Clubs Vermillion Jaycees
The meeting of the Vermillion Jaycees was called to order at 7 p.m. on May 5, at Dave and Amy Thiesse's home by Linda Hawley. The agenda was read and approved, as well as the minutes of the April 18 meeting and the treasurer's report.
There was discussion about the sandbox fill, which was held May 9. Upcoming projects include Hy-Vee coupon fund raiser June 17-19, Pampered Chef fund raiser which will be a party at the firehall in July, planting for Vermillion Beautiful on May 20 at 7 p.m., the Child Seat Safety and Bike Rodeo on May 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the high school parking lot and the Fourth of July Picnic in the Park.
Senior Citizens Center
Wednesday, May 15, was a wonderful spring-like day with lots of sunshine which was appreciated by 38 people who came to the Senior Citizen Center for an afternoon of card playing � four pinochle, 14 pitch and 20 bridge.
Bridge prizes went to Jim Prosser, high; Marlys Miller and Barb Kronaizl tied for second; Veronica Heines, blind bogey and Adeline Isaacson, low.
Coffee break time featured a speaker, Mike Rounds, who is a Republican candidate running for the governor's slot.
Refreshments were furnished by Adeline Isaacson and Shirley Riehle.
Vermillion Rotary Club
Rotary members on Tuesday learned about the challenges of turning the City of Vermillion's lime sludge deposits on South Dakota Street below the bluff into a natural greenway. The program was presented by a USD biology and political science major, Danielle Buttke, who has helped spearhead a largely volunteer project to help beautify a part of the city that is termed "derelict land."
The land slowly being transformed is 13 acres across the street from Cotton Park and extending east between the railroad tracks and the Vermillion River. Last fall three acres were seeded with natural grasses and wildflowers, and already this year a change in the look of the site is becoming increasingly obvious.
Goals of the project are to establish prairie flora on the old lime sludge site, to seek information on how the project will affect the area's ecosystem, to inform the public about the work being done, and to determine if the methods being adopted can be a model for similar sites elsewhere. Danielle thanked the City of Vermillion, the area Sierra Club chapter and other organizations and individuals who have assisted with donations and volunteer support.
A graduate of Milbank High School, Danielle is a Mickelson Scholar at USD and was recently named a recipient of a nationally competitive Udall Scholarship for environmental studies abroad. She will leave in early September for a three-month experience in Kenya.
Caio Vayega, a Rotary exchange student at Vermillion High School, was a club guest. Caio will be in the area for one more month before he tours the United States with other exchange students and eventually returns to his home in Brazil.