Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations
4-H'ers prepare for holiday

The Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes 4-H club met at the extension office on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The roll call topic was, "What was your favorite 4-H event last year?" There were 13 members present for the first meeting of the year.

Newly-elected President Emily Holloch was unable to attend the meeting, so Vice-President Marley Hanson conducted the meeting. After the pledge, the secretary's report was read by outgoing secretary Marley Hanson, and then treasurer's report was read by Ellen Hanson.

Under old business, the club discussed their community service project, Operation Christmas Child. The club sent out a total of five shoe boxes filled with gifts for needy children around the world. A thank you note was signed for Carol Sorenson's parents for allowing the club to dump leaves at their farm following the leaf-raking community service project, and for loaning hay bales for the Dakota Days float.

Members brought food items for a Thanksgiving basket to go to a local family. They approved a $25 gift certificate for a turkey to go with the basket.

Members also brought finger-knitted garland for the Clay County 4-H Christmas tree in the Capitol building in Pierre. Recently, the club has also made fall centerpieces, and tied a fleece blanket for the St. Agnes Classic Auction.

Under new business, some of the members volunteered to bring five dozen cookies to the 4-H Recognition event. Upcoming events include tree decorating at the W.H. Over Museum, and ringing bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart.

The next meeting on Dec. 4 will be a Christmas party. Everyone will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Vermillion Assisted Living for caroling. Then members will go to the Extension office for the party. Each member will bring a Christmas item of not more than $5 for the gift exchange. Additionally, they should also bring $2 for a craft and a book for the New Year's baby born in Vermillion.

Following the meeting, three demonstrations were given. Sarah Rosacker presented card bossing. Sarah Droegemeier showed how to make pop can carolers, and Hannah Doohen demonstrated how to make a fruit sundae.

Leader Pam Hanson then showed the members how to create pilgrim hat centerpieces out of flower pots and black felt. The centerpieces will decorate the tables at the Vermillion Community Thanksgiving dinner. The rest of the time, club members enjoyed eating snacks provided by Sarah Droegemeier and Sarah Rosacker while working on their 4-H journals. The meeting concluded at 9 p.m.

Sarah Droegemeier


Oscar Howe topic of Rotary

The Vermillion Rotary Club met for its weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Freedom Forum on the USD campus. After a luncheon meal of turkey breast, potatoes and vegetables, finished off by pumpkin pie, the meeting was opened by President Roger Kozak with prayer offered by the Rev. David Hussey.

Songs included Winter Wonderland and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer led by Joe Edelen and accompanied by Jack Noble on the piano. After a number of fines for undue publicity for Rotary members, it was announced that the university students had the largest food drive ever, with over 6,000 items donated over $5,000 in cash gifts to help needy folks in Vermillion.

Larry Schou introduced Dr. John A. Day, chairman emeritus of the USD department of art, for our program. Dr. Day has not only been a successful art professor and administrator, having received a number of honors for his work, he is one of the foremost authorities on the life of Oscar Howe, a Yanktonai Sioux Indian, who was the dean of Indian artists during his lifetime and beyond, and has to be considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and indeed of all time. Few South Dakotans have attained such stature in their lifetimes in any endeavor.

Professor Day gave a broad-ranging account of the life and times of Oscar Howe too detailed to repeat here, but from which some points need to be noted. Oscar Howe grew up on the Yanktonai reservation in South Dakota, living in huts with his family, even though they descended from a long line of hereditary chiefs.

Born in 1915, he attended the Pierre Indian Boarding School during a time when the government strategy was to suppress Native American culture and language. He was sent home for a year with severe illnesses, from which he recovered and returned to the school until 1933.

In 1935, he attended the Santa Fe Indian School where a good number of students received instruction in art and later became the backbone of American Indian art for the next 60 years. Mr. Howe served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and in 1947 married a German girl, Heidi Hampel, whom he had met while in the service.

Howe received a master in art degree from the University of Oklahoma but always gravitated back to South Dakota to work. He is famous for doing the artwork for the Mitchell Corn Palace from 1948 to 1974, he taught art at The University of South Dakota for 25 years, and produced at least 500 paintings that are known today, with more coming out of private collections all the time.

In 1960 Oscar Howe was featured on the television show, This is Your Life, a fitting tribute to a great man.

Our meeting was closed with the singing of the first stanza of My Country Tis of Thee.

Auxiliary receives thanks

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Clay Post #3061 was held Tuesday, Nov. 21, with President Delores Gregg presiding. Roll call of officers were recorded. Chaplain Opal Smith offered the opening prayer. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Motion made and seconded to accept treasurer�s report as printed.

Correspondence included General Orders #5 from Carols Chat Room, thank you from VFW Foundation for our $25.00 donation, Vermillion Food Pantry for our food donation for Make a Difference Day, from Fern Wirth family for lunch after prayer service, from students Rory Tucker and Prairie Hansen for monetary awards for their winning essays.

Note and DVD from Shirley Christensen on safety program and it was given to St. Agnes School.

Ray Hofman came to our meeting and played the Voice of Democracy.

Reports were given on Bingo playing at the nursing home, on Buddy Poppy sales, funeral committee, sympathy and birthday cards sent, Hospice, Road to Recovery and hospital equipment on loan and Civic Council regarding Cheer Plates.

Motion made and seconded to mail $100 to Operation Uplink, and $25 to the five VA hospitals in South Dakota and renew the subscription to the Plain Talk to the Royal C. Johnson VA Hospital in Sioux Falls. Meeting adjourned to reopen on Dec. 19.

Women�s Club to meet

The Centerville Christian Women�s Club will meet Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m. at the Centerville Legion Hall, 921 Main Street.

The Dutch Rose Quilt Shop, located in Sioux Falls, will present the special feature.

The speaker for the morning is Nancy Winings of Chambers, NE. �Don�t sell yourself short� will be her message.

Club members hope those who plan to attend the meeting will invite a neighbor or friend.

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