Clubs Catholic Daughters of the Americas

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas met Nov. 28 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Elk Point, for a memorial Mass for deceased members celebrated by Rev. John Rasmussen. Ritual Coordinator Mary Geffre Johnson read the list of deceased members and a candle was lit in their memory. The deceased members of the past year are Lucy M. Rameil, Betty Jean GoBell, Dorothy Marcotte, Cleo Wade, Mary Harrington Johnson, Daisy Shouse and Margaret Austin.

It was reported that the State Catholic Daughters have a Christmas tree decorated at the State Capitol, Pierre, with the theme "Angelic Touch." One hundred trees will be on display until Dec. 25. The Catholic Daughters have also decorated a tree and have a table setting at the W.H. Over Museum.

On Dec. 9, the meeting was held at the Austin-Whittemore Historical Home with "Angels Among Us" as the theme for the annual Christmas party. Members brought gifts and canned food for the needy families in the community.

Entertainment was provided by a trio from the Vermillion Middle School under the direction of Jan Ireland. Members enjoyed a delicious brunch served by Mary Johnson and her committee. Each member received a handmade angel to take home.

Mary Bartels, regent, presided at the meeting. The court voted to send a donation to the Plankinton Catholic Daughter Court to help those in need with the loss of their school. The court has many Christmas charities, and those will be remembered this holiday season.

The court unanimously voted to nominate Margaret Bierle as their DIANA entry which is sponsored by Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority. The court plans to carpet two classrooms at St. Anges Catholic School during the holidays.

The next meeting will be held at St. Agnes School auditorium Saturday, Jan. 20 with reception of new members and an international dinner. Members may bring friends who are invited to play cards following the dinner.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Dean Clark called the meeting to order Tuesday for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar. Our guests from Vermillion High School were Sarah Mollet and Tabitha Hubert.

Chuck Yelverton introduced today's speaker, Dr. Jerry Jacobs, director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute at USD. The origin of the institute, as Dr. Jacobs explained, goes back to the tragic crash landing of Flight #232 in Sioux City more than 10 years ago. At that time Dr. Jacobs and other members of the psychology department volunteered their services to help survivors and the families of those who had died to cope with the traumatic incident. This was the beginning of a systematic focus on research and teaching dealing with the mental health aspects of disasters.

Several years ago, when the South Dakota Board of Regents selected certain programs as "centers of excellence," they designated the Disaster Mental Health Program as one of USD's special strengths. The institute now carries out joint research projects with related bodies in Denmark, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. It hosts a national (and, increasingly, an international) conference on Innovations in Disaster Mental Health annually. It has been recruited as a regular partner on "disaster response" teams that stand on call to immediately dispatch aid almost anywhere, almost anytime. Overseas work with the Red Cross (and Red Crescent), as well as the World Health Organization, has sent the institute's personnel to Bulgaria, Malta, Kenya, and Gambia in recent years.

USD Emeritus Club

The USD Emeritus Club met on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at noon at the Silver Dollar. Dr. Wayne Knutson presented a report on the progress of the Shakespeare Garden and the plans for its continued expansion. Dr. Sarah Smith Waters, who recently returned from Botswana where she spent several months as a Fulbright Scholar researching musical instruments indigenous to Botswana, was the featured speaker.

Her talk was opened by demonstrating the custom of how people are greeted and their response to being greeted. She told us that her nine months of living in another culture has influenced her interaction with her USD students. After explaining the geography of Africa, Waters demonstrated several different kinds of drums and intriguing, handmade instruments and integrate several of her personal experiences, including the excitement of being able to show her parents an elephant herd crossing, into her presentation.

Waters has also authored a book dealing with teaching music in Botswana. She had several interesting observations about the cultures and customs observed while living in Botswana.

Next month's meeting will be Jan. 3 at noon and the speaker will be Dr. Finley D. Marshall who will speak about his recent trip to China.

Senior Citizens Center

Two persons, Rosalie and Lawrence Hubert "shot the moon" Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Senior Citizens Center, where they joined 18 pitch, six pinochle and 21 bridge players. This was a most unusual occurrence in the same afternoon.

Bridge prizes went to Eunice Miller, high; Margaret Waltner, second; Marlys Miller, third; Jim Prosser, blind bogie, and Louise Scott, low.

Monica Ballard, Veronica Heimes, Lola Christensen and Louella Matson furnished for the coffee break.

Union County Historical Society

The UCHS met Monday evening Nov. 20 at the museum.

Acquisitions for the month are: pictures of Gov. Gubbrud, Gov. and Mrs. Gubbrud, Gov. and Mrs. Gubbrud with Ron and Dorothy Ringsrud, given by Ron Ringsrud; a Bon Homme County History on loan from Dr. Herbert Hoover; two of Stan Lokken's complete uniforms with hats, given by Mary Lokken; a cookbook, Kitchen Secrets, given by Eileen Donelly; a box full of holiday decorations, pictures and prints, pennants from Northern and Southern South Dakota colleges, etc., given by Alice Loneman; an EPHS manual, two VFW Poop Sheets from the Korean War, a letter written at the time of Mt. St Helen's eruption, and a pair of men's garters.

Upon Sherri's request Steve Martin came to the meeting to tell society members how the Lewis and Clark memorial is progressing. It seems that the park service will only allow for material actually from the Lewis and Clark Journals to be on these picture memorials.

Election of officers for the year 2001 was held. Elected were incumbents: Vice President Marlo Waterbury, Treasurer Emma Ballinger, District One Director, Evelyn Vincent and District Three Director Fern Chicoine. The Beresford District Five director will be voted on at our December meeting.

The Christmas party will be held on the regular monthly meeting date at the Elk Point Country Club Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. There will be a catered meal with two meats. The entertainment will be by the New Creations vocal group. They do a variety of songs including patriotic and Christian. The price is $10 per ticket per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. Please let Sherri (712-568-3100) know by Dec. 13 if you would like to come so she will know how many to plan for.

There are two good pieces of news to pass on to you. The different ladies clubs and civic organizations in Beresford are putting together plans and backing to open their own museum.

The other piece of news is that the society was approached by the Newton Hills park officer Mark Steck, asking the UCHS opinion on changing the name of Union County State park to some other name and suggestions for the name!

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