10th Annual Rally Wrap, Wardens On Wheels
We had 35 bikes and 45 people show up for the rally. Over $2,800 was raised for the museum and has brought our running total to over $23,000 raised in the past ten years.
Friday night we met at the Dockside and enjoyed a good meal. There was some socializing that took place back at the campground and I’m sure the same took place at the hotel.
A big thanks to Lynn McClamroch and his Mizzurah crew for designing and delivering the 10th Annual rally t-shirts! These are very nice shirts and I know I will treasure mine. 50 had been ordered and we were able to sell all of them.
Saturday we met at the museum for our meeting. A big thank you to Museum manager, Zarah. There were signs out front welcoming us, a special Wardens on Wheels cake, coffee and she also donated the cigars that we raffled off.
Paul Hopkins and myself were each given a plaque of appreciation for our years of dedication to the rally. We were both surprised and honored by the plaques. Our thanks to our fellow riders for this thoughtfulness!
We were able to complete a loop through ND for the Heather Nadolski Memorial poker run and wind up back at the cook shelter, where the Game Warden Museum executive provided us with supper. Thank you!
I had forgotten to bring the banner to the museum but we did get the new officers attending to sign it at the picnic shelter. However, we did not get a group photo done with the banner so everyone will have to attend again next year and get their picture taken!
We raffled off two customs knives, a couple Scheels gift cards and the cigars.
There were some very nice poker prizes up for grabs and everyone got to claim at least two items from the table. I plan to make use of my new turkey call and I did wear my Wisconsin toque one night on my extended trip out west after the rally.
We had secured some additional Scheels gift cards that were awarded to the oldest and youngest riders, the person having ridden the farthest to get to the rally and the person riding the oldest bike.(which came down to a coin toss)
Last year’s rally has come to be known as the Moons over Metigoshe rally. This year, it’s known as the Coons of Metigoshe rally. Ask Doug Olson about his encounter if you haven’t heard the story!
We had riders from SK, MB, ND, MN, WI, KS, MO, TX and GA that attended.
I’m hopeful that even though next year won’t be a milestone year for the rally, that people enjoyed themselves and will plan to attend again.
Thank you to everyone that helped out with the rally, from adding up the funds, dealing cards, selling raffle cards, reserving the campground and picnic shelter and planning the poker run.
The attached video was produced by the ND Fish and Game Department.
See you in 2017