Habib Osta
President 2020, 2021 and 2022

Welcome to Cedar Club of Atlanta.


I am very proud and honored to be the president of the Club. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve our club and our community at large.

I am very proud and honored to be the president of the Club. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve our club and our community at large.

The Cedar Club of Atlanta theme this year is "Join Our Family and Become a COUSIN". In order to grow the Cedar Club, we need to grow our service, grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, we need to grow our membership so that we can achieve more. To help sustain our efforts, the Cedar Club invites you to join our family and become a cousin. In our Lebanese history, more cousins mean a bigger family and a bigger family means more influence and continuity. Please help pledge your support and help grow the Cedar Club of Atlanta. Together, we can make a difference.

Our club is growing and we are on a mission to educate our members about different essential aspects of life. In our first general meeting, on January 26, 2020, the Club hosted an Estate Lawyer, Ms. Holly Geerdes, to speak about Estate Law. In our second general meeting, we had Mr. Wallace Nichols, a Wealth Advisor and Estate Planner. More subjects concerning wealth, health, and other life issues shall be tackled in the following meetings.

In addition, our mission is to build a good Samaritan spirit in our society, to promote the heritage of our forefathers, and to be proud of our Lebanese heritage.

During the pandemic, we had to shift our strategy from asocial club to a First Aid Club. Churches were closed, so, we offered Sunday Prayer Books to our members. Health issues were at its peak, we provided facial masks, hand sanitizers, hygiene kits, when all these items were very hard to find back then. Also, we extended our help to our seniors, It was tough on our senior members to go grocery shopping, we offered grocery delivery at our own risk in the entire Metro area for no additional cost.

We have several goals to achieve:

  • Recruit and attract a minimum of ten new families each year.
  • Provide multiple new exciting club service projects that engage all youth and young Cedar members and provide a positive impact.
  • Plan a major “Hafli” that supports and raises money.
  • Encourage members and friends to support our foundation through volunteer work.
  • Publish a Club Historical Overview Book. This project might take a couple of years and joint efforts from several historians to gather stories of the early settlers, veterans, civic engagements, history of the Club, and history of our three Churches in Atlanta.

Thank you for contributing your Time, Talent & Treasure to our mission. I truly look forward to working together this year.


Our motherland, Lebanon, which we proudly have been preserving its heritage in our Cedar Club in the last 100 years, is calling you for help.

Lebanon in its entirety, became a hostage by a terrorist party and corrupted politicians. As a result, all basic services are falling: food, medicine, electricity, and education. More than half of the families are living on less than $3.50 per day. 77% of the people do not have the money or the sources to buy food for their children.

Two massive explosions took place in Lebanon.

  • August 4, 2020, Beirut Port explosion decimated Beirut, killing 214 people, 7,000 injured, and 300,000 displaced.
  • August 15, 2021, Fuel Tank Explosion killed at least 28 and 79 injured.

The country is collapsing from an economic crisis. In Lebanon, the inflation rate jumped 1,400% this year. A year ago, one U.S. Dollar was equivalent to 1,500 Lira. Nowadays, one U.S. Dollar is equivalent to 21,000 Lira.

Rationing electricity 3 to 5 hours a day due to lack of fuel supplies, jeopardizing the functionality of the hospitals. Gas Stations, hotels, factories, restaurants are shutting down.

Millions are going hungry and facing devastating levels of food insecurity. Famine is already a reality in Lebanon. Unless we act now, we are facing a tragedy; we must avoid it becoming a catastrophe. This is preventable if our communities take decisive action. We can prevent the worst effects if we act urgently and strongly.

I urge all members of our Club to step up and to do whatever is in their capacity to help.

The lives of millions of people depend on our collective ability to act. In our world of plenty, there is no excuse for inaction or indifference.

We have heard the news. Now there is no time to lose.

SAVE LIVES NOW

I want to make a personal appeal to our members to contribute by clicking the below link.

care.org/CedarClub
Care.org. is an international nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. It has been active in Lebanon since 2006. “Ninety percent of CARE expended resources support program activities. Ten percent of expended resources go toward administrative and fundraising expenditures. “

Please take a look at this documentary CARE just produced around Lebanon.
https://www.care.org/news-and-stories/news/faces-of-poverty-a-powerful-new-documentary-shortfrom-care-lebanon/

Also, look at CARE Lebanon Instagram account to see some of the amazing on the ground work!
https://www.instagram.com/care_lebanon/?hl=en

Thank you.
God bless you and bless the United States of America.

Habib Osta
President 2020, 2021 and 2022

Read about our History

Read about Cedar Club of Atlanta Foundation

Cedar Club of Atlanta Officers

  • President: Habib Osta
  • Vice-President: Paul Joseph
  • Secretary: Charlene Hiffa
  • Assistant Secretary: Cindy Abdou
  • Treasurer: Nassif Mahfoud
  • Assistant Treasurer: Kam Nassar

Cedar Club of Atlanta Board of Directors

  • Abbie Mansour,    Mary Brunner,    Louie Abdou
  • Mary Anne Shamatta,    Paul Joseph,
  • Susie Hagley,    Charlie Brown,    David Nasser

2020-2021