Clubs Senior Citizens Center

On Wednesday, May 22, 36 card players � 20 pitch, 16 bridge � gathered at the Senior Citizens Center for the regular Wednesday card party.

Bridge winners were Howard Melstad, high; Louise Scott, second; Luceal Liffengren, blind bogey, and Norma Melstad, low.

Coffee break refreshments were furnished by Julia Cleland, Phyllis Prusa and Maxine Millette.

Men and women are welcome; no reservations needed.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Standing in for Missy Mayfield, Barry Vickrey called us to order May 28 for our weekly lunch at the Silver Dollar. No guests today and fewer than the usual number of members. Must be everyone was back in the garden finally getting the tomatoes planted.

Our program today was presented by Mary Vickrey who has been working for some time with the Chamber of Commerce to prepare for the deluge of tourists expected to descend on the Lewis and Clark trail especially two years hence. There are estimates that as many as 25 million people might visit one or another part of the long Lewis and Clark trail from the beginning of its 200th anniversary in 2004 to the end in 2006. And some tourists will try to beat the crowd by checking out some of the sights ahead of time. As it happens, Spirit Mound, not far northwest of Vermillion, is one of the most important locations along the trail, especially for those who want to stand briefly exactly where we know that Lewis and Clark stood some 200 years ago. You'll even see much of what they saw if you go to the top of mound. Namely, lots of open country with nary a housing development or strip mall to defile it. Take off your glasses or look farther out and those rows of corn might look like prarie grass, those slow moving Herefords like off-color buffalo. (Now if you want to stand in a place where Lewis and Clark sat for a few months cursing the incessant rain, you should go out just west of Astoria, OR, where they camped through an ordinary, rainy miserable winter. Go out during the winter or spring to get the full effect and to understand what they were complaining about so vehemently in their journals.

But back to sunny South Dakota, Lewis and Clark had a fine time hereabouts. They were eating high off the buffalo hump, with ample fish from the Missouri when they tired of meat. Granted the Dakota were eyeing them suspiciously, as well they should have. And the gnats and mosquitoes were doing their number on the expedition. But compared to looking for some sensible way over the Rockies with fall/winter closing in or sitting in the rain just off the Columbia River, their stay in these parts was relatively comfortable and prosperous.

What local prosperity may be wrung out of the upcoming bicentennial remains to be seen, but Mary Vickrey told us (or warned us) of a Sturgis-like period especially around the date of Aug. 25 when Lewis and Clark passed our way. (Well, I guess we passed their way, didn't we? Except for those Native Americans among us whose ancestors preciently suspected big trouble coming).

Check out the exhibits already up in the W.H. Over Museum to get in the mood. And on this Aug. 25, before the big crowds come, join the hike up to Spirit Mound.

Hall of Vermillion Rebekah Lodge #28

The Vermillion Rebekah Lodge #28, Odd Fellows Lodge #3, Vermillion Encampment #38, Ladies Encampment Auxiliary #38, Canton #12 and Ladies Auxiliary to Canton #12 held their annual roll call Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner prepared by the Rebekahs.

After the dinner a program was held. Ike Baisden was the master of ceremonies. A welcome was given by the Noble Grand Marilyn Siecke of the Rebekahs.

The elected visitors were introduced and those in attendance were: Bill Sisson, grand senior warden and grand representative of Grand Encampment from Belle Fourche; Robert Munsil, department commander and grand scribe of Grand Encampment; Alice Munsil, department association president and grand scribe of Grand LEA; John Sealy, grand high priest of Grand Encampment; Agnes Sealey, assembly secretary; and Darrell Christopherson, department quartermaster.

The roll calls of all the branches of the order were called and there were 31 Rebekah sisters, 11 Odd Fellows and nine visitors present. A piano solo was presented by Katie Kribell and then a tribute to Mabel Jorgenson was given on her 106th birthday and we all sang Happy Birthday to her. This night was in honor of her on her birthday.

We were entertained by Carlos Baisden and Company with several musical selections. We all then sang God Bless America.

We all enjoyed cake and coffee after the program.

Agnes Sealey


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