Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations
Ladies auxiliary meets Jan. 15

The regular meeting of the ladies auxiliary to Clay Post #3061 was held Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, with President Delores Gregg presiding. Roll call of officers was taken and recorded. Chaplain Opal Smith offered the opening prayer.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. It was moved and seconded to accept the treasurer's report as printed.

Correspondence included General Orders #6 Connie's Communiques, schedule for legislative conferences, national president's visit, request from Veterans Resource Center, letter from Ross Dickenson regarding Special Olympics, thank you from Royal C. Johnson VA Hospital for Christmas cards and envelopes, Human Services Center for donation.

Reports were given on hospital equipment on loan, hospice hours, cribbage and bingo playing at Vermillion Care Center, Road to Recovery hours, Welcome Table food donation and hours our auxiliary are to work at Civic Council.

The Charter was draped in honor of Marjorie Rasmussen who passed away on Jan. 15.

Motion was made and seconded to give $50 to Veterans Resource Center and $100 to Special Olympics.

The business meeting adjourned to reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Climate change topic of Rotary

The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Neuharth Center on the USD campus. President David Hussey opened the meeting and gave the invocation.

Following a round of singing, announcements, and introduction of guests including four seniors from Vermillion High School, Rotarian Barry Vickrey introduced Elizabeth Burleson, assistant professor of law, as the speaker for the day. Professor Burleson has an L.L.M. in International Law from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Professor Burleson began participating in treaty negotiations at the United Nations in 1991 during proceedings for the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development. She is a member of the Environmental Energy & Natural Resource section of the DC bar as well as the International Law section. She is also a member of the Connecticut Bar and the South Dakota Bar.

Professor Burleson has recently returned from a major conference in Bali where international representatives were discussing climate change mitigation. A major focus was on carbon emission levels. She also spent two weeks after the conference teaching International Law at Beijing University.

She stated that the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012, so the major question was where does the international community go from here. Attendees, for the most part, are committed to bring down carbon levels through several means. This includes raising money globally to help developing countries slow down the process of deforestation. Another avenue being explored is removing barriers to allow technology transfer to other countries such as solar and wind energy production, new irrigation technologies, and solving problems of licensing intellectual property rights to allow these technologies to be introduced at reasonable cost to other countries.

The next conference will be in 2009 in Copenhagen with the aim of signing an instrument to encourage global cooperation. Australia has already signed on to the agreement hoping to encourage others to do likewise. Part of the solution is to determine what tools can be used to reduce greenhouse gases. There also needs to be safeguards to prevent industries from just transferring gas-emitting industries to other countries.

The primary task is to negotiate internationally to mitigate climate change repercussions because of major implications for all countries in light of climate change.

Professor Burleson informed us that the greatest carbon emissions come from two sources, namely energy production and transportation. We need to explore renewable energy options. The global community has recommended that we need to reduce carbon emissions by 25 to 40 percent by 2040 to help mitigate the effects of global warming.

For example, South Dakota alone, using wind energy, could meet 20 percent of the nation's energy needs by the year 2020. She also stated that solar, wind, thermal and wave technology has matured to the point where they could be used to meet a significant portion of our energy needs. All we need to do is ramp it up.

4-H'ers meet Jan. 14

The Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes met Monday, Jan. 14 at the W.H. Over Museum. Bob Freese gave a demonstration on digital photography.

We went to the 4-H building for our regular meeting.

President Jackie Hulse called the meeting to order. Ellen Hanson gave the secretary's report and Brittany Hanson gave the treasurer's report. We signed thank yous to all the 4-H sponsors. The club donated winter clothing to Social Services. Our next meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Square Apartments. We will have a craft day Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. A special thank you to Mr. Freese for showing us about digital photography. If you want to join 4-H, contact the county Extension office, 677-7111.

King discusses diversity with Rotary

The Vermillion Rotary Club enjoyed its weekly meeting on Tuesday in the Freedom Forum on the USD campus. After a meal of meat loaf and fixings, local President David Hussey opened the meeting and member Rev. Robert Grossmann led in prayer.

Our opening songs were It's A Grand Old Flag, and Viva le Rotary, lead by Joe Edelen and accompanied by Jack Noble.

Following the introduction of guests, Sergeant at Arms Al Pravacek found a few folks ready to pay fines for telling about some good thing that happened to them during the past week. It was noticed with some congratulation that our fire, police and other emergency services donated twice as much blood than they had been expected to give.

Our program, introduced by Barry Vickery, was presented by Bruce King, assistant vice president for academic affairs, and chief diversity officer at USD.

Mr. King is also second vice president for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

He and his wife and three children have lived in Vermillion for two and one-half years. Rather than give an academic study, Mr. King reflected on a question that is often asked of him, namely, "What it is like to be an African American living in Vermillion?"

He entitled his talk, "Cultural Advantages and Liabilities of Living in Vermillion." Mr. King has also done extensive traveling in South Dakota, and that, too, was reflected in his talk.

Mr. King reported that his family's experience in living in Vermillion has been overall positive, and that his presence as an active citizen is appreciated. He also commented positively on the reception his children have had, and on their observation that Vermillion is already a diverse community with numbers of Native Americans, Chinese and residents who hail from India in our community.

By and large these groups get along well here except for the Native Americans. The latter have been influenced themselves, as have the rest of South Dakota's population, by the reservation system our government system has set up for them. This leads them also to pursue a non-integrated lifestyle, and to be marginalized by the rest of the community.

Only a solution to the whole reservation system will really get at this problem. Certainly all of the communities within our community need to be much more aware not only of accepting diverse racial groups, but also inviting them to participate in the whole community structure and activities.

We certainly thank Mr. King for his candid and penetrating thoughts on racial diversity, especially as it relates to all of us living in Vermillion. Our meeting was closed as usual with the united singing of the first verse of My Country 'Tis of Thee.

Lillehammer Lodge meets Jan. 12

Jan. 12, the Lillehammer Lodge #1-633, Sons of Norway met 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 led by Chairman Connie Kendall.

Guests Gary and Marge Grorud and Dennis Quissel were introduced.

The song, Lands of my Love was sung, led by our musician, Phyllis Nielsen.

The roll call of officers was taken and the minutes of the last lodge meeting was also read by Phyllis Nielsen, sitting in for our secretary, Velma Larsen. The treasurer's report was given with a report of a successful bake sale, with a "thanks to all" who participated and to the Saoi's for funding the advertising.

Carol Broderson compiled and distributed the 2008 year book. Any errors should be reported to her for correction notices. Note Analyn is not the social director and is still recovering. Vi Ranney presented a trip to San Antonio, TX in April for a spring festival and requested a response before Jan. 26.

Lodge offices were discussed as new business. Changes are: Social Directors, Shirley Christenson and Carol Nordby; Co-secretaries, Nellie Nielsen and Phyllis Nielsen; History/Scrapbook chair, Nellie Nielsen; Co-chairmen (three months each of service), Connie Kendall, Earl Reese, Joanne Christensen, and Don Thompson.

Nellie Nielsen reported on membership records and Joanne Christensen on upcoming events and activities. Joanne displayed a hand-knit sweater she made for her granddaughter. She will receive a pin in recognition of her work.

First guest speaker was Gary Grorud, field representative for the SON financial products available to SON members. The second was Marge Grorud, Zone 1 International representative who encouraged lodge members to bring in new members and be available as delegates to the district and international conventions. Also reminded lodge members of scholarships and grants available for education and that the international office needs more funds to continue growing these endowed funds.

The third guest was Dennis Quissel, Zone 1 chairman, who presented some new promotional materials available for members to use in recruiting new members.

A drawing was held for prizes donated by Gary Grorud, with Vi Ranney and John Grindvold as winners.

The January birthdays were honored with the birthday song and John Grindvold led the Norwegian table prayer. Good food and fellowship were enjoyed by all.

The next meeting will be Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

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