Visit #18, Valley City Lions Club, Monday evening October 24, 2011

You can sure tell the season is changing. We arrived in Valley City around six p.m. and it was almost dark. We had attended the lunch meeting of Fargo Lions and then took advantage of the shopping there before getting back on the road and heading west.

The club meets at the VFW downtown and when I commented on their nice quiet, private meeting room they agreed—unless someone forgets to turn off the PA system. If that happens they get to share bingo numbers being called from the lounge.

Lion President (and Sheriff) Randy received some good-natured ribbing from his fellow Lions for the recent roundup of a fugitive from a local cornfield after a day’s stakeout. Brenda and I enjoyed learning all about two of the Valley City Lions projects—Ruckus at the Rec and How I Didn’t Really Burn the Popcorn Yet Managed to Set Off the Smoke Alarm.

The fall-off-the-bone tender stuffed pork chop for dinner was fantastic! I didn’t win the drawing for the bottle of wine. I’m hoping after hearing my remarks, that these great Lions will remember and support my district governor theme for the year–“Just A Little Bit”.

In preparation for the Parade of Green at the upcoming state Lions convention the club approved a number of generous donations. The Valley City Lions are strong supporters of LCIF and have a high percentage of members who are Melvin Jones Fellows. This is the home club of PDG Larry Sayler; it was nice reminiscing with him.

Other than a few sprinkles the weather was clear and we arrived home uneventfully a little after ten.

Fargo to Valley City: 62
Valley City to Grand Forks: 133
Total mileage for the visit: 195
Mileage for the week: 272
Mileage for the month: 2,053
Mileage for the year: 4,771

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