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Videos at meeting The Vermillion chapter of Rotary International held its weekly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11 in the Freedom Forum on the USD campus, beginning with a noon luncheon. The meeting was opened by Club President Dave Lorenz, who led in reciting the Boy Scout prayer. Singing was led by Joe Edelen with Jack Noble accompanying on the piano. Songs were Smile, and The Happy Wanderer, both also being practiced for the Rotary District 5610 annual convention that will be held here in Vermillion, beginning on Aug. 28. Members were reminded to sign up for the convention as soon as possible, local members are being accommodated at all the events without charge. Dan Van Peursem reported on the Japanese group study exchange that we will host just before and during the convention. Noted economist Rotary member Ralph Brown substituted as Sergeant at Arms to raise money from fines and member reports of happy events. Ralph also reported the Sergeant at Arms raised $1,068 for Rotary Foundation benevolent projects by this means during the last year. Our program was presented by Program Chairman Barry Vickery, who presented two very interesting videos. The first video was a historical sketch of a Rotary project in Hartford, WI, where the local club finances and provides liaison services for the local high school shop cases to build a home each year. Since many of the students will not be going to college, this provides a great opportunity for learning skills, meeting local contractors and their workers, and enabling students to be part of a successful work experience. It also provides the students with one of the most important mental achievements of life, the satisfaction of a joy well done. Student classes at the high school are also involved in designing each year's home, and learning to provide energy efficiency and ecological balance for its place in the community. The second video was an introduction of Mr. John Kenny, president of Rotary International for the 2009-2010 year. Mr. Kenny is a lawyer in a small community close to Falkirk, Scotland, well respected in his own community and a member of the Grangemouth Rotary club. He has served as president of his local club, as a district governor, and on various boards for Rotary. He has been married for 42 years and speaks with a delightful Scottish brogue. Our meeting was closed with the usual singing of the first stanza of My Country 'Tis of Thee.