Clubs Senior Citizen Center

Clubs Senior Citizen Center The center had 15 pitch, four pinochle, and 12 bridge players Wednesday, May 23.

Bridge prize winners were Barb Kronaizl, high; Leona Kryger, second; and Lovella Matson, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Bill and Marge Rasmussen and Leona and Herb Christopherson.

Men and women are welcome to join us at 1 p.m. every Wednesday without reservations.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Rotarians from District 3780 of the Philippines, who have been visiting the midwestern United States as part of a Rotary exchange program with District 5610 which includes South Dakota, were guests of the Vermillion Rotary Club at its May 29 meeting.

Local Rotarians learned about the lifestyles of the people from the Pacific democratic nation, including Dan Gonzalez, an aquaculturist, Sam Pascua, an account representative, Christine Ong, a television news reporter, Arnold "Doogie" Justiniano, a human resources manager, and Mari Tes St. Domingo, an attorney. Baskell humorously pointed out that there are several differences in the lifestyles of the people of the Philippines and of South Dakota. The population of her home country is 77 million, a stark contrast to the Vermillion area. "When you step into the state, you stop and say, 'Oh, where is everybody?'" she said, laughing.

Baskell noted that she and others in her exchange group marveled at South Dakota's wide open spaces, wildlife that easily can be spotted from highways, and ever changing weather. "Here in South Dakota, you have to pay attention to the weather every day. In the Philippines, it's the same day after day."

She admitted that the state's cooler climate took time to get used to, "but the warmth of South Dakota's people helped us feel quite comfortable. Our stay has been wonderful."

The Rotarians from the Philippines were scheduled to travel home Friday, June 1.

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