Visit #24, Wing, Monday evening November 7, 2011

We left Jamestown in time to make the 99-mile drive to Wing. It was dark by the time we arrived, but a full moon helped a little. Not much traffic. We saw a lone doe grazing on the roadside just off I-94 as we headed north.

Once in Wing it wasn’t difficult–in the three-block downtown–to find the Chat ‘n Chew Café. You gotta love that name? I confirmed with the waitress the time of the meeting and she informed me that the bar next door was an unofficial rendezvous point for club members. Not wanting to be left out, Brenda and went and grabbed a table. It wasn’t long before we had half a dozen Lions friends.

Dinner was a great hamburger steak with cream gravy and all the trimmings. It was the first time I’ve ever eaten prune kuchen–pretty tasty.

The club got their business taken care of quickly and efficiently. The tailtwister didn’t have much opportunity to fine anyone because the members have a tradition of “suspending the rules” and fining each other. I got to contribute a few times and got a good-natured ribbing from some of the Lions about being from “the valley” (Red River Valley).

As part of my remarks I explained the district’s tree planting goal and mentioned that 5NW had a substantial lead on us right now. In the course of the conversation I discovered that a Wing Lion is in charge of the Soil Conservation Service tree planting in the local area. He indicated that he’ll be planting about 110,000 in the spring. Does this count as “Lions planting trees”? Time will tell, ha, ha.

After the meeting we drove to Bismarck to spend the night. The next morning we had a relaxing breakfast with 5NW District Governor Pat Vannett and her husband Past District Governor Kevin then returned home.

Edgeley to Wing: 135
Wing to Bismarck: 46 (overnight)
Bismarck to Grand Forks: 268
Mileage for the visit: 449
Mileage for the week: 654
Mileage for the month: 1,338
Mileage for the year: 6,109

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