If you've been to one of our local parades either on Fort Myers Beach, Naples or in downtown Fort Myers for the Edison Festival of Lights, then you have seen the Araba Motor Escort drill team doing their signature figure 8's, criss-crosses, circles, and other exciting maneuvers during the parade. This same motorcycle drill team makes its' home in Fort Myers at Araba Shrine Center on Hanson Street and is a perennial favorite with parade goers throughout Lee County.\
These daring riders from the City of Palms competed this past weekend in the Statewide Shrine contest taking first place in drill competition in addition to taking home the big trophy for Best Overall. The "travelling trophy" will reside with the Hanson Street Shriners for a year when it will again be up for grabs in next year's much anticipated competition when the local team will once again ride to win.
PHOTO: Tracy Davis
(L to R) Current Araba Potentate Illustrious Sir Ken Herald, Unit Colonel John Foor, Dave More, Fred Peterson, Bobby Mimmo, Past Potentate Mel Stiles, Gary Maning, Dodd Skipper, Jerry Abbott, Al Little, Jim Dennis, Drill Team Captain Ed Lawlar (trying to hide) & Nadine (Mom) Styles...Dan Lumley also on the Drill Team (not in photo)
Shriners have long been known for their charitable work, particularly with their well-respected children's hospitals and burn units. there are over 22 hospitals in North America alone and it is estimated that the cost to operate these medical facilities is in excess of a billion dollars annually.
Congratulations Araba Motor Escort Patrol for your victory & for being part of such a wonderful organization.