Brower presents Lions Club program Second Vice-President Gloria Christopherson opened the Thursday, Jan. 6 Lions Club meeting and initially asked for introduction of guests. Lion Norm Herren introduced his son, Stan Herren, professor, School of Business, North Dakota State University, Fargo, and Lion Keith Joy introduced his father, Vernon Joy, from Miller. Gloria noted the decision at the last board of directors meeting to update the local Lions Club brochure and to design a new placemat for pancake days.
Lion Keith Joy reported that the 2004 Christmas Box event was a success with the Vermillion Lions Club, Sertoma Club, and Thrivent (group of Lutheran churches) donating funds for box items and the Vermillion Elementary Schools and Middle School collecting some of the canned goods.
Lion Curtis Schempp stated that the membership committee has designated February and March, 2005 as the time period for new membership recruitment. Local members are being asked to submit the names of potential new members and each will then be accompanied by a Lion member to an upcoming club meeting.
Lion Vern Holter, who was not present for recognition at the annual Lions Club Christmas Banquet, was belatedly presented by Gloria a pin for his over 50 years membership in the Vermillion Lions Club. Lion Jack Doyle announced the need for volunteers to help prepare pancakes for the annual Customer Apprecia-tion Day to be held at the Clay-Union Electric facility on Feb. 10.
The speaker for the evening meeting, Josh Brower, was introduced by Lion Allen Johnson. Josh, who attended The University of South Dakota in the 1990s and subsequently the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota, is presently engaged in a dental practice in Le Mars, IA.
Allen emphasized Josh's a vocational interest in woodworking and stated that he is indeed a woodworker par excellence. Although Josh is involved in many aspects of woodworking, he explained in some detail the construction of Shaker boxes and circulated the boxes displayed at the meeting.
There were a number of questions following his presentation with many directed to the different kinds of wood available for woodworking and also to the types and preparation of wood veneers.