Clubs Vermillion Rotary Club

Literacy is one of Rotary International's philanthropic causes, and the new president of the local Rotary Club, Barry Vickrey, chose Tuesday to present a program on this issue, since July is also Literacy Month in the organization.

Rotary interest in literature began in 1985, when Rotarians around the world declared basic literacy to be a fundamental pre-condition to the development of world peace. Since then Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians have adopted all manner of responses to the need. President Vickrey offered some examples and challenged the Vermillion club to begin thinking of how it could add some strength to this movement.

Rotary reports that close to one billion people lack the most basic literacy and numerical skills. Millions more are functionally illiterate. More than two-thirds of the world's school-age children are not attending classes, and two-thirds of all adults who lack literacy skills are women. About 98 percent of the illiterate population is in developing countries, where peace can be the most illusive.

In his remarks, Vickrey mentioned the Reading Recovery program in USD's School of Education as one of the 23 such sites in the United States helping the cause of literacy. Since its inception on campus in 1995, the USD program has trained several dozen teacher leaders and Reading Recovery teachers in South Dakota and seven other states in the region. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader praised Reading Recovery editorially earlier this year for the impact it has had on literacy among first grade students, the target group, in the Sioux Falls public schools.

Rev. Ed Nesselhuf was a guest of the club, which meets at the Silver Dollar restaurant.

Clay County Democrats

On July 11, the Clay County Democrats met at noon at the Pro's Restaurant. Special guest was Walter Wilson, Augustana Young Democrat president and manager of Stephanie Herseth's successful primary election campaign. Plans for the Clay County Fair were finalized and arrangements for booth coverage completed. Speakers were delegates to the state Democratic Convention earlier in June. B. J. Nesselhuf, Dr. Jim Green, and Maxine Johnson reported on their committees.

The Democrat platform is available for review at downtown headquarters. The Central Committee also met during the convention and reports regarding registration of the Native American people was emphasized as an important project. A presentation regarding racial profiling in South Dakota was also given at the convention. Both Sens. Daschle and Johnson were present at the convention.

Walter Wilson spoke about the state organization of Young Democrats and his plan to involve student participation in both local and national elections. He emphasized presence at all functions throughout the state and active participation for all voters during this important election year. Candidates present shared their plans for participating in upcoming activities in the area.

During the fair, our local candidates will be available as well as our national and state candidates. We also plan to have registration for several attendance prizes. Of course, the wonderful Democratic ice water will also be available for thirsty fair goers.

On July 28, Tim Johnson will be the host at "Tim Johnson Day in the Park" beginning at 5 p.m. in Prentis Park. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs as well as other good things to eat for those attending. Everyone is invited so watch for announcements.

On Aug. 19, the Clay County Democrats will be sponsoring a barbeque at the Pro's. Local, state, and national candidates will be present for introduction and speaking. The barbeque will begin at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but a free will offering will be taken.

Senior Citizens Center

Even though the heat and humidity returned, 34 card players, 14 pitch, four pinochle and 16 bridge, came to the Senior Citizens Center Wednesday, July 17 for the afternoon.

Bridge winners were, Ernie Miller high, Adeline Isaacson second and Marlys Miller, third, Monica Ballard, blind bogey, and Russ Heikes, low.

Coffee break hostesses were Leona Kruger, Luceal Liffengren and Marilyn Siecke.

Come join us every Wednesday afternoon, no reservations needed.

Emeritus Club

Dr. Teri Bellis of the USD Department of Communication Disorders and author of the best seller, When the Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing, gave a very interesting talk on auditory processing, hearing, and aging. Combining insights gained from personal experiences (a deaf brother grew up to become a minister; she suffered a head injury which produced some of the effects she studies), from extensive clinical experience, and from ground breaking research, she kept everyone listening and learning.

Wayne Knutson reported on the Shakespeare Garden making note of the fine work done by the Building and Grounds Lady who keeps it in excellent condition. Newly emeritized Robert Wood was welcomed. Kera Lewis of Town Square II spoke briefly about the recently added apartment complex and invited us to visit and explore.

At the next meeting, Maxine Johnson will give a history of the Number One Birthday Club of North University Road. The next meeting will take place on Aug. 7, at noon at the Silver Dollar Restaurant.

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