Clubs Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club

The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club met at the Vermillion Food Pantry on Nov. 14 to tour and learn more about the food pantry. We also donated food as a community service project. After the tour we met at the 4-H Center for our regular meeting. President Ariel Begley called the meeting to order. Theresa Dendinger led the flag pledge and Tia Krier led the 4-H pledge. We welcomed three new members � Emily Holoch, Olivia Van Den Hul and Michael Bruning. Roll call subject was to make a statement about yourself.

We discussed the Recognition Event scheduled for Nov. 19. Two families volunteered to bring bars or cookies for the event. We discussed our December meeting.

Korry Speakman gave a demonstration on How to Make Christmas Mice. He also gave a judging school on Clay Beaded Necklaces.

We then made Christmas ornaments for the 4-H tree that will be set up at the W.H. Over Museum for the Festival of Trees on Dec. 3.

Speakman and his mom served lunch.

Our next meeting will be Dec. 12. We will meet at the Care Center to Christmas carol and then meet at the 4-H Center for our Christmas party.

Korry Speakman


Senior Citizens Center

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, with snow on the ground, there were 14 pitch, four pinochle and 21 bridge players at the Senior Citizens Center.

Bridge prizes went to: Marlys Miller, high; Jim Prosser, second; Ernie Miller, third; Glennis Stewart, blind bogie and Reidella Engman, low.

Coffee break snacks were furnished by Leona Kryger and Marilyn Siecke.

Theta Omega Chapter of ESA #4699

Theta Omega Chapter of ESA met at the home of Linda Thaden on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Linda and Jan Kitzler and Michelle Mueller presented the educational, "State Convention." It was very interesting to hear our local, state and chapter presidents share stories of their terms in those offices. Seven guests were introduced.

Mueller is finalizing details on going to the Ronald McDonald house at a future Saturday date. Our membership will continue to bring food pantry items to meetings. It was requested by Shelly Koller to find out what items are in short supply at the Vermillion Food Pantry to assist us in what to bring.

Angel trees were put in place Nov. 18. All gifts will be collected from stores by Dec. 18, shopping will be done on Dec 19, with distribution to families planned for Dec. 21.

Barb Campbell stated that the radiothon raised $31,089 for St. Jude Children's Hospital. She thanked the members that assisted her in this event.

Sally Schmitz has met with a delegate from other local ESA chapters regarding the Diana. Letters have been sent out to local businesses and churches (for ex.) for nominations for this award. These nomination forms are to be back by Jan 21, 2001.

Schmitz has again been asked to donate her balloon animal-making talents at the "Celebrate Vermillion" New Year's Eve celebration. Campbell offered to assist Schmitz with this event again this year.

In regard to the state convention, Lois Nygaard stated committee chairs have met and given information on last year's budget and census so they have a basic idea of what to work with regarding the May State Convention.

Gayle Bliss stated she is having a social at her house for Joyce Heirigs (a previous ESA member) on Friday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.

Julie Heine passed out Hy-Vee fund raising slips for Nov. 15-17. These slips were given to the checkers when we purchased groceries on those days. Proceeds will help defray costs for the state convention.

Joan Nelson was volunteered to redesign and sew a new banner with flag stand. She will work on this and report to the next meeting.

The next meeting will be a Christmas party/social on Dec. 6 at the Bliss' home. Secret Sisters will be revealed at this time.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Dean Clark called the meeting to order Nov. 21 for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar. Guests were Tom Muenster and four seniors from Vermillion High School: Jennifer Dickinson, Chelsy Chase, Angela Colford, and Jennifer Frye.

Rotary will have a Christmas Tree in the W. H. Over Museum annual dueling Christmas tree display and those who want to help decorate it should show up this Sunday at 3 p.m. Rotary members were urged to expedite their selling of the Rotary raffle tickets.

Our program today was presented by John Gille, organizer of the "Big Friends-Little Friends" program in Union County. This program seeks to connect school age children in the community to adult volunteers who commit to having a regular contact with a particular child. Because parents today are more often away from home after school has let out, it is clear that many children are returning to an empty house after school has closed.

Single parents, but also two parents who are both working � the norm, these days � often have less contact with their children than they used to have. Other adults can play a very helpful role by volunteering to take on a role as a regular adult contact for such children. Even just two hours a week spent with a child on a regular basis can make a real difference in their lives.

The new program in Union County includes Vermillion in the area it seeks to serve and right now there is need for two or more new "Big Friends" in Vermillion. Inquires can be made at 605-356-2096.

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