Business day at the convention, General Membership meeting for the pilots and a Wive's coffee. Both went extremely well with much business being done. Afternoon was free to explore Long Beach.
The evening brought the Banquet. Had 14 tables of 10 with a great meal. I had decided to rest somewhat and have another friend be the Emcee for the evening. He did the welcome and introductions and then the door prizes. It was time for the auction of the solid gold wings that had been donated by a fellow pilot. I was acting as spotter towards the rear of the room. My wife was holding the framed wings for all to see. What I did not realize is she was having communications with the auctioneer. When the gavel pounded for SOLD, she walked to me and handed me the wings as a birthday present. Needless to say I was stunned.
After the auction we had the entertainment of the Darden Sisters. We had seen them at the IOWA picnic earlier in the summer. They range in ages from 14, 15 17 & 19. Each plays one or more instruments and they sing so we can understand the words. We had little in the budget for entertainment, but when we passed the hat, it was made up for. Nearly a $1,000 was raised.
Banquet over, Reunion over for another year. Next year we head to Albuquerque.