Vermillion Now!topic at Rotary meeting
The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Neuharth Media Center on the campus of USD. President John Prescott opened the meeting and led us in the invocation and recitation of the Rotary 4-Way test of the things we think, say, and do. This was followed by a round of singing, introduction of guests including two Vermillion High School seniors, and announcements.
President Prescott introduced Steve Howe as our speaker for the day. He is the executive director of the VCDC. His presentation was an update on the Vermillion Now! Campaign.
He began his presentation by reciting the reasons for Vermillion Now! Highlighting area problems such as: high poverty (20 percent), low wages, high property taxes, and flat population growth. He also reminded us that 48 percent of the population work for industries that pay an average wage of less that $20,000 per year.
The strategic plan for Vermillion Now! includes marketing, ready land and buildings for new businesses, among other goals. This has included land transactions to expand land available for new business and application for an EDA Grant. It has also included finding new prospects such as ABC Bussing, SDN Communications, and acquiring the former PEM building so that a 35,000 square foot building is now available for new businesses.
In addition, the land west of Wal-Mart is now shovel ready for commercial and light industrial use including streets and utilities.
Lawrence and Schiller has been hired to assist with branding the community, an economic development website, collateral material such as brochures, and joining with other communities for co-op radio advertising.
They have joined the I-29 Corridor Marketing Group to share resources with other communities and participate in group trade missions and group trade shows.
Steve said a great asset is that Vermillion is a unique community with a great lifestyle and that a very stable economy appeals to businesses.
Positive signs mentioned by Steve include Mesaba, Sanford, and Stream having added several full and part time jobs. Downtown Vermillion is near capacity and is becoming a destination. New architectural and engineering firms have moved to Vermillion, and the USD student base is growing.
He ended by saying that whether Hyperion comes or not, we need to plan for growth in our community.
Juno Chapter installs 2011 officers
Regular meeting of Juno Chapter #44, O.E.S was held Nov. 8 at the Temple.
Regular business was conducted. Annual reports by the secretary and treasurer were given. A donation was given to Vermillion's Ministerial Association.
Candle-lighting service was conducted by the Star Point officers. Regular officers conducted the Initiatory service.
The following officers were elected as follows: Worthy Matron, Grace Bick; Worthy Patron, Calvin Rosenbaum; P.G.P.: Associate Patron Randy Rasmussen; Secretary Jean Ann Prosser; Treasurer, Fran Moore; Conductress, Kym Hummel; Associate Conductress Vera Emerson; Chaplain Lloyd Rowland; Organist, Debora McNary; Protem, Adah Sylnia Rosenbaum; Ester, Linda Kneebone; Martha, Susan Lyman; and Sentinel, Frank Stickney.
At a special meeting, Nov. 14, installation was held for 2011 officers.
P.G.M. Christine Bryan, of Avon, was introduced as the installing officer; Installing Marshal, Jan Grage;
Installing Vernon Andersen, each of Centerville. Installing Organist, Debora McNary, also assisted.
Installed officers are: Worthy Matron, Grace Bick; Worthy Patron, Calvin Rosenbaum; P.G.P. Secretary, Jean Ann Prosser; Treasurer, Fran Moore; Conductress, Kym Hummel; Associate Conductress, Vera Emerson; Chaplain, Lloyd Rowland; Adah, Sylvia Rosenbaum; Ester, Linda Kneebone; Martha, Susan Lyman; and Sentinel, Frank Stickney.
Associate Matron Gloria Kneebone and Associate Patron Randy Rasmussen and George Kneebone, Warder, will be installed later. Chapter gifts were given to W.M. Grace Bick and W.P. Calvin Rosenbaum, P.G.P.
Evening refreshments were served by Vera Emerson and Fran Moore. Juno Chapter meets second Monday of each month … members welcomed.
Respectfully Submitted, Jean Ann Prosser