The Vermillion Rotary Club met at its usual venue, the Freedom Forum on the USD campus at noon on Tuesday, April 10.
President Roger Kozak led the meeting, which was opened with prayer by Rev. David Hussey. Opening songs were led by Joe Edelen with Jack Noble accompanying on the piano.
After the introduction of guests, including two high school seniors from Vermillion High School, Sergeant at Arms Al Pravacek collected a few dollars from willing volunteers who related good things that had come into their lives during the past week.
Our program this week was presented by Susan Hansen, president of the Vermillion Area Arts Council. Ms. Hansen works for South Dakota Public Radio and has worked to improve and expand the arts council itself and the activities it schedules.
The VAAC is a volunteer group of citizens that encourages the development of art and craft activities for children and adults in our area. It owns a former church building at 202 Washington Street in Vermillion, and provides classes and activities that enable pre-school children and older children to learn musical, craft and visual art skills.
Classes and teachers this year have been Ceramics taught by Jill Caraway with 16 students, Music and Me for pre-school children taught by Amanda van Zande with 26 students, Drawing Principles by Susan Heggestad with nine students, and Art Reach by Amy Fill.
The council also sponsors a Vermillion Farmers' Market in the summer, and plans a River Day that reaches over 100 children. Other activities include books, knitting, crocheting and Art for Adults.
The art council's building is slowly being remodeled by volunteer labor, led by Tom Reach. Plans have been laid for a fully useful building with several classrooms in the basement.
The art council's motto is, "Everyone Benefits When Local Arts Flourish." Schedules and other materials are available from Ms. Hansen and at the arts building when classes are in session there.
The Vermillion Rotary Club will hold a combined meeting next week, and will host the Yankton Rotary Club here on April 17.
Dr. Yelverton announced that Friday, April 27, will be Bike Helmet Day. The Vermillion Rotary will provide new bike helmets for all Vermillion second graders.
Volunteers are to meet at Austin School at 2 p.m. to join in this project.
4-H'ers tour historic house
The Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes 4-H club met Monday, March 12 at the Austin Whittemore house. It was one of the first houses in Vermillion. The tour was given by Ann Severson. We learned about the history of the house and we saw a few of the original pieces that were in the house.
One of the favorite displays was a room of wedding dresses that didn't have any arm holes. Another favorite was a straightened chair in one of the rooms that always moves away from the wall during the night. This house is about 140 years old and it was interesting to imagine Vermillion near the time of the Civil War.
After the tour, everyone went back to the 4-H building for the regular meeting. We said the pledges. The roll call topic was, "What did you like best about the Austin Whittemore house?" The secretary's report was read by Carrie Kickland, and the treasurer's report was read by Ellen Hanson.
Then we discussed old business. The club had received thank you letters from the Town Square Apartments for the talent show and valentines. People were reminded about the awards orientation meeting. People were asked to help unload fruit. Our club sold a lot of fruit this year. Thanks to everybody who sold to help our club.
Bingo at the Senior Citizen Center was postponed until summer because of spring break. The ceramic projects we did last month will be ready at the April meeting.
Under new business, the club voted to buy 10 glass pie pans for the 4-H food stand. Pam Hanson reminded everyone who wants to go to camp to register by April 26. Several volunteers offered to help in the food stand for the dog show on June 30 and July 1, and at the horse show on July 7. We will wait until our next meeting to discuss the state-wide community service project HUNGER.
Marley Hanson gave a demonstration of how to make your own maze. Everyone wrote messages on the phonathon sheets, thanking people for their previous donations and asking them to donate again to the foundation. Pictures were taken of us with our bags of chocolate which were our March community service items for the teacher appreciation bouquets. Snacks were provided by Ellen, Marley and Pam Hanson.