Bendesky addresses Vermillion Rotarian
The Vermillion Rotary called was called to order by President David Herbster on Tuesday, following a noon meal of chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and fresh broccoli. The meeting was opened by reciting the Boy Scouts prayer and the �four-way test� Rotarians subscribe to as a means of keeping their words and actions professional and faithful to our motto, �service above self.�
After the singing of �Take Me Out To the Ballgame,� and �Smile,� Sergeant-at Arms Ralph Brown worked the club for a few fines to support the charitable programs of Rotary. Announcements included a thank-you from Junior Achievement for our support of their program and that Coyotopoly will again by collecting food and monetary donations for the local Food Pantry in November.
Our program was presented by Neal Bendesky, the new director of marketing and promotions for the USD athletic department. If Mr. Bendesky�s dynamic and interesting program is any indication of his abilities to carry out his job, USD has hired a real winner. He has a good history of filling positions similar to what he holds here, but was looking for a location and college where he and his family can live in a comfortable community and where the institution has a real need for his talents. We think he, as well as the university, has made a good choice.
Mr. Bendesky described his approach to the responsibilities involved in marketing USD athletic programs. He described keys to success as being surrounded by good fellow people in the department, and by setting and achieving goals that will make USD athletics a celebration of the university and the community by all who attend athletic events. He also spoke of involving the Vermillion business community more fully by showing them the great value USD athletic events provide for the financial and social life of the community.
He spoke of concrete plans already in place to improve the large screen visual presentations on the scoreboard at the Dakota Dome, of improving customer services for those who attend events there, and producing a more welcoming entrance hall d�cor. All of this is directly connected with the larger goal of attracting not just student athletes, but more students of all kinds to the University.
We wish to thank Mr. Bendesky for his informative program. We wish him well in his work for USD. Our meeting was closed, as always, by singing the first stanza of �My Country �Tis of Thee.�