Clubs Vermillion Rotary Club
The University of South Dakota's Law Librarian John Hagemann entertained Rotarians on Tuesday with a presentation combining observations about his profession, the law, with what he called his "passion," baseball. As one might expect, the Chicago Cubs surfaced in his remarks more than once as Hagemann, often with tongue in cheek humor, compared law and baseball.
Hagemann's essential message, however, referred to advice attributed to Detroit Lions great Harvey Kuehn when he became manager of the Milwaukee Brewers before the 1982 baseball season. During spring training Kuehn chided his new team that they were taking the game "much too seriously," and collectively their performance showed it. He advised his players to lighten up and have some fun, a call that proved to pack some punch as the season progressed and Milwaukee, dubbed "Harvey's Wallbangers," won the league pennant and went on to the World Series.
As a member of the USD School of Law faculty who is closely tied to the school's selection process, Hagemann said that perhaps his most important advice to new law school freshmen is that they not take the law too seriously, lest their performance be adversely affected, but that they take time to "have some fun" in their profession. Thus, Hagemann concluded, the game of baseball can offer some good advice not only for lawyers but also for everyone.
Guests included Joe Lundsgaard Jr., Rikesh Patel and three representatives from the senior class at Vermillion High School, Don O'Connor, Pat Ondrozeck and Ryan Pickett.
Rotary's March 13 meeting will depart from the group's usual location at the Silver Dollar for a special program in the Rushmore Rooms of the Coyote Student Center. Club host will be the Dakota Hospital Association in association with the Sioux Valley Hospitals and University of South Dakota Health System.
Alpha Lambda Chapter of ESA International
Alpha Lambda Chapter #618 met at the home of Mary Geffre Johnson at 5:30 p.m. for a dinner meeting. Sandi Sullivan, president, presided at the business meeting. Eleanor Offerdahl offered the inspiration from the book Simple Abundance.
Plans were discussed for the new year. It was announced that members could sign up if they would like to assist in organizing a collegiate chapter.
Service awards will be presented April 19 to Sandi Sullivan, Eleanor Offerdahl and Fern Wirth. The DIANA Award recipient was Margaret Bierle and she will be honored at the state convention in May.
LuAnn Ouellette was announced as the winner of the chapter's "Woman of the Year" award. She was presented a bouquet of flowers. LuAnn will represent the chapter at the state convention.
The president announced a winter/spring workshop is scheduled for March 24 at the W.H. Over Museum from 9:30 a.m. until noon. A lunch will be furnished by Theta Omega Chapter.
Happy birthday greetings were extended to Peggy Mollet and Eleanor Offerdahl.
The president encouraged members to attend "Saturday for Me" March 17 at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall, Sioux Falls. KSUX Country Cares Radioathon in Sioux City, IA will be held April 19 and 20.
The next meeting will be held April 5. Peggy Mollet and Thelma Raines will be in charge of arrangements.
St. Agnes Court #687, Catholic Daughters
St. Agnes Court #687, Catholic Daughters of the Americas met at the fifth-grade classroom at St. Agnes School Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Betsy Gottsleben, principal of the school, introduced Tami Neiland, computer teacher and librarian, who presented a power-point program on staff, students and activities at St. Agnes School. The members were also given the opportunity to view the fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms with the new carpet installed during the holidays. The new carpet is a project of Catholic Daughters and the third-, second- and first-grade rooms will be carpeted in the near future.
Prayers were offered for Mildred Callahan and sick members of the parish.
A prayer of "Forgiveness" was read by the Regent, Mary Bartels.
Donations were given to the parish bulletin, summer reading program at the Vermillion Public Library, and to the St. Theresa: Story of Soul, a presentation to be held at St. Agnes Church.
Margaret Bierle was named the ESA DIANA winner in the local contest. It was announced that Margaret is the state winner and will be honored at the ESA State Convention on May 5.
The Mardi Gras that was postponed due to inclement weather will be held May 19 at St. Agnes School auditorium. The spring luncheon and style show will be held Saturday, March 24 at the auditorium at 11:30 a.m.
The next meeting will be held at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center March 27. Members are asked to bring paper items for the "comfy bags" for the state project, "Abuse."
Vermillion Lions Club
President Kumoli Ram led the regular meeting of the Vermillion Lions on March 1.
Lion Randy Sullivan of the Membership Committee went through the impressive resume of the "Mystery Lion of the Evening." Lion Randy then led a round of applause for Lion Loren Carlson. Lion Jackie Dunn reported that the mobile screening unit will be available during the spring pancake days in April. Lion Gloria Stewart and students in the USD Physician Assistant Program will be operating the screening unit.
The program for the evening was a slide show on migratory waterfowl presented by Lion Dave Swanson of the USD Biology Department. The next regular meeting is March 15 at 6 p.m.