Clubs Senior Citizens Center
Wednesday, June 19 was a perfect day for gardening, doing home repairs and touch-ups. I guess 31 persons decided to come sit down and play cards, 12 pitch, four pinochle and 15 bridge, so they could rest sore backs and tired muscles.
Bridge winners were Marilyn Siecke, high; Marlys Miller, second; Barb Kronaizl, third; Veronica Heimes, blind bogey; and Marie Parke, low.
Refreshments were furnished by Veronica Heimes, Monica Ballard and Lovella Marson.
Men and women are welcome � no reservations needed. Join us.
Sons of Norway
The Lillehammer, Sons of Norway, Lodge 1-633, met June 18 at 7 p.m. The meeting was held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton.
President Earl Reese presided. We had 41 members, and one guest, Mary White from Yankton, attending.
Our meeting opens with the Norwegian and American anthems and pledge of allegiance to the American flag. We also sang Norway in Red, White and Blue and A Sailors Greeting, sung in Norwegian, Hils Fra Mig Derhjemme.
Minutes from our last meeting were read and accepted. We had no new applications.
Our wonderful Noric Dancers have been busy performing at various functions.
We have many upcoming events to enjoy this summer: Riverboat Days in Yankton in August, and we will have our Lodge's float in the parade; International Convention in Madison, WI, in August; the Norwegian Heritage Retreat for Adults July 14-19 and our picnic July 16 with a concert at Riverside Park in Yankton.
Our next meeting is July 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Riverside Park in Yankton.
Vermillion Rotary Club
Vermillion Rotarians may have left their noon luncheon meeting Tuesday wondering how Clay County Health Nurse Jill Munger found the time to present the program that day.
Munger and her co-workers Chris Pospishil, RN, Bev Orr, Linda Manning and Brenda Patzlaff, a registered dietician, are responsible for carrying out a host of services.
The mission statement of the office and the state Department of Health is to meet the health needs of citizens of South Dakota through health promotion, disease prevention, quality assurance of health services, and access to necessary medical care.
Services provided by the office, located in the Clay County Courthouse, include Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Baby Care Program, immunizations for children and adults, TB testing, Fresh Start Program, postpartum home visits and office visits, blood pressure and hemoglobin checks, flu vaccinations, nutrition counseling, CPR training and First Aid training.
The four key programs of the office, Munger said, are Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Baby Care Program, the Immunization Program and the TB Control Program.
Look for Munger and her staff to be providing free diabetes screenings at key functions in Clay County, such as the upcoming county fair.
Special guests Tuesday were Anna Kerner, a USD student who was recently named a Truman Scholar; Claire, the newly adopted infant daughter of Rotarians Mercy Hobbs and David Hussey; Jessica Leffers, a Rotary youth exchange student from Vermillion will soon be traveling to Brazil, and Caio Vayego of Brazil, whose time in Vermillion as a Rotary youth exchange student is coming to and end.
VFW Auxiliary Clay #3061 met June 18 at the VFW Post Home. State Convention awards were presented for the following:
Americanism: For Youth Essay contests sponsored. Pledge of Allegiance cards presented to first-graders for learning the pledge.
Buddy Poppy: Successfully promoting the Buddy Poppy program in Vermillion.
Hospital: Financial support of the four VA hospitals in South Dakota and the Human Services and Development Center in Redfield. Also donations of Christmas cards, puzzles, books, and playing cards for Human Services Center and Royal C. Johnson VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Service and Rehabilitation: Donation for the patients at the VA hospitals.
Youth program: Donating books to the Head Start program at Christmas in Vermillion.
Rehabilitation: Loaning hospital equipment to the community.
Community Service: Sponsoring bingo at the nursing home once a month, sponsoring the Road to Recovery program for The American Cancer Society in the area, work at and with the Civic Council and Meals on Wheels, donation to Food Pantry on "Make A Difference Day."
We truly feel we promoted State President Gloria Fortin's theme "Serve with Honor and Pride" in this community.
The Auxiliary charter was draped in memory of member, Margaret Schmidt.
It was reported that VFW Auxiliary was scheduled to volunteer at Civic Council one afternoon a week in May and June.
Leonard and Mary Bottolfson and Marlene Amundsen attended the state convention in Watertown June 13-16.
A motion was made and passed that we pay the state quotas for the programs plus a donation of $25 to Special Olympics after July 1.
Union County Historical Society
The May 20 meeting of the Union County Historical Society began at 7:30 p.m. with the reading and approval of the secretary's minutes and treasurer's report.
Annie Kjar, daughter of Keith and Joni Kjar (Sands of Time editor), presented a beautiful book she had written, titled Gateway to Dakota Territory. Annie wrote the book as a non-required project for her fifth-grade TAG class at Akron-Westfield Community School. The book reflects her superb writing skills along with a vivid pictorial view of early Dakota Territory. She has placed the book on loan to the museum for the remainder of the summer, so that children traveling through Union County with their parents might have a chance to read it. We thank Annie for sharing her talents with us.
Fred Meisel of Lakewood, CA presented the society with a $100 donation which will be used to purchase a gun case in which we will display our collection of antique firearms. Ray Andresen, a member from Akron, IA, offered to handcraft a gun case. Thanks to Mr. Meisel for making this project possible.
President Sherri McKee reported she and Fern Chicoine had met with Rob Knuth regarding a campsite display in the museum. They will be meeting again in the near future to finalize plans.
Our efforts to obtain a Green Thumb worker have not panned out. It was decided that we will be staffing the museum from June through August with volunteers from the Society. Each volunteer will work one afternoon per month. This will allow us to be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Our acquisitions for the month were a Ventura, CA newspaper article about Lewis and Clark from Helen Anderson; five postcards and local business papers from Dorothy Ringsrud; a Pioneer Drug stamp book, Class of 1944 reunion book from Mary Jane Rosenbaum; The Journals of Patrick Gass and We Proceed On from Alice Mae and Howard Kennedy; A History of Union County written by E.E. Collins from Marianne Anderson; a Jefferson High School Band Boosters record from Arleen Nyreen; a Jerome Cabana family history from Grant Means; a postcard of the first school at Vermillion from Marie Olson; a plaque with pieces of the old cottonwood tree near the Lewis and Clark campsite in Heritage Park from Don Lane; and an Akron, IA Centennial Book, a Wakonda Centennial Book, a Westfield, IA-125 Years Book, and South Dakota on the Move from Roland Chicoine.
Ed Westberg, Beresford, provided a delightful musical program. He showed many samples from his collection of 25,000 records. As a close to the program, Ed entertained the group with a few musical selections which he accompanied with his guitar. We could have sat there all night and listened to this wonderful music. Thanks for a great show, Ed.