Clubs Oral interp team guests of Rotary

Barry Vickrey called us to order for our weekly lunch at the Silver Dollar. Guests Dec. 3 were Bernie Stansbury and Jim Patrick as well as guests and performers from Vermillion High School soon to be noted.

Members are urged to get those raffle tickets sold soon and any non-Rotarians who happen to be reading this should make a point of snagging a Rotarian and asking about buying one or more raffle tickets. You might just find that some of us still have a few unsold tickets.

Mike Chaney gave us a report on the Rotary Foundation's continuing work and fund raising in conjunction with the Polio Plus Program that Rotary International took on as its major service task back in 1985. In cooperation with various other groups and governments around the world much progress have been made.

The Western Hemisphere is polio free. As of 2001 polio is only found in 10 nations. The goal has been set to eradicate polio entirely by 2005.

The Rotary District that our club is a member of has been given the challenge to find a minimum of 10 "benefactors," each committing $1,000 or more, as a fund-raising effort above and beyond our normal fund raising. Check with Mike for further details.

Our program today was introduced by Mary Begley, the coach for Vermillion High School's Oral Interpretation Team. Very soon some of these students will be competing at the state level and we were given a sample of their performances.

Oral interpretation presentations are meant to evoke emotions in an audience and Geng Wang, Rebecca Gehm and Shandhini Raidoo gave readings ranging from poetry to oratory on quite serious matters. Andrew Haynor gave us a humorous reading, though its main character was sitting on a ledge preparatory to a suicide attempt. He was joked out of it, however, so humor triumphed over tragedy in at least one staging.

Businesses should comply with laws

USD's School of Business dean, Michael Keller, suggested to local Rotarians on Tuesday, Nov. 26, that the thesis for his talk, "The New Business Ethic," was that there was really no "new ethic" at all, but rather in troubled business times there should be a focus on what he called the "old ethic" in business.

The old ethic, which doesn't change over time according to Keller, is that persons in the business world should comply with the law, comply with company rules where there is no law, and within these guidelines, maximize profits. Operating in this context, a business has to earn trust and good faith among its stockholders, employees and customers, and breaching trust with any of the three will likely lead ultimately to its downfall. Keller cited examples among companies who made headlines in 2002 to confirm his remarks.

Keller stated that when he is asked how a business school reaches ethics, he says it can continue to offer its "Ethics in Business" courses, but that ethics comes from parents in the home, families in the church and to some extent from teachers in the school. He feels, therefore, that it is not the responsibility of a school of business dean to teach ethics, but he can try to reinforce ethics that a student has already learned during his upbringing.

Rotary guests this week included Ruth Grossman, Joe Lundsgaard Jr., and Lt. Col. Bernie Stansbury, and from the senior class at Vermillion High School, Britt Fremstad and Rebecca Gehm.

Senior Citizens enjoy card party

The regular monthly card party at the Senior Citizens Center was held Monday, November 25, with a small group of 16 players: four bridge, six pinochle, and six pitch. The afternoon was still fun-filled, but there were no drawings or prizes awarded.

The Wednesday, Nov. 27 card party was again a small groups, with people traveling or getting ready for their holiday activities. There were 12 bridge and 10 pitch players, with bridge prizes to Sarah Brown, high; Ernie Miller, second; and Leona Kryger, low.

Refreshments were furnished by the center both days.

Sons of Norway gather Nov. 19

The Lillehammer Lodge 1-633, Sons of Norway met Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Yankton.

President Earl Reese presided. We sang the American and Norwegian anthems, then the pledge of allegiance to the American Flag was recited.

Roll call of officers was taken by Secretary Diane Reese. Minutes from last meeting were read and approved.

We had 54 members, and four guests. One application was received, and we welcomed Floris Woodhouse into our lodge. Arnold Anderson was recognized in Golden Membership and given a certificate. Names of officers for the year of 2003 were read. There is a Beauteous Land was sung (Der er et yrdigt land).

A very interesting program was given by member Ted Blakey on his family heritage of Black History.

November birthdays were sung. We had our Norwegian table prayer, and lunch was served.

This July we will have a district youth camp.

Our next meeting on Dec. 17 will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. It will be held at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Yankton.

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