Thursday, March 7
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
• The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. Sales of Tupperware with Greg Hissong and Scentsy with Bev Crawford will help provide funds for the next year’s budget, which mostly includes donations to community projects.
Saturday, March 9
• The St. Elmo Lions Club annual pancake and sausage breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Phillips Building. The cost is a donation of $5. There also will be a 50/50 drawing, with proceeds for the scholarship fund; tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 5 p.m., Phillips Building. It is a potluck for anyone wanting to attend – just take a covered dish to share and wear green.
Sunday, March 10
• Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 a.m. Remember to set your clocks AHEAD one hour.
• The First United Methodist Church children will have a chili and soup fundraiser for mission projects. It will be served after the 10:35 a.m. worship service in the Fellowship Hall, and the charge is a donation. In addition to chili and soup, there will be desserts and beverages.
• The Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches’ fourth Lenten service, 4 p.m., Brownstown First United Methodist Church, with John O’Dell, pastor of the Haley Chapel, the speaker. The offering will be divided 50/50 for the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis and the Altamont, St. Elmo and Vandalia food pantries. Following the service the host church will provide refreshments in the fellowship hall.
Monday, March 11
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Business Association is hosting a debate for the St. Elmo mayoral candidates at 7 p.m. in the St. Elmo Junior/High School cafeteria.
Tuesday, March 12
• The Illinois Association of Home and Community Education annual conference starts at the Effingham Keller Convention Center, with the opening ceremony at 11:15 p.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. For this meal only, there will be reserved seating according to the county office held.
• The Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., American Legion Home
• The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Wednesday, March 13
• Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kids Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, March 14
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
A former St. Elmo area resident, Devon O’Dell of Fort Collins, Colo., died Feb. 26, and his body was donated to science.
O’Dell was born and reared in the St. James area and was a 1947 graduate of the St. Elmo High School. He married Wynona Bowen, who graduated from the St. Elmo High School with the class of 1952.
In his letter for the class of 1947 65th anniversary book he wrote, “Our son-in-law has his own auto repair business, and our son is busy playing in a few bands. We have no grandchildren. We keep busy with church activities and I enjoy woodworking and building model airplanes for fun.” Before his retirement he was inspecting airplanes.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Randy of California; and a daughter, Rhonda of
The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education met the morning of Feb. 25 at the Vandalia Extension Office, with the following present: Evelyn Probst of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit; Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing and Phyllis Pryor of the Sefton Unit; Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit; Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit; Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit; Mary Smith of the Wright’s Corner Unit; and Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit.
A quilt for autism victims that was made by the Vandalia Day Unit was shown. (Also shown, by Anita Smith, was a picture of her new great-granddaughter – her 16th great-grandchild).
Don Culbertson of VanBurensburg was present to show a very large fossil that is a million of years old. He was asking Extension Adviser Rachelle Hollinshead if she could find out information on the fossil.
The meeting then opened with all giving the pledge of allegiance. In the reports, Pryor showed the new Fayette County HCE banner that is being made to take to the annual conference in March.
The county membership is back to 117 with the addition of a new Vandalia Day member, Ashley Davis.
The Wheatland Unit provided a large bag of used shoes for Community Outreach Anita Smith. The shoes will be taken to Greenville to send to a Third World country.
• Family Issues-Segrest reported that in addition to the manufacture coupons of products being sent to the Yokoti Air Base in Japan, the units can also collect coupons from Subway, Pizza Hut and Burger King for her to send. All coupons don’t have to be current; they can have expired not more than four months.
• The annual Get-Acquainted Day is set for April 11 at the Brownstown Golden Years Club building. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the potluck brunch at 9:30 a.m.
Registration will be done by the Wheatland Unit; beverages by the Sefton Unit; food arranged on the serving tables by the Wright’s Corner Unit; in charge of the door prizes, the St. Peter Unit; and the clean up by the Bingham/Ramsey, St. Elmo and Vandalia Day units. Each unit is to take a $5 door prize. Also, each member is asked to take a Make It, Bake It, Sew It or Grow It item for the fundraising auction (or donate $5 if possible). Before the auction, the Sefton Unit will give a skit.
• The April, May, June newsletters were given to the units. The annual past and present officers meeting is set for Monday, April 22, at 11:15 a.m. at the Vandalia Denny’s.
Blackwell provided cream puffs and the office provided coffee. After the meeting, all except Blackwell and Mary Smith went to lunch at the Vandalia Denny’s.
Plans for the annual Lions Club pancake and sausage Breakfast were discussed at length at the Feb. 25 meeting held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. It will be held from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday at the Phillips Building for a $5 donation. There also will be a 50/50 drawing with the proceeds going to the scholarship fund; tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
President Dave Maxey presented Max Atwood with a 50-year service pin. Atwood gave the club members a brief review of the past activities of the club.
The club’s annual defensive driving program will be held from 8 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27, at St. Elmo Christian Church. Pre-registration is required by calling Mona Stanley at 829-5437 (if no contact, call Maxey at 829-9729).
The club’s annual Easter egg hunt will be at 2 p.m. on March 31.
The Diabetes Awareness Program will be in May, with the date to be announced in the future.
Maxey opened the meeting will all giving the pledge of allegiance. Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing. Others present Don Crawford, John Crawford, Roger Fulk, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, LeMar Marchman, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf, and the associate member, Max Atwood.
Avena Township Park Board
The Avena Township Park Board will soon advertise for bids to mow the St. Elmo Community Park. Weather had not permitted work to be done on the grounds and pavilions. Also discussed at the Feb. 26 meeting held in the Centennial Building was the need for a new roof on the building.
To date, $689 dollars have been deposited in the Save the Pool Fund at the Fayette County Bank. This has been donated in memory of Revis Calvert.
Also discussed was a rifle raffle and a walk-through of the pool to see the condition it is in and have refreshments as a fundraiser for the pool. An April date to do this will be decided on at the March 12 meeting of the board.
Present at the February meeting were president, Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jimmy Caraway, Buddy Mitchell and Ro Mars.
At the Feb. 27 meeting of Royal Neighbors of America held at the Phillips Building, President Della Stewart presented Jody McWhorter with a matching fund check for being a recipient of a soup, sandwich and dessert supper held Jan. 27 at the St. Elmo Firehouse.
Larry Stolte cooked up six big cookers full of vegetable and chili soups to be served to 200 people, and RNA members, along with several others, furnished sandwiches and desserts, chicken noodle soup, several crock pots of potato soups and raw vegetables. RNA members along with the fire department did a good job of taking care of the hungry people.
February business was charted at the meeting. Plans were completed for the St. Patrick’s Day dinner to be held this Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Phillips Building. It is a potluck, and all attending are asked to take a covered dish to share and wear green.
There were two speakers for the program. Jill Wright and Vanessa Wright, both of Altamont, talked about S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies). S.A.F.E. is a sexual assault center that serves Bond, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Marion and Washington counties.
This non-profit agency provides service for sexual assault victims and their families regardless of their age, race, sex or sexual preference. Services provided are telephone crisis intervention, in-person medical advocacy, in-person legal advocacy, counseling and educational prevention problems.
Told were crime victims’ rights, preventive measures, legal age for Facebook is 13 for a child to have his/her own page. As of now, the clients range in age from 3-87. It is important that if someone tells about being a victim of rape, the person should be believed.
For refreshments after the meeting Paula Brunk and Irene Reed brought birthday cake and punch for everyone to celebrate the Feb. 28 birthday of Shirley Smith, Brunks’s mother.
The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, March 27, at 1 p.m. at the Phillips Building.
Present for the February meeting were Ina Abendroth, Paula Brunk, Anna Ruth Lilly, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Larry Reed, Marjorie Sarver, Della Stewart, Linda Smith, Shirley Smith, Betty Wright, Leona Wright and Oliver and Edna Wright, and guests Jill Wright and Vanessa Wright, and St. Elmo Fire Chief Doug Engeljohn, who represented the fire department.
St. Elmo HCE
The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education met the afternoon of Feb. 28 at the St. Elmo Public Library, and only three were able to attend. After the meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance, roll call, “What is your favorite way to eat carrots,” was answered by Karen Denning, Anna Jean Rhodes and Karen Wegscheid.
Minutes of the December meeting were approved as read. There was no meeting in January. The HCE County Board notes were read.
Memorials of $15 each have been made to the Fayette County Extension Foundation for two unit members – Freda Willms, who died in November 2012, and Joyce Drees, who died in January 2013.
Used printer cassettes, education labels and Campbell soup labels were collected and Wegscheid is taking them to the school.
Wegscheid gave the January special feature lesson, “Travel: The Best Laid Plans,” and there was much discussion.
Drees had signed up for the February special feature lesson, “Mrs. Clean,” so it was passed out for the members to read.
Denning gave the February major lesson, “Grandparents Have an Important Role in a Child’s Life.” There also was much discussion on this lesson.
Hostess Denning served lemon cake, raspberry punch and candies.
Fayette County Extension Foundation
At the Fayette County Extension Foundation meeting held the evening of Feb. 28 at the U of I Extension Office in Vandalia plans were finalized for a fundraiser spaghetti dinner set for Sunday, April 7, at the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria. Served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. will be spaghetti, salad, dessert and beverage for $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-12. 4-H members soon will be given tickets to sell.
Each of the eight county 4-H clubs is to provide the desserts, and also each club is to create a basket (movie night, spa day, sports, etc) that will be used for a silent auction.
The Extension Foundation needs to raise, by the first of July, $9,500 to meet this year’s budget for its donation to Fayette County Extension.
The donated funds are then matched by state funds to help Extension maintain 4-H and other programs in Fayette County – but no state funds have been received yet for FY13, which began on July 1, 2012.
In addition to this fundraiser, a solicitation letter is being sent to people, organizations, businesses, etc., in Fayette County. All donations are used only for programs in Fayette County, and the donation is fully tax-deductible.
To see how this progresses, a visual board will be placed in one of the west windows at the Extension Office.
Another fundraiser is the Gift of Grain, and area elevators are being contacted on how to handle wheat donations from farmers to the Extension Foundation.
Also, donation envelopes are being printed for those wishing to donate to the Fayette County Extension Foundation in memory of someone and soon will be placed in area funeral homes.
The donation envelopes also can be used to make a donation to honor someone – for a birthday, anniversary, get well, special recognition, other – and will be available at the Extension Office.
Present at the meeting were County Extension Director Rachelle Hollinshead, Jo Stine and Brian and Kyra Willenborg of Vandalia, Kevin Payne of Brownstown, and Lynn Tappendorf and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
The next meeting of the Fayette County Extension Foundation will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at the Extension Office.
Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois had the first meeting of the 2013 year at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital Education Center, Mattoon.
Because of some illness and conflicts, only four were able to attend: Glee Helms and Mary Lou Replogle of Charleston, Roger Roney of Lovington and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
The physical therapist that had been scheduled was unable to attend, but an interesting program was given by Helms. She had attended a polio exhibit at the Indianapolis, Ind., and Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. It was titled “One Woman’s Work to End Polio: Ann Lee Hussey.” Hussey contracted polio in 1955 at the age of 17 months and now has post-polio syndrome.
In 1985, Rotary International started PolioPlus, the volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative which is organized with the Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Hussey joined Rotary International in 2002 and became involved in its global humanitarian efforts.
Helms showed a video that had pictures of children throughout the world who have suffered various deformities – polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system. One of the pictures showed a Pakistani child getting her finger marked with ink after being vaccinated against polio in May of 2012. In February the world was cheered to learn that India had gone a full year with no new cases of polio – a landmark that left only Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria on the World Health Organization’s list of countries where the disease is endemic.
But the battle is far from over, judging by the WHO’s latest expressions of alarm. It says that in both Nigeria and Afghanistan the number is creeping up, while budget shortfalls are jeopardizing the effort to hold polio at bay in 24 other high-risk countries. As a volunteer Hussey has made 21 overseas trips to conduct polio immunization campaigns.
Hussey reminds everyone that polio is just “a plane trip away.” Visitors from the three countries where polio is endemic were responsible for the recent outbreaks of polio in China and Russia.
If we choose to control polio rather than eradicate it, polio could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years. We have the tools to end polio and the means to reach all children – the new bivalent vaccine successfully targets the two remaining strains of polio in one dose. The ability to reach all children with the polio vaccine is proof of concept that we can succeed on our next major global health initiative.
Glee had handouts for those present and also Indiana Experience Admission tickets that are good until June 29, 2012. She has eight more complimentary tickets (each one is good for four entries – good for 32 folks) so those interested can call Helms at 217-508-4406.
The Saturday, April 6, meeting at 1 p.m. at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center is to have the physical therapist give the program. All interested persons are invited to attend the Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois meetings.
Wolf Creek Cluster Lenten Service
St. Elmo First United Methodist Church was the host church for the third Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches third Lenten service that was held at 4 p.m. Richard Tucker had a mini-concert on the piano prior to the service.
The Rev. Dan Laack gave the welcome and opening prayer. With Tucker at the organ and Joan Maxey at the piano the hymn “He Lives” was sung by the congregation, then all participated in the Prayer of Confession.
Tucker then did a special, a piano solo “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.” The Rev. Willie Deuel, pastor the Altamont First United Methodist Church, delivered the message.
Ushers Ed Lane, Dave Maxey and Lloyd Stanley passed the offering plates. The offering goes to the Lessie Bates Neighborhood House in East St. Louis and the St. Elmo, Altamont and Vandalia food pantries.
Host pastor then closed with a prayer, the Lord’s Prayer and blessed the all types of finger foods served in the Fellowship Hall and the program ended with singing “Because He Lives.”
Rene Edwards had decorated the tables with spring arrangements, etc.
The fourth Wolf Creek Cluster of Lenten services will be at 4 p.m. on March 10 at Brownstown First United Methodist Church, with the Haley Chapel Pastor John O’Dell the speaker.
During the morning worship at the Methodist church the Chancel Choir, with Kathy Spitler directing and accompanying on the clavinova, sang “We Will Remember You.” After Laack gave the morning message, “Prodigal Son,” there was the first Sunday of the month communion service.
Announcements included the chili and soup dinner in the Fellowship Hall following the March 10 morning worship. The donation is for the children’s missionary projects.