Clubs

Clubs Juno No. 44, O.E.S.

Juno No. 44, O.E.S. hosted its annual official visit Friday March 8 with Grand Conductress Peggy Stoddard of Letcher.

A school of instruction was held at 2 p.m. for officers and members at the Temple.

Pro team officers participating were Linda Kneebone, Jack Noble and George Kneebone. A monetary gift was presented to the official visitor.

A Past Matrons salad luncheon was held at noon for officers and guests.

Due to inclement weather the evening meeting was cancelled.

Juno's regular meeting was held March 11, with Duane Peterson, worthy patron pro team and worthy matron Susan Lyman presiding. Evening lunch was served by Betty Johnson, Betty McCambridge and Susan Lyman.

Three scholarships were issued to A. Colford, Brittany Johnson and Dorothy Rosenbaum of USD.

Annual salad luncheon will be held May 20 at the Masonic Temple form 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

USD Emeritus

On Wednesday noon, March 6, the USD Emeritus Club met at the Silver Dollar Restaurant. After announcements, co-chair Allen Johnson introduced the guest speaker, Cleo Erickson. Erickson spoke about her work with the Clay County Historical Society. As a life-long citizen of Clay County, she has an abundance of knowledge about local history and citizens that enhances her searches into the past histories of local families. While the emphasis is on preserving local history, there have been inquirers from other states and countries.

Following the life of a Swedish carpenter/musician provided some interesting facts. Combining memories of a childhood in Clay County with facts garnered from searching old documents recently helped a Swedish family find out the fate of one of their ancestors. In fact, Erickson actually remembered seeing this gentleman at Jetley Park. For those of us who didn't grow up here, Jetley Park is where summer dances were held and this gentleman, who is buried in Meckling Cemetery, actually performed as a musician for the summertime dances.

All cemeteries in Clay County are recorded as are obituaries and funeral records from long ago. Erickson recounted how she and her son had rescued bound copies of early Plain Talks from a dumpster. These volumes are now in the Austin-Whittemore House and are invaluable in efforts to trace local family histories.

Erickson talked about the kinds of work there is to do at the Austin-Whittemore House, or "The House" as she fondly refers to it, and this includes helping to transfer information to discs for use on computers, letter, and even e-mail at The House. Volunteers are always welcome and listeners were assured that there would always be something for them to do. Presently, spring tours for school children are being planned.

The next meeting of the Emeritus Club will be April 3. All retired faculty are welcome to attend. If you are not receiving notices of the meetings, please contact Margaret at the USD Foundation, telephone 677-6703.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Vermillion Rotarians were given some interesting facts to digest as they enjoyed their noon meal at their regular Tuesday meeting at the Silver Dollar. Rotarian Duncan McGregor asked his fellow club members to contemplate not only their own standard of living, but the also the living conditions of societies all across the world.

McGregor bases his assessment of standard by living with a formula, in which standard of living equals resources multiplied by energy and human intellect, divided by population.

The United States may have the highest standard of living in the world, he said, but their several disturbing factors that must eventually be addressed. Our country's natural resources are beginning to dwindle, meaning we have become a nation that's more and more reliant on other countries.

McGregor noted that the production of iron and other metals in the U.S. is down sharply from 50 years ago. "We need metals now more than we ever have in the past," he said. "They are being imported from other sources."

Seventy-five percent of the earth's surface is covered with water, but only 1 percent of the vital liquid is potable. "It has to be conserved," he said.

In the 1960s, the U.S. was nearly self-sufficient in terms of energy production, having to import only about one-third of its crude oil. Today, McGregor said, the U.S. imports nearly two-thirds of its crude oil "from countries that have a wealth of natural resources that haven't been developed."

He said it will be more and more important for the U.S. to develop high foreign policy standards to deal with other nations to secure adequate resources.

Rotary guests included Vermillion High School seniors Jon Rusch, Mark Rusch and Nick Severson.

Senior Citizens Center

On Wednesday, March 6, 43 people spent an enjoyable afternoon playing cards � 19 pitch, four pinochle and 20 bridge.

Bridge prizes went to Russ Heikes, first; Clois Smith, second; Leona Kryger, third; and Adeline Isaacson, low.

Refreshments were furnished by the Senior Citizens Center.

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

Vermillion Jaycees

The meeting of the Vermillion Jaycees was called to order at 7 p.m. on March 4 at Pro's by Linda Hawley, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda was read and approved. The minutes from the Feb. 21 meeting were read and approved, as well as the treasurer's report.

Management VP Linda Hawley reported that she's working on Blue Chip and the Chapter Plan. Also, a recruiting night was set up for March 19 at 6:30 pm. Dues are now $50, and this month there were six members who earned free renewals and two new members. Individual Development VP Amy Thiesse showed samples of a survey that will be sent out to the Jaycee membership for individual educational session ideas. They will be sent out with the newsletter.

Von Stange reported on the Outstanding Youth Awards. Applications are still coming in, and we will meet on Friday, March 8 at Linda Hawley's house to vote on winners. It was decided to have the awards at the fire hall at 7 p.m. on March 14.

Tammy Davis reported that the Hy-Vee fund raiser is on, and three days need to be decided upon to hold it. It was decided to hold it Memorial Day weekend.

Dena Brady reported that she talked to the Pampered Chef representative, and she would like to come to the next meeting to present her fundraising options.

Upcoming events include the Outstanding Young Program on March 14, at the next Jaycee meeting on March 21 at 7 pm, the Regional Rally at Viborg on March 23 and March Close Out on March 28.

The meeting was adjourned and closed with reciting the Jaycee Creed. The winner of the 50/50 was Von Stange.

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