Clubs and organizations Emeritus Club
September 2 was a great day for the Emeritus Club. Members and spouses were honored guests, by invitation of USD President James Abbott and the USD Foundation, at the Freshman Convocation.
Emeritus Professor Wayne Knutson spoke on the topic "What's in a Name," extolling the accomplishments of former faculty, including some present among the emeriti in attendance.
Following the convocation, emeriti and others gathered to dedicate the new Shakespeare Garden Archway honoring Dr. Raphael Block and the club. Dr. Knutson reminded us of the efforts of Dr. Block, Dr. Farber, Dr. Marjorie Beaty, Dr. Wayne Gutzman, Joseph Hoffman and others, in creating the garden. Dr. Thomas Gasque of the English department read passages from Shakespeare selected for their reference to flowering plants.
Following a statement by President Abbott, the ribbon was cut by Kathleen Block, Raphael's widow, who was accompanied by their two sons. For them this was a day, long awaited, of appropriate acknowledgement of the interests and achievements of Dr. Block. They must have felt a certain fulfillment as they saw the funds which they had so generously donated go to his lasting honor in this memorial constructed by local artisans and university personnel.
Following an outdoor luncheon provided by the University, a "business" meeting was held in Farber Hall. Future plans for developing the garden were discussed, but are on hold until completion of a larger plan for the entire "Quadrangle."
Kathleen Block and her family received a round of applause, as did Dr. Knutson for his efforts as chair of the Shakespeare Garden Committee.
Fall schedule was announced. Meetings will be held at noon at the Silver Dollar the first Wednesday of each month. On Oct. 6, Dr. Lloyd Menard (Frogman's Press) will make a presentation on print making.
It was gratifying to have such a fine turnout, and especially good to see some from as far away as Arizona.
The vacancy created by resignation of Dr. Ray DeVilbiss last May has been filled by Dr. Allen Johnson. Dr. Clifford requests that all problems be directed to Allen.
Senior Citizen Center
The monthly Monday card party was held Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. with 12 pinochle, nine pitch and 12 bridge players. The door prize was won by Eleanor Offerdahl, and other winners were: Evelyn Lind, Norma Fallan, Barbara Kronaizl, Dorothy Marcotte and Peg Mollet. Bridge prizes were: high, Marie Parke; second, Morris Erickson; third, Phyllis Christol, and low, Lois Erickson. Refreshments were served by Margaret Melby, Peg Mollet, Frances Mollet, Leone Christopherson and Marjorie Rasmussen. The regular Wednesday afternoon card party was held Sept. 1 with 16 pitch, eight pinochle, two skip bo and 20 bridge players. Winners of bridge were: high, Monica Ballard; second, Louella Matson; third, Irene Rabusch; bogie, Luceal Liffengren; and low Norma Melstad. Refreshments were served by Louella Matson, Leone Kruger and Marie Parke. Come and join in the fun at cards every Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. The monthly card party is the last Monday of the month. Welcome.
Vermillion Rotary Club
Randy Houska called the meeting to order. Guests on this day were Dan Worthington, executive vice president of the USD Law School Foundation, Al Romagnolo, visiting Rotarian from Florida, and his son-in-law, Von Stange, who did not have quite as far to travel to join us in food, song and discussion.
The program, "An Introduction to Taiwan," was presented by one of Rotary's International Fellows, Andy Jui-Cheng Chang, who is enrolled in the Ed.D. Program here at USD. His talk dealt with various aspects of contemporary life in Taiwan, ranging from international trade to important festivals or holidays in Taiwan. The Lunar New Year, we learned, is especially popular with children because, like Christmas in this country, it includes the giving of gifts.