The Vermillion Rotary Club enjoyed its weekly meeting at noon on Tuesday at the Freedom Forum on the USD campus, its usual meeting place. After a delicious lunch of tacos, the meeting was opened by President Roger Kozak, and with a prayer by Rev. David Hussey. Joe Edelen led two opening songs with Jack Noble playing accompaniment on the piano.
President Kozak reported that he had been at Vermillion High School this morning to present the Rotary Student Leadership scholarship to Gabriel Steinmeyer. He also announced that we had received a thank you note from the Vermillion Library, and that on May 29 we will receive a visit from our Rotary district governor.
Bill Richardson introduced our program, which was a fascinating report by USD professor of history, Dr. Clayton Lehmann, on his tours of the Greek Islands as leader for USD student groups. These tours are organized study programs of this anciently civilized area of the world.
Dr. Lehmann has taught Western Civilization and ancient and medieval history at USD since 1988. He is a graduate of Augustana College with a master of arts from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His presentation included a powerpoint program of maps and pictures of some of the historically most important sites of ancient history.
From the Acropolis in Athens to the beauty of the ancient Delphi, which the Greeks considered the "navel of the world," and then to the maritime islands of Greece, Dr. Lehmann's presentation was a real bringing to life of places that are only dots on a map to most of us.
Virtually the whole nation of Greece is dominated by its nearness to and symbiotic relationship with the Adriatic and Agean seas. Dr. Lehmann's study tours take students to many places by ship and include substantial time sailing through some islands on a smallish yacht some 42 feet long.
This allows the students to get up close and personal to the sea and the islands they visit. They also have opportunity to practice scuba diving in waters rich with archeological artifacts. As the students travel from site to site they are required to give lectures to their fellow students on those sites that have been assigned to them ahead of time.
There can be little doubt that these "tours" are a fantastic educational opportunity for the students, especially when led by a thoroughly knowledgeable mentor such as Dr. Lehmann.
After a brief question and answer period, our meeting was closed with the usual singing of the first stanza of My Country 'Tis of Thee.
Lions Club news
President Allen Johnson called the May 3 meeting of the Vermillion Lions Club to order at 6 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and singing, special guest, Vice District Chairman Joan Marlette and her husband Lion Gerald of Aberdeen were introduced and welcomed. Guests were introduced by Lion and they were Sue Christensen, guest of Gloria Christopherson, Jane Kugler, guest of Roger Kugler, and Ria Weaver of St. Louis, guest of Barbara Campbell. Ria was en route to Winner for the state meeting of ESA; she is the incoming international president of ESA.�Since the Silver Dollar Restaurant will be closing soon, the board of directors recommended that the W. H. Over Museum be the new location of the bi-monthly meetings; this was unanimously agreed upon and the last meeting to be held at the Silver Dollar will be May 17.�Plans for serving pancakes for two days in June for the Tour de Kota event on June 10 and 11 were finalized. The names of Andrew Manning and Stacey Joy were announced as this year's Lion's Club scholarship recipients.�
Lion Joan Marlette thanked the group for their ongoing contribution to the community and proceeded to conduct the formal initiation ceremony for the following new members:�Clark Johnson, sponsored by Tom Stogsdill; Julie Potter, reactivation of membership sponsored by Curt Schempp; Glen Nelson, sponsored by David Stockland; Roger Kugler, sponsored by Charles Roegiers; Jody Harnois, sponsored by Marlyn Harnois; and Bob Warton, sponsored by John Powell. She was assisted in conducting this impressive ceremony by Lion Art Rusch.� Lion Charles Roegiers was presented with the Proud Lion Award which can be earned by first-year members.�Lions David Stockland, Ron Thaden, Jack Doyle, Allen Johnson, Maxine Johnson and Randy Sullivan were presented letters of commendation for sponsoring new members into the Lion's organization.
Lion Jacquie Lonning introduced students who had participated in the alternate spring break program during which they traveled to various sites in the United States and participated in many community programs to assist individuals who are having a difficult time with life.� Jacquie emphasized that the reason the students travel out of South Dakota for these projects is that the ultimate aim is that they recognize similar needs in their own communities and work to establish programs of assistance.�The students participated in programs and activities at different kinds of agencies providing assistance from gardening, clothing, food, and also helped build a patio and cleaned facilities. They also shared meals and were able to see some of the famous landmarks in the cities they visited. The students apply to participate and are responsible for raising all their funds through various projects throughout the year.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m. with reminders about the upcoming events.�The next board of directors meeting will be held on at 7 p.m. May 10 at the W. H. Over Museum. Our next scheduled speaker is Susie Hanson, Vermillion Area Arts Council, who will address the group on May 17.