Ladies Auxiliary

Welcome to the Lebanon American Club Ladies Auxiliary Page

2024 1st half  of the Year LAX Meetings schedule (Tentative)
     Annual Meeting Feb. 4/ 20,29, Thurs. Mar. 14, Apr. 16, May 14, June 11
Ladies Social Gathering - Thurs. Mar.  21

Scholarship Dinner Fundraiser - Thurs.  May 16

Family Night - Sat. Apr. 13

2024  Family Events Hosted by LAX

Memories of the above event

2023  2nd half  of the Year LAX Meetings schedule   Sept. 28, Oct. 17,  Nov. 14 and Dec. 12
2023  1st half  of the Year LAX Meetings schedule   Feb. 12 (Annual Meeting), Mar. 21, Apr.18, May 16 and June 13.
Special New Members Enrollment Meeting - Thurs Jan 26 
LAX Scholarship Spring Fundraiser - Thurs. May 4  

2022 Monthly Meetings: None in January,  Feb. 6 (Annual Meeting) 3pm, Mar. 22, Apr. 19, May 17, June 14. None in July and August.  Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13

2021 Monthly Meetings:  4/20, 5/19, 6/15, Thurs. 9/23, Tues. 10/19, 11/16, 12/14 at 7pm

Ladies Auxiliary Events/Fundraiser:

Savers - Start your spring cleaning!  We are collecting donated items (Clothes, Shoes, Purses, Backpacks); Bring them to the club by 9/12.

Flamingo Yard bombs - Yard signs to raise funds for our Scholarship Drive.  Honor a graduate or raise LAC/LAX awareness in your community; more info to follow

2020 Monthly Meetings - 2/25 at 6:30,  March 24, April 21May 19 and June 16 @7:00pm

The 2020 Spring Scholarship Fundraiser is set for Thursday (TBD) at 6:30pm. More details to follow.

2019  Monthly Meetings - 1/27, 2/12(Cancelled) , 3/12, 4/9, 5/21, 6/18, 9/10, 10/8, 11/19 - No Meetings in July, August and December

Annual Meeting - Sunday January 27 @ 3pm

Upcoming Events: 

Nov. 7, 2019

Sept. 13, 2019

Our Program Chairperson, Mary Elizabeth Salame, is organizing a “Taste of Lebanon” Wine, Beer and Spirits on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Maron Hotel’s private room from 7 to 9 pm. The cost will be around $30 per person for delicious hot and cold appetizers featuring the Lebanese “mezza” and a sampling of Lebanese spirits! Vivo Bar & Grill is serving dinner from 5 to 11 PM.

This new fundraiser will allow the Ladies to raise more funds to help with some of our new charity events, like the St. Jude Run/Walk and other community programs. Please call Mary Elisabeth at 203-417-4997 to make your reservations now! We need a count to prepare a wonderful spread!

May 2, 2019 Scholarship Benefit

March 24,2019  Presentation and Pot luck Dinner

Lebanon American Club -  
Ladies Auxiliary


Lebanon History and Culture

By Professor,
Ghassan El-Eid, PhD
Middle Eastern Studies at CCSU

Sunday, March 24
1PM – Potluck Lunch provided by Attendees
2PM – Presentation

Members of the Club, Ladies Auxiliary

and their families are Welcome!

Annual Meeting - Sunday January 27 @ 3pm

Jan 12 - Holiday Luncheon


 At Black Angus Steak Restaurant

January 12th    12 noon – 4 pm

Signature House Salad


Filet Mignon Beef Tips

Chicken Marsala

Crabmeat stuffed Cod


Coffee, Tea & assorted soft drinks
$30 per person
Inclusive of food, soft drinks, tax & gratuity.
Alcoholic beverages charged to a separate tab

May 2, 2019 - Scholarship Fundraiser

2018  Monthly Meetings - 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 9/5 10/23, 12/18 - No Meetings in June, July, August and November

Aug. 26th, 2018

Past Events:

May 3rd, 2018

Tuesday March 20, 8-9pm at the Club:

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Guest Speakers: Rosemarie Franchini and
                           Norma Kalil Osta
Where: Lebanon-American Club 22 West St. Danbury, CT
When: 8 pm – 9 pm Come for a presentation followed by a Q & A.
Learn about the role of ALSAC (American Lebanese Syrian Associate Charities). Also the latest treatments, survival rates and how the Hospital works with the entire family. They’ll speak about the Global work being done, specifically in Lebanon. Lastly there are different opportunities for our club to help the hospital. One is a run/walk for St. Jude in Sept. 2018 in Stamford.

Please show your support and bring friends, non-members are welcomed.

Saturday January 6th, 2018 (12-4pm): 

Scholarship Fund Raiser
Middle Eastern Buffet

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Lebanon American Club
22 West Street - Danbury, CT

Delicious Arabic Food
Made by the Ladies Auxiliary

*BYOB, Soda/Setup Provided*
----Great Raffle Prizes----

For Reservations – Please call:
Betty Najm (860)350-9740

Lisa Antous (203)482-6841

Family Picnic - Sunday July 16, 2017

Scholarship Fund Benefit - Thurs. Sept.14 - More details to follow.

Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Luncheon - Postponed to Saturday, January 14th @ 1:00 PM, the Ladies Auxiliary will hold its Annual Christmas Luncheon @ Vivo’s in the Maron Hotel.  Cost is $30 per person which includes the tax and tip.  Reservations are a must.  Call Betty Najm @ 860-350-9740 before Monday, January 2nd and leave your main meal choice. An informational flyer will also be sent to all the ladies via email.  In addition, the telephone committee will be contacting all members well in advance of the event.  The alternate date, in case of bad weather, will be the following Saturday, January 14th

2016 Remaining Monthly Meetings: 9/27, 10/11, 11/15,  None in December

April 2016:
Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - Tues. April 12

January 2016:
Lebanon American Club Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Luncheon - January 9th
Lentil Vegetable Soup
Mixed Green with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Entrée Choices:
Chicken Milanese with baby greens
Filet Atlantic Salmon layered with pesto crusted with pine nuts and parmesan
Petit Sirloin with port wine sauce and boulangere potatoes

All served with Chef’s Choice of Seasonal Vegetables and appropriate starch

Dessert Choices
Chocolate Fudge Brownie with vanilla ice cream
Bread pudding with fruits
Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Teas

$25.00 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity

VIVO Restaurant - Maron Hotel & Suites,
On Saturday, January 9th at 1pm
Snow date is Saturday, January 23rd at 1pm
Call Ruth Ashkar before Tuesday January 5th at

203-792-4963 and leave meal choice.

-Annual Meeting on Sunday January 31st, starting at 3pm

April 2015 Events
- Scholarship Fund Raiser was a great success. Specials thanks to Nada Zarrini and Hind Takla and many of the ladies who prepared the meals and supported this event. Also, thanks to all those who attended, and to many of the businesses that provided raffle prizes.
May 2015 Events
Monthly Meeting on Tuesday May 19th at 7:00pm
- 1st Annual LAX Club Picnic (Rain or Shine) with Enclosed Pavilion @ Michael's at the Grove 



The history of the Lebanon American Club began in l921 by a prominent group of Syrian and Lebanese gentlemen meeting in Basher’s Pool Hall. In l936, they purchased land on New Street and completed construction of the Club in l937. In l939, the Ladies joined ranks with the men and called themselves the “Charitable Ladies Society” under the leadership of Mrs. Chicory (Josephine) Buzaid. 

She was mother of Judge Norman Buzaid. The membership included; LuLu Barbarie, Rose Haddad, Adele Farris, Hannah Asmar, Eva Kaback, Mamie Zarour, Esma Nimer Jowdy, Labeeby Ellis, Hala Shibley, Farfora Michael, Rose Abdella,  and Alice Ferris.  The annual dues were $3.  


The Club moved to its current home on West Street in l993. As of today, the Ladies have approximately 60 members called “The Lebanon American Club Ladies Auxiliary” who meet the third Tuesday of each month for ten months, from Sept. to June, under the direction of an Executive Board. The 2013 Board consists of a President, Ruth Ashkar, Vice President, Betty Najm, Secretary, Janet Coury, and the Treasurer, Debbie Sousa. The Ladies Aux. is strengthened with the help of Standing Committees: Publicity, Telephone, Hospitality, Program, Sunshine, By Laws, and Nominating. At the end of each meeting, members socialize enjoying dessert and sometimes dinners.


We would like to give recognition in memory of Past Presidents of the Aux. who served in the 80’s and 90’s to: Adele Farmer, Laurice Saffi, Lorraine Jowdy and Lila Shaker. Living Past Presidents are Beverly Ackel, Josephine Nassif, Mary Nahoum, Theresa Hanna, Nada Zarini and Betty Najm

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Ladies Aux. is to promote social functions, such as card parties, pot-luck fund-raiser dinners in the Spring and Fall, to foster civic and humanitarian activities within the community and to sponsor activities to aid in the financial needs of the club, mainly scholarships. The scholarships are for members’ children or grandchildren that are graduating Seniors from high school accepted and enrolled in a 4 year college. Over the years, the ladies socialized by taking trips to New York/Westchester shows, the Culinary Institute of America for lunch and a tour of  The Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library & Museum and casinos traveling by bus and having a relaxing day. The Ladies were invited by the Men to attend baseball games at Yankee Stadium and a dinner cruise around Manhattan. They are proud to be able to donate from their treasury to charitable organizations. Some of the charitable organizations that we have helped are the Hospice Breakfast which is held annually in May at the Amber Room, Dorothy Day, new Covenant House at CCOM, and to orphanages in Lebanon which also houses women in need. There are many other organizations in the Greater Danbury Area that the ladies have helped either by donations of food or monies.


To become a member, the ladies should be of middle-eastern decent, or their husbands are of middle-eastern decent who are members or non-members of the Lebanon American Club. If eligible, and interested, please contact the current Ladies Auxiliary President Ruth Ashkar

Special Events

JULY 24, 2012, The Club held a luncheon and honored Past Presidents of the Ladies Auxiliary. The Mayor MARK BOUGHTON of Danbury, Congressman Chris Murphy, Senator MARK BLUMENTHAL attended and awarded certificates.  Ladies who received certificates of Honor were BEVERLY ACKEL, JOSEPHINE NASSIF, LILA SHAKER, THERESA HANNA, MARIA NAHOUM, NADA ZARRINI. 

The Club has started to award recognition to living and past members and non-members from the Greater Danbury community by hosting a dinner at the Amber Room for the PERSON(s) OF THE YEAR AWARD chaired by Tom Saadi (2011-2012), Ghassan and Betty Najm (2013-present). The following people of the Ladies’ Aux. have received awards: LILA SHAKER in 2011, and NAJLA ANTOUS in 2012, Betty Lubus in 2013, Dianne Yamin in 2014, and Posthumously, LAURICE SAFFI in 2012. Many City Leaders and officials attended from Danbury and the State of CT.