Chautauqua District OES welcomes state leaders for homecoming and visit

Submitted Photo Grand Matron MW Lynne M. Schmitt of Fredonia and Leland P. Barnes of upper NY, Grand Patron, completed their 31st official visit and had traveled throughout NYS as well as attending special meetings in other states.

On June 9, members of the Chautauqua District Order of the Eastern Star welcomed the State leaders and their companion Grand Officers at Chautauqua Suites, Mayville, for their Homecoming and Official Visit to Chautauqua District.

Grand Matron MW Lynne M. Schmitt of Fredonia and Leland P. Barnes of upper NY, Grand Patron, completed their 31st official visit and had traveled throughout NYS as well as attending special meetings in other states. They were elected and installed Oct. 14, 2017, at the 148th Grand Session in Binghamton.

Jan. 9 through 13, 2018, along with leaders of Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of the State of NY, Lynne visited and shared lunch with NY Masons and Eastern Star members living in or just spending the winter months in Florida.

Charitable projects that Grand Matron Schmitt and Grand Patron Barnes promoted include: Special Olympics (she shared examples of children’s situations that needed assistance) and she has first-hand experience, having just retired after 34 years as secretary to Special Education Supervisor at Fredonia BOCES. (She had worked closely with the student body on many of their special projects – bowling, sports programs, and graduation celebrations).

Fisher House project – a housing complex available near Veterans Hospitals for free use of visiting families and military personnel undergoing treatment.

The Eastern Star Campus at Oriskany, New York, includes a nursing home, an assisted living facility, and rehab center, which is available to members and general public.

A Nursing Scholarship Fund helps those entering the nursing field or those who are already nurses but desire to advance their career. The Educational Assistance Fund helps members in need of financial assistance and may apply to this program for either a one-time grant or two years of assistance as the need dictates.

The men and women in the military are especially held in high regard by the membership. Locally donations are made to the Blue Star Mothers to help with shipping costs, Chautauqua Veterans Van, and WNY Veterans Hospital.

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