Clubs Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club

The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club held its March meeting at Dakota Gardens Congregate Housing on March 13. We invited the residents to join in our meeting.

Vice-President Tia Krier opened the meeting until President Ariel Begley arrived. Emily Holoch led the flag pledge and Matthew May led the 4-H pledge. We did not have a secretary's report as our secretary was unable to attend. Theresa Dendinger gave the treasurer's report. Our roll call subject was a favorite winter activity.

Old business was discussing fruit sales. We were reminded that adults were needed to help sort fruit on March 16 and that everyone should pick up their fruit on March 17 and deliver it as soon as possible. We also discussed the Come Create committee meeting and Paula Krier volunteered for that job. Our leader, Cyndi, thanked everyone that walked in the Cancer Relay at the DakotaDome.

For new business that County Fair Supplement was passed around so parents could choose the job assignment they wanted. We also went through the last issue of the 4-H Guidelines which had a lot of information regarding summer activities. The business meeting was then adjourned.

Korry Speakman gave a demonstration "Marbleize Your Life." All the club members and residents of Dakota Gardens were able to make marbeled stationery and envelopes. Sarah Anderson gave a demonstration titled "Memory Boxes."

We were reminded that our next meeting on April 10 will begin at 6:30 p.m. so we can do garbage pickup around the 4-H Center before our regular meeting.

Theresa, Michael and Cyndi Dendinger and Sarah and Mary Anderson provided lunch for everyone.

Korry Speakman,


Vermillion Rotary Club

At the kind invitation of the folks at the Senior Citizen Center Rotary held its Tuesday luncheon on the bluffs of the Missouri River. Guests at our meeting included Betty Clifford, soon-to-be-member Rikesh Patel, Patrick Roth, a medical student from Freiburg, Germany visiting for a few weeks, and three seniors from Vermillion High School: Ruth Parsons, Kristi Rath, and Justine Reimnitz. There was no regular program today, not even the weekly dunning of the sergeant-at-arms. We just enjoyed the excellent food and enjoyed thinking about how the river below us was working away steadily at clearing out the ice of a long winter.

Clay County Democrats

The March meeting of the Clay County Democrats was held at noon March 14 at the Prairie Restaurant. Allen Johnson, co-chair, called the meeting to order. Berwyn Svoboda, co-chair, distributed information regarding various kinds of funds which will assist candidates for various state offices.

Scott McGregor, deputy state treasurer for South Dakota, was the guest speaker. He clarified various levels of financial support for party candidates. He also spoke of some of the frustrations inherent in working at the state level. McGregor also serves as general consul for the South Dakota Democratic Party. He is a native of Vermillion and currently resides in Rapid City. He is the son of Duncan and Thelma McGregor of Vermillion.

Sen. John (Joe) Reedy and Rep. B.J. Nesselhuf spoke about their impressions of the legislative session.

The date for the annual fund-raising banquet was announced and will take place May 24 at the Prairie. Plans will be finalized next month and tickets will be available for sale at that time. The banquet will follow the traditional format and include an auction. Berwyn Svoboda will announce the guest speaker next month, also.

Jefferson-Jackson Day is scheduled for May 5 in Aberdeen at the Ramkota Inn. There will be more information available in April.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 11 at noon at the Prairie Restaurant. All Democrats are encouraged to attend.

Vermillion Garden Club

Vermillion Garden Club members and guests gathered at Eldon and Sherry Nygaard's Valiant Vineyards Winery at Buffalo Run Resort, 1500 West Main Street, Vermillion, on Thursday evening, March 15. At the far end of the tasting room where a welcoming fireplace glowed, Sherry introduced several wines to us and told about their vineyard where the grapes are grown, the process of wine making and the retail sale.

Members and guests were led on a tour of the six bed and breakfast rooms, the boardroom, and the wine-making facilities. The evening at this new addition to Vermillion was very much enjoyed.

A business meeting followed. Upcoming events will be: a community Earth Day celebration April 22 at From the Ground Up; Arbor Day tree planting at the new veterans memorial corner on the courthouse grounds, April 27, at 1:30 p.m.; a combined Garden Club and Master Gardener's plant sale, May 5; and the Master Gardener school beginning May 21.

Juno Chapter, OES

Juno Chapter, OES, held its regular meeting March 12. Business meeting was conducted by Worthy Matron Vera Emerson. Dr. Charles Estee was awarded his 50-year certificate and pin. Worthy Matron Emerson received a grand representative appointment of Utah in South Dakota for two years. Evening refreshments were served by Meryl Reed and Sigrid Nissen. The next meeting will be held April 9.

Juno will host state grand officers spring practice April 21 with initiation. The Eastern Star annual salad luncheon will be held at the Temple May 21.

Vermillion Lions

President Kumoli Ram led the regular meeting of the Vermillion Lions on March 15.

According to Lion Ram, the board of directors has approved sponsoring one delegate each to South Dakota Girls and Boys State. The board also okayed a $250 donation to the Vermillion United Way campaign. President Ram said he and Vice President Bijay Naik will be attending the Lions International Convention July 2-4 in Indianapolis. Several guests were in attendance, including Amy Humboldt, Dave England, Paul Malinga, and Tom Reasoner.

Nominations for the upcoming local Lions Club election were approved. Voting will take place at the April 5 meeting.

Guest speaker for the evening was Vermillion Mayor Bill Radigan. Lion Bill highlighted some of the recent accomplishments of city government, including the nearly completed fire station and the updated electrical distribution system. Lion Bill also mentioned some of the needs, such as work on the water plant and a backup water supply, a new or remodeled city hall and the possibility that the airport perimeter will need to be fenced to keep out deer.

Lion Randy Sullivan of the Membership Committee introduced the "mystery Lion of the evening," charter member Bill Farber. The next regular meeting is April 5.

Senior Citizens Center

Everyone is pleased we are having a slow melt, thereby decreasing the threats of flooding. There were 20 pitch, four pinochle and 17 bridge players at the Wednesday, March 14 card party at the Senior Citizens Center.

Bridge prizes went to: Marlys Miller, high; Barb Kronaizl, second; Ernie Miller, third; Sarah Brown, blind bogie and Shirley Riehle, low.

Coffee break refreshments were furnished by Eleanor Offerdahl, Margaret Bierle, Lois Ballard and Rosalie Hubert.

Cards are played by both men and women every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Come join us. No reservations are needed.

Theta Omega Chapter of ESA #4699

On Wednesday, March 14, at the Theta Omega Chapter of ESA, Linda Thaden made a presentation on southern Africa and her family's experiences living in Botswana. The meeting was held at hwe home. Joan Nelson and Lea Noonan assisted Thaden.

Our treasurer, Pat Pravecek, announced that $1,262.50 was raised at our recent auction held March 3. We also had the installation of new officers and Gayle Bliss was crowned our chapter's Woman of the Year at this event.

On Saturday, March 31, chapter members will visit the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls to tour the facility, present our donation and leave needed items.

As a result of the chapter's participation in the recent Relay for Life, the chapter donated $300 to the American Cancer Society.

Janice Kitzler announced that Easter Seals will receive money for returning empty computer printer cartridges to be recycled. Cartridges can be given to any chapter member for delivery to Easter Seals.

The guest speaker for the Spring Leadership Workshop on March 24 at 10 a.m. will be Diane Ludgate. Ludgate is a corporate trainer whose topic will be understanding the way we communicate and ways to enhance our communication skills. The workshop will be held at the W. H. Over Museum. Lunch will be served.

The ESA State Convention will be held May 4-6 in Vermillion. Our new members will be working on the chapter skit.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 11, at the home of Michele Mueller. Co-hostesses will be Becky Rider and Lynne Day. They will present an education program about the Galapagos Islands.

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