New AEC Members Take Oath
A special meeting of the Archdiocesan Executive Council was held on Wednesday evening, October 9th at the Archdiocesan Complex in Teaneck, New Jersey. The Council received the following new members who took the oath of office: Dr. Nahla Fatoohi, Chris Toma, Philip Sauma, Sami Gelin, Hulya Sayanlar, Gorge Baho, Allen Aydin and Luke Kurter. The new Council Officers are Elias Sarkar, President; Jack Darakjy, Vice President; Sait Samuel, Chief Financial Officer and Janine Azar, Secretary.
His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim welcomed the new members asking the Almighty to bless and watch over them and their families as they take on this new responsibility. He advised them to be diligent in their service to the church. The Archbishop said, “we are all blessed with certain talents from the Almighty so that we can be productive and better serve our families, community and church. This is your calling. You should feel honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”
Elias Sarkar toasted His Eminence citing the Archbishop’s leadership, openness, and zeal during the past seventeen years referencing the long list of truly monumental accomplishments under the Archbishop’s watch. He commended His Eminence for his foresight and having the vision when he called for the establishment of the Council over fifteen years ago. The Council President also toasted the new members and the existing members wishing all a successful year.
Also present were the Parish Council Presidents of the local parishes which included: Burhan Coban, Orhan Abaji, Aziz Akyon, Nessim Aydin, Dr. Nahla Fatoohi and Dr. Jonn Arnett. Members of several committees were on hand to give update reports including the Building Committee which is comprised of the following: Semir Sirazi, Ben Isik, Abdelahad Denho, Nasser Shabo, Biniamin Malki and Chris Toma. John Samuel gave the Council a comprehensive update on the search for a new Youth Minister.
After all the remaining items on the evenings agenda were addressed, His Eminence concluded the meeting with a few closing remarks and the benediction.