Vermillion Rotary Club

Vermillion Rotary Club Local Rotarians observed a very subdued weekly meeting Tuesday, only several hours after national tragedy had unfolded on the East Coast.

Jack Noble, long time music director for the club, led members in "America the Beautiful," and the Rev. Bob Grossman offered prayer for victims of the terrorism and for the county at large.

No regular program was held, but Pat Pravecek was introduced as a new member of Rotary and then presented some biographical remarks. Ted Muenster announced that this Rotary district's Group Study Exchange program in 2002 will be with Peru. He urged those interested in being group leaders, always a Rotarian, or GSE team members, always non-Rotarians, to get in touch with the club for further information.

The meeting ended, as always, with the patriotic song, America.

HEAD:Senior Citizens Center

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, 16 pitch, four pinochle, and 17 bridge players were present at the Senior Citizens Center for the weekly card party.

Prizes in bridge went to Barb Kronaizl, high; Marlys Miller, second; Maurice Erickson, third; Lois Erickson, blind bogie and Luceal Liffengren, low.

Coffee break refreshments at 3 p.m. were furnished by Lois and Maurice Erickson.

Correction: last week the refreshment servers listed Alice Johansen as one (now lives in Yankton) for Garnette Perry.

Come join us at 1 p.m. No reservations are needed, and men and women are welcome.

HEAD:Clubs Vermillion Lions Club

The Vermillion Lions Club held its first dinner meeting of the 2001-2002 year on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the VFW. Lion Bijay Naik, the newly elected president, presided. A moment of silence was observed to mark the death of Lion Cliff Manley who had been a member of the club since 1952 and served as its president during 1961-1962.

A pin was presented to Lion Kumoli Ramakrishnan for his service as the past president of the club. Lion Jacquelin Dunn will act as the club's first information technology chairperson in managing the club's future website and e-mail activities. Lion Dick Oppedahl, who is moving from Vemillion, was recognized for his service to the club since 1969. A round of applause greeted the announcement that Lion Norm Herren's 80th birthday would be the next day.

Lion Ramakrishnan presented the program for the evening. He gave an overview of India's geography, culture, economics and government. He commented that no matter what you hear about India, it is probably true because of the social, cultural, and economic diversity of its huge population.

The September meeting of the board of directors will be held at 7 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the Senior Citizen Center. The next dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20, at the VFW.

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