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St. Elmo Area News-SEpt. 30, 2010

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By The Staff

By Anna Jean Rhodes

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wednesday, Sept. 29
• CHILL Youth Group, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
• Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God SHED.
Thursday, Sept. 30
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Saturday, Oct. 2
• The DCCW Convention will be held 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Springfield, and those wanting to go should contact Ann Rowland.
• The Illinois Great Rivers Conference of United Methodist Women’s 14th annual meeting will be held at the Christ United Methodist Church at 339 Frank Scott Parkway East, Fairview Heights.
The meeting will start at 10 a.m. The theme is “Faith, Hope and Love in Action,” and the keynote speaker will be Cynthia Palmer.
The day will include action-packed, “hands-on” workshops. The workshops will be Mission in Action assembling health kits, school kits, baby layettes and letter writing.
• Wright Victory School Reunion, 11 a.m., Vandalia Ponderosa.
Everyone welcome to attend.
• St. Elmo Christian Church will have an all-church wiener roast at 5 p.m. at the home of Ken and Mandy Berg.
Monday, Oct. 4
• Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
A Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the St. Elmo Elementary School will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the elementary school.
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, Oct. 5
• The Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, Oct. 6
• Wright’s Corner Unit of HCE, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
Thursday, Oct. 7
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Wheatland Unit of HCE, 1:30 p.m., home of Sandra Lovett.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, Fayette County Museum in Vandalia, 7 p.m. To carpool, meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m. After the program, they will go to Chuckwagon Restaurant for refreshments.
Evening of Entertainment
The first Evening of Entertainment sponsored by the Fayette County Museum was held the afternoon of Sept.19 in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Vandalia, and was an excellent and enjoyable performance on “The Life of Harriet Tubman, American Abolitionist (1820-1913),” given by Kathryn M. Harris of Springfield.
A good crowd enjoyed the presentation and refreshments were served afterward.
The next Evening of Entertainment will be “The Life of Amelia Earhart, American Aviator (1897-1937),” to be presented by Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon. It will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, and refreshments will be served after the program.
Individual tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
Present for the Board meeting of Historical Vandalia Inc. held the evening of Sept. 20 at the Fayette County Museum were Jim Brewer and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey; Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro; Barbara Buckland of Brownstown; and Donna Blair, Steve Durbin, Phil Shroyer and Mary Truitt, all of Vandalia.
The board members expressed appreciation for the good crowd that attended the Evening of Entertainment on Sept. 19. The Evening of Entertainment programs are a fundraiser to help with the Fayette County Museum’s restoration.
Approval was given to clean up the upstairs balcony floor. Approval was given for a wedding to be held in the museum’s garden in October 2011.
Two display cases for the museum were accepted from the National Road Interpretive Center.
St. Elmo HCE
St. Elmo Home Unit of and Community Education met the afternoon of Sept. 23 in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes, with seven members present.
Chairman Karen Denning opened the meeting, with all giving the pledge of allegiance. Roll Call was answered with telling the name of a favorite teacher. Denning read the Fayette County HCE board notes.
The special feature, “Violence Across the Lifespan,” was given by Rhodes. Females of every age face the threat of violence. Types of abuse may include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; neglect or financial exploitation.
It is possible that more than one type of abuse may be suspected in any given case. Financial exploitation and emotional abuse are types most commonly reported in Illinois.
Most violence against women occurs close to home.
Refreshments of Rhodes’ homemade orange sorbet and Loretta Heischmidt’s homemade snickerdoodles were served with 7-Up. Heischmidt served as assistant hostess.
The new program books, Circus Extravaganza, were started to be filled out.
Others present in addition to Rhodes, Denning and Heischmidt were Goldie Harris, Sharon Shelton, Karen Wegscheid and Freda Willms.
St. Elmo HCE will not have a regular meeting in October, but members are to attend the International Potluck that will be on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Phillips Building. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m.
RNA
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 met the afternoon of Sept. 22 at the Phillips Building and discussed the wiener roast to be held Saturday, Oct. 9, with the Neighborhood Watch group at the Loudon Town House.
RNA will furnish wieners, buns, beverage and table service, and those attending are to take a covered dish to share at the 5:30 p.m. meal.
Make a Difference Day is Saturday, Oct. 23. RNA will collect items for the pregnancy center at Vandalia, and anyone having items they would like to donate may give them to any RNA member.
For Thanksgiving Day, Nov.25, RNA will pay for turkeys to be cooked for the shut-in dinners.
RNA will have a Christmas dinner on Saturday, Dec. 4, and more will be given on this at a later date.
RNA will pay for the hams for the Christmas shut-in dinners.
Those present were Ina Abendroth, Irene Reed, Rosemary Owen, Marjorie Sarver, Shirley Smith, Della Stewart, Betty Wright and Leona Wright.