Happy new year to all NAAMA-MI members and hope that you enjoyed your holidays. Last year has been a very active year for our organization. I would like to sincerely thank members of the NAAMA-MI board who worked tirelessly with me throughout the year to provide excellent services to our members and to the community at large. Today, more than ever, Arab American population needs to be entirely united to ensure the well-being of our future generation. For this cause, NAAMA-MI was an active sponsor of several events of various healthcare, business, and social organizations in the community. NAAMA-MI is currently working with the Islamic institute of knowledge through C-ASIST to help in their project of establishing a free clinic in Dearborn. NAAMA-MI is supporting the 1001 Inventions Exhibition which is a showcases the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization and STEM contributions of pioneering men and women of various faiths and cultures to our modern world. NAAMA-MI is supporting The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) a medical relief organization that provides care and treatment for patients in Syria and neighboring countries. NAAMA-MI is supporting the Islamic Medical Association of North America in a project which will provide clean drinking water for Gaza. NAAMA-MI established an endowment fund with UDM dental school. Dr. Kaspo will tell us about later this evening. Our chapter has established scholarship funds to support the scholarly activities of graduate students in the health fields. The Objective of the scholarship award is to assist future generation of Arab American healthcare students in lessening their financial burden. As a result, we hope this investment in the future generation of Arab American healthcare professionals translates into giving back to the community at large. Additionally, NAAMA-MI has established 2 awards: the healthcare professional of the year award and the humanitarian of the year award which are presented at our Gala every year. I am humbled that I was selected as the chair of the 30th NAAMA international convention, which was held in Amman Jordan this past summer. Together with my fellow NAAMA-MI board members, we played an integral role in the extraordinary success of this convention. In collaboration with many other chapters I am delighted to announce that the 2018 annual NAAMA national convention will be held in Michigan, which we anticipate to be just as extraordinary. On behalf of myself and the NAAMA-MI board I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors that supported our organization through out the past year. It has been an honor to serve as the president of this organization and I hope the momentum continues to accelerate well into the future.
Dr. Ghassan Saed,