Rotarians learn of Siouxland Blood Bank

Dave Herbster, president-elect, was standing in today for John Prescott who was out of town.  Dave led us in the invocation and the 4-Way Test.  Jack was gone, so Joe led the membership in singing one of our favorite Rotary songs.

Scott Munger returned as a guest of Mary Edelen after being reminded by Pat Pravacek of the meeting today, and Dr. Andrew Shim and his son, Derek, were guests of Dave Lorenz. Dr. Shim is the program director of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at USD.  He has been a Rotarian in two former communities.

Next week's program will be Lynne Keller Forbes, a USD Law School graduate, who will speak about the Small Business Administration 504 program which was recently recognized at the White House as one of the two top SBA programs in the country.

Doc McCullough's memorial service will be held at the Bluff View Cemetery at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 with a time of remembrance following at The Bluffs Golf Course from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Rotary District Conference will be held in Sioux Falls on Aug. 26-28.

On Monday, Aug. 23, the Vermillion Rotary Club will be helping to serve at the Welcome Table.  Deb Reeves is chair and would welcome volunteers to help serve.

It was pretty slim for Al, the sergeant of arms.  There were no Rotary birthdays, but Barry Vickrey gave a dollar, because the speaker next week is a law school graduate.

Bonnie Rowland was a surprised winner of the 50/50 drawing.

The speaker was Heather Marreel, director of recruitment for the Siouxland Blood Bank and Life Serve Blood Center.  She said the blood bank collects 150,000 units of blood annually in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Siouxland Community Blood Bank has joined together with Life Serve Blood Center which is headquartered in Des Moines and is now one of the top 15 blood centers in the U.S. serving most of Iowa as well as northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota. They are prepared for any medical disaster that might hit the region.

Dave ended the meeting by recognizing Scott Munger and Dr. Shim and Derek as our guests, and we then sang our closing song.

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