Six club members (Mike, Barbara, Bill Morris, Glenn Behm, Lynne and Larry) plus Ella Morrison attended District Convention at the Town and Country Convention Center in San Diego in August. For those of you who have never been there, this is a great convention site, with beautiful, rose filled grounds, several restaurants, easy access to convention halls, and several swimming pools. The convention itself was very smooth... well planned and with excellent displays, interesting seminars, and general sessions that were short and crisp and lacking the usual orations that go on and on and bore everybody to tears. The entertainment was spectacular, including a motivational speaker, Brett Eastburn, who was born with no arms, no legs, no handicaps. It is just absolutely amazing what he can do... play basketball, football, wrestle, draw pictures, etc., all without prostheses!! I also enjoyed the painter who painted to music as the votes were being counted at our delegate session (no electronic voting here!!). He managed 3 paintings during the session, 2 of which were auctioned off (one for just under $1000 and one for over $1000,) with the funds going to the CNH Foundation. Amazing!!
For the record, the following people were elected to District office: Roy Tally for governor, Tom Millhan for governor elect, and Oscar Knight for CNH candidate for International Trustee at next year's convention, narrowly beating out Marc McDonald. Both are good men and it was hard for me to choose one over the other.
Socializing is always a big part of District Convention, and this year the entire District enjoyed an excellent BBQ dinner at the San Diego Zoo. Tickets included a full day at the zoo (for those who were inclined to skip the seminars and sessions that day) plus another ticket for a follow-up day (only useful if you were staying over after convention or planning a trip back.) Even so, it was a nice event with good food, although strangely lacking any of the leaders, who had to attend a conflicting fund raiser for the Kiwanis Doctor program.
Last but not least, the 2009-2010 incoming Lt. Governors for the district were introduced at the Saturday night dinner and installation event. It was great to see our own Mike Akana walk across the stage. I know Mike will be a dedicated and successful Lt. Governor and our club will give him excellent support. (It was also exciting to see that at least 1/3 of the incoming Lt. Govs. were women.)