Clubs Centerville Christian Women

Memories are an important part of everyone's life and Centerville Christian Women will have a "memor-able" brunch March 15 at 9: 30 a.m. in Pascale Memorial Hall in Centerville.

A delightful special feature of "Rocking Chair Memories" will be given by Jeanette Silva of Beresford and Dottie Dailey of Centerville. Marilyn Lauritzen of Centerville will be "note-able" by performing music. Carol Guthmiller of Tripp will be "quote-able" as she shares "Life Is Full of Surprises." Carol is a farm wife and author who loves reading, gardening, walking and sewing.

To make your reservations for the brunch and free nursery call Ardis at 563-2829 by March 13.

Vermillion Senior Citizens Center

Forty-four card players enjoyed the social afternoon as well as practicing their card playing skills on Monday, Feb. 28.

The group of players included 16 pitch, 12 pinochle and 16 bridge.

Bridge prizes went to Shirley Riehle, high; Veronica Heimes, 2nd; Barb Kronaizl, 3rd; and Leona Kryger, low.

Refreshments were served by the center.

Drawings were: Door Prize, Marilyn Siecke; others were Sarah Brown, Midge Carlson, Shirley Riehle, Norma Fallan, Doris Swanson, Doris Olson, Folmer Christensen.

Wednesday, March was truly a "lamb" entry for this month so everyone was in a spring mood.

Forty-one people played: 15 pitch, three skip-bo and 23 bridge.

Bridge prizes went to Shirley Riehle, high; Ernie Miller, 2nd; Lona Kryger, 3rd; blind bogie � Barb Kronaizl; and Marie Parke, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Rosalie Hubert Margaret Bierle, Eleanor Offerdahl, and Lois Ballard.

Come join us every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No reservations needed.

USD Emeritus Club

Charles (Chuck) Kaufman, recently retired associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of the USD Graduate School, addressed the "Changes in Graduate Education Over the last 20 Years" at the March 1 meeting of the USD Emeritus Club. At USD, the proportion of the graduate to undergraduate students has risen until it now makes up over one-fourth the students and one-third the FTE.

At this time of increasing emphasis on graduate training and meeting requirements of certifying agencies, competition for undergraduates has intensified. According to Kaufman, there are now 21 institutions offering freshman and sophomore courses in South Dakota. USD and other institutions must adjust to these changing demands and opportunities.

Dr. Cliff Clifford invited members to join him in representing the club for the "Vermillion Can Do" project, a joint effort of the city, Vermillion Arts Council, businesses, individuals and organizations to construct a positive development plan. We expect the Vermillion Retired Teachers to join the effort for the city. Members wishing to be on the committee, or wishing to submit suggestions, please contact Clifford at 624-2860.

The speaker for April 5 at the Silver Dollar is Julie Strathman, Vermillion, owner of "From The Ground Up" greenhouse. She will enlighten us how to grow flowers and other plants for the garden.

Clay County Junior Leaders

The Clay County Junior Leaders met March 5, at 1 p.m. at Prairie Lanes for bowling. Next we had a meeting at the 4-H Center. We discussed doing a phone-athon in April, delivering 4-H fruit, getting Junior Leaders to help with interviewing for the Washington Focus Trip, and what projects we wanted to help with this year at the fair.

The Leader's Association is going to give $20 to each 4-H member willing to go to the conference. We are thinking about what community service projects and summer events we want to do as Junior Leaders for the next meeting. Our next meeting will be before we do the phone-athon.

Reporter, Leslie Larson

Vermillion Lions Club

Third Vice-President Jackie Dunn presided at the March 2 meeting of the Vermillion Lions Club at the VFW. She distributed instruction sheets to those members who had signed up to answer phones for the Public Broadcasting Festival on Saturday, March 11, from 8 to 11 p.m. She announced that the club's board of directors would meet on Thursday, March 8, at the donut shop at 7:30 a.m. Keith Joy reported on the success of the American Cancer Society's DakotaDome Relay for Life and asked that a recommendation be made to the board that a committee be set up to coordinate the Lions Club effort if the relay is held again next year.

Lion Jackie reminded the group that the club's 50th Anniversary Party is scheduled for March 30 at the Eagle's Club. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $11 per person. Guests are invited.

Pancake Days tickets were available for members to pick up. At the next meeting on March 16, volunteers will be scheduled to work at the Mobile Unit which will be at the National Guard Armory/Community Center both days. Pancake Days are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, April 12 and 13. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Lions Club members for $3 each or at the door for $3.50.

The next meeting will be held on March 16. USD Football Coach John Austin will present the program.

Lion Art Rusch presented the evening's program entitled "An Historical View of Vermillion." With the help of early photographs from the W.H. Over Museum's collection, he documented the history prior to the fire of Jan. 13, 1875, which destroyed a large part of the town. At that time Vermillion was located at the base of the bluffs at the Missouri River's edge. The public levy, where Missouri River steamboats docked, was located approximately where Broadway and Dakota Streets meet below the hill in present day Vermillion. Among the landmarks that are visible in the early photos are Captain Nelson Miner's St. Nicholas Hotel, Judge Jefferson Kidder's offices, the Adelphi Hotel (Also owned at one time by Captain Miner), Dr. Lyon's "Brick Block," and Dr. Lyon's house which was moved uphill (after the flood of 1881) and still stands today at the corner of Dartmouth and Center Streets. The railroad, which came to Vermillion in 1872, is also clearly visible in photos taken prior to the fire.

According to Rusch, Captain Nelson Miner, who built the St. Nicholas Hotel, was one of Vermillion's earliest and most influential citizens. He had served as a guide for wagon trains and was also a lawyer. At the beginning of the Civil War the First Dakota Cavalry was formed. At that time the men in the unit elected their own officers and Miner was elected to serve as the commander of the Vermillion and Yankton companies. During the war the unit was issued two brass cannons, one of which is on display at the W.H. Over Museum.

Another leading citizen of early Vermillion was Judge Jefferson Kidder who donated part of the land for the original campus of The University of South Dakota when it was established in the early 1880s.

The fire which destroyed much of Vermillion's business district started in the upper story of Dr. Lyon's "Brick Block" which was located on the northwest corner of Broadway and Market Streets. The winds, which were blowing from the northwest, caused the fire to spread quickly to the south side of Broadway where it destroyed many of the town's early businesses.

Following the fire, the town was rebuilt on the same site. It was not until after the flood of 1881 washed most of the town's buildings from their foundations that Vermillion was rebuilt on the bluff where it is located today.

Vermillion Rotary Club

The Vermillion Rotary Club met Tuesday, March 7 at the Silver Dollar Restaurant, with President Randy Houska presiding. The program featured a look at the origin of the Indiana limestone found on many buildings in Vermillion, including the Shrine to Music Museum and the Arts and Sciences building, as well as the state capitol in Pierre.

USD Emeritus Professor of Geology Duncan McGregor used slides to explain the geology of the high-quality limestone and to show how it is quarried and prepared for construction.

Guests at this week�s meeting included USD graduate student Trine Hansen, Joe Lundsgaard, who is transferring from the Cherokee, IA, Rotary Club to Vermillion, and five Junior Rotarians � Lindsay Rasmussen, Anna Ristic, Katie Rupp, Melissa Rydell and Nichole Schempp.

Rotarians will be answering telephones during South Dakota Public Television�s Festival 2000 on Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Rotary Club also made a contribution to help Vermillion High School students travel to New York to participate in a choral concert in Carnegie Hall.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha

The Theta Omega Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha met Wednesday, March 1, at the home of Tim and Julie Heine. In February, the chapter installed its new officers during a banquet and installation ceremony at the Silver Dollar Restaurant in Vermillion. Newly installed officers are: Joan Nelson, president; Julie Heine, vice president; Earleen Varns, secretary; Beth Hansen, treasurer; and Bernadette Reasoner, educational director.

The educational segment of each meeting this year will focus on getting �Back to the Basics of ESA.� At this first meeting of the chapter�s new year, the educational topic was ESA History. Heine and Barb Campbell led the group in a game of �Who Wants to Be a Millionaire� with questions based on the past and present history of Epsilon Sigma Alpha. Other topics that will be covered throughout the year include ESA Honored Symbols, ESA Organizations, ESA Awards, ESA State Convention, and ESA Now and Then.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha was founded in 1929 and now serves as a leadership and service organization for women interested in making a positive difference in the world. In 1972, ESA adopted St. Jude Children�s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN as one of its international philanthropic projects. Each year, ESA raises over $4 million for the hospital through countless hours of volunteer work.

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