Gov. Dennis Daugaard
Dec 19, 2017
Governor of South Dakota
No Rotary Meeting
Dec 26, 2017
Happy Holidays!!
No Rotary Meeting
Jan 02, 2018
Happy New Year!
Emily Endres
Jan 09, 2018
USD Sanford Medical School FARM Program
Derek Miles
Jan 16, 2018
Olympic Medalist, Ass't Coach, USD Track & Field
Dyanis Popova and Bonni Boschee
Jan 23, 2018
Montessori in Vermillion
Tom Muenster
Jan 30, 2018
USS South Dakota

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Rotary Serving Humanity

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Al Neuharth Media Ctr.
Univ of SD, 555 Dakota St.
Mailing address PO Box 634
Vermillion, SD  57069
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Two years ago the Vermillion Rotary Club was fortunate enough to host Tayla Fenkart on her Rotary Youth Exchange in Rotary District 5610. Her talent was in evidence during her time at Vermillion High School and she continues to impress. The link below takes you to her performance on Good Morning Austria. Don't worry, the performance is in English.  Our thanks to Kelly Herbster for sharing this link so that we could all enjoy Tayla's talent. We also wish to thank the Herbster family, as well as Dave and Lisa Swanson and family for being such wonderful host families. Click on the image below to be linked to her performance. 
Ryan Nowack, Director of the Intensive English Program at USD, shared his experiences having living in Korea for 15 years and now working with international students at USD.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, members of the Vermillion Rotary Club and Yankton Rotary Club answered phones for the South Dakota Public Broadcasting pledge drive. After some instructions the Rotarians answered phones during the breaks and enjoyed some laughs between working the breaks. Mark Yockey from Vermillion and Rich Burns from Yankton were the big fundraisers. 

Front row: Steve Walters, Mark Yockey, Rich Burns (Yankton), Chuck Lubbers
Back row: Dan Van Peursem, John Prescott
USD Womens Basketball Coach, Dawn Plitzuweit, shares the three expectations they have of the players on the team as well as the four elements of the "Elevate" program. Part of the program is to provide community service.  Coach Plitzuweit is an example of a coach who is doing everything she can to help her players to succeed on and off the court. 
Mike Piccanatto treated the Vermillion Rotary Club to a presentation on the German Culture and the efforts within Berlin to integrate Syrian refugees. Piccanatto and his family have lived for five years in Berlin and he shares his experiences during that time and answers questions from Rotarians.
Clay County Historical Society Commission members, Evelyn Schlenker and Patrick J. Morrison, honored the Vermillion Rotary Club by having our November 8, meeting serve as the venue to present several awards for historic preservation achievement in Clay County. Congratulations to the individual preservation project award recipients, Monica Lund Iverson and James Waters for their renovation to the property at 15 West Main Street in Vermillion and also to Mart Brothers Construction for their renovation of the property at 3 Prospect St. Marty and Teresa Gilbertson were also recognized for their preservation efforts on several structures, including houses in the University Historic District. Finally, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church was recognized with a lifetime achievement award.
Vermillion Rotary Club members and guests were treated to a wonderful presentation by USD Head Football Coach, Bob Nielson, at the October 3 meeting.  Nielson previewed the upcoming Dakota Days football game against Youngstown State as well as discussing a couple of major issues that are becoming more important in collegiate sports. To watch a video of his presentation, please do to the Club's Youtube page (https://youtu.be/1TX1_rRaJhI), or play the video below.  
On October 24, members of the Vermillion Rotary Club, along with the other 1.2 million Rotarians around the world, will celebrate the nearly complete task of eliminating Polio from the Earth.
     Dr. Amanda Duxbury, MD, gave the Rotary Club members the opportunity to learn more about her history, her medical training and what medical services she will provide at Sanford Vermillion.  If you wish to learn more about her background, click here.  Thank you for joining us, Dr. Buxbury. 
     After the meeting, Dr. Duxbury took time to answer questions from club members, including Dave Lorenz, District 5610 Governor-Elect, and Rand Wergin, Vice President of the Vermillion Rotary Club.
Lenni Billberg, Vermillion High School teacher and coordinator of the School's Volunteer Day, accepts a "big check" from Vermillion Rotary Club President, Steve Walters, to help support the upcoming Volunteer Day. For the past eight years high school students have taken one day off from classes during homecoming week to provide service to individuals and organizations in the community. Thank you, Lenni, for your contributions to the community.

Our thanks to Dean Tom Geu for his Sept. 5 presentation to the Vermillion Rotary Club updating the members on the USD Law School. Dean Geu was kind enough to stay after and answer questions. 

Ten Vermillion Rotarians prepared and served dinner at the Welcome Table on Monday, July 24. Thank you to the volunteers who helped and who donated food. And special thanks to the regular volunteers at the Welcome Table who make this weekly meal one of the great aspects of Vermillion!

While the unofficial welcome happens all the time, it has been a while since the Vermillion Rotary Club had an official recognition of new members. At today’s meeting, eight of those new members introduced themselves and then there was a “moment of silence” as the “new” sticker was removed from their club badge. Pictured below are eight of the new members to the club in the last 18 months, along with Club President, Steve Walters.
Pictured above:
Front row: Mark Winegar, Jo Kim, Kelsey Collier-Wise, Jason Thiel,
Back row: Clarence Vanderlei, Steve Walters-President, Lamont Sellers, Abby Doorn, Arvid Krueger.
Other new members who could not attend today’s meeting include: Musheera Anis, Shelly Bunkers, Tiffany Graham, Robert Hansen, Angela Helmer, Jeaneite Lorenz, Art Rusch, Jay Thaler, and Jessi Wilharm.  Those not able to attend today will be officially recognized at a meeting in the fall.
Happy Independence Day from the Vermillion Rotary Club. No club meeting this week (July 4). See you all next week!
At a club social on Tuesday, June 27, Michelle Maloney receives a plaque recognizing her service as the President of the Vermillion Rotary Club during the 2016-17 Rotary Year. The plaque is presented by Steve Walters who takes over as the Club President starting on July 1. 

At the recent Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, a total of $1.2 billion in pledges toward the eradication of polio was announced. To see a short video about the announcement and the importance of these pledges, click on the image below or this LINK

Four Vermillion Rotarians (Michelle Maloney, Jason Thiel, Dave Lorenz, and Chuck Lubbers) participated in the Rotary Membership Matters workshop in Sioux City on June 3.
The twelve Rotarians at the workshop learned about strategies for member recruitment and retention. 
District Governor-elect, Steve Harrington, and Zone trainer, Bob Delavan of the Grand Junction, Colorado, Rotary Club, pose with the 4-way test banner after the Membership Matters workshop in Sioux City on June 3. Thanks, Bob, for such a wonderful session.

At the May 23 weekly meeting, Jackie Williams, Vice President, was proud to present the first Vermillion Rotarian of the Year Award to Doug Tuve. Thank you Doug for your continued service and dedication to the Vermillion Rotary Club!

Our thanks to Chaya Gordon-Bland, Managing Artistic Director of the SD Shakespeare Festival, for her informative presentation on all of the SDSF activities. Gordon-Bland, Scott Mollman, Director of Operations and Productions, and Rotarian Greg Huckabee were founding leaders of the Shakespeare Festival. The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival welcomes everyone to free performances of the production "The Comedy of Errors" in Prentice Park, Vermillion SD. In addition to the production, the SDSF features workshops for children, preview performances in the region and a roundtable discussion of the play with Shakespeare scholars on Saturday afternoon. More information can be found on the SD Shakespeare Festival's website. The Vermillion Rotary Club has been a financial sponsor and has provided volunteers since the beginning. Additionally, two Vermillion Rotarians (Rich Holland and Lamont Sellers) serve on the SDSF Board of Directors and over 20 Vermillion Rotarians are also individual sponsors. 

On April 21, 2017 the Vermillion Rotary Club partnered with the Vermillion Medical Clinic and the Barking Dogs Cycling Club to provide information on cycling and to present all the second-graders in Vermillion with a new helmet to wear while riding. This is the 23rd year that the Vermillion Rotary has given bicycle helmets to all second graders. Special thanks go to the helmet program's coordinator from the very start, Chuck Yelverton, for all of his hard work on this project. Thanks also to all the other Rotarians who have supported the work over the years. 
This short video shows some photographs from the event. You can either click on this link or the image below to see the video. There is also a copy of the Vermillion Plain Talk article in the download files section. 
Our thanks to Dr. Heather Kleeman for sharing her experiences while on a medical mission trip to Zambia. Her presentation during the April 18 meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club helped us to have a better understanding of the health care challenges faced by the people of Zambia.

Our thanks to Michael Dendinger for sharing his experiences while he was in the Peace Corp serving in Armenia. His presentation at the April 4, lunch meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club was informative and entertaining.  We wish Michael all the best as he pursues graduate work in International Relations.

This presentation by Milt Haar of the U.S. National Park Service discusses the Missouri National Recreational River and the possible incorporation of "Goat Island" into the park. This presentation was given to the Vermillion, SD Rotary Club on March 28, 2017 in the Al Neuharth Media Center on the campus of the University of South Dakota.
Owen DeJong and Nick Schwebach, two members of the Public Domain Tunes Band (PDTB), share some wonderful music with the Vermillion Rotary Club on March 21, 2017.  The performance was held during the Rotary Club's weekly meeting.
Congratulations to the graduates of the 2017, District 5610, Area 7 Rotary Leadership Institute held in Vermillion, SD on March 25. Pictured below (L-R) are Dave Lorenz, District Gov. Nominee and RLI facilitator; Jackie Williams, Arvid Krueger, Mark Hecox, Stephen Yarbrough; Lamont Sellers, Milton Haar, Charlie the Coyote standing in for Steve Walters; and Chuck Lubbers, Area 7 Asst. Gov and RLI facilitator. Dave Lorenz, Jackie Williams, Arvid Krueger, Stephen Yarbrough, Lamont Sellers, Steve Walters and Chuck Lubbers are all members of the Vermillion Rotary Club. 

For "Read Across America" day, the Vermillion, SD Rotary Club donated books so that all Kindergarten students in town could have a book of their own. Extra books were left with the instructors for class use. This 2-minute video includes photos from the day as well as an audio track with a famous actor reading part of "Green Eggs and Ham." The inside cover had a sticker where students were encouraged to write their name in their book! Our thanks to librarian, Lisa Swanson, for the amazing photos. https://youtu.be/KI2vso9JppU
Doug Kronaizl of Represent South Dakota spoke at the Feb. 28, 2017 Rotary meeting in Vermillion, SD.  Kronaizl spoke about the history of Initiated Measure 22 (IM-22), an anti-corruption measure, that SD voters approved in November of 2016. He provides a timeline of what has happened since then, including the legislature repealing the measure. A major portion of the presentation details legislative efforts thus far as they relate to issues in IM-22. You can find out more about Represent SD on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/1653931281562826/    
You can watch the video of the presentation by clicking the image below or by going to: https://youtu.be/VTkRgAy4Ti8  

News reports indicate that Bill Gates will speak at the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has joined Rotary in the global effort to eradicate polio. Click on the photo below to read the story. 

Vermillion United Way Executive Director, Kelsey Collier-Wise, gives an update on the United Way's activities including the recent activation of the 211 program. Recorded at the Vermillion Rotary Club Meeting on February 14, 2017 in the Al Neuharth Media Center on the Campus of the University of South Dakota. Click on the image below to watch the presentation or watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/QccDz9y1k88
Dr. Tim Schorn, a professor of political science at the University of South Dakota and a member of the Vermillion Rortary Club, presented an interesting analysis of where ISIS has been, is now and is likely to go in the future.  You can watch his presentation by clicking on the graphic below. We will check back with Tim in two years to see how he did on his predictions. smiley
Lenni Billberg, Vermillion High School teacher and coordinator of the School's Volunteer Day, concludes her January 17 presentation to the Vermillion Rotary Club by thanking the Rotarians and others who sponsor the event. For the past eight years high school students have taken time from classes during homecoming week to provide service to individuals and organizations in the community. Thank you, Lenni, for your contributions to the community.

Find out more about the impact of the VHS Volunteer Day by reading this article in the Plain Talk

The Vermillion Rotary Club is a proud supporter of this effort. Many of our members, including current club president, Michelle Maloney, who is pictured here, are serving on the cultural organization's Board of Directors and/or have provided financial support. Many Vermillion residents are working to make this wonderful project a reality. Thanks to you all!

Michelle Maloney, vice president of the Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association's board of directors, right, and Jason Thiel, association executive director, talk about remodeling progress at the Coyote Twin theater in downtown Vermillion, South Dakota. One of the theater's two auditoriums is being renovated and will reopen on Friday. 
The Vermillion Rotary Club was treated to an insider's perspective on the upcoming South Dakota Legislative session from two area legislators.  District 17 Senator Art Rusch and District 17 House Representative Ray Ring gave a legislative session preview to the Vermillion Rotary Club on January 3.

Our thanks go out to the members of the Vermillion Rotary Club who volunteered to work at the recent food giveaway.  Hundreds of our neighbors will have a brighter holiday because of your work and the Club's donation to help pay for the food. 

You can read more about the food giveaway by going to this Plain Talk article, or clicking on the article image below.
Our thanks to the membership of ESA-Theta Omega in Vermillion for giving us the opportunity to participate in the Giving Tree project. Their organization's members work so diligently to help guarantee a better Holiday for so many families in the area.
On November 8, Vermillion Rotary Club President, Michelle Maloney (right), presented a check to Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Executive Director of the Southeast SD CASA office to support the work of her office.  The program provides Court Appointed Special Advocates who serve as an advocate for children during court proceedings.  They advocate for the child and provide the information that judges need to make decisions about the welfare of the child.  

For years the Vermillion Rotary Club has provided volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels in Vermillion.  The Club's efforts are organized by Ralph Brown, and we are grateful for his hard work to keep the rest of us organized.  Thanks. Ralph!  
In the photograph below, Vermillion Rotarians (L-R) Greg Redlin, Mike Chaney and John Prescott get last minute instructions from the kitchen staff before heading out for deliveries.
USD Political Science graduate student, Proper Zongo, spoke to the Vermillion Rotary Club on November 2.  Zongo described his efforts to alleviate the water problems that are so prevalent in his native land of Burkina Faso.  He  raised the money and led the efforts to build a well in a rural village about a six-hour drive from the nation's capitol.  Click on the photo below to watch a video of Prosper's presentation.

At the October 12 meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club, Jerry Wilson discussed some of the history, as well as some recent proposals for changes to the Clay County CAFO regulations.  These regulations govern the operations of Confined Animal Feeding Organizations.

Kellyna Warnke, RN, Janice McGuire, RN and Susan Halbritter, CNP, of Sanford Health in Sioux Falls and Vermillion, joined the Vermillion Rotary Club on Tuesday, Sept. 13, to discuss advances in telehealth.  Rotarian Susan Tuve volunteered to be the patient and her condition was "diagnosed" by medical staff in Sioux Falls through the use of state-of-the-art equipment available in Vermillion Sanford Hospital and demonstrated at the meeting.

The Vermillion Rotary Club welcomed members from the Kooringal and Sunrise Rotary Clubs of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia-District 9700. National Music Museum Executive Director, Cleveland Johnson, gave a VIP tour and demonstrated several key pieces in the collection. Their SD tour began August 22 and ends September 6. Thank you for making Vermillion part of your trip!

During the 2016 Rotary District 5610 Conference in Pierre, the Vermillion Rotary Club and two of its members received special recognition. In the photo below, Dave Lorenz (L) is shown with a plaque he received from Steve Sikorski (R) for his many years of service as an Assistant Governor for Area 7.
The Vermillion club received a citation for their support of the Youth Exchange program.  In the photo below, Chuck Lubbers is shown with the representatives of the other clubs who supported the Rotary Youth Exchange efforts in District 5610 during 2015-16. Chuck Lubbers was also given a certificate for the public image activities for the Vermillion Club during the 2015-2016 Rotary year.  
One of the newest Rotary Global Grant Scholars, Katia Duszenko, introduced herself and thanked the Vermillion Rotary club for sponsoring her application for the scholarship.  Katie graduated from the University of South Dakota with a majors in Media & Journalism, International Studies and French.  She will be pursing a Master's degree in international relations with the goal of working after graduation on programs that improve literacy rates in developing nations.  She will be studying at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. 

In the photo above, Katie is pictured with some of the individuals who helped to make the scholarship a reality.  From left to right are: Chuck Lubbers, past President of the Vermillion Rotary Club and current Area 7 Assistant Gov., Steve Sikorski, Immediate past Governor; Katia Duszenko; Dave Lorenz, Scholarship Subcommittee Chair and District Governor Nominee; and Tim Schorn, Vermillion Rotary Club member and Director of the International Studies Program at the University of South Dakota.  During the meeting Steve and Katia thanked Dave Lorenz and Tim Schorn for the hours they spent helping her to prepare her application.  
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our Rotary brother, Ed Nesselhuf. Ed was a minister with incredible faith, an advocate for those who have no voice in our society, a supporter of the community, and an award-winning cowboy poet. Ed was always a strong supporter of the Vermillion Rotary Club, having recently been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. In this time of sorrow we can take comfort in the knowledge that we were blessed to have known Ed. 

General Information

Full Name:       Edmund Kent Nesselhuf
Date of Birth:   Monday, January 24th, 1944
Date of Death: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Service Information

When:      Saturday, August 6th, 2016, 11:00am
Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church
Address:   816 East Clark, Vermillion, SD  57069
To read Ed's obituary, see information on the services or leave a condolence message:
On July 26, three of the leads in the upcoming Vermillion Community Theatre production of "Wizard of Oz" treat the Vermillion Rotary Club to a few of the scenes from the production. 
Please excuse the video quality - it was shot on a cell phone from quite a distance away.  You can view the video by going here https://youtu.be/wD4ydmDdq2w or by clicking on the photo below. 

Rotary District 5610 Governor, Ed Jacobson, spoke to the Vermillion Rotary Club at their July 12 meeting.  Ed talked about his background and also encouraged all the members of the club to be more active in Rotary.  During his program, Jacobson presented to Club President, Michelle Maloney, a banner with this year's theme of "Rotary Serving Humanity."  In this photo he presents his definition of Rotary that could be used during an "elevator pitch."  
     The "Rotary Year" runs from July 1 to June 30.  So, today marks the end of the 2015-16 year and tomorrow we begin the 2016-17 year.  As the new year begins, Chuck Lubbers moves to past president of the club, Michelle Maloney moves to President, Steve Walters is the new president elect, and Jackie Williams is the new vice president.  Kathy Chandler will remain as secretary and Doug Tuve will continue as the treasurer.  The two new members of the Club Board are Jackie Williams and Jeff Chatham.  Returning members of the Board, other than the officers noted above, are Emily Sudbeck and Craig Thompson.  
     In the photo below, Chuck Lubbers accepts a plaque denoting his year of service as the Club president.  The plaque was presented at the Club picnic on June 28.
2015-6 Vermillion Rotary Club President, Chuck Lubbers, wrapped up his term with a club assembly on June 21 that highlighted the Club's activities and challenges for the future.  The video below is based on the PowerPoint presentation used for the assembly.  You can view it by clicking on the image or going to: https://youtu.be/najXCYfU1eg.
In the picture below you see the Vermillion Rotarians who helped South Dakota Public Broadcasting by answering phone calls during the SDPB's pledge drive during the evening of June 5, 2016.  Our thanks to these Rotarians for providing service to this important organization.
Sioux Falls North Rotarian Shelli Gonnerman Masek made the trip to Vermillion today to tell our club more about the activities of Hope Haven International. After the meeting she had the chance to catch up with fellow Assistant Gov., Dave Lorenz.
Today, Tayla, Rotary Exchange Student, treated the Vermillion Rotary club to a wonderful presentation about her time in the US. In addition to pictures of her many activities, she also read a great essay that she wrote about the Rotary Exchange program. My favorite passage said something like, "Exchange is not a year in my life, it's a new life in a year."
The top photo shows Tayla after her presentation posing with Rotarian Emily Sudbeck, who was an outstanding coordinator for Tayla's exchange. In the bottom photo, Tayla helps to celebrate her host-sister's graduation from Vermillion High School last Saturday.
Tayla, (right) from Austria is wowing the audiences at Vermillion High School this weekend. Tayla plays "Babette" in Beauty and the Beast. Pictured with her is Max the Lumiere. Thank you, Jane Gullickson‎, for posting the photo on the District's Facebook page.  Tayla has been an absolute delight. She has packed so much into her Rotary Exchange experience. We look forward to hearing about her year in Vermillion at our meeting on May 17! I would like to thank Emily Sudbeck for doing a stellar job coordinating Tayla's visit. Nicely done Emily! Our thanks also go to the Dave and Kelly Herbster family and Dave and Lisa Swanson family for being amazing host families.
On Earth Day, April 22, 2016, the Vermillion Rotary Club partnered with the Vermillion Medical Clinic and the Barking Dogs Cycling Club to provide information on cycling and to present all the second-graders in Vermillion with a new helmet to wear while riding. This is the 22nd year that the Vermillion Rotary has given bicycle helmets to all second-graders. Special thanks go to the helmet program's coordinator from the very start, Chuck Yelverton, for all of his hard work on this project. Thanks also to all the other Rotarians who have supported the work over the years.
This short video shows some pictures from the event. You can either click on this link or the image below to see the video

Members of the Vermillion Rotary Club's Board of Directors, including President-elect, Michelle Maloney (holding check-right), present a check to Jessi Wilharm (check-left) and Kevin Brady (seated on bicycle), the leaders of Recycle 605.  Recycle 605 will use the money to help refurbish used bicycles for distribution to individuals in the area who would not otherwise be able to afford them. 
Members of the Vermillion Area Robotics Club accept a donation from Vermillion Rotary Club Board members Steve Walters and Emily Sudbeck on Thursday, March 24.  The group recently won the state competition and has qualified for national and international competitions. The donation will be used to offset some of their travel expenses.  


Paul Kleeman, Bobby Phillips, Josh Suing and Danielle Smith are introduced by Rennae O'Connor before their March 22 presentation to the Vermillion Rotary Club about the Supported Employment Program of Vermillion's SESDAC.  Kleeman, Phillips, Smith and O'Connor are with SESDAC and Suing is the Manager of the Vermillion HyVee, one of the 30+ businesses who have employees from the program.  
Vermillion Rotarians Dave Lorenz and Chuck Lubbers served as facilitators for the Sioux City Rotary Leadership Institute on March 18 and 19.  The photo below is the at the closing of the 2-day Institute.  We congratulate the Rotarians from Le Mars, Scotland, Sioux City and South Sioux City who are the most recent graduates of the program.

At the March 8 meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club, Kevin Brady and Jessi Wilharm discuss the program "Recycle 605" which they recently founded.  The group repairs donated bicycles for redistribution to individuals in need of one. Read more about the program here

Jim Wilson is one of the Rotarians who will be volunteering at the Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit at the National Music Museum in Vermillion.  The exhibit will run from March 7 to April 2.  Admission to the Folio Exhibit and the rest of the National Music Museum are Free during the time of the Shakespeare exhibit.  This is truly ‪#‎MusicFoodOfLove‬
On Friday, March 4, first-grade students at Austin Elementary were treated to green eggs and ham as a tribute to Dr. Suess.  According to an article in the Equalizer, "Friday's event, sponsored by the Vermillion Public Schools Foundation, culminated a week-long focus on Dr. Seuss in first-grade classrooms in Vermillion."  The Vermillion Rotary Club provided some financial support for the event and Rotarians, including Jim Peterson and Susan Tuve, helped to make it a reality.

Vermillion Rotary Club officers, Kathy Chandler, secretary, Doug Tuve, treasurer, and Chuck Lubbers, president (not pictured), recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association Board members and theater employees.  The money will help the VDCA’s efforts to modernize the theaters in Vermillion.

Chuck Lubbers presents a check to the Vermillion High School German Club to help cover the costs of students traveling to Germany in May. There are 16 VHS students traveling to Vermillion’s sister city, Ratingen, with two chaperones, Kamden Dibley and Shannon Fitzsimmons. The dates of travel are May 21-June 7.  The group will live with German families, attend school in Ratingen, see local sites, and take an extended weekend trip to the Eifel Mountain range. The trip is being organized through an organization called GAPP, German American Partnership Program.


Individuals in the Photo:

Kamden Dibley (VHS Faculty – Left front), Chuck Lubbers, (Vermillion Rotary President, Right front),

VHS students: L-R

     Avery Mollet, Noah Westergaard, Nick Svendsen, Daniel Fuller, Dawson Daniels, Madelyn Zevecke, Alex Rosdail, Leah Murphy, Ashley Schulz, Tyler Hauck, Cooper Williams, Gabe DeJong

    Pictured above are some of the 25 Volunteers who came together on Friday, Dec. 18 to pack 80 holiday food baskets for families in need in Vermillion and the surrounding area. Then on Saturday morning volunteers delivered the baskets/boxes to the families. 
     The baskets contain a wide array of nonperishable food products – pasta, soups, vegetables, cereals, etc., as well as toiletries – soap, facial tissues and bathroom tissue.  Before they were delivered to the homes, fresh produce was added to each basket.  Each basket also contained an envelope with a certificate to buy meat and dairy products.
     The recipients are always happy to receive the gifts and have indicated that the baskets allow them to have a wonderful holiday meal that they otherwise would not be able to afford.  The recipients have also noted that the extra food in the baskets is a blessing following the holiday meal.
     Four different groups provide the money and volunteers to make this project a reality.  The two largest groups in terms of volunteers are the Vermillion Rotary Club and the Vermillion Lions Club.  Our thanks to Ted Muenster, Steve Walters and Dick Abild for coordinating Rotary's considerable contribution to this effort.  And our thanks to Steve for the photos.  
Trisha Fisher, Choral Director for the Vermillion School District, leads the high school choir as they performed a number of classic and contemporary songs for the holidays at the December 8, Vermillion Rotary Club meeting.
After the performance Vermillion Rotary Club president, Chuck Lubbers, presented a donation from the Vermillion Rotary Club to the Music Booster club.  Ms. Fisher received the check and Dan Van Peursem, Rotarian, former Rotary Club President and current member of the Music Booster Board, looks on.  
A CNBC story identified the top 10 charities helping to change the world in 2015, and the Rotary Foundation was their #5 choice.  The selection was based on the work of an organization called Charity Navigator, that, according to the CNBC article, is "...a service that provides information about a charity's functions, finances and management."
You can read the CNBC article at: 
Bernie Hunhoff (Founder and Editor-at-large), Heidi Marsh (Co-Publisher) and Katie Hunhoff (Co-Publisher) (L-R) of South Dakota Magazine answer questions after a two-part presentation to the Vermillion Rotary Club on Tuesday, November 10.  First Heidi and Katie talked about the history of SD Magazine and its many contributions to the State.  Then, in honor of Veteran's Day, Bernie Hunhoff spoke of the Doolittle Raid, the US's response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor where 16 planes made a direct attack on Japan and then landed in (or near) the China mainland.  Featured in the presentation was one of the 16 pilots, a SD native.  

Cecily Englehart, a graduate of USD and recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, spoke to the Vermillion Rotary Club on November 3.  She was sponsored by the Vermillion Rotary Club and District 5610 in pursuit of the prestigious Scholarship.  In 2012 she studied abroad in New Zealand. She is now back in South Dakota permanently and is working for the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization in the Porcupine District of the Pine Ridge Reservation, as their Associate Director of Advancement. Englehart, said, "I feel as though I owe a great deal of my success to my experience as an Ambassadorial Scholar, so getting the chance to come and thank you all would be delightful."  Thank you for coming back, Cecily.  It was great to learn more about all that you've accomplished.  

On Monday, October 19, the governing body of the City of Vermillion proclaimed that October 23, 2015 would be designated as World Polio Day in Vermillion. A copy of the proclamation is located in the "Download Files" section of the website. World Polio Day is designed to recognize all the efforts that have gone into the fight to eradicate polio from the planet and to encourage everyone to do what they can to help finish the fight. Chuck Lubbers represented the Club and received a copy of the proclamation from Mayor Jack Powell. Lubbers is pictured below with the proclamation. We would like to thank John Prescott, Rotarian and former club President, for his assistance in obtaining the proclamation.

On Tuesday, October 13, Rotary Exchange student, Tayla Fenkart, gave a fascinating presentation about her native land of Austria and her experiences thus far in Vermillion.  Additional photographs from her presentation and the exchange of club banners in included in an album.
At the Sept. 29 meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club, Dick Brown of the South Dakota Parks & Wildlife Foundation gave a fascinating presentation on the newest of the SD state parks -- Good Earth State Park.  The park, which has property on both the SD and IA sides of the Big Sioux River, is located immediately south of Sioux Falls. 
Rotary District 5610 Governor, Steve Sikorski, looks on after presenting recruitment pins to three Vermillion Rotarians at the Sept. 1 club meeting.  Pins were presented to (L-R) Ted Muenster, Steve Walters and Chuck Lubbers. 
Steve Sikorski, Rotary District 5610 Governor, spoke to the Vermillion Rotary Club on Tuesday, Sept. 1.  We want to thank the Gov. for his great presentation and to wish him the best as he travels to visit all the clubs in the District.
Our thanks to all the members of the Vermillion Rotary Club who helped us to serve our guests at the Welcome Table on Monday, August 24. 

A special thank you to Mary Edelen (Center) for coordinating the event for the club. 

Rylee Black, 2014-15 Rotary Exchange Student to Romania spoke to the Vermillion Rotary Club (her sponsoring club) at the July 7, 2015 weekly meeting.  
At the Tuesday, June 23, 2015, meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club, fourteen members were initiated into the organization.  All fourteen have joined the Vermillion Rotary since the last initiation ceremony.  Ten of the fourteen were able to attend the meeting and are pictured below.

Back/standing: Jim Moran, Rand Wergin, Brent Clark, Jackie Williams, Steve Walters
Front/sitting:  Jesús Treviño, John Davidson, Ted Muenster, Jeff Chatham, Rich Abild
  Not pictured:  Mike Keller, Jim Perry, Scott Pohlson and Nate Welch

International Clean Water Project Underway

Justin Swanson, Global Partners in Hope, wrote last week with an update on the project the Vermillion Rotary Club and other organization’s in Vermillion have been working to fund that will provide clean water for an area of Mali.    
     “I'm excited to report that construction is underway on the water well in N'gola! You can see pictures and read some comments from our Malian partners here:
     The funds donated by the Vermillion Rotary Club are being used for this well. Thank you for helping to make clean water a reality for the families of N'gola!
     It shouldn't be long before the well is dug, the water tower is put up, and the well is fully functional! I'll keep you in the loop as things progress.”

Our thanks go to Steve Walters’ for bringing this opportunity to the Vermillion Rotary Board of Directors and for coordinating the fundraising efforts in Vermillion. Clean water projects are a priority of Rotary International.
Taken from the City of Vermillion Website: 
"A special election will be held June 30, 2015 for City of Vermillion registered voters to determine if the initiated and referred measures as contained on the official ballot will become effective. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on June 30th at the National Guard Armory/Community Center at 603 Princeton Street."
To find out more about the items on the ballot, to see a sample ballot and to learn more about registering to vote, please click here. 
We encourage all Vermillion residents to vote on June 30.
From Nate:  One of the proud fun duties I have is sharing the Sgt. At Arms role for our Rotary Club in Vermillion with Michelle Maloney - I've been traveling a lot for work and have had to leave my partner in crime hanging the last few weeks... So I fined myself ... And of course made a big deal about it. Thanks Michelle for having my back. Thanks Chuck Lubbers for accepting the check. Thanks David Herbster for pic!
We encourage our members who meet the criteria in the study announcement to consider participating in the research.  Your participation could earn $25 or $50 for the Rotary Club to use for important projects. 
Greetings from Sioux Falls Rotary South
     We are hosting our second food packing event for Kids Against Hunger and we are inviting Rotary clubs from around the area to join us! Last year we were excited to have representation from all four Sioux Falls Rotary clubs at this event. This year we thought it would be fun to invite Rotarians from nearby clubs as well. 
     The packing event is the afternoon of April 25. We have three sessions available (1.5hours each - 1:00-2:30, 2:30-4:00, and 4:00-5:30at the Kids Against Hunger building in Sioux Falls, (33rd and Minnesota).
     It would be really great to have representation from the Vermillion club, if your schedule allows. Volunteers of all ages (8 years and up) and all capabilities are welcomed. Standing is required. 
     If you have any questions, or need additional information, please give me a call at 605-360-6279. --Mary DeVany
Tom Golian, manager of the Vermillion, SD based Builders Choice, spoke to the Vermillion Rotary Club on March 17.  Golian described the work being done at the facility and the role of Builders Choice as a leader in the modular construction industry.

Cheryl Havermann, Director of the SD Spelling Bee, was on hand at the Feb. 17 Meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club to accept a check for $3,000 toward this year's state spelling bee. The Vermillion club president, Art Mabry, presented the check. The check represents a $2,000 Rotary District 5610 grant as well as donations from four individual Rotary clubs, including the Vermillion club that prepared the grant.  
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