Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations
Grand Matron conducts school

Christine Bryan, O.E.S., Worthy Grand Matron of S.D., conducted a school of instruction March 1st in Juno Chapter.

Worthy Grand Matron, Christine Bryan, Yankton, was introduced and so honored. The following were introduced: past grand matrons, Patricia Biddle of Platte; Hazel Urvig of Brookings; past grand patrons, Richard Buechler of Scotland; Charles Bryan of Yankton and Arnold Appelt of Brookings.


Grand representative, Jan Grage, Centerville, of Kansas in S.D.; Kathryn Buechler, Scotland, grand representative of Manitoba, Canada, in S.D. and Dean Davis, Centerville, grand representative of Yukon and British Columbia, Canada in S.D. Juno Chapter presented a gift of appreciation to W.G.M. Christine Bryan.

In the temple, past matrons served a salad luncheon at noon.

Eastern Stars played some games. A light lunch was served by Beverly Orr and Betty McCambridge.

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

Historical society to hold spring fling

The Union County Historical Society 2008 Spring Fling will be held Saturday, April 5 at the United Parish, 601 S. Pearl St., in Elk Point. Doors

will open at 6 p.m. and a catered meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Joyce Jefferson, an accomplished storyteller from Rapid City, portraying Sarah Campbell (Aunt Sally), 1874 Custer-expedition cook. Advance tickets for the dinner are $12.50 per person and may be purchased by contacting Sherri McKee, 605-565-2252. There will be a limited number of dinner tickets available at the door. The chatauqua-style program is open to the public at no charge. This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Joyce presents a lively interpretation of Sarah Campbell's life including song, poetry and narration. Sarah Campbell is buried in the little community of Galina near Deadwood. One of the Black Hills most interesting figures, Sarah Campbell traveled with the Gen George Armstrong Custer expedition of 1874.

Probably born into slavery in Kentucky, Sarah told of having traveled the Missouri River on steam boats for years. She was in Bismarck, Dakota Territory, when Custer was commissioned to survey the Black Hills of Dakota Territory. She signed on as a cook with the expedition. She became known as Aunt Sally to both soldiers and miners. Come celebrate the life of this very facinating woman.

Joyce Jefferson is well known for her storytelling and interpretation of South Dakota history. She brings to life early-day pioneers such as Sarah Campbell (Aunt Sally), Kathryne Reynolds, Lucretia Marchbanks, Mary Kercherval; who lived in the Black Hills of Dakota Territory in the 1800s and Yanktonian Katherine Davis Champman Tillman and Tripp County luminary Orlean Micheaux.

Joyce participates in the Three Voices: Speaking From the Past, cast – which includes Geraldine (Jerry) Goes in Center and Lilah Pengra – telling the story of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre from three woman, three culture perspectives. Her signature presentation "Phenomenal Woman & Other Heroes" has inspired and uplifted hundreds. Her past clients and venues include grade, middle and high schools & universities – The Girl Scouts – Cultural Festivals – Museums & Historical Societies – Historical Conferences. Joyce Jefferson, a member of the National Association for Interpretation, has hundreds of presentations to her credit.

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