Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations
Juno chapter elects officers

Juno, O.E.S. held its regular meeting Nov. 12 with Worthy Matron Gloria Kneebone and Worthy Patron George Kneebone presiding.

Christine Bryan, Yankton, Worthy Grand Matron of South Dakota, was introduced and accorded grand honors. Past Grand Matron Ellen Helming of Sioux Falls, Past Grand Patron Calvin Rosenbaum of Jefferson and Past Grand Patron Charles Bryan of Yankton were accorded grand honors.

The following were introduced: Marilyn Siecke, grand representative of British Columbia and Yukon; Vera Emerson with a national position; W.M. Beverly Andersen; W.P. Vernon Andersen of Centerville; Joanne Bryan, Yankton; Neva Raysby of Yankton and Lisa Russell of Sioux Falls.

Usual business was conducted, annual treasurer's report was given.

P.G.M. Ellen Helming the installing officer, was assisted by W.G.M. Christine Bryan, installing organist. Installing Chaplain, P.G.P. Calvin Rosenbaum and Installing Marshal, P.P. Vernon Andersen installed the 2008 officers as follows: Worthy Matron Marilyn Siecke; Worthy Patron George Kneebone; Associate Matron Gloria Kneebone; Associate Patron Frank Stickney; Secretary Susan Lyman; Treasurer Jean Ann Prosser; Conductress Vera Emerson; Associate Conductress June Kruger; Marshal Tom Hummel; Agnes Sealey, organist; Kym Hummel, Adah; Electa Fran Moore and Warder Tom Hummel.

Substitute officers were Beverly Andersen; Betty Larson; Sylvia Rosenbaum; Frank and Sondra Stickney.

Evening refreshments were served by June Kruger and Gloria and George Kneebone.

Juno Chapter welcomes any Eastern Star member. The meetings are second Mondays.

Vermillion Rotary takes tour of China

The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD. President David Hussey opened the meeting and Rev. Mercy Hobbs gave the invocation.

Following a round of singing, announcements, and introduction of guests including three high school seniors from Vermillion High School, Rotarian Ralph Brown introduced Dr. Randall Waldron as our speaker for the day.

Dr. Waldron is an associate professor of economics at USD. He has been employed at USD since 1994 after receiving his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He also serves as chief academic officer for the East Asian Institute for Advanced Business Studies at USD.

During the 2006-07 academic year he was a Fulbright lecturer at Beijing Jiaotong University in China. His presentation was titled �Reflections on a Fulbright Year in China.�

He and is family spent 330 days in China under the auspices of the State Department�s Council for International Exchange of Scholars which also brings students and professors to the United States. He felt that his involvement with the East Asian Institute at USD was helpful in obtaining the Fulbright.

He began by stating that China�s economy is big, and getting bigger. Some published figures put China�s GDP at 2.5 trillion dollars but he felt that is a low estimate. Some U.S. government figures put it closer to 10 trillion dollars.

The U.S. economy is growing at approximately 2.9 percent while China�s economy has been growing at over 10 percent for the last three decades. He estimated that by 2019 the Chinese GDP would be twice the size of the U.S. GDP.

He said that economic activity in China is frenetic. Poverty is still evident even in the midst of the high level of development. The standard of living is still low but increasing. Pollution is a major problem in large cities but it is getting better.

Dr. Waldron felt he had great students. They were his single best source of information on current affairs. President Abbott paid a visit and talked to many students. Several of the students talked to Dr. Waldron about coming to the U.S. for further education. The big barrier is getting student visas.

During their stay he and his family traveled to many parts of China and were able to socialize with people from many areas.

The big excitement in China is the preparation for the 2008 Olympics. Beijing itself is getting a major makeover.

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