The Vermillion Rotary Club met at noon on Tuesday, June 8, in its usual venue, the Freedom Forum on the USD campus. After lunch, President Dave Lorenz opened the meeting with the reciting of the Boy Scout prayer and the Four-Way test that Rotarians are to apply their thoughts, words and actions. These are 1. "Is it the truth?" 2. "Is it fair to all concerned?" 3. "Will it build goodwill and better friendships?" 4. "Will it be beneficial to all concerned?" Following our opening songs led by Joe Edelen with Jack Noble at the piano, Sergeant-at-Arms Ralph Brown raised a few dollars for Rotary projects by presenting good-natured fines to those who had good events to report. These included Walter Reed who reported that he and his wife would celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary this week.
Our program this week was a special presentation by members of the club for the purpose of welcoming new members. Past president Mary Edelen led the program that featured brief speeches by experienced members on the various activities of Rotary. These included Al Pravacek on vocational service, John Prescott on community service, Cathy Chandler on club service, Jeanette Hubert on international service, Doug Tuve on finances, Ralph Brown on the Rotary Four-Way Test, and Roger Kozak former club president and present district governor on the Rotary Foundation which supports our international projects, including the polio vaccination of two billion children around the world.
New members inducted into the club were Bonnie Rowland, sponsored by Pat Pravacek, Don Dahlin, sponsored by Dave Lorenz, and Roxie Miller, sponsored by Paul Hasse. The new members were welcomed by the singing of three stanzas of Vive le Rotary. Congratulations and best wishes to all of them.
Our meeting was closed with the usual singing of the first stanza of My Country 'Tis of Thee.