Clubs Vermillion Lions Club

There were 43 members and guests present for the May 4 Vermillion Lions Club meeting. Items of business included a presentation by Young Moore on behalf of the Dakota Senior Meals. He presented an appreciation certificate to Lions President Julie Potter for the club's assistance in delivering Meals on Wheels.

Julie gave a report of participation in the State Lions Club Mobile Screening Unit that was in Vermillion during the Pancake Days. A total of 78 adults and five children took advantage of the health-screening program which checks for sight, hearing, diabetes, and blood pressure problems.

Lion Jack Doyle, Pancake Days chair, reported that we served 891 persons during the April event. He pointed out that attendance has been steadily increasing and set a goal of 1,000 for the fall Pancake Days.

President Julie reported two donations made by the Vermillion Lions Club. A contribution was given to the Dance Marathon that raised over $15,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. The other donation was to help purchase a laptop computer for a young person with a major medical condition.

Lion Don Mitchell inducted the following new members: Mel Larson, David Massey, Sid Davis, Delvin Anderson, and Marlyn Harnois as Vermillion Lions.

Program Chairman Loren Carlson introduced John Schmit who is the program director for the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. Two national news clips of the mountain carving were shown. John described the present activity at the memorial and the addition of a new Orientation and Communication Center. Official dedication is May 27. He pointed out that just as the Mount Rushmore Memorial is a tribute to all of our nation's leaders, the Crazy Horse Memorial is a tribute to all Native Americans. If the two carvings were placed side by side, Mount Rushmore would be smaller than the head of Crazy Horse. The work on the mountain is continuous and has no completion date. Funding is 65 percent from visitor fees and 35 percent private donations.

The next Board of Directors meeting was May 11 at 7 a.m.

Vermillion Rotary Club

The importance of Vermillion as a site on the Lewis and Clark Expedition's trail was the subject of a presentation to Rotarians Tuesday noon by Jim Peterson of Vermillion, retired University of South Dakota professor and past president of the national Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.

The 59-mile Yankton-to-Ponca stretch is the only portion of the Missouri River from the main-stem dams to the St. Louis area that is close to its natural state, said Peterson. This makes Vermillion a focal point for tourists, historians and television producers who want to see what the river "was really like" when Lewis and Clark went upriver in 1804. Peterson is called upon often to guide television camera crews on river trips in the area.

Besides the river itself, Peterson said that Spirit Mound, six miles north of Vermillion on Highway 19, is one of the few places we know today where Lewis and Clark actually stood, as their journals document. Campsites and other spots associated with the expedition have washed away, become inundated, or are otherwise not known because of the passage of years. Thus, Spirit Mound will likely be visited by many thousands of persons between now and the end of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in 2006.

Earlier Tuesday at Vermillion High School's awards event, Rotary president Randy Houska presented Melissa Rydell with the club's annual scholarship for study at USD.

Bills Watts from Florida was a guest at Rotary's weekly meeting at the Silver Dollar, and the club's past president, Bruce Smith, was presented with an award for his service to the organization.

USD Emeritus Club

The USD Emeritus Club met at noon on Wednesday, May 3 at the Silver Dollar Restaurant. The featured speaker was Dr. Sharon Andrews, associate professor of education at Augustana College, Sioux Falls. Dr. Andrews spoke about a computer technology grant that she is currently engaged in completing. This grant, which is being used to interest high school students in attending college and subsequently becoming teachers, involved three colleges and three high schools.

The grant, supported by AT&T, emphasized utilizing computers for disseminating information and for the completion of high school student projects. The college students involved in the grant activities served as mentor for the Native American high school students participating in the grant. Dr. Andrews addressed both advantages and disadvantages of the use of computers as a teaching tool and emphasized that students still respond best to face-to-face presentations.

Dr. Wayne Knutson presented a report on the progress of work in the Shakespeare Garden. It is expected that the task of erecting an iron fence and completing brickwork will begin in the near future. Sylvester Clifford and Allen Johnson were elected to continue serving as co-chairs for the group meeting. Knutson will continue as liaison between the group and personnel working on the Shakespeare Garden, and Allen Johnson will remain as the Emeritus Club representative on the University Planning committee.

This was the final meeting of the Emeritus Club for this academic year and meetings will resume again in September.

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