Clubs Catholic Daughters of the Americas

Court St. Agnes #687 held its March 23 business meeting at the St. Agnes Catholic School library. President Catherine Danielson called the meeting to order and led us in saying the pledge of allegiance. Kaye Bjorkman read the minutes which were approved. Dorothy Dahlman read the treasurer's report. Communications were read by Catherine.

Barbara Kronaizl reported on the road to recovery and passed pictures containing the Sioux Valley Nursing Home residents enjoying bingo with the help of C.D.A. members. Maurine Kronaizl made a motion, Mary Geffre Johnson seconded it to donate money towards the stained glass at the House of Mary Shrine in Yankton. Motion carried. Johnson made a motion with Mary Merrigan seconding it to donate money towards reading material for the St. Agnes School library. Motion carried.

C.D.C. members nominated Jayne Merrigan as chairman of the nominating committee for the election of new officers. The rest of the committee assisting her will be Darlene Engbrecht, Kaye Bjorkman, Jan Chapman and Marge Fullenkamp.

Our annual style show was held on March 27 at the Father Wolfe Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch and cards following.

On Sunday, April 25, the Catholic Daughters will hold their annual bake sale with the officers in charge of arrangements. This will be held after the 8 a.m. Mass.

The next business meeting will be Tuesday, April 27 at the Shrine to Music Museum. A tour will be conducted.

Kate Geise, a teacher at Vermillion Middle School and student Katherine Redlin told about their experience on a 15-day trip to Costa Rica. Two teachers and 10 middle school students took the trip. Geise thanked the court for their donation for the trip.

Jayne Merrigan and her committee served a dessert.

Senior Citizens Center

Forty-six card players spent April 7 at the Senior Citizens Center. Sixteen played pitch, four pinochle, four skip-bo and 22 played bridge.

Bridge prizes went to Maurice Erickson, high; Louella Matson, 2nd; Sarah Brown, 3rd; blind bogie Jim Prosser; and Folmer Christensen, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Marlys and Ernie Miller, Barb Kronaizl and Marie Parke.

Men and women are welcome, no reservations are needed. Card playing starts at 1 p.m.

USD Emeritus Club

Some 25 members and guests of the USD Emeritus Club met on Wednesday, April 7, at the Silver Dollar Restaurant for their monthly noon luncheon.

Guest speaker for the meeting was Professor Norma Wilson of the USD English department. Wilson is co-author and editor of the book One Room Country School. She spoke at length of the many experiences of the teachers who actually taught in South Dakota one-room schoolhouses.

A most informative presentation, as well as an interesting discussion followed. A number of the Emeritus Club members and guests told personal stories of their own experiences as either teachers or students in the one room country school.

A short business meeting, chaired by Sylvester Clifford, preceded the program. He gave an update on the status of the Shakespeare Garden Project.

Vermillion Rotary Club

The Vermillion Rotary Club met at the Silver Dollar Restaurant at noon, April 13. President Bruce Smith asked that anyone interested in hosting an international student, contact him as soon as possible.

Rennae O'Connor introduced Mike Slattery, executive director of SESDAC, who presented an informational program. SESDAC's staff of 94 full- and part-time employees currently serves 58 people.

A goal of SESDAC is to grow, optimally to 75-100 if staffing needs permit. Additionally, they are trying to find a way to divest of the larger group home setting to placing the individuals in smaller residences. This however, is difficult due to the fact that it is more cost efficient to provide one large group home. SESDAC helps the individuals to become ready for work or they supervise the individuals in job opportunities. As an added note, Mike mentioned that SESDAC will be hosting its annual charity fund-raiser on Saturday, April 17, at the Eagle's in Vermillion.

Smith welcomed guests Jui-Chang Cheng "Andy" and Tom DeVany. In addition, four high school seniors, Dean Reasoner, Brad Reich, Steve Russell and Matt Richardson were guests in attendance.

Bike Helmet Day will be Friday, April 16, at 2 p.m. at the Austin School. Sorting, numbering and transporting will take place that morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Vermillion Medical Clinic.

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