Clubs Seniors enjoy warm fellowship

In spite of the ice hanging on the trees, spread on the grass and walks, 17 dominoes players arrived Tuesday, Nov. 4, where it was warm and enjoyed being with friends to try their luck. Table of 5 had June Munkvold, 357, and Dick Munkvold winning with 213; table of 6 had Robin Eisenmenger, 357, Monica Ballard winning with 206; table of 6 had Karon Benson, 510, and Marlene Amundsen winning with 168 points.

On Wednesay, Nov. 5, 34 pitch and 20 bridge players gathered at the Senior Center for the afternoon. Bridge winners were Max Christol, Maurice Erickson, Jack Stewart and Bob Michael.

Coffee break refreshments were furnished by Margaret Melby and Eleanor Offerdahl.

Come join us for dominoes or cards Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons; no reservations needed.

Jacobs addresses Emeritus Club

Gerard A. Jacobs, Ph.D., director of the disaster Mental Health Institute at The University of South Dakota, made a fine presentation on Nov. 5, describing the development of the program from its beginning with the Flight 232 disaster at the Sioux City Airport to the present.

Dr. Jacobs, other faculty and graduate students have participated in response to many disasters, including the Twin Towers in New York City and the Oklahoma City bombing. The program has been melded with activities of the American Red Cross, the International Red Cross, and the International Red Crescent.

The program has been included in presidential citation and in the National Plan for Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996. Courses are offered at the undergraduate as well as graduate levels, with a "specialty" designation at the graduate level.

At present there are five Ph.D. faculty and a number of graduate assistants teaching courses and participating in disaster responses. On campus it is recognized as a Center of Excellence.

Dr. Jacobs discussed the interlocking aspects of education, hands-on training, consultation and research, noting the development of a Refugee Mental Health Assessment in cooperation with the World Health Organization, International Red Cross and International Red Crescent, as well as important research by faculty and students.

Jere Chapman, owner of the Silver Dollar, informed the club that their meeting room will be enlarged and separated from the main dining area by a glass partition along the south side. This will be a welcome improvement and the club is grateful.

A brief meeting of program planners resulted in preliminary plans for next year. The committee will meet again after the December meeting.

Catholic Daughters celebrate 100 years

St. Agnes Court #618, Catholic Daughters of the Americas celebrated the Order's 100th anniversary with various activities during the month of September and October.

In September, a membership night was held. The past regents of the court were the hostesses for the evening. The regents put on a skit informing the members of the happenings during their reign when they served as regent of the court. several members dressed the part of the past decades 1903-2003. Several door prizes were given during the evening.

Catholic Daughter Sunday, Oct. 19, was celebrated with an 8:30 a.m. Mass with Court Chaplain Fr. Don Imming officiating. Following the Mass, members gathered in the auditorium for a brunch hosted by Linda Paulson and her committee. Mayor Roger Kozak was a guest and read the proclamation declaring 100 years of unity and charity.

Reception of new members was held Oct. 28 with Linda Reetz, Elizabeth Hjermstad and Sandra Trejas receiving the pledge of Catholic Daughters. A 7 p.m. Mass was held, and a business meeting and social hour were held in the auditorium.

During the week of Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, members distributed and wore white ribbons to stamp out pornography.

A wedding of Cana was held Nov. 1 with Mass at St. Agnes Church, and couples who wished to renew wedding vows. Following the Mass, couples assembled at the Fraternal of Eagles for a dinner and celebrating the sacrament of marriage. Mary Geffre Johnson welcomed the couples. Theresa Wingen, Regent and John Weber representing the Knights of Columbus spoke on behalf of the organization informing the members of the projects and charitable work on the local, state, and national level.

Lucille and Howard O'Connor were honored for 58 years of married life; Pat and Theresa Wingen were honored for their five years together in marriage.

Couples of 50 years were honored, namely, Barb and Jim Kronaizl and Fritz and Mary Bartels. The evening concluded with door prizes and entertainment by Theresa Gonzales, former miss USD.

The next meeting will be a memorial service Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Church. Hazel Merrigan, Doris Pirmantgen, and Mary Nelson will be remembered at the service.

The court is assisting with the decoration of a Christmas tree at the state capital in Pierre. The tree will be on display from Nov. 25 to Dec. 28. The theme is "I Want to be Home for Christmas for the Troops."

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