By Anna Jean Rhodes
Wednesday, August 4
• The Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Vandalia Los Amigos.
Thursday, August 5
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 11:30 a.m., Effingham Niemerg’s Restaurant.
Saturday, August 7
• Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, on Third Street in the block just west of the grade school.
Monday, August 9
• A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-6 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall. Donations of blood are needed every day.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building (The meetings have been changed to the second Mondays instead of the second Tuesdays).
Tuesday, August 10
• Registration for the St. Elmo Junior/Senior High and Elementary will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Registration also will be held Wednesday, same hours).
All students new to the district and district students who attend classes in Vandalia should register at one of these times. Because of lack of state funding, St. Elmo will not have pre-kindergarten this year.
• Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., American Legion Home.
• The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Thursday, August 12
• The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 5-6:30 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon.
• St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Eastern Star Chapter #110, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Fayette County HCE
The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board met the morning of July 26 at the Vandalia Extension Office, with the following present: Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing and Phyllis Pryor, all of the Sefton Unit; Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit; Karen Hyde and Joyce Moore of the Wheatland Unit; Irene Reed of the Wright’s Corner Unit; and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit.
Vandalia Day Unit has a new member, Margaret E. Dunn.
Pledge of allegiance and roll call opened the meeting, and various reports were given. One of the projects for the units to do this year is to collect new Christmas cards for service men. The person giving cards should put her name and address on the backs – if wanting to send a message, put it inside the card (keep the message uplifting, not about deaths, etc.).
If a person doesn’t have a card, but wants to send a message, it can go on an 11-inch-by-7-inch sheet of paper.
The cards, and sheet messages, all without the envelopes, will be wrapped and labeled with the mailing address to send them to.
Hyde reported on what to do when receiving unwanted phone calls and also read “Just a Mom.”
Discussed was a fundraiser that the county may do this fall. Also discussed was the annual District 6 meeting that will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn Convention Center.
Those present chose to attend, and possibly others also will attend; the cost is $20 per person for a reservation that Treasurer Harpster soon will have to send in.
Shown was a table centerpiece Fayette County has to donate to the meeting. Each county takes a centerpiece, and they are given as door prizes at the end of the meeting.
President Allen reported on the Bond County HCE annual meeting that she, Pryor and Blackwell attended.
A woman gave a talk on cancer during the lunch provided by Bond County HCE, and each person was given a pink bag holding various gifts.
The program after the meeting was given by Susie Koberezky of Highland.
Her talk was on southern women’s role. She was dressed in 14 garments worn during the Civil War and talked about each one.
The St. Elmo Lions Club has been asked to promote the Red Cross blood drive that will be held on Monday, Aug. 9, from 1-6 p.m., in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall.
A meeting was held the evening of July 26 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, with the following present: John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, LeMar Marchman, Jim Martin, Dave Maxey, Charles Moore and Lloyd Stanley.
President Maxey opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag, and Richard Lowe gave the meal blessing.
Maxey presided over a gift award presentation to Martin for more than19 years of dedicated service to the St. Elmo Lions Club. He and his family were scheduled to leave at the end of July to relocate to Melbourne, Fla.
The Lions Club Hearing Bus that was in St. Elmo July 24 was a huge success.
Maxey, with the assistance of the Altamont Lions Club, will conduct a Defensive Driving Course on Tuesday, Aug. 17, and Wednesday, Aug. 18, at a location in Altamont that will be announced later, as will be the name of the person to contact.
Discussed was the Sept. 6 Labor Day Parade update. All entrants are to lineup at 9:30 a.m. and the parade will start at 10:30 a.m. There will be a $2 entry fee, with an Aug. 30 cutoff.
Entry forms will be available after Aug. 1 at Casey’s, St. Elmo City Hall, Mary Ann’s Restaurant and Fayette County Bank, and they should be submitted at city hall when completed.
Entries not registered by Aug. 30 can do so the day of the parade, but will cost $5.
There will be eight categories judged with a first place in each category receiving a $50 cash prize. The parade theme this year is “United in Labor” commemorating the Labor Day celebration. Dewey and Elizabeth Bail have been selected to be this year’s parade marshals.
Plans by Royal Neighbors of America #5784 to have the next meeting at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were made at the monthly meeting held the afternoon of July 28 at the Phillips Building. It will be an appreciation dinner for members at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Those who plan to attend are to let Irene Reed or Della Stewart know by Aug. 21.
At the July meeting, school supplies were collected for the St. Elmo Elementary School. The group of items presented to Principal Sean Hannagan to take to the school were the following: 27 spiral notebooks, four packages of notebook paper, 28 folders, 41 boxes of crayons, six pair of socks, eight rulers, three compasses, two boxes of tissues, seven boxes of markers, 15 packages of erasers, nine packages of ink pens, 10 packages of glue sticks, seven bottles of glue, 22 packages of pencils, three pair of scissors, one pencil sharpener, two book bags and 24 hand-crocheted stocking caps.
RNA says “It will be cold sometime before we are ready for it, and we are sure the kids will make good use of the caps.”
They made plans to give teddy bears in August to a dentist’s office in Vandalia, discussed the Labor Day plans and talked about the Neighbor to Neighbor program
Present at the meeting were Ina Abendroth, Jean Brown, Irene Reed, Marjorie Sarver, Shirley Smith, Della Stewart, Marsha Lilly-Wright and Leona Wright. Rosemary Owens also sent school supplies, but was unable to attend.