Clubs Southeast #12 L.A.P.M.
The Southeast Canton #12 and LAPM met March 8 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting was opened by Captain Robert Munsil with the help of the ladies. The report of our sick members was held. We had a letter from the Wi-Mi-Dak Conclave committee to be held April 7-8-9 in Minnesota. The regular business was held and then Agnes Sealey read a poem on the leprechaun for St. Patrick's Day. The Chevaliers read an application for transfer for Jerry Zimmerman from the Sioux Falls Canton.
Lunch was served by Dick and Virginia Youngkrantz. The next meeting will be held April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Vermillion Encampment LEA #38
The Vermillion Encampment and LEA #38 met March 22 at 7:30 p.m. with Betty McCambridge, chief matriarch, presiding. We were supposed to have our official visitors at this meeting but their grandson was killed in a car accident so they couldn't make it. The regular opening was held. Sick members were reported on. Plans were made for our auction on April 26 to go to the Ronald McDonald House and DARE. It was decided to go through with this even if the visitors come. It will also be Leona Sealey's 90th birthday.
Lunch was served by Alice and Robert Munsil and Paula Campbell.
Vermillion Rebekah #28
The Vermillion Rebekahs and Odd Fellows held their regular meeting March 28 with a pot luck supper at 6:30 p.m. After the supper we then draped the charter for Robert Irving, past sovereign grand master, and Mary Wang, past president, International Association of Rebekah Assemblies.
The regular meeting was then held. Three members were brought in by transfer from the Celia Kenyon Lodge #0 of Edgemont. They are Jerry Zimmerman, Helen Zimmerman and Stanley Peterson. It was announced about our roll call that will be held on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. All arrangements have been made and the public is invited.
Betty McCambridge, chief matriarch of the Ladies Encampment Auxiliary, announced that they would be having an auction on April 26 to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House and DARE. It also will be Leona Sealey's 90th birthday.
A donation was given to the Rose Parade Float in California. Several readings were given, including one on arthritis and one on old folks. The next meeting will be our roll call meeting.
The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club met Jan. 11, at the 4-H Center. Tia Krier led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance and Alica Enterman led the 4-H pledge.
Plans were made for playing bingo at the Sioux Valley Care Center on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Volunteers were asked to bring cheese and crackers to serve the residents. Each member picked out fabric for the pillow cases to be made at the February meeting and werereminded to bring $5 to pay for the project.
Sara Anderson presented a judging school on photography. Michael Dendinger showed us how to make "Poppy Seed Bread" and Theresa Dendinger gave a demonstration on "Child Safety in the Home." Lunch was served by Michael and Theresa Dendinger.
The next meeting will be held Feb. 8 at the 4-H Center.
Theresa Dendinger, acting reporter
Senior Citizens Center
The last Monday of the month fund raising card party was held March 27. There were 12 pitch, 12 pinochle and 12 bridge players.
Bridge prizes went to: Marilyn Siecke, high; Folmer Christensen, second; and Meryl Reed, third.
Refreshments were furnished by Barb Kronaizl.
The door prize went to Sig Nissen.
Drawing winners were: Wilma Bugbee, Leona Kryger, Maxine Millette, Doris Swanson, Folmer Christensen, Doris Olson and Leone Christopherson.
The Wednesday card players were 21 pitch, four skip-bo, and 20 bridge on a lovely spring day, March 29.
Bridge winners were: Ernie Miller, high; Jim Prosser and Marlys Miller, tied for second; blind bogie Meryl Reed; and Veronica Heimes, low.
Refreshments were furnished by Louise Eklund, Florence Wagner, Emma Lawrensen, and Blanche Gregoire.
Country Gals 4-H Club
The Country Gals 4-H Club met Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at the 4-H Center. President Leslie Larson called the meeting to order. Secretary Michelle Rydell started the meeting by taking roll. Hannah Gerth led the 4-H pledge and the American flag salute.
We read the thank you cards we got for sending Christmas cards to servicemen and Valentines to vets. We also discussed our fruit sales and how they were selling.
We practiced judging pillows thanks to Leslie Larson. For our project we made Easter suckers. For our monthly community service project, the club bought a fruit box for the nursing home in Vermillion.
Theresa Ring, Reporter
Vermillion Rotary Club
Randy Houska called the meeting to order for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar. Our guests today from Vermillion High School were senior class members Dustin Tomhave, Terri Upward, Steve Varns and Mike Veitz.
Following the weekly hazing from the sergeant-at-arms we moved on to Chuck Yelverton�s bicycle helmet auction building up to the annual bicycle helmet outfitting of Vermillion second graders that our Rotary Club will carry out in just over a week from now.
Rotarian Connie Nelsen introduced Professor John Gehm who presented our program for the day. Gehm, from the criminal justice faculty at USD, has been instrumental in introducing a new community program that brings together on a voluntary basis victims and offenders involved in crimes. As he explained in the ordinary police and judicial process the victims of crimes are often largely ignored in the outcome of the case. A, hopefully, guilty party may be locked up and/or fined and that is the end of the case.
Gehm has helped to introduce a program in which a mediator brings together the victim and the offender to deal with the painful past and to come to terms with what actually happened in the crime. One aim of this encounter is to seek agreement on what would count as some restitution for the victim. The agreement on restitution, when it emerges, can become part of the conditions for parole, etc.
Programs for Victim-Offender Mediation have been introduced in various places across the country and in other countries. It is now being used on a voluntary basis and mostly with regard to property crimes in Clay, Union, Yankton and Turner counties.
Lillehammer SON Lodge
The Lillehammer SON Lodge met March 21 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton at 7 p.m.
President Marvis Tronvold presided. Fifty-five members and seven guests (Del and Doris Anderson, Mearl and Margo Larson, Verle Gunderson, Thorleif and Hollgerd Sorlien) attended.
Doris Jean Silvey was accepted as a new member.
Louise Seger will be teaching hardanger classes at her home in Wausa, NE. Anyone interested may contact her at 402-586-2160.
New member recruitment pins were presented to Marlys List, Sylvia Hagen and Shirley Juracek.
An executive board meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. prior to the social (2 to 4:30 p.m.) on Saturday, April 15 at the church. Board games, cards and Norwegian language speaking classes are being offered. Additional activities will be included in the future.
Don Bensen won the door prize given by Lucille Mjoen.
Thorleif and Hollgerd Sorlein, speaking with distinctive Norwegian brogues, shared history of their youth growing up in Norway and then immigrating into South Dakota. Thorleif displayed and described his personnally hand-crafted Norwegian wood crafts.
The next regular SON meeting will be held April 18, usual time and place.
Centerville Christian Women
The Centerville Christian Women invite all ladies from the area to their �Spring Fever Brunch.�
A �New Design� will be shown by Elaine Ostrem of Centerville. She makes beautifully decorated Ukranian Easter eggs. Becky Larson of Centerville and Laura Jensen of Beresford will have a �New Sound� as they present their music. The guest speaker is Julie Holst of Yankton. She is the mother of five, loves to read and is the general manager of the Best Western Kelly Inn at Yankton.
To make a reservation for the brunch and free nursery please call Ardis at 563-2829 by April 10.
St. Agnes Court #687 CDA
St. Agnes Court #687 held its regular meeting at the St. Agnes School Library on March 28 at 7 p.m. Middle school students Jimmy Taylor and Fred Banks shared photographs from their class trip to Washington, D.C.
The business meeting was called to order by President Mary Bartels with the Pledge to the Flag and prayers for members. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. A report on the recent Mardi Gras and Style Show were also given.
Correspondence was read including an invitation to the Style Show in Tea on April 8. It was pointed out that this is the same day the Style Show in Beresford will be held. An invitation was extended to attend the Volunteer Appreciation at the Vermillion Nursing home on April 10. Thank-you notes for donations to the Clay County Historical Society and the Coalition Against Domestic Violence were read. The treasurer�s report was given and filed.
Members were encouraged to make a donation to the State �Abuse� project. Donations will be asked for and Lifesaver candies will be handed out after each Mass this weekend.
Sharon Weber was the first to correctly identify mystery lady Jan Chapman. Mary Geffre Johnson reminded members to check the CDA newsletter for birthdays. If you or someone you know of is not included on the list, please let Mary know.
Chances to win a porcelain doll or lovely wreath were offered to members. Proceeds will go to defray costs to the convention.
The March committee, those who worked on the Style Show, are asked to help with bingo at the Nursing Home in April.
A $25 donation will be given to the Vermillion High School choir to help fund their trip to Carnegie Hall. Mary Geffre Johnson asked that the membership consider making carpet replacement in the school classrooms a Court project. Mary Geffre Johnson and Leota Conroy agreed to be on the committee to investigate purchasing options.
A sign-up sheet was circulated for a trip to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Alexandria on June 24. Depending on how many members sign up, the cost will be approximately $16 per member.
The next meeting will be held on April 25 at St. Joseph�s Church in Elk Point at 7 p.m.
Following a closing prayer, the meeting was adjourned.
Betsy Gottsleben and Leota Conroy served a delicious dessert.
Union County Historical Society
The Union County Historical Society met March 20 at the museum with 25 people present.
Acquisitions for the month are: an old fashioned horse jingle bell and two pairs of old baby shoes given by Mrs. Melvin Belke; plat maps and an atlas from Gladys Huebner; the blue velvet EPS from the stage of the Elk Point School by Laurie Hanson; 1959-60 atlas by the fire fighters; Jefferson School bronze memorial plaque, wall map, brass fire extinguisher, a partial set of an oil salesman�s sample bottles, athletic stretcher, switchboard, placard easel, old school desk, several Blackhawk basketball uniforms, several books, waste basket and two school ceiling globes from the City of Jefferson; a set of dishes that had belonged to D. May Miller, school records, wall maps, the Elk Point Pointer dog costume, a century in review banner, a flag from the Elk Point Jefferson School District.
The Brusseau timber frame cabin has been raised off the ground and � awaiting the mover�s discretion � is ready to move to its new permanent home at Adams Nature Area. This timber frame cabin is 18 feet, 8 inches by 26 feet. Two of our sidewalk engineers with their calculators estimate it weighs eight tons. The corners of the building are secured with one-inch-plus wooden pins.
Joni Kjar of rural Akron has been the developer of the Union County Historical Society�s web page. The address is www.acsnet.com/~jkjar.
Kim Baker of rural Elk Point has videotaped the school at Jefferson, inside and out with the aid of Marcus and Margaret Bernard. She videotaped the old school at Elk Point inside and out before it was razed with the assistance of Bernice Gilkyson and Russell Hanson. These tapes will be in the archives at the museum. Thank you to the city of Jefferson and the Elk Point Jefferson School District for allowing this to be done. The Elk Point School is only a memory now!
Members of the Society and the City of Elk Point met with Dennis Leonard of Holstein, IA. Leonard illustrates historical markers that are seen at historical locations. His work was well received and he will be making up preliminary sketches for three markers. One marker that the UCHS is putting up is a generic one of the Lewis and Clark Trail. The city of Elk Point has requested assistance from the Union County Historical Society on the Lewis & Clark Wayside Exhibit Project being developed for Heritage Park.
The program for the evening was about French Canadian genealogy. Tom Beauvais of Sioux City, IA, and his wife Rolene presented the program. Tom�s delivery commenced with the showing of 12 gizzard stones from a dinosaur. They were almost perfectly round and just under an inch in diameter and dark tan in color. These stones had been excavated by his father 200 yards down hill from the mammoth dig at Hot Springs before mammoth at Hot Springs had been discovered. His delivery was ended by showing three family artifacts: a family bible, a Hall art pottery piece and a cut glass pitcher which was 12 inches tall. This writer believes that Tom had on his lineage papers every available French name that had come from Canada to the United States. Tom believes that all of these immigrants came through Kankakee County, IL before coming to Dakota Territory. The Brusseau name was represented in two different versions. The speaker�s family had originated at Le Prairie, south of Montreal.
The next UCHS meeting will be April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the museum.