Clubs

Clubs Vermillion Rotary Club

Barry Vickrey called us to order Aug. 6 for our weekly lunch at the Silver Dollar. Our exchange student from Brazil, Ciao Vayega joined us for perhaps the last time. He will soon be returning home. In announcements, members were reminded that Vermillion has a big Lewis and Clark day coming up, Aug. 24, the date the Expedition pulled up on the banks of the Missouri nearby and checked out Spirit Mound, among other things. There is need for various volunteers and if you're in a volunteering mood, a call to the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce could plug you into the festivities in a helpful way.

Our program today was presented by Lana Svien-Senne who told us of some of the activities and projects of an organization called "Sharing the Dream." This organization was started locally but its activities have been international in reach from the outset. Specifically, this organization has worked to establish networks between producers in cooperatives in Guatemala and stores and other outlets in the U.S. where those products can be sold. The products, mostly handcrafted production, have been created by women in rural Guatemala (in the old Mayan areas) with advice and some help in product design and marketing from their U.S. partners.

The revenue generated by sales goes back to Guatemala for projects in education, health care, and other areas. What is most impressive about the organization's work is how very little money can be translated into very large gains in a poor region of Guatemala. Because work is done by the local inhabitants, it is mostly the cost of materials that needs to be funded. Anyone interested in finding out more about this organization and how to help out may call Diane Nesselhuf at 356-3221.

Senior Citizens Center

Monday, July 29 found four pitch, four pinochle and eight bridge players at the Senior Citizens Center's last Monday of the month card party.

Bridge winners were Shirley Riehle, first; Jim Prosser, second; and Lovella Matson, low.

Lola Christiansen furnished coffee break refreshments.

We had a wonderful break in the weather � less heat and less humidity � was appreciated by all. Card players came to the center for the afternoon and 23 pitch, four pinochle, and 16 bridge players were there.

Bridge winners were Marlys Miller, first; Barb Kronaizl, second; Ernie Miller, third; Monica Ballard, blind bogey; and Marie Parke, low.

The center furnished coffee break refreshments. Come join us every Wednesday afternoon, no reservation needed.

Vermillion Jaycees

The meeting of the Vermillion Jaycees was called to order at 7 p.m. on July 1 at Linda Hawley's home by President Jason Coenen. The agenda and minutes from the last meeting were read and approved, as well as the treasurer's report.

Amy Theisse, the Individual Development VP, reported she continues to receive the individual development surveys. Linda Hawley, Management VP, reports no renewals due in July. Under membership items, it was encouraged to bring prospective members to the July 3 M-Night.

Upcoming projects included the Pampered Chef party fund raiser on July 9 at 7 p.m. at the public library, the July 3 M-Night in conjunction with Elk Point-Jefferson Jaycees, in which all members received a mailing and e-mail invitation. It was decided to spend $100 on fireworks and $25 on miscellaneous costs for this event. The Fourth of July celebration started at 5 p.m. with set-up at 4:30 p.m. Ann Friedenbach was the chair.

The next meeting was Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the firehall, with the executive board meeting at 6 p.m. It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

Centerville Christian Women's Club

The Centerville Christian Women's Club would like to invite all the ladies of the area to their noon luncheon Aug. 13 at the Pascale Memorial Hall.

For the special feature everyone is asked to bring a piece of jewelry that has a special meaning to you or has a story behind it.

Our speaker, Marlene Ramey, is from Redwood Falls, MN. She's a person that loves bringing order out of chaos.

So dig in your drawers and jewelry boxes, find that special piece and enjoy lunch in a place where it's nice and cool. For reservations call Wilhelmina Jorgenson at 326-5562, Mary Lou Thorson at 563-2678, or Lois Lounsbery at 763-5284 by Aug. 9.

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