Again this year, the Lebanese branch of the Royal House of Ghassan had a Christmas Charity Event in Furn El Chebbak, Lebanon. In partnership with the Amicale des Freres Association the Royal House has distributed food and gifts to the elderly people forgotten by their own families. Congratulations to Sheikh Dr. Elie Gharios, the President of the Lebanese branch of the Royal House of Ghassan for the initiative! Happy Holidays!
In 2014, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has received his first U.S. Special Congressional Recognition by the initiative of the Honorable Congressman Brad Sherman (California). Last month, by the initiative of the Honorable Congressman John Yarmuth (Kentucky), Prince Gharios has received the second award from the U.S. Congress due to his humanitarian and volunteer work.
HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII was honored by the Great State of Arkansas with the honorary title of “Arkansas Traveler” which is the name given to the official Goodwill Ambassadorship of the State. The beautiful certificate was signed by the Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Secretary of State Mark Martin. The title is the highest honor given to a person not currently living in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Traveler story is connected to Colonel Sanford C. “Sandy” Faulkner, who was very active in Arkansas politics. He was also involved in banking and farming during the 19th century. As oral history has relayed it, Faulkner had gotten lost in the Ozarks during one of his many political campaigns. Looking for a place to stay overnight, Faulkner wandered by a small, log cabin where he was given lodging and hospitality. Faulkner, who was known for retelling of the event, explained that the settler was at first bad tempered and uncommunicative but became more welcoming when Faulkner proved able to complete playing the tune that the settler had been playing on the fiddle. Faulkner’s story of the “Arkansas Traveler” rapidly became part of the state’s folklore.
The award was approved in a resolution by the Arkansas Legislature. The award was created in early 1941 with the first certificate granted May 20, 1941, to President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Some notable recipients are: US Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. Poet Maya Angelou, Boxer Muhammad Ali, entertainers Garth Brooks, Bob Hope, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, entrepreneur Steve Forbes, Evangelist Billy Graham, etc.