Clubs and Organizations

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busy summer

Jolly J.J. 4-H club members met on Monday, June 9 at the Extension building. They started the evening off by planting flowers in two flower pots.

Ellen Hanson, vice president, filled in as president for the evening and called the meeting to order. Abby Weiss led the Pledge of Allegiance. Marley Hanson led the 4-H pledge. Ashley Sorensen read the secretary's report. Pam Hanson gave an updated treasurer's report.

Old Business: Many thank yous were given out verbally for community service projects participation in May. Several thank you cards were signed by club members.

A thank you goes out to the Midwest Dairy Association for the grant money awarded to the Jolly J.J. 4-H club. The grant money was used to provide a dairy snack to the children during break time of the Children's Theatre Workshop, June 1-5. Jolly J.J. club members served one of the three-a-day dairy servings recommended every day that week. This was their June dairy promotion.

New Business: Club members brought more pop tabs for the "Kids Helping Kids" community service project. Upcoming events were discussed: Clay County Fair Junior Prince and Princess, S.E.T. Days, judging schools, acrylic painting class, fashion revue, public presentation, etc.

Discussion took place about helping at the Vermillion Community Theatre play In Every Generation. Club members also discussed attending a Canaries baseball 4-H sponsored game in July.

The July club meeting date had to be changed due to a conflict so the new July meeting date was set.

Marley Hanson gave a demonstration in the home environment area called, "Fit To Be Tied."

Club members worked on painting primer on their 4-H signs.

Marley Hanson provided refreshments.

Anyone interested in joining a 4-H club can call the Extension office at 677-7111, to get more information.
Jolly J.J. 4-H members

Webster addresses
Vermillion Rotarians

The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD.  President David Lorenz opened the meeting and led us in the invocation. This was followed by a round of singing, introduction of guests including two Vermillion High School seniors, and announcements.

Rotarian Matt Moen introduced Ed Webster as our speaker for the day. Mr. Webster is an extraordinary mountaineer. As a child he read a book about the first American expedition to Mount Everest, and he said this changed his life forever.  He began thinking about Everest and felt that maybe someday he would be able to climb it.

Up until 1990 the only way to get to Mount Everest was to be invited to climb with a team that was considered capable of the feat. He became part of the 1985 American team. At the time he was 28 years old and a self-taught rock climber.  On that attempt he did not quite reach the summit.

At the age of 30 he was again invited to join a team, which was going to attempt to climb the north side of Everest. Again he did not reach the summit but was able to climb the north peak of Everest solo.

His third expedition had as its goal to try a new route that had never been climbed and was considered the most dangerous. The east face was chosen and was known as the forgotten face. It had only been climbed three times.

At times the slope was up to 95 degrees and very difficult. They felt that it was too dangerous to ask sherpas to make the climb, so only the four people on the team would make the attempt. Since they had to move all the equipment and supplies themselves, they decided to use only minimal equipment. This meant no oxygen or radios. 

He said that this decision was based on the idea that they were young enough to believe they could do anything.  It took two months to establish the final base camp. Lack of oxygen at those altitudes made the situation a life and death one.  They were ?only able to climb about 200 feet per hour. 

Mr. Webster himself was able to get to 28,700 feet without oxygen. Only one member was able to reach the summit. Their return down the mountain almost killed them. It took three-and-a-half days to return to the top-most camp. They were caught in a severe storm overnight on the mountain and were encased in fog most of the time. 

They had no food for the descent and all were suffering from extreme frostbite.  During the descent he said they each lost about 25 pounds of body weight.

When asked how they survived, he said it was because of friendship. He also said that mountain climbers need to be incredibly optimistic. They are all still friends and have frequent reunions. He felt that any great effort needed such optimism and focus to succeed.

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