Clubs Senior Citizens Center
The Wednesday card playing groups on April 15 were 22 pitch, three skip-bo and 22 bridge.
Bridge prizes went to: Louise Scott, high; Norma Melstad, second; Marilyn Siecke, third; Deanie Christopherson, blind bogie; and Robin Eisenmenger, low.
Refreshments were furnished by the center.
Vermillion Rotary Club
The Vermillion Rotary Club met at noon at the Silver Dollar Restaurant on April 11. President Randy Houska welcomed Vermillion High School Class of 2000 guests, Rashaun Vincente, Andrea VonEye, Tracey Walworth and Dariel Weaver.
Dr. Yelverton presented a short demonstration on the adjustments and proper fitting of the bike helmets being given to the second graders. The annual Bike Helmet Day is Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at Austin Elementary. If you are able to help number the helmets, please meet at the Vermillion Medical Clinic at 9:30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend and all help is greatly appreciated. Also, as a reminder, mark your calendars and begin accumulating items you may donate for the sidewalk sale on June 17. This event is in conjunction with the Summer Arts Festival.
Jack Marsh introduced editor and journalist John Hanchett as our guest speaker. Hanchett, a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service recipient, gave a very interesting overview of his experiences as a journalist covering events and individuals such as John McCane, President Clinton and Senator Tom Daschle. He fielded questions from the audience regarding the presidential impeachment proceedings to politicians he has covered, to the Gulf War Syndrome.
The general membership meeting of the Vermillion Jaycees was called to order by President Elizabeth Acosta on April 4. Dena Brady led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members in attendance were Elizabeth Acosta, president, Dena Brady, director, Jon Callahan, Frank Acosta, MVP, and Lisa Miller, secretary/treasurer.
President Elizabeth Acosta gave the Management Development report. A regional rally will be held April 15 in Humboldt. Individual development competitions will be held. The first trimester convention will be held in Pierre on May 19-21. The chapter will pay for all members attending their first convention.
President Elizabeth Acosta led the Community Development report. The Easter Egg Hunt has been changed to May Baskets for Senior Citizens. Please contact Jo Larson or Patty Schwasinger if you would like to help. Sandbox Fill will be held on May 6 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Please contact Dena Brady if you would like to help with this fund raiser.
Diamond Skills state competition will be held on May 21. Please contact Ryan Bear if you are interested in chairing this project in Vermillion. The Chamber has contacted us about having a bike parade in conjunction with the Summer Arts Festival on June 17. Please contact Elizabeth Acosta if you are interested in chairing this project.
Under the Membership area, we would like to have a membership social. If anyone has ideas about a date, time or theme, please call President Elizabeth. The Yankton Jaycees will be having a membership social on April 30. We are invited and would like to take a large group to visit the Yankton chapter.
President Elizabeth had the following thoughts: Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you. Make your work in the Jaycees a true service to humanity, because as the Jaycee Creed states, Service to humanity is the best work of life!
The next meeting will be April 18 at the Chamber of Commerce. The public is encouraged to attend.
The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H club met Feb. 8 at the 4-H Center. No official meeting was held. Members participated in a pillow case seminar conducted by Virginia Delvaux. The club members also made Valentine favors to be given to shut-ins to help celebrate Valentines Day. Ellen Kennedy gave a demonstration on bow making and Ellen and her mother served lunch to the members.
The March meeting was held March 14 at the 4-H Center. The meeting was called to order by acting president Crystal Lynch. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ariel Begley. Fruit orders were discussed and three come create classes were volunteered by members and parents of the club.
Crystal Lynch gave a demonstration entitled "Veggie Pizza." The meeting was followed by a seminar put on by Clay-Union Electric. Members were taught how to make a GFI Splinter.
Lunch was served by Crystal and her mother.
Theresa Ring, Acting Reporter
Vermillion Lions Club
The Vermillion Lions Club met on Thursday, April 6, for its regular dinner meeting. Following dinner President Lion Julie Potter thanked all those who attended the club's 50th anniversary party. There were 112 members and guests in attendance including visitors from several other area Lions Clubs.
The Beresford club presented a check for $50 to the Vermillion club in recognition of the 50th anniversary. Lion Julie also thanked Lion Bill Farber for entertaining the group with his history of the founding of the Vermillion Lions club.
President Julie passed around thank you notes that had been received from several who were in attendance at the anniversary event and from Vermillion High School Vocal Music Director Jean Dahlin and from Girls State thanking the club for its donations.
Jackie Dunn requested that members sign up to work at the mobile screening unit which will be outside the armory/community center during Pancake Days, April 12 and 13. Pancake Days Chairman Jack Doyle passed out assignments for Pancake Days.
The slate of officers for 2000-2001 was presented and voted upon. The new officers are 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 are Allen Johnson (1999-2001), Richard McBride (1999-2001), Ross King (2000-2003), and Brendyn Richards (2000-2003).
Two guests were introduced: David Wherry by Lyle Wagner and Del Anderson by Roy Jorgensen. Jack Powell called the group's attention to the fact the B.J. Naik is a new citizen of the United States and B.J. was applauded.
The next regular meeting will be May 4.
USD Emeritus Club
The Emeritus Club met at noon on Wednesday, April 5, at the Silver Dollar Restaurant. The featured speaker was Julie Strathman, owner/operator of From the Ground Up, garden center, organic food farm, and gift shop of Vermillion. Strathman spoke about her gardening, exotic chickens, and the enjoyment she has experienced from her interest in organic gardening. She also invited everyone out to see her 1,000 tulips in bloom later this spring.
Dr. Wayne Knutson presented a report on the progress of work on the Shakespeare Garden. Work will resume later this spring and he noted that several people had made generous donations for this project. Several members were welcomed after their winter away from Vermillion. Unfortunately, there were no horror stories to share with the returnees regarding a South Dakota winter.
The next meeting of the Emeritus Club will be Wednesday, May 3 at noon at the Silver Dollar Restaurant. Dr. Sharon Andrews, associate professor at Augustana College, will speak to the group about her current grant activities.
Vermillion Garden Club
District VI Garden Clubs will be hosting "State Convention 2000" at the Travelodge in Vermillion June 15-17. District VI clubs include Yankton, Gayville, Wakonda, Centerville and Vermillion.
It will be our pleasure to have National Garden Club President Deen Day Smith of Norcross, GA, as our guest.
President Smith's chosen project during her two-year reign is "Landscaping for Houses for Habitant for Humanity." You may be approached by a Garden Club member for a pledge or donation for the "Walk, Bike, Run or Rock-athon" to be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 16. For more information call 624-8556.
Yankton has eight Habitant for Humanity houses already built, two of which Vermillion volunteers have helped construct.
The next Garden Club meeting will be 7 p.m. April 20 at 30 S. Crawford.