This week's Rotary Club meeting was held in the South Dakota Public TV studio in the Neuharth Media building on the USD Campus at noon on Tuesday. Following lunch, our meeting was called to order by president David Hussey. Rev. Bob Grossman led in prayer. Our opening song, Home on the Range was led by Joe Edelen and sung from memory, as our song books didn't make it to the meeting this week because of our different from usual meeting place. Guests introduced included Thaniah Faria, our Club's exchange student at Vermillion High School this year. Dan Van Peursem announced that a Rotary International Study Exchange team from Brazil will be here on Sept. 22-24, and that volunteers are needed to help host several functions they will be attending.
This week's program was presented by local dentist and Rotary member, Dr. Matt Knutson. Dr. Matt spoke about the "Care Mobile" dental clinic on wheels that travels to places in South Dakota providing dental care to those who are slipping through the cracks of dental service provided by private dentists, and public health care on Indian Reservations. Pointing out that dental problems and poor dental hygiene lead to a great many problems with all of a person's life, the mobile clinic's purpose is to raise the quality of life for persons who otherwise would not receive dental care, especially children and people on the Reservations that live far from normal care facilities.
Our meeting was closed with the singing of the first stanza of My Country 'Tis of Thee. Next meeting will be back in the Freedom Forum.
Meierkort addresses Rotarians Sept. 4
The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 43, at the Neuharth Center on the USD campus. President David Hussey opened the meeting and the Rev. Mercy Hobbs gave the invocation.
After a round of singing, introduction of guests, and announcements, Rotarian Barry Vickrey introduced Coach Ed Meierkort as our speaker for the day. Coach Meierkort came here in 2004 from Wisconsin-Stout. He is the head football coach at USD.
The team had a 9-4 season in 2006, advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs a year ago before falling to eventual champion Grand Valley State. He is in his fourth season at USD.
Meierkort began with a short recap of the recent game against West Texas A & M. The team enjoyed a brief stop at Oklahoma University for practice and a tour conducted by the head coach of Oklahoma.
He also said that the long bus ride didn�t defeat us, West Texas A & M beat us. He felt good about the offense which gained 693 total yards and still lost. He also commented that they need to get better at defense and they will. Winona State is their next opponent.
Noah Shepherd was voted player of the week in D II NCC even though USD lost. He also feels Brooks Little may break some records this year. He also commented about many other players that he feels are doing well.
He said the facilities upgrades are going well.
He closed by saying that winning programs have no excuses – only opportunities. He encourages players to get involved in other activities outside of football.