Clubs Vermillion Rotary Club
Rotarian John P. Hemminger reviewed his academic year in Turkey as a Fulbright Graduate Student Fellow before club members Tuesday noon at the Silver Dollar. He studied international dispute resolution in business while based on Izmir last year, and is now an instructor in the USD School of Business.
Hemminger said that professionals in Turkey dealing with international firms have a higher standard of living, in part reflecting the skills they bring to their work. Attorneys, for example, often speak as many as eight languages.
As for his own language interpretation, Hemminger was fortunate that his wife, Gulen Hemminger, also a local Rotarian, is a native of Turkey. The two met when Gulen was a member of a Rotary International group student exchange several years ago.
Educators are highly respected in Turkey, he reported, but teachers still are often faced with finding a second job in order to live comfortably. Meanwhile, their students are subjected to a stratification of educational opportunity almost wholly dependent on their class standing.
Club guests included two past district governors of Rotary, John Harris and Golby Uhlir. Other visitors were Betty Clifford, Carl Gutzman, John Larson, Jack Marsh, and two Vermillion High School students, Shauna Baron and Jennifer Balleweg.
Senior Citizens Center
With a cool break in the weather we all thought fall was near.
There were 12 pitch, four pinochle, and 20 bridge players at the Senior Citizens Wednesday card party.
Bridge prizes went to: Luceal Liffengren, high; Shirley Riehle, second, Veronica Heimes, third, Ernie Miller, blind bogey and Barb Ernst, low.
Cards are played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No reservations are needed and both men and women are welcome. Join us.
Refreshments were furnished by the center.
USD Emeritus Club
Louie Fostvedt reported on two projects carried out by the Mission of Love on the Pine Ridge Reservation at the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Mission of Love is a non-political, non-sectarian organization which donates time, materials and labor to provide housing to those in need. Fostvedt described not only the roofing of the Wounded Knee Round House and construction of a dwelling, but activities in Guatemala and several other countries. The Mission sometimes works in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity and other organizations. Fostvedt praised many other worthy persons, but we should mention, since he did not, that he has contributed greatly with his time and skills to the many successful projects of Mission of Love.
New emeritus members, Benno Wymar, School of Business, and Dr. Phil Vik, School of Education, were welcomed by the club.
Dr. Wayne Knutson brought membership up to date on the Shakespeare Garden. The ironwork has been constructed and is waiting completion of the brickwork for installation. Emeriti/donors whose names will appear on plaques on this section (front fence) include Wayne Gutzman, William O. Farber, Carroll Colwell, and Marjorie Beaty. When installation is completed, we will begin on the final stage of the enclosure. Dr. Knutson and those who have made major contributions of time, talent, and money were applauded.
The Vermillion Can Do Project was briefly reviewed. Its motto "Vermillion: The Place to Be!" was coined by Dr. Knutson's committee. Dr. Farber reported that efforts are underway to establish a foundation to help encourage a number of the fine goals established by the Vermillion Can Do Project.
Area candidates for state political offices will speak at our next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Silver Dollar Restaurant. Emeriti are urged to attend; guests are welcome.