Clubs Optimist Club of Vermillion

On Tuesday, June 27, a majority of members of the Optimist Club of Vermillion agreed to dissolve the club. The action occurred at the end of several difficult years for the club characterized by declining membership and member fatigue.

The decision was made all the more difficult by a sincere feeling that the club's contributions and services have made Vermillion a better place. Of that, Optimist International and all the past and current members of the Optimist Club of Vermillion can be proud.

However, it was decided that nine members cannot sustain a club. It was agreed to dissolve the club with the knowledge that members will, as individuals, continue to serve the community.

Senior Citizens Center

On Wednesday, July 5, four pinochle, 14 pitch, three skip-bo and 16 bridge players enjoyed being in the air conditioned Senior Citizens Center out of the heat and humidity.

Bridge winners were Marilyn Siecke, high; Eve Marshall, second; Isabel Manning, third; Clois Smith, blind bogie; and Barb Kronaizl, low.

Hostesses were Opal Marshall and Lola Christensen.

Sons of Norway � Lillehammer Lodge 1-633

President Marvis Tronvold led 52 people in the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthems of the U.S. and Norway at its meeting held June 20 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Yankton.

The following announcements were made:

* July 18, 6:30 p.m., Riverside Park, no host picnic. Everyone "bring a dish." Band concert, games and planning a float for River Boat Days Parade will be some of the activities planned. The lodge will furnish drinks and utensils.

* On Aug. 15 the six-year anniversary of our lodge will be celebrated. The program will be Tillie and Lillie.

* Sept. 19, the lodge will have a membership dinner at the Quarry. All members are encouraged to come and bring a prospective member.

June Orr was a guest at the meeting. Dick Munkvold won the door prize.

Convention reports were given by Louise Segan, Marvis Tronvold and Carole Nordby. The Lillehammer and Gold newsletter for our lodge received second place at the convention.

June Munkvold was awarded a gold pin and Shirley Juracek an enamel pin for walking.

Dr. Julie Stevens requested a transfer from the Canton Lodge to Lodge 633. All members voted for the transfer.

The program for the evening was presented by eight children from the Glitne Sioux Viking Dancers � 1-167. Irene Kueinski and Marjery Swanson coordinated the group.

Union County Historical Society

Acquisitions for the month are:

From Ray Lafleur a library table; Dr. James Costar gave a revised edition of his family history book called The Pioneers; John Kyte gave a Mike Hoffman's ice pick; from Alice Rudo a very old blouse; from Audrey Erichson Armstrong a pamphlet of the Erichson family history; from Jean Squires Peterson 32 pictures and a notebook of Durward Squires about his fishing operation, Extension booklets, an Immanuel Lutheran Church 75th anniversary pamphlet, etc.; Marianne Jenson gave a 1927 Elk, a 1937 EPHS 50th anniversary and 1928 Pointer; Bill and Delores Merrill gave a hanging file basket; Bernice Gilkyson gave a South Dakota Human Services plate and Don Lane gave a framed picture of the Brusseau cabin.

Myrtle Twedt, a charter member of the UCHS, celebrated her 95th birthday this past Tuesday at Spink.

The new UCHS calendar will be here very soon and will be for sale. The calendar will be the fund raiser for the year. We would like everyone to buy one or at least see them as there are some top-notch old pictures from around the county.

Union County Achievement Days at Alcester will be July 14-16. The hobby show will be there from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 15. Come and share your hobby with the public. We will have signs out in the area. Please bring a table on which to display the hobby. There is no need to pre-register and there are to be no sales.

The UCHS photo contest is on the agenda now. Photos should be turned in to the museum by Aug. 1 so they can be judged and displayed at Heritage Days in Elk Point on Aug. 19. Photos are to be at least 4" x 6" and have the name and address of the photographer and a little about the photo.

The categories are: Rural Folks, Kountry Kids, Country Scenes, Amazing Animals and Antique Pictures. All photos will be kept in the museum archives. Winners of each category will receive a prize!

The UCHS has directors from each of the five different districts within the county. However, we have a vacancy from District 5 which is the Beresford area and south. Anyone who has the inclination to be a part of the society is welcome. We can promise you coffee and an enjoyable time at the meetings!

If there are any questions about any of the above, call Sherri at 712-568-3100 or Roland at 605-356-2507 or ask any member of the historical society.

Vermillion Odd Fellows and Rebekahs

The Vermillion Odd Fellows and Rebekahs met June 26 for their regular meeting. It was reported that Abby Moore was on her trip to the United Nations Pilgrimage that is sponsored by the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. She is the daughter of Kim and Jim Moore and the granddaughter of Marilyn Riehle. She is home now and had a wonderful trip. They toured the East Coast and the Niagara Falls on both the United States and Canada sides. They toured the United Nations building and the Empire State building.

The representative to assembly gave her report and Agnes Sealey was elected secretary. Robert and Alice Munsil were elected department commander and association president of the Department Council and Department Association. There will be a reception for them on July 30 at the Odd Fellow Hall at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Rotarians received a primer on the South African country of Botswana at their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Silver Dollar, as relayed by Sarah Smith of the USD music department faculty and her husband, Rob Waters, of Mississippi Valley State in Mississippi. The couple recently returned from Botswana, where Smith was studying native musical instruments on a Fulbright grant.

Waters introduced the program by covering briefly the geography and history of the country. Most of Botswana is part of the Kalahari Desert, which does not resemble the classic model of a desert, like the Sahara, but can be compared to parts of Arizona and New Mexico that provide limited vegetation and support animal life. Elephants, for example, abound on the Kalahari.

Peopled earlier by a succession of African tribes, Botswana was colonized by the British, who remained until granting independence in 1966. As it happened, major deposits of diamonds were discovered in 1967, and Botswana is now the world's largest producer of these gemstones. Profits from diamond mining make the country one of the more self-sufficient of African countries, and provide a level of social services unusual on the continent.

For a percussionist, Smith was surprised to learn that singing is the dominant form of music in Botswana, rather than reliance on drums and other instruments. However, she returned to Vermillion with several traditional forms of music-making pieces and demonstrated these to her Rotary audience. A book she has written on the subject will soon be published.

Anders Fremstad of Vermillion High School was a Rotary guest. He will leave in August for a year's study in Finsterwalde, Germany, hosted in part by the Rotary Club in that community.

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