Clubs St. Agnes Court #687, Catholic Daughters

St. Agnes Court #687, Catholic Daughters of the Americas met in March at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Members brought paper items, hand lotion, soap and toothpaste to pack in the "comfy bags" for the Vermillion Coalition Against Domestic Violence Center. "Abuse" is the state project for Catholic Daughters. members will be distributing "Life Savers" for life. Donations can be made to this worthy cause.

The court thanks the Vermillion community for attending the luncheon and style show held in March. The proceeds are used for various charities, locally, state, and on the national level.

The Mardi Gras will be held May 19 at St. Agnes School Auditorium with Kenny Carlow providing music for the evening starting at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The nominating committee of five members was elected and will present the slate of officers in May.

The annual bake sale will be held at the St. Agnes Church Sunday, April 29 starting at 8 a.m. The court officers will be in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Fullenkamp and her committee served lunch at the conclusion of the meeting.

The next meeting will be held at the Vermillion City Library April 24 at 7 p.m. The Education contest winners will be present to read poetry and display art winning posters. Kay Dahl will present a program on the summer reading program. All members are asked to bring a plate of goodies for a pot luck lunch.

Vermillion Lions Club

Vermillion Lions observed a moment of silence for Bill Radigan as they began their April 5 meeting. Lion Bill, Mayor of Vermillion, passed away earlier this month. Vice President Bijay Naik led the the meeting. Guests for the evening were Dr. Mary Jo Olson, Pastor Ed Anderson and Dr. Paul Robb.

The slate of officers for next year was approved unanimously. They are Immediate Past President Kumoli Ram; President Bijay Niak; First Vice President Jackie Dunn; Second Vice President Randy Sullivan; Third Vice President Barb Campbell; Lion Tamer Richard McBride; Tail Twister Mick Breske; Treasurer Alan Carlson; and directors Ross King, Brendyn Richards, Allen Johnson and Gloria Stewart.

Lion Jack Doyle passed out the work assignments for the April 18 and 19 pancake suppers.

Lion Jackie Dunn reiterated that the mobile screening unit will be in place for several hours at the National Guard Armory during both days of the pancake feed. The testing will be done by USD students in the Physician Assistant program.

Lion Art Rusch presented the program for the evening; finishing his "History of Vermillion" slide presentation.

The next regular meeting is May 3.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Dean Clark called the meeting to order for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar. Guests today were Sandy Dickenson, Parry Pravecek, and Patrick Roth. Visiting Vermillion High School seniors were Tyler Vacek, Kristian Reynolds, Natalie Tuetken, Brandon Weimers, and Laura Wilson.

Phyllis Packard presented our program today and filled us in on many of the operations of both the recycling center and the landfill that we share with Yankton. We learned that it costs somewhere in excess of $100,000 to develop just one acre for a reasonably high standard landfill site and that's out here where land is cheap. We learned that, by volume, corrugated cardboard bulks largest in the collections but does bring back considerable revenue when resold. A big winner from our debris is aluminum cans, a mere 3 to 5 percent of the volume, which brings in about 17 percent of the total revenue from what is resold.

And the current story on glass: the potential buyer in Mankato demands very clean loads and rejected loads go to a landfill over there which charges higher rates than ours, etc.

Sounds like we need a glass recycling center somewhere a lot closer, or an attractive deposit on bottles, or both. The landfill may be moving toward a policy of opening up on Saturday mornings and, for those of you looking for bargains, April 21 and 28 are planned as days for some free returns of that stuff you've got lying about that really needs to go out to the dump.

ETA chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma International

ETA chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society met at the Vermillion Middle School in March for its regular meeting. The featured speaker of the evening was Grace Mims of The University of South Dakota. She spoke on school violence. The program was followed by a question and answer session.

The chapter voted to send monetary donations to the school at Plankinton to assist their needs in the loss of the school in an explosion in November. Members can bring their contributions to the April meeting. The chapter voted to support the Vermillion Public Library for the Summer Reading Project.

The Spring Brunch with the Xi chapter of Yankton will be held April 28 at the Buffalo Run Winery at 10 a.m. The program will feature Margaret Miller, "Saving Family Stories."

A Mystery Bus Trip is planned for the end of May. Members may bring guests for the trip. Important dates to remember include the state convention in Sioux Falls at The Oaks on June 8 and 9 with Theta chapter as hostess for the state. The Northwest Regional Conference will be held July 25-28 in Boise, ID. All members are encouraged to make plans to these upcoming events.

Senior Citizens Center

Wednesday, April 4 was a lovely spring day and 19 pitch, six pinochle and 20 bridge, card players spent an enjoyable day meeting with friends and practicing their skills.

Bridge prizes went to Maurice Erickson, first; Ernie Miller, second; Marlys Miller, third; Marie Parke, blind bogie; and Monica Ballard, low.

Servers were Joyce Merrigan, Pat Berglund, Sarah Brown and Meryl Reed.

Men and women are welcome at 1 p.m. every Wednesday with no reservations necessary. Come join us.

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