Clubs Clay County Democrats
The monthly meeting of the Clay County Democrats was held at noon Nov. 10 at the Prairie Restaurant. Berwyn Svoboda, chair, Clay County Democrats, called the meeting to order.
Maxine Johnson reported on the Central Committee meeting which had been held in Sioux Falls on Nov. 6. At that meeting, Gil Koetzle, Democratic representative from Minnehaha County, reported further on the juvenile correction system in South Dakota. Judy Olson reported on the meeting in Washington, D.C. which had been attended by delegates from South Dakota. She brought news about the successful fundraiser which has been hosted by Senators Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle.
Plans were also discussed concerning the state convention next summer in Rapid City. Guest speaker Jerry Wilson was introduced by Allen Johnson, co-chair for the Clay County Democrats. Wilson spoke about the different aspects of zoning regulations in Clay County.
The next meeting of the Clay County Democrats will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Prairie at noon; everyone is welcome. Dr. Bruce Barton will be speaking to the group about the Missouri River Institute. He is co-director of the Missouri River Institute which has been established by The University of South Dakota to develop and promote scholarly research, education, and public awareness related to the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River basin.
Vermillion Rotary Club
Randy Houska called the meeting to order for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar. We had five guests Nov. 30 from Vermillion High School: senior class members Kenna Johnson, Sarah Jordt, Jason Johnson, Dallas Jopling and Tanya Johnson.
We moved on quickly to the third annual drawing of the Rotary Raffle. Those of us too preoccupied or lazy to have sold our allotment of tickets waited with bated breath to see if, perchance, our sloth would be rewarded by pulling down one of the large prizes. (That $1,500 prize would be nice.) Alas, sloth was not rewarded. All the large winners were non-Rotarians.
One of our more musical Rotarians, Nate Hurowitz, introduced, appropriately, a musical program for our delectation. Accompanied on piano by Nicole Bartsch, Jeanie Mayer sang for us songs ranging from the Irish ballad, Oh Danny Boy, to the love theme from Titanic as it might have been heard in Milano or Firenze. Finally, though Jack Frost has not yet begun to nip at our noses, she sang us the Christmas song that reminds us that even the multiple pleasures of the Christmas season will be accompanied by that little bit of discomfort. Out here on the prairie it will probably get down to something worse than a mere nose nipping, but, for now, we walked out into yet another balmy late fall day.
Senior Citizens Center
Wednesday, Nov. 24 was another nice fall day! Thirty-six card players came to the Senior Citizens Center to enjoy card playing for the afternoon. There were 12 pitch, three skip-bo and 21 bridge players.
Bridge prizes were earned by Marlys Miller, high; Marie Parke, second; Meryl Reed, third; Marilyn Siecke, blind bogie and Folmer Christensen, low.
The center furnished the refreshments.
After having turkey with all the trimmings, 24 card players came to the center on another lovely day, Monday, Nov. 29.
There were 12 pinochle and 12 bridge players.
Bridge prizes went to Barb Kronaizl, high; Shirley Riehle, second; Leona Kryger, third and Marilyn Siecke, low.
Drawings went to Sig Nissen (door prize), Rosie Johnson, Barb Kronaizl, Doris Olson, Marilyn Siecke and Shirley Riehle.
Refreshments were furnished by Marilyn Siecke and Shirley Riehle.