Last week I had the privilege to speak to one of the Fargo Rotary clubs about emergency preparedness. I say one of the Fargo Rotary clubs as there are – as I understand it – a number of them. The one I spoke to meets on Mondays for lunch at the Holiday Inn and does not sing. The non-singing element of this particular club is part-and-parcel of their identity and they embrace it. Those in service clubs where singing is part of the package may wonder whatever they do without a song book and song leader. Instead they share information, and laugh…and give club updates, and laugh – they are an exceedingly cheery group. I was not one bit disappointed that they were not singers as I am more a Yoko Ono type of singer than a Mariah Carey and my singing voice is one thing I think the world can live without hearing.
But I digress. The point was I spoke to the Rotary club and while there I had time to visit with my hostess Betty (Betty works at NDSU and was the one who invited me to come) and she shared with me information about the organizations they support. Well, I must tell you folks – this Rotary group does an awful lot for many worthy causes in the community. I was truly amazed at how diverse their focus was and how much freedom they had to address whatever community needs club members identified as needing their help. In particular, I was AMAZED at how much money and support they have put into the Red River Zoo over the years. I cannot recall the exact amount, but I seem to recall it has been over $300,000 collectively over a period of years. Can you imagine??!! What a fabulous club! I love creatures big and small, so hearing this news made me want to sing. Thank goodness it was a non-singing club.
Betty invited me to a fabulous fundraising event for the Red River Zoo this Thursday evening from 6-9 PM called the 2nd Annual Red River “ZOOlebration”. This celebration will feature a live band – Tucker’d Out – a live auction, food, wine, and a cash bar. It is an adult celebration for those 21 and older and $30 of the $50 ticket price is tax deductible. The 2013 honorary ZOOlebration hosts are members of the Dawson clan (Edith, Tom, Georgia, Steve, and Vicki). You can get tickets for this event on the zoo’s website (get your tickets here). The Zoo asks that you purchase your tickets by the end of the day Tuesday (a.k.a. tomorrow) so they can get an accurate count of how many to plan for.
I, unfortunately, have a prior commitment. What a shame as I hear it will be quite the event for party animals like me, but I wanted to share it with all of you because it sounds like it will be a lovely evening out for a great cause. The Red River Zoo will be closed on the 4th and 5th preparing for this shindig and open exclusively on the evening of the 5th for this event.
If you cannot make this event visit be sure to visit the webpage and see the other ways in which you can help the great work being done at the Red River Zoo. The Zoo is a non-profit organization and relies on the community’s support to fund its operations. Check out the Zoo’s page at www.redriverzoo.org and visit the Zoo often with your family. It is easy to see why the non-singing Fargo Rotary club is so devoted to supporting the Zoo – it’s a great community asset and those Rotarians…well, they are definitely party animals.
Day one thousand five hundred and sixteen of the new forty – obla di obla da