Clubs Lucky Trailblazers gather for meetings

For our Nov. 16 meeting, the club members brought food items for a Thanksgiving basket that will go to a family in the area. The club will provide a gift certificate to the grocery store for a turkey and roasting pan. Karla and Courtney Nussbaum will be in charge of the basket.

The club decided to spend about $10 on a gift exchange for the Christmas party meeting on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Members will also bring a donation for the family we sponsor. We had a discussion on hippology and decided we will work on that throughout the year. The knowledge would help all club members. We will try to have questions every meeting.

A discussion was held about places we could practice riding this winter. Several suggestions were given, but more information needs to be collected before we can make any plans. Courtney Nussbaum gave her presentation on "Do Cat's Eyes Glow In The Dark?" It was very interesting. Lunch was then served and meeting adjourned.

For our Oct. 19 meeting, Lucky Trailblazers made cards for Virginia Delvaux's retirement party. We used Bev Kennedy's neat sticker machine to make the cards.

We filled out our enrollment forms for this year. We decided a club goal would be to do a talk at club level and county level (county fair). We talked about doing hippology at the fair. We made out a calendar for the coming year's meetings which included community service projects for the club to perform.

We decided to have a Christmas party/meeting on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 in the 4-H building. Bring a generic gift to exchange. We also decided at this meeting to bring items for a Christmas present for a needy family.

We thought we could arrange a trail ride for some Saturday if the weather is nice, possibly to Union County Park. Ideas are welcome. Use a calling tree to get a hold of members.

New officers elected for the club are: President Courtney Nussbaum; Vice-President Taylor Geu; Secretary Dana Nelson.

Courtney was appointed to have treats and her talk at the Nov. 16 meeting. We are to bring Thanksgiving food items for a needy family.

Dana Nelson, Secretary

ELCA women enjoy salad luncheon

Trinity's Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America held their annual Christmas Salad Luncheon for members and guests at noon on Dec. 9 in the Fellowship Hall. Jan Olson welcomed the group and read the Christmas story according to the Gospel of Luke. Pastor Judith Johnson offered the prayer before the meal, and Shirley Huber, chair of the luncheon committee, announced directions for service. David Olson, local jazz pianist, provided Christmas music throughout the event, and the Vermillion High School Jazz Choir, directed by Kristen Iverson, entertained the assembly with a program of traditional Christmas songs. Carmen Howard was the accompanist. Before the luncheon, WELCA met at 10 a.m. in Askeland Lounge for the December Bible study led by Pastor Johnson. The study focused on the parable of the 10 bridesmaids, fourth in the monthly series titled "Everyday Surprises: The Parables of Jesus." Following the Bible study, Jan Olson presided at a business meeting. Members accepted missionary sponsorship for Matthew and Dina Nygard serving the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon and decided upon monetary Christmas gifts to the Luther Center; "Sharing the Dream," which benefits Trinity's sister congregation at El Bongo, Guatemala; and the Vermillion Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Pastor Johnson installed officers for 2005: President Jan Olson, Vice-President Dorothy Neuhaus, Secretary Evelyn Hermanson, Treasurer Susanne Steenholdt, Mission Action Representative Jill Munger, and Mission Community Representative Esther Knutson. On Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, WELCA will host the annual Stone Soup Supper, a free meal for the Vermillion community.

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