Clubs Senior Citizens Center

On Wednesday, March 20, 28 pitch, four pinochle and 24 bridge players came to the Senior Citizens Center for an afternoon card party.

Bridge winners were Robert Michael (he and his wife were visitors of Phyllis and Max Christol from Akron, IA), first; Jim Prosser, second; Ernie Miller, third; Luceal Liffengren, blind bogey; and Sarah Brown, low.

Coffee break refreshments were furnished by Fran and Peg Mollet, Leone Christopherson and Marge Rasmussen.

Men and women are welcome, join us. No reservations are required.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

St. Agnes Court #687 met at the Vermillion Care Center with Regent Mary Bartels presiding. Several state and national charities were honored by the court.

A silent auction was held with proceeds going toward the convention fund.

On March 16, the court hosted a luncheon and style show at St. Agnes School Auditorium. Nearly 140 members and guests were in attendance. Kate's, an exclusive dress shop in Yankton, displayed fashions. Models for the show were Mary Bartels, Maria Heimstra, Barbara Kronaizl, Lucille O'Connor, Dorothy Dahlman, Marge Fullenkamp, Theresa Wingen, and Tamara Voegeli.

Margie Schissel and her committee served a delicious salad luncheon. Door prizes were furnished by the past regents of the court.

The March meeting will be held at St. Agnes School fifth-grade classroom.

Tami Nielan will make a presentation on St. Agnes School activities.

Members will pack "Comfy Bags" for the state project "Abuse."

Justina Adams will be admitted to the court as a new member by taking the pledge of Catholic Daughters.

The court will be offering life savers, the state project, at the weekend masses. Donations may be given to the abuse program.

A nomination committee will be elected to acquire new officers for the coming bienium. Plans will be made for the state convention to be held at Kelly Inn, in Yankton, April 19-21.

The next meeting will be April 23, with the Catholic Daughters of Elk Point hosting the meeting at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The court will sponsor a Mardi Gras dance at St. Agnes School Auditorium April 27. The public is invited to attend.

Vermillion Rotary Club

President Missy Mayfield called us to order for our weekly lunch at the Silver Dollar. Our guests from Vermillion High School today were Paul Tims, Matt Tracy, and Charlie Wang.

David Lias introduced our speaker today, Phyllis Packard, who gave us the latest on the comings and goings of our local trash � recyclable and non-recyclable, disposable and not so disposable. No, she wasn't talking about us, personally and corporeally, just our stuff, which we probably have too much of.

And, indeed, all the evidence suggests that we have too much stuff, though much of it was unloaded last year in the second annual "Operation Pride" campaign. It will soon be time for the third rendition of Operation Pride, a, hopefully, annual big day for people in a selected neighborhood of Vermillion to get things out of their garages, basements, attics, and yards (branches and bagged yard waste count as stuff, too) and out onto the curb in nicely sorted piles where the USD Football Team will put all that muscle to good use and spirit your stuff, even your heavy stuff, out of the 'hood.

The day is April 6, a Saturday, barring a blizzard or somesuch which, in any case, Czarina Packard assured us will not be allowed to happen. This year the section of the city that will be picked clean in the area south of Main Street and between Forest Avenue and Pine Street � both sides of the street in the latter two cases. Your stuff should be nicely sorted out at the curbside � recyclables in one place, old furniture in another heap, etc. If it is there by 8 a.m. in the morning those Coyotes have pledged to carry it off. Anyone living outside the designated neighborhood, but about to be inundated by their overaccumulation of stuff, might try bringing it to an assembly point in the parking lot at Jolley School.

Sponsors of this event include the Wells Fargo Bank, the largest single donor of cash, as well as CorTrust Bank and the city of Vermillion (also cash donors), Century 21/French Realty, Coldwell Banker/Dakota Realty, Herren Schempp Building Supply, the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce, the Broadcaster/Vermillion Plain Talk, KVHT FM 106.3 and KVTK AM 1570, the USD Greek Community, Vermillion Beautiful, Hy-Vee, Jones' Food Center, the Cherry Street Grille, and the Vermillion Solid Waste Department.

To reiterate, the USD Football Team, with their coaches, no less, will do the heavy labor, but volunteers to help our are certainly welcome. Donations from the financially strong may be sent to Operation Pride, 25 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.

Now what's the evidence that we have too much stuff? Well, in Operation Pride's first year 49 tons of stuff was picked up. Last year 345 tons of stuff was picked up. Too much stuff, right? And Operation Pride hasn't even dared to consider picking up stuff in the rich neighborhoods in town where they definitely have too much stuff. So you rich folks should send in your contributions so you won't have as much money on hand to buy more stuff.

Alpha Lambda ESA

Alpha Lambda Chapter of ESA met at the home of Peggy Mollet for the installation of officers for 2002-03.

Officers installed for the new year were President Peggy Mollet, Vice-President Audrey Gillen, Secretary Mary Johnson, Treasurer JoAnn Stockland, and educational directors Luann Ouellette and Sandie Sullivan. Alpha Lambda welcomed a new member, Pat Dusseau, pledged by Mary Johnson.

Thelma Raines was honored by being named "Woman of the Year." Service awards were presented to Dorothy Wright, 20 years; Audrey Gillen, 25 years; and Mary Geffre Johnson, 50 years.

Alpha Lambda, Beta Zeta and Theta Omega were "Proud American Women" as they hosted The Welcome Table on Feb. 11.

Philanthropic project monies have been distributed to community projects. The next meeting will be held at Little Italy's, April 4, with members making plans for the state convention in Vermillion in May.

Vermillion Lions Club

The Vermillion Lions Club held a dinner meeting on Thursday, March 21 at the VFW. The slate of nominations for next year's officers for the board of directors includes: Immediate Past President BiJay Naik; President Jacquelin Dunn; First Vice President Randy Sullivan; Second Vice President Barb Campbell; Third Vice President Gloria Christopherson; Lion Tamer Richard McBride; Tail Twister Mick Breske; Treasurer Alan Carlson; directors Lloyd Rowland, Joe Sippel, Allen Johnson and Jerry Pratt; and chair of the membership committee Ron Thaden. Lion Bijay also reported that the board of directors had approved funding for requests from the Boys Scouts' Sioux Council, and for the Boys State and the Girls State.

The guest speaker was Judy Clark who talked about the Vermillion Beautiful organization. The primary purpose of this volunteer group is to improve the image of Vermillion. It has encouraged this goal by promoting its "Pick One" litter pickup campaign. Also, it sponsors a memorial tree walk along West Cherry Street and planting flowers in May along parts of Main and Cherry streets.

The next dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on April 4 at the VFW.

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