Clubs Seniors enjoy games, refreshments

Tuesday, Sept. 2, was a refreshingly cool day while six domino players enjoyed each other's company at the Senior Citizens Center. Doris Schmidt was the winner with 256 and June Munkvold had a score of 368. Every Tuesday they play dominoes; come enjoy it with them.

On Sept. 3, the regular Wednesday card players arrived and appreciated the cooler weather still around. There were 18 pitch, four pinochle and 15 bridge players. Winners were Barb Kronaizl, first; Elaine Michael, second; Jim Prosser, third; Adeline Isaacson, blind bogey; and Leona Kryger, low.

Austin speaks to Rotary

USD's head football coach John Austin was guest speaker for the local Rotary Club Tuesday noon. The listener might have expected Austin to spend more time on last week's game, given that it was an opening season victory, but he chose the opportunity to applaud his players this year, both individually and as a team, for their academic achievements and other attributes.

Austin reported that last year his program had both the highest graduation rate and the most Academic All-Americans among the North Central Conference schools, and then he rattled off some information on several individual players to show examples of the team's fine academic presence.

The NC Conference allows its member football programs to award up to 36 "full ride" scholarships, but Coach Austin said that this year his 36 are being distributed among 85 players, with none receiving more than a three-quarters scholarship. He said he counts on his recruits to qualify for academic scholarships to augment what they are getting for athletic awards, and many also qualify for other forms of financial aid.

Three former USD football players are now playing in the National Football League, according to Austin. They are Matt Chatham with New England, Josh Stamer with Buffalo and Jamel White with Cleveland. Austin also said that at least two other former Coyotes are "waiting in the wings" for NFL injuries to give them a chance for contracts yet this year.

Members were reminded to sign up for the club's "Rotary Roses" fund raiser in October. The District 5610 fall conference will be in Pierre Oct. 12-14, and local Rotarians will next be serving at the community Welcome Table on Monday, Jan. 12.

Guests of the club Tuesday were Julie Clifford and Mike Slattery.

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