Saturday of convention went excellently. My speach was well received (thanks again to Louis for the hard work he put into the powerpoint presentation — without it, I would not have been able to present it nearly so well). Books for Africa actually generated a fair bit of buzz from the Kiwanians. Ian's Key Club speach was also quite entertaining. Workshops will hopefully help generate the momentum we need as Kiwanians to build our organization in the coming weeks and months.
House of Delegates was great — we elected our first ever female governor-elect. Lori will do an amazing job I'm sure — and it helped that she brought such delicious bribes (yay for fresh Bernard Callebaut chocolates!), not that she needed them. All went as expected, and I enjoyed checking everyone into the House with John.
The banquet was good as well — I sat with Walter and Bernice, which was excellent. It was good to catch up with both of them, as I don't see either of them often enough. I lost an earring unfortunately which means I'll have to start checking out antique shops for earrings again (I don't have pierced ears). The hospitality suite was the largest ever (size of room-wise that is) which was also entertaining — I got to catch up with Hanne and meet her dog. The bartender for the evening was also exceptionally good.
Sunday morning the memorial service ended early and so we were on our way soon enough. Our scenic route home took us to Canada's longest pedestrian food bridge (part of the TransCanada Trail) in Outlook, Saskatchewan. It was such a beautiful area, I hope one day to walk the entire length of the bridge and back…
We stopped in Rosetown, Saskatchean for lunch at a nice Canadian-Chinese restaurant. In Macklin, Saskatchewan, we checked out the world's largest Bunnoc. All in all it was a great trip home.
So now I'm back in Edmonton for the time being, catching up on everything and getting ready for a crazy school semester. Yes, I'm having a hard time saying 'no' but I'm doing it, as I think I'm going to have to make some difficult decisions as time goes on. I'm not superhuman, afterall, as much as I would like to be!