Clubs A new 4-H year begins or Young Producers

The Young Producers 4-H club kicked off the new 4-H year by having new member and election month. The meeting was called to order by Amy Luxem, our vice president. Nadeen Peterson, the club leader, supervised the meeting. The new member for this year was Josie Huber, but anyone from eight to 19 as of Jan. 1 can still join by the end of the month. Also, there will be no December meeting.

After the pledges, we held our elections. Andy Jensen was elected president, Katie Sokolowski is the new VP, Amy Luxem is secretary/treasurer, and I, Patrick Morrison, was elected reporter.

Old business was county and state fair, and member recognition within the club, such as judging schools and special awards.

New business included community service projects, demonstration and meeting dates, and who is in charge of lunch at the meetings.

Well, in with the new, out with the old. It will definitely be a new and exciting 4-H year. The next meeting will be the club party, and the date and time is still to be determined.

Patrick Morrison, reporter

Meckling Livestock wins several awards

On Nov. 18 the Meckling Livestock 4-H Club met at the Clay County Extension building.

Megan Bottolfson led us in pledges and Luke, Gerrit and Seth Heine were hosts. Our roll call topic was your favorite school subject.

We talked about the recognition event and wrote thank you notes. Congratulations to the club for winning the outstanding club, community service and 4-H promotion awards.

We announced the dates for shooting sports which will start Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the 4-H building. 4-H traditional camp for children ages 8-11 will be held June 15-17 and 4-H teen camp for children ages 12-14 will be held June 20-22.

We discussed each of us giving $3 towards a gift for the Giving Tree. There were demonstrations given by: Luke Heine, the different cuts of beef; Gerrit Heine, how to do laundry; and Seth Heine, how to make a hand warmer.

Midday Connection to meet Dec. 7

The Centerville Area Women's Midday Connection will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 7 for a noon luncheon.

We will have special music by Sherrill Kemper who will be singing and accompanying herself on mandolin and guitar.

Kemper will also be our guest speaker this month. She is from Little Falls, MN, and says she has lots of lemons, but can't find the sugar!

Kemper home schools her three teenage children and is a writer of humorous stories. Sounds like an entertaining speaker!

For reservations, please call Wilhelmina Jorgenson at 326-5562, Jan Stevens at 563-2821, or Lois Lounsbery at 763-5284 by Dec. 3.

We look forward to seeing you on Dec. 7 at noon at the Centerville American Legion Hall.

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, sweet 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.

Historical society plans winter gala

The Union County Historical Society met at the museum Monday, Nov. 15.�New officers elected are Sondra Stickney, president; Dean Chadwell, vice-president: Emma Ballinger, treasurer; Evelyn Vincent, Don Lane, Ray LaFleur, Sherri McKee and Roger Boldenow, directors. Alice Mae Kennedy, secretary, has one year of her term remaining. The program for the evening was presented by Gayl Smith of the Gayl Smith Art Studio at Jefferson. She gave a history of the art of china painting and explained the difference between ceramic and porcelain. She exhibited many of her plates, bowls and vases that have been in shows throughout the nation and gave a short demonstration of the techniques of her artistry. She paints on both china and glass and is widely published in guild magazines. Sherri McKee, president, thanked the many members who attended the Derald Keiser funeral and acted as honorary pall bearers. Fern Chicoine announced the acquisitions for the past month: a McCook Cemetery burial list from Delores Merrill; Clay County Homestead Map from Whittemore House in Vermillion; and two jackets from the 1989 Wagon Train from Ron Hoffman. The next event of the society will be the Winter Gala, tentatively set for Jan. 29, 2005 at the Elk Point Country Club. Pete Murray, Elk Point P.A., will give a presentation of his participation in the re-enactment of the Lewis and Clark keelboat trip up the Missouri River. Tickets for the gala are $12.50 and will be available from members at a date closer to the event. The public is welcome. Fern Chicoine served lunch.

Rotarians learn about assisted living

President Kent Scribner called the luncheon meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club to order at noon Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Neuharth Media Center on the USD campus. He announced that a Rotarian is needed to fill an opening on the board of directors of the Vermillion Area Community Foundation. Any club member interested in serving on this board should contact Scribner. Rotarians were also reminded that volunteers are needed for the Midwest Youth basketball tournaments, which will be held in the DakotaDome the weekends of Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19. Tuesday's program was presented by Joe Ward. He and his wife, Charlie, operate Ward Enterprises, which manages Vermillion Assisted Living. The facility was known at one time as Northwood Assisted Living. Ward has over two decades of experience as a nursing home administrator. He began Ward Enterprises in 2001 when he purchased Colton Assisted Living. Ward Enterprises manages assisted living/nursing home centers in Bryant, Ramona, and Vermillion, and owns similar facilities in Colton, Viborg and Hudson. He explained the difference between nursing home care and assisted living care. Assisted living care, he said, is a social model designed for people who need help with meals, or medication, or dressing themselves, Ward said. Nursing homes are considered a medical model. The cost of assisted living care is one-third to one-half that of nursing home care. He described the various options available to pay for such care. They include Medicare, Medicaid, private payment, and private payment with insurance. Vermillion Assisted Living will soon be start construction on an addition to its building, and a remodeling of its present facilities. When complete, 10 new rooms will be added, bringing the total number of beds up to 40, and a new dining area will be added to the building.

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