Clubs Vermillion Rotarians learn about adoption
Barry Vickrey called us to order Sept. 18 for our weekly lunch at the Silver Dollar. We had a special guest in our presence � Claire Ren Hussey, the newly adopted 17-month-old daughter of Rotarians David Hussey and Mercy Hobbs.
The couple explained that adoption has grown popular in China, Claire's home country, as a way to help control its rapidly expanding population.
They added that the adoptive parents of Chinese children come primarily from the Scandinavian countries, Great Britain, Western Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States. There are over 350 Chinese girls adopted by American parents every month.
Nearly every child available for adoption in China is female, because boys are valued more by the Chinese society, Hobbs said. The Chinese children available international adoption have been abandoned by their parents because of harsh penalties for abandoning a child and for violating the restrictions on the number of children that a family is allowed.
Other guests at Tuesday's meeting were Michelle Lavallee and Tim Shorn.
Midday Connection schedules Oct. 8 meeting
The Midday Connection formerly known as Centerville Christian Women's Club will be meeting Oct. 8 at the Centerville Steakhouse for a noon luncheon.
The speaker is Rory Conrad from Dunlap, IA. Come and hear her story of how her husband's hang gliding accident changed life's journey.
Watch next week's paper for the special feature information and mark your calendars with the new name and location.
Patrick guest of Vermillion Beautiful
Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. met Sept. 12. Jim Patrick, Vermillion's new city manager, was our guest. Judy Clark, president of Vermillion Beautiful, Inc., stated the organization's goal is beautifying Vermillion. She outlined several important issues the organization is currently working on.
We would like to see trash cans on each corner of Main Street, more officers on duty when the bars close on Thursday and Friday nights, and the purchase of a pressurized sidewalk cleaner. Clark showed Patrick examples of the group's "Pick One" poster and the "Good Neighbor City Ordinances" brochure.
It was emphasized that in the future the organization will need help from the city for the watering and maintenance of the Main and Cherry streets flower beds.
Patrick said that there are several issues on which Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. could help the city. He mentioned help in refining ordinances dealing with weed control; a maintenance plan for the trees on the boulevards; and a suitable landscape ordinance for commercial properties. There was a consensus that we could help in an advisory capacity with those issues.
After Patrick left, the group went into their regular business meeting with the minutes of the last meeting being read and approved and the treasurer's report given.
We discussed problems relative to watering and maintenance of the flower beds.
The group purchased a Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. banner. Hy-Vee subsidized the cost of it. We will use the banner Sept. 26 at the Chamber of Commerce block parties where we hope to hand out the "Good Neighbor City Ordinances" brochure.
Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. has set Sept. 28 as a "Make a Difference Day." We will plant replacement trees, clean up around the existing trees and pick-up trash. Anyone interested in helping should plan to meet at 9 a.m. at Barstow Park. Please bring shovels and rakes.
Cleo Erickson, corresponding secretary, will send out a letter to local vendors asking for bids for next year's flowers. It is necessary to do this early so they can purchase the right kind of seeds and have plenty of time to start the flowers.
The next meeting is October 10 at 7 p.m. at the Austin-Whittemore House. If you have ideas how to make Vermillion a more beautiful and livable city, please plan to attend.
Rotarians learn about term limits
Dr. Matt Moen, USD's new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, shared with Rotarians Tuesday noon the results of early research on term limits in state legislatures. Moen, a native of Sioux Falls, joined the University faculty and administration this summer from his previous position at the University of Maine, where he was a professor of political science.
In terms of numbers, Moen reported that Maine and South Dakota are two of the 19 states that have adopted term limits for state legislators. Nearly all the term limit activity was in the first half of the 1990s, and only one state, Nebraska, has been added in the past seven years. Fourteen of the states are west of the Mississippi River. Three states that adopted limited terms earlier have dropped the plan, two because of court decisions on technicalities and one, Ohio, which repealed its earlier legislation.
Moen said that term limit legislation has frequently been sought by minority political parties in an attempt to open possibilities for winning more legislative seats. Whether this drive has borne fruit or is questionable, because early trends show that veteran legislators who do not run for office because they are term limited are generally replaced by persons from the same party.
Moen also suggested that, while turnover is most dramatic when the first "wave" of legislators hits the full limits of their tenure, results after that are mixed. There is evidence that turnover is no more frequent than the historical experience of "citizen" legislatures like South Dakota that often had a one-fourth to one-third turnover anyway. Moreover, newer legislators in some term limit states are tending to stay for the full 12 or eight years, the two frequent tenures allowed under state legislation, rather than serve for a fewer number of terms. In other words, there is evidence that the 12 or eight years are becoming "set in place."
The speaker also shared a number of tentative observations about legislative expertise under term limits and how it is affecting number of bills introduced, juxtaposition between the upper and lower legislative houses, number of minorites being elected, and makeup of committees in terms of veteran and new legislator members.
Rotary resumed its policy of hosting during the school year several seniors from Vermillion High School each week, and Camille Andrews, Amanda Aga and Megan Bates comprised the first delegation this Tuesday. Other guests were Casey Bruner, Chris Keating and Tim Schorn.
Senior Center hosts card party
The weather was wonderfully cooler with lower humidity so everyone was out and about Wednesday, Sept. 17. The card party at the Senior Center found 21 pitch and 16 bridge players enjoying the afternoon.
Bridge prizes went to Ernie Miller, first; Adeline Isaacson, second; Max Christol, third; Marie Parke, blind bogey; and Marilyn Siecke, low.
Coffee break hostess was Barb Kronaizl.
Men and women are welcome. No reservations needed.
Meckling 4-H'ers review year
The Meckling Livestock 4-H Club met Aug. 29 at the 4-H building. Roll call subject was your favorite subject in school. A discussion about the county and state fair followed and we reviewed our past year of activities for our 4-H books.
We discussed 4-H Discovery Night and ways we can promote 4-H.
Our next meeting will be Sept. 19 at the 4-H building and we will take a collection for the Food Pantry.
Meckling 4-H'ers work on promotion
The Meckling Livestock 4-H Club met Sept. 19 at the 4-H building. New business included a discussion about a float for the Dakota Days parade. We worked on a 4-H promotion project that will be displayed at Jill's Hair Co. in the near future. We brought items for the Food Pantry.
We discussed next month's election of officers. Old business included a discussion about record books. Lunch was served by Stacy and Megan Bottolfson.
Our next meeting will be held Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H building.
Senior Citizens enjoy afternoon of card games
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Senior Citizens Center had 36 card players, 16 pitch, four pinochle and 16 bridge for the afternoon regular card party.
Bridge prizes went to Marlys Miller, high; Russ Heikes, second; Howard Melstad, third; Adeline Isaacson, blind bogey; and Norma Melstad, low.
Coffee break hostesses were Lorraine Zeller, Fran Moore, and Sig Nissen.
Come men and women, join us for an afternoon of cards. No reservations necessary.
Juno #44, Order of
Eastern Star, prepares for meetings in Pierre
The regular meeting was held Monday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. with Susan Lyman, WM, and Duane Peterson, AP, presiding.
Vera Emerson, secretary, read several letters from our WGM Agnes Kline about the Grand Chapter meetings to be held at the Ramkota in Pierre Oct. 10, 11, 12.
The chapter voted to give a donation to Miss International Job's Daughter, Carrie Gonsor of Pierre, to assist her with expenses this year. She was also voted Miss International Congeniality.
Chapter members meet the third Thursday noon of each month for an out-to-lunch meal and this month it will be Sept. 19 at Cody's in Elk Point at noon.
Refreshments were served by Sue and Rollie French and Mary Parry.
The chapter meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Members new in town are always welcome, so come and enjoy an evening of friendship.
Vermillion Jaycees plan for Dakota Days
The bimonthly meeting of the Vermillion Jaycees was called to order by President Jason Coenen on Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Firehall. The agenda was approved, followed by discussion of upcoming events.
The M-night picnic will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Linda Hawley's home at 6 p.m., with grilling at 7 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 8. A sign-up sheet for what to bring went around.
Shooter's Education, put on by Rich Job, was held Sept. 9, 10 and 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the 4-H building, and Sept. 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Clay County Trap Club. This is co-sponsored by the Jaycees.
Punt, Pass & Kick will be held in late September or early October, chaired by Linda Hawley.
The Dakota Days Parade is Oct. 12, chaired by Amy Thiesse. We will plan to walk the parade handing out candy and possibly tokens for a free drink at the Varsity on the night of our next meeting, Oct. 17.
For president's comments, Jason Coenen asked anyone who was interested to sign up to order t-shirts, which we would wear for the D-Days parade. He is also calling the state for help in recruiting new members. Finally, the State Jaycees Convention is Sept. 20-22 in Mitchell.
The meeting was adjourned, with the next meeting on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the firehall.