Clubs Fun at the Senior Center

Twelve domino players tried their skills Thursday, Nov. 13. Table 1 had seven players. Louie Fostvedt was low at 218 and Nila Fostvedt high with 409. Table 2 had five players with Marlene Amundsen low at 226 and Doris Schmidt high with 436.

On Thursday, Nov. 18, there were 12 players again. At Table 1, Doris Schmidt was low with 226 and Maxine Millette had high score of 477. Table 2 had Fritz Lefler low at 207 and Nila Fostvedt high at 385.

On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 19, there were 31 pitch, four pinochle and 20 bridge players. First, Marilyn Siecke; second, Max Christol; third, Shirley Riehle; bogie, Marlys Miller; and low, Elaine Michaels.

Refreshments were by Maxine Millette, Julia Cleland, Jean Christensen and Marlene Amundsen.

Come down to the Senior Center for dominoes every Thursday and Thursday afternoons and cards every Wednesday afternoon. It's great fellowship and friendship.

Sons of Norway make holiday plans

Sons of Norway Lillehammer Lodge 1-633 met Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton.

President Carol Broderson brought the meeting to order.

We sung the American and Norwegian anthems and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Secretary Helen Severson took roll call of officers. Our lodge members sang in English Of all the Lands then in Norwegian Blandt alle Lande (same song).

The minutes of our last lodge meeting was read by Severson, with no additions or corrections. We had 42 members and two guests, Ruth Drugley and Gorden Hillerson who attended.

Old business discussed � our successful lutefisk dinner and bake sale, 235 tickets were sold. For the parade of Christmas trees in Yankton, we will decorate our tree with Hardanger ornaments and white lights.

In March we will offer another class of learning Hardanger.

New business: It was approved for the winter months of January, February, and March our meetings will be at 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of those month.

The names of our new officers for 2004 were read. Our program was learning a few Norwegian songs, which we tried both in English and Norwegian.

Happy Birthday was sung to our members who had November birthdays. We had our Norwegian table prayer, then lunch was served.

Our next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. We will have our Christmas party and it will be a potluck at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton.

Dorothee Kiss gives tour of homeland

The Vermillion Rotary Club with Dan Van Peursen presiding met Nov. 18 for our weekly lunch at the Neuharth Center.

Mandy Simons, representing the Eastern South Dakota Children�s Miracle Network, spoke to us about a �Dance Marathon� that will take place here in Vermillion in late March. Her organization is looking for various kinds of support including food for the dancers (to keep them going for 24 hours) and donations to the cause.

I suppose we could even go dance for 24 hours which would, for most of us, require a great deal of support indeed. Donations for this event go to helping children in the area with substantial medical needs.

Guest speaker today was Dorothee Kiss, our Rotary Exchange student this year. Frau Kiss (no one in Germany uses Fr�ulein anymore) hails from Mannheim, Germany, and gave us a historical and geographical tour of her homeland reeling off notable dates in its development.

So, a quiz. What�s s so important about dates like 1848-49, 1919, 1949, 1989-90? If you drew a blank (or fired only one shot) ? well, you�re probably not a German. But then would they do so well with 1776? (That�s the only date I can think of that many Americans, of the U.S. variety, would be embarrassed not to know.) How�s that great American song go? �? Don�t know much about history ?�

But, back to Dorothee�s tour. We saw images of some of the impressive places in Germany from the Alps to the Brandenburg Gate. Dorothee�s hometown, Mannheim, a rather large city near the confluence of the Neckar and the Rhine, lies just west of Heidelberg, one of the favorite tourist destinations in Germany.

Dorothee, at 17, is the youngest of three daughters of her family, all of whom have spent a year or so in the U.S. (Now why don�t we do that more?) It�s great to have her with us.

Jolly Juniorettes making care packages

The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H club met on Nov. 11 at the 4-H Center. President Sarah Anderson opened the meeting. Ellen Hanson led the Pledge of Allegiance and Tia Krier led the 4-H Pledge. Two new members were introduced and welcomed to the club: Austin Runyon and Ander Geise. All club members introduced themselves and told what their favorite Thanksgiving food is.

Sarah Mayer, secretary, read the minutes from the October meeting. Treasurer report was given. More 4-H record books were handed back. Everyone was told they did a good job.

New business: Recognition banquet scheduled on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the 4-H building. Everyone was encouraged to attend. Sarah Mayer will bring two dozen cookies and Ellen Hanson will bring three dozen cookies for the luncheon served at the banquet.

Members with their last name starting with A-H brought hard candy and last name starting with I-Z brought wet wipes, this was for the military care packages that the club will mail to the troops from Vermillion in January, 2004. Thanksgiving food items were brought to the meeting to be packed in a meal basket for a family in need in the Vermillion area.

Cyndi Dendinger read two thank yous that were mailed to the club from the troops overseas from Vermillion, thanking them for the military care packages that were mailed to them in May. They will be put in the club�s community service book.

The meeting was adjourned. William Mart did a demonstration on �How to make Rice Krispy Bars.� All club members then assembled winter-themed table centerpieces that will be given to the residents at Prairie Homes for their meal tables. Lunch was served by William Mart.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 2. The club members will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Prairie Homes, 809 Norbeck Street, to sing Christmas carols and to present the table center pieces. Then they will go back to the 4-H Center for a short business meeting followed by a gift exchange and pizza party. Bring a $3 gift for exchanging, boy gift for boy, girl gift for girl.

A reminder will be mailed about the December meeting and the dollar amount needed to bring for the craft to be done will be disclosed then. Toys/books will be collected for the Vermillion Head Start program. They can be new or slightly used.

Military care package items needed to be brought are: if your last name starts with A-H, AA batteries; if I-Z, beef jerky. Happy Thanksgiving!


Ellen Hanson

Meckling 4-H�ers elect chairpersons

Luke, Gerrit and Seth Heine were hosts at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Meckling Livestock 4-H Club. The meeting was attended by Carlee and Chrissy Sorensen, Jana and Sara Bye, Brittany, Elizabeth and Jenny Bye, Stacy Bottolfson, Ashley and Abby Ouellette, Kelsy Fallan, Allison Heine, Breanna Bottolfson and Elly Miiller.

Our roll call topic was your favorite cartoons. We talked about the recognition event and wrote our thank you notes. Congratulations to the club for winning the outstanding club, community service and 4-H promotion awards.

We set our club and individual goals. We talked about the Halloween Spook House we went to. We broke into committees and elected chairpersons for the committees.

We did judging and heard committees reports. There were demonstrations given by: Luke Heine � Displaying the Flag, Gerrit Heine ��ATV Safety and Seth Heine ��Sheep Halter.

Next meeting is Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. � bring $3, any used books and pop tabs.

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