Clubs 4-H�ers receive State Fair books

Prior to holding our regular meeting our club met at Sharing the Dream store to take pictures of presenting the check to Sharing the Dream from our rummage sale. This meeting of the Country Gals and Guys was called to order at 7:30 p.m. July 11. The roll call topic was �Favorite Holiday�. Members present were: Michelle Rydell, Stacey Joy, Amber Walker, Krista Kuiper and Sarah Droegemeier. The pledge of allegiance and the 4-H flag pledge was led by Sarah Droegemeier. Minutes from the previous meeting were read. Sarah Droegemeier approved the minutes, and seconded by Krista Kuiper. The treasurer�s report was read. The money brought in from the rummage sale was: $29.75, kitchen; $292.60, rummage sale. The current balance in the checkbook is $214.64. All members approved the treasurer�s report. Iris distributed pictures to each member of when we painted the wooden Christmas trees. These pictures can be placed in the 4-H Record Book. Leader Brenda Walker explained and demonstrated how to fill out the S.D. State 4-H Exhibit cards. Each area on the exhibit card was filled out and members became aware of obtaining the information to put on the exhibit cards. Also, the State Fair Book was shown to the members. Each member should have a State Fair Book. It was discussed where to find the information in the book. As an additional item, Brenda went over the S.D. 4-H Foundation Grant Evaluation form and read each question/answer. This form must be submitted to the S.D. 4-H Foundation by July 20. Each member received their 2004-05 enrollment form that had the membership ID cards attached. Sarah Droegemeier gave a demonstration on Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert. Guests attending to watch Sarah�s first demonstration were her father, Steve and brother, Eric. Sarah did a fantastic job. Michelle Rydell gave a speech on her trip to Washington, DC, through the award she won with Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Michelle was the top recipient at the high school level from South Dakota who won this award. This was an all expense-paid trip. She was entitled to bring along one guest. She brought her mother, Iris Rydell. The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Colin Powell. Michelle won this trip by writing an essay about creating the Dream Team here in Vermillion. The important factor for qualifying for this award is volunteerism. Snacks were root beer floats provided by Iris and Michelle. The next meeting of the Country Gals and Guys will be in September. Not sure of the exact date. The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Rotary learns about ?diet quagmire�

�The Diet Quagmire� was the topic of Dr. Mary Jo Olson�s talk to the noon luncheon meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club Tuesday at the Al Neuharth Media Center. As Rotarians dined on a filling meal, they learned that some methods of weight loss have certain pitfalls. Obesity, Dr. Olson said, is a growing health problem in the United States. In 2000, it was related to over 110,000 excess deaths in the United States. A host of health problems can be linked to excess weight, she added, including a higher risk of dementia in later life. Dr. Olson discussed the pros and cons of four popular diet plans: Atkins, South Beach, Low Fat and Mediterranean or DASH. A person on the Atkins Diet, she noted, initially experiences rapid weight loss but regains the weight quickly once increased carbohydrates are introduced into the diet. People on the South Beach usually shed between 10 to 50 pounds. Weight loss on the Low Fat diet varies, but is usually small to moderate, between 5 and 10 percent of one�s body weight. People on the DASH diet, Dr. Olson said, experience slow to moderate weight loss that can be sustained. The problem with the Atkins, South Beach and Low Fat dieting methods, she said, is that people often end up gaining back the pounds they�ve shed because of the poor maintenance records of these diets. One may not quickly shed pounds on the DASH diet, Dr. Olson added, but they have better luck losing weight and keeping the pounds off with this method. The DASH eating plan doesn�t strictly eliminate some types of foods like some diets do. Rather, it offers people a balanced diet of grains and grain products, fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy products, nuts, seeds and dry beans, fats and oils and even some sweets. Dr. Olson told Rotarians to avoid diet plans that seem too good to be true. Remember, she said, that: ? Foods don�t burn fat away. ? There are no super foods. ? Rapid weight loss is not good for you. She reminded her audience that a by taking a few extra steps � literally � one can shed pounds. �Simple activities like walking or riding a bike can help you lose or maintain your weight,� she said. �Look for a diet plan you can realistically maintain for a lifetime. You need to choose meals that are high in nutrients and low in calories.� And, she added, there�s truth the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. �Be sure to eat breakfast every morning,� Dr. Olson said. �It will help you burn an extra 150 calories per day.�

Senior Citizens Center weekly card party

On July 6, there were 16 bridge and 26 pitch players. Winners at bridge were: first � Maurice Erickson; second � Howard Melstad; third � Jim Prosser; blind bogey � Lovelle Matson; low � Meryl Reed. No one shot the moon during the pitch games. Refreshments were furnished by Maxine Millette and Eleanor Offerdahl. All seniors are invited to join the party every Wednesday.

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