Post Gathering - 10th Nov 2011

Post Gathering It was years in the planning. Years of eager anticipation, punctuated with moments of nervousness, doubt, and ‘what ifs’. I didn’t dare imagine it was going to be anything like the momentous occasion it turned out to be.

A couple of weeks on, and the afterglow gently lingers as a warm memory of a magical time together. The feedback has been overwhelming. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to write, send cards, text, phone, or tell me personally what the weekend meant to you.

It was a truly humbling experience to have young and old alike, together to celebrate our rich Lebanese culture and to pay tribute to our forebears who made us what we are today. The sense of pride people obviously felt over the weekend was palpable and something I, along with others, will never forget.

We have begun posting information in relation to The Gathering onto our website (, under the tab “Post Gathering”. Please visit that page for updates, photographs (and information on how to view and order the photos taken by McRobie Studios), and general information relating to The Gathering.

Words cannot describe the deep feeling of pride and gratitude I feel as I write to thank those who made the weekend a wonderful lifelong memory. With sincere gratitude, thank you.

ليبارككم الله جميعا (God Bless you all).

Richard Joseph

COL Dunedin is now on Facebook. - 10th Nov 2011

COL Dunedin is now on Facebook. We are now on Facebook! It is the 21st Century, so we thought what better platform than Facebook for you to share your own photos and stories from The Gathering. Click on the following link to be taken to our Facebook page, once there click "Like" and then feel free to post on our page. Look forward to seeing you all there.!/pages/Cedars-of-Lebanon-Dunedin/115441358567516?sk=wall

Alex Coory Celebrates his 96th Birthday - 21st Oct 2011

Congratulations and many happy returns to Alex Coory who has recently reached the wonderful age of 96. 
On behalf of the Cedars of Lebanon Club and our community we wish you many more to come.

The Dunedin Lebanese Community Matriarch Passes Peacefully - 10th Oct 2011

The Dunedin Lebanese Community Matriarch Passes Peacefully It was only 17 days ago that we were proud to post the news that the matriarch of our community, Alma Betro, turned 100 years of age.  It is with great sadness that we now advise Alma passed away peacefully in the company of her son Denis, literally with a smile on her face, at 1:30pm Sunday 9th October.  Alma was a much loved and revered member of our community who will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered.

Matriarch Reaches Milestone: Alma Betro celebrates her 100th birthday. - 23rd Sep 2011

Matriarch Reaches Milestone: Alma Betro celebrates her 100th birthday. It is with great pride that we congratulate Alma Betro on reaching the wonderful milestone of 100 years.  We look forward to formally acknowledging Alma and her significant birthday at The Gathering next month.

Please click on the below link to see the article in the ODT celebrating Alma's milestone with her sons Gerard and Denis Betro:

Malcolm Farry Radio Interview - 12th Aug 2011

Malcolm Farry Radio Interview

Please click on the below link to be taken to the Media Player section of our website to hear an interview conducted by Dominic George with Malcolm Farry on the new Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Denis Betro - Musical in London: "Daughters of Abraham" - 9th Jun 2011

Denis Betro devised, wrote and composed a very successful musical called Daughters of Abraham, in London that showed during March this year.  Denis has received some wonderful reviews from The London Arts Review, a note from the Embassy of Lebanon in London, and a theatre-goer.  To read these reviews, please click here:

Congratulations Denis on your achievements.

Bob Shepherd Menswear Ltd - Discount Deals for Suit Hire for The Gathering - 3rd Jun 2011

Bob Shepherd Menswear Ltd - Discount Deals for Suit Hire for The Gathering Bob Shepherd is offering discounted suit hire fees for people attending The Gathering. Please complete the attached form and email it to

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