Allegany District Masons and Eastern Star July 4, 2016 Picnic Lunch for Vets at Bath VA Event Recap Thirty one members, family and friends of the Allegany District Masons and Eastern Star celebrated the 4th of July holiday by providing a picnic lunch to the residents of the Bath VA Medical Center. Over 140 veterans plus a number of staff were served grilled hot dogs, sausage and hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, pickles and homemade cookies at the outdoor pavilion. The group of volunteers expressed that it was a great day to honor our veterans and a great way to say, “thank you” for their service to our country. One member of the group, Donald Beaver from Cuba, NY, stated that he had been helping out at the annual 4th of July picnic at the Bath VA for over 20 years. He related that over the years, there have been many organizations who have helped to support this outing, including the Masons, Eastern Star, VFW, area Legions, as well as a few companies and individuals. Some years they served barbecued chicken; some years they provided live music; and some years they had special flag ceremonies. Each and every year the smiles and appreciation shown by the veterans make it all worthwhile. Special thanks to: The Eagle who made an appearance Don Beaver who chaired the event Strohmans/Bimbo Bakery for 30- 16 packs of rolls OES-Bartlett Chapter #411 (Marie Nix, Edla Reynolds, Yvonne Perrin,) for 70 lbs of potato salad Richard and Katie Hollis for Baked Beans Allegany OES District Members for home- made cookies All of Allegany District Mason and OES District members, family and friends for their financial help and volunteer help which resulted in a great outing with our Vets at Bath, VA. Present: Don Beaver, Rick and Katie Hollis, Don and Kathy Ross, Janet Rinker, Mel and Lee Johnston and Zack & Brin, Jerry Lyman, Tad Manske, Steve Langworthy, Edla Reynolds, Ken Babbitt, Yvonne Perrin, Marie Nix, Marie & George Rought, Ken & Jean Irwin, Rhonda Sue Dieter, Moe Suttles, Joyce Weatherly, Carolyn Garrow, Lisa & Jeff Beaver and their two kids, Eric & Val Gothwaithe.