We had a busy day at Rotary today. Rex started us out with awarding Ron B. with his Paul Harris plus One. Then, he presented Doug and katheryn with Sponsor Pins for bringing in new members into the club. Finally, Rex called Tracie and I up to the front of the room. Unsure of what we were doing up there, Rex presented us with left over laundry that was accidentally left on the boat during our trip to Florida. At least Rex washed Danny's shirt. (I like mine with heavy starch, just sayin')
Keith Gill gave his $10 to introduce his guest (Top Left Picture) from the Indiana Fusion . His guest went on to share with us how different departments communicate with each other to help fight crime. This communication goes beyond just in departments, but also Homeland Security.
Finally, wrapping up our Harlem Ambassadors event, Ron B. presented Will Lacey, from the Danville Parks Department, with a check for $950.00. This represented the Parks Department with
Naples Bay Rotary Club wrap up meeting. With four Rotarians from Danville left to attend the Tuesday meeting. President Gabe thanked all of the volunteers and provided special thanks to Rex and Team Danville for all their hard work and for making the trip to Florida. Ziggy Dicks BBQ Festival was a success.
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There is already a group of Danville Rotarians that are looking forward to going down next year to make sure that the Ziggy Dick BBQ Festival has plenty of volunteers.
I will say you have not got to know your fellow Rotarian until you have slept with them. On this trip 8 Rotariana have worked, slept, and eaten every meal together. In the last 5 days we have laughed and "cried" (when yours truly jacked up our return flight home). But you get to know someone better when you are forced to be in close proximity to them for an extended period of time. You learn a lot from 3 am discussions after a night of consuming adult sodas. These were great times, fellowship and fun. And your chance to know a Rotarian better comes down to the flip of a coin.
Team Danville is taking one for the team. Someone has to do it. Lines were cast off, engine fired up, and we were off. Our captain, Mick, took us upclose and personal to some fine looking homes up the bay. As we turned towards the Gulf, we had 4 dalphins swimming and playing in our wake. By mid afternoon, we were out in the gulf about 5 miles. There was a lot of boaters out. Mick had us back in the slip before dark. It was a great cruise and wonderful fellowship with Rotarians. Special thanks goes out to Rex for the use of the boat and Tracie and Danny for making sure we did not go hungry. The evening was capped with dinner at the Tiki bar.
The aroma of the Fairgrounds has a sweet smell of hickory and smoke. As you walk down the midway, waves of smoke drift in front and behind as you move towards brisket haven. Waiting in line builds the anticipation of sticky fingers and the taste of BBQ on your palet. As you get closer, the choices come into view and the choices are overwhelming. Alligator, swamp burger, fried pickles, ribs, chicken, slaw, beef are all available. You had better have changed out some of you dollars to Ziggy Dollars because they don't take cash. They do this so that the Rotary club can track how much cash is coming in. When the vendors cash out, they are given 80 cents on the dollar. The club keeps 20% for their efforts. Some people have eaten so much BBQ, I think they have turned into pigs.
Everywhere we go, I hear circus music. I hear this in my head because we have been piling 8 people into a sub ment for 6 people. Someone has to draw the short straw to either sit on a piece of luggage or one someone elses lap. When we stop, it looks like clowns falling out of a VW. But wait it gets funnier. Seeing those in the back seat with their knees up around their ears is a site. Then watching everyone stretch and bend to get out. I am sure us Northerners are a site to see. BBQ baby... Bring it on!
Team Danville split into two groups for forays event. Danny, Tracie, John and Denis too the first shift. Ron, Greg, Henry and Rex will be taking the second shift from 4 til 10pm. Until then, the off shift has been hanging about in mild tempratures. Listening to the slapping of the water against the hull and dock. The festival had a good turnout last night despite some cooler weather. Everyone has been getting along fine. Some of us are meeting up with a friend of Ron's for lunch.
Rex, "No need folks to set an alarm. Get up when you want, but don't wake me up!". This is what Rex proclaimed. He added that he never sets an alarm. Fast forward to 6am on Friday. BEEP, BEEP, BEEP... Everyone on the boat is awake, but Rex. Later, when discussing whose alarm went off... Rex determined that it was his. He had set an alarm for the day before and hit the "daily" button. The kicker was that he slept right through it. After a great breakfast at the local greasy spoon, we are off the the Fairgrounds to start to work. Apparently, they will have beer here, so my later posts my be sloppy (with BBQ)
Plane has landed and we loaded into a waiting SUV. It was like something from the movies. Flash bulbs going off all over, red carpet unrolled, and velvet rope blocking off the press. (I think someone confused Danny Shearer for Mel Gibson). Anyway, Rex said the we are headed too his favorite Tiki Bar for dinner and drinks. We had a good time and IU beat Michigan. Headed to the boat for a good night sleep.
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