Visit #9, New Rockford Lions Club, Monday evening September 26, 2011

We got the newly-repaired Subaru “Deer Smasher” back from the body shop on Friday, just in time to head back out. We left GF around 4:30. The GPS shrew definitely did not like us turning south off of US Highway 2 onto State Highway 1 at Lakota. She chided us for the next forty minutes insisting we double back and do it her way. I think she told us to “make a U-turn” about 50 times. Most people would have “pulled the plug”, but we were stubborn and determined to outlast her.

We’ve developed a habit of listening to “books on tape” (more like books on CD) when we drive long distances. We enjoyed “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks during this and the two previous visitations.

After a brief brain-dead erroneous stop at the Eagles Club(?) we correctly found our way to the American Legion in downtown New Rockford. As we parked I thought to myself, “Wow, all of these cars and trucks here just to welcome me? Awesome!” Turns out that the funeral of a prominent citizen had been held that afternoon and everyone was still in the downtown bars remembering him.

New Rockford Lions is an active, welcoming club. Lion President Dennis runs a well-organized meeting except there are three sisters who revel in giving him a good-natured hard time. New Rockford is the home club of ND Lions Eye Bank President Rick Swenson. Much of their meeting revolved around members voting to make much-needed donations and reading thank you letters from those they’ve previously helped. How great is that? My remarks were well accepted, however, they so thoroughly adopted the “Just a Little Bit” theme that it was all they could say for the last thirty minutes. Lots of laughs. Having the local bakery owner as a member of your club has it’s advantages–wonderful mini-bundt cakes for dessert.

Brenda and I had a couple of uneventful hours on the road heading home after dark. We finished up the 12th and last CD of the audio book.

Grand Forks to New Rockford: 132
New Rockford to Grand Forks: 132
Total mileage for the visit: 264
Mileage for the week: 264
Mileage for the month: 2,718
Mileage for the year: 2,718

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