Clubs Vermillion Rotary Club
Republican party candidates for state senator and state representative from District 17 were guests for the Rotary Club Tuesday noon at the Silver Dollar. Donna Schafer of Vermillion, candidate for the senate seat, and Rep. Judy Clark of Vermillion and Rep. Junior Engbrecht of Marion, both candidates for re-election, made brief presentations and then participated in a questions-and-answer session.
Major issues discussed were education, health care and potential lottery replacement taxes. Clark, who has been a member of the House Appropriations Committee the past two sessions, also reminded Rotarians what has recently been accomplished for The University of South Dakota, such as funds for the new DakotaDome roof, and what remains to be tackled, like some response to the Children-Of-Alumni program for the state's higher education institutions.
The candidates agreed that a team of three GOP representatives going to Pierre from District 17 is a good idea when the state's governorship and most other top administrative positions are in Republican hands.
Rotary guests Tuesday included Charles Anderson, Dr. Matt Krell, William Reed, Alma Scott, Terry Venard, and four seniors from Vermillion High School: Brandon Benzel, Amanda Breske, Tim Brodersen and Chelsea King.
Senior Citizens Center
Fifty-three card players, (31 bridge, six pinochle and 16 pitch) spent Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Senior Citizens Center sharpening their card expertise.
Bridge prizes were won by: Shirley Reihle, high; Marlys Miller, second; Louise Scott, third; Lois Erickson, fourth, Sarah Brown, blind bogey and Eve Marshall, low.
Refreshments were furnished by Lola Christensen.
USD Emeritus Club
The University of South Dakota Emeritus Club met at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Silver Dollar Restaurant. Co-chairs, Sylvester Clifford and Allen Johnson called the meeting to order. Clifford spoke a few moments about the passing of Mary Clem and expressed his sympathy to the Clem family. Dr. Wayne Knutson reported on the progress of the Shakespeare Garden and the ironwork will be installed shortly.
The main portion of the meeting was the introduction of the legislative candidates from District 17. Incumbents to the South Dakota House of Representatives, Judy Clark and H. Junior Engbrecht, and Sen. Joe Reedy spoke and were followed by candidates Donna Schafer for the South Dakota Senate and BJ Nesselhuf and Maxine Johnson running for the State House. After their short presentations, the audience asked questions. Everyone was encouraged to vote on Nov. 7.
The next meeting will be held Nov. 1 and the featured speaker will be Robert Johnson, an expert on South Dakota State investments.