Visit #15, Oakes Lions Club, Tuesday evening October 18, 2011

We left for Oakes about 2:30 in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day for traveling. We arrived there about an hour prior to the meeting so checked into out motel. After a brief rest we got decked out for the meeting.

I had joked with Brenda about the Lions meeting place—The Angry Beaver Lodge–and how I was going to ask them, “Why is the beaver angry?” I didn’t have to ask; there was a 4’ X 6’ sign just inside the door outlining the beaver’s beefs. His main complaint is that people cut down trees and don’t plant new ones. Fair enough. Sounds like the Oakes Lions will be able to placate the beaver and please International Lions President Tam at the same time by planting plenty of trees in and around Oakes this year.

I’ve said before that the second best thing to a new club charter night is a meeting where new members are inducted into an existing club. I was thrilled to induct four new Lions this evening. In addition to the traditional certificate, pin, and new member packet, the club gave each of them a new, filled-in name badge. Nice touch. I don’t see clubs doing that as much anymore.

The meal was great and the group was an attentive audience. I wondered silently to myself if the Oakes Lions Club could afford to do away with charging dues entirely since their tailtwister was so active—all in good fun. We said goodnight to a good group and shook a lot of hands on the way out.

We spent the night in Oakes and made our way back to Grand Forks the next morning, arriving in time for me to attend my club’s noon meeting.

Grand Forks to Oakes: 191 (overnight)
Oakes to Grand Forks: 191
Total mileage for the visit: 388
Mileage for the week: 625
Mileage for the month: 1,295
Mileage for the year: 4,013

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