Trinity's Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America held their annual Christmas Salad Luncheon for members and guests at noon on Dec. 8 in the Fellowship Hall.
Jan Olson welcomed the group and read the Christmas story as told in a children's book. Pastor Judith Johnson offered prayer before the meal, and Shirley Huber, chair of the luncheon committee, announced directions for service at the buffet.
David Olson, local jazz pianist, provided Christmas music during the event. The Vermillion High School Jazz Choir presented a program with songs for the season. Kristin Iverson directed the choir, and Deb Christensen was the accompanist.
Before the luncheon, WELCA met at 10 a.m. in Askeland Lounge for the December Bible study led by Jan Olson. The study was titled "Act Boldly with Patience," fourth in the monthly series: Act Boldly in the Fruit of the Spirit.
Following the Bible study, Jan Olson presided at a business meeting. Members decided upon monetary Christmas gifts for the Guatemala Relief Fund, Luther Center, Lutherans Outdoors, Prison Congregations of America, and Vermillion Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Officers for 2006 were installed: President Dorothy Neuhaus; Vice-President Beverly Fischer; Secretary Evelyn Hermanson; Treasurer Susanne Steenholdt; Mission Action Representative Judy Lofgen; and Mission Community Represen-tative Esther Knutson.
WELCA will host the annual Stone Soup Supper, a free meal for the Vermillion community, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Students entertain Rotarians Tuesday
The Vermillion Rotary Club met for its annual Christmas Party at the Freedom Forum at noon on Tuesday. Spouses and other special guests were present, along with three students from Vermillion High School, who spoke about their present activities and plans for the future. In the absence of club president Rev. Mercy Hobbs, the meeting was chaired by Roger Kozak.
Rev. Hobbs' husband, David Hussey, reported that Mercy is doing very well and is recuperating at home after donating a kidney on Dec. 1. The kidney's recipient is also reported to be doing fine. The club was asked by member Matt Knutson to remember his sister in prayer, as she began chemotherapy today for acute leukemia.
Sarah Richardson, who will be going to India as part of a Rotary Business exchange program, reported on her upcoming trip. The team, made up of one Rotary member and four others, will spend one month in the Bangalore region of India, bringing greetings from the clubs of our district to Rotarians there, and observing the operation of the Indian Rotary clubs.
Rotary was also updated on the activities of committees that are preparing 50 food boxes for needy folks in Vermillion and providing Christmas gifts for the children of two families. The food boxes are being prepared and delivered in cooperation with the Vermillion Lions Club.
Our program was a beautiful musical concert provided by the Vermillion High School Jazz Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Kristin Iverson. Mrs. Iverson has been directing choral music at Vermillion High School for the past six years and her skills are always apparent in the excellent work of her students. The choir sang a great collection of Christmas music, both familiar and not so familiar, which included several upbeat arrangements of familiar yuletide songs.
We thank Mrs. Iverson and her choir for its enjoyable concert, and thank Vermillion High School for allowing them to perform for us. Rotary generally provides donations to the school music program to express its gratitude.
Our meeting was closed in our usual fashion with the singing of My Country 'Tis of Thee.
Bick, Siecke preside over Juno meeting
Worthy Matron Grace Bick and Worthy Patron Alton Siecke presided at Juno's regular meeting, Dec. 12.
Annual reports of the secretary and treasurer were given.
Daughter Janelle Kribell and granddaughter Kate Kribell presented mom and grandma her 50-year pin and certificate.
The installing officer, Sondra Stickney, was introduced and her assistants, Installing Marshal Calvin Rosenbaum, Installing Organist Jack Noble and Installing Chaplain Fern Morse.
The following officers were installed: Worthy Matron Fran Moore; Worthy Patron George Kneebone; Associate Matron Dolly Larson; Associate Patron Alton Siecke; Secretary Susan Lyman; Treasurer Jean Ann Prosser; Conductress Vera Emerson; Associate Conductress Marilyn Siecke; Adah Kym Hummel; Esther Grace Bick; Electa June Kryger; Warder Sigrid Nissen, and Sentinel Ken Lyman.
Protems were Janelle Kribell as Ruth; Jack Noble Organist; Martha Sondra Stickney, and Warder Frank Stickney. Five officers will be installed in January.
Chapter gifts were given to incoming and outgoing matrons and patrons.
Evening lunch was served by Sondra and Frank Stickney, Sigrid Nissen and Calvin Rosenbaum and Jean Ann Prosser.
The January meeting will be Jan. 9. All Stars welcomed.
Guests attending were Connie and Dennis Nelsen, Marilyn Gors and Fritz Lefler.