As has been done for so many years, Fort Yuma recently ended one year and began a new one with our annual awards ceremony, better known as the "Trip to Nowhere".
Traditionally this event is planned by the President Elect and a very small committee with nobody else in the club (including the current President) knowing what's in store for them for the night. Our President Elect this year though is so awesome that she didn't need a committee, just a hard working spouse, John, who consistently works his butt off for our club. The event started at Lute's casino (also a tradition) where we were all adorned with Mexican sombreros. To everyone's surprise we were called to head out to Nowhere and lo and behold there sat a Buffalo bus. For you newer members, you should know that for many years a bus was the norm but because of rising costs, we have not been able to get a bus the last few years. We have walked, drove our individual cars and took limos in lieu of the bus. The bus drove us around for a bit while Renee collected a hat full of dollar bills from members hoping to guess the correct destination. After a pit stop at LZ Bar for beverages and appetizers, we ended up at Booth Machinery where we feasted on Las Palapas tacos, beans, rice and of course chips and salsa. We watched a slideshow of all the great work we've done during Keith's year and awards were given out. Congratulations to Brad Sackrider for being named Rookie of the Year! And we had not just one but two Rotarians of the Year-Dave Carvell and Robin Eshbaugh. These two members went above and beyond their call of duty in Keith's year. Keith also gave out an award he created called the Heart and Soul award and several members were honored to receive this. Tony Brockington, Past District Governor, then swore in Renee and her new board and the evening came to a close. The event went off without a hitch, well, except for Karen F. falling out of the bus. Be sure and check out the photo journal on the lower right of the home page to see the fun!