Visit #14, Wahpeton Lions Club, Monday evening October 17, 2011

This was my first solo. Brenda had a commitment at home so I was on my own. I left Grand Forks around 4 p.m. planning for a 6:15 arrival. I had no trouble finding the Hills 210 Café and Sub Shop; a cozy meeting place.

I had talked to Lion President Steve Helgeson a few days earlier and he let me know that the group would be small. Six of us joined together for the meeting. I had to chuckle because the Wahpeton Lions have the menu memorized and each knew exactly what he/she wanted for supper. We said the Pledge of Allegiance and blessed the meal and the gathering. The main business of the club this evening was deciding on charitable contributions and planning the next fundraising effort. This was the first time I’ve made my district governor remarks sitting down—appropriate for this intimate group.

A high percentage of the friendly and fun Wahpeton Lions are associated with the law enforcement profession. Obviously no one gets out of hand at meetings. Wahpeton Lions are known throughout the area for selling fresh, delicious donuts at various events from their traveling wagon. They tell me that people attend just to get the donuts. These Lions have successfully substituted a “signature product” for a “signature project”. Wait a minute—it just hit me—donuts and law enforcement officers—is it coincidence? Oh, I’m in big trouble now. Just for the record, I drive a red, 1993 Chevy Cavalier sedan with MN license–riiiiight.

With the help of a cup of coffee from Cenex, I surprised Brenda by arriving home before ten.

Grand Forks to Wahpeton: 121.5
Wahpeton to Grand Forks: 121.5
Total mileage for the visit: 243
Mileage for the week: 243
Mileage for the month: 907
Mileage for the year: 3,625

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