Clubs Clay County Democrats
The Clay County Democrats held their monthly meeting at noon Aug. 8 at the Pro's Restaurant and again, a special Democrat menu graced each place setting. The meeting was called to order by co-chair Allen Johnson. Reports covering recent activities were given. Winners of the candy guessing contest at the Clay County Fair were announced and they were: Tom Olson and Lori Whitman, tie for guessing the exact numbers of M & M's in the jar and Sterling Lind guessed within two for third place. Preliminary plans for the annual rummage sale were announced.
Guest speaker for the meeting was Vermillion Mayor Roger Kozak. He reviewed plans for various street and building projects which are scheduled for the next few years. He talked about the need for renovation of the present city building. Kozak also answered questions. Sen. Joe Reedy and Rep. BJ Nesselhuf were also present. The legislators planned to attend an informational meeting about the production of ethanol later that afternoon.
The next meeting of the Clay County Democrats will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at noon at the Pro's. One of the prospective Congressional candidates will be the speaker.
Vermillion Rotary Club
When John Austin, head coach of The University of South Dakota Coyotes football team, talks about the upcoming season, he doesn't concentrate primarily on the game.
It was apparent to Vermillion Rotarians, who were Austin's audience at their regular noon Tuesday meeting, that the players mean much more to the coach than the game.
"I like to brag about our players, and I'm very, very proud of them," he said. "They all are sincere about getting an education while they're here."
Austin said he was especially appreciative to local businesses in Vermillion and surrounding community that offered employment to Coyote football squad members who decided to stay here this summer.
"We had 40 young men who stayed here over the summer," Austin said.
Those 40 players made it possible for the university to host a summer high school football camp in Vermillion that attracted 1,100 athletes and 200 coaches from five states.
"It was a great learning experience to put USD players in the role of coaches," Austin said.
The coach talked about the practice and scrimmage schedules that currently make up much of the players' lives.
"We will be playing very, very competitive football," Austin said. "We constantly strive to promote Vermillion, promote the university and be competitive."
Senior Citizens Center
Everyone is enjoying the break in the heat and humidity! On Wednesday, Aug. 8, 38 card players � 18 pitch, four pinochle and 16 bridge � gathered at the Senior Citizens Center to visit and try their luck with the cards.
Bridge prizes went to Adeline Isaacson, high, Russ Heikes, second, Barb Kronaizl, third; Leona Kryger, blind bogie and Eve Marshall, low.
Men and women are welcome. No reservations are needed.
Herb Christopherson furnished ice cream and cake for his 91st birthday!