Clubs Vermillion Lions Club
The Vermillion Lions Club met at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the VFW clubroom for its regular dinner meeting. President Julie Potter thanked the members who were instrumental in constructing the Lions Club float for the Dakota Day parade. She also announced that the board of directors had voted to donate $500 each to the W.H. Over Museum and Southeast Transit.
Membership Committee Chairman, Ron Thaden, asked members to list people whom they would like to invite to visit a meeting as prospective members. Two guests who will be joining the club were present at this meeting. They were Mel Larson and Gloria Stewart.
Following dinner, Vern Holter introduced the evening's speaker, Dave Boots, The University of South Dakota men's basketball coach and assistant athletic director. Boots, who has been at the university for 12 years, reviewed the players and prospects for this year's basketball team referring to the players as "good kids who are easy to coach and are great leaders. Our goal all season long," he said, "is to work hard and prepare the best we can to win the next game."
In addition to playing basketball and going to school, the players on Boots' team participate in a program called "Dream to Read" which takes them into the elementary schools during the fall to read to the kids.
At the conclusion of his remarks Coach Boots answered questions ranging form the DakotaDome roof to the "teams to beat" this season. According to Boots, work will begin on the roof of the DakotaDome a year from this coming March and no one will be able to use the facility for six months while the new roof is put into place. As for the teams to beat, he mentioned several including North Dakota State and the University of North Dakota.
The next meeting will be held on Nov. 18. The guest speaker will be women's basketball coach Chad Lavin.
Soccer board elected
The Vermillion Youth Soccer League held its annual meeting, Nov. 3 at the National Guard Armory. The following people were elected to board positions during the meeting: Randy Rasmussen, president, John Mueller, vice president, Tracy Thorne, register, Kelly Fishbach, equipment coordinator, Greg Schalliol, secretary/treasurer, Jeff Pedersen, director of referees, Steve Burckhalter, director of coaching and Cindy Pedersen, game coordinator.
The board thanks the outgoing members, Jeff Pederson, Andrea Pederson, Chris Hutton, Kris Isaacson, Vicki Dehner and Romney Jones, for their past service and welcomes any comments regarding the league from parents or coaches.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas
St. Agnes Catholic Daughters of the Americas celebrated a 6:30 p.m. Mass with Court Chaplain officiating on Oct. 26. District Deputy Donna Carlson, Yankton, was the honored guest for the evening. Following the Mass, lunch was served by Lorraine Brunick and her committee.
Regent Mary Bartels, called the meeting to order. Prayer was offered for Marcella Flannery, a member of the court who passed away in October. A letter of thanks was read from Rev. Ken Luff who was ordained into the priesthood in June.
It was announced that Pat Berglund will be the new Civic Council representative. Del Millette was recognized for her years of service to the council. Joanne Tieman was the CDA Mystery Lady for the months of September and October. No one had the correct answer.
The wedding of Cana will be held Nov. 13 at the Prairie following the 5 p.m. Mass at the church. All CDA members of the parish are invited to attend.
Jeri Preston reported she would like help making Christmas cards for the Nursing Home. Members were encouraged to turn in angels for the Christmas tree the Catholic Daughters are decorating at the State Capitol in Pierre. Mary Merrigan offered a prayer to St. Michel. The next meeting will be held Nov. 30 with a 7 p.m. Memorial Mass for deceased members of the past year.
At the November meeting, Dr. Wayne Knutson reported that an extension of the Shakespeare Garden to include the poet's statue has been assured. An ad hoc committee of club members has been formed to help with fund raising for the next stage and a good share of the estimated budget has already been pledged by generous donors.
Dr. Don Dahlin, USD academic vice president and one of five members of the Commission on Federal Law Enforcement, enlightened the group on its findings and recommendations. Established partly in response to controversies following the Waco and Ruby Ridge incidents, the commission recommended more coordination by the U.S. attorney general (over 140 federal agencies are involved in law enforcement) consolidation and elimination of some agencies, and adding "sunset clauses" to any new legislation authorizing federal law enforcement. Immediate action is not anticipated.
The Silver Dollar is asking an increase in meal price from $6 to $7; S. Clifford and A. Johnson will explore options.
Members were reminded that in addition to the regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 1, President Abbott is hosting a luncheon in his home on Dec. 9.
Eta Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International held their fall Initiation and Banquet at the Coyote Student Center on Oct. 25. First Vice President Maurine Richardson officiated at the initiation with the assistance of chapter officers. New members initiated were Joy Fratzke and Carrie Jackson. A red rose was presented to each initiate at the conclusion of the ceremony. Members offered their congratulations.
Margaret Melby, Eleanor Offerdahl and Florence Hoffman were in charge of the World Fellowship program. The book program will be continued with books given to fifth-graders at the end of the school term. Retired teachers were introduced and were asked to tell the number of years they taught and share some of their experiences. Eta chapter members will celebrate American Education Week with activities in the school system in Vermillion and at The University of South Dakota.
The Austin-Whittemore House will be the location of the Christmas meeting Dec. 8 with a gift exchange for "sisters."
Vermillion Rotary Club
Randy Houska called the meeting to order. Regular guest Jack Marsh introduced a guest from afar, Mike Ryan, managing editor of a newspaper in Pensacola, FL. Our Vermillion High School guests for this week were Nancy Heine, Angie Houska, Christina Heaton and Sara Hoadley.
Sergeant-at-Arms Byron Bymers was healthy and back with us again for the weekly profitable grilling of members about memorable and, mostly, unmemorable geographical, historical and other details about this great state of ours. Rather on the same note, Rotarian Walter Reed presented the program which took the form of an extended quiz about the history of the Rotary International. Some of the questions we did about as well as George W. Bush lately, when asked about the heads of government of Taiwan, Pakistan and ? what were those two other countries? So we're all in the ball park and should probably be canvassing our membership for possible political candidates.
We adjourned on this beautiful fall day and, I guess, all headed for the beach.
Senior Citizens Center
With the autumn leaves still fluttering down in balmy weather, 56 card players met at the Senior Citizens Center, Wednesday, Nov. 3.
There were 20 pitch, four pinochle, four Skip-Bo and 28 bridge players.
Bridge prizes went to Veronica Heimes, first; Maurice Erickson, second; Irene Rabusch, third; Barb Kronaizl, fourth; Jim Prosser, blind bogie and Robin Eisenmenger, low.
Refreshments were furnished by Lois and Maurice Erickson.
Maurice Erickson celebrated his 80th birthday with his family members joining them at the Senior Citizens Center.