Clubs Clay County Democrats
The May meeting of the Clay County Democrats was held on May 8 at the Pro's Restaurant. Jim Green reported on the George McGovern Come Home America event which had been held in Mitchell. In addition to state dignitaries, Terry McAuliffe, chair of the Democratic National Committee; Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle; former Sens. James Abourzek; Sen. Gary Hart were all present to honor McGovern's accomplishments in state and world politics.
An informative presentation about Amendment A was given by Brad Redlin and Jeff Fiegenschuch of the Center for Rural Affairs. Simply stated, large farms drive out small farms. South Dakota, so far, had held firm and in the period 1999-2001, no farms were lost and the farm population held even. California, Iowa and Illinois all lost farms during the same period.
Wind energy, as provided for in Amendment E, does not allow large corporations to buy the land on which generators are constructed. That amendment allows the farmer or landowner, to maintain the control of their land and the air above it thus providing an additional source of income. The construction of turbines is completely allowable under the present Amendment E which passed in 1998; Amendment A is a modification of that amendment.
Those present also heard from Scot Jepsen concerning some problems he has been having with a corporation and his frustrations regarding these same problems. Careful study of the language of Amendment A was urged. State Sen. Frank Kloucek was a guest who also voiced his concerns over this amendment.
Delegates to the state convention were appointed and announcements about the annual banquet to be held on May 23 were made. The banquet will be held at the Pro's and will begin at 5 p.m. with a social hour. At that time, candidates will be introduced. The annual auction will also take place that evening. Tickets are available from any Clay County Democrat.
Senior Citizen Center
With wind, rain, and the Wednesday Ladies Golf and card games starting May 1, there was a smaller crowd with 29 players � 16 bridge and 13 pitch � Wednesday afternoon, May 8.
Everyone enjoyed the fun and fellowship. Bridge prizes: first, Barbara Kronaizl; second, Jim Prosser; third, Adeline Isaacson; bogie, Lovella Matson; low, Norma Melstad.
Refreshments were by the center.
Theta Omega ESA
The Theta Omega chapter of ESA met at the home of Joan Nelson on May 8 with a social starting at 6 p.m. The last half of the alphabet brought food to share and the first half paid $5, with the proceeds benefiting Disaster Fund. Pat Pravecek was the co-hostess with Joan.
Pat invited Dr. Charles Yelverton to the meeting. He spoke on cardiovascular disease in women. It was very interesting and he gladly answered all questions from the group.
Joan's educational was to trace the history of something/someone other than a person. She presented a fun and interesting charter year for our Theta Omega chapter from 1977. Lois Nygaard was the chapter president that year. She brought the scrapbook to circulate and the members thoroughly enjoyed the report and seeing the pictures and clippings.
President Becky Rider presented a 20-year service pin to Dot O'Connor and a 30-year service pin to Lois Nygaard. These are tremendous milestones for our chapter and Dot and Lois were recognized for that length of service.
Gayle Bliss encouraged the members to continue to bring items needed for the Ronald McDonald House to each meeting. This project will be ongoing throughout the year.
The chapter will be volunteering every Wednesday afternoon at the Civic Council during June and July.
Chapter president Becky Rider noted our chapter's awards from the state convention:
* Gold Link award for participation in educational work.
* Award for Excellence for Circle of Life Participation.
* Appreciation Award for Outstanding Service for generous support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
* Certificate of Appreciation for generous support of Easter Seals.
The Theta Omega annual garage sale is scheduled for June 22 at Linda Thaden's house. Everyone was encouraged to start organizing items and getting them marked.
The next meeting will be held Sept. 11 at Kami Dibley's house with Barb Campbell and Lois Nygaard as co-hostesses. Educationals will be presented by Barb, Kami, Lea Noonan, and Sally Schmitz.