Boy Scouts, barrel drop topics of Rotary program
By Jan Sayler/Peg Wunder
Tom Collignon introduced Cora Baldwin, Boy Scout District Executive for the Five Rivers District, when Rotary met on Monday, Feb. 3. Cora was born and raised in Ft Pierre. She said that there are 60-70 active scouts in our area. She mentioned that the Blue and Gold Banquet is coming up soon for the Scouts. She recognized Mike Jerome as the local Boy Scout leader and noted that Dr. Josh Henderson is involved with the Cub Scouts. Collignon is the District Commissioner for the Five Rivers District.
There was discussion of the barrel drop. Haden Merkel, executive director of the Chamber, reported that this is a joint fundraiser by Rotary and the Chamber to raise funds for the Mobridge Outdoor Pool. The Chamber webcam will be repositioned so people can see the barrel out on the ice. Tickets will be available soon so people can buy a chance as to when the barrel will drop due to the spring thaw.
President-elect Dean Martin asked Marc McClellan about March Madness. Marc said that he would have the sign-up sheets at the next meeting. Names and money will need to be turned in by the end of February with the teams being drawn by March 17.
Cindi Volk nominated Stan Mack as treasurer effective Jan. 1, 2014. Sharon Martin seconded and motion carried unanimously. Pattie Feiock will assist Stan in taking over the position as treasurer.
President-elect Martin nominated Tom Collignon as president–elect effective July 1, 2014, seconded by Brian Liedtke. Motion carried unanimously. Collignon will become president-elect when Martin becomes president.
There was discussion and ideas presented about the gift for the Foundation Raffle. Haden Merkel will put some ideas together and present them at the next meeting.
Jan Sayler reported that the American Legion Auxiliary would be looking for delegates to attend Girls State soon. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors two girls and Rotary sponsored an additional girl last year at a cost of $110. Tom Collignon made a motion for Rotary to sponsor one delegate again this year, Brian Liedtke seconded, motion passed unanimously.
Connie Swanson was the winner of the $100 Super Bowl prize.
At the Monday, Feb.10, meeting, Mobridge Police Chief Justin Jungwirth introduced Tony Larsen, who is part of the Mobridge Police Department and who has run the bicycle safety program for Mobridge area youth for several years. Tony will be leaving the MPD at the end of the month to work with court services and perform duties requested by the court.
Larsen gave a brief outline of the bicycle safety program, which is held in May every year. Personnel from the MPD, Mobridge Regional Hospital Ambulance and other volunteers register participants, issue annual municipal bike licenses, provide bike safety inspections, fit participants for free bike helmets and help monitor participants in completing the special bike safety riding course. Each participant is urged to bring their own bike and helmet. Those without helmets are furnished with free helmets courtesy of Mobridge Regional Hospital and Clinics. Other bike safety materials are provided by Agent Doug Heil of State Farm Insurance.
Mobridge Upper Elementary student Katicia Two Hearts won the bike donated by Wells Fargo and Katie Keller from Freeman-Davis won the bike donated by Dacotah Bank. The Mobridge Shrine Club and Mobridge Masonic Lodge #164 provided free snow cones to all the participants including the parents and helpers.
Hope Bostelmann and Frowin Cheauma were the top two fundraisers and each received a set of dual headphones donated by Great Western Bank.
Great Western Bank also gave a matching donation of $50 to the Bike Patrol Unit to be used toward the payment of the electric hub motor that is now installed on the primary police patrol bike.
Larsen reminded everyone that a license must be purchased each year for $1 for those who do not participate in the bicycle safety program. Those who attend the bike safety program receive a free bike license that is good for a year.
Jungwirth was asked a about funding. He said that the bike patrol is locally funded; there are no state or federal dollars used. The Mobridge Police Department has a budget of $900,000. The salary for the additional 911 operator is included in the budget. It is mandated that there be two operators on all times. The average for calls received in a year is 4,300. Jungwirth estimated that 70 percent of the calls that come in are alcohol-related. When asked about the jail he said that the Mobridge jail is basically a holding facility. Prisoners are moved to the county jail in Selby as soon as possible.
Norm Frey was not present to claim the 50/50 prize. Jesse Konold will be in charge of the program when Rotary meets on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Moose Club at noon.