should do. more
dialogue and evaluation is more knowledge and more knowledge is
better chances for success. a Shweiri lobby will have to be
created after achieving what we proposed in the previous four
articles. The Shweiri lobby should not be a form of a committee
soliciting for little money from here or there from this person
or that. The task of the lobby is to mobilize the Shweiri body
in the world and bond it to the cause of the foundation
initially via a conscientious process of enlightment and through
wakening and arising their streak and mind as well as their
spirit to the Shweiri matter .
We need every Shweiri to become a messenger to the Shweiri
common gold. There fore the task is more than just a little
process of money donation however important and welcomed that
may be. in order to be able to achieve a goal of the magnitude I
am proposing that is a university need a whole and sustainable
push by the Shweiri lobby to cause an influence in the media
that they expect to receive some help from. The lobby will
target the educational institutions the religious and political
figures and the institutions and probably the individuals whom
the lobby deems essential to its goal.
The question one could ask is :could there be universities and
or other institutions ,societies organitations or other entities
who have any kind of interest(s) in backing up the creation of a
university in Shweir? I do believe there are so many of those
that exist in the world especially in the usa whose
contributions or aids and assisstances go to less important
parties or works in the world. Some want to cut down on taxes,
some believe in the humanitarian side of the act, some
universities may have the desire to have the links and
association with outside affiliates .
Some institutions believe that the influx that could be
reflected on them, on the long run, could be rewarding on more
than one aspect. Some believe that education helps curbing
fundamentalism in the world. Others may think that a university
in Shweir may propagate religious affiliation to a certain line
of religious preferences. As long as that conforms to the rules
of ethics and complies with the legal code of the state, we
welcome all incentives and let nature take its course . For
every body is entitled to his or her belief. The legal code
governs our deeds and not our biliefs. There fore the
opportunity is there .all we need to do is to find it and make
use of it in the civilized sense. It should be noted that the
Shweiri lobby proposed may and in fact should coordinate ite
efforts with all other individuals or entities in Lebanon or in
the arab world who happen to have interest in helping Shweir .
some prominent figures in the world are x_graduates of th sss.
some are fascinated by Shweir for beauty, some have lived there
and have emotional ties . The surrounding towns near and far
will all benefit from a university in Shweir. So their efforts
in that direction are welcome . I don’t believe the constituion
of the foundation that we like to see will limit its membership
to the Shweirieh. In my opinion those who would like to see the
revival of Shweir and who are ready to contribute to revival are
not confined to the Shweirieh. All helping hands are welcome and
Another question could be asked :who will help on paying the
tuitions of the students in a poverty plagued environment? The
answer is the aids from the external entities and long term
loans to the students who are to pay back their dues after
graduation. Remember a university will invite many other
interests to come to the area the least of which is tourism.
Success breeds success. Many great achievements were considered
far reaching dreams , yet it saw light. The dream is big .so is
our fall. Going forward to revive Shweir is not a choice but
rather a fate.
I take the opportunity to thank you for your time to read those
five articles. I apologize for the mistakes made. All said are
personal opinions and observations., meant to generate a
dialogue among all Shweirieh and their supporters hoping to
succeed out rooting the causes of immigration and environment
looting plaguing Shweir
Best regards to all.
Elie Farid Aoun.
Posts: 62 | From:
San Francisco, California | Registered: Sep 2005 |
Member # 327
02-03-2006 08:05 PM
I would like to thank Elie
Aoun for his caring and sharing with us. I admire Elie's bold
visions. For those who may feel that starting a university is
way too ambitious or unrealistic. That is similar response to
when Kennedy announced to put a man on the moon. Well, with
focus, good plans, determination and team work, a man landed on
the moon a few days later.
On a positive note, I would love to see the Foundation do so
well that we can afford to achieve a dream such as starting a
university. Remeber, we fail 100% on the projects we never try.
While we may aspire for such noble and exciting goals, we need
first to have a good foundation (asaes) on solid ground. The
basic needs are good infra structure: Water, Roads, Waste Water,
Electric, Power, Good Environment, Recreation, Employment,
Security, Social and Community Development to list a few.
Right now, the town's infra structure needs a lot of help. Let
us strengthen these basic community needs to justify and help
make the feasibility of granders dreams and bold goals more
For now, the Foundation is starting with limited resources and
must adhere to some strict guidelines to maintain its
classification. With your help and working within our means we
should be able achieve as many of the worthwhile goals that much
Posts: 62 | From:
San Francisco, California | Registered: Sep 2005 |
Shweir Community Center
Member # 196
02-04-2006 02:11 PM
Last year, Shweir Community
Center embarked on the preparation of a visitor’s guide brochure
about Shweir with the title:
Shweir - Town of all seasons. When Anwar was here, he was
involved among other activities, with some of those brains
storming sessions that we had in the center, when the brochure
was being prepared in its final format. Although we intended to
publish the brochure last summer, but due to some unfortunate
incidents, it was postponed until, this year and the target date
will be early July. The page format of the brochure is 25x25cm
and includes just about any information that has to do with
Shweir from its early formation till now. Each page has been
enriched with pictures, drawings and some computer graphics,
with texts in English and Arabic. However, all the subjects lead
to the central section that is the focal point of this whole
document and that is how to invest in Shweir. In order to
minimize this introduction and because this is a suitable time
to bring this subject up, it will cause no harm to post this
section of the brochure under this bulletin, which we believe,
echoes some of the ideas that are being posted, all for the
goodwill of Shweir.
Investment and future aspirations
It means investment in human resources. Shweir has been enriched
with a golden track record of scientists, laureates, engineers
and doctors who managed with their high qualifications and
perseverance to reach the four corners of the world. These
achievements would not have been possible without the support of
the Shweiry parents who have always been adamant in ensuring
higher education to their sons and daughters.
Every year, a substantial number of shweiry students graduate
from reputable universities either in Lebanon or abroad.
Maintaining this flow and the ability of Shweir to produce such
talent and attract investment, requires a significant uplift in
the town capabilities especially at the junior education level.
Any business-minded entrepreneur, who intends to establish a
trading or industrial facility, would have Shweir as prime
location both from the talent recruitment and location
standpoints especially given the proximity of Shweir and Dhour
to Beirut, its airports and seaports.
Projects that could elevate Shweir range from:
1 - Educational projects such as:
- An extension to Balamand university school of arts and science
to be built at the western slopes of Deir Mar Elias.
- Vocational school that will be geared towards the training of
certain trades mostly related to information systems.
- Private school to be named Shweir Secondary School that
replaces the old school that ceased operation due to unfortunate
circumstances. SSS was at one time, one of the corner stones of
the Shweiry Community.
2 – Industrial and commercial: Infrastructure development
including a full master plan for the industrial zone in Lower
Shweir – Ain El Hanout with proper infrastructure, in order to
absorb sizeable facilities such as:
- Computer chip factory.
- Old furniture restoration workshop.
- Factory for self assembled furniture.
- High quality dairy products plant.
- Co-op hypermarket that will cater for the area of upper Metn.
3 – Touristic developments such as
- State of the art health centers that will include beauty
parlors, health clinics and limited leisure facilities.
- Limited development of self sufficient compounds with small
villas and their private gardens that could be leased or sold on
time share basis.
- Indoor sports and recreational center that could be opened all
- Local winery utilizing the grape terraces to be part of an
- Renovation of hotels and houses that were damaged during the
war in order to reinstate both towns as the hub of summer
resorts in the area.
- Winery utilizing the vineyards and terraces to be part of an
eco touristic plan.
- Renovate and operate one of the 3 movie theaters that were
active in Dhour before the war.
4 – Humanitarian / cultural such as:
- Current projects include the building of senior citizens home
(Baytuna) which is under construction.
- The expansion of Shweir Community Center to include a
multipurpose hall and a private entrance.
The above are just a few examples of potential projects that
could be developed in Shweir, taking into consideration the
available resources that Shweir can offer at the human and
Shweir Development Capital Fund Concept:
Obviously, capital is required to develop some of the
above-mentioned projects. Capital can be raised or sourced
either through Individual Contributions, Government and Non
Government Organizations agencies (local and International), and
through a “Fund” to be created to serve that purpose. The “Fund”
will be titled
“Shweir Development Capital Fund” where capital is raised, owned
and invested in Shweir to develop infrastructure projects for
the interest of Shweir.
This infrastructure fund will be a long term program along those
public-private initiatives launched in Europe with the following
- Capital to be raised from Shweir local residents and
immigrants. The Capital will be made of a large number of small
units to allow for all members of the Shweir community to have a
share in the FUND. The Capital amount will be determined on the
basis of the funds required for projects to be executed within
the 3-5 years.
- Capital to be invested only in Shweir for infrastructure
projects with long tem economical growth, with social and public
- If available, capital is matched by government grants,
subsidies or tax breaks.
- Funded projects are full-time employment enablers with the
idea of seeding other businesses in the community & local areas.
The first step towards gearing up the Fund concept is forming an
incorporators committee (IC). The (IC) will introduce and
promote the purpose and need for the creation of the FUND.
Furthermore, the role of the (IC) is to lay down the articles of
incorporation followed by implementation of the “FUND” legal
status, complying with the rules and regulations governing such
activity. The (IC) will govern the underwriting process, the
settlement of the underwriters, their contributions and then
handover the FUND to a Board of Directors (BOD) elected by the
contributors. Expenses incurred during the pre-incorporation
period will be capitalised and amortised over a period (about 5
years) commencing from the date of operations. The day-to-day
operations will be run and controlled by competent and qualified
management headed by CEO.
Though the “FUND” main objective will be development of the
Shweir area, however developed projects are expected to generate
profits, hence provide shareholders a form of long-term return
commensurate with other long-term investments.
The above section has been prepared with the help of some legal
and financial advisers. However, once the brochure is published,
this whole section will be open for discussion in order to
finalize it within a well detailed and comprehensive format.
Posts: 26 | From:
Dhour Shweir | Registered: Oct 2003 | IP:
Member # 327
03-08-2006 07:48 PM
I am quite impressed by the
bold vision that is highlighted in the past two posts, one by
Elie Aoun and the other by the SCC. I waited in anticipation
that others would comment so we can get divergent viewpoints.
Well, I do not wish to let these enthusiastic ideas lose
momentum. Granted, some are grand ideas and we need grand ideas
to inspire and motivate us.
At first, when Elie Aoun suggested to start a university in
town, I thought it would be great, but our infrastructure may
not be ready for it.
Then again, the more I thought of it, in this digital age, it is
possible to start a university with humble beginnings and if it
is managed well, it can expand and hopefully flourish.
The SCC volunteers have also grand goals and one that include
bringing in a satelite of the Balamand University. These are
terrific goals. With these goals and a road map or better yet, a
plan, even better, a master plan, we can go far.
Even if you disagree with a part of their vision, your feedback
can help shape up and modify these plans as more relevant
information are obtained.
I applaude these visionaries and they deserve every support we
can give them.
Posts: 62 | From:
San Francisco, California | Registered: Sep 2005 |