Clubs Country Gals 4-H Club

The Country Gals met on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the 4-H Center. The meeting was called to order by President Leslie Larson. Angela Rydell led both the 4-H pledge and the flag salute. There was one new member that attended the meeting.

Leslie Larson did a quick Junior Leader Project on getting started early on the 4-H record books.

We made Valentines for Vets for our monthly community service project. We decorated the Valentines with rubber stamps and inkpads. We were also told that the Christmas cards we made for service men were sent and received.

Theresa Ring, reporter

Vermillion Rotary Club

The Vermillion Rotary Club met at noon at the Silver Dollar Restaurant on March 21. President Randy Houska welcomed our guests, three high school seniors Rachel Solberg, Emma Thompson and Serene Thin Elk.

The Rotary Club thanks those members who helped answer phones for the SD Public TV fund raiser, Festival 2000 on Sunday, March 12. The annual Bike Helmet Day will be Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Don't forget to put it on your calendar if you are able to help. Also, in conjunction with the Summer Arts Festival, the Rotary Club will be participating with a sidewalk sale on Saturday, June 17. Our booth will be located by the former STAGE building in downtown Vermillion. Be sure to hang on to those items you wish to donate as all will be appreciated. Contact Dean or Dan for further information. This project may replace our raffle if enough funds are generated.

Mike Marek introduced Tom Stogsdill from the USD Foundation office. Tom informed us on major fundraising goals set for the university. Tom said the Campaign South Dakota is really in its early stages, primarily completing the background work and focusing on both quality and competition. He outlined the various areas that fundraising will be improving at the university and a general idea of goals set for different departments.

Vermillion Lions Club

President Julie Potter opened the regular business meeting of the Vermillion Lions Club on Thursday, March 16 following dinner at the VFW Clubroom. Lion Julie announced that the board of directors had voted to donate $10 to Spirit Mound, $25 to the American Diabetes Association's Kiss a Pig Contest, $50 to Great Plains Assistance Dogs, $50 to Leader Dogs and $154 for a pair of eyeglasses.

Spring Pancake Days will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 12 and 13. Lion Jack Doyle will be making assignments and have them available at the April 6 meeting. Lion Jackie Dunn will be asking members to volunteer to staff the Mobile Screening Unit which will be in Vermillion for Pancake Days.

Members were reminded that the club's 50th anniversary celebration will be held at the Eagle's Club on Thursday, March 30. Social hour will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Past club presidents who have indicated they will be present for the dinner are John Carlin, Robert Miller, Gerald Lawton, Jim Antonen, and Gerry Wolff. The evening's speakers will be District 5-SE Governor "Red" Beukelman and Vermillion's Bill Farber.

The following slate of officers for next year was presented presented and be voted on at the next meeting: president, Kumi Ramakrishnan; first vice-president, B.J. Naik; second vice-president, Jackie Dunn; third vice-president, Randy Sullivan; treasurer, Alan Carlson; secretary, Chuck Estee; tail twister, Mick Breske; lion tamer, Norm Herren. The members of the board of directors will be Allen Johnson (1999-2001), Richard McBride (1999-2001), Ross King (2000-2003), and Brendyn Richards (2000-2003).

Brent Salem, assistant coach of the USD Coyote football team, reviewed the football program. Brent, who along with his twin brother Brad grew up in Vermillion, reported that during the winter the coaching staff turns its attention to recruitment. He announced that 28 athletes had signed letters of intent with USD, and 18 of those are from South Dakota.

During the early spring months, the emphasis for the players is on strength training and, beginning in April, the team will scrimmage and play spring ball. The final spring scrimmage will take place on May 6. Fifty members of the team have already made the commitment to stay in Vermillion for summer training.

The next Lions Club meeting will be April 6. Since Pancake Days will take place on April 12 and 13, there will not be a meeting on the third Thursday of April.

Senior Citizen Center

On Wednesday, March 15, there were 21 pitch, four pinochle, two skip-bo, and 22 bridge players at the Senior Citizens Center.

Bridge prizes were won by Robin Eisenmenger, high; Shirley Riehle, second; Folmer Christensen and Isabelle Manning tied for third; Marilyn Siecke blind bogie and Deanie Christopherson, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Marge Rasmussen, Leone Christopherson, Peggy Mollet, and Frances Mollet.

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