Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations
Rotarians learn of Guatemalan trip

The Vermillion Rotary Club�s regular Tuesday meeting was held on Nov. 14 at noon in the Al Neuharth Media Center.

President Roger Kozak opened the meeting at 12:15 p.m. and welcomed the club�s guests for the day. Guests included Angela Anderson, an assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Vermillion High School seniors Megan Hayes, Aaron Hansen, Harrison Hawley, Jordan Heesch, and Mike Heine.

The day�s program was provided by Dr. Lana Svien, the chair of USD�s physical therapy department, and Chris Schieffer, Christine Groupa, and Svien-Senne provided the day�s program.

The program addressed a recent trip by Dr. Svien and her team, who in August 2006 traveled to Guatemala to provide wheelchair-fitting services on behalf of Hope Haven Ministries. Each participant in this service-learning opportunity paid for or raised funds to take the trip to rural areas in Guatemala.

Upon arriving in Guatemala, the team worked with residents in need of new wheelchairs – built in the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls ��and with individuals who required that previously-owned wheelchairs be refit for maximum functionality.

While noting the need for such services, Dr. Svien and her students also observed the profound need for additional assistive equipment, such as crutches and walkers, none of which were available to the Vermillion team during this visit. They plan to again visit Guatemala next spring to provide similar wheelchair services, but also to offer additional assistive equipment for those who might find benefit from it.

President Kozak closed the meeting at 1 p.m. after noting that new members will be inducted during next week�s meeting.

4-H Club News

The Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes 4-H club met on Monday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H grounds. Members picked up trash around the fairgrounds first. Then at 7 p.m. Ellen Hanson, club president, called the regular meeting to order.

Jackie Hulse led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sarah Rosacker led the 4-H pledge. Marley Hanson read the secretary report.

Old Business: Thank yous were given verbally to those who brought items to be put in the display case at the library during the month of October for National 4-H month, for those who helped with the Dakota Days parade float, to all members for turning in their records books on time, and to those who helped tie the polar fleece blanket that was donated to the Joleen Bos benefit auction. Thank yous were signed by the members, then mailed to businesses that contributed to the Clay County fair.

Items were brought by club members to be put in either a boy box or girl box for the community service project, �Operation Christmas Child.� A total of five boxes were put together.

Discussion took place about the �4-H on the Ice� hockey game.

Discussion took place about the 4-H Christmas tree at the capitol in Pierre. Club members will finger knit yarn to be used as the garland on this tree. Club members will also make Christmas ornaments out of perler beads for the tree. The colors will be green and white.

Enrollment forms were handed out. A reminder that they are due into the office by Nov. 30 was given.

Club members volunteered to bring items for the Thanksgiving basket that will be donated to a needy family in Vermillion.

Officers were elected. President: Emily Holoch, Vice President: Marley Hanson, Secretary: Carrie Kickland, Reporter: Sarah Droegemeier, Treasurer: Ellen Hanson and Community Service: Brittany Hanson.

A reminder about an upcoming Club Project Day and the next meeting were given.

Ashley Sorensen presented a judging school..

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