Lions members honored for service

Lions members honored for service
The March 16 meeting was called to order by President Gloria Christoperson. She presented a special Chevron award to Lion Howard Connors for his 50 continuous years as a member of the Vermillion Lions Club and to Charles Estee for his 55 years.

Lion Howard Connors introduced his daughter, Mary Ann Zimmerman, and Lion Norm Herren introduced his son, Stan Herren, professor, School of Business, North Dakota State University. The board of directors at their March 9 meeting decided with the help of Lion Steven Heer to establish a Vermillion Lions Web site and voted to donate $130 to Boys State and $250 to Junior Achievement.

Lions Ron Thaden and Marion Kryger reported the results of the meeting with Bob Hanson, Yankton, on the future Lions project to move the School House from the Senior Citizens parking lot to Barstow Park. A successful Feb. 9 Member Appreciation Day at Clay-Union Electric was announced by Lion Jack Doyle and a special thanks was extended to all Lions members who helped with pancake preparation.

The slate of officers for next year was presented by Lion Barb Campbell and was unanimously approved of by the members. The Lions Spring Pancake days will be held on April 19 and 20 at the Vermillion Armory and the Lions Mobile Screening Unit will be present on the 20th. There will be a presale of pancake tickets on April 8 and 15 at Hy-Vee, Jones' and Wal-Mart.

Lion Jacquie Lonning introduced the five USD students (Shelly Brandsrud, Amanda Cobean, Paul Haeder, Elly Kranz and Sara Shaffer) and the USD Vista volunteer (Matt Ernst) presented the program for the evening. These six individuals, during the USD March Spring Break, participated in the 2006 Alternative Spring Break (ASB) under the leadership of Lion Lonning, USD Student Action Office. Following a six week pre-ASB orientation, the total of 32 students was divided into three groups and visited three different areas in the U.S. � one group in Seattle, WA, second group East St. Louis, IL, and a third group several southern states (AR, LA, MS, TN).

The purpose of the ASB in part is to provide service in a community other than your own, to learn about others, and to learn about yourself. The ASB program has been in existence for three years at USD under the guidance of Lion Lonning.

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