Clubs Clay County 4-H Club

The Clay County 4-H Club met several times in the past year.

Officers were: President Laura Doohen; Vice President Lisa Doohen; Secretary Heather Heine; Treasurer Theresa Ring; Reporter Ashley Haines; Photographer Sarah Gregg and Community Service Ali Johnson.

Major projects during the meetings were:

October � Carved pumpkins.

November � Completed enrollment forms and made Christmas balls for the Christmas tree at the W.H. Over Museum Christmas Festival.

December � Exchanged gifts and decorated Christmas cookies.

January � Howard Willson of Willson Florist gave a demonstration on flower arranging and a tour of the floral shop.

March � Made banana bread for Bake It and Take It. The members delivered the bread to several senior citizens the following day; demonstrations were given by Lisa Doohen, "Decoupage," Heather Heine and Sarah Gregg, "Washcloth Bunnies," and Ashley Haines, "Garden Labels."

June � Discussed flower arranging and made silk flower arrangements. Demonstrations were given by Laura Doohen, "Picture Frames," and Theresa Ring, "Clay Pot Scarecrow."

The members are currently busy preparing for the Clay County 4-H Fair.

Senior Citizens Center

Wednesday, July 7, card players were 16 pitch, eight pinochle, two skip-bo and 19 bridge.

Bridge prize went to: Howard Melstad, high; Luceal Liffengren, 2nd; Ernie Miller, 3rd; blind bogie Folmer Christensen and Lois Erickson, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Leona Kryger, Marie Parke, and Barb Kronaizl.

China painting is at the center every Friday at 9 a.m. Come join us. No reservations needed.

Vermillion Garden Club

The Vermillion Garden Club announced July "Yard of the Month" winners: Pat and Theresa Winger 1103 Deerfield Rd.; Scott and Jill Henning 221 Anderson; Bill and Erin Willroth 323 S. Crawford and Phyllis Fejfar 532 Poplar.

We will be walking through three gardens, Saturday, July 17, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Call 624-8556 for information.

On June 23, 13 gardeners from Vermillion and Yankton joined 16 others from South East South Dakota Garden Clubs on a Jack Rabbit Bus tour to northeast Nebraska. We had a most enjoyable two days, stopping 13 times to see and do interesting and fun activities along our route.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Military matters dominated the agenda at the weekly meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club this Tuesday.

Our longtime member, former Major General of the Army, Lloyd Moses, was the topic of an article in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and for his attention he was commended and, is the custom, required to pay a small sum to the Rotary Club's fund. Perhaps this was just by the way of illustrating what everyone with military experience knows: drawing attention to oneself is likely to result in penalties, even if they come from "friendly fire."

Ross Dickenson, Rotary member and retired army officer, presented the program in which he described his work in training programs using computer simulations coordinated out of Ft. Leavenworth but, luckily, often run, with the assistance of former officers like Lt. Col. Dickenson, in more attractive locals. (Mention of a projected stint in Hawaii for next December drew appreciative groans from the audience.) Not to worry taxpayers, computer simulated war training is far less expensive than full field exercises, let alone wars.

Besides, as we worry that warlike computer games played by so many young civilians may occasionally result in real life mayhem, we should, perhaps, draw comfort from the fact that military units are sometimes moving out of the field and into computer game rooms. On balance we may be coming out ahead on this.

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