By Anna Jean Rhodes
Thursday, Sept. 23
• St. Elmo Unit of HCE, 1:30 p.m., in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes.
Friday, Sept. 24
• The Jump for Joel spaghetti dinner will be hosted by the Church of God in the S.H.E.D. 6-8 p.m. The dinner is open to the public and donations are welcome. There also will be a silent auction and entertainment by Bailey Jones.
Saturday, Sept. 25
• The second annual Jump for Joel Marathon will be held; entries had to be made by Sept. 11. The marathon sponsors are looking for area churches and organizations to volunteer time or water for the event.
For more information, you can call Lindsey Lash at 292-0984.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Pinnacle Foods parking lot, and the race will begin at 9 a.m.
There will be a half and a full marathon, and participants will have the option to run, walk or bike.
• St. Elmo Cub Scout Pack No. 444 will hold a door-to-door popcorn sales from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Proceeds from the sale will be used for camp-outs and supplies. Trails End popcorn will give 75 percent of the sales back to the local Cub Scouts. Call Chris Moore at 829-3259 for more information.
Sunday, Sept. 26
• Photos of the First United Methodist Church Sunday school classes will be taken during the Sunday school hour, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 27
• The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, Sept. 28
• St. Elmo Masonic Lodge No. 769. 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, Sept. 29
• CHILL Youth Group, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
• Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God SHED
Thursday, Sept. 30
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Two new library employees have been hired – Ginny Wilbur at Brownstown and Karen Wegscheid at St. Elmo.
The St. Elmo Public Library District Library Board met the evening of Sept. 16 at the St. Elmo Public Library, and the board was told that the Brownstown Branch Library had received a check from the insurance company.
The board adopted the annual budget and appropriations ordinance for fiscal year July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, and the levy and tax ordinance for St. Elmo Public Library District for the new fiscal year.
Cindy Fedrigon will be the election official for the St. Elmo Public Library District.
Beecher City is having a consignment auction on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m.
Friendship Quilt Club
At the Friendship Quilt Club meeting held the evening of Sept. 14 at the St. Elmo Public Library, a block for a mystery quilt was started. Each one who wishes can make a mystery quilt. Directions on what colors to use, etc., were passed out.
The club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the St. Elmo Public Library and is open to anyone wishing to quilt. There are members from several area towns.
American Legion Post No. 420 met the evening of Sept. 14 in the Legion Home, with the following present: Charles Bosomworth, Xon Hanna, Clement Lilly, Richard Lowe, Ernie Myers, Max Watson and Laverne Wright.
Dues for the current club year are due, and to date, 35 have paid.
A new furnace and air conditioner are being installed this month and other work on the Legion Home will be done soon.
Discussed was the fish stand held on Labor Day.
This year, the stand sold 130 pounds of fish, a little less than the 160 pounds sold last year.
Also discussed was the Legion-sponsored fishing derby set for Sept. 19 at Lake Nellie.
The rural home of Jack and Marilyn Sproat was where the Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class wiener roast was held the evening of Sept. 17, with LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman the co-hosts.
Hot dogs, buns, beverages and table service were provided and those attending took dishes to complete the meal.
Others present were Dewey and Elizabeth Bail and daughter Leatha Newberry, Marilyn Claypool, Bob Cox, Imogene Dothager, the Rev. John Eisfelder, Doris Jones, Barb Kelley and guest Paula Snyder, Frank and Delva Krost, Ed and Barb Lane, Dick Lowe, Bob and Joanne Owen, and Rosemary Owen.
Food was on the tables outside, but they ate inside the garage.
A short business meeting was held after the meal.
Ed Lane reported on recently taking 47 boxes of clothing to the Southern Illinois Elizabethtown Baptist Church to distribute.
Some of the boxes held clothing from the St. Elmo CAPS Clothes Closet that had to be removed to make room for fall clothing.
The Clothes Closet is on Second Street, a block west of the grade school.
The Oct. 21 meeting of the class will be at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, and it will be the annual fish fry potluck.
Avena Township Park Board
At the Avena Township Park Board meeting held the evening of Sept. 8 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building, it was reported that the Community Consignment Auction held Sept. 4 in the St. Elmo Community Park went very well.
The final figures have not been totaled, but it is estimated that $1,000 was made to help with the park and swimming pool expenses.
The board had advertised a bake sale to be held in the Centennial Building, but only two pans of brownies were donated, so they were sold at the food stand.
After a short business meeting, those present – Daryl Calvert, Buddy Mitchell, Rob Mars and Janni Wright – went to the swimming pool to drain it and start winterizing it.
President Dave Maxey called the St. Elmo Lions Club meeting to order at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant and led the members in the pledge of allegiance.
Richard Lowe gave the meal blessing. Other members present were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Kent Denton, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, LeMar Marchman, Charles Moore, Lloyd Stanley and Randy Wolf.
Guest Lindsay Lash was present to ask for help with the “Jump for Joel” Marathon on
Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. The Lions Club will man two stations.
Discussed were changes and improvements for next year’s cake walk and parade.
The Altamont Lions Club is sponsoring the Effingham Lions Club charter with an official meeting and dinner on Oct. 9.