After-Prom group sponsors raffle

After-Prom group sponsors raffle The Vermillion High School After-Prom Committee will be drawing for the winning raffle ticket for a Gateway lap top computer at the Nov. 29 Winter Sports Kickoff in the high school commons at 6:30 p.m. You need not be present to win.

A general After-Prom Committee meeting will be held in January. All interested parents of seniors and juniors are encouraged to attend. The January meeting date and time will be posted in December.

For more information about how you can get involved in the After-Prom activities, please contact Peggy Schaack by calling 624-5236 or by e-mail at or Deb Christensen by e-mail at

HEAD:Weapons assessment topic of Rotary meeting The Vermillion Rotarians with Kent Scribner presiding met for our weekly lunch at the Neuharth Center on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Guests were Stacey Kooistra, Romney Jones, and Gerry Tracy. Gerry, home with his family now, is stationed in Iraq and will be returning there soon after Thanksgiving Day. Vermillion High School seniors joining us today were Dasha Erkina, Jessika Evans, Steve Foltz, and Jacob Geis. Volunteers are needed for the weekends of Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19 to help out at a basketball tournament. More immediately there is need for some Christmas season "bell ringers" to greet customers at both Jones' Food Market and at Hy-Vee this Saturday. You may call 624-3379 to give some of your time. Our program today was presented by Kevin Van Den Oever, currently visiting with some of his family in Vermillion. Mr. Van Den Oever has been working at the Corona (CA) Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center for a number of years. The center's assignment is to give an independent assessment of the effectiveness of various weapons systems used by the U.S. Navy. It has been found that the military personnel using the systems and the corporate contractors supplying the weapons are, often enough, too "embedded" to give a truly independent assessment of their effectiveness. That's the center's job and it involves massive testing and data collecting (in the terabytes, which is way beyond gigabytes). How thankful we should be that such work is going on is something worth pondering over this holiday season.

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