Visit #6, Ellendale Lions Club, Saturday evening September 17, 2011

We had purchased a new vehicle in Minneapolis on Friday and spent the night with our daughter and her family in Savage, MN. The new vehicle wasn’t related to the earlier deer encounter. We got away from Savage about eight Saturday morning and headed to Ellendale, ND. We dropped our second car in the Fargo Airport parking lot with plans to retrieve it Sunday on the way home.

It was an uneventful drive to Ellendale (about 65 miles south of Jamestown). We checked into our motel and had about an hour and a half to relax before the Lions Charter Night event.

The meeting was in the basement of a nice restaurant in Ellendale. I couldn’t believe how beautifully the room was decorated. The table settings were very fancy—the product of Lion Donna Ruff’s efforts. There was even wine on the tables. I had about 15 minutes to talk with Lion President Monica to go over the program and coordinate our “dance steps” before things started. She had done a good job planning and the emcee was very capable. Normally an International Director (ID) or past-ID gives the keynote remarks at a Charter Night event, but none was available so I had been asked—an honor. I knew I was also doing a new member induction ceremony and the installation of officers ceremony. Those are no big deal because you read from a script. I had also volunteered to show the club how to tailtwist since none of the new members had experienced it before. I think we raised about $50 for them. Almost everything went well except I skipped an item on the program and Brenda and President Monica had to remind me. I received several nice compliments on my keynote address from past district governors who were there.

We stayed around after the event and helped clean up and pack the decorations. There were several partial and unopened bottles of wine left and about a dozen of us (mostly past district governors and spouses) sat around for about an hour sipping wine and talking Lions shop. You really get to know people that way. It was almost 10 by then and someone suggested adjourning to the bar at our motel…which six of us did. We ended up sitting in the bar talking until (censored). We agreed to meet at 8:30 the next morning back at the restaurant for breakfast.

Eight-thirty came really early. All showed up as agreed and we had a leisurely breakfast. On the way home we made a shopping stop in Moorhead. We claimed the other car at the airport and drove the rest of the way home. Naps for everyone that afternoon.

Grand Forks to Ellendale: 230 (overnight)
Ellendale to Grand Forks: 230
Total mileage for the visit: 460
Mileage for the week: 1,404
Mileage for the month: 1,887
Mileage for the year: 1,887

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