Clubs District governor busy at Rotary meeting
The Vermillion Rotary Club welcomed District 5610 Gov. David Henning and his wife, Eileen, to its Tuesday luncheon meeting at the Al Neuharth Center. The hour-long meeting proved to be a busy time for Henning � he presented Al Pravacek with Paul Harris Fellowship honors for his contributions to Rotary, and installed new members Matt Knutson, Mary Merrigan and Brent Yager. Henning told the Vermillion club of how Rotarians around the globe are improving people's lives, particularly those of young people, by supplying books, providing fresh water, and repairing wheelchairs. "Through youth study exchange and other programs, our emphasis is to make the world a better place for the young people who are following us," he said. One of Rotary's top goals is the eradication of polio. In 1985, there were 186,000 cases reported; last year, only 12,000 outbreaks were reported. "Rotarians have contributed over $600 million toward this cause," he said. "We have had some problems in the African continent ? but thanks to a tremendous response, I think by 2008, polio could be eliminated." Troopers address Lions May 5 Lion President Barbara Campbell opened the May 5 meeting and welcomed Troopers Tyler Boltjes, Joel Peterson and Adam Timmins of the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety as the primary speakers for the evening meeting. The proper use of safety seat belts and seat belt laws were the main topics of their presentation. An excellent video dealing with various aspects of seat belt use emphasized that proper use is essential in reducing the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from vehicle accidents. It should be noted that in South Dakota there is a vehicle crash every 48 hours. The troopers stated that their seat belt program is presented each year to all eighth-graders in South Dakota over four months. Lion Dell Colwell introduced his guest, daughter Cathy Colwell. Lion Ron Thaden accepted the responsibility to be in charge of planting bushes for Vermillion Beautiful on May 21. The Lions Club is planning to host the Welcome Table on Monday, June 13. Lion Maxine Johnson will be in charge of the arrangements. Lion Sid Davis announced that the Vermilion Lions will do a fund raiser for the W.H. Over Museum in the form of a biker breakfast at the I-29 Rest Stop in August. More information will be provided at a future meeting. The speaker for the May 19 meeting will be Troy Larson who will be presenting information on the Lewis and Clark Pipeline. Senior Citizens Center weekly card party On May 11, there were 20 bridge and 23 pitch players. Winners at bridge were: first � Shirley Riehle; second � Leona Kryger; third � Russ Heikes; blind Bogey � Jim Prosser; low � Lola Christensen. No one shot the moon during the pitch games. Refreshments were furnished by Adeline Isaacson and Shirley Riehle. All seniors are invited to come on Wednesdays.