Clubs Auxiliary prepares for the holidays

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Clay Post 3061 was held Tuesday evening, Nov. 16, with President Elizabeth Fiedler presiding. Roll call of officers was taken and recorded. Chaplain Opal Smith offered the opening prayer. Correspondence included General Orders #3, Nancy's Notes, council minutes, bulletin of Legislative in Pierre on Feb. 6 and 7, bulletin on overseas veterans phone solicitation programs, thank you notes read from Shelby Gregoire and Taylor Geu. Sales of poppies and easel boards were reported. Motion made and carried to mail a monetary gift for Operation Uplink. Ray Hofman, VOD chairman, reported the following winners: Jacob Geise, first, of Vermillion and Erin Spurrell, second, and Eric Skonhovd, third, both from Wakonda School. The chaplain reported mailing three sympathy cards. Other reports were on hospital equipment on loan, Road to Recovery, Hospice and pillow cleaning. Motion made and carried to give a monetary gift to three veterans hospitals and to the Human Services Center at Yankton and renew the subscription to the Plain Talk for Royal C. Johnson Hospital for Christmas. Motion made and carried to give gifts to shut-ins for Christmas. It was decided to have a Christmas party after our meeting on Dec. 21. Everyone is asked to bring a wrapped gift. Everyone is asked to bring a wrapped gift. The meeting adjourned to reopen on Dec. 21.

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.

4-H club welcomes members

President Luke Heine called the Oct. 28 meeting to order. Gerrit Heine led the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge. Our roll call topic was favorite gum. We welcomed new members Brett Bye, Andrew Heine and Mariah Larson. There were no secretary�s or treasurer�s reports.

We discussed old business: how we did at county and state fair. For new business we discussed our community service projects, discussed our club goals for the new year, and elected officers.

Ashley Ouellette was elected president, Megan Bottolfson was elected vice-president, Elizabeth Bye was elected secretary and Gerrit Heine was elected treasurer.

Jana Bye motioned that the club donate towards Virginia�s retirement gift; Gerrit Heine seconded it and it was passed unanimously. Ashley Ouellette motioned that we use club funds to pay for the entrance fee to the haunted house; Elizabeth Bye seconded it and the motion was passed.

Enrollment forms were passed out and need to be returned at the next meeting or before. 4-H Recognition Event was Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Gerrit Heine motioned to adjourn the meeting.

Abby Ouellette gave a demonstration on music theory and Kelsy Fallan gave a demonstration on exotic sheep breeds. We then took our donation of canned goods and went to the Lambda Chi/Phi Beta Phi haunted house and had a great time!

Kelsy Fallan, Secretary

Garden Club prepares for winter

The Vermillion Garden Club held its annual Fall Pot Luck meeting at the country home of George and Gladys Ufford, Thursday evening, Nov. 18.

April Borders, Clay County Extension Agent, gave a program on winterizing your garden plants, trees and roses. She also fielded questions pertaining to general gardening and winter house plants.

Plans for decorating our Garden Club Christmas tree at the W.H. Over Museum were finalized. Next meeting will be the Christmas dinner.

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