Clubs Vermillion Jaycees

The bimonthly meeting of the Vermillion Jaycees was called to order at 7 p.m. on June 3, at the Vermillion Firehall by Linda Hawley. Flag pledges were said and the agenda and minutes from the last meeting were read and approved, as well as the treasurer's report. Rhonda Weidner, Pampered Chef consultant, was present and delivered packets for the Pampered Chef fund raiser.

Management VP Linda Hawley reported that two new sustaining memberships have been acquired: Davis Pharmacy and Choice Pharmacy. Under membership news, we were plus two members in the month of May, and there are nine renewals up in the month of June.

For old business, three projects were completed in the month of May. The sandbox fill was May 9, planting for Vermillion Beautiful was May 20 and the Bike Rodeo was May 25. All of them went well.

Upcoming projects include the Hy-Vee Coupon Fundraiser to be held June 14-16; Pampered Chef Fund-raising Party to be held on July 9; the July 3 M-Night, which may be held in conjunction with Elk Point-Jefferson Jaycees; and the Fourth of July Celebration, in which there is a $35 fee, and will have glow necklaces, a kids table and a duck pond.

For president's comments, it was decided to become a Chamber Member again, which is $100/year, however $75 for the rest of this year. Also, Crazy Days is July 18, and could be a possible project.

During the open floor, Tammy Davis wondered what the group thought of having a softball tournament. Research is still being done on this possible project. We are also invited to the Elk Point-Jefferson Night Golfing Tournament on June 14. Social hour is at 8 p.m. and the tournament starts at 9 p.m., held at the Elk Point Country Club. It's $20/couple, and if interested contact Deb McCreary.

The next meeting will be June 20 at 7 p.m. in the firehall. It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

Senior Citizens Center

Wednesday, June 5 was a beautiful day with everything green and lush, so it brought 17 pitch, four pinochle and 16 bridge players to the Senior Citizens Center to share their card expertise.

Bridge winners were Howard Melstad, high; Adeline Isaacson, second; Maurice Erickson, blind bogey; and Veronica Heimes, low.

Sig Nissen furnished the refreshments for coffee break.

Men and women are welcome, no reservations needed.

Thirty-four card players, 15 pitch, four pinochle, and 15 bridge spent Wednesday, June 12 at the Senior Citizens Center.

Bridge winners were: Marlys Miller, high; Russ Heinke, second, Luceal Liffengren, blind bogey; and Lois Erickson, low.

Refreshments were furnished by the Senior Citizens Center.

Vermillion Rotary Club

The tradition of Masonry was reviewed by Chuck Kaufman, a USD professor emeritus, who as Grand Master of Masons in South Dakota will preside at the statewide gathering of the organization this weekend in Vermillion.

The South Dakota Grand Lodge was formed in Vermillion in 1876 at the First Baptist Church, which was then located at the foot of the Dakota Street hill. The site now has an historic marker explaining the origins of Masonry in South Dakota. Today there are nearly 100 Masonic lodges in the state with about 7,500 members.

Kaufman explained that Masonry had its roots in the building trades of the Middle Ages, when skilled individuals were in much demand to help construct cathedrals, castles and military fortifications. The organization evolved into an order for those in the middle classes who put a high priority on freedom from the tyranny of the various European monarchies. The tradition extended to America during the 1700s, when George Washington and 17 signers of the Declaration of Independence were Masons. The impressive George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA, predates the Washington Monument in the District of Columbia.

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