Clubs Catholic Daughters, St. Agnes Court
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Agnes Court, held a memorial service for their deceased members of the past year with a mass celebrated by Father Don Imming. Memorial Coordinator Mary Geffre Johnson conducted the service for Marcella Flannery, Jeanette Thoreson, Dorothy Brown, and Stella Monk. Lighting a candle in their memory were Madonna Hall, Rosie Pecka, Dorothy Schmidt and Dale Thoreson. Mary Bartels, regent, lit a candle in memory of all deceased members of the Catholic Daughters.
Announcements were made at the business meeting that the Wedding of Cana was a huge success. Joe and Leota Conroy received the award for being married the longest, and Pat and Theresa Wingen, the newly married couple. Entertainment was furnished by Elliot and Holly Bloom, swing and polka dancers.
The Catholic Daughters are decorating a Christmas tree in the State Capitol, Pierre, and will also have a tree on display at the W. H. Over Museum. Hostesses for the evening were Joanne Schroeder and her committee.
The Austin-Whittemore House was the site of the Christmas brunch held Dec. 11, with members bringing food and gifts for the needy. Several charities will be remembered by the group for Christmas such as the nursing homes, Blue Cloud Abbey and Marty, Red Cloud and St. Joseph Indian schools.
Entertainment was provided by the Vermillion High School Chorus with Jan Ireland as accompanist.
Anita Mehaffey and her committee were in charge of the brunch arrangements. The next meeting will be held Jan. 22, with a reception of new members. An international dinner will be served at the Father Wolf Auditorium.
Clay County Democrats
The monthly meeting of the Clay County Democrats was held at noon Dec. 8 at the Prairie Restaurant. Berwyn Svoboda, chairman of the Clay County Democrats, called the meeting to order. He introduced Mitch Stewart from the office of Sen. Tim Johnson who spoke to us about legislation being introduced by Sen. Johnson concerning the prices of prescription drugs. He especially spoke about the International Prescription Drug Parity Act, S1191, which is being sponsored by Johnson along with Sens. Dorgan, Wellstone and Snowe. Stewart encouraged voters to contact Johnson to voice their opinion regarding this legislation. Johnson can be reached at 1-800-537-0025.
Allen Johnson, co-chair of the Clay County Democrats, introduced Bruce Barton, Ph.D., who spoke about the work he is doing for the Missouri River Institute. This institute has been established at USD to develop and promote scholarly research, education and public awareness related to the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River basin.
The next meeting of the Clay County Democrats will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 5 and will be a "Listening Meeting" featuring Sen. Joe Reedy, Vermillion, representing Clay and Turner counties, and Rep. Roland Chicoine, Elk Point, representing Lincoln and Union counties. At this meeting, constituents will be encouraged to visit with Reedy about their concerns about the approaching legislative session. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting and are encouraged to bring questions they would like Reedy to take to the legislative session.
Senior Citizens Center
With winter becoming a news forecast, 44 card players spent a warm cordial afternoon at the Senior Citizens Center, Wednesday, Dec. 15.
There were 18 pitch, four pinochle, two Skip-Bo and 20 bridge players.
Bridge prizes went to: Adeline Isaacson and Folmer Christensen, tied for first; Ernie Miller, second; Shirley Riehle, blind bogie and Louise Scott, low.
Refreshments were furnished by Irene Rabusch, Isabelle Manning and Louise Scott.
Vermillion Garden Club
Eighteen members of the Vermillion Garden Club gathered Thursday evening, Dec. 16 at Jeanne Peterson's beautifully Christmas decorated home to close out the 1999 gardening year.
After hors d'oeuvres, visiting, short business meeting and several games, all enjoyed a pot-luck supper and dessert. Place cards were Christmas tree peg games made by Louis.
We have a busy Y2K coming up. We are always looking for new members. If interested please call 624-8556.
Vermillion Lions Club
The members of the Vermillion Lions Club met for their annual Christmas party of Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center where they and their guests enjoyed a delicious holiday feast prepared by Center Director Marlyn Harnois, Delores Gregg and her talented "crew."
Following dinner, a delightful group of singers from the Vermillion High School under the direction of vocal music instructor Jeanne Dahlin performed a number of holiday songs including the Carol of the Bells, Wassail, Wassail, and Let it Snow, Let it Snow. Seniors Jason Johnson and Dan Necklace sang solos of White Christmas and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) respectively.
The students incorporated a medley of songs about New York to announce their intention to travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in April. USD's Larry Torkelson is putting together an Upper Midwest Honors Choir and each student who wishes to go on the trip must raise $1,100. There will be several fund raisers held to help them raise the money and all donations are welcome and appreciated. The group closed their program with We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Harnois welcomed the Lions to the center and presented Lions' President Julie Potter with a certificate of appreciation for what the club has done for the Senior Citizens organization. President Julie thanked Marlyn for hosting the Lions Club Christmas Party and then the Lions introduced their guests. Following several announcements about arrangements for the delivery of Meals on Wheels and the club's Christmas food boxes, June Wagner played the piano and the entire group joined in a round of Christmas carols.
At the end of the evening, each guest was presented with a gift box containing a Christmas tree ornament and gourmet teas which were provided by Gloria Christopherson of the Nook 'n Cranny.
The next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 6, at the VFW Clubroom at 6 p.m. The program will be provided by Linda Sandness of the S.D. Game, Fish, and Parks Department and someone representing the local organization. Sandness' topic will cover what South Dakota has to offer tourists and what the state has to offer in the way of a volunteer basis.
Vermillion Rotary Club
A slimmed down crowd of Rotarians (slimmed down in numbers not, I think, in beltlines) gathered for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar Dec. 21. Former member Clarissa Kaiser and her daughter Ashley joined us for what will be our last meeting of the year or of the millennium, for that matter, unless it is really the 52nd to last meeting ? and all that.
David Dussey gave the program playing off a Holiday Trivia quiz that revealed some of us as rather better informed than others about Christmas and seasonal events in their origin and practice. There was some continuing dispute about whether that singing cowboy really wrote Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer or just made it popular. To make sure our noses didn't get too red, we bundled up and rushed out to our sleighs for the short ride back into town.
Merry Christmas to all!
Wakonda Pasque Garden Club
The Wakonda Pasque Federated Garden Club held its Dec. 14 meeting and annual Christmas party at the home of Phyllis Christiansen. Members present were: Waneta Madsen, Dorothy Peterson, Phyllis Bolhmann, Phyllis Christiansen, Dolores Haver and Ruth Engman. Absent were: Lois Stockland, Neta Thompson, Evelyn Jensen, Twila Clare and Esther Jensen.
Phyllis Christiansen, hostess for the month, served a bountiful Christmas lunch. The gift exchange was from one of the following groups: Make It, Bake It, or Grow It, not to be store-bought.
The next scheduled meeting is March 14 with the newly elected officers presiding: Dolores Haver, president; Phyllis Christiansen, vice president; Ruth Engman, secretary/treasurer. A business meeting will be held in February at Waneta Madsen's home for the purpose of planning the agenda for 2000.