Clubs Eta chapter attends convention

Alpha Pi State of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Convention was held at the Ramkota Hotel, Watertown, June 13-14.

Eta Chapter members attending the convention were Brenda Martens, immediate past state president, and Mary Geffre Johnson, state historian.

The highlight of the convention on June 13 was a visit and a tour of the Redlin Art Center. Registration took place with 102 members in attendance.

A memorial service was held on June 14 for eight deceased members. Dr. Marjorie Beaty, Eta chapter, was remembered as the last living state founder of Alpha Pi State.

A birthday luncheon was held with several awards presented. Brenda Martens received the prestigious Alpha Pi State Achievement Award Medallion Necklace for her 24 years of service and leadership qualities in the organization.

Other awards received by Eta chapter were the Legislative Award, Scrapbook, Golden Gift, World Fellowship and Project Award for Literacy and Numeracy activities in the classroom.

The convention concluded with the Presidents' March and banquet. Dr. Constance Hoag, Sioux City, was the featured speaker for the evening. The Alpha Pi State Chorus entertained with several selections.

Following the banquet, Elizabeth Wood, immediate pas state president, installed the newly elected officers: President Keitha Neuharth, Huron; First Vice State President, Dr. Rhonda Anderson, Sioux Falls; Second Vice State President Mary Kay Black, Watertown; Recording Secretary Glenda Oakley, Huron; and Corresponding Secretary Linda Venekamp, Madison.

Next year's convention will be held at the Carl Mundt Library, Madison, with Lambda chapter hosting the meeting on June 4-5, 2004.

Gardeners tour wildlife habitat

The Clay County Master Gardeners met on Saturday, June 7, at the home of Sharon Allen. Six members were in attendance. After the business meeting, members joined other interested gardeners in a tour of Sharon's backyard wildlife habitat.

She discussed the requirements for a habitat and distributed educational materials donated by the National Wildlife Federation.

Master Gardeners continue to answer the public's questions at the Extension office on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The "Hotline" seems to be useful to many members of the community.

New business consisted of discussions for the Clay County Fair. Members donated seed packets and extra wildlife habitat pamphlets to be given out to the public during the fair. Karin Woltjer will be in charge of the booth and distributing the materials.

Members who drove to Brookings to answer phones for Garden Line on June 3 discussed their experiences. They enjoyed the trip immensely and were quite surprised at the variety and quantity of the calls. People from all around the state seem to use this service. The phones rang continuously from the beginning of the show until the end!

Dates for meetings for the remainder of the year were "tentatively" set.

Mabry discusses police accreditation

Rationale for national accreditation of the Vermillion Police Department was explained to Rotarians Tuesday noon by Chief of Police Art Mabry. The chief said his experience with the accreditation process earlier in his career has convinced him that the benefits are substantial enough that Vermillion should be involved in the program.

Mabry said that the city of Vermillion has endorsed the drive toward accreditation by approving the hiring of a full time civilian accreditation officer. This move will help insure that the process, which began in 1998 and has involved year-by-year extensions since 2001, will move to fruition. Rapid City is the only city in the state that has a nationally accredited local police department, and Mabry said he is not aware of any other community currently involved in moving toward accepting the national standards.

The chief praised his personnel in Vermillion as having a professional dedication which exceeds that of colleagues he has known throughout his law enforcement career. The two main issues locally at present, he said. are staff retention and outdated technology.

Mabry was appointed chief of police in January of this year. A native of northeastern Ohio, Mabry retired from a 25-year law enforcement career in Fairfax County, VA. He took a position outside of law enforcement for a short time before realizing where his heart was, and preceded his service in Vermillion with three years as chief of police in Olathe, KS.

Dan Van Puersem presided for the first time Tuesday as Rotary's new president for 2003-2004 and introduced Ruth Scott as a guest for the day. He announced that Rotary International has surpassed the $80 million goal for its Polio Eradication Campaign by over $8.5 million. Rotary is credited around the world for its crucial role in the widespread vaccination process that has narrowed the scourge of polio to 10 remaining countries, and the new funds will be used to complete the work of ending the disease in those remaining areas.

Serra Club elects officers

The Vermillion/Yankton Serra Club recently elected new officers for the 2003-2004 year.

Our new officers are: President � Judy Cantin; President Elect � Sally Welter; VP Vocations � Mildred Cimpl; VP Membership � Bill and Shirley Jennewein; VP Programs � Deacon Leon Cantin and Father John Fischer; VP Communications � Kent Anderson; Secretary � Mary Anderson; Treasurer � Jeanette Zimmerman; Chaplain � Father John Fischer; Trustees � Ken Beringer, Pat Boyle, and Jack Doyle; Foundation Representative � David DeRouchey; and Newsletter Editor � Kent Anderson.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Monday, July 21 in Yankton. We will begin with Mass at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, and will then hold a potluck supper in honor of the anniversary of the charter of the Vermillion/Yankton Serra Club.

The potluck will be held in the basement of Sacred Heart School.

If you are interested in joining the Vermillion/Yankton Serra Club, please contact Judy Cantin at 605-664-2363. The mission of Serra Club is to encourage, support, and pray for vocations to the Catholic Priesthood and religious life; and to foster spiritual growth among its members.

Social event planned at center

Eleven dominoes players played at the center Tuesday, June 17 with Dick Munkvold and Marlene Amundsen, low; Helen Manley, high; Louie Fostvedt and Babe Manning mid point. Again to remind you the low scores are the winner � just the reverse of bridge.

On Wednesday, June 18, 14 bridge players tried their luck in the afternoon at the center. Marlys Miller was first, Adeline Isaacson was second, Monica Ballard, was third, and Luceal Liffengren was low.

Come join us Tuesday or Wednesday for dominoes or bridge at 1 p.m.

Don't forget the last Tuesday of the month is a social event.

The Wednesday coffee break was furnished by Eve Marshall for her 96th birthday.

Flower planting project discussed

Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. met June 12 at the Austin-Whittemore House. The first business discussed was placing notices in the paper thanking those who helped plant flowers on May 17 and those who contributed financially.

The goup also critiqued how this year's planting went. There was good publicity and the number who came to help was adequate. Next spring we will involve university students again in some of the preparations. We decided to place our order requesting the number, size, and kind of plants we want in early fall when growers order seed.

We talked about the weed problem. Judy Clark will call the contact person for each volunteer group who planted reminding them to weed and keep up their flowerbeds.

A newsletter is due out in July. Please send items for the newsletter to Sandy Dickenson.

The next meeting will be July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Austin-Whittemore House. We welcome new members who are interested in helping their community with various kinds of beautification projects.

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