Clubs Seniors play Mexican Train

The Mexican Train domino players who meet every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center had two tables with 10 players April 15. High went to Jayne Merrigan and Nona Christensen, low went to Babe Manning and Nila Fostveldt, mid-point at each table was Maxine Milette and June Munkvold.

The Wednesday, April 16 card party had 22 bridge and 21 pitch players. Winners in bridge were Max Christol, first; Robin Eisenmenger, second; Shirley Riehle, third; Jim Prosser, blind bogey and Barb Kronaizl low.

Refreshments were furnished by Elaine and Bob Michaels, and Phyllis and Max Christol in honor of Christols 64th wedding anniversary. Their daughter Judy Lynch, Boulder, CO, was a guest.

Fostvedt addresses Retired Teachers

Vermillion Area Retired Teachers met at the Silver Dollar April 9 at 11:30 a.m. with 27 members and guests present.

Following lunch Louie Fostvedt spoke on Mission of Love. Louie and other volunteers in Vermillion have worked on a number of projects to help those in need. One such project was the home of Jeff Nelson. This house had survived the flood of 1881 but after many years was in need of repairs. With the help of donations of materials and many hours of volunteer labor, Mr. Nelson will be able to continue living in his home.

Following the presentation, President Mary Geffre Johnson presided at the business meeting. The members gave the pledge to the flag. Information was given about events that had taken place on this day in history.

It was announced the state convention will be May 1 and 2 at the Kings Inn in Pierre. Members were encouraged to attend.

Donna Schaffer, chairman of the Scholarship Committee, announced six applications for the $200 scholarship. The winner will be announced at Awards Day at the Vermillion High School.

The following officers were elected for 2003-2005:

President � Mary Geffre Johnson, vice-president � Pat Dusseau; secretary � Brenda Martens; and treasurer � Eleanor Offerdahl.

Dr. Wayne Knutson, chairman of membership, announced there will be a membership social for newly retired teachers, members and retired educators at the Silver Dollar May 14 at 4 p.m.

Chuck Estee was the winner of the 50/50 drawing and then gave his share to the Scholarship Fund.

The Retired Teachers will discontinue meetings for the summer, and will resume regular meetings in September.

Ketcham guest of Rotarians

The Vermillion Rotary Club with Dan Van Peursen presiding met for our weekly lunch April 22 at the Silver Dollar. Guests today included Jim Krystal, Steve Smith and Roger Jeck. From Vermillion High School we greeted Jimmy Taylor, Derek Thomas, David Vennard and Tyler Zimmerman.

Besides auctioning off the final bicycle helmet at a good price Chuck Yelverton let us know that he needs volunteers for this Friday to help organize the helmet give-away for second-graders. At 9:30 a.m. there will be some unpacking and organizing to be done at the Vermillion Medical Clinic and at 2 p.m. volunteers are needed at Austin School (in the gymnasium) to help fit the helmets to the little tykes' heads. Bob Grossman passed around information on a prospective Rotary exchange student from Germany. We're looking for three or four families to serve as hosts.

Lisa Ketcham has just taken over as the longer-term director of the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and joined us today to update us on the work and projects of that office. The biggest news is organizational. As of the end of 2002 the chamber is now officially merged with the Vermillion Development Company.

These two organizations have done much cooperative work in the past so the recent merger is not perhaps a sweeping surprise. Still it could be beneficial in various ways. Sharing both staff and a recently upgraded space we can look towards a larger effort to promote businesses, new and old, in and around Vermillion. Ketcham reported that a merged organization of this type exists in only three other locations in South Dakota.

There can be problems in such mergers, she noted, if the "new businesses" part of the job runs afoul the "old, already established businesses" part of the job. I guess we'll see how well the new merged organization has worked things out if Wal-Mart starts eyeing the Vermillion market.

Lillehammer lodge welcomes new members

Lillehammer SON Lodge 1-633 met at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton.

Our president, Carol Broderson, presides. Our meeting opens with singing of the American and Norwegian national anthems, and saying the pledge of allegiance to our flag.

Our secretary, Helen Severson, read the minutes from our last meeting. Roll call was then taken to our officers.

We had 44 members and eight guests attending. Awards were presented by our vice-president, Dick Munk-vold, to Carol Norby, Arlys Saoi, Doris Jean Silvey and Helen Severson, who had sponsored new members.

We welcome our new members who were initiated, Arlo Watchorn, Carlene Watchorn, Joann Christensen, Patti Bretchneider, Zachary Bretchneider, Warren Borderson, Sharon List and Marlys List.

The hymn of Norway was sung both in English and Norwegian.

Our program was given by Double Eagle Choras, who entertained us with many wonderful songs which we enjoyed.

The Norwegian table prayer preceded our lunch and social time.

Our next scheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. Our program will be "Celebration of Syttende Mai."

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