President's Message

As soon as the summer holidays were over, the OSA embarked on a programme to enhance the Gulf network and to promote the Gulf Reunion - Dubai 2020. The idea was to have face-to-face interaction and shake hands with as many members as possible.

A delegation was formed, and visits were scheduled to the membership of the different Chapters in the Gulf region namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, and UAE. All the events were successful with participation per event of 15 - 40 Old Scholars from ’64 – ‘09.

On March 2, 2020 unfortunately, we had to cancel the Gulf Reunion – Dubai 2020, due to the prevailing circumstances then, namely the Corona pandemic and the political unrest in Lebanon.

On June 5, 2020 we conducted our first Administrative Committee virtual Zoom meeting since Corona pandemic made it challenging to hold meetings physically. During that meeting, we regretfully had to postpone the 29th International Convention for the first time in 29 years. You shall be advised when the new venue and time are set.

It was also decided that all future conferences may be conducted and/or accessible virtually via Zoom to better facilitate access to members who cannot attend in Lebanon, Gulf, Europe & USA.

The Financial Aid Committee worked hard on screening, evaluating, selecting and granting Financial Aid to needy eligible BHS students enrolled in the 3rd term of the academic year 2019-2020. We continue to receive applications for the academic year 2020-2021. It should be noted that the students whose parent/s are Old Scholars will receive additional points on their evaluation score.

Due to prevailing circumstances of deteriorating economic conditions in the country, there are a lot of families struggling to survive, let alone be able to pay the school fees at BHS. As such, we urge those who want to help by means of donations, to contribute to the OSA Financial Aid Programme in addition to the continuous donations from the OSA Board of Trustees.

Presently, we have over 2700 verified members. To better manage the increasing activities, enhance and encourage participation of the younger Old Scholars, we have appointed 3 new Deputy Chapter Heads in Jeddah-Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain.

We all miss the 29th International Convention. Looking forward to all of us meeting soon on the BHS grounds when it is safe to do so.

I wish you all a safe, healthy, and peaceful post Corona era (to come soon) and urge you to adhere to the Government’s guidelines published from time to time.

I Serve,
Nazih Khattar ‘66
OSA President
July 2020
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