Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations Ladies Auxiliary meets The Ladies Auxiliary to Clay Post #3061 of Vermillion, met on Tues., Oct. 21, with President Donna Schafer presiding. Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer's report was filed subject to audit. Invoices were presented and later approved for payment. General Orders #4 Dispatch from Dianne and Cares, Concerns and Joys were read. Reports were given on bingo, Road to Recovery, membership, Buddy/Poppy, Legislative, Voice of Democracy and Patriotic Act, Civic Council, Leadership Vermillion, Childrens Care Center, Hospital Equipment on Loan, cribbage playing at nursing home with a veteran. Motion was made/seconded that we donate 100 boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese to the Food Pantry for Make a Difference Day. Motion made and seconded to mail $50 to Human Services Center for Veterans expenses. Membership dinner was held Oct. 30 at Odd Fellows Hall. We purchased seven books on Living Drug Free for St. Agnes School. Motion to adjourn to reopen on Nov. 18. Jolly J.J.s meet Oct. 13 The Jolly J.J.s met on Monday, Oct. 13 for their club meeting. Brittany Hanson, club president, led the meeting. Ashley Sorensen led the Pledge of Allegiance and Marley Hanson led the 4-H pledge. New enrollment forms were handed out. They need to be turned into the 4-H office as soon as possible. Old Business: A correction needs to be made. Ashley Sorensen's demonstration on "How to Make Cool Crayons" was not listed in the Plain Talk Jolly J.J.'s September meeting minutes. Ellen Hanson presented a demonstration on "How to Make Oatmeal Brownie Drop Cookies" and Hannah Doohen presented a demonstration on "How to Make Egg Carton Bats." Brittany Hanson presented a Judging School on landscaping. Jackie Hulse and Ellen Hanson provided refreshments. Upcoming club events were talked about: On Saturday, Oct. 18 starting at 11 a.m., club members will meet at the Extension building to make play dough, then at 2 p.m. Pat Steckelberg will do Mary Kay facials. On Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at 4 p.m., club members will meet at Vermillion Assisted Living to play bingo and do a Thanksgiving craft with the residents. Presidential race topic of Rotary The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Neuharth Center on the USD campus.  President Mary Edelen opened the meeting and led the group in the invocation.  A video tribute to our military men and women was shown.  A round of singing, introduction of guests (including three high school seniors) and announcements followed. Rotarian Bill Anderson introduced Betty Smith as our speaker for the day.  She is an associate professor in political science at The University of South Dakota.  Her presentation was a post-election analysis of the results of the election on Nov. 4.  She began by giving her views concerning the reasons for President-elect Barak Obama's win. She has seen a remarkable change in the electoral map with many states going from red to blue. Some of these states were: Virginia, North Carolina (a hotly contested race), Florida (which was dead even in the polls until the election), New Mexico, and Indiana. She also stated that an examination on a county basis revealed a shift toward blue, with even red wins less one-sided than in previous elections. She then asked the rhetorical question: why did the shift happen? She felt that there were basically three reasons.  The first reason was the downturn in the economy and the apparent blaming of the current administration for the economic problems. The second reason was an unpopular war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the questioned reasons for starting the war. McCain also was identified as supporting the war unquestioningly. The third reason was national security and the shift of supporters who originally backed McCain. She also said another reason for an Obama win was the way the campaigns were run.  Sen. McCain's campaign shifted its message a number of times.  The initial theme of "experience" changed when he chose Gov. Palin as his running mate.  The message then shifted to "maverick" and McCain tried to position himself away from the current administration and identify himself as a "reformer."  Toward the end of the campaign the message shifted again with the theme that Obama would raise taxes.  This argument never seemed to take hold.  Sen. Obama, on the other hand, ran an almost flawless campaign with his theme that it was time for change. Other indications such as a very high voter turnout, massive new voter registration, younger voters overwhelmingly in favor of Obama, and a shift in demographics were important. In South Dakota elections, there was also a high turnout of voters.  South Dakota voters said no to most initiatives including the ban on abortion.  Sen. Johnson pulled 62 percent of the voters and Rep. Herseth-Sandlin also pulled over 60 percent of the voters including 1/3 of the Republican voters. Discover 4-H night held Oct. 28 On Oct. 28, 2008, the Clay County Extension Office in collaboration with the 4-H Leaders hosted a Discover 4-H night at the Clay County Extension Building. Youths were invited to come over and meet the leaders and members of the different 4-H clubs. Club interests range from livestock to shooting sports to horses. If you are interested in joining 4-H or would like more information please contact the 4-H extension office at 605-677-7111.

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