Clubs Meckling 4-H chooses projects

Roll call was the favorite game of the Meckling Livestock 4-H Club Jan. 22. We discussed our December community service and promotion projects, Kids in the Kitchen workshop, and the Sioux Empire Farm Show as old business.

We picked our January community service and promotion projects for new business. We did two judging schools. Garrett and Shannon Jepsen were hosts and gave demonstrations of electricity.

All aboard at Senior Center

Friends, food, fun and fellowship is what you'll find at Vermillion's Senior Citizen Center.

On Thursdays, March 4, 15 seniors enjoyed an afternoon of Mexican Train Dominos. Our engineers for the afternoon were Doris Schmidt, Barb Larson and Marlene Amundson.

In the caboose were Fritz Bartels, Veronica Heimes and Maxine Millette.

The center will welcome you. Dominoes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Come on aboard!

Master Gardeners elect officers

The Clay County Master Gardeners met Feb. 26 at the 4-H Center at 6:30 p.m.

Ted Van Bruggen presented an interesting program on "Growing Grapes."

He explained the characteristics of several varieties and told which ones grew for him in this area. He told about the method that he uses to support the plant. Ted gave advice on how to plant, mulch and prune the vines. Everyone was given an opportunity to plant cuttings that they cut from vines. Members were given instructions on how to care for the cuttings and how to plant them in their own garden.

Election of officers was held: Sharon Allen � president, Roberta Iverson � vice president, Brenda Martens � secretary/treasurer.

Our plant sale will be held inside the 4-H Exhibition Hall on May 1 at 9 a.m. Start seedlings now, divide and repot them in April so they will be large enough to sell. If transplant mix or pots are needed, contact a Master Gardener officer. Sharon will need volunteers to help on May 1.

We will participate in Vermillion Beautiful again by having a flowerbed. Volunteers are needed on May 15 which is the planting day.

Several committees are still available. (membership, Earth Day, Farmers' Market, advertising, etc.) Let Sharon know which you would like.

Come Create Day is open to ideas from Master Gardeners. Dates will be announced.

The next meeting will be Thursday, March 25 at the 4-H Center.

Johanson guest of Lillehammer

Lillehammer Lodge 1-633 met at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004 at Christ the King church. Our meeting opened with the singing of national anthems of Norway and the United States, and the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Fifty-five signed the register, including these guests: Beverly Lowe, Bridget Knutson, Kristi Saoi, Steiner Johanson, Mel Schwartz, Mearl and Margo Larson, Analyn Schmidt, Solveig Korte, Bernice Nissen and Virginia Cummins. Eighteen officers were present.

Jean Silvey, and Don and Fran Thompson were nominated to serve as delegates for the state SON convention to be in Rapid City in June, 2004. Alternates are Carol Broderson, and Wayne and Esther Knutson.

Forms are available for anyone wishing to enter the folk art competition at the convention. Jean Silvey and Sylvia Hagen were the only volunteers so far.

Motions recommended at the executive committee meeting were passed. These included the sale of raffle tickets, purchase of a book for the library, purchase of an ad in the convention booklet, and payment of lodge membership dues for Don and JoAnne Frasch.

Medals were presented to Shirley Juracek for past achievements.

Thanks were expressed to Louise Seger for her extensive work in preparing the 2004 directory.

Vi Ranney announced plans for a tour to Omaha this summer to attend the musical ��I Remember Mama � A tour to Europe is scheduled for this summer, and one to Norway in 2005.

Earl Reese officiated at the installation of the 2004 officers of Lillehammer Lodge.

Our next meeting will be on March 20 at 2 p.m. Par Arvid Olmheim and wife Odny, of Norway, will be our guests. Par Olmheim is visiting professor at Augustana College, Sioux Falls.

For our program, Jean Silvey introduced Steiner Johanson of Tromso, Norway. He is a student at Augustana College. He is a self-taught accordion player, and entertained us with folk dance music and many insights into the life in Norway.

The Norwegian table prayer and the birthday song preceded lunch and visiting.

Auxiliary reviews recent correspondence

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Clay Post #3061 was held Tuesday evening Feb. 17, with President Elizabeth Fiedler presiding. Roll call of officers was taken and recorded, Eileen Johnson, Chaplain, offered the opening prayer. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Motion made and seconded to accept the treasurer�s report as printed.

Correspondence included General Orders #7. Report was given on Road to Recovery. Thank you�s from St. Agnes fifth graders for rulers, Royal C. Johnson Hospital for Christmas cards and Human Services Center for Christmas donations.

Committee reports given on cancer aid and research and cancer pins. Report given on hospice hours worked.

Funeral committee reported they worked and served food at two funerals. The charter was draped in memory of Lucille Schmid.

Motion made and seconded to donate a monetary gift to Vermillion Special Olympics to send an athlete to participate at Spearfish.

Meeting adjourned to reopen on March 16.

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