Clubs 4-H'ers busy during holiday season

The Jolly Juniorette 4-H members met at the W.H. Over Museum on Friday, Dec. 3 to string popcorn, put ribbons on the decorated pinecones, brought by each member, and to decorate a Christmas tree for the W.H. Over Museum's 37th Annual Christmas Festival on Sunday, Dec. 5. On Sunday, Dec. 12, club members met at the 4-H building kitchen to make popcorn balls that were to be included in the Christmas Cheer Bags distributed by the Civic Council. On Tuesday, Dec. 14 the Jolly Juniorette 4-H club members met at Prairie Homes Assisted Living to sing Christmas carols to the residents who live there. Oh what fun everyone had! After singing Christmas carols, club members went back to the 4-H center. Ashley Sorensen led the pledge for allegiance and Marley Hanson led the 4-H pledge. Cyndi Dendinger said a prayer before pizza and pop were served during the short meeting. Theresa Dendinger read thank yous that had been mailed to the club for community service work done. Everyone signed a thank you that was passed around, which will be sent to Amond and Sally Hanson for letting us provide a kitchen during their auction and for the donation they made to the club. Theresa Dendinger presented a thank you and flowers to Pam Hanson for all the work she put into providing a kitchen during Amond and Sally Hanson's auction. This was a fund raising event for the club. A treasurer's report was given by Sarah Anderson. No bills were presented. Theresa Dendinger, president, thanked everyone for helping to decorate the Christmas tree at the W.H. Over Museum and for helping in the making of the popcorn balls. A sign up sheet was passed around for everyone to pick times for ringing bells at Hy-Vee for the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 18. The Jolly Juniorettes decided to e-mail SPC Chris Barondeau, who is serving in Iraq, every month. Clayton Larson volunteered to e-mail Chris in December. Every month we'll share the e-mails with club members. Old business: The club donated cookies for a year to the Saint Agnes School Autumn Classic auction. William Mart will bring a batch of cookies to the January club meeting then Pam Hanson will deliver them to the winner of the cookies from the auction for January. In regards to the club changing the name it was decided the new name will be Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes, with no shortened name. New business: Dates for the 4-H camp will be June 15-17, at Camp Lakodia, Madison, for 8- to 10-year-olds and June 20-22 for the teen camp. Theresa Den-dinger shared with the club some of the fun experiences she had at 4-H camp, encouraging everyone to go. The deadline to apply for the National 4-H trips for National Youth Conference, National 4-H Youth Directions Council and National 4-H Congress is Jan. 17. The deadline for the 4-H Scholarship is April 1. 4-H t-shirts are still available for anyone interested in ordering. Leslie Kronaizl showed club members how to make a Christmas decoration out of wire and then everyone made one. A gift exchange took place. Pictures were taken with club members holding Angel of Hope Christmas presents for some individuals at SESDAC, the community service project for December. The next club meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Jones' Food Center with Monica Iverson giving a tour of the bakery, then back to the 4-H center. Austin Krier and Jacob Krier will give a demonstration. Emily Holoch will present a judging school. The community service project for January will be to bring one box of snacks and a school supply item (a letter will be sent to remind everyone of the upcoming meeting and designated school supply item) which will then be donated to the kindergarten classes at Austin School.

Ellen Hanson Reporter Chapter delivers Christmas cheer

Alpha Lambda Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha held a Christmas party at the Silver Dollar in December. Dorothy Wright, president conducted the Pledge Ceremony for Julia Kleeman assisted by Elizabeth Simons. Following the dinner, a gift exchange was presented by the Social Committee. The new members of the chapter decorated a Christmas tree at the W.H. Over Museum depicting the Diamond Theme of "75 years of ESA." The DESA members decorated a Christmas tree using the nature theme. Alpha Lambda members played an important part in making cookies, candies and offering drivers to deliver the Cheer Plates to shut-ins sponsored by Vermillion Civic Council. The chapter will assist in the hosting of the DIANA Award which recognizes women in Vermillion on Jan. 23, 2 p.m. at the W.H. Over Museum. The public is invited to attend. Alpha Lambda will hold election of officers on Feb. 3.

Catholic Daughters hold holiday brunch

�Warm Holiday Memories� set the theme for the Catholic Daughters Brunch held at the W.H. Over Museum in December.

Jan Chapman and her Committee served a delicious brunch to 30 members in attendance.

The Vermillion High School Show Choir, under the direction of Kristen Iverson, performed for the members. A monetary donation was presented to the choir.

Members brought wrapp-ed Christmas gifts to be presented to children of needy families in the Vermillion community.

Catholic Daughters assisted with the Cheer Plate project by making candies, cookies and acting as drivers to distribute the plates.

Service Award presentations were made by Mary Geffre Johnson, ceremonial coordinator, to Rosie Pecha, 25 years; Joanne Schroeder, 36 years and Doris Heine 40 years of service to the Catholic Daughters.

Several Christmas gifts and monetary donations were given to the nursing homes and assisted living in the Vermillion and Elk Point communities.

Catholic Daughters will convene at the St. Agnes School Auditorium, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. There will be a reception of new members, a business meeting and a representative of District 17 will be the featured speaker. A pot luck dinner will follow.

The Mardi Gras Dance is on schedule for Feb. 5, at the St. Agnes School Auditorium. Jere Chapman reigns as King of the Ball. Kenny Carlow�s Band will entertain for your dancing pleasure. The public is invited to attend this festive event.

All former kings and queens of this 15-year celebration have been issued special invitations.

Eta Chapter celebrates Christmas

Eta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society met for its annual Christmas meeting at the Austin-Whittemore House in December.

Corrine Rath, president and Kerry Koppany, first vice president, performed the initiation ceremony for Gwen Billings and Melissa Shanks.

Marianne Upward was in charge of the silent auction with proceeds used for Eta�s Book Project.

Members brought canned food items to be distributed to local needy families.

Cheer plates were distributed Dec. 18. Eta members made cookies, candies and also provided drivers for the distribution of the plates.

Mary Geffre Johnson, Golden Gift chairman, presented each member with a Christmas tree ornament. Marlys Stensaas and Rosalee Driscoll decorated a Christmas tree at the W.H. Over Museum using tools used in the teaching profession.

Lucky Trailblazers hold monthly meeting

Courtney Nussbaum called the monthly meeting of the Lucky Trailblazers 4-H Club to order on Dec. 11, 2004.

We had the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H pledge. Roll call topic was selected by Dana Nelson. The secretary�s report was read. Motion by Taylor Geu to accept the minutes and it was passed by the members. The club discussed making the Christmas cards and getting the presents for the family we sponsor gift wrapped and sent.

New business was the hippology quiz given to the members by Courtney. Answers were provided after everyone had a chance to complete the quiz. In the January meeting we will make Valentine�s cards for care center residents. The next meeting is Jan. 18, and Taylor Geu will have treats and give his demonstration. Dana Nelson will have the roll call topic.

Taylor made a motion to adjourn, Dana seconded it, and passed by members. After the meeting everyone was busy making cards and wrapping presents. Treats of pizza and pop were provided by the club leaders. After eating, the club members exchanged gifts.

Dana Nelson


Midday Connection meets Jan. 11

The Centerville Area Women�s Midday Connection will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at noon at the American Legion Hall in Centerville.

Marilyn Lauritzen of Centerville will be providing entertainment this month. She will be singing for the women.

The speaker will be Ellen Bergman of Flandreau. She is a former legislator for Montana and a cancer survivor. For reservations please contact Wilhelmina Jorgenson at 326-5562, Jan Stevens at 563-2821 or Lois Lounsbery at 763-5284.

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