Clubs Country Gals 4-H Club

The Country Gals 4-H Club met Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the 4-H Center. Vice-President Colette Joy called the meeting to order. Stacy Joy led the 4-H pledge and Tristan Upward led the flag salute. There were two new members that attended the meeting.

The 4-H recognition event on Nov. 14 was discussed and we planned what we needed to do for that. Our November Community Service project was giving food to the food pantry.

Melissa Rydell did her junior leader project. She got us started on our next Community Service Project � Operation Christmas Cards.

The Country Gals 4-H Club held its Christmas party Dec. 5 at the 4-H Center at 1 p.m. We ordered Little Italy's pizza and exchanged small gifts. Then we carpooled over to the W.H. Over Museum to join in their party and watch the performances. We had a few of our members perform.

Theresa Ring, Reporter

Sons of Norway

Lillehammer Lodge 1-633 met Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Christ the King Lutheran Church. Thirty-nine members and 14 guests enjoyed a festive pot-luck meal followed by a Christmas narrative, singing of Norwegian and English songs and a performance by the ladies Nordic Dancers.

The Glitne-Sioux Viking Lodge #167 has invited the Lillehammer Nordic Dancers to attend a program of dancing as their guests on Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Scandinavian Societies Building, 1801 4th St., Sioux City, IA.

New lodge members and elected officers will be installed at the SON meeting Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Christ the King Lutheran Church. Please attend � guests are always welcome.

Marie Oien won the door prize.

Senior Citizens Center

Monday, Dec. 27 was a bright, lovely winter day and not everyone was out of town. Cards were played as usual on that last Monday of the month. There were 15 pitch, eight bridge and eight pinochle players.

Bridge prizes went to Barb Kronaizl, high; Isabell Manning, second and Wilma Bugbee, low.

Refreshments were furnished by the center.

Drawings were given to: Doris Swanson, door prize; Isabell Manning, Marge Rasmussen, Sarah Brown, Erna Frahm and Peggy Mollet.

On Wednesday, Dec. 29, 16 pitch, eight pinochle and 22 bridge players met at the Senior Citizens Center for a pleasant afternoon.

Bridge prizes went to Robin Eisenminger and Reidella Engman who tied for high; Marilyn Siecke, second; Meryl Reed, blind bogie and Deanie Christopherson, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Lola and Folmer Christensen and Ernie and Marlys Miller.

At 5 p.m. New Year's Eve 60 people enjoyed oyster stew (oysters � two gallons � furnished by Jack Stewart) and pot luck items. Cards were played later with 22 pitch and four bridge players. All were relieved no Y2K problems appeared.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Despite rapidly changing technology in the travel industry, Sara Sorensen of Abbott Travel told Rotary members on Tuesday that she foresees a healthy future for her company and other travel agencies because they are capable of changing with the times.

In the five years Sorensen has been with her current employer, the airline companies have made drastic cuts in commission percentages and the specter of the Internet is looming. Nevertheless, she said her industry has adopted what she termed "fair" surcharges for some of its services, principally airline tickets, while commissions on cruises and other services have remained at traditional levels. Sorensen also feels that the Internet, while a factor to be reckoned with, will not be able to effectively replace all of the personalized services currently provided by travel agents.

While about 80 percent of her firm's business is still in airline reservations, Sorensen said that charter and cruise business is increasing steadily.

When asked about the usage of Vermillion area airports, Sorensen said she has seen a shift away from Omaha in recent years as rates in Sioux City and Sioux Falls have become more consistently competitive. Sioux City, she said, is still handicapped by lack of good Chicago service, and Yankton is not a factor unless it regains direct Twin Cities access.

Rotary guests at the club's Silver Dollar meeting included USD graduate student Jean Apanda; his brother, Dr. Ambroise Apanda from Kinshasa, Africa; Kim Nelson from South Sioux City, and three Vermillion High School seniors � Kim Hoffman, Vicky Lio and Jessica Sorensen.

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