Cedars of Lebanon Club News Feed http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz Cedars of Lebanon Club Richard Joseph - honoured with QSMhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/116/Richard-Joseph-honoured-with-QSMOn behalf of the Cedars committee, we are so very proud to announce that Richard Joseph, our President, has been honoured with a very prestigious Queen&#39;s Service Medal (QSM) in recognition of his services to the Lebanese community.<br /> <br /> It is such a well deserved honour for the tireless work, passion, dedication and love that has gone into Richard&#39;s Presidency over the past 18 years.&nbsp; Under his Presidency there were a number of significant leagcies created, including the following: <ul> <li>Cedars of Lebanon Grove at the Dunedin Botanic Garden consisting of a triumvirate of a 900kg Bronze cedar cone, a genuine Cedrus Lebani tree and a seat made from cedar wood.</li> <li>&nbsp;Two published books &ndash; Lebanon&rsquo;s Children and Scattered Cedars.&nbsp;</li> <li>Dunedin Lebanese Community Digitisation Centre at the Dunedin Public Library.</li> <li>&nbsp;Certified Oral History by a number of members of our community. Copies in the National Library in Wellington, Te Papa, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin Public Library and various other libraries around NZ together with other DVD&rsquo;s and other verbal recordings.&nbsp;</li> <li>Plaques strategically placed around areas where the Lebanese community lived and the location of what were our clubrooms as well as St Joseph&rsquo;s Cathedral.</li> <li>Annual flying of the Lebanese flag from the Mayoral balcony of the Dunedin Civic Centre on Lebanon&rsquo;s Independence Day.&nbsp;</li> <li>&ldquo;Our Voices&rdquo; audio/visual at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.</li> <li>Memorabilia reflecting our culture and heritage.&nbsp;</li> <li>The Gathering &ndash; an event that was held to celebrate our culture, our heritage and our identity. People came from far reaches of the globe including UK, U.S.A., Kuwait, Australia and all parts of NZ.</li> <li>&quot;As Time Goes By&rdquo; DVD of footage and photos of past generations.</li> <li>Cedars of Lebanon Website and Facebook to keep us connected to the world and our diaspora connected with us.</li> </ul> ... to name but a few.&nbsp; Congratulations Richard.&nbsp; We are all so very proud of you.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Article in the ODT here:&nbsp; <a href="https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/queens-birthday-honours-southern-recipients" target="_blank">https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/queens-birthday-honours-southern-recipients</a><br /> &nbsp;1528027200http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/116/Richard-Joseph-honoured-with-QSMhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz552Richard Joseph - honoured with QSMhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/116/Richard-Joseph-honoured-with-QSM We Have an Olympian! Peter Michael: 2018 Winter Olympics: Speed Skatinghttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/115/We-Have-an-Olympian-Peter-Michael-2018-Winter-Olympics-Speed-SkatingMost of you will be aware of Peter Michael&#39;s earlier successes with speed skating and making it to the Winter Olympics this year in Pyeong Chang.&nbsp; This is such an incredible feat we wanted to ensure we celebrated Peter and his team on such an achievement.&nbsp; Below is a link to an article about Peter&#39;s speed skating story as well as their time at the Olympics this year.&nbsp; So close to a podium finish, however 4th place on the world stage is so very impressive and we are all proud.&nbsp; Congratulations Peter, from everyone in the Dunedin Lebanese Community.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For those of you who don&rsquo;t know Peter&rsquo;s links to the Dunedin Lebanese Community, his father is John Michael son of Fred and Olga Michael. It&rsquo;s sad that Fred and Olga didn&rsquo;t get to see their grandson compete at the Olympics but they were alive when he was a world champion speed skater.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/102178303/wheels-blades-and-mullets--peter-michaels-story" target="_blank">https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/102178303/wheels-blades-and-mullets--peter-michaels-story</a>1522584000http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/115/We-Have-an-Olympian-Peter-Michael-2018-Winter-Olympics-Speed-Skatinghttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz547We Have an Olympian! Peter Michael: 2018 Winter Olympics: Speed Skatinghttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/115/We-Have-an-Olympian-Peter-Michael-2018-Winter-Olympics-Speed-Skating Richard speaks to Access Radio for Race Relationship Weekhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/114/Richard-speaks-to-Access-Radio-for-Race-Relationship-WeekRichard is interviewed by Access Radio for Race Relationship Week; celebrating diversity &amp; culture.&nbsp; He talks about our Lebanese community and heritage.&nbsp; If you would like to listen to the interview, please click on the link below:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=c8661da3-57c7-4a9b-bf1c-96c8ff9ceadd" target="_blank">http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=c8661da3-57c7-4a9b-bf1c-96c8ff9ceadd</a>1521889200http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/114/Richard-speaks-to-Access-Radio-for-Race-Relationship-Weekhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz544Richard speaks to Access Radio for Race Relationship Weekhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/114/Richard-speaks-to-Access-Radio-for-Race-Relationship-Week Digital site "Recollect" at Dunedin Public Libraryhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/113/Digital-site-Recollect-at-Dunedin-Public-Library**Below message written by Suraya Langston&quot;<br /> <br /> Dear, Lebanese Community,<br /> <br /> I am currently putting many old photos and documents from the Cedars of Lebanon files on to the digital site <strong>&quot;Recollect&quot; at Dunedin Public Library</strong> which all of you can easily access by googling keywords&nbsp;such as Recollect, Cedars of Lebanon Club to see photos and memories of our families. Maybe you can also help identify unknown images or people by sharing with others in our community or contacting me by email at <a href="mailto:surayalangston@gmail.com" target="_blank">surayalangston@gmail.com</a>&nbsp; Here is a link to the site:<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://dunedin.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/199639" target="_blank">http://dunedin.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/199639</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Don&#39;t&nbsp;forget you can also put your family photos on the Recollect site by contacting Emma Milburn at the Dunedin Public Library at <a href="mailto:Emma.Milburn@dcc.govt.nz" target="_blank">Emma.Milburn@dcc.govt.nz</a><br /> <br /> A few examples are here.<br /> &nbsp;1519988400http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/113/Digital-site-Recollect-at-Dunedin-Public-Libraryhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz539Digital site "Recollect" at Dunedin Public Libraryhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/113/Digital-site-Recollect-at-Dunedin-Public-Library Interesting Articlehttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/112/Interesting-ArticleInteresting Article1504612800http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/112/Interesting-Articlehttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz536Interesting Articlehttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/112/Interesting-Article Gemmayze St Restaurant features in Dish Magazinehttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/111/Gemmayze-St-Restaurant-features-in-Dish-MagazineBelow is the link to a wonderful write up in the NZ Dish Magazine about Gemmayze St Restaurant in Auckland.&nbsp; You may recall we visited Samir Allen&rsquo;s restaurant back in August last year and wrote a news piece for our website about our truly amazing experience.&nbsp; <a href="/news/Gemmayze-St-Restaurant-18-Aug-2016" data-object-ref="scm_news:104">Click here for that story.</a><br /> <br /> Congratulations Samir on having your restaurant featured in a top NZ food publication.&nbsp; We are not in the least surprised.<br /> <br /> If you&rsquo;re in Auckland, please support Samir by visiting Gemmayze St Restaurant, whilst treating yourself to a delicious feast.<br /> <br /> LINK TO MAGAZINE WRITE UP:&nbsp;<br /> <a href="http://www.dish.co.nz/restaurant-reviews/article/2016/7/gemmayze-street">http://www.dish.co.nz/restaurant-reviews/article/2016/7/gemmayze-street</a><br /> <br /> Also;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.breakbread.co.nz/#-my-friends-house">CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE STORY WHICH LED SAMIR TO PLANT HIS CULINARY ROOTS IN ONE OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE SETTINGS TO DINE IN AUCKLAND.</a><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;1496923200http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/111/Gemmayze-St-Restaurant-features-in-Dish-Magazinehttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz531Gemmayze St Restaurant features in Dish Magazinehttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/111/Gemmayze-St-Restaurant-features-in-Dish-Magazine http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/110/Richard-Joseph-with-Lebanon-s-Foreign-Minister-Gebran-BassilThe President of the Cedars of Lebanon Club Inc Dunedin, Richard Joseph proudly presenting Lebanon&rsquo;s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil with two of the books the Dunedin Lebanese community has published; Lebanon&rsquo;s Children and Scattered Cedars, at a Gala Dinner held in Auckland in April 2017.<br /> &nbsp;1491912000http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/110/Richard-Joseph-with-Lebanon-s-Foreign-Minister-Gebran-Bassilhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz525http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/110/Richard-Joseph-with-Lebanon-s-Foreign-Minister-Gebran-Bassil Wellington Invite for the visit of Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants Gebran Bassilhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/109/Wellington-Invite-for-the-visit-of-Lebanese-Minister-of-Foreign-Affairs-Emigrants-Gebran-BassilIt&#39;s with great pleasure and excitement that we announce that the Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs &amp; Emigrants, H.E. Mr. Gebran Bassil, is visiting Wellington on Wednesday 5 April 2017.<br /> <br /> Members of the Lebanese community in Wellington and the rest of New Zealand are invited to meet His Excellency at 8:30pm at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington. The costs of this event are covered by the Lebanese Government. Please register your interest by messaging the names and contact details of the family members attending (for catering purposes). Non Lebanese spouses and partners are most welcome to attend.<br /> <br /> If you don&#39;t wish to contact the Wellington Lebanese Group through their Facebook Group <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/nzlebanese/">https://www.facebook.com/groups/nzlebanese/</a>, you can email <a href="mailto:nzlebanese@gmail.com">nzlebanese@gmail.com</a> or text Paul on 027 575 5085.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please feel free to add friends and family of Lebanese descent to our group Lebanese in New Zealand and share this event with them.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please note: if you are closer to Auckland, a separate event has been created in the The Lebanese Society of New Zealand Inc Group on 4 April 2017 in Auckland.<br /> &nbsp;1490007600http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/109/Wellington-Invite-for-the-visit-of-Lebanese-Minister-of-Foreign-Affairs-Emigrants-Gebran-Bassilhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz524Wellington Invite for the visit of Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants Gebran Bassilhttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/109/Wellington-Invite-for-the-visit-of-Lebanese-Minister-of-Foreign-Affairs-Emigrants-Gebran-Bassil Award for Digitisation Centre at Dunedin Public Librarieshttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/108/Award-for-Digitisation-Centre-at-Dunedin-Public-LibrariesWe are extremely proud to inform you all that the Dunedin Public Libraries was awarded the Community Builder Award at the 2016 National Digital Forum conference yesterday, for &ldquo;forging an important relationship with the Cedars of Lebanon, the local Lebanese community in Dunedin to create a digitisation centre for the wider community.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Heritage Collection Librarian, Lorraine and Digital Outreach Coordinator Emma Milburn were in attendance to receive the award that recognises the work done to make <em>Scattered Seeds</em> the valuable tool it is, bringing a part of New Zealand&rsquo;s digital culture and heritage to life.<br /> <br /> Bernie Hawke, Group Manager Arts and Culture of the DCC said, &ldquo;This is a significant national recognition for the work that would not have happened without the support and generosity of the Cedars of Lebanon Club.&nbsp; Thank you again for your support to create this wonderful community cultural resource that <em>Scattered Seeds</em> is becoming.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work and collaboration between the Cedars of Lebanon Club and Dunedin Public Libraries, and we are very proud this project has had national recognition.1479985200http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/108/Award-for-Digitisation-Centre-at-Dunedin-Public-Librarieshttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz517Award for Digitisation Centre at Dunedin Public Librarieshttp://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/news/108/Award-for-Digitisation-Centre-at-Dunedin-Public-Libraries