Clubs Vermillion Jaycees

The meeting of the Vermillion Jaycees was called to order at 7 p.m. on March 21, at Linda Hawley's home by President Jason Coenan. The agenda was read and approved, as well as the minutes from the March 4 meeting and treasurer's report.

Management VP Linda Hawley reported that Blue Chip is due April 1. Under membership it was reported that Kevin Brady will be setting up a recruiting night next week.

Individual Development VP Amy Thiesse reported that a survey will go out in the next newsletter for educational session ideas. Rhonda Weidner, an Elk Point-Jefferson Jaycee, reported on the Jaycees Against Youth Smoking Program, which is a program that is done as a five-day curriculum in the schools.

Under President's comments, Jason Coenan reported that the regional rally will be in Viborg on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March close-out on March 28.

During open floor it was reported that the Outstanding Young Awards program went well. Also the packet for Pitch, Hit and Throw has been received and a chairman is needed. Pampered Chef consultant Rhonda Weidner presented on fund-raising options included a kitchen show and an order form with 10 products. It was decided to discuss this at the next meeting to make a decision on this fund raiser. Jerri Gale presented an idea for a project that included planting flowers for the elderly. She agreed to be the chair and report back at the next meeting.

It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

Vermillion Rotary Club

The husband-wife team of Robert Waters and Sarah Waters enlightened local Rotarians Tuesday noon on the history and music of Guyana, based on experiences they had on a research trip to the South American country in the fall of 2001. Rob Waters teaches history at USD, and Sarah is a member of the music department faculty and directs the university's steel drum band program.

Formerly a British "sugar colony," Guyana in many ways reflects the nearby Caribbean tradition, even though it is located on the mainland. Unlike most of the Caribbean islands, however, where the various races and nationalities have melded into a cohesive society, Guyana has had a series of political upheavals between its two largest groups, the East Indians and the blacks.

The political tug-of-war extends even into the music of the country, where the group that controls Guyana politics, currently the East Indians, dictates officially the ascendancy of its musical tradition through patronage and appropriations. Other music tends to recede, but Sarah Waters found that the black Caribbean traditions such as calypso and steel drum, have persisted nevertheless. The video clips she presented to her Rotary audience helped document this.

Club guests were Craig Doneland, Marvin Stutheit, Caio Vayego, who is a Rotary exchange student from Brazil, and this weeks contingent of seniors from Vermillion High School: Elizabeth Slagle, Matt Smidt, Ross Solberg and Cara Stogsdill.

Rotarians were reminded of the club's sponsorship of the Candidate Forum being held this Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at the Vermillion Public Library. The program will include the candidates for may and two city council races in Vermillion and the Vermillion school board.

The Clay County Elephant Club

The Clay County Elephant Club held its monthly meeting at noon at the Silver Dollar on March 28 with Midge Carlson, chairman, presiding.

The feature speaker was Bonnie Bjork, Pierre, who is running for the office of state auditor. Bjork, who now works in the office of the governor, has served in various capacities in state and local government. She also graduated with a business degree from USD.

The selection of candidates for constitutional offices will be made at the Republican Convention on June 21-22 in Sioux Falls. As of this time, one other candidate, Richard Sattgast, has announced he'll run for the office of state auditor on the Republican ticket. Alan Aker and Vern Larson are unopposed in their bids to become nominees for commissioner of school and public lands and treasurer, respectively.

There are three candidates for attorney general � Larry Long (Martin), John Fitzgerald (Spearfish), and Jim Bremmer (Rapid City). Also, there are three candidates for secretary of state; Chris Nelson (Pierre), Jerrilyn Qualm (Platte), and Susan Edwards (Sturgis). PUC candidates will be Bob Sahr, who is currently serving and will be running to fill out the remainder of the late Laska Schoenfelder's term; Mayor Gary Hanson (Sioux Falls) will be running for the full six-year term.

State legislative candidates from district 17 are Donna Schafer for senate and Judy Clark and Jere Chapman for the state house of representatives.

County candidates include Betty McCambridge for register of deeds and Andy Howe, sheriff, who are unopposed. Jerry Sommervold and George Ufford are candidates for county commissioner.

Chairman Carlson reminded attendees that the filing date for petitions for precinct committeemen and committeewomen as well as delegates at large to the convention was April 2. Jerry Schafer, Mary Edelen and Cleo Erickson were filing for delegates at large. She commended all candidates for taking a positive interest in public service. In other business, the club agreed to assist in the Vermillion Beautiful project of flower planting in May.

Theta Omega of E.S.A.

Theta Omega chapter met on Wednesday, March 13 at the home of Julie Heine. A potluck supper was followed by the installation of the 2002-03 officers: Becky Rider, president; Lois Nygaard, vice president; Pat Pravecek, treasurer; Lynne Day, recording secretary; Kami Dibley and Jenny Pike, educational directors; and Sally Schmitz, jr. past president. The new officers were installed by State President Jan Kitzler, as Becky's "Fantasticats."

Becky's theme for the new year is "Try Something New" and the educational programs will be a "grab bag" of ideas promising something new and surprising each month.

A new member, Merle Eintracht, received her pledge pin from Sally Schmitz. Welcome to our chapter, Merle!

Earlene Varns received the honor of being Theta Omega's Woman of the Year.

Spring activities will include the new state president's workshop on March 23 in Mitchell and plans will be finalized later for a "Beautiful Pet Contest" in April with proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The next meeting will be April 10 at the home of Linda Thaden.

Senior Citizens Center

The last Monday of the month card party at the Senior Citizens Center had five pitch, 10 pinochle and 11 bridge players that came on a lovely spring day, March 25.

Bridge prizes went to Jim Prosser, first; Meryl Reed, second; and Marilyn Siecke, low.

Refreshments were furnished by the center.

Drawings of $5 went to Louie Fostvedt, $2 drawing winners were Maxine Millette, Louise Scott, Doris Swanson, Veronica Heimes, and Robyn Eisenmenger.

The weather gets warmer and 25 pitch, four pinochle, and 24 bridge players met at the Senior Citizens Center for the Wednesday card party, March 27.

Bridge winners were Veronica Heimes, first; Shirley Riehle, second; Bob Michael, third; Max Christol, fourth; Meryl Reed, blind bogey; and Lola Christensen, low.

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

Refreshments were furnished by Monica Ballard, Veronica Heimes, Lovella Matson and Dorothy Dahlman.

Centerville Christian Women's Club

Attention working girls and ladies of the surrounding communities. The Centerville Christian Women's Club will meet Tuesday, April 9 for a noon luncheon at Pascale Memorial Hall.

Our special feature will host Lori Huber of rural Irene showing a variety of crafts she makes.

Our speaker, Carol Nankivel, Rapid City, will give us words of encouragement when she tells us how she has dealt with life stresses.

Please note the day and time change to Tuesday, April 9 at noon. Plan to make your lunch break a fun and relaxing time.

To make your reservations for the luncheon free nursery, call Wilhelmina Jorgenson at 326-5562, Mary Lou Thorson at 563-2678, or Lois Lounsbery at 763-5284 by April 8.

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