Lions learn about Campaign South Dakota The Sept. 1 meeting was called to order by President Gloria Christopherson. She presented new pancake flippers to Lions Sid Davis and Marion Kryger for their valiant efforts at the August "Biker Pancake Breakfast" and a Recognition Certificate to Lion Ron Thaden for recruiting four new members in April.
She announced that the 2006 Biker Breakfast at the I-29 Rest Area will be held Aug. 4-8. Lion Jacquie Lonning introduced her guest Matt Ernst, a Vista volunteer from Ohio, who is presently working with Jacquie at the USD Student Action Office. Lion Barbara Campbell handed out a list of the new officers and the members of the various committees and the 2005-2006 Vermillion Lions calendar. Lions Chuck Estee, Allen Johnson and Lindy Wipf attended the Zone Meeting held in Beresford on Aug. 25.
The speaker for the evening, Lion Tom Stogsdill, vice president for development at the USD Foundation, was introduced by President Christopherson. A handout providing information on Campaign South Dakota was given to members present and reviewed by Stogsdill. The original campaign goal was to raise $60,000,000 by the end of 2006 but this goal has already been surpassed.
The funds are to be used for scholarships, faculty, and facilities. The purpose of the campaign is to raise academic merit so that USD will be acknowledged as an outstanding small public university. Stogsdill reviewed in some detail the present construction status of the Medical Science Building and the future plans for the USD/Slagle Performing Arts Center and the School of Business Building.