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Clubs French addresses Vermillion Lions

President Barbara Campbell opened the March 17 meeting and asked for the introduction of guests � Lion Randy Sullivan introduced Darlis LaBahn and Lindy Wipf; Lion Marion Kryger introduced Dave Moore; Lion Del Colwell introduced Cathy Colwell; and Lion Norm Herren introduced Stan Herren. Lion Ron Thaden reported a successful Feb./March 2005 membership drive and that more potential new members would be invited to attend meetings in the near future. Lion Randy Sullivan noted the officers for the club for 2005-06: president Gloria Christopherson, first vice president Allen Johnson, second vice president Ron Thaden, third vice president Ross King, secretary Chuck Estee, treasurer Barbara Campbell. President Campbell also reported on the ongoing support of the Tsunami relief effort. On April 12, there will be a training for officers in Sioux Falls. President Campbell reported on the results of the vote on a possible meeting location change. The club will continue to meet at the V.F.W. Club. The Vermillion Lion's Club has enjoyed delicious meals throughout the years that have been prepared by the VFW Auxiliary which no doubt played a major part in this decision. President Campbell also noted that the board had approved the sponsorship of a delegate to Boys State. Marlyn Harnois noted that Lion Howard Connor's wife, Margaret, had recently passed away. The dates for the annual Lion's Club Pancake Days have had to be changed so arrangements concerning the Mobile Screening Unit and tickets will have to be finalized before there is more publicity distributed. President Campbell then introduced Katherine French, Yankton, zone chairman, who spoke regarding activities of Lions Clubs in South Dakota. She also showed the new South Dakota Lion pin and gave information about how to order the pin. Lion Katherine spoke about the "challenge of change" and encouraged members to try many kinds of activities for fund-raising purposes and to not be afraid to try new things. She also encouraged recruitment of new members because new members mean new ideas and enthusiasm. She also challenged the club members on discovering new ways to serve their communities thus furthering the club motto of "We Serve."

The Vermillion Rotary Club with Mercy Hobbs presiding met for our weekly lunch Tuesday, April 12, at the Neuharth Center. Our guest today from Vermillion High School was Michelle Rydell and we also had the pleasure of greeting Harvey Fields and Brent Yager. Chuck Yelverton auctioned off one of his famous bicycle helmets for young tykes. The bid was high enough to get him to throw in the instructions for fitting the helmet in both the English and French versions.

Our program today was brought to us by Patty Larsen who has been working along with students at Vermillion High School to form up a Suicide Awareness Team. This team has been training itself and making presentations, mostly to other students at both the middle school and the high school, for four years now.

They have learned to distinguish between the facts and the widespread myths about suicide and have focused on practical ways of helping their fellow students deal with the suicidal thoughts that young people often have. Though professional counselors are an important resource, the expression of concern from another student can often be of great help in dealing with the problem of suicide.

South Dakota does have one of the higher suicide rates in the U.S. and these students have stepped forward to face this issue. Thank you.

Hop on the domino train

Spring has sprung and that means golf is in full swing. Therefore, some regular and passengers on the Mexican Domino Train are out on the course enjoying the sunshine and fresh country air, while some choose the air conditioned comfort of the Senior Center.

Snow birds are beginning to trickle back and we welcome them.

Engineers this week were Barb, Nila, Opal and Eleanor. Good playing! Riding in the caboose were Betty, Rosie, Babe and Veryle.

Won�t you come aboard Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m.?

Senior Citizens Center weekly card party

On April 6, there were 16 bridge and 23 pitch players. Winners at bridge were: First � Barb Kronaizl; second � Elaine Michael; blind bogey � Deannie Christopherson; low � Marilyn Siecke.

Bill Rasmussen shot at the moon � but missed!

Refreshments were furnished by Robin Eisenmenger, Deannie Christo- pherson, Reidella Engman and Meryl Reed.

All seniors are invited to join the party every Wednesday.

Oorlog speaks to Vermillion Lions

The April 7 meeting of the Vermillion Lions Club was called to order by President Barbara Campbell. Lion Lyle Wagner introduced his guest, Vewmun Yip, School of Business, USD. Lion Barbara presided over the induction ceremony for two new Lions members, Darlis LaBahn and Lindy Wipf. She emphasized that the International Association of Lions Clubs established in 1917 is the largest service organization in the world (1.4 million members) and has the special dedication to serve the blind and sight impaired throughout the world.

Lion Ron Thaden announced that an orientation session for new Lions members will be held at Lion Gloria Christopherson�s house at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Lion Jack Doyle handed out the work assignment list for pancakes days to be will held at the Armory on April 21-22 (Thursday and Friday). Lion Barbara noted that there is a Lions Officer Training Session from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 in Sioux Falls.

The speaker for the evening meeting, Shiloh Oorlog, public information and publicity director, South Dakota Lions Eye Bank, was introduced by Lion Barbara. Shiloh has been working for the Eye Bank for five years and presented information on a grant received from the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Transplantation.

This grant is a cooperative endeavor between the Eye Bank and the South Dakota State University College of Nursing. During the three year grant period, Eye Bank staff and board members will be working with Native Americans to increase organ, eye, and tissue donations on South Dakota Indian reservations.

Shiloh showed an excellent video prepared by the Eye Bank showing Native Americans dealing with various aspects of transplantation.

Suicide awareness topic of Rotary

The Vermillion Rotary Club with Mercy Hobbs presiding met for our weekly lunch Tuesday, April 12, at the Neuharth Center. Our guest today from Vermillion High School was Michelle Rydell and we also had the pleasure of greeting Harvey Fields and Brent Yager. Chuck Yelverton auctioned off one of his famous bicycle helmets for young tykes. The bid was high enough to get him to throw in the instructions for fitting the helmet in both the English and French versions.

Our program today was brought to us by Patty Larsen who has been working along with students at Vermillion High School to form up a Suicide Awareness Team. This team has been training itself and making presentations, mostly to other students at both the middle school and the high school, for four years now.

They have learned to distinguish between the facts and the widespread myths about suicide and have focused on practical ways of helping their fellow students deal with the suicidal thoughts that young people often have. Though professional counselors are an important resource, the expression of concern from another student can often be of great help in dealing with the problem of suicide.

South Dakota does have one of the higher suicide rates in the U.S. and these students have stepped forward to face this issue. Thank you.

Hop on the

domino train

Spring has sprung and that means golf is in full swing. Therefore, some regular and passengers on the Mexican Domino Train are out on the course enjoying the sunshine and fresh country air, while some choose the air conditioned comfort of the Senior Center.

Snow birds are beginning to trickle back and we welcome them.

Engineers this week were Barb, Nila, Opal and Eleanor. Good playing! Riding in the caboose were Betty, Rosie, Babe and Veryle.

Won�t you come aboard Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m.?

Oorlog speaks to

Vermillion Lions

The April 7 meeting of the Vermillion Lions Club was called to order by President Barbara Campbell. Lion Lyle Wagner introduced his guest, Vewmun Yip, School of Business, USD. Lion Barbara presided over the induction ceremony for two new Lions members, Darlis LaBahn and Lindy Wipf. She emphasized that the International Association of Lions Clubs established in 1917 is the largest service organization in the world (1.4 million members) and has the special dedication to serve the blind and sight impaired throughout the world.

Lion Ron Thaden announced that an orientation session for new Lions members will be held at Lion Gloria Christopherson�s house at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Lion Jack Doyle handed out the work assignment list for pancakes days to be will held at the Armory on April 21-22 (Thursday and Friday). Lion Barbara noted that there is a Lions Officer Training Session from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 in Sioux Falls.

The speaker for the evening meeting, Shiloh Oorlog, public information and publicity director, South Dakota Lions Eye Bank, was introduced by Lion Barbara. Shiloh has been working for the Eye Bank for five years and presented information on a grant received from the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Transplantation.

This grant is a cooperative endeavor between the Eye Bank and the South Dakota State University College of Nursing. During the three year grant period, Eye Bank staff and board members will be working with Native Americans to increase organ, eye, and tissue donations on South Dakota Indian reservations.

Shiloh showed an excellent video prepared by the Eye Bank showing Native Americans dealing with various aspects of transplantation.

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