Clubs Clay County Democrats

The Clay County Democrats met at Pro's on March 10 at noon. The featured speaker was Robert Mayer, Vermillion superintendent of schools. Mayer spoke in detail concerning the proposed building expansion of the Vermillion High School. He answered questions and concerns voiced by those present.

Planning is in progress for a fund-raising dinner and auction in May. Plans will be finalized at the next monthly meeting. The date of the dinner will be May 22 and it will be held at Pro's. Discussion concerning activities of the Democratic party at the state level was held. Leota Conroy accepted the appointment of vice-chairman of the Clay County Democratic party. Local members of the Democratic party were invited to Sioux Falls to greet Vice President Al Gore when he visited John F. Kennedy School there. The next meeting of the Clay County Democrats will be April 14 at noon. All local Democrats are urged to attend.

Union County Historical Society

The Union County Historical Society met March 15 at the museum. There were 27 people in attendance.

Acquisitions for the month are: A navy uniform � Orin and Carol Lee; a 1946 SD baseball champions picture � Melvin Johnson, Kirkland, WA; a WWI picture of miltary police at Fort Lee, VA � Bernard (Mickey) Nearman; a picture of the Plainview School � Mary Branson; US savings stamps � Jan Peterson; Chattsworth postcards, chattel mortgage and a Christmas card � Ray Lafleur; a 1915 Plymouth County, Volume 2 autobiography book � Muriel Wakeman; a box of Mt . Hope School books, a box of miscellaneous books and a typewriter � Lois Willms; one 1890 Appletons Standard elementary Geography Book � Cybel Agnes Campbell; army jacket and legion shirt � Harold Stubbs; Union two burner heater � Roland Rosenbaum.

Joni Kjar has a spot on the Internet for our society and we are going to start featuring a person and one of our acquisitions.

Good fortune smiled on the society when we found a thesis by Edward Elliott Collins in the Union County Archives. In this he disclosed the actual campsite of Lewis and Clark � twice at the same spot in Union County.

President Sherri has been working with the Big Sioux Genealogy Club at Akron. We are planning for our second photo and hobby show during Summerfest Days in Elk Point. We have been invited to North Sioux City Days on June 26 and we will hold a hobby show only in North Sioux City at the Senior Citizens Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. We hope for many and varied hobbies. This is for display and enjoyment only; no sales. The same applies to the show at Elk Point Summerfest also. All displays are welcome at both places.

Our Program for the evening was JaNice Hanson with her replicas of the White House Christmas tree ornaments.

Our program for this coming month will be Dr. Warren Thompson speaking about stained glass history. He creates stained glass and requests that people bring samples to the meeting on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. so he will have various kinds to explain.

Our program in the month of May will be Beth Rosenbaum and Dr. Pepper.

Senior Citizens Center

On Wednesday, March 17, there were 45 card players at the Senior Citizens Center at 1 p.m.

Twenty-one played pitch, eight pinochle and six played bridge.

Prizes for bridge went to Irene Rabusch, high; Sarah Brown, second; Jim Prosser, third; and Veronica Heimes and Stella Anker, tied for low.

Refreshments were furnished by Shirley Riehle, Kate Stewart and Sig Nissen.

Men and women are welcome and no reservations are needed.

Vermillion Garden Club

Vermillion Garden Club members met Thursday evening, March 18, at the home of Otto and Dorothy Neuhaus. Otto gave a most interesting program on the selection of roses for our area, the proper planting, the care and the enjoyment of a rose garden. He also quoted some history of the first garden club in Vermillion. The first garden club was formed in 1932 by a Rev. L.A. McDonald, a Methodist Church minister. The first club consisted of 25 members.

Business of the evening was planning for Arbor Day tree planting, May plant sale, June garden club's bus trip to the Nebraska area, and we're still discussing the possibility of starting a youth garden club. The next meeting will be April 15, at Vermillion Public Library. Bring a glue gun and tack hammer. For more information call 624-8556.

Vermillion Lions Club

The Vermillion Lions Club meeting convened at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 18 with Lion Art Rusch presiding.

Lion Cliff Manley delivered the invocation and Lion Ray DeVillbiss led the singing. Guests were Barbara Campbell and Kent Anderson. Lion Region Chairman Roger Klinghagen, Tea, greeted the members.

Lion Treasurer Alan Carlson will mail tickets for the coming up Lions Pancake days to members in the next week. Pancake Days will be held at the National Guard Armory on April 14 and 15.

The April 1 meeting of the club will feature an Ugly Tie contest. This nearly annual contest is a hallmark of the club and all members are encouraged to participate. Lions Julie Potter and Gloria Christopherson will judge the contest.

Bill Powell from the Gateway IT (Information Technology) staff was the program of the evening. Powell explained the mysteries of Y2K and its numerous ramifications. What started as a space problem in the early computer era has caused the millennium bug. Powell is optimistic about the transition of computers into the next century. He added that lawsuits could be expected to proliferate for computer software suppliers as many are going to blame Y2K for other problems.

Vermillion Optimist Club

The Vermillion Optimists have returned to monthly work meetings. They held their first monthly meeting on Feb. 28 at Biersby's Burgers. The agenda included the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, the membership drive, the Bicycle Rodeo, and fund-raising.

The date and time for the Easter Egg Hunt was set for March 27 at 11 a.m. It will be sponsored by the Optimists and Hy-Vee in cooperation with the W.H. Over Museum and the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center. It will be held in the open area across the street, south of the museum. An alternative site or time will be found in the event of bad weather. The Vermillion Optimist Club is actively seeking to increase its membership. One of the primary goals is to increase the capacity of the club to provide services to the youth of Vermillion. The Optimists are exploring several family events to be used as part of the membership drive scheduled to begin in April. The Optimists are tentatively planning to host the Bike Rodeo on Saturday, April 17. There are several suggestions for fund raising activities. These are currently being investigated.

The Vermillion Optimist Club will continue to provide activities and volunteers in support of the youth of Vermillion. Monthly meetings will be held at Biersby's Burgers the last Sunday of the month with anyone interested in learning more about the Optimist Club invited. We will also continue to have our weekly Friday morning meeting 7 a.m. at Hy-Vee.

Country Gals 4-H Club

The Country Gals 4-H Club met at the 4-H Center March 15, at 7 p.m. Hannah Gerth did the pledges. Roll call was naming a woman you admire and why.

We discussed 4-H Conference, camp and other upcoming events. For community service, we are going to give a box of fruit to Northwood Assisted Living, and we brought articles for an Easter dinner for the food pantry.

Leslie Larson did a junior leader project on an Easter craft. The members all participated by making their own Easter decoration. Leslie Larson did an illustrated talk on "The Materialism of Christmas."

Our next meeting will be April 12, at the 4-H Center.

Reporter, Leslie Larson

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