It’s now 0340. That’s early, even for me. I am up, however, because I have a 0540 flight from Lynchburg to Pittsburg. (Actually, I need to fly to Charlotte first, but the ugly reality is that I still have to be at the airport by 0430.)
This is one of the primary reasons that LYH is my least favorite airport. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely do not mind small airports. I love flying into dirt strips that don’t even have control towers. I do it all the time.
But in a city the size of Lynchburg it would be nice to have a legitimate airport. Our’s doesn’t even have a snack bar. I just flew into and out of Fort St. John, British Columbia a couple days ago. Even that tiny airport in the far north of Canada has a real (albeit small) cafe onsite.
To make matters worse, there is only a single destination you can reach from the Lynchburg airport. You can fly to Charlotte, North Carolina. That’s it. To get to any other destination one must first go to Charlotte where there’s a real airport, even if it is 200 miles in the wrong direction.
That’s why I am up yet again at 0330. Lynchburg really needs to get a decent airport.
This past Wednesday I was privileged to join together with Stop Hunger Now international affiliate directors and over 1,000 HP employees in Kuala Lumpur as we packaged over 300,000 meals for the hungry. I left the event to catch my plane to China and on to Fort St. John, Canada to attend the Rotary District 5370 Conference here in Dawson Creek where I addressed the conference Friday morning.
Beginning Friday afternoon, the conference participants and the Dawson Creek community worked together to package over 286,000 Stop Hunger Now meals. What an honor it was to be a small part of such powerful events.
The packaging event with HP was a powerful demonstration of corporate social responsibility while the the Rotary packaging event illustrates the power of our partnerships with civic groups. Rotary District Governor Tim Schilds has a goal of District 5370 packaging a million meals this year. The district is off to a great start, and I am sure the goal will be reached.
During these two events participants worked together to provide over a half a million meals for hungry children around the world. As one couple from Poland attending the event here in Dawson Creek said to me, ‘This is very good. We need to do it more.”
I agree. Working together we are demonstrating that we can end hunger in our lifetime.
The flight from Vancouver to Fort St. John yesterday afternoon lasted just over an hour. We flew over the Coastal Mountains, and I was throughly impressed with their beauty and the sheer ruggedness of the general terrain.
As we approached Fort St. John I could see that “Winter is Coming.” The entire area, as far as the eye could see, was swathed in brilliant yellow. A lot of the leaves are already gone, and one passenger shared with me that they have already had several small snows.
It is definitely a beautiful area, and the hour-long ride from Fort St. John to Dawson’s Creek allowed me to see that beauty up close. Right outside of Fort St. John I even spotted two Mule Deer feeding at the edge of a stand of Aspens.
After meeting the Rotary District Governor and his lovely wife, his son Scott was kind enough to bring me to my hotel. I’ll admit I was running on empty at that point so I ordered a delivery pizza (which was surprisingly tasty), and was in bed as quickly as possible.
This morning has dawned with a cold wind and rain. Winter is coming.
I am looking forward to presenting to the Plenary session of the Rotary Conference this morning. Then at 3 this afternoon we will have our first meal packaging shift. It’s going to be a great day in Dawson’s Creek.
I have to admit that I am happy to be in Vancouver, even if it’s just a layover and even if it’s only for a few hours. I love Canada and Canadians and I always feel it is a treat to be in British Columbia.
My flight from Guangzhou arrived an hour and a half ago after a fairly smooth flight. I’ve just finished a delicious lunch of Halibut & Chips so I am feeling pretty good at the moment. Now I still have another hour or so before boarding a far shorter flight up to Fort St. John.
Once there I will be met by a Rotarian who will drive me the remaining hour or so up to Dawson’s Creek. While there I will make a Stop Hunger Now presentation and take part in packaging over 280,000 meals. It’s going to be fun.