Clubs Senior Citizens Center

With all the winds, we've had here, 40 people decided to get inside and play cards Wednesday, April 24 for the afternoon. Seventeen played pitch and 21 bridge. It was much more comfortable than trying to do garden work.

Bridge prizes went to Phyllis Christol, high; Madeline Devine (here visiting from the west coast), second; Max Christol, third; Robin Eisenmenger, blind bogey and Louise Scott, low.

Coffee break host and hostess were Max and Phyllis Christol who furnished in honor of their 63rd anniversary April 19.

Come join us at the Senior Citizen's Center every Wednesday afternoon . Women and men welcome; no reservations needed.

The last Monday of the month card party had drawings � Dee Grabowski, door prize; Louise Scott, Erna Frahm, Russ Heikes and Midge Carlson received the prizes.

A wonderful spring day found 28 card players at the Senior Citizens Center for the last Monday of the month, April 29.

There were seven pitch, six pinochle, three rummy, and 12 bridge players.

Bridge prizes went to: Midge Carlson, first; Marie Parks, second; and Russ Heikes, blind bogey as well as low prize.

Hostesses were Marge Rasmussen and Leone Christopherson.

Clay County Elephant Club

The Clay County Elephant Club held its regular monthly meeting at the Silver Dollar on Thursday, April 25. Chairman Midge Carlson presided. Several members had attended the Sioux Falls event the previous day to hear President Bush. Three Vermillion residents were recognized for their volunteer efforts by being seated on stage behind the president.

Chris Nelson, state elections supervisor, was the guest speaker. Nelson is a candidate to succeed Joyce Hazeltine, who is retiring at the end of this year. He has served in the office of secretary of state for 15 years and is recognized as the state�s expert on elections. He has supervised the installation of the Central Election Reporting system which was installed in the late 1980s. He noted that the Web site of that office is considered one of the best in the U.S. Nelson fielded questions about registration and the impact of the Federal Voting Rights law, which makes it difficult to keep lists up to date.

Drake Olson presented a slide show of his visit to Cuba with a Farber Fund sponsored tour from USD during the 2002 spring break. Monthly wages for unskilled labor average about $17 for professionals, such as doctors and lawyers at $50, he stated. Cigars and sugar are the major industries, but these products cannot be exported to the United States under the Embargo Act of 1961.

The group visited various government monuments and tourist sites. Olson commented on political and economic aspects of life under the Castro regime. The future after Castro does not look promising as his brother Raoul, the likely successor, is not considered an improvement.

The minutes of the March meeting were corrected to read that the candidates for the state Legislature are Judy Clark for the Senate, and Donna Schafer and Jere Chapman for the House. The group decided to provide financial help to Republican candidates for local offices. Campaign literature and buttons were available for statewide candidates. Jean Marshall won the door prize.

Vermillion Rotary Club

President Missy Mayfield called us to order April 30 for our weekly lunch at the Silver Dollar. Member Jere Chapman told us about a fund that is being set up to help people in dire need of getting home repairs who cannot get their need met through the hit or miss collection of various governmental programs. The fund will be called the Vermillion Area Citizens House Repair Fund and Rotary members and others are encouraged to make donations.

Chuck Yelverton reminded us of the annual bike helmet giveaway by which second-graders in Vermillion may get some protection. Rotary and the Vermillion Medical Clinic sponsors the program and volunteers will be needed for Friday, May 3 when the helmets are brought over to the Austin School for expert fitting. (To become experts volunteers should contact Dr. Yelverton and plan to show up at the Yankton Medical Clinic at 9 a.m. May 3.)

Our program today was presented by Vermillion�s latest of a short line of best selling authors. Dr. Teri Bellis� book, When the Brain Can�t Hear, recently published by Simon and Schuster, has gotten her out onto talk show programs (like Rosie O�Donnell) to tell about her work in spotting and dealing with �auditory processing disorders.� Dr. Bellis holds an appointment at USD in audiology and had already written a book very useful to audiologists but not aimed at a more general audience. Her last book not only aimed at, but hit the target. People who seem to have hearing problems, she has found, often have no special problem with their hearing apparatus, but rather with the neurological processing that follows the �hearing.� And some of the news about disorders in this later processing is interesting, if a bit scandalous. For example, human males, on the average, start getting worse at processing what they hear at about age 20. It�s all downhill from there. Sound familiar?

The possible explanation from evolutionary theory for this typical slight male disability is that males are still pretty good at getting their genes into the gene pool without being great listeners. (Their looking around, on the other hand, is important and their visual abilities do not start deteriorating nearly as early.) Females, on the other hand will have more surviving babies if they are able to pick up and process all of those scarcely intelligible baby noises, so females get more of their genes into the gene pool by holding onto their auditory abilities throughout child rearing age.

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