Lions induct new members The annual Vermillion Lions Club banquet held at the Valiant Vineyards Winery on Dec. 16 was a well attended event. President Barbara Campbell noted in particular that the wives of three deceased club members, Leone (Herb) Christopherson, Sharon (Jim) Taylor, and Glendae (Wally) Anderson were present for the occasion.
Campbell introduced special guests Kathy Colwell, daughter of Dell and Carol Colwell, Tracey Lonning, sister of Jacqueline Lonning, and Clem and Betty Powers, parents of Richard McBride.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers. This most talented group sang a number of traditional Christmas songs which everyone enjoyed.
Lion Art Rusch was in charge of the induction ceremony for two new Lions members, Amy DeJong and Jacqueline Lonning. Rusch pointed out to DeJong and Lonning that the International Association of Lions Clubs was formed in 1917 and at the present time is the largest service group in the world (1.4 million members). The Lions in 1925 following the appeal of Helen Keller, took on the special dedication of serving the blind and sight impaired throughout the world.
Lion Rusch made a point to give special recognition to four Vermillion Lions members (Bill Farber, Charles Estee, Norm Herren, Vern Holter) who have been members of the local club for over 50 years.
Lion Ron Thaden reminded the Lions present that volunteers would be needed on Sunday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church to help prepare the Christmas boxes for this year. The Vermillion Lions as well as other organizations have donated funds to buy some of the items and the Vermillion Elementary Schools and Middle School were responsible for collecting a large amount of canned goods.
The Vermillion club has been involved with the task of preparing the Christmas boxes for over 20 years. The evening concluded with the drawings for the table centerpieces, which were donated for the occasion by Lion Gloria Christopherson.