Clubs Catholic Daughters of the Americas
St. Agnes Court #687, Catholic Daughters of the Americas met Sept. 28 at the Father Wolf Auditorium for its first fall meeting and guest night for prospective members.
Regent Mary Bartels presided at the business meeting. Reports were given by various committees of the Circle of Love program. Barbara Kronaizl reported members assisted with Meals on Wheels during the summer months. Bingo is played at the nursing home the fourth Saturday of each month.
Mary Geffre Johnson informed the members of the Christmas tree that the Catholic Daughters will decorate at the state capitol for the holidays. The theme chosen is "Angels Among Us," and members are encouraged to make an angel out of yarn for the tree.
Following the meeting, cards and bingo were the entertainment for the evening. Several door prizes were given throughout the evening. Catherine Danielson and past regents served a delicious dessert for guests and members present.
Catholic Daughter Sunday will be celebrated with the theme "LOVE�2000" on October 17 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass with a brunch to follow at the Silver Dollar.
On Tuesday, Oct. 26 a Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. with a reception of new members with a lunch and business meeting to follow at the Father Wolf Auditorium.
Members will observe "Make a Difference Day" on Oct. 23 by spending time helping others. Pornography Awareness Week will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 7. Members will pass out white ribbons at the Masses on Oct. 23 and 24. Help stamp out pornography by wearing a white ribbon.
Country Gals 4-H Club
The Country Gals 4-H Club met Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the 4-H Center. Vice-president Michelle Rydell called the meeting to order. The flag salute and 4-H pledge were led by Stacy Joy. We had three new members present. The officers elected were: Leslie Larson, president; Colette Joy, vice-president; Michelle Rydell, secretary; Theresa Ring, reporter and Colette Joy, community service.
Promotion night on Oct. 25 was planned. For community service, we gave little Golden Books to day care.
Our meetings will be the second Monday of each month. Our next meeting will be Nov. 8 with Angela Rydell hostess. Leslie Larson did a junior leader project � pumpkins filled with candy. Lunch was served by Leslie Larson.
Leslie Larson, reporter
The USD Emeritus Club met at noon on Oct. 6 at the Silver Dollar with 35 persons in attendance.
Dr. Wayne Knutson reviewed recent developments in regard to the Shakespeare Garden. Bricks have been ordered for the posts at the front and back of the garden to insure that they will match those used in construction of the new archway. The back fence, when completed, will run south of the bard's statue, bringing it more intimately into the garden.
The next step, however, will be construction of the front fence/wall, and we will need to raise approximately $7,500 by Jan. 1, 2000 for that. The back fence/wall will follow. Dr. Knutson has suggested formation an ad hoc committee devoted to this part of the project. He and the co-chairs will confer soon and report in November.
Maxine Johnson, at the suggestion of Dr. Farber, made little bows from the ribbon which was cut in the ceremony dedicating the archway to Dr. Raphael Block. Bows were sold for $1 each, proceeds to go to the Shakespeare Garden Fund. A special bow was made as a memento for Mrs. Block. Copies of Dr. Thomas Gasque's dedication talk were distributed.
Dr. David Swanson, an ornithologist from the USD biology department, gave an enlightening talk on "Birds Along the Missouri," concentrating on those found in the changing habitat in the Burbank area. He was aided in the research and the presentation by Eric Likness, doctoral graduate assistant. Their findings indicate a population of 45 to 49 species, most of them nesting in the area. A surprising proportion migrate to areas south of the U.S. to winter.
The talk was well received. The presentation that had been scheduled (Lloyd Menard speaking about print making) was canceled at the last minute, so Dr. Swanson's filling in was especially appreciated.
Next meeting is Nov. 3. Dr. Donald Dahlin will speak on the role of federal government in law enforcement. This should be especially timely given the recent turmoil over Waco and Los Alamos.
Vermillion Rotary Club
At the Rotary Club's weekly meeting at the Silver Dollar on Tuesday noon, Bob Mayer, superintendent of the Vermillion School District, reviewed plans for the impending $5.6 million expansion of Vermillion High School.
Assisted by architectural renderings of floor plans and exterior views, Mayer covered the three phases of the project. He indicated that the library enlargement and new wing containing a 750-seat auditorium and dining commons could be completed by December of 2000. An auxiliary gymnasium is not scheduled to be completed until the spring of 2001.
The school board and administration plan to open and hopefully let bids this coming December. Mayer said that the school's enrollment had been consistent since the existing building was completed in 1965. Goals of the expansion project, therefore, are to make available improvements and new space for changes in program and to include amenities not part of the original construction.
Rotary guests included Mark Aspaas, Carl Christol, Todd Koch, Dustin Johnson, Jack Marsh, Tom Stogsdill, and four seniors at Vermillion High School � Kelsey Collier-Wise, Erin Conlon, Patty Crowley and Laura Doohen.
Senior Citizens Center
On Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m., 66 card players spent an enjoyable afternoon playing pitch (29), pinochle (four), skip-bo (four) and bridge (29).
Bridge prizes went to: Ernie Miller, high; Barb Kronaizl, second; Leona Kryger, third; Lois Erickson, fourth; Shirley Riehle, blind bogie; and Lola Christensen, low.
Eta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society
The Eta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Society met at the Vermillion Public Library, Monday Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. President Linda Wymar called the meeting to order.
Reports were given on the successful rummage and bake sale held Sept. 25. Plans were formulated for the year with dates and programs announced for the coming meetings. Convention plans for June 9-10, 2000 were discussed.
Eta Chapter will host the state convention at the Continuing Education Building on the USD Campus.
New members were voted on and approved. The next meeting will be held at the Coyote Student Center, Oct. 25 with initiation at 6 p.m. followed by a banquet.
Eta Chapter will continue the book program with fifth-grade classes as the recipients of the books at the end of the school year. Members are encouraged to donate books or money for a necessary cause.
An Hour of Remembrance Service was held for a long time member, Myrtle Knapp, who passed away Aug. 27, 1999. Mildred Herren read a tribute to Myrtle that was written by Myrtle's daughter, Karen Assunto, who lives in Austin, TX. Gerri Van Bruggen, Donna Schafer and Mary Geffre Johnson participated in the service.