Clubs DeBoer speaks to Alpha Lambda chapter

Alpha Lambda chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha met Dec. 5 at the home of President Peggy Mollet for a Christmas potluck dinner. Sheila DeBoer, state president, Mitchell was a guest of the chapter.

President DeBoer spoke to the members on membership, ways and means projects, philanthropic and leadership. She stressed that it is important to know each one in the chapter and share ideas and care for them. She announced that the state convention will be in winner, May 2-4 at the Holiday Inn Express. All members were encouraged to attend.

Following the dinner, secret sisters were revealed through a gift exchange. Members brought food to be taken to the Food Pantry in Vermillion. Members assisted with the cheer plate program by bringing candies and cookies. Members also assisted with the delivering of the plates.

Jan. 9 was the meeting date for 2003 at the home of JoAnn Stockland. The nomination committee presented a slate of officers, voted for Woman of the Year and presented an educational program.

Meckling 4-H'ers keeping busy

Vice President Gerit Heine brought The Meckling Livestock 4-H Club meeting to order on Nov. 21, 2002. We welcomed Tayla and Trevan Edger as new members. We also send our best wishes to Mike Hanson, a senior member of our group, who has decided to retire from 4-H to focus on his high school sports and rebuilding cars and trucks. Thanks for hanging in there with us all these years Mike!

At our club meeting we had a pizza party for a job-well-done in 2002 receiving the 4-H Club of the Year Award. Roll call topic this month was favorite 4-H project or event. As a group we discussed ideas for community service and improving the fair. We also worked on our new 4-H journals. Our project for the evening was making cards for the men and women in the military.

Next meeting, remember to bring books for our book drive. Ideas for better club meetings were talked about.

The club met Dec. 19 at the Clay County Extension building; the roll topic was favorite animal. Garrett Jepsen, Ashley Ouellette, Megan Bottolfson, and Kelsey Fallen set-up the 4-H Christmas tree at the W.H. Over Museum earlier in December. Money was given to the Christmas Giving Tree and many books were collected by our club to send to Africa for the orphans. Most of these children in Africa have lost their parents because of the AIDS epidemic. We hope our books will help them learn English.

Ashley Ouellette and Kelsey Fallen were the hostesses and gave their demonstrations. Ashley showed how to make garden soap on a rope and Kelsey made sponge balls. We broke into committees. One group decided on a gift of money to a homeless shelter to provide lodging for two people. The other committee group set up a visual arts judging class so our members could practice.

A promotion poster for 4-H at the Farm Show was discussed. Judging schools for FCS, visual arts, and photography were held on Jan. 4. Our next club meeting will be held on Jan. 16.

Shannon Jepsen

Meckling Livestock Club Secretary

Holidays trim numbers at Senior Center

On Monday, Dec. 30 at the Senior Citizen Center, the crowd was scarce because of family visitors or visiting elsewhere, five pitch and four bridge players were present, Barb Kronaizl was high.

We all remarked about our wonderful winter weather while areas in this United States were hammered with excess rain, ice, snow, and winds. We all have enjoyed our banana belt!

The center furnished coffee break refreshments.

Eta chapter will host cracker barrel

Members of Eta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma gathered at the W.H. Over Museum on Dec. 11 for their annual Christmas meeting. First Vice State President Corinne Rath presided in absence of Chapter President Carol King. She announced that two members will be initiated at the February meeting. Alpha Pi State Achievement Chairman, Mary Geffre Johnson encouraged the membership to nominate a member for this award which is due March 15.

Marlys Stensaas made the candy for the Civic Council cheer plates that were delivered Dec. 21.

The program consisted of Christmas carols under the direction of Donna Schafer and Jane Torkelson. A Silent Auction was held with proceeds for the Grant-in-Aid program offered to a university student pursuing an education degree.

A Christmas ornament was presented to members who donated to the Golden Gift Fund. Bookmarks were given to the membership taking part in the World Fellowship Program.

Eta chapter will sponsor the Legislative Cracker Barrel Session along with the Chamber of Commerce in January and February.

It was announced that Eta chapter member, Donna Schafer was elected to the office House of Representatives at the State Capitol in Pierre. Congratulations were extended to her and we are proud to have one of our members in state government. Her duties will resume Jan. 13.

Hostesses for the meeting were Betsy Gottsleban, chairman, and Rosalee Driscoll and Marlys Boschee. Eta chapter sponsored a Christmas tree at the W.H. Over Museum. The decor represented classroom articles. Brenda Martens directed the decorating assisted by several members.

Janet Petersen 305 S. Yale, will host the February meeting (date to be announced) consisting of a potluck dinner at 11:30 a.m. The program on "Retention" will be presented by Susan Gapp, a Reading Recovery leader instructor. Members are encouraged to attend this informative meeting.

Tosterud will speak at midday gathering

The Christian Women's Miday Connection will meet for the first time in the new year on Jan. 14 at the Centerville Steakhouse. Serving for the luncheon will bein approximately 11:45 a.m. with the meeting beginning at noon.

Our speaker will be Karen Tosterud from Vermillion. She is a professor's wife who loves antiques, history, travel, camping and hiking. Karen will share how she has dealt with many changes in her life � including 15 moves and the death of her son.

We hope you will join us and that you will invite a friend to join you for this very special midday gathering. Please make your reservation (which is necessary) by calling Wilhelmina Jorgenson at 326-5562, MaryLou Thorson at 563-2678, or Lois Lounsbery at 763-5284 no later than noon, Saturday, Jan. 8.

Mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you at CW Midday Connection, Jan. 14 in Centerville.

Vermillion Beautiful plans for spring

Vermillon Beautiful, Inc. met Dec. 12, for a Christmas potluck. Following a delicious meal, Judy Clark, president, held a short meeting.

The group discussed the bids for 2003 flowers. A May 17 planting date was tentatively set. Planting instructions for volunteer groups, who help with the planting, will be included in the Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. newsletter.

Sandy Dickinson will have a rough copy of the newsletter available in January for us to review. The newsletter will serve as a tool for informing volunteer groups who help with Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. projects and for people who are unable to come to the meetings. A quote will be included each time in the bimonthly publication. the first one is: "To escape critcism, say nothing, be nothing and do nothing."

Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. will give an award each year to commercial or fraternal property. The 2002 plaque with the Vermillion Beautiful logo will be presented at the Chamber of Commerce banquet in January 2003. Criteria for the award are based on landscaping, physical beautification, and/or overall appearance. There was some discussion on giving more than one award or a "most improved" award.

One award will be given for 2002, and a committee was chosen to make the selection based on three nominations from the group. When the award is presented, the other businesses that were nominated will be mentioned orally.

Johnson receives 50-year pin

"Silver Bells" were ringing when Catholic Daughters marched into the W.H. Over Museum on Dec. 14 for Christmas brunch. Catherine Danielson and her committee served delicious delectables from a serving table decorated by Gerry Remmes.

Members brought gifts for needy children. The presents were placed under the Christmas tree decorated by Virginia Johnson.

Court Regent Theresa Wingen presided at the business meeting. The court gave generously to various Catholic and local charities. Jan Chapman and Mary Bartels offered to make candy and cookies for Civic Council cheer plates. Several members assisted in the delivering of the plates.

Mary Geffre Johnson, past state president, presented Lois Johnson with her 50-year pin and certificate for her dedication and commitment to the order. Lucille Mockler (now deceased) was recognized for her 50 years in the organization. Lorraine Brunick, daughter of Lucille, accepted the service award in her behalf.

The program consisted of the Jazz Choir from Vermillion High School under the direction of Kristin Iverson. Catholic Daughters had a Christmas tree decorated at the State Capitol in Pierre, and also at the W.H. Over Museum. Several St. Agnes members journeyed to Pierre to view the beautiful 119 trees.

An international dinner with members bringing foods of their heritage will be held Jan. 18 at St. Agnes School Auditorium at 11 a.m. New members will be honored with a reception. Maria Heimstra and Marta Farkus will prepare a meal of foods from their heritage with a demonstration for all to see how the foods are prepared.

Joe Reedy, state senator, will be on hand to speak on the issues confronting the delegation in Pierre. Members are encouraged to bring guests. Cards and games will follow for an afternoon of fellowship.

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