There was no gavel, just the blow of an almighty horn. President Greg was there, but nowhere to be seen. The Weber’s ballroom had transformed into a lush carpet of green, where redoubtable men and women scythed their way from field to field. Others, more confined, battled with sticks at close range in unforgiving rectangles. There were no baked potatoes. No, these weren’t visions of some post-Armageddon hellscape crafted by Bosch — just the 16th Annual Golf and Tennis Outing, hosted by the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor at Travis Pointe Country Club.
Club Administrator, John White, would record 77 members in attendance at the sumptuous dinner, with the number of visiting Rotarians and guests yet to be tabulated. President Greg, looking like a defiant Civil War commander, jacket draped over his bound arm, greeted everyone warmly. Bidding was brisk for the myriad auction items spotlighted in an adjoining room. From museum tours to tours of foreign lands, from artwork to essential services, from gourmet foods to food of the bottled variety — it was all there. Conversation was warm and convivial and capped by Steve Schram’s incomparable hosting. Indeed, Steve has that rare talent of being both informative and entertaining as he ushers his audience emotionally through the evening. Our speaker, Bruce Madej, long-time U-M Sports Information Director, regaled the room with stories about the evolution of university football programs, and concluded with a typical reminiscence of Bo.
Later, table talk centered on plays won and lost on court or course, and of the prizes: a set of Callaway clubs, and the blue Jeep with the two-year lease (sorry, another year without a hole-in-one, though several golfers came close at Hole 7: one at eight feet, and two at 12). Regarding the Jeep — your reporter noted that, at the games’ conclusion, Travis Pointe staff drove it away faster than the Secret Service evacuating the President from an Easter egg roll gone bad.
Congratulations, RCAA, for another successful GTO fund raiser, and for a superb evening!
(All photos by Fred Beutler)