Clubs Clay County Democrats

On Sept. 11, the Clay County Democrats met at noon at the Pro's Restaurant. Special guest was Sen. Frank Kloucek along with his daughter. Sen. Kloucek commemorated the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 and recalled that he had been in Washington, DC on that day.

Co-chairman Allen Johnson made announcements concerning the annual rummage sale which will be held on Sept. 20 and 21 at 2111 North University Road. On Sept. 22, a musical benefit for candidates will be held at Prentis Park Bandshell. Several groups will perform. Highlight of the evening, along with great music, will be a barbequed pork roast meal which will be served starting at 5 p.m.

Guest speaker for the meeting was professor John Davidson who spoke about his work with Amendment E. He talked about a similar amendments success in Nebraska which has brought them to the brink of success of being the number one red meat producer in the United States. While Nebraska is enjoying this success due to adopting their Initiative 300, other states such as North Carolina and Utah are both showing the result of having large corporations establish farming operations in their respective states.

Amendment E was first placed on the ballot in 1998 and was adopted by the voters. Since then, the amendment has been under attack by various groups and was placed back on the ballot as Amendment A which was rejected by the voters. The fate of Amendment E is now in the eighth Court of Appeals.

Mr. Davidson feels that this amendment will be law and that the next step will be enforcement. He emphasized that South Dakota voters have essentially twice voted to keep this amendment. While some opponents of Amendment E feel that it would hinder the development of wind power, he pointed out that Florida Power and Light is going to build a wind power generator near Highmore. He feels this indicates that Amendment E is not a factor in this development. It had not deterred companies from buying power rights in Nebraska. He looks for a decision on Amendment E by spring of 2003.

The next meeting of the Clay County Democrats will be at the Pro's Oct. 9 at noon. Our guest speaker will be Mike Wilson, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of South Dakota.

Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club

The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club met on Sept. 10 at the 4-H Center. President Ellen Kennedy called the meeting to order. Tia Krier started the flag pledge and Sarah Anderson started the 4-H pledge. Roll topic was what we did over the summer. Treasurer Sarah Anderson gave a short budget summary.

For old business we discussed county and state fairs and any concerns we had. There are still clover yard stakes for sale at the Extension Office.

New business was a discussion on Discovering 4-H Night on Sept. 16. We decided to use the stamping kits at our booth and each member is to bring an exhibit to display. Cyndi mentioned that there is a Record Book Help session on Sept. 11 and record books are due to the leaders on Sept. 27. Each member was reminded to bring a couple exhibits for the club display we will have at the public library the month of October.

For community service projects this month, we donated money to the 4-H Foundation and also donated money to the Vermillion Fire Department as a way to thank them for keeping our community safe.

Emily Holoch gave a demonstration titled "Peppermint Boxes."

Our next meeting will be Oct. 8 at the 4-H Center. Theresa Dendinger and Sara Mayer will give demonstrations. Korry Speakman will present a judging school.

Clay County Historical Society

There were a lot of ohs and ahs at last month's meeting of the Clay County Historical Society where members showed their collections and tried to find out what it was or how much it was worth.

A pot luck was held and at the meeting afterward found Joe Hoffman looking at a variety of items that the members and friends brought to share for identification.

Next month's meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Whittemore House at 15 Austin St. in Vermillion. (Notice change of date for the September meeting.) The subject of the meeting will be to bring a Vermillion souvenir and show your find to the group. Please attend and see what is happening at the Clay County Historical Society. We welcome you to our meetings and hope you will participate in some of the programs.

For more information please call 605-624-8266.

Senior Citizens Center

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.

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