Clubs Country Gals & Guys meet Dec. 14, 2003

Colette Joy called the meeting to order, and Amber Walker led the flag pledges. Our old business was the food basket that we donated to the Food Pantry, and our new business was our next meeting date. Amber Walker, Michelle Rydell, Stacey Joy, Theresa Ring, Tiffany Crowell, and Colette Joy were all present. Every December we have a Christmas party, so we partied. We ordered a party sub from Subway, and had an excellent time. After we enjoyed our food and company, and Theresa Ring adjourned the meeting. Jan. 12 Theresa Ring called the meeting to order. Amber Walker and Tiffany Crowell led the flag pledges. Amber Walker, Tiffany Crowell, Theresa Ring, and Stacey Joy were present. Our old business was the Christmas party, and our new business was our "Valentines for Vets." We then made the valentines, and Theresa adjourned the meeting. April 12 Unfortunately there were no February or March meetings. Although in March Stephanie Taylor, Kristina Blythe, Michelle Blythe, Michelle Rydell, Theresa Ring, Amber Walker, and Stacey Joy all served at the SESDAC Banquet/Auction. In April Colette called the meeting to order and Michelle Rydell seconded it. Amber Walker led the flag pledges. Our old business was the SESDAC Banquet/Auction, and the thank you card from the hospital. Our new business was the Come Create date which is May 8. We also established the date for our next meeting, which is May 12. Michelle Rydell, Colette Joy, Amber Walker, Tiffany Crowell, and Stacey Joy were present. Michelle Rydell did a demonstration titled "Happy Easter Cupcakes." Her "Happy Easter Cupcakes" were delicious! We enjoyed them thoroughly, and then Michelle moved to adjourn the meeting. Amber Walker seconded the motion, and Colette Joy adjourned the meeting.

Rotarians learn of Depression's impact

In a backward glance at the Great Depression of the 1930s, USD business professor Ralph Brown told Vermillion Rotarians on Tuesday that South Dakota took a greater "hit" than any other state during America's greatest economic downturn. Brown used a bevy of statistical charts to show how various products in the state's farm economy dropped way below their 1919-1929 average production during the "Thirties." At the time South Dakota was the most farming intensive state in the country, so the result was that this state was left in worse shape than any other state during the decade. The poor economy was matched by record drought conditions during the same years, adding up to what Brown labeled "a perfect storm." Even the fact that the non-farm economy in South Dakota performed better than that in other states could not make up for the state's severe losses in agriculture. The state's population was 690,000 in the 1930 census and dropped over 50,000 by 1940. Brown showed that it took five more decades for South Dakota to make up the loss, when the 1990 census showed a population of 693,000. Rural South Dakota has never recovered from the out migration of the 1930s. Brown said that government learned a lot from the Great Depression that has prevented similar economic calamities since 1940. The social services net helped those who are displaced by more recent downturns, and the Federal Reserve system has become more activist than it was in 1933, when it basically stood by and watched thousands of banks collapse. Rotarians greeted Dorothee Kiss, a Rotary-sponsored foreign student who has studied this past year at Vermillion High School and will be leaving soon for a trip to the West Coast with other exchange students before returning to her home in Germany. Other Rotary guests Tuesday were Karen Muenster and Steve Sikorski.

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