Clubs Vermillion Rotary
Dean Clark called the meeting to order on a cold, blustery Election Day Nov. 7 for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar. Guests were Rhiannon Chandler and Christina Wells, both seniors at Vermillion High School.
Randy Houska introduced Grant Walker, a first year student at The University of South Dakota School of Law, who serves as coordinator of the Vermillion Youth Court.
The youth court was recently implemented in the county as a way to allow young people between the ages of 1 and 17 who have been charged with a minor crime for the first time to eventually have their records cleared by being judged by a court, including "attorneys" and a jury of their peers.
The process begins when a police officer comes in contact with a youth committing an offense. Instead of arresting the individual, a citation is issued. Youth can either enter the Clay County criminal court system, or enter a guilty plea and agree to be judged and sentenced by a peer court.
"Since June, we have been averaging about 20 cases per month," Walker said. "We average three or four defendants in each case."
Walker said that since the peer court started in Clay County, not one juvenile, when given the opportunity, has turned dowm the option to be judged by other young people instead of entering the county criminal court system.
"Right now, the majority of our cases are underage consumption and petty theft," he said.
Typical sentences are restitution, community service work, and writing essays, Walker said. After juveniles have successfully fulfilled their sentence requirements, their cases are referred back to the state's attorney's office and are eventually dismissed.
Centerville Christian Women's Club
The Centerville Christian Women's Club invites all ladies from the area to a "Changing Times" brunch Nov. 15 in Pascale Memorial Hall at 9:30 a.m.
Ruth Pliska of Sioux Falls will show "Simple Changes" that can be done to make homes more beautiful. She will have many good ideas and suggestions for gifts as well.
Maye Fahlberg of Beresford will be "Changing Keys" as she provides music.
Elaine Kohl of Brookings will tell of "Changed Lives" as she shares her life's experiences. She is a retired teacher and has lived all over the world. Her husband is a professor at South Dakota State University.
To make reservations for the brunch and free nursery call Ardis at 563-2829 or Lois at 763-5284 by Nov. 13.
At the Nov. 1 meeting, which was well attended, Professor Robert Johnson gave an enlightening review of the South Dakota Investment Council which was established in 1971 and which he was one of the original members. Johnson explained the organization and purpose of the council, its relationship to the Legislature, and its investment objectives and outcomes, particularly in regard to the South Dakota retirement system. He reposted that the council has been very successful. Anyone wishing details should contact Johnson, a 34-year veteran of the South Dakota School of Business.
Knutson reported that the "front fence" of the Shakespeare Garden is in place and commemorative plaques have been ordered. The Shakespeare Garden Committee will present an accounting in December. Planning for the next phase is under way. We are pleased with the workmanship of Mike Marsh and Robert Hanson and appreciate the help of USD Architect Tom Reasoner.
Young Moore announced the establishment of the Vermillion Community Foundation, a fund whose purpose is to allocate money to initiate local development projects. When the fund reaches $100,000 it will be eligible for $25,000 in matching funds from the state. Young will keep us informed.
Senior Citizens Center
A lovely fall day found 18 bridge and 15 pitch players at the Senior Citizens' regular Wednesday card party Nov. 1.
Bridge prizes went to Maurice Erickson, high; Marlys Miller, second; Jim Prosser, third; Leona Krueger, blind bogie and Eve Marshall, low.
Refreshments were furnished by Margaret Melby, Eleanor Offerdahl and Phyllis Prusa.
The last Monday of the month card party had 10 pinochle (Rosie Huber "shot the moon"), eight pitch and 12 bridge players at the Senior Citizens Center.
Bridge prize winners were: Isabel Manning, high; Marilyn Siecke, second and Lola Christensen, low.
Refreshments were served by the center.