Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations
Sons of Norway meet Oct. 16

Vice Chairman JoAnn Christensen opened the Oct. 16 meeting of the Lillehammer Lodge #1-633, Sons of Norway at Christ the King Church in Yankton. The national anthems of Norway and the U.S. were sung and the U.S. flag pledge was given.

Guests Kitty and Scott Bormann were introduced.

Music director, Phyllis Nielsen, introduced the song Hjemreise fra setren (Home Again), and accompanied and led the singing in English. The tune was not very familiar, so we'll probably have to give it another try.

The roll call of officers was read and the minutes of the last lodge meeting was read by Secretary Velma Larsen. The treasurer's report was given.

The Ski for Light project was reviewed by JoAnne Christensen.

Diane Reese reviewed the serving of the banquet with Christ the King Church members, which was served to 330 persons (not counting some second helpings served).

JoAnne Christensen sent around an example of the 2008 Norwegian Calendar that can be ordered for $10 with a sign-up sheet for orders. Also available are Danish and Swedish calendars.

Secretary Velma reminded the members that SON emblems are available now for $3 or $5.

Don Thompson sent around a sign-up sheet for orders of lutefisk to be delivered sometime in November. It can be picked up at the next meeting, which will be Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

Carol Broderson reminded members to continue to make their Christmas stockings for decorating the lodge tree. A tree will be decorated for the lodge December meeting whether there is a Parade of Trees to participate in or not. That is still open for another organization to take over in place of the UCC Church.

Newsletter info is needed within the next two weeks to Jo Ann C., Earl Reese, or Connie Kendall. Greetings were signed to be sent to Connie K. hoping for a good recovery from her injuries.

A Viking story was read from the Gjoa Lodge (Sioux Falls) newsletter. It described Viking travels to other countries by Leif Erickson and other Vikings.

Marlys and Don List gave a review of their visit to the Hostfest in Minot, ND.

Trinity Lutheran is making lefse on Nov. 9 and visitors are welcome to learn the process.

The meeting was closed, the birthday list read, birthday song sung, table prayer recited.

Scott Bormann spoke on his U.S. Navy service in Iraq. He explained the uniforms, area served and planes used. His unit consisted of members from all over the U.S. and served all branches of service while there. Scott showed the connection between Iraq today and in Old Testament times.

Scott's area of work took care of the used supplies – to destroy so the enemy couldn't use it – on an old Iraqi air base known as "the burn pit." His job was primarily "breaking stuff" brought to their area in unusable condition and preparing it for scrap to sell.

Scott also visited the U.S. Embassy, a former palace, and showed a large variety of pictures from his service in Iraq. He also talked about the S.S. South Dakota ship memorial in Sioux Falls. When active it had visited Norway and the crown prince of Norway visited the memorial with honors when he visited South Dakota.

Lunch and a social time were enjoyed by all.

4-H�ers tour police station

The Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes 4-H Club met Monday, Oct. 22 at the police station for a tour. We returned to the 4-H building for our regular meeting. New members were welcomed. Carrie Kickland did a demonstration on homemade frosting and Jackie Hulse did a judging school on suncatchers. Carrie Kickland and Ellen Hanson served snacks.

On Nov. 3 we will be visiting Vermillion Assisted Living for Make a Difference Day. Our club will be donating a Thanksgiving food basket to a needy family in Vermillion.

Our next club meeting is Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The 4-H recognition event is Nov. 18.

Thank you to the Vermillion Police Department for the tour and thank you to the community for supporting


Carrie Kickland,


Meckling Livestock 4-H plans projects

The Meckling Livestock 4-H Club met on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Vermillion Senior Citizens� Center. To celebrate Make a Difference Day, we raked the Center�s yard and donated toilet paper to the Center.

After the raking we held our November meeting. Abby Ouellette called the meeting to order. The pledges were recited and roll call was taken, with �What are you going to be for Halloween?� as the roll call topic. We further discussed various community service projects for old business.

We then went into new business. We discussed the upcoming 4-H Night at the Musketeers hockey game; many members are interested in attending this. We discussed the Junior Leaders� meeting on Oct. 29; since VHS has a playoff football game that night, we will see if the Extension office can reschedule it.

We discussed the Recognition Event and found volunteers to bring one dozen cookies each for the event: Sydney Furry, Becca Hawley, Ouellettes, and Fallans.

We signed some thank yous for some donations the club received. We discussed more community service and 4-H promotion projects. Enrollment forms were handed out. These are due by Nov. 30. The meeting was adjourned.

Abby Ouellette gave a talk on Bones, for the Health project area. Our next meeting is Monday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Center. Kelsy

and Erika Fallan, Sydney Furry, and Jana and Regan Bye will give demonstrations.

Ladies� Auxiliary meets on Oct. 16

The regular meeting of the Ladies� Auxiliary to Clay Post #306 was held on Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, with President Delores Gregg presiding. Roll call of officers was taken and recorded. Chaplain Opal Smith offered the opening prayer.

Conductress Marge Christensen escorted District #1 President Joyce Stahbecker into the room. Also, Jackie Simonson of Yankton was introduced. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Motion made and seconded that treasurer�s report be accepted as printed.

Correspondence included General Order #4, Connie�s Communique, Wreaths Across America, Make a Difference Day, thank-you note from Dorothy Stanage for puzzles given to Human Services Center.

Committee reports on Americanism, Patriots� Pen Contest, Buddy Poppy Days, get-well cards mailed, Voice of Democracy, hospital equipment on loan, Road to Recovery, Hospice and Civic Council.

Motion made and seconded that we give $100 to Snowball Express. Motion made and seconded that we purchase microwave popcorn for Royal C. Johnson Hospital. Motion made and seconded that we give $50 to Domestic Violence Safe Options Service for Make a Difference Day. Motion made and seconded to accept audit as read.

District President Joyce spoke to us and commended the auxiliary on all the projects they participated in. President Delores presented her with a monetary gift. Meeting adjourned to reopen on Nov. 20.

Reese Erlich addresses meeting of Rotarians

The Vermillion Rotary Club met in the Freedom Forum on the USD campus at noon on Tuesday. The meeting was called to order by past President Mercy Hobbs, who also led the assembly in prayer.

Guests included three seniors from Vermillion High School who introduced themselves and spoke briefly about their plans for the future.

Our program was presented by Reese Erlich, a news correspondent of many years� experience, who has recently been visiting the Middle East on writing on the subjects of the war in Iraq, and the relationship of the United States with Iran.

His latest book, The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis, is the basis for his presence on the USD campus and for his brief presentation to Rotary.

He shared a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on another program, Crossing East.

Mr. Reese is well-known in news circles for his many trips to the Middle East, and his personal acquaintances with various leaders.

Timms give Rotary pictorial tour of Wales

The Vermillion Rotary Club met in the Freedom Forum on the USD campus at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 18, with President David Hussey calling the meeting to order and opening with prayer.

Opening songs You�re a Grand Old Flag and Vive le Rotary were led by Joe Edelen with Jack Noble providing piano accompaniment.

Several important announcements were made. A Rotary Exchange study group from Brazil will be in Vermillion this weekend with a full slate of local activities planned for them by Dan Van Peursem.

This coming Monday, Sept. 24, will be the Rotary�s turn to man the Welcome Table at the United Methodist Church with table set up at 4 p.m. and serving to begin at 5:20 p.m.

Rene O�Connor read a letter of thanks from Mary Isaacson for the $500 provided by Vermillion Rotary to provide school supplies for students at the Red Shirt BIA School. Ms. Isaacson has been doing social service work in the area as part of her Ph.D. studies.

Thanks were also given to the club�s support of the McDonald mobile dental clinic�s stay in Vermillion. Finally, Roger Kozak presented a very high commendation for our club that has been given by Rotary International. The Vermillion Rotary received a presidential citation for service to our community and Rotary International.

Our program Tuesday was presented by Barry Timms, Ph.D., a medical doctor working in Biomedical Basic Services in the anatomy department of the USD Medical School. His program was a fascinating pictorial tour of Wales, that semi-independent country on the west side of the island of Great Britain.

Wales has been ruled by the British royal family for generations, but only in recent years has it insisted on developing its own parliament and governing institutions separate from those of England, which with Scotland occupies the rest of the island.

It will be remembered by most Americans that Prince Charles, the direct heir to the British throne, ws invested as Prince of Wales by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

While Wales is a rather tiny country, 160 by 60 miles, it has had an important role in British history. Having its own language, Welsh, that is quite opaque to the English-speaking world, it has developed its own history and customs, many of which along with its castles and church, go back to Medieval times.

Filled with picturesque towns and villages, and an Atlantic seacoast facing west, Wales is filled with beautiful landscapes.

The country also boasts monuments to modern greats such as Amelia Earhart, who landed in Wales after her crossing of the Atlantic from the U.S., and to Dylan Thomas, a great writer of any measure in Welsh and English.

Our meeting was closed as usual with the singing of the first stanza of My Country ?Tis of Thee.

VFW Auxiliary meets Sept. 18

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post #3061 was held Tuesday evening, Sept. 18, with President Delores Gregg presiding. Roll call of officers was taken and recorded, Chaplain Opal Smith offered the opening prayer. Petitions for membership were read for Kathy Olson and Jessica Christensen.

Motion made and seconded that they be accepted as members. Bonnie Albers presented them with pins and bylaws program book. Minutes of past meeting was read and approved and treasurer�s report was read and accepted as printed.

District president gave us awards from the convention for Hospital Service Community Service, Rehab, Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy, Operation Uplink, Buddy Poppy, Cancer Aid and Research, Veterans Hospital Services and special award to Donna Schafer from the Buddy Poppy chairman.

Correspondence included general orders one, two and three. Our district meeting will be Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at Yankton.

Thank you was received from Royal C. Johnson Hospital for the assorted card collection given them. Application for Continuing Education Scholarship was received.

Reports were given on Americanism; Buddy Poppy Day will be Friday, Nov. 9. Get well cards mailed, bingo playing at the nursing home. Motion made and seconded that we give a monetary gift to the DARE program and also a monetary gift to the Radiology Department at Sanford Vermillion Hospital and give cancer pins to women who have a mammogram.

Motion made and seconded to send a monetary gift for raffle tickets. Also a monetary gift to Operation Uplink and Unmet Needs.

Motion made and seconded to accept audit report for April, May and June 2007.

Report was given on Hospice, Hospital Equipment on Loan, Road to Recovery, Meals on Wheels and Patriotic Art information given to the high school. We donated to Rhythm in Red and Burbank School. Voted to serve Welcome Table first Monday in January.

Pillow cleaning will be Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hunters Safety program was held and our Auxiliary paid for their pop and treats.

We sang Happy Birthday to Marcene Tiahrt for her 80th birthday.

Meeting adjourned to reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Vermillion Rotary October 16 meeting

The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Neuharth Center on the USD campus. President-elect Mary Edelen opened the meeting and Rev. Mercy Hobbs gave the invocation.

Following a round of singing, introduction of high school guests and others, and announcements, Rotarian Greg Huckabee introduced Mr. Michael Allen as our speaker for the day. Michael joined USD as the Director of Facilities Management in January 2000, moving to Vermillion from the Cleveland, Ohio area. Currently he performs the duties of the Director of Facilities Management and the chief facilities officer of the institution as well as other administrative duties and holds the rank of Associate Vice President in the Finance and Administration area. He has been a Licensed Professional Engineer since 1988.

The title of his presentation was "Building An Extraordinary University" and was a review of the University�s Strategic Plan for 2007-2012. He reiterated the goal of the University of ?becoming the best small, publicly funded University in the nation providing students with an extraordinary education.�

Facilities Management consists of five departments: FM Administration & Business Services, Operations & Maintenance, Planning & Construction, Custodial, and Landscape & Grounds. The goal of Facilities Management is to ?provide high quality customer-oriented services to support the mission of the University.�

Mr. Allen said that there are two types of buildings: Academic Buildings with approximately 1.5 million square feet, and Revenue Buildings of approximately one-half million square feet. Total Facilities cover 273 acres and have a replacement value of about $267,000,000.

Michael then gave us a visual tour of some of the buildings, which have been renovated, are under construction, or are in the planning stages. These include Old Main, which was renovated in 1995 at a cost of $5 million and described by him as the epitome of higher education since the beginning of Dakota Territory and set the stage for growth of the University over the past decade; Vucurevich Childcare Center renovated in 2001; Dakota Dome Roof and More during 2002-2003 at a cost of $13.6 million including air conditioning as well as another $4,000,000 in other improvements; Neuharth Media Center in 2003 at a cost of $4.3 million in private money; Belbas Center in 2004 with $2.2 million of private money; the new Lee School of Medicine which will be completed next fall at a cost of $36 million; McFadden Hall was acquired in 2003 and renovated as residential housing; Residence Hall Renovations to Beede, Richardson, Burgess, Mickelson, Olson, and Norton Halls at a cost of $12 million; the Ted & Karen Muenster Student Union to be completed next fall; Slagle Auditorium to be renovated at a cost of about $6.8 million; and a New School of Business which is in the design phase.

In addition to all that, new campus boundaries have been constructed, and further renovation will also be done following reconstruction of Cherry Street by the DOT. There are also proposals for a new Science Building and renovation of all the laboratory buildings.

Mr. Allen concluded by saying that we are seeing an extraordinary expenditure ratio, which is one of the best in the country and is entirely in keeping with the goal of making USD an extraordinary University.

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