Clubs City's potential excites Patrick

Vermillion's new city manager, Jim Patrick, told Rotarians Tueasday that he really appreciates the community enthusiasm he has sensed since arriving earlier this year. Hopefully Vermillion will emulate the old barn-raising tradition, he said, except that instead of gathering together to raise a barn, Vermillion will come together to build a better community.

Patrick ticked off the goals listed in the city's five year plan, which, to name a few, includes constructing a new or a renovated and enlarged city hall, encouraging growth in existing undeveloped areas within the city limits, working with USD to designate and develop a new entrance off the Highway 50 bypass, possible revision of zoning in historic neighborhoods, and rebuilding Dakota Street from Main to Cherry.

Patrick thanked the Rotary Club for their gift to the city to build a new fishing platform along the Vermillion River and bicycle trail in Cotton Park, a project currently being completed if the weather holds out. This project, he explained, is an important part of the community goal to improve the park, another of the compenets of the five year plan.

The city manager also explained how home rule, yet another part of the plan, could benefit Vermillion, and alerted his audience to the upcoming construction of the Lewis and Clark water project, much of which will center around the city.

Michelle Lavallee, the university's chief marketing officer, was introduced as a new club member. Rotary guests this week were Bernie Stansbury, Tom Stogsdill and four Vermillion High School seniors: Robert Foster, Steven Garelik, Jenna Gilkyson and Megan Griffith.

Eastern Star installs officers

Juno #44 OES held its monthly meeting Dec. 9. A regular business meeting included annual reports of the secretary and treasurer. Dolly Larson, installing officer, introduced her assistants: Grand Chaplain Betty Larson, Installing Marshal Beverly Orr, and Installing Organist John Ryger of Beresford.

The following officers were installed for 2003: Worthy Matron Sigrid Nissen, Worthy Patron Duane Peterson, Associate Matron Grace Bick, Associate Patron Calvin Rosenbaum, Secretary Vera Emerson, Treasurer Jean Ann Prosser, Associate Conductress Fran Moore, Chaplain Alton Siecke, Marshal DonaDee Peterson, Organist Agnes Sealey, Adah Sylvia Rosenbaum, Ruth Marilyn Siecke, Esther Fern Morse, Martha Mercy Hobbs and Helen Manly, Worder.

Patron and matron incoming and outgoing gifts were given.

Evening refreshments were served by Audry Norby and Sigrid Nissen.

Eastern Stars and friends eat out each third Thursday at various cafes. The group will eat Dec. 19 at Little Italy�s.

Seniors avoid snow, cold

There was snow and cold weather outside, but 40 players enjoyed Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 4, inside with fun and fellowship.

Two new members at the center, Bob and Elaine Michael from Akron, IA joined in the bridge competition with 22 players. Prizes were: Adeline Isaacson, first; Howard Melstad, second; Barbara Kronaizl, third; Bob Michael, bogey; and Ernie Miller, low. There were 18 pitch players.

Refreshments were furnished by Adeline Isaacson and

Shirley Riehle.

University Village concept explained

With Ted Van Bruggen leading and Max Legget on piano we made it through the �Fourth Day of Christmas� before memories and voices failed us.

Theodore Muenster, president, USD Foundation, presented the possibility of developing �University Village,� a retirement community, in Vermillion. The concept is being explored by the City of Vermillion, Sioux Valley Health Systems, Dakota Hospital Association, USD Alumni Association, and interested individuals.

A company specializing in designing and promoting this type of specialized housing, centered around a college or university, will be hired to help with further planning. Muenster invites participation of the club and of individual retirees.

The meeting was well attended; very practical questions and suggestions followed the presentation. We were assured that our input will be included in the planning as the design materializes.

By unanimous voice vote Dr. James Heisinger was chosen to represent the Emeritus Club on the University Planning Committee. He was nominated by the retiring representative, Dr. Allen Johnson.

Emeritus Club will not meet in January. Our next meeting will be at the Silver Dollar, at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 5, 2003.

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