Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations Emeritus Club hears from Hagen

Professor Eric Hagen from the College of Fine Arts reviewed plans for a burgeoning musical theatre major and projected revisions and upgrading of Slagle Hall to accommodate that program and provide an outstanding setting for other productions at the Aug. 3 meeting of the USD Emeritus Club. Kent Scribner, USD, explained the anticipated role of the USD Foundation in raising half of the projected $6.6 million cost of the renovation. They then responded to a variety of questions and comments about the organ, seating, parking, etc. Kent noted that 50 seats had already been �sold� at a price of $2,500 each.

Ben Scholzholtz, graduate psychology student, outlined his need for drivers 65 and older to participate in his M.A. thesis study. This is a continuation of previous studies done by the department; many club members have participated, and will participate again. Additional material will be mailed to all local members.

Dr. Knutson, who has devoted years of time and effort to the Shakespeare Garden announced that Dr. Reasoner from USD Administration will, at our November program, discuss the university�s on-going role in design and maintenance of the garden. The university is taking on an expanded responsibility, but the Emeritus Club will continue to play a vital role. Dr. William Farber was congratulated on his recent 95th birthday.

Lynn Milton, who has been an active participant in the club, was honored. Her passing is grieved by all.

Senior Citizens Center weekly card party

On Aug. 3, there were 16 bridge and 19 pitch players. Winners at bridge were: first � Adeline Isaacson; second ��Pat Berglund; third � Carol Bond; blind bogey � Shirley Riehle; low � Deannie Christopherson.

No one shot the moon during the pitch games. Refreshments were furnished by Bob, Gerry and Norma Clark. All seniors are invited to join the party every Wednesday.

Sons of Norway meet in Yankton

Lodge #1-633 met June 21 at Christ the King Church with 48 members present, including 16 officers. In the absence of the chairman, Vice-Chairman Wayne Knutson presided. Guests were Marilyn and Bud Kratz, Donna Mauser, Jim List and Patsy Fodness. Fodness is the daughter of former Lodge members Florence and Arnold Lee, now residents of Washington.

Musician Phyllis Nielsen led the group in singing Regnvaer-sangen.

The secretary�s and treasurer�s reports were read and approved.

Members of the lodge were invited to a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lodge #52 in Grandview Park, Sioux City, IA, on June 26.The Norwegian Embassy in Minneapolis presented two books to the Lodge on the life and works of Grieg. Lockheed Corporation sponsored the gift of the set of books for every lodge.

A letter from the Sons of Norway Foundation, reported by Cindy Olson, that 59 grants, 26 scholarships and nine camp and language camp scholarships had been awarded in the last year.

The folk dance group is seeking a director and is continuing to practice.

Vi Ranney reported on possibly setting up a two-day trip to Minneapolis in the fall. This would include attending a play, a dinner and possibly some other activity.

Earl Reese reported that plans were continuing to ready a float for the Riverboat Days parade in August. He is asking for volunteers to help with this project and some persons to ride on the float.

Vice-Chairman Knutson asked for volunteers to serve on the nominating committee. There were no volunteers at this time, so a committee will be appointed.

Members were invited to a celebration of the 80th birthday of Gilbert Mjoen June 25 at the Yankton Senior Center.

On behalf of the International Board of Director of the Sons of Norway, Vice Chairman Knutson presented the Golden Award of Membership to Evangeline Jensen.

The birthday song was sung to honor the June celebrants.

Brooks and Vi Ranney presented a program based on their trips to Europe touring the battlefields of World War II. Dr. Ranney shared some of his personal experiences and details of events he witnessed. The slides of the battlefields, concentration camps and military cemeteries illustrated more effectively than words the sacrifice and cost of that war.

John Grindvold led the Norwegian table prayer before the lodge members and guests shared food and fellowship.

On July 19 the lodge members met for their picnic and members were reminded of the float project and the upcoming Opdalslag to be held in Centerville. For more information on either item, contact Earl Reese, 605-665-9208.

Vi Ranney also has more information about the Oct. 22-23 trip, 665-3596.

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