Clubs Encampment and LEA #38
The Encampment and Lea #38 of Vermillion met Wednesday evening, Sept. 27 with Darrell Christopherson leading the meeting. The regular opening was held and then under new business it was brought up about the official visitors coming to our October meeting. It was decided to have a pot-luck supper so everyone please try and turn out and make a good showing.
The charters were draped for Paula Campbell and Past Grand Matriarch Mattee Richter. Next meeting will be Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m.
Vermillion Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
The Vermillion Odd Fellows and Rebekahs met Tuesday evening, Sept. 26, at the Odd Fellow Hall. The regular business was conducted. A new member was balloted on and she was elected to receive the Rebekah Degree.
Under new business, the district meeting was discussed and it will be held on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. in Vermillion. Vermillion has to open and close and seat the district officers so please, members, be sure and put this date on your calendar and come out and help out. We need everyone that is able to come. We are having a catered dinner at 5:30 p.m. and if you want to come please let the secretary know as we have to let them know how many are coming.
Under the good of the order, Gertrude Clark read from the journal and Bea Christopherson read an article on the Peace Gardens which are located between Canada and United States in North Dakota. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs help keep up this park and the gates.
Christian Women's Club
All women of the area are invited to the Christian Women's Club meeting at Pascale Memorial Hall in Centerville on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Patty Anderson of Centerville will show her "Prize Winning Pumpkins." She has them painted and ready for the fall season. She will also share her musical talent.
The speaker for the morning will be Ellen Paulton of Hot Springs. She will bring a "Basket full of Wisdom."
Please make a reservation for the brunch and free nursery by calling: Ardis at 563-2829, Lois at 763-5284 or Wilhelmina at 326-5562 by Oct. 9.
The Coyote Cubs 4-H club met on Sept. 17 at the Safety Center. Flag Pledges were said. The roll call topic was "Your Favorite Olympic Event." The secretary's report was given by Laura Aga, and the treasurer's report by Karrie Plate. The club discussed that record books are due to the leader by Sept. 29. Also, 4-H discovery night is on Oct. 17 if anyone would be willing to help out with that. Then we planned the next 4-H year. We made our club goals and decided on new roll call topics, and scheduled demonstration and hosting times. We also elected new club officers.
The president is Shelli Knutson, the vice president is Kate Renner, the secretary is Tabitha Hubert, the treasurer is Chris Lynch, the reporter is Casey Carlson, and the community service coordinator is Amanda Aga. We also donated $50 to the 4-H Foundation.
The host was Chris Lynch. Remember enrollment forms are due by Nov. 1. The next meeting will be Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Safety Center.
Senior Citizens Center
The monthly card party, Monday, Sept. 25, had 12 pinochle, seven pitch and eight bridge players.
Winners in bridge were: Barb Kronaizl, high; Isabell Manning second and Margaret Waltner, low.
The door prize name drawn was Eleanor Offerdahl. Other drawing winners were Eve Marshall, Barb Kronaizl, Luceal Liffengren and Shirley Raab.
Servers were Blanche Gregoire, Florence Wagner, Louise Ecklund and Anna Lawrensen.
Senior Citizens Center
A wonderful perfect autumn day found 20 bridge, 15 pitch and six pinochle players at the Senior Citizen Center Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Bridge winners were Howard Melstad, high; Marlys Miller, second; Lola Christensen, third; Ernie Miller, fourth; Clois Smith blind bogie and Margaret Waltner, low.
Servers were Alice Johanson, Garnette Perry, Erna Frahm, Nola Teslow and Delores Grabowski.
All are welcome, no reservations needed. Play begins at 1 p.m.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas
St. Agnes Court #687, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, met for its first annual fall meeting Sept. 25 at the St. Agnes School Auditorium.
A get-acquainted game for members and guests was played under the direction of Margaret Melby.
The regular business meeting was called to order by Regent Mary Bartels. The court voted to give a monetary donation to the Vermillion Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It was reported that the ice cream social was a success with $1,100 profit and proceeds will be given to the St. Agnes School Carpet Fund. The court thanks everyone who attended the social function.
Catholic Daughter Sunday will be honored Sunday, Oct. 15, at the 9 a.m. Mass with the theme "Open Wide the Doors of Our Hearts to Christ." Members will meet in the back of the church and a procession will be followed into the church.
The reception for new members will be held Oct. 24 with a 7 p.m. Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church with a business meeting and lunch to follow in the auditorium.
Prayers were offered for deceased members, Cleo Wade, Mary Harrington Johnson, Daisy Shouse and Dorothy Marcotte.
Following the meeting a skit was held titled "How Would You Like to Become a Millionaire and Know More About the Catholic Daughters?" Millionaire winners were Rhoda Grant, Mary Bartels and Barb Kronaizl.
An assortment of desserts was served by St. Agnes Past Regents of the Court Doris Heine, Catherine Danielson, Mary Bartels, Margaret Melby, Margaret Connors, Barb Kronaizl, Isabel Manning, Rhoda Grant, Sarah Brown and Mary Geffre Johnson.
Vermillion Rotary Club
Dean Clark called the meeting to order for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar. Guests today were Carl Gutzman and four students from Vermillion High School: Marissa Beene, Amber Blue, Wendy Bromwich and Sarah Decker. Plans for the yearly raffle/fund raiser were announced. Members were exhorted to make the rounds with the raffle tickets and spread the word about Rotary's charitable activities. With birthday announcements, recognition of press coverage, and the usual quiz our regular sergeant-at-arms proceeded with the lucrative looting of the membership and we moved on to our program for the day.
Superintendent of Public Schools in Vermillion, Bob Mayer, gave us an update on the building projects at the high school. The new building includes a theatre/auditorium, something the high school has not had up to this time, an expanded cafeteria, a doubling of the space for the library, and those big boxes bulking along the south side of the campus designed for more indoor sports. All to be surrounded by a broad sea of parking lot twice the capacity of present parking spaces. Everything seems to be within budget and on schedule, with all construction to be finished by the beginning of the next school year and some of the new athletic space available by January. A renegade in the audience asked whether anyone had yet questioned the plan to provide more subsidized parking asserting that that would seem to be a subsidy in support of a lazy, unhealthy, and expensive habit, namely driving, rather than walking or biking, to school. The question was noted.
Vermillion Beautiful met Sept. 23, at the Austin-Whittemore house to discuss details of the Memorial Tree Project planned for Saturday, Oct. 28. Trees will be planted along Cherry Street on the north side of the bike path between High Street and Carr Street, pending final approval of the Department of Transportation.
The project includes plans for individuals or groups to purchase trees in memory of loved ones to be planted on Make a Difference Day. Approximately 80 oak and sugar maple trees, six feet to eight feet tall are expected to be planted. The cost of trees is expected to range between $50 and $75.
Individuals interested n purchasing trees may make inquiries to Judy Clark, 624-9795. Volunteers are needed to help with planting on the morning of Oct. 28.
Plants and mulch for the Aug. 19th downtown clean-up have been paid for by Vermillion banks. Volunteers who congregated and helped on the rainy morning are warmly thanked for their generous spirit.
Historical Preservation has agreed to work with Vermillion Beautiful on a pamphlet project to help inform Vermillion area homeowners of useful resources and other home improvement tips for historical homes.
Photo information for the development of a landscape plan for Vermillion was discussed. Resident gardeners and botany experts are encouraged to inform us of any and all viable ideas they may have for a more picturesque downtown and more beautiful Cherry Street. We are working to grow a more beautiful Vermillion.
Union County Historical Society
Acquisitions for the month are: 134 duplicate tax books given by the Union County Auditor; a 1946 map of the Mideast, two books, four small 48-star American flags given by Russell Hanson; # 1 International Assn. of Machinists minute book given by Mark Avery; a baby's bunting, bottle, thermos, soaker, bottle holder, two warming dishes and five books, Register of Historic Sites in Clay County, Voices of American Homemakers given by La Vonne Klemme; nine textbooks, six miscellaneous pins and two books on loan from Lois LaFerriere; Elk Point homecoming pin given by Letitia Geary; three swim suits, one swim suit matching jacket given by Kathy Harkin; six basketball team pictures given by Jeane Voss; two Elks, a centennial scrapbook, OOB Club minute book, Elk Point cheerleader sweater, sweatshirt, retail sales tax book, pair of old fashioned slippers, Elk Point city ordinances given by Valerie and Doug Hladky; child's homemade commode, ashtray, pull toy, swimming mask, fins, goggles, slingshot and rabbit ears given by Sondra and Frank Stickney
Due to the cost of postage in mailing the Sands of Time it was voted to raise the single memberships to $15. The family memberships will stay at $25.
Mary Robinson gave the program about the haunted houses of Leesburg, VA. Leesburg is a modern, fast growing town but it has its tales of tragedies from around the Civil War time. The separate stories go with homes that are still lived in and a cemetery. Blood spots that can not be rid of and apparitions in various houses are samples of the hauntings. The Leesburg historical society and museum are housed in an old mortuary and the haunting tours are conducted as fundraisers for the historical society.
The Oct. 16 monthly meeting will be held at the Beresford Public Library at 7 p.m. The library is located at 115 S. Third Street. Herbert Hoover, USD history professor, has had many oral history sessions in Bon Homme County and would like to work with the UCHS as well for a Union County project. He will explain the project in detail at this meeting. Anyone who is interested in Union County history is encouraged to attend.