Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations
4-H club discusses future projects

The Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes 4-H club met at the Extension building on Monday, Sept. 25. Ellen Hanson, president, called the meeting to order. Ashley Sorensen led the pledge of Allegiance and Marley Hanson led the 4-H pledge. A roll of toilet paper was passed around with everyone taking as long of a strip as they wanted. For each individual tissue torn apart in their strip of toilet paper they had to tell things about themselves. This was how the club did roll call.

Marley Hanson read the secretary report. Ashley Sorensen made a motion to accept the minutes. Reilly Larsen seconded it. The motion was voted on and carried.

Emily Holoch gave an updated treasurer's report. Pam Hanson presented a possible community service donation to the Clay County Youth Trust Fund, Inc. Ashley Sorensen made a motion to make a donation. Marley Hanson seconded the motion. The motion was voted on and carried.

Old Business: Thank yous were given to Brittany Hanson, Sarah, Eric and Lois Droegemeier, Madeline and Julie Wagner, Jackie Hulse and Hannah Doohen for helping serve refreshments during the breaks to the children involved in the workshop of the Childrens Theatre Workshop for five days in July. Thank yous were also given to those families who donated snacks for the refreshments.

Thank yous were also given to Brittany and Char Hanson and Ellen and Marley Hanson for helping work in the 4-H food stand during the Regional Goat show in July.

Thank yous were given to the club members and their families who helped during the Clay County Fair and Achievement Days.

Thank yous were also given to Madeline and Julie Wagner and Reilly and Susan Larsen for providing in July and August the dessert to the Saint Agnes Classic Winner.

New Business: Discussion took place about what the club would be doing to promote 4-H during National 4-H week in October. Our club set up a display at the Vermillion Public Library in the large display case showing projects club members have made, pictures of community service projects, demonstrations, fun outings, etc. These will be on display for the whole month of October.

The club decided to put together a float for the Dakota Days parade. Club members as well as leaders and parents handed out Garfield 4-H stickers promoting 4-H. 4-H suckers and airplanes were also given out. The club got together on Friday evening, Oct. 6 to put the float together. Everyone decided to wear princess/maiden clothing or USD clothing when in the parade. Everyone had a great time!

A thank you was given to everyone who brought toilet paper to donate to the Vermillion Food Pantry.

A reminder was given about when the record books/journals are due, Monday, Oct. 1. The club members worked on their record books at the meeting.

Sarah Droegemeier talked about a possible community service project our club could do called Operation Christmas Child. The club members decided to participate in this project. A reminder of what each member is to bring will be listed on the reminder letters sent out prior to the October meeting.

A reminder about the October meeting was given. It will be on Monday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The club will clean up trash around the fairgrounds first then have a club meeting. Hannah Doohen will present a demonstration and Ashley Sorensen will present a judging school. New club officers will be elected.

Reilly Larsen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Hannah Doohen seconded the motion. A vote was taken and carried.

Emily Holoch gave a public speaking speech called "Why You Should Become a U.S. Citizen." Everyone was then given a quiz with several sample questions of what could possibly be on a U.S. Citizenship test.

Jackie Hulse gave a demonstration called "How to Make a Bookmark."

Emily Holoch provided refreshments for the evening.


Marley Hanson

Ballot issues discussed

The Oct. 6 meeting of the Vermillion Lions Club was called to order by President Allen Johnson at 6 p.m. at the Silver Dollar Restaurant.

After the opening ceremonies, guests Mildred Svoboda and Janet Sharp of Kansas City were introduced by Berwyn Svoboda; Wally Sipple of the Beresford Lion�s Club was introduced by his brother Lion Joe Sipple; Janet Mount was introduced by Lion Randy Sullivan and Lion Fred Balleweg introduced John Walker.

LaVerne Hofer, District Governor and Dennis Meyer were introduced as guests from the Beresford Lions Club.�The Vermillion Lions Club originally sponsored the formation of the Beresford Group.�Now that the Alcester Lions�s Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary later this month, it was pointed out that the Vermillion Lions are �grandparents� for the Alcester group.� �

Members were reminded of the upcoming Fall Pancake Days and received their committee assignments and also where pre-sales of tickets would take place. On Nov. 4, the forum will take place in Huron and members were informed about �early bird� rates for registrations. The new information brochure about the local club was distributed.

Requirements for the Proud Lion award were handed out to several new members. This award is earned during the first year of membership.

The Dakota Days activities were discussed and the float was built after the meeting. Becky Aga was thanked for her work in lettering the signs for the float. The float depicted the various service projects the local Lions support as their way of carrying out the motto �We Serve.�

The Lions were challenged long ago by Helen Keller to undertake projects that would benefit individuals who are challenged by problems of sight. The Lions have enlarged this scope of service and, while they support and work for national and international causes, they also actively and financially support many local and state projects which benefit local citizens.

Following the meal, announcements, and opening ceremonies. David Hertz of Midwest Homes was introduced to present another set of facts concerning the Crawford Road project. Hertz pointed out that the completion of the existing road had been in the city planning process since 1969. He began his housing development, which borders Burbank Road, to provide affordable housing and to give homeowners an opportunity to have adequate, entry level residences which were not mobile homes.

His development has been aimed towards young families and his building permit was awarded on the condition that a road accessing the development would be built. Over time, the project was delayed due to various other street projects. ��

Lion Young Moore III gave a presentation on the proposed Constitutional changes and the ballot issues that are on November�s ballot. Altogether, there are 13 proposed changes. If the majority of voters vote �no� on the issues, they will need to be re-addressed at a future time. Lion Young encouraged all present to carefully study the ballot issues, arrive at a careful decision, and to probably vote absentee to give themselves an adequate period of time to study these issues.

The Board of Directors will meet Oct. 12 at the W.H. Over Museum and the Fall Pancake Days will be Oct. 18 and 19 at the Armory. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door.

WELCA serves fund-raising dinner

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) from Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, served their annual Senior Citizens Center Fund-raising Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Center, 320 West Main Street. Coordinated by Crystal McGuire, director, and Jean Lindblom, office staff member, the Senior Citizens Center co-hosted the meal.

Roberta and Don Bensen and Wayne Knutson, hosts, greeted guests at the event. Following announcements and acknowledgments, Pastor Judith Johnson offered the table prayer before the buffet service.

Jean Christensen and Esther Knutson co-chaired WELCA�s dinner committee, which included Barbara Boone, Leone Christopherson, Natalie Johnson, Norma Melstad, Marjorie Rasmussen, June Sherman and Zelena Weisz. The committee received assistance at the meal from Adeline Isaacson, Darlene and Richard Bottolfson, Verne Christensen, Louis Fostvedt, Wayne Knutson and Howard Melstad.

Delores Gregg served the community as chef in the Center�s kitchen, and five volunteers, members of the USD Swim Team, performed mealtime and clean up duties.

Hy-Vee Food Stores donated foodstuffs for the fund-raising meal, and supplemental funds will be provided by the Clay County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.��

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