Clubs Medical mission is Rotary's topic

The Vermillion Rotarians, Kent Scribner presiding, met for our weekly lunch Tuesday at the Neuharth Center. Guests were Betty Clifford, Martha Clifford and Vermillion High School Senior, Dan Yockey. Rotarians should note that next week's meeting will be a joint meeting with the Yankton Rotarians on the Mt. Marty campus. Our program was presented by Jane Stolz who recently completed a medical mission to the Dominican Republic offering medical assistance to people living near San Pedro, a city on the southern shore of the island. This happens to be one of the poorest parts of what is already a quite poor country where there are very few doctors and other medical personnel to serve the people. An organization called the Jamaica Medical Mission Team has been sending groups of medical practitioners to places of need for more than 10 years. The first mission was sent to Jamaica, hence the name of the organization, with later missions going to Haiti, Russia ? and, most recently, the Dominican Republic. Common health problems in and around San Pedro ranged from respiratory diseases caused by air and water pollution (much of it connected to a sugar refinery that provides some jobs locally at a munificent daily wage of $1.50) to a host of diseases stemming from malnutrition. The Medical Mission set up camp in two locations for approximately one week and was able to treat 200 or more people each day, though the medications that they had available to dispense were somewhat limited. It was a moving experience, Stolz reported, to be giving at least some help where much help is needed.

Juno's Friendship Night April 30

Juno's Friendship Night was held April 30, at the Masonic Temple at 8 p.m. South Dakota's Worthy Grand Matron, Janice Hadrick, of Faulkton, was introduced. S.D. Past Grands' Extravaganza conducted the Initiatory Ceremony for initiate Katey Kribell. Candlelight ceremony was performed with the Star Points, by past grand patron, Jim Gerlach of Flandreau. The following 18 past grand officers were: past grand matrons: Peggy Stoddard, Plankinton; Hazel Urevig, Brookings; Norma Dendrick and Patricia Brotherson of Platte; Nadeen Fidler, Spearfish; Joyce Jones, Ft. Pierre; Eileen Harmes, Mitchell; Donna Whaley, Brookings; Rose Hornstra, Armour; Christie Peterson, Hermosa; past grand patrons: Arnie Appelt, Brookings; Larry Anderson, Aberdeen; Richard Buechler, Yankton; Wesley Sorensen, Rapid City; Charles Bryan, Yankton; Jim Gerlach, Flandreau; Steve Harmes, Mitchell; and Gordon Bracht, Watertown. Juno's substitute offers were P.G.P. Albert Stoddard, Dolly Larson, Janelle Kribell, Jack Noble and Frank Stickney. Coin march will go to Acts organization. Dinner was prepared and served at 5 p.m. by Sondra and Frank Stickney, Caroline Jones and Audry Norby. Evening refreshments were served by Betty Johnson, Anne Marshall, Beverly Orr and Janet Petersen. Vera Emerson organized and directed Juno's "special" night.

Retired Teachers will meet May 11

Vermillion Southeast Area of Retired Teachers are planning a "Western Round-Up of New Members" Wednesday, May 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Silver Dollar. All retired teachers and potential members are invited to attend. Get out that western hat and meet at the Silver Dollar. Food, "toe stampin" music, prizes and western hospitality will prevail for everyone attending. Community Project Day will be observed May 12. Members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for The Food Pantry.

Alpha Lambda members meet at convention

The South Dakota Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International met for the 55th Annual State Convention April 29, 30, and May 1, at the Holiday Inn in Mitchell. Mayor Alice Claggett welcomed the members to the convention. Delegates from Alpha Lambda chapter were Past President Dorothy Wright and President Maryln Harnois. Sheba Schlaikjer, state president, Dell Rapids, presided at the general sessions. The Awards Luncheon was held Saturday, April 30. Those honored were Erin Rasmussen, State Outstanding Youth, freshman at Vermillion High School; Outstanding Philanthropic Director, Mary Geffre Johnson; First Pearl Awards to Betsy Simons, Kay Rasmussen, Elizabeth Hjermstad, Maria Heimstra, Tanna Miiller, Lori Whitmans Jan Gregory, and Carol King. Recognition was given to Sonja Gonzales as a first year member. Alpha Lambda received recognition for total number of hours given to philanthropy in the community. Mary Berglin, Vermillion, was honored as the state Diana winner. Her name will be submitted to the International Committee. The evening banquet included the installation of officers with Marsha Risseeuw, Winner, named as state president. Dorothy Wright, past president of Alpha Lambda, received recognition as woman of the year; service awards were presented to Peggy Mollet, 10 years and Margaret Melby, 45 years. It was announced $1,046.50 has been contributed to the Disaster Fund; and St. Jude, Circle of Life received $68,095.36. State ESA chapters have given over 9,000 hours and $63,000 to philanthropic endeavors in their local communities. The 2006 state convention will convene at the Ramkota Inn, Sioux Falls, May 5-7 with the theme "ESA?Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

WWII POW will speak

Bill Vermillion, Beresford, a World War II prisoner of war, will be the speaker at the Union County Historical Society meeting at the Museum in Elk Point on Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Coffee and light refreshments will be served by Fern Chicoine. The public is welcome to attend. Elk Point Postmaster Michelle Feldhacker spoke at the March meeting about the history of postal service which was established in Elk Point in 1860. She presented two early ledger books to the museum on behalf of the United States Postal Service. These were among the records saved from the fire that destroyed the post office in 1930. At the April meeting, Bob Schumacher. Beresford, displayed a number of his large collection of "toy" Allis Chalmers tractors and machinery which began with a gift from his father for his fifth birthday. Bob told why the Allis tractors were given the distinctive orange color and gave a brief history of the company. from the time it made flour and saw mills, steam engines and rock crushers, through the merger with the Duetz company until the present American owned Agco firm. The museum board is working on having the museum open Tuesday through Sunday during the summer months to make it more available to the public.

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