Clubs Alpha Lambda will host fall meeting

Alpha Lambda chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will host the State Fall Council Meeting at the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center on Oct. 5. Sheila DeBoer, state president, Mitchell, will conduct the business meeting along with state officers and state committee chairmen.

Thelma Raines, LuAnn Ouellette, and Sandie Sullivan are in charge of local arrangements. The chapter will meet at the home of Margaret Melby Oct. 3 with Eleanor Offerdahl assisting hostess. A jewel pinning ceremony will be held for Pat Dusseau with Mary Geffre Johnson presiding.

President Peggy Mollet will conduct the business meeting with plans to serve the Senior Citizen Fund Raising Dinner on Oct. 24 with Beta Zeta helping with food preparations and serving the meal. Thelma Raines will present the educational program, "Our World Today."

The next meeting date is Nov. 7 at the home of Dorothy Wright.

Clay Auxiliary meets at VFW post home

Clay Auxiliary #3061, VFW met on Sept. 17 at the VFW post home. District #1 President Joyce Stahlecker of Yankton made her official visit to our auxiliary. Jackie Simonsen accompanied her.

The auxiliary charter was draped in memory of deceased members � Elda Carlson and Anna Marie Johnson. The auxiliary served lunch after the prayer service for each of these members.

The Americanism chairman is sponsoring an essay contest for fifth graders in Vermillion, Wakonda and St. Agnes schools. The topic of the essay is "Why Is It Important to Vote?" Cash awards will be presented.

It was also announced by Chairman Marlene Amundsen that the Voice of Democracy and Young American Creative Patriotic Art contests have been presented to the high school teachers encouraging them to support these contests.

It was announced that pillow cleaning will be held in Vermillion on Oct. 26 and Vermillion will host District #1 meeting on Nov. 3.

Discussion was held as to the Poppy Day easel board program with a request that any member willing to help with this program please call Marlene Amundsen at 624-4115.

Next meeting will be Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Card party enjoys warm weather

It warmed up this Monday, Sept. 30 so everyone coming to the last Monday of the month card party at the Senior Center wore no coats � back to summer clothes � tomorrow cool!

There were eight pitch and 12 bridge players.

Bridge prizes went to Sandy Liffengren, first; Jerome Liffengren, second; blind bogey, Luceal Liffengren; and Helen Manley low.

Sandy and Jerome were here visiting their mother Luceal.

Door prize went to Herb Christopherson and Jerome Liffengren. Louise Eklund and Luceal Liffengren were the other names drawn.

Cake and Ice Cream were furnished by Louise Eklund for coffee break.

Miller wins bridge prize

Autumn is here with the leaves changing color and people changing from hot to cool weather.

On Wednesday, Sept. 25 there were 20 pitch, four pinochle, and 19 bridge players at the Senior Citizens Center.

Bridge prizes went to Ernie Miller, first; Veronica Heimes, second; Marlys Miller, third; Lovella Matson, blind bogey and Russ Heikes, low.

Howard Melstad celebrated his birthday by furnishing the coffee break refreshments.

Men and women are welcome every Wednesday afternoon. No reservations are needed, join us.

Nelson predicts high voter turnout

Barry Vickrey called the Vermillion Rotary Club to order for our weekly lunch at the Silver Dollar. Our guests today were Scott Henry and three Vermillion High School students: Joel Anderson, Molly Beeman and Megan Bedard. Randy Houska promoted the "Taste of Vermillion" activity for this Thursday (at the high school) and announced that our local Rotary chapter has agreed to sponsor 25 children for the "Imagination Library," a program through which each of these children receives one book each month for a one-year period.

Our speaker today was Chris Nelson, the Republican candidate for the office of South Dakota secretary of state. He currently works in that office and was in a position to pass on various bits of information about its current workings as well as prospective changes. This office is the primary caretaker for setting up elections such as those coming down on us very shortly.

The good news: this is not Florida. Or maybe we are just better people up here. For example, Nelson noted that a recent thorough check of voting registrations in the state found that approximately 7,000 people were registered to vote in more than one place. So, to "vote early and often" was, apparently, something that might have been done previously with considerable success. But did anyone do anything so devious?

A study of the records has not revealed even a single instance of double voting. Are we honest or what? We should have been the state to decide that last election! But I guess the outcome would have been the same. Just no need for the Supreme Court to put its thumb on the scale. (The preceding editorial comments were not provided by our guest speaker.)

Nelson predicts a high turnout for the upcoming election because of higher than usual interest in various races. Also voter registration on the Indian reservations is sharply up. Gotta be spooky for those pachyderms.

Sons of Norway enjoy slide show

The Lillehammer, Sons of Norway, Lodge 1-633, met Sept. 17 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton.

President Earl Reese presiding. We had 48 members, and 17 guests present for our membership drive. Roll was taken of our officers.

Our meeting opened with American and Norwegian anthems, and pledge to the American Flag. We sang Kan du glemme Norgel which means Can't you forget old Norway. Minutes were read from last meeting and approved. Our wonderful Nordic dancers mention some of the many tours they had been on presenting their dancing. We were presented with a plaque for taking first place for a nonprofit organization, in Riverboat Days.

On Sept. 26 we have our banquet dinner, and on Nov. 9 our annual lutefisk dinner in Yankton at the senior place where we will be selling tickets. We will be taking orders for our District 1, Runescape jewelry again.

We enjoyed the many slides that Vi Ranney, our travel representative shared with us from the last tour they took of Norway. Some of our members were able to make this tour. Our next meeting will be on Oct. 15 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton at 7 p.m.

Wakonda Legion Auxiliary donates $100

American Legion Auxiliary Gingrich-Dixon Post #13 of Wakonda met on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the multi-purpose room of the Heritage Manor with nine members and one guest present.

President Betty Schmidt called the meeting to order and welcomed our guest. The secretary and treasurer's reports were read and approved.

Correspondence was read from our district president, Sybil Hotchkiss and from the Human Services Center. We are to serve desserts for the program on Feb. 27, 2003.

There was no old business. New business included: A motion was made and seconded to order one dozen Blue Star Flags to be given to any families with a relative currently serving in the Armed Forces. The Color Guard will march in the Wakonda Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 20. The Wakonda Heritage Manor would like us to help with bingo more often. A motion was made and seconded to give the WHM a donation of $100 for use of their facilities. The auxiliary will serve pie and desserts at Santa Shack on Sunday, Oct. 20. Discussion was also held on how to get more new members.

The meeting adjourned and lunch was served by Rosie Glaser and Lois Dwyer. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the manor. Hostesses are Betrece Davis, Lois Dwyer, and Mary Jane Abild.

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