Clubs Union County Historical Society

The Aug. 19 meeting of the Union County Historical Society met near the site of Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery campsite in Heritage Park to commemorate the 198th anniversary of the historical election of Patrick Gass. Sixteen people enjoyed the cool evening complete with sack lunches. The secretary's and treasurer's reports were read and accepted. Late in the evening, we were also visited by decendants of the original mosquitos that plagued the Corps so many years ago.

Acquistions for the month included an old pendulum style Seth Thomas clock, an antique mirror, two boxes of children's books, a photo of Byron Thormsgaard, a photo of Thormsgaard's plane, a butter paddle, juicer and colander, and a Quaker State key ring from Alice Loneman; Wayne Bancroft's photo of the 1936 Elk Point football team from Yvonne Haines; a 1906 South Dakota Historical book from Rose Primm, an E.E. Sherman John Deere dealer yardstick from Elvira Lockner; a Dorothy Gill Cooking School program from Anne Bihlmeyer; two copies of Ventura, CA newspapers from Helen Anderson; an Eslick history portfolio on loan from Rudy Eslick and Carol Hagen.

The society recieved a nice thank you from Jody Moats at the Adam's Homestead and Nature Preserve for our participation in the annual August celebration. They reported a very good attendance for the event.

Herschel and Jackie Stroud, civil war re-enactors from Kansas, visited they museum last month in search of genealogical information about their families. They were so impressed with the information they were able to obtain from our library and archives that they have offered to perform for us. We will be contacting the Strouds to make arrangements for this outstanding opportunity. Watch for more details next month.

Ray Andresen presented an estimate for the cost of the new oak gun case. He proposed a cost of approximately $200 for materials, not including the glass and hardware. It was discussed to use $100 donated by Marcia Quinn to complete this project.

The program for the evening was presented by Bev Hinds from Sioux City. Her program explained many mysteries about Charles Floyd, the only member of the Lewis & Clark Expediation to pass on during the journey. She discussed his family background, his pre-journey life, his illness and death and his burial on the bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Sioux City. Bev is an excellent speaker and the entire group in attendance was transported back in time with her descriptive stories and tales of "our Charlie."

The next meeting will be held on Sept. 16 at the Union County Museum (Main Street, Elk Point) at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Vermillion Rotary Club

USD head football coach John Austin told Rotarians on Tuesday that he was fully expecting an "up" year this season, although he warned that the Coyotes' first opponent, Missouri Western, who comes to Vermillion this weekend, already has an overtime win under its belt.

Austin, however, spent much of his allotted time praising his players for their high academic standing, their willingness to add volunteer service to their busy schedules, and their "plain hard work." He also announced that Jarrod Edelen, who saw a lot of playing time at Vermillion High School, has received the nod for kickoff and punting duties this fall.

In response to a question on comparing USD's current membership in NCAA Division II versus the alternative, Division I, Austin said that costs associated with a switch upward would be formidable. The main concerns would be budgeting for a sharply higher number of scholarships and for more distant travel, although finding a new conference home, unless most of the North Central Conference schools made the same move, could also be a major obstacle.

If North Dakota and Northern Colorado follow through with their current intent and move to Division I, and with Morningside having already left the NCC, a 10-team league would suddenly be down to seven members. Austin mentioned Minnesota-Duluth and Nebraska-Kearney as good candidates to enter the conference, but cautioned that it was too early to determine what the league's final makeup would be.

Darin Peterson was a guest of the Rotary Club this week.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Barry Vickrey called us to order Sept. 10 for our weekly lunch at the Silver Dollar. Our guests today included Dr. William Farber, Chris Keating, and Anna Kerner. Anna Kerner, a student at USD, has been nominated by District 5610 of Rotary to receive a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship and there is every reason to believe that her nomination will result in her receiving that scholarship. Our other guests today were Judy Clark, Grant Walker, and Dennis Rounds. With those latter names, you may have noticed that we are clearly getting into Republican territory and that's because of our last guest, also our speaker for today, was Mike Rounds, the Republican candidate for governor.

Mike gave us his views and we posed some questions about issues ranging from education to medical care to prisons. You can get some introductory information about the positions taken by the two major candidates for governor by going to their Web sites. For Mike Rounds, and for Jim Abbott,

Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club

The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club met July 9 at the Public Safety Center. Vice-President Tia Krier called the meeting to order. Pledge of Allegiance was given by Olivia VanDenHul and the 4-H pledge was given by Theresa Dendinger. Roll call topic was favorite part of the county fair. The secretary's report was given by Theresa Dendinger and Sarah Anderson gave the treasurer's report.

Old business was exhibit entry sheets and a reminder to get them in immediately if not already in the office. New business was a discussion of the club's fair assignments in the food stand, exhibit building, litter pickup and a reminder that each family needs to bring two pies to the food stand. We were reminded that there is no August club meeting and we will meet next on Sept. 10 at the 4-H Center. Anyone who needs to do a demonstration yet or wants to do a second demonstration should do so at this meeting.

Theresa Dendinger gave a demonstration on "How to Make Wonderful Scrumptious Delicious Banana Bread." We all got a sample to taste and it was really good! "Rats: Why They Make Good Pets and How to Care for Them," was the title of Olivia VanDenHul's demonstration. She brought her two pet rats and we all got to hold them.

Korry Speakman gave a judging school on wooden Christmas ornaments.

Hostesses for the meeting were Theresa Dendinger and Olivia VanDenHul.

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