The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly meeting Tuesday, March 20, at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD. President Roger Kozak opened the meeting and Rev. Ed Nesselhuf gave the invocation.
Several guests were introduced including two Vermillion High School seniors who gave a brief talk about their school involvement and their plans for the future.
Rotarian Chon Sommervold introduced Joe Kippley as the speaker for the day. Mr. Kippley gave a presentation about his time as a U.S. Senate page during the fall of 2001. He has published a book about his experiences titled A Page in History. He explained that the three words: faith, courage, and resolve were prominent in recalling the surrounding events of Sept. 11, 2001.
He began working as a U.S. Senate page on Sept. 4. A typical day would begin at 5:15 a.m. Classes began at 6:15 a.m. and they would leave for the U.S. Capitol at 9 a.m. where they would begin their duties before the Senate convened at 10 a.m.
The pages would be busy all day until the Senate adjourned between 6 and 9 p.m.with lights out at 11 p.m.
Mr. Kippley remembers that on Sept. 10, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was telling them stories and then switched the subject to faith saying, "Our minds can't comprehend fully a supreme being." Mr. Kippley said that looking back he feels this was in a small way a preparation for events on Sept. 11.
On Sept. 11 the pages walked into the Senate cloakroom in time to see the second plane hit the World Trade Center on television. When a third plane struck the Pentagon, the Capitol police evacuated the Capitol building. He remembers that everyone felt a great sense of urgency.
When they later learned of a fourth plane that crashed, all the pages were grateful to the passengers because they felt that plane was destined for the Capitol building. As they left they could see smoke rising from the Pentagon. Upon arrival at their dormitory they were ordered to call their parents to tell them they were safe.
The word courage came to mind when Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) wanted to bring Congress back into session the next day. Virtually all of the pages volunteered to go back to work. Joe turned 17 on that day – Sept. 13. The word resolve came to mind when all 100 senators stood at their desks to start that session.
Mr. Kippley ended by saying that the next generation's challenge is to win the war on terror ? because we must. That battle will take faith, courage, and resolve.
Meckling 4-H club welcomes new member
The Meckling Livestock 4H Club met on Jan. 11. President Harrison Hawley called the meeting to order. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge. Our roll call topic was our name and our favorite Christmas present.
We welcomed a new member, Sidney Furry. For old business we thanked those who helped deliver Meals on Wheels over Christmas break. We discussed community service projects.
For new business, we made Valentines for Vets to be sent to the state's Veteran's hospitals. We discussed the due date for market beef green tags and verification affidavits, March 31, and all other livestock, May 31.
We talked about Shooting Sports, the upcoming ceramics class, and fruit sales. Blaine Bottolfson gave an illustrated talk on his football card collection. We then adjourned the meeting and had treats provided by Stacy, Megan, and Blaine Bottolfson.
Erika Fallan, secretary