Vermillion Rotary Club met Oct. 24 for its weekly meeting at the Freedom Forum on the USD Campus as usual. President Roger Kozak presided, and member Rev. Robert Grossmann led the opening prayer. After a hearty meal of meatloaf and trimmings, our songs were led by Joe Edelen with Jack Noble providing piano accompaniment to Home on the Range and Hail Rotary.
Guests included three Vermillion High School seniors, who introduced themselves and informed us of their plans for the future. Barry Vickery announced that next week's program will feature the area's state legislative candidates and asked the membership to provide written questions to be presented to them at the meetings.
Our program this week was presented by David Hertz and Lori Whitman, who spoke in favor of the initiated local measure to proceed with the Crawford Road extension which would connect the present north and south parts of that street from above and below the bluff. This extension would be about 1,200 feet and would tract through a presently undeveloped ravine of brush and trees.
We heard last week from proponents of making a 10-foot wide bike and walking path through this area. In that proposal, those parts of the path not now belonging to the city would be voluntarily deeded to the city. Thus the city would make a concrete path, and would own the trail, but not the adjacent land, which would still belong to the present owners, who could use it as they see fit.
Mr. Hertz stated the reasons that his group believes that the Crawford Road extension ought to be carried out. He pointed out that this plan has been part of the overall city plan since 1969 and was removed recently because of pressure from land-owners along the route. His view is that the whole city, including folks who have purchased property below the bluff assuming that the extension would be finished in 2006, would benefit from this extension.
If every property owner is allowed to stop any road project because it will be in his or her back yard, Hertz said, any progress would be impossible. Hertz also finds the restrictions placed on the land used for a proposed trail through the area very onerous to the city because any action of the city or another entity that adds any improvements to the trail, or cuts down a tree over two inches in diameter voids the deed of the city to the trail, and it reverts back to the present owners.
He also alleged that no local money would be used to build the extension (state and federal money would fund it), while on the other hand, alternate routes could be very expensive from commuting citizens to emergency vehicles.
He urged a vote "No" on the "Crawford Woods" proposal which he claimed is only a contrary proposal which would make the Crawford Road proposal more difficult to pass. The people of Vermillion will decide!
Our meeting was closed by singing the first stanza of My Country 'Tis of Thee. It was truly an interesting meeting.
Lillehammer Lodge will sponsor concert
On Oct. 17, the Lillehammer Lodge, #1-633, Sons of Norway met at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. The meeting opened at 7 p.m. with a Norwegian song led by Phyllis Nielsen. This was followed by the national anthems of Canada, Norway and the U.S. and the U.S. flag pledge.
President Earl Reese welcomed visitors, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lagdahl.
The secretary's and treasurer's reports were given and approved.
Correspondence of interest was a notice of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Gjoa Lodge of Sioux Falls on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
Member Donovan List had recently been honored with the Bill Holman Retiree Award for outstanding service and lifelong commitment.
Donovan and Marlys List reported on their trip to the Host Fest in Minot, ND recently. They also showed some souvenirs of the trip and encouraged members to go to this in upcoming years.
The Habistat Concert will be sponsored by the Lodge and will be held at the United Church of Christ in Yankton on Oct. 28 at 7:30 pm. This will feature musicians (instrumental and vocal) as well as dancers. Chairman JoAnn Christensen requested the loan of Scandinavian items for table decorations, persons for food set-up and service, and ushers and ticket takers. The performance is free with Scandinavian foods served for refreshments.
The Lodge will again participate in the Parade of Trees on Dec. 1 at the Riverfront Center. Nov. 29-30 are set-up dates.
Don List presented an offer for ordering 3# packages of lutefisk and had members sign up for the number of packages they would have him order.
The next meeting will be Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.
Lunch and fellowship completed the meeting.
Ladies Auxiliary meets Oct. 17
The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Clay Post #3061 was held Oct. 17 with President Delores Gregg presiding. Roll call of officers was taken and recorded. Chaplain Opal Smith offered the opening prayer. President Delores introduced Mildred Hendricks of Alcester, District president. Minutes of previous meeting were approved. The treasurer's report was accepted. Correspondence included General Orders #4. Buddy Poppy Day will be Nov. 9. Donna Schaefer used 400 poppies for the Lincoln Day Dinner. A motion was made to purchase 25 Cancer Pins to take to the hospital for women having mammograms.
Reports were given on membership, Hospice Road to Recovery, Voice of Democracy and Patriots Act.
Motion made to give a monetary gift to Department of President Project on unmet needs. Mildred Hendricks spoke on needs of the district and state. President Delores presented her a gift. Meeting adjourned to reopen on Nov. 21.