Clubs Vermillion Lions Club
The Vermillion Lions Club met Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. President Julie Potter reported that the club contributed $250 to the United Way. She also announced that the Vermillion club had received an invitation from the Elk Point Lions Club to attend an introductory meeting of the newly chartered North Sioux City Lions Club on Jan. 22.
Pins were presented to Lion Curt Schempp for sponsoring four new members, Julie Potter for two new members, and Marion Kryger for one new member. Lion Don Mitchell conducted the induction of Gloria Stewart as the newest Lion. Guests at the meeting were Don Bensen, guest of Marion Kryger, and Dave Macy, guest of Bob Macy.
The program was on the adult volunteers program at the South Dakota state parks. Linda Sandness of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks gave an overview of the program statewide. Her agency recruits up to 75 volunteers to help at the 34 parks. The positions are available from April to October. She stated some of the benefits of volunteering are free camping, free admission and a sense of belonging. Positions include acting as campground hosts and maintenance work.
Sandness introduced Jeff VanMeeteran who supervises the Lewis and Clark, Springfield and Adams Homestead parks. He related the positive experience of a retired individual who volunteers with the grounds keeping. Jeff discussed the various attractions of the parks under his supervision and the volunteer positions available.
The scheduled program for the Jan. 20 meeting is Barbara Waters of the Sioux Valley Hospital volunteers program.
Rebekah and Odd Fellows Lodges
Vermillion Rebekah Lodge and Vermillion Odd Fellow Lodge #3 held their dinner installation on Jan. 11 with District Deputy Grand Master Jon Bjordahl and Deputy President Ruth Iverson doing the installing.
Those helping with the installation were: Installing Marshalls Clarence Kroeger from Elk Point and Betty McCambridge from Vermillion; Installing Vice Grand Agnes Sealey; Installing Chaplains Harriet Randall and Sandy Aakre.
There were eight from Elk Point who attended and two from Centerville and six visitors from Vermillion. A delicious oyster stew and chili supper was enjoyed by all.
After the installation Ruth Iverson's grandson, Kevin Kabrina, gave a short talk and thanked the Odd Fellows for the scholarship he received.
Those installed were: Noble Grands Katherine Lilly and Dwight Baisden; Vice Grand Barbara Baisden; Secretaries Agnes Sealey and John Sealey; Treasurers Fern Morse and Warren Morse; Chaplains Marjorie Grass and Sandy Aakre; Warden Linda Peters; Conductors Paula Campbell and Floyd Sebring; Inside Guardian Bea Christopherson and Bob Munsil; Outside Guardians Alice Munsil and Stanley Peterson; Musician Agnes Sealey; Right Support to Noble Grands Pat Frazee and Vern Halverson; Left Support to Noble Grands Barb Ernst and Jerry Zimmerman; Right Support to Vice Grand Darrell Christopherson and Harriet Randall; Left Support to Vice Grand Ray Hoff; Chaplain Assistants Diane Jacobson; PNG Assistants Ilene Cromwell and Gertrude Clark.
Senior Citizens Center
Forty-four card players spent a lovely winter day at the Senior Citizens Center on Jan. 12.
Sixteen played pitch, four pinochle, four skip-bo and 20 bridge.
Bridge prizes went to Shirley Riehle, high; Barb Kronaizl, second; Marlys Miller, third, Folmer Christensen, blind bogie; and Betty Lynn, low.
Margaret Bierle and the Center furnished refreshments.
Vermillion Rotary Club
The Vermillion Rotary Club met at noon at the Silver Dollar Restaurant on Jan. 18. President Randy Houska welcomed guests Frank Visvutish and VHS seniors Curtis Mincks, Adam Morse, Landon Morse and Seth Mortensen.
Bud Marshall gave an update on former Brazilian foreign exchange student, Fabio. The club voted to sponsor his brother as a foreign exchange student. The club is responsible for a $40/month commitment for sponsoring the student.
M.L. Cornette provided the program for today's meeting. We watched a video entitled Electronic Smoke Signals. The video covered the four Native American radio stations located in South Dakota. The four stations, each independently owned and operated, provide vital information to people living in areas where there is no other media coverage which is culturally sensitive. The National Education Network has distributed the video to public television stations and has currently been seen in 13 states. For more information, or to view the video, contact M.L. Cornette or Bruce Smith.
Plans are underway for the Winter Social to be held in mid February. Further details will follow soon regarding the date, time and place.