The Vermillion Rotary Club gathered for its weekly meeting at the Freedom Forum on the USD campus on Tuesday at noon. Former Club President Roger Kozak presided, Rev. Ed Nesselhuf led in prayer, and our songs were led by Joe Edelen with Jack Noble at the piano. It was announced that our summer picnic for inaugurating new officers will be held on June 27, and that next week's program will feature South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson, who will discuss the change-over to touch-screen voting in our state.
Our program this week consisted of discussing the goals and plans of Rotary International and our club for this year's activities. Our district convention will be held in Wagner in September, and one of the district goals for this year is giving $100 per member to Rotary programs. Our Vermillion club will be hosting a "Group Study Exchange" team from Korea for a day or two in September, and our district is planning to send out such a team to another country next April.
A matter of interest for our club is that Roger Kozak has been asked to serve as District Governor for the 2008-2009 year, during which Vermillion would host the District Convention in September 2008.
Vermillion Rotary is engaged in a large number of local programs that include projects from providing bike helmets for all Vermillion second graders to carrying "meals on wheels" to shut-ins, planting and caring for flowers in our Main Street flower beds, and bringing Vermillion High School Seniors to visit weekly Rotary meetings during the school year.
Dr. Chuck Yelverton chairs the bike-helmet project, and auctioned off a helmet at this week's meeting to raise money for that cause. The meeting was closed by having each Rotarian fill out a questionnaire requesting him or her to indicate those local programs in which they are interested in helping.
PTA to host lunch for all schools May 12
In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week in May, and in honor of all teachers in the school district, the PTA will provide lunch at all buildings on May 12.
To help with the event, please contact Deana Fuller; phone, 624-5185 or DEANAFULLER@mchsi.com.
Paddy Rosdail, carnival chair, reported the second PTA carnival was another huge success with an estimated 800 in attendance. A profit of $2,506.61 was collected. Paddy thanked the Carnival Committee: Patty Schwasinger, Patty Rarick, Shannon Fairholm, Angie Bickett, Darcy Sammelson, Brenda Fergen, Carrie Koble, Melissa Luers, Jenny French, Holly Mueller, Louise Papka, Tami Mulder, Nichol Stevens, Sharon Nielson and Audrey Eichleberg.
Book Fair report: Shannon Fairholm (PTA vice president for Austin) and Beth Knedler (PTA vice president for Jolley) want to thank all the volunteers who worked at the book fair for both schools. Austin received a $1,885 voucher and the teachers will be using that money to purchase books out of the catalog.
Shannon Fairholm announced the winners of the guessing game for the K-second graders: Kindergarten, Kinsey James; first grade, Phoebe Borgman, and second grade, Erica Dorset. Jolley received $588 and that money was used to buy a magazine subscription to National Geographic for the third, fourth, and fifth grade.
State PTA Convention report: Paddy Rosdail and Patty Rarick attended the convention, Saturday, April 1 in Brookings. They shared information from the workshops and the guest speakers. Our PTA won an award for 35 percent increase in membership and received a $50 check from the state PTA.
A huge thanks goes to Donna Moen, membership chair, for her commitment to encouraging PTA membership. The next state PTA convention will be held in Vermillion next year.
Anyone interested in serving on the following task forces, please contact the appropriate chairperson: Traffic Safety Task Force, Lisa Swanson chair; School Lunch Task Force, Tammy Davis, chair.
Nominations for a new slate of officers for the Vermillion PTA will be voted on in May. If interested, please call Brenda Fergen and/or Lynne Day.
A motion was made to give a donation to the Prentis Park Playground Fund. The motion was unanimously approved.
Karol Broderson, school nurse, is serving on a committee to promote more exercise among our younger kids at Austin Elementary. The committee will be asking PTA for financial support and volunteers to help prepare for recess activities.
Artist In Residence/Reflections presentation, by Lisa Swanson, chair: Vermillion students were asked to attend our PTA meeting, show some of their art work, and tell about their experiences with the guests artists, Mark Zimmerman and Mary Wipf.
We also heard from students who entered their art work in the reflections program. Lisa gave gifts to all the young artists and encouraged them to keep enjoying art. Committee members who served on the reflections program were: Shelley Sykes, Beth Knedler, Kari Jo James, Marilyn Trefz, Mark Daniels, Susan Heggestad and Corey Knedler.
Lisa also wanted to extend a special thank you to the following persons who came in to the classrooms to teach art during the school year: Heather Brayer, Beth Knedler, Shannon Fairholm, Jennifer Braunstein, Susan Heggestad, Sharon Nielson, Shelley Sykes, Ari Albright, and Leroy Wilch.
Dates to Announce: Tuesday, April 25, Hy-Vee and PTA are planning another Mother�s Day event, with pictures taken, card making, and a kid friendly meal. Proceeds will go to the Vermillion PTA; Board of Manager�s meeting, Wednesday, April 26; next chapter meeting: Monday, May 15.