Clubs Busy spring for the Garden Club

The Vermillion Garden Club held its monthly meeting Thursday, April 15 in the South Dakota Room at the Vermillion Public Library. We were crowded, cozy, and delighted to have three new members and two visitors. The Arbor Day tree planting will take place at 12:30 p.m. at The Bluffs Golf Course, Friday, April 30. This is an annual event involving the Austin School second graders and their teachers. They present a short program pertaining to Arbor Day. The public is cordially invited to attend. Saturday, May 1, the Vermillion Garden Club and Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant and seed sale. This will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at the 4-H grounds and building. The Farmer's Market also begins this day. State Garden Club Convention begins Friday, May 7, 4 p.m., at the Butterfly House, Sertoma Park, Sioux Falls. On Saturday, May 8, the opening session begins at 9:15 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, Empire Mall, Sioux Falls. "Yard of the Month" search begins in the month of May. Signs will be placed and certificates given to four recipients each month, for four months. If you would like to nominate a yard, Please contact a club member. Some interest was expressed to attend Gail Korn's annual Garden Perennial Daylily Festival Saturday, July 24. More information to come on this. Coffee, rhubarb muffins and a video "Backyard Landscaping to Attract Birds," concluded the evening. Chief Tecumseh speaks to Rotary

Through the voice of famed Chief Tecumseh, guest speaker Jerome Kills Small from USD's Institute of American Indian Studies previewed this summer's Chautauqua program for members of Rotary Tuesday noon. The Great Plains Chautauqua Society has chosen Vermillion for its 2004 summer program July 16-20. Noted scholars portray famous American characters in first person presentations. Besides Kills Small's second year as Tecumseh, other characters scheduled this summer include William Clark, Sacagawea and York from the Lewis and Clark Expedition; John Jacob Astor, noted fur trader and entrepreneur, and Dolly Madison, wife of the fourth President, James Madison. Kills Small teaches the Lakota language and Native American cultural courses at the university and has also achieved regional prominence in the Chautauqua program with his portrayals of a succession of American Indian leaders. This past weekend local Rotarians hosted a group study exchange delegation from a Rotary district in France. The visitors toured USD, Spirit Mound, the National Music Museum, the Valiant Vineyards Winery and the W.H. Over Museum. Rotarian Bob Grossmann offered the visitors a special treat when he took them on short flights over Vermillion and the adjacent Missouri River valley in his Mooney airplane. Guests of Rotary this week were Dorothee Kiss, Lynn Peterson and Paul Waite. Eta chapter elects officers RoAnn Redlin, director of the Vermillion Coalition Against Domestic Violence, was the featured speaker at the Eta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International at St. Agnes School Auditorium March 30. Following the presentation a question and answer session was directed from the membership. President Carol King called the meeting to order, with the reading of the Collect. President King called for the election of officers for the next biennium. The following slate was read and approved: President Corinne Rath, First Vice President Kerry Kopang, Second Vice President Lisa Vik, Secretary Marianne Upward and Jr. Past President Carol King. Treasurer Janet Petersen and Parliamentarian Marjean Barta were appointed by the executive board to serve for the two years. First Vice President Corinne Rath read the list of names recommended for membership. They were approved by the membership. An orientation will be held in May. The president encouraged members to attend the state convention held in Madison June 4 and 5, hosted by Lambda chapter. Eta chapter will be guests of Xi chapter, Yankton, on May 1 for a brunch at 10 a.m. at Minerva's at Kelly Inn. Hostesses for the evening were Judy Aiello, Linda Reetz and Patricia Cafruny.

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