Local Legion, Auxiliary hold joint meeting June 10 â�?�?Based on what I saw at both campuses, I am proud to say that I believe the future of South Dakota is in capable hands.â�? This was the statement made by Sen. John Thune�? in a June 3, Plain Talk Guest Commentary�? after having observed Girls State and Boys State in action in Vermillion and Brookings.�? Those members and guests who attended the Wallace Post #1 joint American Legion and Auxiliary meeting at the Senior Citizenâ�?�?s Center on Tuesday, June 10 would chorus â�?�?Yes, Indeed!â�? The thoughtfully planned comprehensive reports given by the delegates detailing their week-long hands-on experiences were commendable. There were 12 candidates for Girls State, this year. After careful assessment by all of the Auxiliary members of the candidatesâ�?�? resumes and essays, Jenifer Noiva, Shannon Jepsen, Alicia Enterman, Liwen Li and Shanon Skillman were selected by the Wallace Post #1 American Legion Auxiliary to attend Girls State.�? April Sun and Tia Kreier were chosen as alternates. Boys State delegates as selected by Wallace Post #1 American Legion through personal interviews were Christopher Cameron, Richie Knutson, Jacob Piette, Phillip Munkvold, Anthony Thomas and Sam McBride.�? The first Girls State in America was conducted in 1938.�? By 1984, Girls and Boys State summer leadership and citizenship programs were held in every state in the United States except Hawaii. This year, the South Dakota State American Legion Auxiliary Chairman suggested that units recognize former Girls Staters. It was�? remarkable to have two members of Vermillionâ�?�?s Wallace Post #1 Auxiliary who could be recognized�? as former Girls Staters.�? In 1947, Evelyn Hermanson attended Girls State at Dakota Wesleyan. Her city was Chicago and she remembers that they slept on cots in a very large dormitory.�? In 1949, Pat Michaels attended Girls State also held at Dakota Wesleyan. Her city was St Louis. Her journalism group put out a daily newspaper, and took turns being the editor.�? There were about 300 girls. Pat still keeps in touch with several of them. It has been sixty years since Evelyn Hermanson and Pat Michaels attended Girls State. From 1948 to the present time, it is estimated that each summer 19,000 girls in the United States�? attend Girls State. �? Because of this on-going American Legion Auxiliary opportunity, the number of girls in 2008 who have been educated in the political processes of government exceeds a million girls! �? �? Evelyn Hermanson and Pat Michaels are part of that million.�? Because for nearly ninety years, Wallace Post #1 American Legion Auxiliary has continuously qualified for a Charter by having at least ten members, Jenifer, Shannon, Alicia, Liwen and Shanon, along with the many, many other highly qualified Vermillion girls could and did attend Girls State. If the Charter were to be defaulted, there would be no Auxiliary in the future to register equally qualified Vermillion High School young women to attend Girls State�? even though Girls State were held right here in Vermillion.�? �? �? Immediately following the Program by the Girls and Boys State delegates, lunch was served by Marj Christensen and Susan Lyman, and the meeting was called to order by Edis Anderson.�? Evelyn Hermanson, Membership Chairman, reported that there are three new members: Pat Michaels and Gretta Mabry who were introduced and Katherine Lilly who was not able to be present.�? Betty Powers, Joan Holter and Joan Stroup have also joined the Auxiliary since the efforts to Revitalize our Auxiliary began. Marlys Stensaas was thanked for having developed and implemented an excellent method for the selection of Girls State delegates and alternates. In as much as the Charter is in jeopardy, members were asked to volunteer beginning in July to actively recruit new members. Almost all of the members responded that they would plan to participate.�? The goal of the Auxiliary is to have at least 40 Auxiliary members by May of 2009. After agreeing that the election for the offices of Second Vice President, Sergeant-At-Arms and one member on the Executive Committee could be delayed until fall, the nominations for President and two Executive Committee Members at Large were made. Those nominated were elected. Installation of officers followed.�? Susan Lyman acting as the Sergeant-at-Arms introduced Marilyn Gors, former President, and present Vice President of the Auxiliary as our Installation officer.�? Marilyn installed the following officers: Patricia Kozak: President; Erna Carlson: Vice President; Marlys Stensaas: Secretary; Marjorie Christensen: Treasurer; Geraldine Clark: Historian; Mildred Herren: Chaplain, and Edis Anderson and Evelyn Hermanson: Executive Committee Members at Large. The gavel was ceremoniously�? handed by Edis Anderson to President Elect, Patricia Kozak.�? Edis expressed the Auxiliaryâ�?�?s�? joy that Pat had accepted the nomination; and gave her the assurance of the Auxiliary's confidence in and support of her as President of Wallace Post #1 American Legion Auxiliary. President Patricia Kozak then closed the meeting.