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Clubs Seniors enjoy dominoes

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, 17 dominoes players enjoyed the afternoon at the Senior Citizens Center. Of the table of 10 players, Mary Bartels was the winner with a score of 249 and June Munkvold was low with 497. Of the table of six players, Barb Larson was the winner with 252 and Dick Munkvold was low with 444. Dominoes players � come join us every Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The weather is absolutely wonderful and 22 pitch, four pinochle and 13 bridge players gathered Wednesday, Sept. 17 for an afternoon with friends. Bridge winners were Maurice Erickson, first; Lois Erickson, second; Ernie Miller, blind bogie and Shirley Riehle, low.

These card games are played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No reservations are necessary � join us.

Adeline Isaacson and Shirley Riehle furnished coffee break refreshments.

VFW Auxiliary conducts business

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post #3061 was held Tuesday evening, Sept. 16, with Senior Vice President Delores Gregg presiding. Roll call of officers was taken and recorded.

Chaplain Eileen Johnson offered the opening prayer. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Motion was made and approved to accept the treasurer�s report as printed for the months of June, July and August.

Invoices were presented by members for monies due them for purchases made for the auxiliary. Correspondence included General Orders, No. 1, 2, and 3 from Imogene Ellis, department president who is a member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Madison.

She has chosen as her theme for this year, �We Serve with Patriotism and Pride.� She reported that her special project is raising funds for the VA Medical Center at Sioux Falls.

Thank you notes were read from Delores Stanage for 24 puzzles for HSC, past president Connie Seymour for Love Gift, and Mary Nelson�s family for memorial to cancer research. Notes from Mabel Neary and Sigrid Nissen were also read.

Committee reports were given by chairmen of poppy sales, funeral, hospital equipment on loan, Road to Recovery, Meals on Wheels, Civic Council, membership, hospice, cancer, pillow cleaning and playing bingo at nursing home for June, July and August.

Motion made and carried to order three classroom flags for St. Agnes School. Motion made and seconded to serve food for hunter�s safety course, motion made and seconded to give a monetary gift to the State Department President�s Project.

Opal Smith was presented a gift from the auxiliary for all her dedicated work while serving as the auxiliary�s president.

The VFW and auxiliary meeting for the fall council will be held Sept. 27-28 at the New Plains in Huron.

The charter was draped in memory of Helen Brunick.

Neuharth, Rotary hold ?bull session�

Al Neuharth, former CEO of Gannett and founder of USA Today, told Vermillion Rotarians Tuesday that the last job he had in the community was as editor of the Volante at USD more than 50 years ago.

He loves returning to Vermillion and other small communities in his home state, he said, to meet old friends, make new ones, and simply learn about what�s important to South Dakotans.

�It�s good to be on the sacred soil of South Dakota,� he said. �It�s a sacred place because of the people and the places.�

Neuharth had a special reason to return to Vermillion this week. The formal dedication of the new Al Neuharth Media Center on the campus of The University of the South Dakota was scheduled Thursday.

He still found time to visit with Rotarians Tuesday, to hold what he termed �a bull session.�

Neuharth said at the time he started USA Today, Gannett�s 85 newspapers were losing circulation.

�The T.V. generation was not reading newspapers,� he said. �They were not going to fight their way through pages of dull gray newsprint.�

USA Today changed all of that with the use of full color photos and graphics and tightly packaged news stories.

�There really is nothing new in USA Today,� he said. �We stole it all from the tube.�

USA Today is published at 36 different sites across the United States. It took over five years for the paper to make a profit. Neuharth said for a two year period, the publication was losing $10 million a month.

The new venture was able to survive and eventually prosper, he said, thanks to subsidies from the profits earned by other Gannett newspapers.

Neuharth noted that traditionally, students who want to study print journalism in South Dakota have attended SDSU.

He hopes the new Al Neuharth Media Center will help change that trend.

�USD ought to turn out the top media people in the state,� he said. �We will attract better journalism students from throughout South Dakota and the nation.

�I hope it (the center) will turn out not just some national stars but star performers for a fair press and a free press.�

South Dakota, he said, imports too many of its professional journalists.

�I hope USD and the Department of Contemporary Journalism can turn out some real stars,� he said.

Guests of the Rotary Tuesday were University of South Dakota President James Abbott and Mike Slattery.

Sons of Norway learn of Stavig brothers

SON Lillehammer Lodge 1-633 met Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton.

Our meeting was brought to order by Carol Broderson, president. The American and Norwegian national anthems were sung and we pledged our allegiance to the flag of the United States. Our song A People We was sung in English first, then in Norwegian.

Helen Severson, secretary, took roll call of our officers. We had 38 members present and two guests, Betty Svarstad from Irene and Ruby Cutts.

Minutes from our last lodge meeting were read by Helen Severson with no corrections or additions. It was approved that we would give $25 to a new lodge in Kansas City, Lodge 1665. A reminder of the banquet dinner at the Moose Lodge in Yankton on Thursday, Sept. 25 was mentioned. We will be having a class on Hardanger and Swedish Huck weaving.

Our lutefisk dinner and bake sale of Norwegian food will be Nov. 8 at the Senior Center in Yankton.

Our program, �Stavig Letters� was given by member Wayne Knutson; his ancestors started the letters. The letters were by two half brothers, one that moved from Norway to America and told of his great adventures in America. He wanted his brother to move to America; the other brother stayed in Norway. These letters went on for years. Each one wrote of family, life and of their adventures. Most of these letters started around the 1870s and were later translated into English.

Happy Birthday was sung for our September birthdays, then lunch was served.

Our program for next month will be by Terry Johnson from Hartington, NE, on slides of the Antarctic.

Our next meeting will be on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Christ the King Lutheran Church, Yankton.

Flowers topic of Garden Club

The Vermillion Garden Club held its September meeting at the W.H. Over Museum Thursday evening, Sept. 18. Pat Peckenpaugh, owner of �The Wild Flower� flower shop in downtown Vermillion, presented a program of flower arranging.

Pat gave many helpful tips. All present brought garden flowers to be arranged. A short business meeting followed.

The Cliffords served a fruit salad consisting of pears grown in their yard, brownies and coffee.

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