Speakers
Dr. Becca Jordre
May 29, 2024
Games, Aging, and Memory
Jon Schemmel, USD Athletic Director
Jun 05, 2024
USD Athletics
TBA
Jun 12, 2024
Alternative Date - Vermillion Community Theater
Jun 18, 2024
Selections from the Summer Musical
Duck Race/Picnic
Jun 28, 2024 5:00 PM
Alternate Meeting date
No Meeting
Jul 03, 2024
Happy Independence Day!
Melissa Berninger
Jul 10, 2024
2024-25 Rotary Club President's address
Doug Kronaizl
Jul 17, 2024
Eliminating the "Gun Behind the Door" (reducing the viability of the citizen initiative)
TBA
Jul 24, 2024
TBA
Aug 07, 2024
TBA
Aug 14, 2024
Vermillion Area Community Foundation (tentative)
TBA
Aug 21, 2024
Bruce Nearhood
Aug 28, 2024
Rotary District 5610 2024-25 Governor's Visit/Presentation
Kevin O'Kelley
Sep 04, 2024
New Member Induction
 

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Vermillion

Rotary Serving Humanity

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Al Neuharth Media Center - USD
Mailing address PO Box 634
Vermillion, SD 57069
United States of America
We meet every Wednesday at noon.
Home Page Stories
Our thanks to Samantha O'Kelley and Deb Christensen for their interesting and informative presentation about the "Adopt-a-Drain" project, a signature project for Greening Vermillion (https://www.greeningvermillion.org/painted-drains).We appreciated seeing the examples of the drain paintings and learning more about the mile-long, "Wase Wakpa" Trail. To view the presentation on the Vermillion Rotary Club's YouTube channel, simply click on the image below. 
Thank you, Ella Dockendorf, president-elect, and Maggie Pallesen, Meals on Wheels Coordinator, for your wonderful presentation about the new USD/Vermillion Rotaract Club. In less than a year the club has grown to over 40 members who are either USD students or young professionals in the community. You have already taken an active role in service projects and demonstrated your commitment to helping improve your community. We appreciate your background information on Rotary and Rotoract. The Vermillion Rotary looks forward to working on projects. To view their presentation on the Vermillion Rotary YouTube channel, click on the image below. 
For nearly 30 years, the Vermillion Rotary Club has partnered with the Vermillion Medical Clinic to provide a new bicycle helmet for all Vermillion students in the second grade. To read the Vermillion Plain Talk story about the program you can CLICK HERE or on the image below. As he has in the past, Dr. Matt Krell brought X-rays and a watermelon to help students understand the dangers of riding without a helmet. The students heard from many others who talked about using bikes safely in so many ways. 
Our thanks to the First Dakota National Bank team for their wonderful presentation on fraud and identity theft prevention delivered at the the March 20, 2024 meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club. Watch this video to hear about the extent of fraud and identify theft in the US, common types of fraud, the uses of stolen identities, common identity theft techniques, and what you can do to avoid becoming the victim of fraud and identify theft. To watch the video simply click on the image below to be redirected to the presentation on YouTube. 
Please encourage Vermillion High School seniors to apply for one of two, $1,000 college scholarships for 2024-25. The application materials can be downloaded in the "Download Files" section to the right, clicking on the image below or by CLICKING HERE
Jeanelle Lust of the South Dakota Open Primaries Initiative joined the Vermillion Rotary Club on March 13, 2024, to outline the reasons they seek to bring to the SD voters a Constitutional amendment changing the primaries in SD to open primaries. She notes that the current party primaries tend to encourage a lack of cooperation among our elected officials. Additionally, SD primaries are paid for by all of us, but the current system doesn't allow over 145,000 South Dakotans to fully participate in the party primary process. To find out more about the initiative, you can visit their website: www.sdopenprimaries.org. You can click on the image below to view the presentation on the Club's YouTube channel.
Thank you to the teachers and staff at Austin Elementary School and St. Agnes Catholic School for your amazing support on this project. The Vermillion Rotary Club provides a free, age-appropriate book for all the Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten students in Vermillion, SD. It is our hope that this small act will help lead to a life filled with reading. Click on the image below to view a 2-minute video featuring amazing photos taken by Lisa Swanson of the children during the book distribution. As a bonus you'll also hear a reading of a Dr. Suess book!
 
Our thanks to the Vermillion Public School administrators who joined the Vermillion Rotary Club on March 6 to provide a wonderful update on what is happening in our schools. In addition to providing updates on District news, building principals took the opportunity to highlight student accomplishments and some of the challenges they face. Click on the link below to view this presentation on the Club's YouTube channel.
Our thanks to Rebecca Bailey, Executive Artistic Director of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival for her preview of the 2024 Festival. Thank you for the wonderful review of past festivals, including efforts to offer activities that offer something for everyone. We are excited to see what the festival will offer to Vermillion residents and all those who will join us for the production June 6-9 as well as the other activities. Find out more about the festival at: www.sdshakespearefestival.org. To view her presentation on the Club's YouTube channel, simply click on the image below. 
As a special treat on Valentine's Day, 2024, Dr. Harry Freeman presents on the science of love. He discusses some of the factors that go into how humans form bonds from infancy into adulthood. He also explains how the different types of relationships through our life vary from one another or what they share in common with other mammals. Take some time to watch this interesting discussion. Simply click on the image below to watch the presentation on the Club's YouTube channel. 
Dr. Rand Wergin of the USD's Beacom School of Business presents an analysis of ten years of retail sales in South Dakota and uncovers some surprising changes that have occurred in recent years. How does Vermillion compare to other communities? What's going on in Aberdeen? Should city leaders in Sioux Falls be worried? If you would like to read the report that Dr. Wergin discusses in his presentation, the link is: https://red.library.usd.edu/emm-fp/2/. To view his presentation on the Club's YouTube channel, simply click on the link below. 
Officers from the Vermillion Police Department, the Clay County Sherriff's Office and the University of South Dakota Police Department provide an insight into the current version of DARE being used in schools and discuss how it being presented in Vermillion. Click on the image below to watch their presentation on the Vermillion Rotary Club's YouTube channel.
On January 24, Patrick Morrison discussed national and local trends in international graduate student enrollment as well as the programs they are most likely to study, the economic impact of international students, and the recruitment efforts at USD. Thank you for your presentation to the Vermillion Rotary Club. To view the presentation on the Club's YouTube channel, simply click on the image below. 
 
The Vermillion Rotary Club is very happy to offer support for the project to create an inclusive playground at the new elementary school in Vermillion. Vermillion Rotarians Chuck Lubbers and Melissa Witte Berninger present a check to Dan Mourlam, Board President, and Mary Giffin, Executive Director of the Vermillion Public Schools Foundation.
Dr. Tim Schorn provides a detailed discussion of five conflicts currently raging around the globe. His insights helped the audience to understand the background for the conflicts, what is currently happening and likely prospects for the future. Click on the image below to view this informative presentation on the Vermillion Rotary Club's YouTube channel.
Jim Peterson, President and CEO of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Corporation, gave an overview of what economic development looks like in Vermillion to the members of the Vermillion Rotary Club. Learn more at the VCDC website - https://livevermillion.com/. To learn more about projects undertaken by the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company, housing initiatives, business recruitment, etc., just click on the image below to see the presentation on the Club's YouTube channel.
Chris Kassin, SD House of Representatives, and Sydney Davis a SD State Senator both represent District 17. They offered their insights about what we can expect from the SD Legislative session at the January 3 meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club. The Rotary club welcomed members of the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company to the presentation for their first “Learn Over Lunch” for 2024. To view the video of their insights, you can simply click on the image below or view it on the Vermillion Rotary YouTube channel by Clicking Here
 
Vermillion Rotary Club President Kevin O'Kelley presents a check to Maxine Johnson from the Board of the W. H. Over Museum to support the Friends of the W. H. Over Museum's activities. To find out more  about the Over Museum, South Dakota's oldest natural and cultural history museum, visit their website at whovermuseum.org. 
Our thanks to the Vermillion High School choir for making the Vermillion Rotary Holiday lunch another wonderful event. Please enjoy the choir's rendition of Sparklejollytwinklejingley. If you go to the end, you'll see the presentation of money to the choir to help them reduce the costs of travel to choir competitions. Click on the image below to watch the choir's presentation as well as the check presentation at the end. If you would prefer to watch the video on YouTube, simply CLICK HERE.
 
In conjunction with Kelsey Collier-Wise's presentation/update on the United Way of Vermillion, the club had the opportunity to do the ceremonial presentation of $500 for Feeding Vermillion's Holiday food program. The Vermillion Club received a $250 "Food for the Holidays" grant from the District which was then matched by our club. In the photo, club president Kevin O' Kelley presents the check to Emmanuel Ankinwande, Feeding Vermillion Operations Director, and Kelsey  Collier-Wise, Executive Director of the United Way of Vermillion. 
Thank you to the members of the Vermillion City Council who joined the Vermillion Rotary for our November 29 meeting. Katherine Price, representing the Central Ward, Mayor Jon Cole, Julia Hellwege, Northeast Ward, and Lindsey Jennewein, Central Ward provided an interesting recap of the Council's recent activities, offered insights into upcoming issues and answered questions from Rotarians. To hear about all of the topics please click on the image below to watch the presentation on the Vermillion Rotary Youtube channel. 
Thank you Evelyn Schlenker, Secretary of the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission, for the presentation of the 2023 preservation awards at the November 15 meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club. Our thanks also to Commission Chair Tim Schreiner, Vice-Chair Jim Wilson, Treasurer Patrick Morrison, and Board member Jim Stone for joining us. Click on the image below to watch the presentation and see some of the amazing historic preservation work being done in Clay County, SD.
Thank you, Roberta Sanches de Souza Camergo, for your wonderful presentation to the Vermillion Rotary Club. This Rotary Youth Exchange presentation introduced our members to her home nation of Brazil. We were so happy to hear that you have enjoyed the first couple of months of your Rotary Youth Exchange to Vermillion, SD, USA, and we are so happy that we could sponsor your RYE. To watch her presentation, please click on the image below. 
 
RyLeigh Christopherson and Lindsey Grabowska, 2023-24 captains of the USD Mock Trial team, gave the Vermillion Rotary Club a primer about what mock trial is, some of the recent trial topics, the structure of a trial, how the events are scored, and the tournaments in which they compete. Their description provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at this collegiate competition. To view the presentation on the club's Youtube channel, simply click on the image below. 
World Polio Day is on October 24, and Rotary International President Gordon McInally has a message for all Rotarians. Working with partners, Rotary has reduced wild polio cases to just a few this year, but even one is too many. Now is the time to help finally end the threat of Polio from the Earth. 
 
Thank you, Leslie Morrow of the Alzheimer's Association South Dakota, for this informative presentation of the various types of dementia, warning signs, new treatments and the services provided by your organization. If you would like to view the presentation on the club's Youtube channel, simply click on the image below.
Thank you, Dr. Damon Alvey, for joining the Vermillion Rotary and providing this information filled update on the construction of Vermillion's new elementary school scheduled to open in August of 2024. To view his presentation simply click on the image below to be redirected to the club's Youtube channel. 
Charlotte Nelson, Chief Growth Officer for Goodwill of the Great Plains, was the speaker at the September 27, Vermillion Rotary meeting.  Nelson provided an overview of the new store that is scheduled to open in Vermillion during the first quarter of 2024. She also provided background information on Goodwill of the Great Plains and the services that they provide to the community in which they operate. You can learn more about the Goodwill of the Great Plains by visiting their website - www.goodwillgreatplains.org. If you are interested in viewing her presentation, you can do on the club's Youtube channel by CLICKING HERE or by clicking on the image below to play the video on this page. 
 
Our thanks to the Vermillion Plain Talk for this wonderful article by Sarah Wetzel. We appreciate the thorough coverage of such an important topic - making the playground at the new elementary school accessible for all children. You can read the article on the Plain Talk site by clicking on the image below.  
Dwight Vaught, Director of the National Music Museum (NMM), joined the Vermillion Rotary Meeting Sept. 20, 2023, for a wonderful presentation about the National Music Museum. The recently re-opened and expanded museum is a gem in Vermillion and one of the top three collections of musical instruments in the world. We also appreciate Dr. Darryl Martin, Conservator and Coordinator of Graduate Studies at the NMM, for coming to give us a glimpse of the Grafton Saxophone, one of the 14,000+ instruments in their collection. Click on the image below to view the presentation on the Club's Youtube channel.
It was wonderful spending time with the Australian GSE team on Friday, Sept. 15. They toured the Howe Exhibit in USD's Day Gallery, heard from students and faculty about the Native American programs at USD and the importance of Native art, and had a chance to chat with Vermillion Rotarians and USD faculty, staff and students. We look forward to spending more time with them during the Rotary District 5610 Conference.
Thank you, Coach Nielson, for joining the Vermillion Rotary Club on September 13 and providing a wonderful preview of the 2023 season. It was great to hear more about our highly competitive conference as well as some of the major changes going on in collegiate football. Click on the image below to watch the presentation on the Club's Youtube channel.
USD Head Volleyball Coach, Leanne Williamson, joined the Vermillion Rotary Club on September 8 and gave an excellent preview of this year's team and what we might all see in the upcoming months. Thank you for your wonderful talk and we look forward to watching the 'Yotes this season. To watch the presentation on the club's Youtube channel, simply click on the image below. 
Daniel Mourlam, president of the Board of Directors for the Vermillion Public Schools Foundation, joined the Vermillion Rotary Club on August 20, 2023 to provide an overview of the operations of the VPSF and to present the newest initiative for the organization - raising funds to provide the additional funds for accessible playground equipment at the new elementary school that will open in August of 2024. To view the presentation click on the image below or CLICK HERE to visit the club Youtube channel. 
 
Wonderful program today as we officially welcomed many new members who have joined us this year. In addition to information about Rotary, they received their badges, a membership certificate, a packet of new member information and their 4-way test plaques. Congratulations to:
Front Row: Anna Nelson, Crystal Brady and Matt Callahan.
Back Row: Ray Ring, Quinn Cannon, MD., Emmanuel Akinwande and Bryant Jackson.
New members unable to attend today: Ionela Georgescu, Veronica Schmidt and Elizabeth Smith.
Hundreds of rubber ducks raced at Vermillion's Prentice Plunge to raise funds for Vermillion projects supported by the Vermillion Rotary Club. Our thanks to all of the duck sponsors for their support of these worthwhile programs and to the staff of Prentis Plunge and Vermillion Parks and Recreation Department who supported this project. The video tries to capture some of the action. You can watch the video below or on the Club's Youtube channel at: https://youtu.be/U3rLOU66Q38
 
Thank you, Dr. Mike Card, for your presentation to discuss one initiated measure and several new laws that took effect on July 1. To hear Dr. Card's presentation, click on the image below to be directed to the presentation on the Club's Youtube channel. 
Rich Burns was kind enough to start his club presentations with a trip to Vermillion on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. Governor Burns outlined several perspectives on the purpose of the Rotary Districts. He also discussed his goals for the upcoming year as well as the status of the District. Gov. Burns also highlighted many of the events and speakers in the upcoming District Conference in Yankton. To view his informative presentation you can click on the image below or CLICK HERE to view it on the club's Youtube page. 
Thank you, Dr. David Burrow for your fascinating look at Vermillion in the leading up to, during and immediately after prohibition. Some of the materials were pulled from an Honors Seminar taught by Dr. Burrow. To access the the podcasts created by the class, you can go to: https://red.library.usd.edu/honors_projects/1/ . If you would like to see Dr. Burrow's presentation on the club's Youtube channel, go to: https://youtube.com/live/9NgXaRhILC0 or simply click on the image below. 
Alan Wittmuss of the South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture and Natural Resources offered tremendous insights into the programs of the SD Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, especially those related the monitoring of water sources in the state. To watch his presentation on the Vermillion Rotary Youtube channel, simply click on the image below. 
Thank you to the cast members of "Newsies" who performed for the Vermillion Rotary Club today. The video below provides a short clip from one number in this award-winning musical. To see the full production join the Vermillion Community Theatre for a performance on July 7-10. Tickets are on sale now at several locations in Vermillion, but can also be purchased on the website: http://vermillioncommunitytheatre.org/ The Vermillion Rotary is a proud supporter of the VCT. To watch this promotional video on the Club's YouTube channel CLICK HERE or on the image below. 
As one of his last official acts as the 2022-23 Vermillion Rotary Club President, Rich Holland presents the membership badge to Anna Nelson, Vermillion Rotary's newest member. Thank you for joining us Anna, and we look forward to seeing you at future Rotary events.
Dr. Quinn Cannon of Sanford Health Vermillion provided an interesting presentation on obstetrics care in rural areas. The presentation included a quick personal history, a look at the history of rural OB care, as well as recent trends.
Thank you, Dr. Kurt Hackemer, Provost at USD, for your wonderful presentation in honor of Memorial Day, 2023. In this presentation, Dr. Hackemer discusses the war experiences of two Vermillion men. Dr. Hackemer also has a fascinating discussion of the impact of the Civil War on development in the Dakota Territory. To watch his presentation on the Vermillion Rotary Club's YouTube channel, simply click on the image below. 
 
President-elect, Kevin O'Kelley, had the honor of presenting his member badge to Vermillion Rotary Club's newest member, Emmanuel Akinwande. Thank you for joining the club, and we look forward to seeing you at future club events.
Congratulations to all of the 2023 graduates of Vermillion High School! We want to offer additional congratulations to the three graduating VHS seniors to receive one of our scholarships for next year. We wish you all the best in your academic pursuits!
To help celebrate National Library Week, the Vermillion Rotary Club invited the Edith B. Siegrist Library Director, Daniel Burniston, to join us for the April 26 meeting. You can learn more about all of the wonderful activities happening at the library by watching the video of his presentation on the Vermillion Rotary YouTube channel. Simply click on the image below to be taken to the presentation. 
On Friday, April 21, Vermillion Rotarians and staff from the Vermillion Medical Clinic joined to present new bike helmets to all second-grade students in Vermillion and to provide interesting programs about cycling, types of bicycles and riding safely. 
Savannah Wise, the director of the Vermillion Boys & Girls Club, joined the Vermillion Rotary on April 19, 2023 to give us an update on the club's activities. She discussed the club's programs, the values they work into their programs, as well as their tutoring program and work with the Clay County Teen Court, their summer program and opportunities to volunteer. To watch the video of her presentation, simply click on the image below
Since 2017, the Vermillion Rotary Club has helped Kindergarten students in Vermillion SD celebrate Read Across America Day by providing a free book for each student. We hope that this small gesture will help to ignite a love of reading. We wish to thank all of the Kindergarten teachers, the principals and the librarians at Austin Elementary School and St. Agnes for making this event possible. Click on the link below to see photos from the 2023 book giveaway, and if you turn on the sound, you'll hear a reading of a classic children's book.
 
Vermillion Rotary President, Rich Holland presents her membership pin to our newest member, Betty Smith. Welcome to the Vermillion Rotary Club! We also wish to thank Betty, and her fellow commissioners, Travis Mockler and Geoffrey Gray-Lobe for their informative presentation about the status of Clay County, SD.
The Vermillion Rotary Club is pleased to offer three, $1,000 scholarships for 2023 Vermillion High School graduates. Please help us to spread the word about these scholarships for Vermillion High School 2023 graduates! The application can be downloaded in the download section in the lower-right corner of this website or directly with this link: https://tinyurl.com/Rotary-2023-App
Our thanks to Dan Van Peursem for his wonderful presentation that we should call Beekeeping 101. It was wonderful learning more about this fascinating hobby. Click on the image below to view the presentation on the Vermillion Rotary Club YouTube channel.
Our thanks to Vermillion Police Chief Crystal Brady for her presentation to the Vermillion Rotary Club on February 15. We enjoyed the peek behind the curtains to see the operations of the Vermillion Police Department. If you would like to learn more about our local police department, Chief Brady invites you to take a look at their website.
At the February 1 meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club, club president, Rich Holland accepts on behalf of the club the Investor Level membership certificate from Jim Peterson, President & CEO of the Vermillion Chamber & Development Company. Thank you for your presentation about the VCDC, Jim, and our thanks for the other VCDC staff who joined us today - Brittany DeJong, Melissa Eberts, and Sam Craig.
At last week's Vermillion Rotary Club meeting, President Rich Holland presented a membership pin to our newest member, Crystal Brady. Welcome to the Club, Crystal! We look forward to seeing you at future meetings.
The Vermillion Rotary Club was treated to a wonderful selection of Holiday songs performed by the Vermillion High School Choir during our annual holiday luncheon. After the choir's performance, Club President, Rich Holland, presented a check from the club to support the music program at VHS. Accepting the check is Trisha Fisher, VHS Choir Director and vocal music teacher.
Thank you USD head WBB coach Kayla Karius for joining the Vermillion Rotary Club for our December 7 meeting. We enjoyed hearing more about the whirlwind ride you have been on since being named the head coach in April of this year.  If you would like to view the video of her presentation on the Club's YouTube channel you can CLICK HERE or on the image below. 
In 2019, the Vermillion Rotary Club presented a $13,500 check to the Patriots Plaza Committee at USD to make a significant contribution to the Plaza project. On Veterans Day we remember the service and sacrifices of those who have served in the armed services of the United States. We do this by sharing the USD Veterans Day message from 2021 that was filmed at the Patriots Plaza. We also offer our special thanks for Professor Greg Huckabee, veteran, Rotarian, and a driving force behind the Patriots Plaza project. 
 
At the November 9 meeting, Rotarian Tim Schorn moderates a discussion of the November 2022 midterm election results with two other USD Political Science professors - Shane Nordyke and Ed Gerrish. Professor Nordyke, Coordinator of the Chiesman Center for Democracy at USD, also reports the results of the Kids Vote South Dakota. To view the presentation on the Club's Youtube Channel, please CLICK HERE or on the image below. 
The Vermillion, Rotary Club welcomed USD's new men's basketball coach, Eric Peterson, to our November 2, 2022 meeting in the Al Neuharth Media Center. Peterson, who was named the head coach in March, treated the club to a wonderful preview of the upcoming season, including players to watch and schedule previews. Click on the link below to watch the presentation on the Club's Youtube channel.
Three legendary Rotarians and supporters of the 'Yotes (L-R, Dave Lorenz, Ted Muenster and Kathy Chandler) and Club VP Melissa Berninger in the staging area getting ready to hand out candy and greet MANY 'Yote fans during the 22 Dakota Days Parade. Not pictured Dan Van Peursem, driver and trailer wrangler, and Chuck Lubbers, banner designer and candy distribution technician. :-) 
October 24 is World Polio Day. While Rotary International and many other groups are working every day to eradicate polio from the planet, this one day is set aside to recognize the importance of the fight. You can watch an update on polio eradication by clicking on the image below or learn more about the fight to end polio at www.endpolionow.org 
Executive Director, Kelsey Collier-Wise, provides an informative update on the many ways that the United Way of Vermillion helps the community. In addition to the 29 partner organizations that receive funding, UW-Vermillion operates the Community Connections Center (CCC), "a one-stop-shop resource center that addresses the needs of community members by coordinating the efforts of local organizations." Collier-Wise discusses the challenges, successes and future directions for UW Vermillion. Click on the image below to watch this presentation on the Vermillion Rotary Youtube channel. 
Vermillion Public School Superintendent, Dr. Damon Alvey, was the guest for the October 5, 2022 meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club. Thank you, Dr. Alvey, for giving us a snapshot of the district's numbers, a breakdown of the district's finances, and an explanation of challenges faced by the district. If you would like to see the presentation on the Club's Youtube channel, please CLICK HERE or on the image below. 
Our thanks to Dr. Mark Yockey, Interim Dean of the Beacom School of Business, for his wonderful presentation on the state of the Beacom School. We appreciate the update on the development of new majors, specializations, certificates, etc., as well as student experiential opportunities, such as Coyote Business Consulting. The School's strong enrollment is a testament to the hard work of a wonderful faculty. If you would like to see Dr. Yockey's presentation please click on the image below to be directed to the club's Youtube page.
Congratulations, Kevin O'Kelley, Vermillion Rotary's President-Elect, who was named the Rotarian of Distinction for Area 7 of Rotary District 5610. The award was announced at the recent District Conference and Celebration held in Sioux City.
Thank you, Steve Waller, for your presentation on the proposed new public safety center for Vermillion and Clay County. If you would like to view his presentation on the Rotary Club's YouTube channel, you can CLICK HERE or on the image below. 
University of South Dakota Coyotes Head Football Coach, Bob Nielson, joined the Vermillion Rotary Club on August 31. Thank you for providing a preview of the 2022 game schedule and the challenging early schedule against nationally-ranked teams. Coach Nielson then provided an interesting discussion of some major issues impacting collegiate athletics - 1) the transfer portal, 2) NIL - Name, Image and Likeness, and 3) conference realignment. Your presentation was a fascinating look at the changes having such an impact on college athletics. You can watch Nielson's presentation on the Club's Youtube channel by CLICKING HERE or on the image below. 
 
Proceeds from the Rotary duck shoot were presented by Vermillion Rotary President Rich Holland and President-elect Kevin O'Kelley (center) to Andy Schulz (left) and Dr. Jacob Quail (right), members of the Boys & Girls Club of Vermillion Board of Directors. 
The Vermillion Rotary Club will have a "Duck Shoot" activity at the Clay County fair, tomorrow through Saturday (August 11-13). Use an air cannon to launch a rubber duck and see if you can get it back into its pond! Please join us, have some fun and help support the new Boys & Girls Club of Vermillion. Join us at the Clay County Fair!
Thank you to all the individuals who sponsored ducks for the Vermillion Rotary Club annual duck race! Through your sponsorship we raised nearly $3,000 to support projects in Vermillion. Enjoy this video that shows some of the highlights of the race at Prentis Plunge on Sunday, August 7, including the sponsors of the first-, second- and third-place duck. You can view the video by clicking on the image below or CLICK HERE to view it on the Club's Youtube channel. 
 
Dwight Vaught, Director of the National Music Museum (NMM) (https://www.nmmusd.org/), spoke to the Vermillion Rotary Club on July 20. Vaught highlighted the many recent developments since 2018 when the new conservation building and the expansion of the museum began. This discussion also noted that next year the NMM will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary. Click on the image below to go to the Club's Youtube channel to enjoy this wonderful insight into the what has been happening the last few years and a description of what will be happening in the next year.
At the July 13 meeting, 2022-23 club President, Rich Holland, shared his goals for the upcoming rotary year. Click on the link below to watch his presentation on the club's Youtube channel.
Our thanks to 2022-23 Rotary 5610 District Governor, John Schneider, for presenting to the Vermillion Rotary Club on July 6, 2022 to tell us more about his background and his goals for his year as District Governor. If you would like to watch is wonderful message for the upcoming year, simply click on the image below to view it on the Club's Youtube page or go to https://youtu.be/cuyALmT7te8?t=267
 
Joni Livingston, VP of communications and member services at Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), provides a fascinating look at the realities of public power. MRES is a not-for-profit energy cooperative (Joint Action Agency) with 61 members in four states that provides power supply and energy services. Livingston discusses the operations of MRES, but also compares their organization or national statistics to the city of Vermillion. Vermillion's power uses a higher percentage from renewable sources. To view the presentation on the Club's Youtube channel, CLICK HERE or in the image below.  
Vermillion Rotarian, Craig Thompson, offers advice on decluttering our lives, including preparing/saving important documents, while decluttering your home and life.  To watch the the presentation on the Club's Youtube channel CLICK HERE or on the image below. 
We often spend too little time reflecting on our own club's activities. On June 8, Nick Oyen, Vermillion Rotary President for 2021-22, offered a wonderful review of the club's activities this year as well as a glimpse at what we might expect for next year. Click on the image below to watch the presentation on the Club's Youtube channel.
Thank you, Steve Harrington, for joining the Vermillion Rotary Club on May 25, 2022, to tell us more about the upcoming Rotary District 5610 Conference. We also enjoyed your message about Rotarians making a difference in the world through Rotarians who are educated, motivated and inspired. Click on the image below to view his presentation on the Club's Youtube channel. 
Vermillion Rotary President, Nick Oyen, took the opportunity to formally welcome two new Rotarians (Deb Christensen and Bruce Stofft) and to offer the Club's thanks and best wishes to Don Harris as he will retire from USD at the end of the week. Thank you for the photos, Kathleen Chandler.
 
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