St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Thursday, October 31
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Chinese Restaurant.


• St. Elmo Trick or Treat, 6-8 p.m.
• Friendship Manor will host the annual safe trick or treat for children from preschool age through the sixth grade, 6-8 p.m.
• Annual Trunk or Treat Night, 6-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church parking lot.
Friday, November 1
• Applications for the St. Elmo Lions Club Caring and Sharing Christmas food boxes will be available at the St. Elmo City Hall and St. Elmo Foods, beginning this Friday. The boxes will be distributed on Saturday, Dec.16. Families with children, senior citizens and disabled persons who need to be considered must complete an application, which has to be dropped off at city hall or St. Elmo Foods by Nov. 15.
Saturday, November 2
• Scout Pack #444 popcorn sorting will be at 9 a.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building and will be available for pickup at the noon pack meeting in the park.
Scouts will cleanup the St. Elmo Community Park on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon. Scouts should dress for the weather and take gloves. They also can take rakes and leaf blowers, if available. Scouts need to take a sack lunch for the pack meeting that will be held immediately following the park cleanup. There will be a popcorn party/pie in the face. All Scouts who sold $300 or more popcorn will get their chance to throw pies at the leaders.
• St. Elmo Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
• Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to eat lunch together can do so in the hospital cafeteria.
Sunday, November 3
• Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour as we return to regular standard time.
Monday, November 4
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, November 5
• Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building. Turkey and dressing will be furnished. Those attending are to take a side dish or dessert.
• The Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, November 6
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
• Reverb Youth, 6-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kids Klub, 6:30 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, November 7
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• The Scout Pack #444 seventh annual spaghetti dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. Meals are $6 for adults and $4 for children age 2-11. There is no charge for under age 2.
Joe’s Pizza at Greenville will donate the sauce and noodles. All proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the St. Elmo Food Pantry and the CAPS program. In the past, the dinners have raised more than $400 for each program.
That evening, there will be two bake sales to raise money to send Scouts to one camp. One bake sale will be in the cafeteria and one in the gym.
Each Scout is to take one dozen homemade or bought cookies for the dinner, one item for the bake sale and one non-perishable food for the food pantry.
• The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. Liz Stoner will give a Scentsy presentation. Club members are reminded that orders for fruitcakes, nuts and candies need to be turned in to Anna Jean Rhodes that evening, so items can be received before Thanksgiving.
Future Events
• St. Elmo First Baptist Church will have a chili cook-off from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Trophies will be for the traditional chili, the unique chili and the people’s choice chili. Those who don’t want to enter the contest can enjoy a bowl of chili and vote. There also will be a campfire, hot dogs, children’s activities and music.
• On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Historical Vandalia Inc. second Season of Events performance will be given at 2 p.m. in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society, William Furry, will give a program titled “Hysterical Historical Markers.” In advance, tickets can be purchased at the Fayette County Museum for $13 for adults and $6.50 for youth; at the door, they are $15 and $7.50.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
As one gets older each year seems to go faster. My last year of being a United Methodist Women Southern Illinois Conference officer was 1996, so that year I became a member of XCO – ex-conference officer.
On Oct. 21, I went to the annual get-together that was held in the Dycus room at the Mt. Vernon First United Methodist Church.
The Southern Illinois Conference XCO was organized in 1971 with 63 charter members. Two charter members who are still living are Connie Grob of Lebanon and Patricia Collins of Murphysboro. The XCO current membership is 42.
The standing rules state, “The purpose of this organization is to continue the fun and fellowship of former co-workers in Christ’s church. The symbol of the organization shall be the butterfly. Any person who has served in a conference office of the United Methodist Women and all predecessor organizations is a member. ‘Once a member, always a member.’”
There shall be no dues. Contributions of the members shall be for necessary expenses only. There shall be one meeting a year on the third Monday of October. The standing rules also tell the duties of the officers.
In 1996 the Standing Rules were amended to read “Any woman who has served in a Southern Illinois Conference office…” In 1997 the United Methodist Churches in the Southern Illinois Conference and the Central Illinois Conference combined to become the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
Only seven were able to attend this year’s meeting. In addition to me they were Karol Brown of McLeansboro, Elouise Hahs of Mt. Vernon, Beverly Jones of Collinsville, Shirley Wolf of Grantsburg, and Casey Andrew and Mary Renfro, both of Lebanon. Renfro will be 98 in December.
After a meal of hot chicken salad, pear salad, muffins, ice cream and cookies, President Andrew presided over the business meeting. Jones led in the memorial service for one member who died since the last meeting, Mary Lawton of Bunker Hill.
Letters of regrets were read from Irma Bingham of Virgennes, Elizabeth Clark of Bridgeport, Fern De Jarnett of Godfrey, Frances Dunn of Beecher, Rebecca Hubele of Carmi, Mildred Jeffers of Columbus, Ohio, Betty Greer and Cletamae Knox, both of Centralia, Billie Launbattus of Bunker Hill, Mary Lou Meek of Lawrenceville and Bunny Wolf of Springfield.
Officers elected were Casey as president, Jones of vice president, Hubele as secretary-treasurer, and Marlene Cummins of Troy, Hahs and Jeanne Sims of Rochester on the nominating committee.
Those present did much reminiscing before returning to their homes.
In 1996, I finished my fourth year as the Southern Illinois Conference UMW treasurer. That year, I had to meet many times up north or in St. Elmo with the Central Illinois treasurer to develop plans for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference UMW treasurer.
During the years I have been a member of XCO, we have met at various places and we took potluck dishes to meetings at the Salem Grace UMC, Centralia Demaree UMC, St. Elmo UMC (meeting was in 1999) and Collinsville UMC. We then went to the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn a couple years for the meetings that were held in August at the School of Christian Missions. Since 2005, the meetings have been back to October and are held at the Mt. Vernon UMC, with the church’s UMW preparing the luncheon.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
“Hysterical Historical Markers” will be presented by Historical Vandalia Inc. at the second Season of Events set for Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m., in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. A survey of the mysterious, ludicrous and downright comical landmarks in the Prairie State will be presented by the executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society, William Furry.
The narrated PowerPoint program takes a look at the many ways communities have commemorated historical people, places and events in their backyards and why, in some cases, we should be amused and, in others, concerned.
The Illinois State Historical Society has placed more than 500 historical markers around the state since 1934. Other organizations and communities have also taken responsibility for preserving their history in the form of markers, signs and monuments. The size and kind are quite diverse, but their purpose is always to inform, educate and commemorate. Most are successful; many are not.
This program looks at more than 30 historical markers around the state that, for various reasons, have important lessons for us about how not to present our past to others.
Single event tickets are available in advance at $13 or at the door for $15. Youth are half price. Additional information is available at283-4866.
Board members present at the Historical Vandalia Inc. meeting held the evening of Oct. 21 in the Fayette County Museum Vandalia were President Steve Durbin, Donna Blair, Allison Magnus, Joyce Mueller and Mary Truitt of Vandalia, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro, Jim Brewer of Ramsey, Barbara Buckland of Brownstown and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
Reports included 155 registered at the museum in September; items taken in since the September meeting include old newspapers, books and post cards; the garden recently had to be mowed again; and proofreading for the cookbook recipes is scheduled start at the end of the October.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, when the Vandalia Statehouse has its Christmas Open House, the Fayette County Museum will remain open until 6 p.m.
St. Elmo HCE
“The most beautiful autumn leaves I have seen were at…” was the roll call answered at the St. Elmo Unit of Home Community Education meeting held the afternoon of Oct. 24 in the St. Elmo Public Library. The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance. Those answering roll call were Goldie Harris, Loretta Heischmidt, Mary Myers and Anna Jean Rhodes.
The HCE International potluck was held the evening of Oct. 3. Rhodes attended the potluck. She and Karen Denning did the table decorations. Heischmidt attended the program. She also picked up the table decorations.
The major lesson, “Calcium for Better Health,” was given by Myers.
Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November, the St. Elmo HCE Unit meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m., at the St. Elmo Public Library. Those attending are to take at least a dozen cookies – they will be served as refreshments and also a cookie exchange.
Make a Difference Day
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 “Make a Difference Day” was October 16. Marsha Lilly-Wright took youth members to the Lutheran Care Center at Altamont to deliver a total of 16 packages to Veterans there – for 15 men and one woman. In the packages were personal items of socks, hankies, shaving things, body powder, shampoo and pudding cups collected by RNA members