Visit #31, Larimore-Turtle River Lions Club, Wednesday morning January 18, 2012

Today we scored a hat trick. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it means for a single player to score three goals in a hockey game. Brenda and I didn’t play hockey today, but we managed to score three Lions club visits.

We were out of the house and on the road to Larimore, ND by 6 a.m. I think we were both hungry and looking forward to breakfast at The Scoop. The Scoop is a small dairy-type drive in with a few booths and tables inside. It’s a great service to Larimore to have this facility open all winter for breakfast and coffee.

Upon arrival we were greeted by Lion President Charlie Murphy and almost a dozen hardy Lions. We each ordered the breakfast special and were handed nice full cups of hot coffee.

Usual club business and officer and committee reports came first. I was absolutely flabbergasted when I got a look at the printed list of local groups that receive assistance and donations from the Larimore-Turtle River club and I said so. Then the treasurer proceeded to read a second list. This Lions club is a “pillar” in their community. Of course, they reach out and support state and international Lion causes as well.

I was amused to hear that some in the club were slightly at odds with local school administrators for not being able to get the high school gym opened in the evenings for use by groups needing the practice time and space. I’m pretty sure—given the level of support that the club provides—that they’ll be able to gently convince those officials to see things their way…or at least take another look.

Full of ham and cheese omelets, buttered toast, fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee, Brenda and I headed back to Grand Forks having already enjoyed 1/3 of the day’s adventures.

Mileage for the visit: 68
Mileage for the week: 68
Mileage for the month: 492
Mileage for the year: 7,160

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