Clubs Reminisce about party lines
The Christian Women's Midday Connection will be meeting Nov. 12 at the Centerville Steakhouse for a 12 p.m. luncheon.
Dottie Daily, Viborg, will bring us the special feature. Come and reminisce about the good old days of the "Central Operator, party lines, and listening in on your neighbors!"
Our speaker will be Mary Spitzack from Owatonna, MN. She tells of her life before, during and after the invasion of mental illness.
For reservations call Wilhelmina Jorgenson at 326-5562, Mary Lou Thorson at 563-2678, or Lois Lounsbery at 763-5284 by Nov. 9.
Mark your calendars. Midday Connection, Nov. 12, 12 p.m. at the Centerville Steakhouse.
Retired teachers will meet Nov. 13
The Southeast Area Retired Teachers Association will hold their monthly meeting Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Silver Dollar. All retired teachers in the area are invited to attend. Jim Peterson will present the program on "Lewis and Clark and the Missouri River." The unit will honor a "Friend of Education." Plans will be made for American Education Week which is Nov. 17-23.
Card players come in out of cold
On Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the regular Wednesday afternoon card party at the center had four pinochle, 29 pitch, and 24 bridge players. Even though it was cool and the snow was still in a thin layer over the grass the warm camraderie made everyone enjoy their time there.
Bridge winners were Howard Melstad, first; Adeline Isaacson, second; Jim Prosser, third; Lovella Matson, fourth; Marilyn Siecke, blind bogie and Ernie Miller, low.
Come join us every Wednesday afternoon, men and women. No reservations needed.
Servers were Adeline Isaacson, Barb Kronaizl, Babe Manning, Eleanor Offerdahl and Sig Nissen.
Kiwanis members review projects
The Vermillion Kiwanis Club met at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Little Italy's. The meeting was called to order by Janet Mount, president. There was a discussion and review of the proposed projects for the next year. Surplus peanuts will be donated to the Food Pantry. The next meeting is at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Little Italy's. Members are encouraged to bring a new member. For more information on Kiwanis call Janet Mount at 677-5214.
Catholic Daughters adopt seminarian
St. Agnes Court #687 met Oct. 22 with a 7 p.m. Mass celebrated by Court Chaplin Fr. Donald Imming. Ceremonial Coordinator Mary Geffre Johnson welcomed the new members. She stated the 2002 "In God We Trust" class was dedicated in memory of Isabell Manning, a 66-year member of the court, but now deceased.
Court Regent Theresa Wingen read the Catholic Daughter Pledge to the new members: Susan Wasley, Joelle Lash and Fran Zuppo. Mary Nelson was announced as a Renewal of the Court.
Immediately following the Mass, members gathered in the St. Agnes School Auditorium for a business meeting. The regent read the proclamation from Gov. William Janklow and Mayor Roger Kozak declaring Oct. 20 as National Catholic Daughter Sunday.
Reports were given by Lucille O'Connor and her visits to the nursing home on Wednesday of each week to assist with Mass for the residents. The CDA Education contest is due March 1, 2003 with the themes "Angels in My Life," and "A Star that Guides Me."
Plans were made for "Make a Difference Day" Oct. 26 with members playing bingo at Sioux Valley Care Center and Prairie Homes Assisted Living.
Members were encouraged to wear white ribbons the week of Oct. 27 through Nov. 4 for the 14th Annual White Ribbon Against Pornography campaign.
The court voted to adopt Dana Christensen, Milbank, as their seminarian. He is currently residing in the Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Darlene Engbrecht and her committee served a delicious lunch at the close of the meeting.
On Nov. 2, the court celebrated its fifth annual "Wedding Feast of Cana" with a 5 p.m. Mass, with couples renewing their wedding vows. Following the Mass, members enjoyed a social hour and dinner at the Eagles.
Howard and Lucille O'Connor were recognized for their 57 years of marriage and the newly married couple of four years went to Keith and Tamara Voegeli. All couples present were honored for their years of marriage.
Entertainment was provided by Miss USD Teresa Gonzales, and friends. Several door prizes were awarded throughout the evening.
The next meeting will be held Nov. 26 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Elk Point with a memorial Mass at 7 p.m. for Isabell Manning and all deceased Catholic Daughters. Rosie Pecha and her committee will entertain as hostesses for the evening.
Rotarians learn of Welcome Table
A little over one year after the Welcome Table program opened its doors to the Vermillion community, Rev. Steve Miller gave local Rotarians a progress report on one of the city's recent "success stories." There is growing consensus that the Welcome Table is an important new addition to the community, not only because of the food that is provided, but also because of the fellowship among the divergent citizens who have been part of the program.
Begun as a once-a-month endeavor in mid-2001, the program became weekly in January of this year. The Welcome Table is served between 5:30 and 7 p.m. each Monday evening using the facilities of the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Dakota and National. Miller reported that attendance continues to average 140 for the evening's menu and conversation. At first the Welcome Table was handled by a 40-member board of directors, but the weekly meal is now provided for and served by a succession of community organizations.
The spirit of volunteerism has been crucial in the success of the program. As needs in the community are identified through interaction at the Welcome Table, spin-off directions have been identified and acted upon. This fall backpacks filled with school supplies were given to 65 kids whose parents signed them up for the program. Also, 45 bicycles have been provided to kids who might not have a bike otherwise. In addition, hats coats, mittens and boots have been provided where needed.
Miller said that both guests and those helping with the program have developed a stronger sense of what it is like to be a community. Anyone is welcome each Monday evening, and groups are always needed to help provide and serve the meals.
Al Pravacek kicked off this year's Rotary Benefit Raffle, and local citizens will now have the opportunity to help Rotary with its community service programs by purchasing one or more raffle tickets from club members. Carol Bymers was a guest of the club this week.