Wednesday, April 27
• Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, April 28
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Litchfield Chinese Restaurant.
Friday, April 29
• The Altamont Tree Board and the Altamont Garden Club will present the Tree City USA flag and other recognition materials at a program at 10 a.m. at the Altamont Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. The public is invited to attend. Also, an invitation has been sent to the Altamont Grade School, the Altamont Lutheran Interparish School and the students of the Altamont Community High School, those especially studying forest management.
Sunday, May 1
• Following the morning worship at First United Methodist Church, the CHILL Youth Group will have a fundraiser dinner in the church fellowship hall. Donations will be accepted.
• 4-H enrollment deadline to exhibit at the Fayette County 4-H show. This is the last day to add or drop a project. 4-Hers should check their enrollments with their leader prior to May 1 to ensure they are in the correct projects. All members must attend at least 4 club meetings prior to July 1 to be eligible to participate in the 4-H show.
Monday, May 2
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, May 3
• Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
• Council of Catholic Women’s Mother/Daughter Banquet, 6:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall. Beverages and table service will be provided for the potluck.
• The Ministerial Alliance is once again planning a community Vacation Bible Scool to be held early this summer, though the dates have not been finalized. An organizational meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. at the First Church of God S.H/E.D.
Thursday, May 5
• National Day of Prayer, noon, at the City Hall.
• Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 6 p.m., Vandalia Ponderosa. Those attending are to meet at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides. Officers will be installed and dues for the 2011-12 club year will be collected.
Friendship Manor April News
The monthly birthday party was held the afternoon of April 20 in the Friendship Manor dining room. Residents having April birthdays were: Evadean Jedamski on April 1, Ilene Sidwell on April 3, Dewey Bail on April 8, Imogene Hunter on April 27 and Esther Willitts on April 28.
Employees with May birthdays are the following: Dana Reed, April 4; Elaine Karnes and Chuck Hutson, April 6; Shana Dial, April 7; Michelle Long, April 10; Mindy Wilkerson, April 11; Bobbie Beshears, April 14; Amanda Cole, April 15; Tina Scott, April 19; and Nancy Cripe, April 26. Cakes, ice cream and punch were served to all who attended the party.
Chuck Hutson is the administrator. and on his April 6 birthday, cake, ice cream and punch were served in the dining room.
A special arts and crafts activity was held one afternoon. Residents made felt bunnies holding felt Easter eggs. They were made for room doors. Each resident decorated the bunny and egg a little different.
On April 18, the residents stuffed Easter rggs and there was an Easter rgg hunt for children Good Friday morning.
Fayette County Schools Children Art Show
The Fayette County Schools Children Art Show, sponsored by the Artworks Gallery, was held in the exhibit area above the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia, from April 21-25. There were 178 pictures from the following county schools: Brownstown High School and Elementary, 60; South Central, nine; St. Peter Lutheran School, 48; Vandalia Christian Academy, 38; and Vandalia Junior High, 23.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
The Board of Historical Vandalia Inc. met the evening of April 18 at the Fayette County Museum, with the following present: Barbara Buckland of Brownstown, Jim Brewer of Ramsey, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, and Betty Aderman, Donna Blair, Steve Durbin and Mary Truitt of Vandalia.
Prior to the meeting conducted by President Durbin, Truitt took the group to the parlor area in the museum and explained about the pictures, the big square grand piano and other items in that area.
It was reported that the museum had 233 visitors in March. Last year, the March number was only 135.
Each year, the museum accepts donated items. In 2009, the donations were 193 items; in 2010, 241; and this year so far, 400. When time permits, volunteers are helping take an inventory of everything in the museum.
When restoration funds allow the upstairs to be redone, more museum items will be on display. Now, many of them are stored. Occasionally some of the items are in display cases for a month. In April, the displays cases have held a collection of family Bibles, Madonna of the Trail and church displays.
It was reported that the museum garden work has been started.
It was reported that the membership is now 75. Individual memberships are $25 and businesses and organizations memberships are $50. This money helps with the operation fund that keeps the museum open. More members would be greatly appreciated.
The fundraiser programs will be held on Sunday afternoons at the Vandalia First United Methodist Church on Sept.18 and Nov. 6 in 2011 and Feb. 22, 2012. If you would like to help the county museum, mark these dates on you calendars. The programs will be announced later.
The 2011 Amateur Town & Country and Professional Art Shows will be held in the Fayette County Museum’s Artworks Gallery from June 18-26.
It was announced that the Vandalia Grande Levée will be held this year on Sept. 23-24.
I got to come back home on April 12 after being in Friendship Manor for more than two months, when my 9-month old brace broke and I fell and broke my polio leg again. I am thankful it wasn’t too bad a break and I didn’t have to have surgery. The April 19 X-ray showed it is not completely healed (bones that suffered from polio are fragile and takes longer to heal). Dr. Sola said I should not do too much walking for awhile – glad I have a motorized wheelchair!
I received my new brace a couple of weeks before I came home and learned to walk with a walker again. The new brace has five latches at the knee, so if one doesn’t latch, the others should latch to keep me from falling.
I am glad I have a van that I can drive, sitting in my wheelchair, so that I now can become involved in the activities I enjoy.
The Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class had a potluck the evening of April 21 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church. Marilyn Sproat and Bob and Joanne Owen decorated the tables in a spring theme – pastel place mats, pastel paper flowers in vases and Easter napkins.
Othters present were Pastor John Eisfelder who gave the meal blessing, Elizabeth Bail, Bob Cox, Imogene Dothager Frank and Delva Krost, Ed and Barb Lane, Richard Lowe, Rosemary Owen, Anna Jean Rhodes and Jack Sproat, and a guest, Steve Lane.
They had no business meeting or program, but went into the sanctuary for the Maundy Thursday service.
Easter Sunday at First United Methodist
Thirty-one attend the sunrise service at St. Elmo First United Methodist Church. Barbara Eisfelder was the organist. Following the service, a breakfast was served in the fellowship hall.
During Sunday School, the children were to have an Easter egg hunt outside and in the upstairs, but, because of the rain, it was held inside, and 15 children filled their baskets with the colorful eggs containing candy.
Organist for the morning worship was Richard Tucker, Barbara Eisfelder was the pianist and scripture was read by Delva Krost before the Rev. John Eisfelder gave a gospel reading. There was no choir, but the special was a piano solo by Megan Maxey. After the morning message, the well-attended service ended with Communion.
Tickets Available for Alumni Banquet
Saturday, May 28, is the date for the annual Alumni Reunion and Banquet. This year, there will not be a speaker because several have requested to have this time to visit. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $12 each, and may be purchased at the Fayette County Bank or can be ordered by mail. Reservations are due by May 19.
If ordering by mail, you need to fill out the form you received and send it to Laura Ann Feezel at 370 Cumberland Road, Brownstown, Ill. 62418-1100. This year, tickets will not be mailed out, but Feezel will notify you by telephone when she receives your registration; remember to put your telephone number on the reservation letter.
Round tables will be used again this year, and the only reserved seating will be for the 50-year anniversary class.
Also this year, a Tilford Hord-made splint woven picnic basket – 18” long, 10” wide and 10” high of white oak, hickory, walnut and lashed with hackberry – will be raffled off. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. If you purchase the winning ticket and do not attend the banquet, the basket will be shipped at no cost to you. If ordering tickets, include your name, address, phone number, number of tickets and amount enclosed.