Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What are membership dues used for?
A: Annual membership dues are used to strengthen our Club and maintain its operations. Our Board and Council members volunteer their time and efforts to ensure that the Club's operations and functions run smoothly. Every year, the Club pays a professional accountant to prepare and file its tax returns (required by law). The Club also hosts subsidized events for its members and their families.
Q: What kind of events does the Syrian American Club host?
A: The heart of the DC Syrian American Club is the many and varied events we host throughout the year. From dinners, to family events, to tarneeb nights, to holiday celebrations, we provide fun, enjoyable ways for our members to socialize. Our family events for all ages include our Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt, Halloween Dinner, and Family Picnic. Most other events are adult-only, particularly the Tarneeb Nights which usually takes place in a venue that permits smoking hookah/arguilleh. We have also hosted Millennial Nights to engage our young-adult members.
Q: I love being a member of the Club and would love to help with events. Do you accept volunteers?
A: Absolutely, yes! Several of our events require a lot of manpower for setup and takedown, especially the Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt, Halloween Dinner, and Family Picnic. If you are interested in volunteering for an event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I am not a member of the Club. Can I still purchase tickets to Club events?
A: The Club is dedicated to serving its members and their families only. We cannot accept payments from or sell tickets to anyone who is not a member of the Club.
Q: Can the Club hold charitable functions?
A: Our Club by-laws and legal status restrict its functions to social and recreational activities for its members and their families. Charitable functions are outside the scope of the Club. However, our members are actively involved in charitable work and are members of many charitable organizations both in the US and in Syria.
Q: I am a member of the press. I would like to get in touch with members of the Club to discuss the situation in Syria.
A: The DC Syrian American Club is a social and recreational club recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization under Section 501 c(7). Due to its nature and status, the Club is unable to provide any press briefings, opinions, or information about events unrelated to its social and recreational activities as listed under the Events page. The Club is focused on exclusively serving its members and families with social and recreational activities, and helping new members settle in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Q: Can I advertise my business through the Club?
A: Unfortunately, the Club avoids promoting businesses to its members, whether the business owner is a member or not. However, the Club is a wonderful way to meet and connect with other members, indirectly raising awareness about your organization. That said, businesses cannot solicit services from members at Syrian American Club events.