Clubs Legislative candidates address Rotarians
Barry Vickrey called us to order Oct. 22 for our weekly lunch at the Silver Dollar. Our guests today from Vermillion High School were Carly Bernard, Taylor Birgen, and Ashley Bjorkman. Other guests fell into a rather special group � six people yearning to spend six or so weeks on the banks of the frozen Missouri River this next year. There's no accounting for tastes, they say.
Actually the motivation in this case is more noble than strange. Our six guests were the six major party candidates for the South Dakota State Legislature: Democrats, John Reedy, B.J. Nesselhuf, and Brendyn Richards, and Republicans, Judy Clark, Donna Schafer, and Jere Chapman. The first name of each trio is the candidate for the state Senate; the other two are running for the state House.
Each gave a five minute presentation touching on some of the past and future business of the Legislature. Rotary members had time to ask a few questions about such matters as smoking bans and liquor licenses. (It turns out that under recently adopted state law the rather easy to get beer license gives a restaurant the right to allow smoking and there are now some second thoughts about this tangled issue.)
A possible raising of the cigarette tax was discussed and generally supported. Improved funding for education (higher as well as lower) drew strong bipartisan support from all of our candidates. The only question that sparked real division was a question about whether South Dakota was becoming too much of a one party state. You can imagine how our candidates divided on that issue.
In the meantime the weather outside had gone Republican � a bit of snow already in October. No global warming up here. But weather is a notoriously changeable thing, especially at this time of the year.
Civic Council approves contributions
Member representatives and past presidents held their monthly meeting at the Vermillion Public Library on Monday, Oct. 7. There were 22 of the 25 members present.
The membership voted to contribute: $3,800 to the Dakota Hospital and Foundation for a vital sign monitoring system for the care center and toward refurnishing the Care Center beauty salon; $1,000 to the Vermillion Area Community Foundation; $250 to USD for Dakota Days parade band prizes; and $100 to the VFW Auxiliary for the Buddy Day Poppy Program.
Organizations who will provide volunteers to work in the store in November are: Friends of the W.H. Over Museum, First Baptist Church, Concordia Lutheran Church, and Catholic Daughters.
The next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 4, at the Senior Citizens Center.
Seniors enjoy card games
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, eight pitch and 20 bridge players came to the Senior Citizens Center for an afternoon card party.
Bridge winners were Max Christol, first; Maurice Marcotte, second; Russ Heikes, third; Robin Eisenmenger, blind bogey and Jim Prosser, low.
Men and women are welcome every Wednesday afternoon. No reservations needed. Join us.
Refreshments were furnished by Jayne Merrigan, Sarah Brown and Pat Berglund.
Sons of Norway will serve lutefisk
The Lillehammer 1-633, Sons of Norway, met Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Yankton.
President Earl Reese presided. Our meeting was opened by singing the American and Norwegian anthems; and saying the pledge of allegiance to the American flag. Clara Holm read the minutes of our last meeting and minutes were approved. Roll call of officers was taken.
We had 36 members attending and one guest, Bernice Nissen, who will be transferring to our lodge. We had one new member join, Sharon List, who was welcomed into our lodge. Sharon is from Yankton.
We sang both in Norwegian and English, Skjaere, Skjaere Havre (Cutting Grain). Our program was given by Helen Bak, who shared her wonderful trip to Norway with us. She went with her two daughters. They were able to visit with some relatives while in Norway.
We have a library of tapes and Norwegian books, which our members enjoy.
Our annual lutefisk supper is on Saturday, Nov. 9. This will be held at the Yankton Senior Center. Tickets are $12 and can be bought from our members.
We had our Norwegian table prayer and lunch was served.
Our next meeting will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19.