Clubs Catholic Daughters meet for membership

St. Agnes Court #687, Catholic Daughters of the Americas met at the St. Agnes School auditorium Sept. 24 for membership night.

Seven guests were present. They were highly entertained with a patriotic skit "In God We Trust" giving the true meaning of the flag and informing members and guests of the charitable and spiritual benefits of the order.

Theresa Wingen, newly elected regent, presided at the business meeting. Reports were given by Bonnie Albers, Civic Council, Lucille O'Connor, nursing home, Barb Kronaizl, Meals on Wheels, and legislative proceeding, Mary Bartels.

It was announced a successful ice cream social was held in September with nearly $1,200 to be used for the St. Agnes School carpet fund. A special thank you to the Vermillion community for attending.

Bartels was presented with a past regents charm for her service and dedication to the Catholic Daughters the past three years while serving as the regent.

Prayers were offered for the sick and deceased members of the parish.

Many door prizes and a delicious lunch of a variety of desserts and beverages were served by the past regents Sarah Brown, Mary Bartels, Catherine Danielson, Doris Heine, Mary Johnson, Barb Kronaizl, Rhoda Grant and Margaret Melby.

White ribbons were made by the past regents and will be distributed at the weekend Masses of Oct. 26-27. Wear a white ribbon to help stamp out pornography.

Catholic Daughter Sunday will be observed Oct. 20 at the 9 a.m. Mass. Following the Mass a breakfast will be served in the auditorium. Mayor Roger Kozak will read the proclamation and proclaim Oct. 20 as National Catholic Daughter Sunday.

Eta Chapter members hear about Hawaii

Members of Eta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met at St. Agnes School Library Sept. 16 with newly elected president Carol King presiding at the business meeting. State and international convention reports were given by Brenda Martens and Mary Geffre Johnson.

President King presented her goals for the year stressing membership and attendance at meetings.

The chapter voted to decorate a Christmas tree at the W.H. Over Museum for the holiday season. It was announced that a successful rummage sale was held with proceeds for the grant-in-aid given to a student pursuing an education degree.

The chair announced Donna Schafer is on the ballot for the office of District 17 state representative. Members were encouraged to get out and vote.

The program "Hawaiian Culture and Education" was presented by Marianne Upward. Following a very informative review of Hawaii, Pat Michels and Upward served foods native of the islands.

On Oct. 16, the chapter will assemble at the W.H. Over Museum for an initiation of new members, namely Gwen Hall and Beth Hanson. First Vice President Corinne Rath is in charge of arrangements for the ceremony.

Following the initiation, a fall banquet will be served with Donna Schafer officiating at the food service. Hostesses and decorators are Margaret Melby, JoAnn Stockland and Sharon Ross.

Plans are in the making to honor American Education Week Nov. 17-23.

A Ceremony of Remembrance for state founder and lifetime member Dr. Marjorie Beaty will be celebrated with Mary Geffre Johnson presiding. Other participants are Helen Manley, Brenda Martens, Florence Hoffman, Carol King and Gerry Van Bruggen. Donna Schafer will sing In the Garden.

The next meeting will be Dec. 11 at the W.H. Over Museum at 4:30 p.m. Members are asked to bring canned goods for a needy family. A silent auction, gift exchange and a program titled "Christmas Carol" will be held, with Donna Schafer and Jane Torkelson providing the entertainment.

Retired teachers meet candidates

The Southeast Area Retired Teachers met at the Silver Dollar at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 with 28 members and guests and six candidates present.

President Mary Johnson presided. Helen Manley gave the table prayer. Members and guests enjoyed their lunch and lively conversation.

The six candidates who were present were Jere Chapman, Judy Clark, B.J. Nesselhuff, Joe Reedy, Brendyn Richards and Donna Schafer. They each told of their background and accomplishments and what they hope to do if elected and sent to Pierre.

Florence Hoffman won the 50/50 drawing in the amount of $14. Brenda Martens won the AARP shirt.

Dave Gellerman from Yankton who is on the State Board of Retired Teachers spoke about membership and volunteering in the community. It is important that the community know the value of retired teachers.

President Johnson gave information about events that had taken place on this date in the history of our country. She then reviewed the standing committees for the year. She announced that a memorial book for Marjorie Beaty titled Birds of South Dakota will be placed in the Vermillion Public Library. President Johnson announced that American Education Week will be celebrated Nov. 17-23. A Friend of Education will be honored at the November meeting.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Jim Peterson will present a program on "Lewis and Clark and the Missouri River."

Senior Citizens enjoy afternoon of card games

Fifty-two card players, 24 pitch, four pinochle and 24 bridge, gathered at the Senior Citizens Center for the regular Wednesday card party Oct. 9.

Bridge prizes went to Adeline Isaacson, first; Leona Kryger, second; Sarah Brown, third; Pat Berglund, fourth, Marilyn Siecke, blind bogey; and Lola Christensen, low.

Coffee break refreshments were furnished by the center.

Come join us. No reservation needed every Wednesday afternoon. Men and women welcome.

Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. meety Oct. 10

Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. met Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Whittemore House. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved as was the treasurer's report.

Judy Clark reported that Tim Christopherson had engraved the name of Mark Paulson on the Memorial Tree Walk plaque at the library. She read a thank you note which commented on how nice the flowers along Main Street looked this year.

The group reviewed past business. (1) A large number of the "Good Neighbor" brochures were handed out at the Chamber of Commerce block party night on Sept. 26. (2) The work on Sept. 28 of planting replacement trees along West Cherry Street, maintenance care of existing trees and general clean up went well. A number of fraternity men and community residents helped. Judy will write a letter to the editor of the Plain Talk so these people can be thanked. (3) A new weed ordinance will require considerable research. It will be necessary to see what other municipalities have in their codes.

Judy Clark suggested we start a newsletter so the volunteer groups who assist us can be advised of our work and when we are in need of help.

Anyone available to help with the fall clean-up of flowers is welcome. This is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. We will meet at Community First Bank. The city will assist us by having a truck available.

The next meeting is Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Austin-Whittemore House. Your attendance is welcome.

Vermillion Rotary Club

In remarks to local Rotarians on Tuesday noon, gubernatorial candidate Jim Abbott cited education and job creation as concerns where he could bring effective new leadership to the state capitol.

The USD president on-leave said that more than once in his campaign he has been advised to quit talking about education, because "no one cares." But, Abbott contended, the crisis in K-12 education is only getting worse because of demographics, and he hopes to convince the electorate that long-range planning would be a whole lot better than reacting to crises. Nearly all of the state's school districts have a declining enrollment, he stated, and most have twice as many seniors in high school as kindergartners, but responses to this situation range from denial to temporary "opt-outs."

Using Montana's recent statewide experience in education planning as an example, Abbott would like South Dakotans, in some mechanism, to decide what an optimum education should consisted of at the beginning of the 21st century, what such an education should cost, and how much state government can logically pitch in to pay for it.

Recent employment creation in South Dakota, in Abbott's opinion, has tended to focus more on bringing in low-wage jobs across the border than it has figuring out how to use research in creating more remunerative and more permanent opportunities. He is recommending the establishment of research centers in Sioux Falls and in Rapid City, not unlike when the Research Triangle in North Carolina was first established. Such centers, he believes, can reinvest in our own economy to help expand existing state businesses and utilize talent coming out of the state's colleges and universities � talent that now leaves South Dakota.

Responding to a question, Abbott said he felt the most effective way that the state can improve pharmacy pricing by itself would be to follow 31 other states in forming a "buying pool" for prescription drugs.

Michelle Lavellee was a guest this week at Rotary, which meets at the Silver Dollar.

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