by Donna Montague
We're back, safe and sound. The roads weren't too bad going out there but coming home was worse. The rally went very well. We were greeted by a very warmly and got to know a very supportive group of local people over supper. This was really nice as it put familiar faces in the audience for us.
With the bad weather conditions, we were unsure how the attendance would work out. The legion was full. I'd guestimate 100 - 150 people. Paul Millan was the coordinator of the rally and he also MC'd the evening. He did an excellent job of introducing and supporting us. There was even a raffle for a beautiful hand crafted skinning knife made by Charlie Niedermayer. Every $10's donated received a ticket on the draw.
The rally opened with the showing of Chris's video. Then I was introduced. I wish I didn't have essential tremors ... I shook through my presentation, but I felt a real connection with the audience, I didn't do any screw ups and sat down feeling very pumped. Next Bruce got up and did his talk which also connected with the audience. He showed his video clip of Annie and Martin, which carried a distinct message.
When our speeches were completed Bruce answered questions for 15-20 min, then the knife draw took place. We hung around for a while talking with people. Many told us we had their support and that they'd spread the word. We received donations totalling $1625.00
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