Visit #27, Carrington, Wednesday evening December 7, 2011

It’s been almost a full month since our last visit…nearly forgot how to do this, ha, ha. I’ve been looking forward to this since it was scheduled back in August; one of two in conjunction with holiday parties. After gassing the Subaru Forrester we were on the road to Carrington right at 3 p.m. The GPS woman navigator accepted our chosen route almost immediately and had little to say the remainder of the trip. The first twenty miles involved Brenda balancing a bowl of freshly popped popcorn on her lap and my grabbing handfuls when traffic allowed—mandatory afternoon snack, you understand.

We checked into our motel and had about an hour to relax and get dressed. We arrived at the meeting location a few minutes early to find about twenty Lion revelers enjoying happy hour. We joined the celebration. It’s wonderful to be invited to participate in club celebrations and social events. In addition to all the good work they do and the awards they win, it’s nice to see that the Carrington Lions are also friends and genuinely enjoy each other’s company.

What a great meal–and the best part—guests got to go first! I’m betting this will be the only time during the year we’ll have fried shrimp for dinner. For those who don’t know, North Dakota is typically beef and pork country. Someone must have told the Carrington planners about my predilection toward ice cream. The dessert was fantastic. We enjoyed the “What’s in the stocking?” and “Christmas Song Titles” games as well as Mary Ann Zwinger’s surprise thrift store gifts for everyone. Lion President Ken was particularly thrilled with his boxer shorts.

After my DG comments I had the distinct privilege of inducting a new Carrington Lion and assisting with award of two prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowships. I also brought with me three 2010-2011 LCI “Excellence Awards” for the club and two past leaders. I will proudly wear the Carrington club pin I received at the conclusion of festivities.

The next morning we had a quick, uneventful, sunny drive back to Grand Forks.

Grand Forks to Carrington: 131 (overnight)
Carrington to Grand Forks: 131
Mileage for the visit: 262
Mileage for the week: 262
Mileage for the month: 262
Mileage for the year: 6,668

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