Clubs Meckling Livestock 4-H club meets

On Oct. 16, the Meckling Livestock Club met a the Clay County Extension building. Both the county and state fairs brought good results for our members and more experience in lots of different areas.

We welcomed four new members to our club, Abby Ouellette, Ellie Miller, Seth Heine and Eric Ustad.

Our club had a float in the Dakota Days parade. We got a little wet, but had fun passing out candy and representing our group.

At our October meeting we discussed the changed county and state fair dates for 2004 and the possibility of a carnival at the county fair. Our club also decided to donate $100 to help repair the 4-H food stand's leaking roof. We are making this a challenge to the other Clay County 4-H clubs to do the same to help with roof repairs.

As a community service this month we collected canned goods to be donated to the Vermillion Food Pantry.

Annual club elections were held also this meeting and our new incoming officers are: Luke Heine, president; Stacy Bottolfson, vice president; Kelsey Fallan, secretary; and Brittney Bye, treasurer. Other committees will be assigned.

Please note that our 4-H Awards Recognition Event will be held Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Clay County Extension building. Please be there to represent your club! Remember that Meckling Livestock Club is also in charge of the kitchen responsibilities, so we need to be there at 12:30 p.m.

Shannon Jepsen


Coyote Cubs set 2003-04 goals

The Coyote Cubs 4-H club met on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the

4-H center. President Laura Aga called the meeting to order. Flag pledges were led by Tony Hubert. Shelli Knutson read the secretary's report and Kate Renner gave the treasurer's report.

A motion was made to donate $20 to the South Dakota Friends of 4-H. The club set goals for the 2003-04 4-H year, and planned a Christmas party in December.

Demonstrations were given by Shelli Knutson on peanut allergies, Laura Aga on dog grooming and showmanship, and Tony Hubert on toy tractor collecting.

Shelli Knutson was the hostess. The next meeting will be held on Dec. 21.


Andrea Lias

Rotary exchange makes trip possible

Fantastic scenery, lots of great food and wine, and hours and hours of conversation are some of the highlights of Lee Delang's recent month-long journey through France.

Lee was one of five South Dakotans who traveled to France in early April as part of a Rotary International exchange program.

Tuesday, he shared highlights of European adventure with the Vermillion Rotary Club.

Rotary International will return the favor to France by sponsoring five Rotarians from that country in a future visit to the United States.

The South Dakota Rotarians stayed with nine different host families, visited 17 Rotary clubs and toured 20 businesses while in France.

Their tours took them to century old cities, and one of a few dairy farms that still can be found in the countryside. Lee's photos show how the French use nearly every square inch of tillable land possible to grow grapes.

"Wine is very popular," he noted, showing a typical scene in a French market, in which people fill plastic jugs of their favorite vintage much like milk is purchased in Vermillion.

"There was always lots of incredible food," he said. "The meals lasted for several hours, and there was always lots of discussion about a wide range of topics."

Seniors love fall weather

Twelve seniors came to the Senior Center to play dominos on a beautiful fall day, Tuesday, Oct. 14. One table of six, Monica Ballard had low with the highest score of 317 and Doris Schmidt was the winner with 230 points. The second table of six, Fritz Leffler had low with 366 points and June Munkvold was the winner with 226 points.

This is one game where the lowest score is the winner! Tuesday was interestingly decorated by Mother Nature with fall colors.

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, four pinochle, 22 pitch and 24 bridge players were at the center with bridge winners Max Christol, first; Adeline Isaacson, second; Barb Kronaizl, third; Sarah Brown, blind bogie, and Veronica Heimes, low. Coffee break was enjoyed when Ernie Miller provided refreshments in celebration of his birthday. Join us at 1 p.m., no reservations needed.

On Thursday, Oct. 16, seven dominos players tried their luck at the center. Nila Fostvedt had highest score, 544, and Louis Eklund was the winner with the lowest score of 233. Come learn to play Tuesday or Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. If you don't know how, come learn! Weather is still gorgeous.

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