Clubs Cards, dominoes enjoyed by seniors

On Tuesday, April 8, two tables � 13 players � came to the Senior Center for a challenge at dominos. High went to Louise Eklund, low was Marlene Amundsen and Nila Fostvedt. Mid point at each table: Babe Manning and Verle Lawrensen. Louise and Verle were 1 point apart and Babe and Nila were 2 points apart.

Dominoes are played each Tuesday afternoon; join us.

The Wednesday card party April 9 had 25 bridge and 26 pitch players. Snow was disappearing very rapidly with warm weather. Bridge winners were Norma Melstad, first; Monica Ballard, second; Elaine Michael, third; Shirley Riehle, fourth. Blind bogie was tied by Bob Michael and Lovella Matson; low was Marilyn Siecke.

Refreshments were furnished for coffee break by Pat Berglund.

Master Gardeners establish hotline

The Clay County Master Gardeners met on Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m. Six members were in attendance. After the business meeting April Borders, Clay County Extension educator, presented a demonstration on pruning. We then had a live demonstration on an apple and on a cherry tree.

Members decided to begin answering the public's questions at the county Extension office on Mondays from 8 to 10 a.m. starting on May 5 and continuing until Sept. 29. This service will be called the "Master Gardener Hotline."

Hopefully members of the community will find this to be a useful service.

Brenda Martens, chair of the Vermillion Beautiful committee, announced that there will be a meeting on May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Austin Whittemore House to discuss planting procedures. The planting date is Saturday, May 17.

Both the grand opening for the Farmer's Market and the Master Gardener/Vermillion Garden Club plant sale will be held on May 3. The plant sale starts at 9 a.m., and the Farmer's Market will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Both activities will be on 4- H property with the plant sale set up at the "snack shack" (across the street from the Extension office). The May Master Gardener meeting will follow the plant sale.

Other new business included announcement of Arbor Day tree planting, Friday, April 25 at 12:30 p.m. at the Recycling Center, and Earth Day, April 22.

The Sierra Club and University of South Dakota are co- sponsoring three different activities for Earth Day. Consult the local paper for more information.

We agreed to donate $10 toward seed purchases. Karen Kaeberle will distribute the seeds at the function at the Native American Center.

Lambda Lambda chapter chartered

As Epsilon Sigma Alpha looks to its future, Focus Chapters are being organized to accommodate today's busy woman. She wants to experience the education, service and association opportunities that ESA traditionally offers, but she wants a focus. ESA's first literary focus chapter was chartered as Lambda Lambda 5436 on Thursday, March 13, in Vermillion.

Initial members of Lambda Lambda (aka Literary Ladies) are: Sandie Sullivan, Luann Ouellette, Theresa Wingen and JoAnn Stockland. The chartering and installation of officers ceremonies were conducted by Corinne Milburn of Elk Point and Barbara Campbell of Vermillion. Both ladies are past International ESA presidents. State President Sheila DeBoer of Mitchell conducted the honorary member induction for Milburn, Campbell and Kathy Loyd (Blairstown, MO).

We are creating our program exploring books, plays, movies � here and away � as we look to broadening our horizons and continuing our service to the Vermillion area community.

For more information, please contact President Sandie Sullivan at 624-3005.

Plans made for May planting

Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. met April 10 at the Austin-Whittemore House. The secretary's and the treasurer's reports were given. There is still a need for more donations for this year's flower planting project.

A discussion on the newsletter followed. We will add more names to the list of people and organizations who receive it. We will re-evaluate if the cost gets too expensive. Rikesh Patel is subsidizing some of the publishing costs.

Judy Clark, president, thanked Cleo Erickson and Delores Jorgensen for sending thank you letters to contributors.

Clark enlisted the help of eight fraternities and sororities to help with preparation of new planting beds on April 26. We need people to help coordinate the work.

Information about the pre-planting session on May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Austin-Whittemore House will be in the next newsletter. Also a letter of instruction and diagram will be sent at the beginning of May to the service organizations helping with planting. We welcome extra volunteers. We will assemble at 9 a.m. on May 17 at Community First Bank parking lot. Bring planting tools.

The group planned a projected budget for the coming year and then adjourned. If you are interested in making your community more beautiful and livable, please plan to attend the next meeting of Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Austin-Whittemore House.

Rotarians receive update from McCahren

Local Rotarians were updated Tuesday noon on the extent of membership and activities of The University of South Dakota Alumni Association by the organization's director, Nancy McCahren.

There are currently 40,031 persons on the rolls of the group, of whom 34,061 have undergraduate degrees and 5,970 have advanced degrees. Outside of South Dakota, large contingents of alumni live in Minnesota, especially in the Twin Cities area, and in Colorado, centering on Denver. Nearly 18 percent of all alumni make a contribution in any given year to USD, which is well above average for public universities nationally.

Each year the association sponsors alumni gatherings in 15 or 20 locations around the country. So far during the present academic year, as an example, there have been organized events in Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Naples and Orlando in Florida, Pierre, the Los Angeles area, Tucson and Phoenix, Seattle, and Portland in Oregon. Soon there will be activity, as well, in New York, Washington, District of Columbia, Minneapolis, Denver and the Black Hills. Attendance at some of these events exceeds 100. In addition, there are USD alumni clubs in Sioux Falls and Sioux City that meet several times a year.

The largest gathering is always the alumni dinner on Dakota Days weekend in Vermillion.

McCahren said it is common at these alumni events that someone will come up to her and ask about a favorite faculty member who may have mentored them when they were USD students. Thus, faculty often appear to have been important in someone's life years after the alumni left Vermillion.

The Alumni Association offers a number of services to its members, including the availability of alumni directories, credit cards and tours abroad. This summer, for example, the group is making available trips to Ireland and to Paris in conjunction with alumni from other colleges and universities.

McCahren was accompanied to the Rotary lunch by her assistant, Julia Chaney. Other guests of the club were Roger Jeck, Ed Nesselhuf, Clem Powers and five students from Vermillion High School, Brittany Sand, Ingrid Senne, Brad Simons, Gerit Sjolie and Allison Stewart.

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