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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan Website
We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
<b>Hilton Hotel
Beirut
Beirut,  0000
Lebanon
Phone:
3 771 487
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District 2452
 
Stories
As People of Action, Rotarians in Lebanon are always there to lend a helping hand when needed. In these unprecedented times in our country, the Association of Lebanese Rotary Clubs (ALRC) received 2 tons of Infant Formula from Chile through RC de Beyrouth. These donations were shared with all the clubs in Lebanon for the benefit of all communities.
    
The first donation was allocated in a ceremony at the USJ Campus under the auspices of the Ambassador of Chile to Lebanon and the Lebanese Ambassador to Chile. 
The recipient of this kind of donation was AGBU Ahramjian Dispensary in Dora, Beirut.
 
     Our club RC Beirut Cosmopolitan was honored with the first visit that the District Governor planned for Lebanon. DG Ashot Karapetyan ( D2452), per tradition, met on July 14, RCBC Board of Directors followed by meeting with the general club membership. During this meeting, the DG shared the general mission statement of Rotary, the theme of this year- Serve to Save Lives- and stressed the importance of Membership Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He also highlighted that now more than ever is the best time to grow Rotary because communities across the globe are in dire need of our help after the ravages of the pandemic.
          
     RCBC President Sona Kourtian presented to the DG the strategic plan for RY 21-22, her focus on Education as her theme for the year, and the plans of all committees in our club. DG Ashot complemented our work and urged us to carry on with our remarkable record of service projects and Global Grants.
 
 
 
 
RCBC President Sona Kourtian conducted the first Club General Assembly for the RY 2021-2022. This was a hybrid meeting that allowed club members abroad to attend & participate. Due to the current health and economic circumstances, the club will keep on conducting weekly meetings virtually for the first few months of the year.
The President welcomed all the members and presented her strategic plan for the year highlighting EDUCATION IN LEBANON as the major theme for this year. She introduced all the committees whose chairpersons were given the floor to outline their plans. As always, RCBC is forging ahead full steam with an interesting program, strong service projects ideas, solid Global Grants ongoing and in the pipeline, with focus on re-igniting the fellowship activities that were dormant under the Covid cloud.
A souvenir/ token from DG Ashot Karapetyan was presented to P Sona by AG Shant Chinchinian
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan celebrated, in a joint event, both its 25th Anniversary and Handover Ceremony between P. Habib Saba and P.E Sona Kourtian on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in the enchanting gardens of Arthaus, Gemayzeh. The  event was attended by club members, friends, and Rotarian guests from Lebanese and international clubs both in person and over zoom platform in a beautiful ambience of fellowship .The evening was enriched with addresses from DG Ashot Karapetyan specially for the occasion, as well as RCBC founding President Riad Saade, RRFC Christina Covotsou and DGN George Azar. Finally, three new members were pinned and welcomed to the RCBC family.
 
 
 
 
On 1 March 2021 RC Beirut Cosmopolitan, represented by P Habib Saba, PE Sona Kourtian, PN Farida Najjar and P Carla Abou Diab (Rotaract Club Beirut Cosmopolitan), visited the respected NGO Arc En Ciel to handover medical equipment including medical beds, wheel and medical chairs and PPE equipment. This handover was part of a Rotary Lebanon initiative spearheaded by RC Beirut Metropolitan in collaboraton with Rotary France to deliver medical equipment to NGOs, Hospitals, Medical Centers, etc throughout Lebanon. The staff at Arc En Ciel were also kind enough to give us a tour of their workshops of which a highlight was the Pottery workshop. Thank you Arc En Ciel for your hospitality and your noble work in aid of the handicapped and vulnerable.
On December,Tuesday 22, 2020, RCBC was happy to give cheer and put a smile on the children of SOS Children’s Village at Bhersaf in the beautiful Metn region of Lebanon.
    SOS stands for Societas Socialis, founded in 1949 by Herman Gmeiner, an Austrian, to help orphaned children. SOS Children’s Village, stands for: A loving home for every child. It is a nonprofit National Association and a member of the International Federation of SOS Children’s Villages.
    P. Habib Saba, Amal Talhouk, and Farida Najjar with the help of NGO Chreek delivered and distributed food parcels from Burger King+ popsicles + personal gifts for the 42 children whose ages range between 3-19 years (and that is until they graduate and find the future awaiting them). Over and above, each child received a personal letter from another child of a similar age with the season’s compliments, which added to the warmth of this Christmas event. RCBC surely didn’t forget to offer food parcels and personal gifts to the 11 caretakers who play the role of (mothers) to those children.
 
    RCBC members always look forward for their annual Christmas project to draw a smile on orphans’ innocent faces.
 
As a response to COVID-19, our club initiated a global grant last May to provide ventilators and PPE to Karantina Hospital. The handover took place on September 16, which was attended by members of RCBC including President Habib Saba, President Elect Sona Kourtian , Past President Joe Boulos, Past President Mimi Hamam, and Rotarian Michel Mansour along with the management and staff of the hospital.
In line with RC Beirut Cosmopolitan focus on areas for disaster relief, the club collaborated with a Scottish NGO, Edinburgh Direct Aid, to repair damaged windows and doors in homes impacted by the explosion. This support was achieved through the allocation of funds to supply required material for repairs
RCBC, BCRAC and RCBC Interact Club, in partnership with the NGO Chreek, distributed food boxes to needy families in the Karantina area in Beirut, zone 26. This area of Beirut was badly affected by the recent explosion of August 4 and lots of families were left homeless. Boxes were distributed to 113 families and tents were set up for this purpose
          After months of zoom meetings and isolation, our club decided to brave the storm and conduct a physical handover to keep the valued tradition of the club. With a restricted number of attendees, masks and social distancing, the club had a very successful and fun handover between outgoing President Adib Mounla and Incoming President Habib Saba.
 
      The club was honoured with the presence of DG Mazen Alumran from the Kingdom of Bahrain via video linkup in addition to the physical presence of Assistant Governor Rami Sarkis of RC Beirut Cedars, DGN George Azar of RC Aley and DDG Samir Constantin of RC Sahel Metn from the District level.  Distinguished guests also present included Dr Riad Saade of RC de Beyrouth, a charter member of our club and its founding President, in addition to club charter members RT Samir El Khoury and Nabil Challah. Thanks to the power of Zoom, the official proceedings were climaxed with a warmly received address from DG Mazen Alumran who extended his best wishes to the RCBC President and Club for a successful year.
      This appearance and the zoom broadcast of the handover generally was enabled, with appreciation, by the Interact Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan. Per tradition, VP Joe Boulos assisted by PP Lina Shair and Rt. Joelle Fighali, gave the outgoing President Adib all the parting honors in a very humorous sketch which added much needed positive vibes.
 
      The evening was enjoyed by all who attended whether personally or virtually.
Thanks again IPP Adib and good luck P Habib!
 
 
 
 
Joint online meeting with the Rotary Club of Beirut Cedars. Guest speaker Michelle Mouracade talked about Social Enterprise and how Rotary can benefit from the services of Alfanar. The topic of sustainability in project was highlighted especially that all Rotary global grants should be sustainable to be eligible for approval. 
RCBC's last fellowship event for the Rotary year started with a visit to the Evangelical Academy in Aabey were funrniture and IT equipment will be installed once the GEAT GG funds are received. During the visit P Adib and PP George were interviewed by TV reporters. This was followed by a visit to the Kanaan Palace owned by RC Beirut Center President Effat Kanaan Abou Assly. 
The Program Committee represented by Chair Farida Najjar and Rtn Karen Saab have organized a nice outing to the MACAM museum in Alita. Members and friends were greeted by Cezar Nammour and his spouse Gaby Shaub who offered a tour of the museum followed by a workshop and nice outdoor lunch. 
RCBC new members Rotarians Nasr el Baba, Rony Eid, Mohamad Harakeh, in addition to Rtn Colin Gibson presented their classification and professional backgrounds. In addition Michel Frem RCBC candidate for a Rotary Scholarship talked about his ambition to pursue a Masters degree in water and sanitation in the Netherlands. The members and attendees were impressed by the high level of professionalism of the speakers and their academic and professional background.    
RCBC members, families and friends have visited the Latourba winery in Saghbine - Bekaa. During the event Christine Chehwane informed the Rotarians how the Latourba wine is produced using traditional techniques. After that a wine tasting session was held, followed by a nice barbecue lunch and a visit to the farm and an ancient Roman sight. 
The Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan has distributed 70 boxes of PPE to the Hopital du Sacre Coeur . This is  part of a Disaster Response Grant initiated by District 2452 to fight COVID19. The hospital is currently receiving and treating  COVID19 Patients. 
A fully equipped ambulance was handed over to the Lebanese Red Cross represented by Mrs. Rosy Boulos. The Handover event took place at the workshop of BISCO SARL that took charge of the conversion works. The ambulance was financed via a Global Grant initiated by the Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan and the Rotary Club of Elche Illice, with the contribution of the Rotary Clubs of LA Cedars, Neede, Picton, Elche-Illice, Lebanon (USA), Beirut-Cedars, Beyrouth, Districts 2452, 6560, 2203 and the Rotary Foundation.
 
Joint online meeting with the Rotary Club of Beirut Cadmos. Guest speaker Mrs. Karen Boustany is an award winning Media Personality, owner and GM of Eyestrategy Business Communication SARL, Co-Founder of LALS and CEO of the Luxury Network Lebanon.