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We did not meet in January because of weather, we did meet in February and we had VP of Lake Area Tech College , Diane Stiles as our speaker.
They have a Dakota Scholarship available for students to apply for, 2/3 of the scholarship is paid for and the student pays for 1/3.
The students promises to work for 3 years in SD after graduating from their studies.
Veterans have a 75 % rate for graduation from LATC. There are 2000 full time students at this time, and for the first time students were turned away
because of class sizes were optimum size. There is a new Aviation Program and there are 16 students enrolled.
Diane shared pictures of what the campus will look like as there is new construction again. A new Health Care building is going up now and will be
ready for students this fall. The Corona Virus is going strong now so all students will participate in online classes.
Watertown nor Codington County have anyone with the Corona Virus as of today, March 20.
We did cancel our March meeting which would have been today. We were going to have County Commissioner Lee Gabel as our speaker.
The topic would have been , " Freedom of Speech, is it Good." We were looking forward to his talk.
I am in the process of lining up a Vietnam Veteran to speak to the Watertown Intermediate School, of 5th and 6th grade students, hopefully in May we can do that. I will invite him to speak to our Republican Women at some point in the future.
Carol Johnson Recording Secretary/Treasurer
Carol, listed some future speaker suggestions for future club meetings:
Veteran service officer
Women shelter exec
Salvation Army spokesperson
Sponsor Girls State candidate.. have her speak at a meeting
TAR camp sponsor.. Have them speak
Museum personnel speak/tour
Author… one author is writing on the history of uptown Watertown, and Lake Kampeska.
Codington County Republican Women met at the Pizza Ranch on Friday Nov 15, 2019
Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a Prayer.
Neal Tapio was the guest speaker. He spoke on the life values and morals of our country and the decline of them in our country today. The government and the school system are encouraging the wrong things and influencing our children who may continue these teachings into adulthood. Thus the decline in our culture will continue.
The Human Rights Campaign is encouraging people to accept their ideas in our city and across the country. They represent the LGBTQ group of people whose effort is to change the definition of a family as we have known it with a Mother and Father and their children. We need to keep the family values intact or we will have a breakdown of families and our moral values. We already are experiencing a
culture change. We need to be strong .and vocal on this issue of families.
School text books are published by three major companies. Two of those companies are in Saudi Arabia and one company is in Israel. Some schools are having students using Prayer rugs. They are pushing
their agenda on children. The ACLU forced the State of South Dakota to have a proper policy in place
for the LGBTQ people so their feelings would not be hurt. There is no room for hate, but we need to be Vocal, Strong and Speak the Truth.
Our December we had a Christmas gathering and did not have a meeting as such. We cancelled January because of a snow storm. Carol Johnson, Recording Secretary/Treasurer