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On Thursday 20/06/24, the Stella Maris Haifa Rotary Club held an impressive ceremony of the exchange of presidents at the Haifa City Hall, in which the outgoing president, CPA and attorney Bashara Absaoui, passed the torch of the presidency to the incoming president, Mr. Samer Blanc.

Alongside the members of the club, the incoming Rotary Governor of Israel Mr. Yaron Mater and representatives of the Governor's staff, Deputy and Acting Mayor of Haifa Mrs. Sophie Nakash, as well as the Vice President and CEO of the University of Haifa participated in the ceremony.
The leading of the ceremony was very elegantly led by Mrs. Rola Kawar-Najjar.

The event opened with the traditional Rotary ceremony, which included the verse of the week presented by Prof. Amir Khoury, an international greeting presented by club member Judge Ihsan Canaan, and bad greetings presented by club member Ms. Nadia Shelby.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the acting mayor of Haifa, Mrs. Sophie Nakash, gave words of blessing, in the end she thanked the club and the outgoing president for his contribution to Haifa society in general, and wished the incoming president good luck.

The ceremony included the presentation of a video and a summary of the club's activities in the Rotary year 2023-2024 by the outgoing president, accountant and attorney Bashara Absaoui, who expressed the sense of pride and satisfaction in achieving the club's goals for the year despite the war period, the challenges and difficulties that were on the way, and in particular the annual gala event More than a thousand people participated in the fundraiser, filling the Haifa auditorium. Absavi also added and expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the members of the club, including the members of the club's management, for their contribution to Haifa society in general and the Stella Maris Haifa Rotary Club in particular.

Exchange of presidents ceremony at the Stella Maris Rotary Club (photo: Stella Maris Rotary Club)
Exchange of presidents ceremony at the Stella Maris Rotary Club (photo: Stella Maris Rotary Club)

The highlight of the event included the traditional ceremony of changing the pins, when Mr. Absaoui presented Mr. Summer Blanc with the President's pin, while the latter presented the former with the former President's pin.

In his coronation speech, Blanc presented his vision regarding the management of the club in the Rotary year 2024-2025, which is anchored in further strengthening the cohesion and brotherhood between the club members, as well as our duty to continue our activity and contribution for the community for the benefit of future generations.

As part of the exchange of presidents ceremony, two Paul Harris signs were awarded on behalf of Rotary International, the first to the outgoing president Mr. Absaoui for his unreserved contribution to the club, during the year of his presidency, and the second to club member Mr. Alaa Jaraisi for his impressive work and his uncompromising commitment to the development of the club and the promotion of its successful work.

The event was closed by the incoming governor Mr. Yaron Matar and the club's founding president Dr. Hatem Khoury, who emphasized, each in his own words, the importance of the Stella Maris Haifa Rotary Club and its excellence both in the Haifa cluster and at the national level. Both thanked the outgoing president Mr. Absaoui for his dedicated work in the development of the club, and wished great success to the incoming president Mr. Blanc in promoting his plans for the continued development of the club and its success.

Exchange of presidents ceremony at the Stella Maris Rotary Club (photo: Stella Maris Rotary Club)
Exchange of presidents ceremony at the Stella Maris Rotary Club (photo: Stella Maris Rotary Club)

The Stella Maris Rotary Club was established in 2018, at the initiative of the Vice President of the Supreme Court, the late Justice (retired) Salim Jubran and the Innerville Stella Maris Haifa Club, by the founding president Dr. Hatem Khoury, after whom they served as club presidents D. Marian Avi Nader, Prof. Muhammad Vadad, attorney Wissam Asmar, and Prof. Dawood Bashuti, CPA and attorney Bashara Absaoui. Currently, Mr. Samer Blanc serves in this position, and after him in 2025-2026, CPA and attorney Wiam Abu Elhija will serve in this position.

The Stella Maris Haifa Rotary Club is the first Rotary Club, in the history of the city of Haifa, that speaks the Arabic language, and is the second largest among the five clubs operating in the city of Haifa. Members of the club over 60 members who represent the broad and diverse Haifa fabric, who hold leading positions in their fields of occupation and specialization.

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