The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Clay Post #3061 was held Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, with President Delores Gregg presiding. Roll call of officers was taken and recorded. Chaplain Opal Smith offered the opening prayer. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Motions made and seconded to accept the treasurer's report as printed. Audit report read by Bonnie Albers and motion made and seconded to accept the audit as reported. Correspondence included General Orders #5 Nancys Best. Thank you letters from South Dakota Veterans Home, VFW National Home, Royal C. Johnson Veterans Hospital, Friends of the W. H. Over Museum and Human Services Center.
Committee reports were on Cancer Aid and Research, Funeral, Membership, Hospital and Rehabilitation, Sympathy and birthday card mailed, Hospice, and Hospital Equipment on Loan. We were reminded to pray for our Servicemen.
The meeting adjourned to reopen Feb. 21.
Rotarians hear from CIA consultant
The Vermillion Rotary Club met for its weekly session at noon on Tuesday in the Freedom Forum on the USD campus. President Rev. Mercy Hobbs called the meeting to order, and the club was led in prayer by Rev. Robert Grossman. Joe Edelin led our singing of two songs from the new Rotary Songbook, which was accompanied by Jack Noble at the piano. Several guests were introduced, including Vermillion High School senior, Joe Miller.
Attendance was excellent, including a number of folks who had missed recent meetings due to sickness and travel. President Hobbs is well recovered from donating a kidney, and Jack DeVaney has made a remarkable recovery from severe carbon monoxide poisoning. It was good to have a full house of members and guests in attendance.
Our speaker this week was Mr. Bill Anderson, an interesting person, to say the least. A native of Huron, and graduate of the University of Nebraska, Mr. Anderson has spent four years working for the CIA in the difficult times following the attacks of 9-11, and still serves as a private consultant for this security arm of the U.S. government. He will soon be serving as an associate professor of political science at USD.
Mr. Anderson titled has presentation, �The Future of Intelligence,� a talk in which he emphasized the changed world in which we live as far as national security is concerned. Following the end of the Cold War and the beginning of sophisticated Islamic terrorism, as well as the ascendancy of China as a world economic power, the United States will have to live in a world of new tensions and dangers. Our world is no longer bi-polar, that is featuring two large opposing powers, but is multipolar, and we are going to have to recognize that our friends and adversaries may change rapidly and not include many of those previously included in those categories.
The result of this new world on the work of intelligence and counter-terrorism is that American agencies are going to have to stop doing business with their usual focus on already �known� problems, and interagency rivalry. Instead, security agencies must cooperate fully, share methods and information, and think globally of the whole world situation, rather than point our efforts only here or there. Much of the rise of China has occurred as U.S. companies have outsourced their manufacturing operations to that country, but have also brought new technologies to that nation.
Realizing that China does not have the arms or strategic ability to wage war with the U.S., the leaders of that nation think in terms of non-traditional warfare via computer and espionage as they attempt to spread their system of government and society to other nations � a goal they most certainly have. Mr. Anderson was very encouraging about the progress of American security agencies under the leadership of the Homeland Security office in changing their operations to face external and internal problems.
While this is going on in the far East, the U.S. will also have to face an unabated growth of Islamic terrorism and its growing sophistication, not a small order.