The Romaïan Cultural Society celebrated the anniversary of its institution in early 2014, and held a lunch at the Marina Club, Dbayeh, Lebanon. The celebration took place on Sunday, January 24th, 2016, and was attended by about one hundred and sixty-five members of the society and their friends. The celebration included, for the first time, honoring one of the endowed Romaïan personalities, thus establishing the tradition of paying homage to outstanding Romaïan celebrities. The Romaïan Lebanese talented woman, Dr. Laila Badr, a famous archaeologist, was actually honored.
Dr. Badr participated and headed many teams to excavate antiquities in Lebanon, Syria and some Arab countries such as Yemen and the Emirates, and she had a great credit in excavating the antiquities buried in downtown Beirut after the destruction that befell the city during the Lebanese war.
After welcoming the audience and chanting the Constantinople anthem, “Unto you, O Theotokos, invincible Champion, your City, in thanksgiving ascribes the victory for the deliverance from sufferings. And having your might unassailable, free us from all dangers, so that we may cry unto you: Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.” the society’s president, Professor Negib Geahchan, delivered a speech in which he said: “We established our society to explore the Romaïan civilizational heritage, to live it, to transfer it to the present world, and to preach it to future generations, so that they, too, discover the values experienced by their ancestors. In the context of exploring this great legacy, past and present, and in the context of knowing those who carried it and preached it, we found it necessary to honor the innovators who bore the talents bestowed upon them by divine grace. Saint Paul says in his letter to Romans about those:” 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”