Clubs 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.

Our newest member; 6-week-old Sophia Jerke was center of attention. Plans for decorating our Garden Club Christmas tree at the W.H. Over Museum were finalized. Next meeting will be the Christmas dinner. More information on that to come.

Rotarians learn investment strategies

Rotarians learned a little bit about investment strategies, including how successful South Dakota has been over the last three decades when they welcomed outgoing State Investment Officer Steve Meyers and incoming State Investment Officer Matt Clark of the South Dakota Investment Council to their weekly luncheon.

The 50 plus Rotarians learned South Dakota's assets have grown to a phenomenal level since 1973, when assets were listed at $133 million and grew to $5.4 billion as of June 30.

According to Meyers, the eight members of the South Dakota Investment Council oversee a team of 25 people and have fiduciary responsibilities for seven different trust funds, including South Dakota's Retirement System, Healthcare, Education Enhancement, Cement Plant Retirement, School and Public Lands, Dakota Cement and South Dakota's Cash Flow fund.

Meyers said without the support and commitment from the South Dakota Legislature, much of the council's success over the last three decades would not have been possible.

"I was really surprised by the support from the South Dakota Legislature when I reported a 5.9 percent loss during my early years on the council," Meyers said. "I expected to be fired or something when I reported the loss, when in fact just the opposite happened."

He said, "Although the legislature played an important role in his strategies for the South Dakota Investment Council, it's still important to have the money invested in a non-political way."

Meyers touted South Dakota's financial position and believes it's in better shape than most other states with similar investment policies.

"South Dakota ranks in the 38-percentile compared to other states," Meyers said. "The national average for return on investments is 9.9-percent, where South Dakota averages 11.2-percent."

Meyers retires on Jan. 10, 2005, with Clark taking over office duties the following day. Clark currently serves as deputy investment officer. He grew up in a small town in northwest Iowa and has many years of experience with investment strategies, supported by a degree in accounting from The University of South Dakota.

"I've been with the South Dakota Investment Council for 20 years now and I spent my first year working as an intern for council in 1983," Clark said.

According to Clark, lower expectations on returns are realistic for the future of South Dakota.

Other Rotary business included the normal announcements for the month, including a birthday announcement for Bernie Stansbury. With the holiday season upon us, Mercy Hobbs also announced the Living Giving Tree program, which will sponsor two families for Christmas this year. For more information about the Living Giving tree program please contact Hobbs.

Ballots cast for club officers

Sons of Norway, Lillehammer Lodge 1-633 met on Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church in Yankton with one guest and 40 members attending.

The meeting opened with the Norwegian and United States anthems, accompanied by Arlys Saoi, and with the pledge of allegiance to our flag.

In response to a question about financial secretary Laura Martindale, we were told that she is still in a nursing home in Omaha, NE, and expects to be there for therapy until January, 2005.

The secretary's report was accepted as read. The treasurer, Clarice Holm, gave a current financial report. In unfinished business, there was no favorable response to our participation in a financial contribution to the proposed statue to Crown Princess Martha of Norway. The motion was made, seconded and passed to send a payment to the "Two and a Half Danes" for their program at our October meeting. A motion was made, seconded and passed to give $50 to the Ski for Light foundation. The request for funds for the scholarship trust fund brought no interest, and discussion was tabled.

Considerable discussion led to the motion to hold a bake sale at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, in a tea and candy shop close the the Parade of Christmas trees. Said motion was made, seconded and passed. Committees named for this included Marlys List and Arlys Saoi on promotion; June Munkvold, Jean Silvey, and Esther Knutson on mail out; Clarice Holm on finances. No chairperson was named. Advertising on local cable TV was suggested. Plans are to set up at 11 a.m. Items brought are to be packaged and priced.

No interest was expressed in decorating a tree for the Parade of Christmas trees, so that was tabled. New business began with discussion of possible changes in our winter schedule. After permission was received from the pastor of Christ the King Church, the motion was made, seconded and approved to change our January, February, and March 2005 meetings to the third Saturday of each month, at the hour of 2 p.m.

For the good of the order, the secretary explained the sheets of questions which had been handed to each member. The information needed will provide information for our annual Lodge report which helps the SON maintain its tax free status. This report must be completed by the next meeting. Members not at this meeting will be mailed forms.

New business included a nominations committee report by chairman Wayne Knutson. Other members of that committee were John Grindvold, Gene Iverson, and Gilbert Mjoen. They requested "unless there is an exception from the membership, we ask that you cast a unanimous ballot for the slate as presented."

President Carol Broderson, Counselor Earl Reese, Financial Secretary Laura Martindale, Treasurer Gene Iverson, Social and Cultural Co-Director Sylvia Hagen, Marshall John Grindvold, Assistant Marshall Don Frasch, Greeters Twila and Arnold Anderson (formerly Inner Guard and Outer Guard), Trustee, 3-year term, Wayne Knutson, [Carol Nordby (2006); Brooks Ranney (2005)], Foundation Director Gilbert Mjoen, Travel Representative Viona Ranney, Historians June and Richard Munkvold, Music Director Phyllis Nielsen, Auditors Gilbert Mjoen and Don Thompson, Nordic Dance Directors and Instructors Don and JoAnn Frasch. The motion was passed, seconded and approved.

To quote chairman Wayne Knutson: "The committee acknowledges the following officers who do not wish to continue to serve: Vice President Wayne Knutson; Secretary Helen Severson; Social and Cultural Co-Director Jean Silvey; Assistant Social Director Shirley Christensen; Yearbook Editor Louise Seger, and Librarian Arlys Saoi.

Chairman Committee Knutson continued "The committee could not find members willing to be nominated for the above positions. Therefore, on behalf of the committee, I move that we sincerely and gratefully ask these officers to continue to serve until replacement nominees are identified � hopefully, before their terms expire in January." The above motion was seconded and passed.

Committee chairman Knutson continued: "The following positions have been vacant during the past year, and your nominating committee seeks members willing to serve: youth director, editor, and publicity director. Also, the committee urges that a nominating committee be elected in January to allow sufficient time to find people willing to be nominated and to serve."

Our next meeting will be a 6 p.m. potluck supper on Dec. 21. This program will be an opportunity for member to share memories of Christmases past, and an appropriate sing-along.

President Carol announced the meeting was over. Jean Silvey introduced Pastor Erika Lehmann of Vangen Lutheran Church for a program of vocal music. Many were familiar hymns, others were more contemporary. Paster Lehmann also spoke on her work with the World Hunger Organization.

Jean Silvey announced those with October birthdays, and lunch was served after John Grindvold led us in the traditional Norwegian table prayer.

Helen Severson, Secretary

4-H club will change name

The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H club met on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the 4-H building kitchen, at 7 p.m. Theresa Dendinger, president, opened the meeting by having the new members introduce themselves. The new members are Jacob Krier, Clayton Larson, Ashley Sorensen, Marley Hanson and Reilly Larsen. Ashley Sorensen led the 4-H pledge. Austen Krier led the Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone introduced themselves and told what one food item they would take with them if they were stuck on a deserted island.

The Treasurer�s Report was read. At the Recognition Event the Jolly Juniorettes club got second place in Community Service, Outstanding Club and Recruiting New Members. There were no bills presented. A secretary�s report was not given due to new officers being elected last month.

Old business: A thank you was given to members who brought bars/cookies to Virginia Delvaux�s retirement party.

Discussion took place on changing the club�s name. Cyndi Dendinger made a suggestion for the name be changed to Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes, shortened name Jolly JJ�s. Theresa Dendinger made a motion to change the name to Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes. The members voted, with a unanimous decision to change the name to Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes (Jolly JJ�s).

Fair premiums were handed out. Ellen Hanson received a round of applause for getting first place on the Reporters Scrapbook for 2003/2004.

Everyone spent a little while signing thank yous that will be mailed out to the sponsors of all the awards the Jolly Juniorettes received at the Recognition Event. Theresa Dendinger reminded the members to write thank yous to the sponsors for the awards they personally received.

Pam Hanson talked to the members about Amond Hanson�s auction on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the 4-H building, for which the club set up the kitchen, hours 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Anyone who was in town that day was welcome to help. William Mart, Ashley Sorensen, Ellen Hanson and Marley Hanson volunteered to help.

Pam Hanson talked to the members about an ongoing community service project for the club year 2004/2005 � the Saint Agnes School Autumn Classic.

A thank you was given to all those who brought items for the Thanksgiving basket. The basket will be given to a family in need in the Vermillion area. Pictures were taken.

Everyone picked a Christmas tag off the Angel of Hope Christmas tree. Individuals from SESDAC will be recipients of the Angel of Hope Christmas wish lists. Pictures were taken.

Awards were handed out to members who were not present at the Recognition event. Certificates of Participation were handed out.

Upcoming events: Friday, Dec. 3, anyone who can come is welcome, we will meet at the W.H. Over Museum at 4 p.m., and a Christmas tree will be put up and then decorated. Everyone was sent home with pine cones to decorate as they wished and then bring them to the museum to hang on the tree (ribbons will be provided at the museum to hang the pine cones with).

When the tree is decorated we will then meet at 104 Walker to make additional ornaments, if needed. The group is trimming a tree for the W.H. Over Museum Christmas Festival, held on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Discussion took place on another community service project in December. More discussion will take place at the December meeting, confirming the date and times.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Sarah Anderson, Ellen Hanson seconded it. Motion was carried.

Ellen Hanson did a demonstration, �Lolli-Tailed Turkey Pots.� Lunch was also provided by Ellen Hanson.

Following Ellen Hanson�s demonstration, club members proceeded to make Lolli-Tailed Turkey Pots, which will be given to the Vermillion Ministerial Association to help decorate the tables at the Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner, held on Thursday, Nov. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vermillion Community Center (Armory).

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m., at Prairie Homes Assisted Living, 809 Norbeck Street. Club members will sing Christmas carols there. At 7 p.m., the members will go back to the 4-H Center kitchen for a short business meeting. A craft with Leslie Kronaizl will be done. A reminder letter will be sent out just before the meeting listing the dollar amount needed to bring for the craft. A $3 gift exchange amongst members will occur, boy gift for boy, girl gift for girl. A pizza party will follow the events. Remember to bring the Angel of Hope Christmas tree presents for the people at SESDAC.

Ellen Hanson, Reporter

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