Clubs 4-H'ers entertain at Dakota Gardens

The Jolly Juniorette 4-H club met at the Dakota Gardens Apartments on Tuesday, March 9. Sarah Anderson, president, called the meeting to order. Tia Krier led the Pledge of Allegiance. Theresa Dendinger led the 4-H pledge. The roll call topic was telling the residents of Dakota Gardens something about themself. The residents of Dakota Gardens then introduced themselves. The secretary's report was given by Sarah Mayer. Emily Holoch and Cyndi Dendinger gave the treasurer's report. Old business: A thank you was given to those who sold 4-H fruit. New business: A thank you was also given to Pam Hanson for agreeing to be on the Come Create committee. Dates and times to pick up the 4-H fruit was given. Also the date in which the money collected from the sale of the 4-H fruit to be turned in was given. Congratulations was given to Theresa Dendinger for being selected to represent Clay County at the 2004 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference at the National 4-H center this summer. Members were told to watch the Clay County 4-H Guidelines green sheets for upcoming events, dates and any changes. Upcoming events and dates brought to 4-H members attention: Another acrylic painting class will be held on June 28. April 18 will be Clay County Phone-a-Thon; the club is looking for two volunteers to help out on the phones. It will start at 3 p.m., the shift will last two hours. Deadline for 4-H Camp Lakodia is April 21. Motions were made to adjourn the meeting. Sarah Mayer gave a demonstration called "Decorating with Decoupage." Emily Holoch presented a judging school on decorated paper sacks. 4-H members as well as the Dakota Gardens residents participated in judging paper sacks. 4-H members Austin Krier, Ellen Hanson, Tia Krier, and Sarah Mayer entertained the residents by playing the piano. Sarah Anderson played a musical number on her flute. Emily Holoch sang a song, accompanied on piano by Jeanne Mayer. Lunch was provided by Sarah Mayer. Next meeting will be Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m., at the 4-H building. A wood project will be done. Bring $10 if doing the lap desk or $12 if doing the bench planter. Reporter: Ellen Hanson

Rotarians see streetscape plan

Highlights of the Downtown Vermillion Streetscape plan were shared with Rotarians on Tuesday by Mayor Roger Kozak and Judy Clark, both members of the streetscape committee.

Major objective of the concept is to utilize the historical attributes of downtown Vermillion as a centerpiece for a more cohesive and attractive look to Main Street. Trees, flowers, benches, brick walkways and other amenities could be added to the mix, along with one or two small pedestrian plazas that might feature picnic tables and perhaps a stage for live performances.

Kozak stressed that from the beginning parking and more of it in strategic locations has been part of the streetscape discussions. Clark mentioned that some off-street parking opportunities are now available downtown, but they are not well known. One of the streetscape ideas is to tie these locations directly to Main Street through the alleys leading off the street.

An advantage to Vermillion, according to Clark, is that changes to downtown buildings over the years have been relatively superficial and it would be fairly easy for the community to give Main Street downtown a Victorian, turn-of-the-last-century look. The historic designation now held by Vermillion�s downtown opens up funding opportunities, she reported for individual property owners wanting to upgrade their buildings.

Kozak cautioned that the plan as presented has not been funded and could be phased in, but that the idea is one he feels has �caught on� in the community and would be acceptable.

Rotary guests this week were Dwight Vick from the USD campus, and Kathleen Redlin, Robin Rolston, Alisa Schamber and Leslie Sell from Vermillion High School.

Trinity WELCA renews covenant<</B>P> Trinity�s Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met March 25 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center. The afternoon program and refreshments were prepared by the Rebecca Circle, June Wagner, chairperson. Program participants included Gerry Van Bruggen, Marilyn Johnson, and children from Trinity Lutheran Preschool with their teacher, Cindy Knutson.

Jan Olson presided at a business meeting before the program.

Trinity�s WELCA renewed a �Missionary Sponsorship Covenant� with the ELCA Division of Global Mission. Financial support is provided quarterly for Robert and Julie Peterson, who serve in Senegal.

Tickets are on sale for the �Meal in the Upper Room� to be held on Wednesday, April 7, 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

WELCA�a Southeast Conference Spring Gathering will be Saturday, April 24 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church.

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