The Chautauqua County Grange Pomona No. 3 gathered on Tuesday night, April 9 for its annual recognition dinner at Pine Valley VFW No. 2522 in Cherry Creek, N.Y.
April is National Grange Month, and grange members from Chautauqua County came together for a time of fellowship and dinner put on by the Pine Valley group.
Lecturer Betty Wakefield of the Falconer Ross Grange No. 305 read a proclamation from Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards recognizing the century plus years of service to the area. The evening was welcomed with prayer from the Pomona Chaplain Art Kinney. County Master Lois Kesby was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the entire evening.
Korean Veteran Peter Carlo presenting flag to the Chautauqua County Grange Pomona No. 3. Receiving the flag is County Grange Master Lois Kesby and stand with her left to right is Linda Kesby, Art Kinney, Ray Wilstie, Thomas Hebelsen, Norman Sprague and Winston Bartholew.
Special guest and junior at Pine Valley school, Future Farmers of America Andrew Miller, gave a report of the work of FFA at the school. He talked about his farming with his family and the work involved in the maintaining of such an operation. He looks forward to having a farm of his own some day.
The highlight of the evening was Peter Carlo and his wife, Mary Ann, as they together presented two flags to both the Cherry Creek VFW Post No. 2522 and the Chautauqua County Pomona No. 3. The VFW received a 5' by 8' flag, which was flown at the nation's capital. This was received by the Commander Frank F. Giles of Pine Valley Post No. 2522. Then the 3' by 5' American flag was presented to County Grange Master Lois Kesby and members of Pomona No. 3.
The speaker of the evening was Korean Veteran Peter Carlo who talked about what this country means to him and the respect he has for the American flag. These flags were number 90 and 91 of the flags Carlo and his wife have purchased and donated to area organizations in honor of the American flag. Carlo has dedicated his life of service to the promoting of the American flag. Upon the completion of his talk, Chaplain Art Kinney presented the Community Service Award from the National Grange to Carlo for his work in promoting and serving in local veteran's groups throughout the country.