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St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thursday, February 27
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Saturday, March 1
• This is the final date to make a reservation for the Vandalia Lighthouse Pregnancy Center annual banquet. See info in the following Lighthouse Pregnancy Center article.
• A post-prom bake sale, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon.
• 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 at noon in the hospital cafeteria.
Monday, March 3
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, March 4
• Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, March 5
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Townhouse.
• Reverb Youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kids’ Klub, 7-8 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, March 6
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Future Event
Lions Club annual pancake and sausage breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., on Saturday, March 8 at the Phillips Building. Tickets are $5 per person. There also will be a 50/50 drawing to help with the scholarship fund.
Lighthouse Pregnancy Center
The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center at Vandalia announced that Mike G. Williams will be the speaker for the 2014 banquet. He is a nationally known speaker and writer. His two most recent books are “Men Move to Mars When Women Started Killing the Ones On Venus” and “Love is NOT A Three-Letter Word” (A New Look at Abstinence).
His own personal adoption story and the rescue and subsequent adoption of his son will move listeners to tears of great joy. Mike will have the audience rolling on the floor with laughter, while simultaneously building your reverence for the work of local lifesaving organizations.
The banquet will be held at the end of March and has limited seating. If you would like to receive an invitation to attend this year’s event, call the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center at 283-8750; the deadline to reserve a seat is March 1.
The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center currently has a need for the following Baby Boutique items: baby blankets and receiving blankets, diapers in sizes N, 3, 4, 5 and 6, baby wash shampoo and lotion, infant socks and hats, infant wash cloths and hooded towels, pacifiers, bottles and bottle brushes, Pak N Play and bassinets.
American Legion
Three bids for redoing the inside of the American Legion Home were received for the Feb. 11 meeting of American Legion Post #420. Because there were differences in the things the companies bid on, the bids will have to be made clear before a vote is taken.
Plans are being made for the annual veterans’ Memorial Day program, and most plans are complete, except for getting a speaker.
Last year, 235 attended the ceremony.
Those present were two new members Bob Heckert and Marvin Forbes, and other members Doyle Beck, Clement Lilly, Dave Cox, Bill Goodwin and Ernie Myers.
Lunch Bunch
The Lunch Bunch met at noon Feb. 13 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant with the following present: Gene Clark of Salem, Pat Porter of Farina and Karen Denning, Arlin and Lillian Grobengieser, Mary Harrison, Margie Sarver and Sue Stites, all of St. Elmo.
In observance of Valentine’s Day, Clark gave each one with a small box of chocolates and Porter had a box of chocolates that was passed around for dessert.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
Because of ice, the annual meeting of Historical Vandalia Inc. scheduled for the evening of Feb. 17 at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia was canceled.
The annual meeting will be held at the March 17 meeting.
Vit-Em-In Potluck
The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class held a potluck at noon on Feb. 20 in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, with the following present: Elizabeth Bail, Bob Cox, Helen Koonce, Frank and Delva Krost, Ed and Barb Lane, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, and Jack and Marilyn Sproat, and guests Dee and Leatha Newberry.
Delva furnished ham and beans for the potluck. As president, after the meal, she conducted a short business meeting. There was no program, just visiting.