Clubs Roegiers addresses Emeritus Club

On Wednesday, June 23, at the Silver Dollar, LTJG Charles Roegiers entertained the Emeritus Club with his jovial presentation of "My Bag of Tricks." LTJG Roegiers is the son of Professor Emeritus Charles and Rosie Roegiers. LTJG Roegiers, his wife Lorena, and children, Dominique, Charles M. and Julia were also present. Several friends and neighbors of the Roegiers family were also in attendance. This special meeting was possible due to the Roegiers' new assignment as director of the Northwest Navy Band which is based in Seattle, WA. The Roegiers' family was enroute to this new assignment. LTJG Roegiers shared his interpretation of what a "bag of tricks," in particular, his bag of tricks contains: first his parents and the community of Vermillion's influence on his life. He paid homage to the good example which had been set by his family and teachers and later instructors at USD. Next, other life experiences which, in his case, included a stint playing tuba in a circus band and eventually becoming part of a trapeze act serving as catcher. While in the circus, he met and married his wife, Lorena Vargas. Since deciding to make the Navy his career choice, LTJG Roegiers and his family have traveled to many places. He shared his impressions of the different kinds of occasions at which a Navy band would perform. Presently, his is directing a 35-member band which performs over 400 times each year. He pointed out the amount of time the bandsmen spend practicing and appearing each year and of the constant turnover of band personnel. His presentation was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who was at the meeting. Many of those present remembered LTJG Roegiers from his growing up days in Vermillion and he was especially pleased to have his good friends Jon Coker and B.J. Nesselhuf as well as several neighbors and friends listen to and enjoy his talk. There was lots of laughter and lots of visiting as everyone enjoyed this special meeting.

Alpha Pi holds state convention

Alpha Pi State Convention of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society was held at the Karl Mundt Library in Madison June 4-5. Lambda Chapter was hostess for the event. Carol King, Eta chapter president, Brenda Martens, past state president, and Mary Geffre Johnson, past state president. Keitha Neuarth, Delta chapter, Huron state president, presided at the business meetings. Following an executive board meeting on Friday afternoon, the group met at Prairie Village for an evening meal on the train that circles around the village. A train hold-up was staged, and ladies were asked to empty their purses and donate money to the state scholarship fund. Members then had the opportunity to tour the grounds. Nearly 100 members registered for the convention from the 17 chapters throughout the state. An hour of remembrance was held on Saturday morning for six deceased members. Hazel Linderman Perkins, Eta chapter member, was remembered with a tribute read by Johnson and President King placed a red rose in her honor. The birthday luncheon was held in honor of the society's 75th anniversary. Several awards were presented at this time. The Order of the Rose was bestowed on Helen Manley for her dedication to the society. Other awards received by the chapter were first place for scrapbook and legislative involvement. Recognition was granted to the Golden Gift, World Fellowship, newsletter, and project award for literacy and numeracy activities in the classroom. Leadership and technology workshops were held following the luncheon. The convention concluded with the Presidents' March and Banquet. Julia Burke, northwest regional director, Cheyenne, WY, was the featured speaker for the evening. The Alpha Pi State Chorus entertained with several selections. President King was a member of the chorus directed by Betty Mudder, state music chairman. Next year's convention will be held at the Oaks Hotel, June 10-11, Sioux Falls, with Mu chapter acting as hostesses.

Wakonda Legion Auxiliary meets

American Legion Auxiliary met on Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wakonda Heritage Manor with eight members and nine guests present. We opened the meeting with the prayer, pledge of allegiance and preamble. Our program was Girls State. Jeanie Stockland, who attended Girls State and Ally Eckert, who attended Journalism City, gave their reports and shared pictures and stories. Marilyn Johansen presented each of them with a Girls State pin. Lunch was served by Donna and Ruth. Ruth called the meeting to order and we filled out Community Service for roll call. The secretary's report was read and approved. Communications: A letter was read from District President Shirley Baker. Members were asked to think of items to be put in boxes to be sent to Iraq. Thank-you's were also read from WAPP and honored Auxiliary members. The treasurer's report showed a balance on hand of $906.11. Memorial Day Dinner proceeds were $478.91 and Poppy proceeds were $79.93. Old Business: Discussion was held on cleaning the kitchen in the Legion. Six new pitchers were purchased for the Legion. Everyone was asked to continue working hard on membership. New Business: We will talk about flag etiquette at the school next fall, maybe around Veteran's Day. Ruth would like to make a map of all the Auxiliary's members graves; this would be placed in the cemetery. Discussion was held on serving ice cream sundaes at Cornstock on Aug. 7. Discussion was also held on changing meeting night to the first Monday of the month; everyone present was in favor. New officers for the coming year are: President � Ruth Williams; First Vice. � Pat Girard; Past President � Betty Schmidt; Sec./Treas. ��Donna Henriksen; Chaplain � Jill Haver; Sgt. At Arms � Carol Peterson; and Historian � Dolores Haver. Betty Schmidt installed new Sgt. At Arms ��Carol Peterson. The meeting adjourned and we closed with the Prayer for Peace. The Executive Committee will meet in August to plan for next year.

Coyote Cubs discuss community service

The Coyote Cubs 4-H club met on Sunday, May 16, at the 4-H Center. President Laura Aga called the meeting to order. Casey Carlson led the flag pledges. The roll call topic was "A 4-H project you have always wanted to do." Kate Renner gave the treasurer's report, and Shelli Knutson gave the secretary's report. The club discussed ideas for community service projects. Emily Renner gave a demonstration on Mud Cake, and Julie Renner did a demonstration on Sparkling Fruits in Jell-O. Kate, Emily, and Julie Renner were the hostesses. The next meeting will be held on Sept. 19. Andrea Lias, reporter Rotarians hear report on med school project Ronald Lindahl, Ph.D., dean of basic biomedical sciences at The University of South Dakota School of Medicine, gave the Vermillion Rotary Club a diagnosis of the health of the Andrew E. Lee Medical Science Building on the USD campus. At first glance, the prognosis doesn't look good. The medical school building, which opened at USD in 1950, is scheduled for the wrecking ball. In its place, however, will be a new $31.8 million facility filled with classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, research facilities and offices. More than young women and men interested in a M.D. degree will be educated in the facility. The new building will continue, Lindahl said, to offer programs to students in the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician's assistants, and undergraduate coursework in nursing, biology and chemistry. The present Lee Medical Building will be demolished in two phases. It's east wing will be torn down this year. Construction of the new east wing should be complete in the fall of 2006. Workers will then tear down the building's west wing and replace it with a new construction by the end of 2007. The two wings will be separated by an enclosed atrium. The new construction will be paid for by $12.5 million from Campaign South Dakota, $6.8 million from federal grants, and $12.5 million from the Higher Education Facilities Fund.

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