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Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon 2013

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Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon 2013

OPERATION S O S MISSION ST ATEMENT STA

Our mission is to relieve or reduce human suffering experienced by the poor and disenfranchised. We place a strong emphasis on education as a means of self-improvement. Our primary tool is the effective utilization of resources solicited from individuals, businesses, corporations, and organizations that have compassion for the needy and less fortunate. We remain nonpartisan and maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all that we do.

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Message from the P resident President Dear Friends, Operation SOS welcomes each and every one of you to our traditional fundraising luncheon on Mother’s Day. It has become a traditional hallmark of our annual reach out and celebration in the community we serve and love dearly. We include as well our motherland in dire need and always thankful for any help they receive. This day epitomizes love that sneaks into your heart, like a whisper and tumbles into your humanitarian world, making your life more bearable than you will ever imagine it could be. Last year severe weather and floods compounded the 2010 earthquake, decimating the limited natural resources of our country. Tropical storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy impacted a large amount of remaining crop leaving too many families to suffer from painful disease and more hunger. On a small scale we do our best targeting a few areas to lend our support based upon our modest financial resources. We kindly request that you please support our business partners listed in this souvenir book. They are faithful supporters of our endeavors. We shall continue this ministry with your assistance and for those efforts on our behalf, God will bless you and your families and friends always. Happy Mothers’ Day 2013,

Dr. Dougé Y. Barthélemy President

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Message from the Ex ecutive Director Executive Dear friends of Operation S O S,

For the calendar year 2012, Operation S O S aimed at maximizing the effectiveness of our assistance to the poorest in Haiti. We narrowed down the number of recipients to the neediest charitable institutions in our roster. While we provided grants to institutions like St. Ignatius Prep of Haiti and the Adventist Church of Des-Chapelles, we forwarded basic necessities and clothing to many regions in the country side. We also donated a large amount of modern carpentry to Centre d’Information Professionelle et Technique, a trade school in the region of Arcahaïe and Croix-des-Bouquets. All donations were well received and acknowledged by the recipients. The gratitude expressed, in this letter, goes to each one of you who gave us full support to achieve our goals. Next year, we will celebrate our 25th anniversary assisting the poorest peoples in Haiti. Whatever we have accomplished for almost half of a century, we humbly thank the Lord for sending us people like you. You embraced the cause and gave your heart, your money and your resources. We crafted this afternoon with you in mind. The artist, the music and the food were carefully selected to honor your presence and celebrate the precious gift of motherhood.

God bless and Happy Mothers’ Day!

Respectfully submitted, Colette M. Ascar Jeffries, Executive Director

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~PROGRAM~ Social Hour Welcome A ddress Address Dr. Dougé Barthélemy, President of Operation S O S

Invocation Luncheon Consul A ddress Address Honorable Lesly Condé, Consul General of Haiti

Guest Artist’s P erformance: Performance: DIONNE LAMOTHE Introduction: Dougé Barthélemy

2013 K etty Gourdet A ward P resentation Ketty Award Presentation Monique Germain

By Drs. Dougé Bathélemy & Maryse Nazon

Special A cknowledgement Acknowledgement Dougé Barthélemy, President

Mother’s Day Gifts Distribution Music to Dance DJ Fire

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Menu Appetizers: Old Fashion Haitian paté with coffee or tea Cream of chicken Soup Tossed Salad French cut beans Mixed medley Whipped Potatoes Roast chicken Roast Beef with Gravy Italian sausage with peppers

Authentic Haitian Rice and Beans Dinner rolls and Butter Strawberry ice cream

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Dionne Lamothe was born in Saint Michel de l’Atalaye, Haiti, and raised in Port-au-Prince. Her singing talent was discovered at the age of four at the town’s Baptist Church, in Gonaïves. People who were present on that day, including her parents were amazed at how beautiful she sang. Dionne is a gifted and dedicated artist. When it comes to singing she never says no. She sings in four languages. Dionne defied the Haitian custom of banning or prejudging any young woman from standing in front of a musical band and singing. Her stance opened many doors for future young Haitian woman artists. In the 60s and 70s she sang with one of the most popular mini-jazz band, the Bossa Combo. She has also sang with Haiti’s top most male vocalist, Raymond Cajuste and their duet, “Caroline” remains a classic in the country’s repertoire of most beautiful musical compositions. Dionne Lamothe’s voice is a gift to reckon with. She is a great addition to Haiti’s rich cultural heritage.

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Happ y Birthda y Happy Birthday Colette J. Jeffries, Marie Anne Santana, Alex Fung Cap, David Fung Cap, Frère Michel Jean François, Khayriyyah Ali-Moron TO KHA YR YY AH Ali-Moron KHAYR YRYY YYAH Congratulations and welcome to the Catholic Faith. Colette M. Jeffries

FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF OPERATION S O S

SINCERE THANKS TO MONIQUE GERMAIN I APPRECIATE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO UNITY IN DIVERSITY FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS.

Azaka Ajanaku National Winner Of The JewelRyan-Wright Award Unity In Diversity Television Program Can TV 21 Sunday 10:00pm- 11:00pm Telephone: (312) 972-9252 Much Appreciation to VW A LAK AY – WHPK 88.5 FM VWA LAKA Saturday 4:30pm to 7:00pm (773) 702-8426 Radio l’Union – 88.7 FM Loyola University Saturday 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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TO MY DEAREST MO THER COLET TE MOTHER COLETTE ve, hav A mother is the truest friend we ha heavy when trials hea vy and sudden, Fall upon us, when adv adversit ersity takes prosperity; ersit y tak es the place of prosperit y; When friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; Trouble thickens when T rouble thick ens around us, still she cling to us, vor endeav and endea By her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness And cause peace to return to our hearts.

-Washington Irving-

Thank you for your unconditional love Thank you for your constant support Thank you for seeing me sans faults and shortcomings I am truly blessed to have you as my mother

With love, Gratitude and appreciation Wishing you a happy Mothers ‘Day. Lovingly submitted: Colette JJ.. Jeffries

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Chef Violette Catering Let’s us cater your next party large or small with Authentic Haitian Cuisine

We offer delivery service throughout Chicago neighborhoods and nearby suburbs. We are license and bonded (773) -818-1218

OURDES CAMPBELL ELOURDES To EL What a W onderful Mother Wonderful For m y Gr and-Children! my Grand-Children! y Happ y Mothers ’Da Happy ’Day ANNE ELIODAIN

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onique Germain has been a long time member of the Haitian American Community. Migrated from Haiti in 1966, Monique Germain came to Chicago to seek a better education and to improve the quality of her life. Monique has always envisioned the world as a better place through education, community action, social justice, civic engagement and empowerment. As a mother, she and her husband, Georges, raised three children and a host of family members. In addition, her family nurtured a niece and a nephew with physical, mental and learning challenges. As a woman, she envisions a woman’s world full of opportunities and hope. She sees every woman being able to, develop, flourish and contribute to society. In 1994, she joined a group of Haitian American women who actively participated in the Fourth World Conference of Women in China to create a roadmap to self-reliance, education, and empowerment for Haitian American women. In 1995, she co-founded the Midwest Association of Haitian American Women-MAHAW (fanm boyo) whose mission is to support Haitian and Haitian American women in the communities they live in. Since then, this organization has been contributing to assisting women in need by providing support to improve the quality of life. The recent earthquake in Haiti provided an opportunity to better serve the women in Haiti.Working with the Lig Pouwa Fanm, a women’s organization in Haiti, Monique and other members of MAHAW visited many camps housing women and children and provided basic help to these vulnerable populations. In striving to assist the camp women to move upstream, she and other members of MAHAW have been mapping ways to help business women find ways to re-create their livelihood in order to sustain themselves and their fami-

lies through microeconomic means. As a community member, she actively participates in community events and advocates for social justice. In the 1980’s, she joined community members to assist Haitian refugees resettle in the Chicago area. She has worked with organizations in assisting Haitians afflicted with HIV/AIDS by visiting them and providing support and explanation to events happening around them. She has been very active in promoting and protecting the Mission Catholique Haïtienne located on the south side of Chicago. Through grassroots activities, Monique and other benevolent community members have given voice of the Mission Catholique Haïtienne to the Archdiocese of Chicago and has contributed to earn respect and occupy a place to worship. During 1996-1998, Monique provided support, knowledge and organizational skills to the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad-AMHE by serving as co-chair of the only interprofessional convention in Chicago, the first in its kind ever held in the Haitian American professional community. In more recent years, Monique has been providing support to different organizations in Haiti. Specifically, she has been working with the Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l’Université Epicospale d’Haiti-FSIL- in Léogâne. She has served as a class advisor to the first graduating class. She currently serves as a Governing Board member as well as a visiting faculty member of FSIL. She is currently serving as the president of Haiti Nursing Foundation- HNF, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, an organization that dedicates itself to supporting nursing education in Haiti. Monique remains committed to the Haitian American community and the community at large to sustain safer environments to live in.b

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2013 Ketty Gourdet Award

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TO THE HAITIAN COMMUNITY FROM A FRIEND “WHEN YOU KNOCK, I WILL ANSWER WHEN YOU CALL, I WILL COME “RUNNING” WITH OPEN MIND-HEART-AND ARMS”

J.E. M.

Oper ation S O S Operation

“JESUS IS LORD OVER HAITI”

Congr atulations Congratulations

From Dr Dr.. & Mrs. Donald A P ettis JR. Pettis

FROM THE FAMILY OF DOROTHY MYREE

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2013 KETTY GOURDET A WARD AW

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Congratulations to Edner Congratulations to Franck

EDNER FRANCK Inductee of the 2012 HALL OF FAME

INDUCTEE OF THE 2012 HALL OF F AME FAME ATE SOCCER A SSOCIA TION STA AS SOCIATION ILLINOIS ST FROM THE BO ARD OF DIRECTORS OF OPERA TION S O S BOARD OPERATION

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OURDES CAMPBELL ELOURDES To EL What a W onderful Mother Wonderful For m y Gr and-Children! my Grand-Children! Happ y Mothers ’Da y Happy ’Day ANNE ELIODAIN

Congratulations to

Dr. Marilys Ewa The New President of the Dusable Heritage Association We thank y ou for y our assistance you your in toda y’ s ev ent today’ y’s event And look forw ard to forward working with y ou. you.

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To Mrs Anne Eliodain We love you very much Grand-Mammie

Happy Mothers'Day God Bless You Always From Mikita, Marjorie and Miachel. – 20 –


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Special Thanks For Donations This Calendar Y ear Year Lorraine Williams, Waymond Cobb, Thelma Lloyd, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nielsen, Dr. Mario and Paulette Piverger, Carline Roberson, Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Sénat, Debbie Rhienstrom, Rev. Jean Bingué, Jewel Tomlinson & daughter, Lourdes Massena, Marie Ménard, Dr. & Mrs. Briol, Reynold Sterlin, Dr. & Mrs. Alix Charles, Mrs. Jacquie Record and J. Lambert.

S O S EXECUTIVE BOARD Dougé Barthélemy, President Marie Lourdes Elie, Vice President Maryse Nazon, Treasurer Colette Jeffries, Executive Director MEMBERS: Ettore Boggetto, Lorraine Edwards, Edner Franck (Founder member), Jean Martin, Ana Solis. AFFILIATES: Georges Achille, Waymond Cobb, Anne Eliodain, Dominique Roumain.

SINCERE THANKS TO THE LUNCHEON COMMITTEE Dougé Barthélemy, Lorraine Edwards, Marie Lourdes Elie, Edner Franck, Colette Jeffries, Jean Martin, Maryse Nazon, Ana Solis

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In honor of our friend and supporter

Karen T ernier Thames Ternier Her unrelenting courage in dealing with Cushing syndrome and her efforts in creating a support platform for individuals suffering this disease are today recognized What is Cushing syndrome? - Cushing syndrome is a rare disease and occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a long time. The most common cause of Cushing syndrome, sometimes called hypercortisolism, is the use of oral corticosteroid medication. The condition can also occur when your body makes too much cortisol. Too much cortisol can produce some of the hallmark signs of Cushing syndrome — a fatty hump between your shoulders, a rounded face, and pink or purple stretch marks on your skin. Cushing syndrome can also result in high blood pressure, bone loss and, on occasion, diabetes. Treatments for Cushing syndrome can return your body’s cortisol production to normal and noticeably improve your symptoms. The earlier treatment begins, the better your chances for recovery. Left untreated, Cushing syndrome can result in exaggerated facial roundness, weight gain around the midsection and upper back, thinning of your arms and legs, and stretch marks. (Adapted from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cushings-syndrome/DS00470 )

For more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Maryse Nazon at 708-503-0332 or Email her at: marysenazon@comcast.net..

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Bethania Descroches with her grandchildren and great grandchildren

Happy Mother’s Day with love from your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren!

To Mrs. Anne Eliodain We love you very much grand-mammie Happy Mother’s Day God Bless You always Mikita, Marjorie and Micheal Campbell

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Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon 2013 WE CONGRATULATE: MRS. MONIQUE GERMAIN THE 2013 RECIPIENT OF THE KETTY GOURDET AWARD ... AND PROUDLY SALUTE EDNER FRANCK AN INDUCTEE TO THE 2012 ILLINOIS STATE SOCCER ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME

DOUGE Y. BARTHELEMY, M. D., F A A P

PEDIATRICS 650 GRAND AVENUE – GARY INDIANA 46404 (219) 882-1440

PERSEVERANCE TO THE PEOPLES OF HAITI THERE WILL BE BETTER DAYS AHEAD REYNOLD STERLIN Reynold Sterlin family

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TO

MOISE-DENIS JEAN (KIMBELA)

2013 GRADUATE

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS WITH A MA STER IN PUBLIC HEAL TH MASTER HEALTH

Congratulations “Père Franck” on your induction into the Soccer Hall of Fame. You have been an inspiration to the Haitian Community in Chicago. This honor is a testament of your endless commitment to the Sport of Soccer. The Louverture Soccer Club couldn’t be prouder of your accomplishments.

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Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon 2013 Stay away from Anger. It hurts only You and nobody else. If you are right, then there is no need to get angry, and if you are wrong then you don't have any right to get angry. Patience with family is love, Patience with others is respect, Patience with yourself is confidence and Patience with GOD is faith. Never think hard about the past, it brings tears. Don't think more about the future, it brings fear. Live this moment with a Smile, it brings cheer. Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, Every problem comes to make us or break us, The choice is ours whether we become victims or victorious. Search for a beautiful heart not a beautiful face. Beautiful things are not always good, but good things are always beautiful. Do you know why God created gaps between fingers? So that someone who is special to you comes and fills those gaps by holding your hand forever. Never forget this advice! Happiness keeps You Sweet, Trials keep You Strong, Success keeps You Glowing, and But Only God keeps You Going! When you don't give up, you cannot fail.

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2013 operation sos book souvenir color ver 300 (1)