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Clubs Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club

The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club met on Feb. 12 at the 4-H Center. The 4-H Pledge and flag pledge were given. Roll call topic was where you would like to travel.

Old business was reading a thank you from Ron Thaden for the gifts presented to him at his retirement open house.

New business discussions were fruit sales, new State Fair lots and changes made at State Fair. We also discussed participating in the Relay for Life and were reminded to bring an item for the food pantry to next month's meeting.

Emily Holoch gave a demonstration "Silver Spoon Sachet" and Zach Holoch gave a public speaking talk on citizenship. Tia Krier presented a visual arts judging school. We then made Valentine candy bags for the Care Center residents. Emily Holoch and Korry Speakman served lunch.

Our March meeting will be at Dakota Gardens Care Center. Ellen Kennedy and Sarah Anderson will give demonstrations.

Korry Speakman, Reporter

Vermillion Rotary Club

Vermillion High School counselors Len Griffith and Patty Larson and a group of nine VHS students presented the program at Tuesday's noon luncheon meeting of Rotary.

The students have tackled a weighty problem � suicide � by developing a presentation that points out why it occurs, and what friends and loved ones can do to help someone who they suspect may be contemplating ending their life.

"The students researched the subject at the request of the Healthy Kids/Healthy Community group," Griffith said. The high schoolers have shared their presentation with students in the seventh-and eighth-grade health classes, and with ninth-graders. Tuesday marked the first time the group has shared its presentation with a community group.

The presentation addressed the myths and realities of suicide. It pointed out warning signs that may indicate someone is contemplating ending his or her life, such as the giving away of possessions, depression, and disheveled appearance.

"People who are suicidal often feel hopeless, hapless and helpless," Griffith said. "They don't want to die ? they don't want to live."

Near the end of the meeting, the students shared personal experiences and distributed literature with more information about suicide prevention.

Senior Citizens Center

After Monday's 90 degree weather, all of us breathed a sigh when it cooled. Wednesday, April 17 found 16 pitch, four pinochle and 20 bridge players at the Senior Citizens Center ready for an afternoon of card playing. Bridge prizes went to: Jim Prosser, first, Lois Erickson, second, Maryls Miller, third and blind bogey; and low, Barb Kronaizl.

Hostesses for coffee break were Marie Parke, Marlys Miller and Barb Kronaizl.

Men and women are welcome. No reservations are necessary.

Vermillion Garden Club

Vermillion Garden Club members met at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Vermillion Public Library. Mark Ostrem of near Centerville was guest speaker. He brought several plants and grasses and demonstrated planting them in a way that would be pleasing to the eye. He led a lively discussion on native plants that our Native Americans used for food, medicine, and aroma ceremonies, etc.

The business meeting followed with discussion of Arbor Day tree planting on April 26 at 2 p.m. at Prentis Park. The public is invited to attend. Austin second graders and teachers will assist. May 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. will be the annual plant sale at the 4-H grounds on High St. June 2-8 is National Gardening Week. June 13-15 is the State Garden Club's convention at Webster.

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