Clubs Senior Citizens Center

On a cool April spring day, Wednesday April 3, 23 pitch, four pinochle, and 24 bridge players gathered at the Senior Citizens Center.

Bridge prizes went to Adeline Isaacson, first; Jim Prosser, second; Lois Erickson, third; Leona Kryger, fourth; Phyllis Christol, blind bogey; and Marie Parke, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Leona Kryger, Luceal Liffengren, and Marilyn Siecke.

Men and women are welcome, no reservations are needed.

USD Emeritus Club

The USD Emeritus Club met at noon on April 3 at the Silver Dollar Restaurant. The featured speaker was Donald Abraham. Allen Johnson, co-chair, called the meeting to order and presented announcements. Sylvester Clifford then introduced Dr. Abraham who presented a talk about his experiences in Africa. After retirement, Dr. Abraham and his wife, Mary, were looking for a travel opportunity. Thanks to the Internet, they found one which linked them with Waldorf College in Forest City, IA.

Interestingly enough, one of the main contacts was an individual that Don had known as a member of Roseni Church in Union County. They learned that Waldorf College needed a representative dean in Africa, Tanzania, to close the affiliation with the African college. This was the challenge that they took along with them to Africa.

When the Abrahams arrived in Africa, they were impressed with the beauty of the landscape and the presence of exotic animals. They were less impressed with the banking system. Part of the process was to acquire new property for the existing school; this subsequently turned out to be located in "the Bush." Slides of a tranquil Indian Ocean complete with camels were shown as were slides of visits to various tribal villages.

Photographs of a blonde Mary Abraham surrounded by brightly costumed African children studying their images in a digital camera were enchanting. Photographs of houses and natives were impressive. Don mentioned that he has another slide show which is all African animals.

The next meeting of the Emeritus Club will be May 1 at noon at the Silver Dollar. Nominations will be heard for new co-chairs for the group. If you are an emeritus member and are not receiving notices of the meeting, please contact the USD Foundaiton Office to be placed in the mailing list.

Vermillion Lions Club

The Vermillion Lions Club held a dinner meeting April 4 at the VFW with Lion Barb Campbell presiding. Lion Julie Potter distributed the work assignments for the next Lions Club Pancake Days. Lions with callings lists should contact people on their lists who were absent from the dinner to remind them of their work assignment.

The guest speaker was Jill Munger who is the Clay County Community Health Nurse. Munger explained that the Department of Health provides health-related education, outreach and prevention programs for people in Clay county who are disadvantaged and medically at-risk. The department has four primary programs. The WIC program promotes the health of nutritionally at-risk women along with their infants and young children. The baby care program provides services that help to lower the chance of maternal and infant deaths. The immunization program provides vaccinations and help with immunization records. The TB program provides testing and anti-tuberculosis medication. Additionally, the department is involved in such activities as CPR and first aid training, toenail trimming and blood pressure checks.

Lions Club Pancake Days are scheduled for April 17 and 18 at the National Guard Armory. The next dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on May 2 at the VFW.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Angela Harrison, a USD senior from Powell, WY, shared with Rotarians Tuesday noon her recent field experiences in the southern Africa country of Malawi. The program she participated in was operated through the University of California at Davis.

An anthropology and music major, Angela's educational goal is to pursue graduate studies combining the two disciplines. She found ample rewards in Malawi, where music and dance are used to communicate, among other things, memories of the former slave trade, reverence for one's ancestors and the dangers of AIDS. As part of her program at Rotary, she showed video clips demonstrating colorful song and dance activities in the African nation.

Missy Mayfield, club president, reminded members of the Rotary district conference in Marshall, MN May 3-5.

Vermillion High School students visiting Rotary this week included Ashley Thompson, Hannah Walton and Kayla Widner.

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