The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Clay Post #3061 was held Tuesday evening, May 16, 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. Reports were given by the funeral committee, cards mailed to members, hospital equipment on loan, hospice, Road to Recovery. A thank you was received from Gov. Rounds for the VFW Auxiliary donation to the South Dakota Vietnam War Memorial.
Bonnie Albers was elected treasurer and Erna Carlson was elected two-year trustee. The charter was draped in memory of Marlene Amundsen. Flags will be put out on the cemetery on May 27. Delores Gregg will lay wreath at the Memorial Day services. Meeting adjourned to reopen on June 20.
Rommereim speaks to Lions Club
The May 18 meeting of the Vermillion Lions Club was called to order by President Gloria Christopherson. Lion Barbara Campbell introduced her guest, Robin Blevens from Yankton. Lion Jack Doyle reported on a most successful Lions Spring Pancakes Days with 930 people in attendance and over $3,000 in profit.
Lion Ron Thaden noted that there will be a pre Tour de Kota event on Sunday, June 11, with bicyclists leaving Yankton at 6 a.m. and arriving in Vermillion at about 8 a.m.
Vermillion Lions and Senior Citizens volunteers will be serving pancakes (free will offering) for seniors and bicyclists at the Senior Citizens Center form 8 a.m. to noon; this will be a fund raising event for the Senior Citizens Center. President Chrisopherson announced the board of directors, at their May meeting, approved a donation of $150 to the Vermillion Youth Baseball Association and $500 to the W.H. Over Museum. She also stated that there is to be an induction ceremony for two new members (Cylas Hall, Chuck Roegiers) at the June 1 Lions meeting.
Following an excellent pork dinner at the Silver Dollar Restaurant, the speaker for the evening, Steve Rommereim, Rommereim Farms, Alcester, was introduced by President Christopherson. The title of his talk was �The Pork Industry: More than just the Other White Meat.�
Steve emphasized the striving of the industry to increase the nutritional quality of pork, the improvements make by the industry to protect the environment, the positive economic effect of the industry in South Dakota, and the humane treatment of their livestock at all times. With regard to pork�s nutritional quality, Steve pointed out that U.S. producers since 1983 have decreased the fat content of pork by 31 percent.
Small business topic of Rotary
The Vermillion Rotary club met at the Freedom Forum on the USD Campus at noon on Tuesday, May 30, its normally scheduled time. After a lunch of chicken and beef tacos, President Rev. Mercy Hobbs opened the meeting with prayer, which was followed by patriotic songs in observance of Memorial Day weekend just past. Joe Edelen led the singing which was accompanied by Jack Noble at the piano.
After the introduction of guests and a few fines by Sergeant at Arms Al Pravacek, during which letters of thanks from second graders for their bicycle helmets were passed around, we got down to the program of the day.
South Dakota District Director for the Small Business Administration, John L. Brown II, gave an interesting program on the work of the SDA, especially as it relates to South Dakota. Mr. Brown pointed out the many advantages South Dakota presents to businesses, everything from a favorable tax structure to willing and reasonably priced labor, to say nothing of South Dakota�s 230 sunny days a year, compared for example to a mere 57 days on average in Pittsburgh, PA.
A number of large and small companies are taking advantage of South Dakota�s comfortable business climate but much needs to be done to catch up in business founding and growth with the rest of the nation.
In spite of its many favorable factors, South Dakota ranks 46th in the nation in new business startups, and not surprisingly, in the same place when it comes to creation of new jobs, and the investment of new venture capital. Even farther down the line, South Dakota is 50th, or last, in the nation in new manufacturing investment.
It should then be no surprise that many young South Dakotans end up leaving our state after receiving their college or post-graduate educations. Our state can do a better job. We have a state government that is very interested in new ventures, such as the Homestake Mine research center.
With the Small Business Administration helping fund new small business ventures with loans and providing expertise in management and other needed skills, our state has a bright future.
Our meeting was closed at 1 p.m. by the singing of My Country �Tis of Thee' as we saluted the American flag.