Date: April 22, 2001
Place: Gene Reid Park, Tucson, Arizona
Saturday's stormy weather was a thing of the past, and Sunday dawned fresh and sunny. Ramadas 14 and 15 in the Gene Reid Park in the middle of Tucson were spacious and inviting. Lithuanian flag was waving in the breeze, Lithuanian music was playing on the loudspeaker, Lithuanian food and cold drinks were being served, and some 80 guests arrived from all parts of Arizona and from as far away as Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was a great turnout, a great opportunity to meet old friends and to make new ones. It was not all frivolity, however, and many letters supporting Lithuania's invitation into NATO were signed and mailed to the President and to our U.S. senators and representatives.
As always, many contributed to the success of this picnic. Our thanks go to Maryte and Rimtis Tallat-Kelpsa for preparing the wonderful feast of kugelis, sausages, and sourkraut; to the many ladies that contributed cakes and cookies; to Dr. Violeta Juodakis for collecting signatures on NATO letters; to Aldona Gencius and Severina Vanagunas for selling lottery tickets; to Juozas Budinavicius and Danguole Balceris for running the lottery; to Don Adamavich for tending the bar; to Aldona Vaitkus for being the cashier; and to the many others who helped out.