The Vermillion Rotary Club held its annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Neuharth Center on the USD campus. President David Hussey opened the meeting. Rotarian Dan Van Peursem gave the invocation reminding us of the importance of the holiday season and of the Rotary motto of 'Service Above Self'.
Announcements and introductions of spouses and guests were followed by an excellent prime rib meal provided by Aramark. Rotarian Barry Vickrey introduced adjunct professor Lorrie Thomas who, in turn, introduced "Charlie's Five," a brass and woodwind quintet of students from the School of Fine Arts as the program for the day.
The title of the performance was "A Little Christmas Music." In addition to professor Thomas, the group included: Laura Bertsching, flute; Ashley Robinson, oboe; Audra Larson, clarinet; Conor Jensen, horn; and Andrew Wulf, bassoon.
The food was great, the music was wonderful, and a good time was had by all.
ELCA women host Christmas luncheon
Wintry weather did not keep members and guests from the Christmas Salad Luncheon sponsored by Trinity's unit of women of the ELCA at noon on Dec. 6 in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Esther Knutson, WELCA president, greeted the large group. She introduced David Olson, local jazz pianist, and thanked him for providing Christmas music during the luncheon and for those in the past several years; his audience responded with applause.
Following tradition, Mrs. Knutson read the Christmas story as it is recorded in the Gospel according to Luke. Susanne Steenholdt, co-chair of the luncheon committee, offered prayer before the meal. Shirley Huber, longtime co-chair of the luncheon committee, read a selection which resulted in hugs throughout the assembly, and then announced directions for service from the buffet.
A program of songs for the season was presented by the Freshman Women's Choir under the direction of Trisha Fisher. Mrs. Fisher and Katrina Salitros, high school senior, provided piano accompaniment.
Before the luncheon, Women of the ELCA met at 10 a.m. in Askeland Lounge for the December Bible study led by Pastor Ed Anderson. The study, 'Following with Tempered Strength,' was fourth in the nine-session series titled 'Blessed to Follow: The Beatitudes as a Compass for Discipleship.
Following the Bible study, Esther Knutson presided at a business meeting at 11 a.m. Members decided upon monetary Christmas gifts for the Vermillion Luther Center, Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota, Prison Congregations of America, Trinity's Youthquake and the Vermillion Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In honor of pastor Judith Johnson and Ed Anderson, Trinity's radio broadcast on Dec. 16 will be sponsored by the local women of the ELCA.
Officers for 2008 were installed by Pastor Anderson: President Esther Knutson, Vice President Cyndie Madsen (in absentia), Secretary Esther Girard, Treasurer Rose Henze and Mission Action Chair Judy Lofgren. A brief ceremony expressed gratitude to retiring officers, Vice President Glendae Anderson and Secretary Evelyn Hermanson; members recognized their service with applause.
WELCA's next special event will be the annual Stone Soup Supper, a free meal for the Vermillion community, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church.