Nesselhuf guest of Lions Cub

Nesselhuf guest of Lions Cub
The March 2 meeting of the Vermillion Lions was called to order by President Gloria Christopherson. She introduced her two guests, Cylas Hall, Vermillion Wal-Mart co-manager, and Ben Nesselhuf of Vermillion, District 17 legislative senator. Lion Young Moore introduced his son, Gordon Moore from Indiana.

President Christopherson noted that the Board of Directors (BOD), in its Feb. 23 meeting, decided to fund one young girl, Elizabeth Day, for this year's HOBY Seminar taking place in Rapid City, June 2-4. She also stated that Lion Steven Heer presented at the last BOD meeting a Web site proposal which will be discussed further at the next BOD meeting.

Lion Maxine Johnson announced that the Gala Grand Opening of the Lewis and Clark Living Rivers Exhibit, W.H. Over Museum, will take place on Saturday, March 4. Lion Ron Thaden announced that the Log Cabin School committee (Ron, Allen Johnson, Curt Schempp, Dave Swanson, Barbara Campbell) will hold a short meeting after the March 2 meeting.

The Lions Spring Pancake Days will be held on April 19- 20 at the Vermillion Armory and the Lions Mobile Screening Unit will be present on April 20. The March 16 Lions meeting will feature Lion Jacquie Lonning and several USD students who will have recently returned from three service trips taken during spring break.

The speaker for the evening, Pastor Ed Nesselhuf, executive director, Prison Congregations of America, Inc. (PCA), was introduced by President Christopherson. In 1984, Pastor Nesselhuf developed at the women's prison in Jessup, MD, the first denominational prison congregation (Community of St. Dysmas).

The goal of the PCA is to establish similar congregations in the prison systems of every state in the U.S. Congregations are now present in the states of Maryland, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Iowa, North Dakota, Colorado and Louisianna.

There is some evidence to indicate that the recidivism rate for the community of St. Dysmas members is less than that for non-members. As a result many prison officials are becoming more willing to allow the establishment of such faith-based programs.

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