November 2015

50yearswomensathletics    This year South Dakota State University is celebrating 50 years of Women’s Athletics. On Friday, Nov. 13, they hosted a luncheon honoring 50 outstanding women athletes that are SDSU graduates.
Elaine Zell of Brandon, daughter of Lloyd and Audrey Kempf of Woonsocket, was one of those honored.
Zell, a 1978 Woonsocket graduate and a 1982 graduate of SDSU, set several track and field records during her years in college and also received All-American recognition. In 1981, she was chosen as the College Female Athlete of the Year.
One of the highlights of her SDSU career was during the Dan Lennon Track Meet in Vermillion. She was entered in five events, winning all of them and setting records in all of them.
The 50 women were also introduced during halftime of the women’s basketball game.

4h picture    The Union Farmhands 4-H club met at Ashley and Austin Schmit’s home on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.  President Ashley Schmit opened the meeting with Aubrey Senska leading the flag pledge and Austin Schmit leading the 4-H pledge.
The roll call of “What is your favorite Halloween Candy?” was answered by: Dillon Moore, Ashley Schmit, Austin Schmit, Sawyer Senska, Aubrey Senska, Catherine Bechen, Katie Schmit, Sarah Morgan, Amber Schelske, Dana Schelske and Alex Schelske. Absent was Jarid Bechen.  The motion was made by Sarah Morgan and seconded by Katie Schmit to accept new members Amber, Dana, and Alex Schelske.
Sarah Morgan then gave the treasurer’s report.  Catherine Bechen gave the secretary’s report.
Old business was discussing 4-H Calendars, renewing ads and updating information. 4-H books were due on the first of October.
New business:  Dillon Moore motioned, and Katie Schmit seconded, for the group to pay for the snacks and water for the next blood drive in Forestburg. All agreed and the motion was passed. The next topic was the Ham Drawing. It was motioned by Katie Schmit, and seconded by Catherine Bechen, that the club will buy 12 dozen Christmas cookies. Katie Schmit will order and pick up the cookies.
The Christmas Caroling at Brady and Countryside Living was discussed, and it was decided to meet at Countryside Living on the west side at 2:15 p.m, and begin singing at 2:30p.m. After that, members will  all celebrate by ice skating at the Mitchell ice skating arena, as this was motioned by Sarah Morgan, and seconded by Dillon Moore.
Next members talked about selling the 4-H Calendars and the ads. It was agreed that each calendars would sell for $5 and $30 for each of the ads. Everyone was reminded about Recognition Night on Nov. 15, at 6 p.m.
Elections were held and Dillon Moore was elected President; Sarah Morgan became Vice President; Catherine Bechen remained Secretary/Reporter; and Katie Schmit was elected Treasurer.
A demonstration was given by Austin Schmit on “How to make a Record Flower.”
Motion was made by Austin Schmit and seconded by Sawyer Senska to adjourn the meeting.  President Dillon Moore adjourned the meeting. Afterwards, members enjoyed snacks that were provided by Catherine Bechen and Sarah Morgan.
The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 19, at the Ham Drawing at the Artesian Community Center.
Catherine Bechen, Union Farmhands 4-H Club secretary-reporter.

donald godfrey obit    Donald LeRoy Godfrey, 78 years, of Santa Clara, Calif., formerly of Forestburg, passed away on Nov. 11, 2015 at home.
Gravesite services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Letcher at a later date.
Don was born on May 29, 1937, to Selmer and Gladys Godfrey in Sanborn County. He was confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Letcher, and he graduated from Forestburg High School in 1956.  He was in the United States Army from 1959-1961 and moved to California in 1961.
Don married Linda Nelson Oct. 27, 1963, at the Forestburg Lutheran Church.  He was self-employed and then went to work at Moffet Field. He retired in 2007.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; two sons, Brett (Holly) and Brad; two grandsons and one granddaughter; several brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law  and many nieces and nephews.