The Vermillion Rotary Club met for its weekly luncheon meeting Nov. 8 at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD. President Mercy Hobbs presided and Father David Hussy opened with prayer. Three Vermillion High School seniors were welcomed as visitors and each spoke briefly about themselves and their plans for the future. They were John Gregg, Rebecca Hanson and Brandon Hanson. Other guests were Bill Anderson who is a political consultant, Dan Guyette who is dean of the College of Fine Arts, and Kevin Haselhorst of First Dakota.
This week's program was presented by Shane Toupal, a career counselor and recruiter with the South Dakota National Guard. He attended USD for two years and graduated from Bellevue University in Omaha with a BS in criminal justice administration. From March of 2003 through March of 2004 he served as a combat medic and force protection NCO for CO B 109th ASMB, the Vermillion unit, during its deployment to Iraq.
He spoke briefly about how the mission of the National Guard has changed from being designed to defeat the Soviet threat to rethinking its mission capabilities and becoming more flexible in order to fight terrorism.
During their deployment to Iraq the unit served at Baghdad International Airport and later the Suni Triangle outside of Baghdad. This year Company B also participated in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They served in a clinic established to assist displaced persons as a result of the hurricane, as well as assisting other government agencies. Almost $2 million cycled through the Vermillion economy mostly as a result of their deployment to Iraq.
Meckling Livestock elects new officers
Meckling Livestock 4-H Club met on Oct. 6 at the Heine's. President Ashley Ouelette called the meeting to order. We said the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge. We welcomed our new members. They are Harrison and Rebecca Hawley, Audrey Miiller, and Erika Fallan.
For our roll call we introduced ourselves. For old business we determined our club goals for the new 4-H year; Megan Bottolfson motioned that we accept the goals, Elizabeth Bye seconded the motion, and the vote to accept was unanimous. We also read a thank you we received for a donation and made plans for the Dakota Days parade.
For new business we discussed a number of community service and 4-H promotion projects, reminded the members that the Recognition Event is rescheduled to Nov. 20, and that registration forms need to be turned in before Dec. 1. We also discussed statistics from last year's club meetings and how they can be improved.
We planned to meet for the annual Lambda Chi haunted house; we will bring canned food or books as part of the admission fee and the club will pay the rest. Kelsy and Ashley talked about the 4-H Week talks that they gave for the Jolley School third-graders.
We elected officers for the new year; president is Stacy Bottolfson, vice-president is Kelsy Fallan, secretary is Grace Olson, treasurer is Luke Heine, and reporter is Abby Ouellette. We adjourned, then worked on our D-Days float, for which we received third place for Community Floats.
WELCA holds 'thankoffering' program
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, held their annual Thankoffering program on Thursday, Oct. 27. Esther Circle, Kay Rasmussen, chair, prepared the program, and Ruth Circle, Evelyn Hermanson and Dorothy Neuhaus, co-chairs, served refreshments.
Jan Olson presided at the business meeting. Officers for 2006 were elected, and they will be installed at the general meeting in December. The slate of candidates was presented by Joyce Fredrikson, member of the nominating committee, which included Glendae Anderson and Esther Girard.
Judy Lofgren gave a mission action report from the Southeast Conference WELCA Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Beresford. Gifts to Lutheran World Relief from the Southeast Conference, one of eight conferences in the South Dakota Synod, totaled 2,404 quilts, 206 blankets, 253 health kits, 389 school kits, 109 sewing kits, 165 layettes, 203 pounds of new bar soap, and 494 pounds of clothing.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Southeast Conference's annual ingathering for Lutheran World Relief was collected at Calvary Lutheran Church, Irene. Jill Munger, mission action representative, and her husband delivered two carloads of gifts.
from Trinity. They brought 95 quilts, four blankets, 25 health kits, 50 school kits, 25 sewing kits, and 25 layettes. In addition, 25 health kits were sent to Guatemala.