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Clubs District president guest at meeting

The Women's Auxiliary to the VFW #3061 met on Tuesday evening, Nov. 18 with our president Elizabeth Fiedler presiding.

Roll call of officers was recorded. Chaplain Pro Tem Lorraine Brown offered the opening prayer. Minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Pro Tem Mary Bottolfson and approved. Marlene Amundsen gave the treasurer's report which was approved.

A report was given on the bingo playing at the nursing home in November. Our District President Pat Keller of Yankton was present.

Correspondence included General Orders #5, thank you cards were read from the St. Agnes first graders and their librarian for the flags we presented them.

Erin Rasmussen, an eighth grade middle school student, will represent our auxiliary in the Patriot's Dream contest in District I, as reported by Dorothy Lane.

Delores Gregg gave our poppy sales report. Opal Smith and Marlene Amundsen made and sent 31 Christmas decorations for the state capitol Christmas tree.

Ray Hofman, Voice of Democracy chairman, reported the following winners: first, Jacob Gies of Vermillion, and second and third places to Emma Jensen and Nicki Johnston of Wakonda High School.

Our charter was draped for charter member Mae Hubert.

Monetary gifts were given to each of our veterans' hospitals in South Dakota and also to Operation Uplink. The auxiliary also purchased a Plain Talk subscription to Royal C. Johnson Hospital in Sioux Falls. The auxiliary donated a monetary gift to National Veterans Service officers convention to be held in Rapid City.

Alpha Lambda has busy season

Alpha Lambda chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International has had a busy fall season.

In October, Vice President Mary Geffre Johnson hosted a membership party for nine guests and nine members. Dorothy Wright, president and co-hostess welcomed members and guests to the fun-filled evenings' activities.

Johnson presented the educational program on "Habitat for Humanity" telling of her experiences in assisting of building three homes in Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. After the program, members were involved in constructing a habitat house.

The November meeting was held at the Candy Bouquet with Marlyn Harnois acting as hostess. A pledging ceremony conducted by the vice president for 10 new members namely, Jan Gregory, Maria Heimstra, Liz Hjermstad, Carol King, Tanna Miiller, Bonnie Oswald, Patricia Peckenpaugh, Kay Rasmussen, Betsy Simons and Lori Whitman.

Marlyn Harnois and Luann Ouellette were in charge of the educational program introducing Tom Thaden who presented a program on the history of downtown Vermillion. Members found it interesting to learn about the different businesses Vermillion hosted over the years.

Following the program a silent auction was held for a Ways and Means Project.

Philanthropic projects have included collecting "Hats for Hope," items to be distributed at the Vermillion Welcome Table. Members furnished food items and crafts for the Sioux Valley Care Center Bazaar. The profit will be used for a popcorn machine for the care center.

Members offered their services for the community Thanksgiving Day Dinner held at the National Guard Armory. December will find members baking cookies and making candies for the cheer plates and will help distribute for the shut-ins sponsored by the Vermillion Civic Council.

Alpha Lambda celebrated the holiday season Dec. 4, with a 6 p.m. dinner at Little Italy's and an exchange of Secret Santa Christmas gifts and dessert at the home of Theresa Wingen.

Alpha Lambda members send holiday greetings to the Vermillion community and best wishes for the new year 2004.

Master Gardeners enjoy pot luck supper

President Sharon Allen called the meeting of the Clay County Master Gardeners to order at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The meeting followed a pot luck supper.

County Extension educator April Borders and her staff were invited in recognition of their assistance throughout the year. The tables were brightly decorated in a fall theme.

Six members as well as three spouses were in attendance: Sharon Allen, Tom Allen, Ruth Williams, Jim Williams, Brenda Martens, Dennis Martens, Karen Kaeberle, and Roberta Iverson. Virginia Delvaux was also present, representing the Clay County Extension office.

Treasurer Brenda Martens gave the treasurer's report and reported on Vermillion Beautiful. She said that the flower beds were cleaned up in one day thanks to the volunteers during the "Make a difference Day."

The November pot luck supper was the last Clay County Master Gardener meeting for 2003. The 2004 year will begin in February, but the date has not yet been set. We will hopefully have an educational session at the February meeting.

Rotarians learn about Maasai Tribe

USD senior Danielle Buttke reported to local Rotarians Tuesday noon on the semester she did research in East Africa a year ago.

She was among 22 students from around the world who studied how land use changes are affecting the Maasai tribe in southern Kenya. The group lived in grass huts on Maasai land and interacted widely with the tribal community.

The tribe is traditionally nomadic, moving throughout the country with their livestock to greener grazing areas and following seasonal rains. Drought problems, human-wildlife conflict and other phenomena are leading to degradation of the tribe's ranch lands, threatening their culture and way of life.

Buttke's research speciality dealt with medicinal plants on Maasai lands and their scarcity due to land use changes. For her work she received 16 credits from the wildlife management and ecology program of Boston University.

Travel and adventure opportunities always accompany studying abroad, and Danielle had plenty of experiences to share with her listeners. She and two classmates became another documented case of lions attacking a tent as the three were camped for the night in Tsavo Park (which literally means "place of slaughter"), although no injuries resulted.

Danielle is from Corona, and is a biology and political science major at USD. She has applied with the Peace Corps, to veterinary schools and to Ph.D. graduate programs, hoping to work with international conservation and wildlife management.

Rotary guests this week included Cyndy Chaney, Ron Walters and, from Vermillion High School, Katy Kafruny, Nelson Chang and Scully Shen-Han.

Seniors gather for cards, dominoes

There were two tables of domino players Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, but I did not receive the report of winners and losers.

Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 26, there were 22 pitch and 15 bridge players. First, Reidella Engman; second, Elaine Michael; bogie, Ernie Miller; and low was Lucille Liffengren. Refreshments were served by Elaine Michael who was celebrating her birthday.

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