St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, May 4
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.

Thursday, May 5
• National Day of Prayer, noon, at St. Elmo City Hall. Sponsored by the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance.
• The 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 5:30 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.
Friday, May 6
• Kindergarten pre-registration, 8:30-11 a.m. It is very important to register a child entering kindergarten in August. Take a copy of your child’s registered birth certificate, Social Security card and updated immunization (shot) records. All students new to the school district need to prove residency. You can call Principal Hannagan at 829-3263 if you have questions.
• Eighth-Grade Recognition Night, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Jr./Sr. High gymnasium.
Saturday, May 7
• The St. Elmo Lions Club Diabetes Awareness Day, 9-11 a.m., at various locations around St. Elmo.
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784 “Join Hands Day.”
Monday, May 9
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, May 10
• Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., Legion Home.
•  The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia.
Wednesday, May 11
• Kid’s Klub Fun Fair, 6-8 p.m. in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. for games, inflatables, crafts and food.
This will be the last Kid’s Klub activity until school starts this fall. Kids third grade and under must be accompanied by an adult (high school or older). Vans will not run.
• The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
Thursday, May 12
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 5 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Educational Center, Mattoon.
• The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Future Announcements
• Reservations for the Annual Alumni Banquet are to be made by Thursday, May 19. Tickets for the banquet set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 in the high school gym. The cost is $12 per person.
• Cumberland Trail Bass Club annual kids fishing tournament, 1-3 p.m., on Sunday, May 15, at the Lake Nellie Dam. If interested, call Larry’s Barber Shop, 292-8808.
Fayette County HCE
The date of the Fayette County Home and Community annual meeting had to be changed from June 21 to Tuesday, June 14.
It will be held at the Vandalia Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Registration will be at 11 a.m. for the potluck at 11:30 a.m. The annual business meeting will be conducted after the meal.
This was announced at the monthly board meeting of the Fayette County Home and Community Education that was held the morning of April 25 at the Vandalia Extension Office.
The meeting opened with President Flo Allen leading in the pledge of allegiance.
First Vice President Phyllis Pryor wants suggestions for future lessons from each of the unit’s first vice president. The unit first vices can discuss this at their unit meeting.
Second Vice President Anna Jean Rhodes has received from the March annual conference of Illinois Association for Home and Community Education a county certificate that states:  2011 Membership Award. Congratulations for your gain in membership to Fayette County.
Other certificates awarded at the IAHCE Annual Conference have been sent to the county. One, Outstanding Leadership, went to Allen. The others went to the following for their volunteer service:  Karen Denning of the St. Elmo Unit; Joan Aderman and Ethelyn Williams of the Wheatland Unit; Mary Smith of the Wright’s Corner Unit; Allen, Sally Behrends, Pryor and Marge Weiss of the Sefton Unit; and Joyce Mueller and Alvenia Noffsinger of the Vandalia Day Unit.
The volunteer certificates read:  Award for Volunteer Service Presented … for faithful and devoted service to others and in recognition of the importance of volunteer service in our democracy, the Illinois Association for Home and Community Education hereby awards 500 Certified Volunteer Hours for service as Outstanding Participation in the Service of Others.
Rhodes reported that the county now has 115 members. She is asking the units to send to her the following information by June 1: names of new members who joined June 1, 2010, through May 31, 2011, and names of members who died June 1, 2010, through May 31, 20ll. This information is needed so it can be put in the annual meeting program.
Irene Reed reported that Wright’s Corner Unit filled Easter eggs with candy for the Friendship Manor and Lutheran Care Center. Some members of the unit belong to the Royal Neighbors and helped make for the nursing homes Easter baskets that held candy.
Treasurer Dorothy Harpster reported that donations have increased the Get-Acquainted Day fundraiser to $433.50.
Family Issues Chairwoman Irene Reed reported that the state IAHCE wants tabs from aluminum cans to continue to be collected. Units can keep track of their tabs (maybe take a picture of the amount) and take them to a McDonald’s (make sure the manager receives them; they are to go to the Ronald McDonald house). The county project will be to continue making dresses for small children in Africa.
International Chairwoman Shirley Klitzing reported that the International Potluck that will be held in October, with the date to be announced later. They will have a program on Scotland
It was decided to recognize the Unit of the Year and the Homemaker of the Year at the June annual meeting. Rhodes will send to each of the units forms to fill out.
In other business, Allen appointed units to various duties for the annual meeting – St. Elmo will register, Vandalia Day will make the coffee and tea, Sefton will decorate the tables, St. Peter will arrange the food on the tables and Bingham/Ramsey, Wheatland and Wright’s Corner will do the cleanup.
Allen, Klitzing and Pryor will audit the treasurer’s book. Those on the board can check with their units to see if anyone is interested in being on the board. Officers will be elected and installed at the annual meeting.
Those present at the board meeting were the following:  Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit; Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit; Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing and Phyllis Pryor of the Sefton Unit; Karen Hyde and Joyce Moore of the Wheatland Unit; and Irene Reed and Mary Smith of the Wright’s Corner Unit.
After the board meeting, the semi-annual meeting of the past and present officers of the board was held at the Vandalia Ponderosa. Joining the 10 was Evelyn Probst of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit.            
Lions Club
The annual Lions Club-sponsored diabetes awareness Campaign will be held on Saturday, May 7, 9-11 a.m., at various locations around St. Elmo.
The club’s Easter egg hunt in the St. Elmo Community Park on April 24 was a success in spite of the bad weather.
This year’s Lions Club scholarship certificates will be awarded at the St. Elmo High School graduation on Saturday, May 21. Randy Wolf made the certificates.
At the meeting held the evening of April 25 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, President Dave Maxey led in the pledge of allegiance, and Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing.
Others present were John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Roger Fulk, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, LeMar Marchman, Charles Moore, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
Masonic Lodge
The St. Elmo Masonic Lodge met the evening of April 26 in the Masonic Temple.
They discussed the scholarship papers. The lodge will give one scholarship certificate to a St. Elmo or Brownstown 2011 high school graduate.
Toby Tackett served refreshments that included spaghetti.
Royal Neighbors
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 met the afternoon of April 27 at the Phillips Building and finalized plans for Join Hands Day on Saturday, May 7. They also talked about having a Mother/Father Day dinner on Saturday, June 18, if the Loudon Town House is available.
In April Royal Neighbors made 45 Easter baskets and donated 33 to the Friendship Manor, seven to Lutheran Care and five to the Assembly of God Church. They also made a clothing donation to Goodwill.
Those present were Ina Abendroth, Jean Brown, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Margie Sarver, Della Stewart and Leona Wright, and a guest, Nancy Arnold of Brownstown.
School Board Special Session
The St. Elmo Board of Education met in special session the evening of April 16 in the unit office to organize the school board. Newly elected and re-elected members were sworn in. Josh Bushue was newly elected, and Dean Buzzard and Shannon Moss were re-elected to the board. Action taken follows:
Kevin Maxey was elected the new board president; Chad Wilhour was elected the new board vice president; Andra Carson was elected the new board secretary; and Marcia Heckert was re-appointed the district treasurer.
Doug Aderman will be the representative to the governing committee of the Kaskaskia Division of the IASB, and Chad Wilhour will be the alternate delegate;
Aderman will be the 2011-12 board representative to the Mid-State Special Education Cooperative, and Dean Buzzard will be the alternate representative.
All existing policies, handbooks and administrative practices were adopted.
A motion was approved to establish the regular board meeting date, times and location as the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Board committee members were established for the finance, building and grounds, policy, negotions and advisory committees.