Clubs Rotarians learn about antiques

Betty Powers of Vermillion shared her extensive knowledge of antique porcelain with Rotary members during their weekly meeting at the Silver Dollar.

With the limited time available to Rotary speakers, Powers limited her survey of the porcelain industry to Japan, France and the United States. The Japanese are given credit for establishing the art of porcelain, but the warlords who ruled Japan depended on Korean slaves for refinements that made their country's porcelain the standard of the world for several centuries. Japanese porcelain was so popular that the art eventually turned into a commercial industry.

Powers explained that traders from European countries, recognizing the beauty of Far Eastern porcelain, brought back examples over the years that helped establish the art in such countries as France, Germany and Holland. In France, Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV, almost single-handedly advanced French porcelain when, in pursuit of Louis, she captivated him with her porcelain flowers and began to create a love of the art form that still exists today in that country.

The porcelain industry in America, according to Powers, gained roots during the "Arts and Crafts" movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Immigrants to the United States played a significant role in the rise of the porcelain industry here. Powers also gave examples of how antique porcelain has risen in value.

Kristin Harvey and Aaron Rosen were guests and we welcomed once again our foreign exchange scholar from Germany, Dorothee Kiss.

Seniors enjoy bridge, dominoes

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, there were 19 pitch, four pinochle and 20 bridge players at the Senior Center. Bridge prizes went to Marlys Miller, first; Jim Prosser, second, Luceal Liffengren, third; Monica Ballard, blind bogie; and Lois Erickson, low.

Coffee break refreshments were furnished by Babe Manning, Monica Ballard, Veronica Heimes and Doris Schmidt.

Babe Manning was the winner of one table of five domino players with 296 and Veronica Heimes with 429 for low, on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 9. The other table found Louie Fostvedt the winner with 301 and Jayne Merrigan low with a 433.

Vermillion Beautiful plans future projects

Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. met Sept. 11, at the Austin-Whittemore House.

Kate Talley, head of the IDEA program at USD, talked to Judy Clark, president of Vermillion Beautiful, Inc., about volunteer projects students should do. October 25 is "Make a Difference Day." Students will meet at the medical school parking lot at 10 a.m. to winterize the trees, rake and bag leaves, pick up trash, etc.

Some photos were taken, and more will follow, to review improvement projects of business and/or fraternal organizations. These will be considered for the "Beautiful Neighbor" award.

Clark, as one of the members of the city's Streetscape Committee, reported the committee plans to hire an architect. Flowers, trees, and hanging baskets will likely be a part of the streetscape. Therefore, Vermillion Beautiful's Main Street planting projections extend only as far as next year.

To celebrate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, red, white, and blue petunias will be planted again. However, in a few locations which present difficult planting problems, other flowers may be planted. The bid letters will go out as soon as possible.

The publishing schedule for the Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. newsletter was changed to February, May and October.

Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month.

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