Clubs Vermillion Rotary Club

Dr. Jerry Jacobs, director of The University of South Dakota Disaster Mental Health Institute, was the special guest of Vermillion Rotarians at their noon luncheon meeting Sept. 4.

Jacobs recently traveled to India to help people in areas of that country after it was ravaged by a severe earthquake. The region of India he visited "is one of the most active places in the world for earthquakes," he said.

He admitted that it was a frustrating experience. The Disaster Mental Health Institute was joined by the World Health Organization and the International Red Cross in providing assistance to the thousands of people affected by the earthquake.

"I'm not remotely satisfied (with what we accomplished)," he said, "because we were never given permission to proceed and implement the program."

Ideally, there would have been a greater amount of services provided, he said, most likely by mental health professionals, para professionals and community members trained in psychological first aid.

"It was frustrating knowing that not as much (services) had been provided as was possible," Jacobs said.

Clay County Republicans

The Clay County Republican Elephant Club met on Thursday, Aug. 30 at the Silver Dollar. Midge Carlson presided.

Guests included Dr. Mike Fisher and U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt and his wife Vicky. Mrs. Tiahrt told of her experience as chairperson of a Congressional wives' luncheon which honored Laura Bush, attended by 2,100 persons. Rep. Tiahrt also talked briefly about the work of the Congress.

District 17 Rep. Judy Clark presented a petition for the naming of the new bridge the Lewis and Clark Bridge which was circulated and signed by many in attendance.

The drawing for two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. will be held at the next meeting in September.

Dr. Ralph Brown of the USD Business School reported on his trip to Latin America (Argentina and Chile) this summer as a member of an educational group. Brown focuses on the economic growth and self-sufficiency of these countries under democracy. The role of the University of Chicago economists was instrumental, he said, in supplanting state-run businesses, which had led to high inflation, inefficiencies and deficits. While there are problems, both countries have made economic reforms and improvements. Chile now has the highest per capita gross domestic product in the region.

Senior Citizens Center

Forty-six card players, 21 pitch, six pinochle and 19 bridge, gathered at the Senior Citizens Center Wednesday, Aug. 29 for the regular card party. Everyone remarked about there being no rain in sight and how dry it is now.

Bridge prize winners were Leona Kryger, high; Margaret Waltner and Marlys Miller tied for second; Clois Smith, blind bogey; and Eve Marshall, low.

Servers were Erna Frahm, Nola Teslau and Alice Johansen. Come join us, no reservations needed � play 1 p.m.

Country Gals and Guys 4-H Club

The Country Gals and Guys 4-H Club met on Dec. 3, 2000 at noon at the 4-H center. The monthly meeting was held followed by their annual Christmas party and a trip to the W.H. Over Museum.

Subway delivered a party sub and each family brought a salad or dessert. After the feast, the 4-H members and their families drew numbers and opened gifts. The gifts ranged from canned sardines and Beanie Babies to a dog bone.

After the gift exchange, everyone went to the W. H. Over Museum Christmas Festival. Many people saw the Parade of Christmas Trees and the VHS Choir sing.

The Country Gals and Guys met on Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at the 4-H center. The meeting was called to order by acting president Michelle Rydell. Theresa Ring led the flag pledges.

Upcoming community service projects were discussed along with the fruit sales that were to begin in March. The community service project for January was to send valentines to veterans. The club made 50 valentines and sent them to the Sioux Falls Veterans Hospital.

The Country Gals and Guys met on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the 4-H center. Michelle Rydell, acting president, called the meeting to order. Theresa Ring led the flag pledges.

The club discussed fruit sales. Leader Iris Rydell gave out new state fair supplements. She also talked about the 4-H youth conference in Brookings.

Angela Rydell brought photographs and clay necklaces to be judged. Also, Michelle Rydell brought sand frames to be judged.

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