At their recent state convention in Minot, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas named Minot's Celeste Purdue and Verla Zimmerman to state offices.
Purdue will serve as secretary for the state organization, and Zimmerman will serve on the nominating committee at the next state convention, set for Medora in 2013. Both are members of St. Leo's Parish, and St. Elizabeth's Court No. 170 in Minot.
St. Elizabeth's Court was awarded the following certificates of achievement in Division 2 at the convention: First place in scrapbook, second place in membership and three places in youth activities.
Submitted Photo - - Laurie Weber, Minot State University assistant financial aid director, will receive the Bronze Eagle Award at an annual certifying official workshop June 23 in Bismarck.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, nationwide, sponsor educational contests each year for students in the Catholic schools. The areas of competition include computer art, essay, photography, are and poetry. First-place winners at the local level proceed to the state level and first place winners at state advance to the national level. St. Elizabeth's Court No. 170 is the local Catholic Daughters of the Americas court sponsoring this event. Certificates and monetary awards have been presented to the students at the respective schools. The winners and the categories include:
Division 1 - Grades four and five - Little Flower School
Poetry: 1stMerrick McMahon, 2ndLeonard Niess, 3rdDanielle Smith.
Art: 1stBridget Finley, 2ndCourtney Zaback, 3rdElizabeth Edwards.
Computer art: 1stMckinlee Harmon, 2ndNicholas Hardy, 3rdLauren Michalenko.
Division 2 - Grades six through eight - Bishop Ryan School
Essay: 1stTumupuwa Kamba, 2ndDakota Johnson, 3rdKatie Mayer.
Poetry: 1stSteven Delany, 2ndGiselle Rintoul, 3rdIsabelle Wilhelm.
Art: 1stMorgan Kroeger, 2ndJordan Will, 3rdEmma Garber.
Photography: 1stMichaela Woiwode, 2ndEmma Garber, 3rdEli Stewart.
Division 3 - Grades nine through 12 - Bishop Ryan School
Poetry: 1stBrady Wingenbach, 2ndMarlee Seibold, 3rd(tie)Nicholas Pfau and Alex Smith.
Art: 1stShelby Schmidt, 2ndGlen Nelson, 3rdKatherine Gregory.
Computer art: 1stNichole Brunner.
Photography: 1stDanielle Will, 2ndKalan Elm, 3rdJohn Salling.
First-place winners in state competition submitted for national competition include Brady Wingenbach and Tumupuwa Kamba.
MSU staffer to receive recognition at workshop
Laurie Weber, Minot State University assistant financial aid director, will receive the Bronze Eagle Award at an annual certifying official workshop June 23 in Bismarck. The North Dakota State Approving Agency, which is administrated by the North Dakota University System, sponsors the award.
Weber has been at MSU since December 1997, with duties serving as the Veterans Affairs certifying official, processing with- drawals, disbursing financial aid and counseling students and parents. Weber has also assisted veterans and military dependents with receiving their VA education benefits.
Spaghetti dinner planned as benefit
BURLINGTON A benefit spaghetti supper and silent auction is scheduled to assist with medical expenses for Terry Haider, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Burlington Elementary School.
Haider was diagnosed with a blood infection in April and was hospitalized for 17 days and has been unable to return to work as a construction worker. He is currently at home with daily IV treatments.
He and his wife, Jackie, serve as youth advisers at Peace Luther League in Burlington. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will provide supplemental funds.
Donations may also be mailed to Diane Moline at 114 Kittelson Drive, Burlington, ND 58722.
Golf clinic to assist people with disabilities
A golf clinic for people with physical challenges will be offered June 30 at Minot's Jack Hoeven Wee Links Golf Course from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The clinic is for individuals who have wanted to try the sport but have felt it would be too difficult due to physical disabilities. The clinic is also for experienced golfers who gave up the game because of life-changing events such as strokes or amputations.
Reed Argent, a physical therapist at First Choice Physical Therapy, decided to develop a golf clinic for people with disabilities after he attended a National Amputee Golf Association's First Swing clinic. The First Swing program teaches physical therapists and golf pros how to use golf as therapy and teach people with disabilities to learn or relearn to play golf. The program often works with service men and women who have been injured.
"The physical-therapy profession, golf and my family are my three passions," Argent said. "If I became paralyzed, I would want to regain the ability to play golf as soon as possible."
Adults, age 18 and older, are welcome to attend the session. Physical therapists and golf professionals will be available to provide instruction for each person to learn how to accommodate their golf style to achieve maximum potential on the golf course. Minot Air Force Base will also bring a SoloRider, a specialized adaptive golf cart. There is no charge to attend, and equipment will be provided for those who do not have their own.
The clinic is sponsored by Minot State University's North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, First Choice Physical Therapy, Souris Valley Golf Course and Jack Hoeven Wee Links Golf course, located at 900 Forest Road.
To register or for more information, contact Argent at 721-3344, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Steve Kottsick, Souris Valley Golf Course pro, at 240-0593.
Grants available for Global Youth Service Day
Youth Service America has up to 100 $2,000 grants are available for city and statewide organizations (led agencies) for participation in Global Youth Service Day.
Youth Service Day 2012 will be held April 20-22. Applications for next year are open from June 1 to July 22 and can be found at (www.ysa.org/grants/lead agency).
The grants include a $2,000 planning grant; travel, lodging and discounted registration at the 2012 Youth Service Institute; free Global Youth Service Day collateral including posters, strategy guides and Youth Service America technical support.
Requirements are the ability to engage at least 600 youth between the ages of 5 and 25 in highly visible community service or service learning projects on Global Youth Service Day; a requirement to track and report scale, diversity, and outreach outcomes; increase public awareness via media relations and elected officials; engage State Farm employees when possible.
State Farm is the presenting sponsor. In addition to State Farm, Global Youth Service Day sponsors include UnitedHealth Group, the Sodexo Foundation, the Walt Disney Company, the National Education Association, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers Learn and Serve America, and Special Olympics.