The Vermillion Rotary Club met for its weekly meeting at the Freedom Forum on the USD Campus on Tuesday, June 6. President Rev. Mercy Hobbs presided and Rev. David Hussey led in opening prayer. With Jack Noble manning the piano, Joe Edelen led our singing and gave a somewhat involved explanation of the Scottish expression "auld lang syne" that appears in a number of our English songs.
Member Jack Marsh, director of the Freedom Forum, gave a description of the unique summer journalism course presently being taught for native Americans. This intensive three-week course involves some of the best journalism instructors in the United States and is simply not duplicated anywhere else. This year 21 students from 13 states and 13 Indian tribes are enrolled.
Our program this week was presented by Jacquie Lonning, a native of Worthing, and graduate of Buena Vista College in Iowa. Ms. Lonning is employed as the student action coordinator at The University of South Dakota here in Vermillion. Herself a very involved volunteer in service project here in Vermillion and around the country, Jacquie coordinates a rather large group of projects and programs that are designed to give USD students opportunities to combine active volunteer work in the community and nation with their formal studies.
While federal funding supports part of this work through IdEA grants, other support comes from the university and from the students themselves investing in travel to places of service.
Lonning and others regularly lead several social action trips a year to various needy areas of the nation as part of this program, thus giving students a far wider range of opportunities than would be available locally. Some of the longer trips are taken as alternatives to "spring break" when most students head out for beaches.
An important part of the social action office's service at USD is to make sure that the students combine their experiences with academic work by writing reports and papers on their social action work. One local benefit of Lonning's work is that a number of students are very much involved in the local "Welcome Table," that serves a free meal every Monday evening at First United Methodist Church. Sports are no longer the only way USD students can step out of their academic skins.
Junior Leaders meet, discuss promotion
The Clay County Junior Leaders met on Monday, May 22 in the Clay County Extension office kitchen.
The meeting was conducted by leader Myra Jensen. There were 10 members and one guest present.
Members discussed how to spread the word about Junior Leaders. There was discussion about putting a few whiskey barrel flower pots under the Clay County Fair and Achievement Days sign near the northwest end of the arena.
A "Fun Kid Day" during the fair was discussed for younger kids and members to show how much fun 4-H and Junior Leaders can be. Some games introduced were dunk tank, bubble rings, bean bag toss, pedal car races and pony rides. Some fair activities Junior Leaders will sponsor a petting zoo, and will make ice cream sandwiches to be sold, with all proceeds going toward Clay County Junior Leaders. It was also suggested to host a judging school to help younger members.
A Make-n-Take day was also encouraged. The meeting also discussed community service ideas. The committee agreed to host the Regional Goat Show on July 29. Painting the Extension office was also brought up. The Junior Leaders will meet next on June 10 after PQR Training to work on community service.
Barbee relates China experience
Will Barbee spoke of his extended trip to China at the April meeting of the Union County Historical Society. He showed pictures of daily life and of historical sites as part of his presentation. Interesting and humorous accounts of accommodations and meals accompanied his informative talk.
Sondra Stickney conducted the meeting, museum hours for the summer, the vacancies on the board of directors, and fund raising were discussed.
There have been a number of acquisitions for the museum, including several documents, the history of the post office, LU electric, newspapers, letters concerning Alcester, England, CCC camp material and other memorabilia from Alcester.
A generous memorial for Craig Johnson was presented by Harris Johnson.
Refreshments were served by Roland and Alta Rosenbaum. The next meeting will be at the museum on June 19 at 7:30 p.m. The hostess is Fern Chicoine and the program will be presented by Mary Chausee.