Clubs Vermillion Lions Club

Chris Belitz, the head of the South Dakota Lions Eye Bank, was the featured speaker at the regular meeting of the Vermillion Lions Club on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the VFW Club. Following a brief business meeting during which guest Ron Johnson of First Dakota National Bank was introduced and final plans were made for members to work at the weekend basketball tournament at the DakotaDome, Belitz spoke about organ donation and eyes in particular.

The Lions Eye Bank in Sioux Falls has been in operation under Belitz's supervision since 1990. They eye bank currently receives, processes and distributes in excess of 500 corneas a year. Since the South Dakota bank receives more donations than are needed in the state each year, many of the corneas are sent out of state and some even out of the country. South Dakota ranks second in the nation in its ratio of donors to total population.

The Lions Eye Bank expanded its services in 1995 adding skin, bone, and connective tissue to the list of donor items that are processed there. As a result of this expansion, the bank now has 10 employees and is open 24 hours a day.

Individuals wishing to be organ donors should not only so indicate on their driver's license, but should also inform their next of kin about their wish. This is because in South Dakota the law requires that a person's next of kin give permission for organ donation.

Belitz informed the group that her personal goal for the Eye Bank is to eliminate the processing fee that is currently charged for all donated organs. With this goal in mind an endowment program has been established which will someday bring about her wish.

The group viewed a video, No Greater Gift, which tells the story of a Mitchell teenager's family and their decision to donate his organs when he lost his life as the result of being hit by a car. This video is available through the Eye Bank for organizations to request for presentations.

Anyone wishing more information about organ donation can contact the South Dakota Lions Eye Bank at 1321 West 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, 57105 or 1-800-245-7846 or the American Red Cross.

The next meeting will be the Christmas party held at the Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, Dec. 16. Canned goods are members' tickets for the evening. Spouses and guests are welcome. The Vermillion High School Madrigal Singers will entertain.

Senior Citizens Center

Forty-six card players met at the Senior Citizens Center for a lovely fall day of card luck and socializing, Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Sixteen played pitch, four pinochle, three skip-bo and 23 bridge.

Bridge prizes went to Marilyn Siecke, high; Ernie Miller, second; Monica Ballard and Lola Christensen tied for blind bogie and Lois Erickson, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Dorothy Marcotte, Julia Cleland, Maxine Millette and Phyllis Prusa.

Reminder: China painting is 9:30 a.m. Fridays.

Coyote Cubs 4-H Club

The Coyote Cubs met on Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Safety Center. The meeting was called to order and flag pledges were said. New business was discussed. Monday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. was set for the Christmas party. The club made Christmas ornaments to be donated. Demonstrations were done by Emily Pier on Celebration Cookie Pizza, Kathy Plate on Find Your Perfect Shoe, The Shoe Buyers Guide, Karrie Plate on Golf, Sarah Plate on My Collection of Breyer Horses and Tabitha Hubert on Understanding How Electricity Flows. The hostesses were Kathy, Karrie and Sarah Plate.

Sarah Lias

Club Reporter

Emeritus Club

Bruce Barton, co-director of the newly established Missouri River Institute and associate director of the USD Biology Department, reviewed the proposed purposes of the institute. Headquartered at USD, it is expected to fund a broad range of studies, from archeology to current concerns with water quality. It will involve many established programs and encourage new ones, including an Elderhostel project as well as a minor and major in Missouri River Studies. A lively discussion followed.

Dr. Farber received a round of applause for having been honored with the prestigious Inman Award for Distinguished Service to the University Community.

On Dec. 11, Theater I in the Fine Arts Center will be renamed the "Wayne Knutson Theater." The dedication ceremony is in the Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. Dr. Clifford alerted those present that they could still make luncheon reservations for a "roast" honoring Dr. Knutson at the Prairie on Saturday, Dec. 11, by calling 677-5418.

Mr. Chapman, proprietor of the Silver Dollar, presented a Y2K menu.

Jack Noble led the group in singing Jingle Bells.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Todd Koch, David Lias and Al Pravecek were inducted into Rotary International at the local Rotary Club's weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Silver Dollar. Koch is the manager of the Vermillion Medical Clinic, Lias is editor of the Plain Talk, and Pravecek is the new owner of the Vermillion Veterinary Clinic.

In directing the day's program, Walter Reed reviewed some of Rotary's important themes since its founding in 1905 in Chicago and then asked each of the new members to introduce themselves to other Rotarians in attendance.

Guests of this week from Vermillion High School were Aaron Kauer, Carson Kennedy, Jeff Kleeman, Brain Kimball and Thom Kolbeck. Other guests included the two top winners from the Rotary Club's annual fundraising raffle who were announced last week, Bob Vacek from Freedom Value Center, which purchased the winning ticket, and Andrea Lias, who claimed the second highest prize. In all, 18 persons ended up "in the money" in the successful project, which helps fund the club's civic projects during the next year.

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