VFW Auxiliary to Ernest Bowyer Post 791

The VFW Auxiliary to Ernest Bowyer Post 791 met on Tuesday June 11 was opened by President Cheryl Van Dyke.

Prior to the June 11 meeting, Tom Nelson came to talk to the organization about the Swim Team. They were informing the members about the team and asking for support from the VFW as well as the Community. Members of the High school and the middle school of the Science Olympic team came to talk of their experience at the National in New York City. Showed some of the projects that were in the competition and showed how they worked and the difficulty they are on the national level and Thank the Auxiliary for their support.

Chaplain Slowey gave the opening prayer, and the Pledge to the flag was giving. Officers answered roll with the exception of Christensen, Novak and Larson. Application of a new member Donna Lee was presented and was approved. Minutes were read and corrections were made: donations made to the science Olympic on the dollar amount given was incorrect and amendment was made to correct the amount donated to Science Olympic. Treasurer’s report was given and approved. Communication was read from a graduation thank you from Emily from National Home, Thank you from the Ryken Family, Broz Family, Wollman Family, and the Ruckman Family.

Report from Committee: Veterans and family Support: by Slowey, Hospital & Publicity: by Potts, Americanism and Ways & means: by Stoddard, reporting on the Memorial Day activity, Legislative and National Home: by List, Youth: by Ryken.

Old Business: The Last Out Play, Elegy of a Green Beret has been moved from MMC to USD, Vermillion. It was decided not to donate to the suicide walk, those who want to give can as an individual at the walk.

New Business: It was discussed to purchase the secretary a lap top computer which will be used only for duties of the secretary. It will stay property of the VFW Auxiliary. Motion was made to purchase by Potts and seconded by Bender. State convention reimbursement for members attending, State President Gift and Ways and Means was discussed and will be given to the going individuals. New membership booklets will be made in July and the committee chairman’s will be checked and adjusted. Possible fund raising were discussed and was tabled to the next meeting. Motion to donated to the swim team was made by Stahlecker and second by King. Slowey made a suggestion that a Birthday card be sent to Auxiliary member over the age of 90 years old and all agreed.

Report of the Trustees were read and approved by Stahlecker and seconded by List. Good of the Order went to Linda Storgaard. Lunch Committee was Dorothy Stanage and Holly Novak. The next meeting will be July 9, 2019.


Interchange met at noon on Monday, June 17 at Minerva’s. The meeting was called to order by President Kristi Tacke and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Mary Ellen Bowes was introduced as a guest by Kathy Gerstner of Gerstner Oil. Kay Cwach of Ameriprise was introduced by Carmen Schramm, Yankton Chamber.

Julie Amsberry, Yankton Area Arts, announced “An Evening with Mark Twain” presented by performance art group Flower and Flame and the United Church of Christ on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. She also invited members to Arts South Dakota Happy Hour on June 18 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Ben’s Brewing Company, the weekly Summer Band Concert on Tuesday, June 18, at 8 p.m. at Riverside Park Ampitheater, and a wine glass painting class on June 20 at G.A.R. Hall. Ashli Danilko, Interchange Treasurer, reminded members that dues should be paid by July 1. Linda Dobrovolny, Yankton Community Library, announced a “Pup Up” Library event at the dog park on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 pm and “Explore: Plant Care” on Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m.

The day’s hostess was Crystal Nelson from the Mead Cultural Education Center/Dakota Territorial Museum. She shared updates on current membership and renovation progress including the planned opening of Heritage Park and the HSC exhibit.

The next meeting will be at noon on Monday, June 24, at noon at Minerva’s. The hostess will be Sheila Kuchta. The speaker will be Doug Ekeren, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.


Interchange met on Monday, June 24, 2019, at noon at Minerva’s. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Shannon Viereck, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Linda Dobrovolny, Yankton Community Library, introduced Jill Paulsen, University of South Dakota, as a guest. She also announced that Jill has recently joined the library staff part time.

Members were invited to make announcements regarding business news, opportunities, and upcoming events. Julie Amsberry, Yankton Area Arts, reminded members of the Summer Band concert Tuesday, June 25, at 8 p.m. Paula Tacke, Mead Cultural Education Center, announced that the guests for the July Feed Your Mind event at the museum will be from the Missouri National Recreational River. They will be showing the film “River of Change” at noon on Friday, July 5. There will also be a Tea at Mead on July 21 which will feature a Victorian style show. Linda Dobrovolny, Yankton Community Library, announced that the library will be co-hosting Bad Art Night with Willa B’s on July 11. She is seeking donations of art materials.

Sheila Kuchta, Avera Sacred Heart Foundation, was the hostess. She introduced Doug Ekeren, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital CEO, as the speaker for the day. He gave updates on hospital activities and partnerships including several new providers coming to Yankton in the near future.

The next meeting will be at noon on Monday, July 1 at Minerva’s.


Toastmasters Club 1294

The June 8 Tostmasters Club 1294 meeting was held at the Fry’n Pan Restaurant at 7:30 a.m. The meeting was called to order by club President Jack Dahlseid. The Prayer was given by Al Larson followed by the Pledge to the American Flag. Roy Wilcox was introduced as the Toastmaster of the meeting. Wilcox shared “the theme” for the day, “Plant The Seed”. Thoughts were to focus on ASKING people to consider coming to a Toastmaster meeting for a “look-see” as to joining the Club.

Wilcox called on Janice Stone, Master Evaluator to introduced her evaluation team as follows: Speech evaluators Angela Mann and Marsha Dahlseid, Ah Counter: Jack Dahlseid, Timer and Vote counter Al Larson and Grammarian Janice Stone gave the word for the day: Fulsome, meaning generous in amount, extent or spirit.

Toastmaster Wilcox introduced the first Speaker, Kevin Buhl with the title “Keeping The Commitment.” His speech was from “The Successful Club Series” 4 to 6 minutes.

The second speaker was Jana Lane with her title “Resources for Informing,” An 8- to 10-minute presentation from the Advanced Communication Series, Speaking to Inform.

Wilcox introduced the Table Topics Chairperson, Karin Sheer who ask the following members to speak on their involvement in Toastmasters: Jack Dahlseid, Michael Johansson, Patricia Acklie-Roth, Al Larson and Jana Lane.

Following Table Topics Wilcox introduced the Master Evaluator of the meeting, Janice Stone. She called on Angela Mann to evaluate Kevin Buhl and Marsha Dahlseid to evaluate Jana Lane. Stone evaluated the meeting as a whole and called for reports on grammer, ah counter, and times of each participating activity. Stone also evaluated the Toastmaster, Prayer giver, Table Topics Topics and the Speech Evaluators.

Stone called on Toastmaster of the Meeting Wilcox, who called on Joke Master Al Larson and then announced the winners: Table Topics Jana Lane and Speech Evaluator Marsha Dahlseid. Both speakers were overtime. Stone had praised both speakers for a well given presentation, but no winner for the day.

Walk-In Guests are Welcome. Meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. Sharp, so please arrive before starting time. For Information on Toastmasters, call VP Membership Roy Wilcox at 660-2485.

Yankton Regional Aviation Association

Twenty-nine members and guests of the Yankton Regional Aviation Association met for a “barbecue hamburger & hot dog” potluck meeting on June 23 at 6 p.m. in the terminal at Chan Gurney Municipal Airport. Participants came from Allen, Avon, Crofton, Menno, Norfolk, Vermillion, and Yankton.

President Alan Fenner called the meeting to order. Skip VanDerhule gave the treasurer’s report. The framed City of Yankton Proclamation for June as General Aviation Appreciation Month was shown. A large matted print of a Supermarine Spitfire aircraft donated to the YRAA by Charles & Gert Thomas and Dr. Jim Kerr was displayed. Christen Lacey talked about passing her check ride in Madison on June 13 to earn her private pilot certificate. Lacey also recapped the Young Eagle Rally held at Chan Gurney Airport on June 8 when 74 Young Eagles were flown. A photo poster with pictures of Young Eagles, pilots, planes, and ground volunteers was on display in the terminal. The membership voted to provide $250 for supplies for the Oshkosh Promotion at the airport to provide free food for flyers going to and from AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. Jacob Hoffner reported on the Yankton Airshow planned for Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Planning is on going for fund raising, parking, transportation, food trucks, VIP tickets, etc. Ronnie Hornstra updated everyone on the planning for the celebration of the renaming of the Springfield Airport — Lindeman Field set for Aug. 10. The Fly-A-Member event following the potluck meeting was canceled due to bad weather.

The next YRAA meeting is set for Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. in the terminal at Chan Gurney Municipal Airport. For more information about the YRAA, contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net


Delta Kappa Gamma

Delta Kappa Gamma met at Yankton Middle School on April, 25, 2019. Kathleen West former Principal at Stewart Elementary School presented information on Art Adventure. Art Adventure brings art into the elementary classrooms throughout the Yankton Public Schools. The program rotates throughout the various elementary schools and has been in 54 classrooms this far. It is in its 6th year and will take 3 years for Art Adventure activities to reach all elementary classrooms in the Yankton District. Donations are accepted from the community for supplies needed for the various projects. The facilitators do not repeat any activities so each lesson is unique to the individual classroom. The group is made of former educators, volunteers from Yankton Area Arts and community volunteers that provide art experiences for Yankton’s elementary students. Yankton School Administration is very supportive and helpful with this program.

Meeting: Both the treasurers report and the previous minutes were approved. Annual dues are now on a new cycle and need to be paid by June 1, 2019 in the amount of $70. Robin Brooks will continue to organize and collect items for Pathways; a project that the membership will continue to donate to in the following year. There was discussion regarding future donations and future scholarships for a Mount Marty students. It was brought to the attention of members that college students are eligible to join Delta Kappa Gamma at a reduced rate. The State Convention will be held June 6-7 in Sioux Falls. Heather Barron-Galvin has been nominated for 2nd Vice President for the State of South Dakota.

Installation ceremonies took place for 2 new members; Marge Kindle and Charlene Arens. A third new member, Lynn Moser, will be inducted at the September meeting. Each new member was given a Red rose as a welcome to the Xi Chapter. The Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma began April 22, 1950.

Officers will meet during the summer months to organize the meetings for next year.


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