Clubs Emeritus Club
John Hemminger, who holds several degrees from USD, entertained and enlightened the club Aug. 1 with his experiences in Turkey as a Fulbright Fellow specializing in "International Trade Practices & Alternative Dispute Resolution." From the perspective he gained there in 1999-2000, he also commented on present disturbing conditions � devalued currency, joblessness, separation of upper and lower income groups, positioning between the West (especially the U.S.) and Iraq over oil, etc. John has been very active in Rotary International's exchange programs and is married to Gulen, an architect from Turkey. Having family connections lent special poignancy to his observations. It was surprising to this writer that several of those in attendance had been to Turkey which resulted in a lively discussion following the talk.
Dr. Robert Stoner, a new member of the club, was introduced and received a round of applause.
Dr. Knutson gave a brief update on the Shakespeare Garden. He proposed bringing the ironworker/artist Mike Marsh to the September meeting to show possible designs for the south fence. In that way the members may voice their opinions about different patterns.
The co-chairs encouraged members to suggest programs, volunteer ideas, etc.
Attendance of 22 was good for the first ever meeting in August. See you on Sept. 5 � same place, same time.
Senior Citizens Center
On Wednesday, Aug. 1, 21 pitch, four pinochle and 13 bridge players were at the center.
They took a break for coffee with refreshments furnished by the center at 3 p.m.
When 4:30 p.m. came around Marlys Miller had high in bridge; Barb Ernst, second; Leona Kryger, blind bogie; and Marie Parks, low.
Everyone is welcome at 1 p.m. with no reservations required.
Alpha Lambda of ESA
Alpha Lambda of ESA met at the home of Sandie Sullivan Aug. 2 for a summer picnic. Spouses and friends were invited to attend. After a bountiful meal, President Thelma Raines called a meeting to order.
Philanthropic monies were dispersed namely to the Senior Citizens, Vermillion Public Library, Northwood Assisted Living, Vermillion Sioux Valley Care Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Special Friends, Jim Wirth and Karla Harnois, Hospice, and School Supplies for the Youth.
Eleanor Offerdahl and Margaret Melby reported that they made a visitation to the Northwood Assisted Living to visit Ferne Wirth.
There will be a summer board meeting held at Julie Heine's home Aug. 18. Members of the State Executive Board and past state presidents will attend.
Happy birthday is extended to Karla Harnois Aug. 11 and Jim Wirth on Aug. 24. The next meeting will be held at the home of Theresa Wingen on Sept. 6.
Sandie Sullivan was in charge of the educational program with "Vegetarian Points of Interest." She shared several recipes with the membership.
In July Maryln Harnois hosted the chapter at the Senior Citizens with a patriotic meal and decorations. She collected recipes from the membership and will make a recipe book and distribute to the members.
If anyone is interested in membership in Alpha Lambda chapter, please call Peggy Mollet at 624-6595, and she will answer your questions. You are welcome to join our chapter for fun, fellowship, educational programs and philanthropic work in the community.
Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club
The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club met on Tuesday, July 10 at the 4-H Center, Vermillion. President Ariel Begley called the meeting to order. Michael Dendinger led the flag pledge and Emily Holoch led the 4-H pledge. Roll call topic was to name one of your fair exhibits. There was no secretary's report and Theresa Dendinger gave the treasurer's report.
New business was discussing fair assignments � each family should check the supplement to see when and where you are scheduled to work.
Ariel Begley gave a demonstration titled "Categorical Cookie Classifications" and Emily Holoch brought her cockatiel and gave a demonstration "Two Birds of a Feather." Zach Holoch, member at large, visited our meeting an gave his demonstration "Ins and Outs of Photography." Ariel Begley and Emily Holoch served lunch.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 14. Michael Dendinger will give a demonstration and Tia Krier will present a judging school.
Vermillion Rotary Club
Perhaps we can attribute it to the "Dog Days" of August. The tables were half empty at our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar as Missy Mayfield called us to order. Pat Pravecek joined us as our guest today. Announcements included a strong recommendation by Ross Dickenson for the play Fame, staging at the Lewis & Clark Theatre in Yankton. (There just might be a Dickenson family member on stage in that offering.) It was also announced that the Rotary Club in Vermillion is in some kind of competition with the Rotary Club in Yankton to sell USD football tickets for the home games that cannot be played in the still-being-refurbished DakotaDome. Those of you who would like to see a sort of home USD football game in the open air have a brief chance to do so this season and should contact Vermillion Rotary to get a ticket.
Because the planned program presenter for today could not make it, Rotary member Rikesh Patel was pressed into service to talk to us about how he wound up as manager of a motel in Vermillion. The story literally took us around the world. Rikesh grew up on a farm in the state of Gujarat in India and went on to study geology at the university. His geology jobs eventually took him from India to Zambia (East Africa) and then to Australia. He came to the U.S. in 1995 by which time some family members had located in the Carolinas and were in the thick of business ventures including the hotel/motel business. Through a contact in Sioux Falls he learned of an opportunity in Vermillion and we are all the better for it. Rotary prides itself in being internationally oriented, but, by now, who/what is not international? Well, maybe, USD football games are not very international. So what are we doing pushing that parochial stuff? Oh well, it's too hot to think about such things.
The Vermillion/Yankton Serra Club met on Monday, July 16, beginning with Mass at the Newman Center Chapel, Vermillion. Fr. John Fischer, club chaplain, celebrated Mass, assisted by Msgr. Carlton Hermann, assistant chaplain.
Fr. Joe Forcelle, Newman Center, told members about his journey to becoming a catholic priest. Fr. Forcelle stressed the important role of women, both lay and religious, who encouraged his vocation to the priesthood.
New officers were elected for the 2001-2002 year: President � Ken and JoAnne Beringer; President Elect � Jim Koenig; VP Programs � Jim Koenig; VP Vocations � Dale Hebda; VP Membership � Sally Welter; VP Communications � Jeanette Zimmerman, Kent and Mary Anderson; Secretary � Linda Healy; and Treasurer � David DeRouchey.
The mission of Serra Club is to promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life, and to further Catholicism and spiritual growth among its members.
The next meeting will be Aug. 20, beginning with a celebration of Mass at 7 p.m., Newman Center Chapel, Vermillion. New members are welcome. Please call 605-624-2308, Ken or JoAnne Beringer, for more information.