Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations
Auxiliary conducts meeting April 17

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Clay Post #3061 was held Tuesday evening April 17, with president Delores Gregg presiding. Chaplain Opal Smith offered the opening prayer. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Treasurer's report accepted as printed. Invoices were presented and motion made and seconded to pay the same.

Correspondence included General Orders #9, Carols Chat Room, Memo on Installation report, Letter from Scotland Auxiliary announcing Nela Peterka for State Dept. Guard, Letter from Aberdeen Auxiliary announcing Nelda Jorgenson for National Councilwoman, Letter from Spearfish Auxiliary announcing Connie Seymour for National Councilwoman. Com- mittee reports were from Hospice, Road to Recovery, hosital equipment on loan and Civic Council. Officers elected for 2007-2008 are President � Delores Gregg, Sr. Vice President � Donna Schafer, Jr. Vice President Marcene Tiahrt, Treasurer � Bonnie Albers, Conductress � Marjorie Christensen, Chaplain � Opal Smith, Guard � Erna Carlson, Three-year Trustee � Opal Smith. Meeting adjourned to reopen May 15. Rotary views work of EROS The Vermillion Rotary Club met at noon on Tuesday, May 1 at the Freedom Forum on the USD campus, our usual meeting place. After a lunch of pot roast and trimmings, including apple or peach pie, the meeting was opened by President Roger Kozak with Rev. Mercy Hobbs leading in prayer.


During our meal a Powerpoint collage of pictures of various Coyoteopoly activities was presented on the bigscreen. Rotary is one of the major supporters of Coyoteopoly which has done a good bit of cleanup and beautifying of bypass Highway 50 and several parks in Vermillion. Dr. Matt Moen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences presented a list of USD students who have received national scholarship honors for their work as undergraduate students. The list of nine USD students compares favorably with some of the historic colleges in the United States including Yale, Harvard, Stanford, USC and Ohio State.

After the introduction of guests and the fining of member Bob Grossman $20 by Sergeant at Arms A1 Pravecek for not wearing a bike helmet when coming to Rotary meetings (a new bike helmet was included in the fine) our program was introduced by Bill Richardson.

Dr. Matt Hensen, coordinator of geophysical services at South Dakota State University, gave an informative program on the work of his department of SDSU in cooperation with the EROS terrestrial observation center near Sioux Falls. EROS is well-known for its gathering of satellite images of earth and their interpretation into various kinds of useful information.

The geophysical services department is closely involved in helping to interpret the thousands of images obtained by engineering, mapping and application services to make certain measurements are accurate, well-presented in map form, and their interpretations made useable by any who might use them profitable.

The EROS Center includes employees from all around the world to participate in applying information to their own parts of the globe. Dr. Hensen pointed out that obtaining clear images of the whole globe is challenging work, sometimes requiring five years as weather patterns and cloud cover keep much of the earth covered at any one time. Giving examples from Indonesia and South America, where deforestation is moving rapidly for different reasons, and from the Congo in Africa and the American Midwest, Dr. Hensen showed the usefulness of comprehensive information to tell us what is happening to the earth by human activity in real time.

Forces from economic, to political, including wars, have changed the vegetation patterns of many countries, and continue to do so. Our meeting was closed with the usual singing of the first stanza of My Country 'Tis of Thee. Sons of Norway meets April 17

The Lillehammer Lodge, #1-633, Sons of Norway met at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton on April 17. The meeting opened at 7 p.m. with the national anthems of Norway and the U.S. and the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Connie Kendall greeted our guest entertainers, Bernadette Westergaard and Gordon Olson. They have been performing together for two years and Ms. Westergaard has played with the Old Time Fiddlers for about 30 years. Their fiddle and guitar music was fun and they played some familiar Norwegian songs as well. Another guest was Phillip Larson, Volin.

The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and took roll call of the officers present.

The treasurer's report was given by Gene Iverson.

Sharon List reported that several members have had surgery recently. The list of ill members included Jim List, Elvira Grindvold, Marlys List, Allan Johnson, and Analyn Schmidt.

Joanne Christensen, vice president, presented Sharon List with a pin for signing up a new member. Viona Ranney encouraged memberships as gifts to family members, as this would help maintain membership numbers.

Joanne C. also mentioned two Norwegian books have been donated by Elaine Rasmussen, and Connie Kendall brought three Norwegian magazines.

Carol Broderson requested that members bring aprons for the May meeting to help celebrate Mother's Day. Members are invited to share the stories/histories of their aprons, whether fancy or plain.

Earl Reese requested getting a pinochle group together for a social time. Other ideas were for sharing whittling techniques, playing dominoes, and more. This may be a part of a regular meeting or an extra gathering to be decided by the officers.

Vi Ranney mentioned that the play Church Basement Ladies is included on the fall Branson tour for those that may have missed it in Yankton recently.

The April birthdays were noted and the birthday song was led by President Connie.

The musicians entertained us with lots of good music before lunch and fellowship.

The next meeting will be May 15 at 7 p.m.

Trinity women attend conference

Women from Trinity Lutheran Church attended the Southeastern Conference WELCA Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 28, at Scandia Lutheran Church in Centerville. Glendae Anderson, Rose Henze, Romona Kellogg, Esther Knutson, Judy Lofgren, Marcy Lund, June Munkvold, and Glennis Stewart represented Trinity's unit. Following registration at 9 a.m., women from Bethany Lutheran Church, Viborg, provided coffee and refreshments. The program began at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Pastor Erika Lehmann led songs of praise using the gathering's theme, "Live as Children of Light." Glenda Ofstehage, Southeastern Conference coordinator, introduced program participants. Anna Mae Nelson, Scandia WELCA president, welcomed the assembly.

Devotions were led by Darlene Jervik, mission growth representative of both the Southeastern Conference and the Synodical organization.

Lori Jorenby, Synodical WELCA vice president and a parish nurse at Leganger Lutheran Church, Toronto, delivered the main discourse on "Healthy Bodies and Souls."

Glenda Ofstehage presided at a business meeting before the noon luncheon served by the women of Scandia Lutheran Church. During the afternoon program, Mary Abraham, Synodical WELCA treasurer, installed conference officers: Glenda Ofstehage, coordinator; Marlys Twedt, assistant coordinator; Phyllis Sternquist, recorder; Lois Steenhoven, treasurer; Louise Jones, mission community; Darlene Jervik, mission growth, and Else Englund, mission action.

Pastor Trisha Boese led the worship service and presented a meditation on John 1:1-14, before the assembly participated in the sacrament of Holy Communion.

The gathering's thank offering will be distributed to SD Synodical Women, St. Dysmas of South Dakota, SD Synod's "Answer the Call" and Lutherans Outdoors for Joy Ranch Kitchen. Throughout the day, representatives from these bodies and others spoke to the women. Before the gathering's dismissal, outgoing officers were acknowledged with applause: JoAnn Lappegard, assistant coordinator; Dorthy Lane, recorder; and Joanne Christensen, mission action. Upcoming for WELCA units are the Act Boldy event in Sioux Falls on May 18 and 19 and the SD Synodical Convention June 7-9 in Madison. WELCA's 20th anniversary will be celebrated at both events.

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