St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, July 6
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Stauffers, west of St. Peter.

• The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Thursday, July 7
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Fayette County 4-H food and clothing projects have to be checked in at 12:30 p.m. at Good Old Days Banquet Center, Brownstown. Judging of the food and clothing shows will start at 1 p.m.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 9 a.m., at the Altamont Alwerdt’s Gardens.
Saturday, July 9
• The Fayette County Fair starts at the Fayette County fairgrounds, Brownstown.
• County 4-H shows at the fairgrounds are the horse and pony at 1 p.m. and rabbits at 2 p.m.
• County 4-H livestock exhibitor meeting at 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
Sunday, July 10
• At the fairgrounds, county 4-H livestock check in at 11 a.m., county 4-H livestock weigh in at 1 p. m., county 4-H poultry show, 1 p.m.
Monday, July 11
• St. Elmo Christian Church will have a garage sale, starting July 15. Items can be dropped off at the church from 8 a.m.-noon.
• At the fairgrounds, county 4-H sheep show at 8 a.m., county 4-H beef and dairy steers at 11 a.m., county 4-H goat show at 2:30 p.m.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, July 12
• St. Elmo Christian Church will accept items for the garage sale from 8 a.m.-noon.
• At the fairgrounds, county 4-H swine Sshow at 8 a.m., county 4-H auction at 6 p.m.
• Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., Legion Home.
Wednesday, July 13
• The St. Elmo Christian Church will accept items for the garage sale from 5-8 p.m.
• At the fairgrounds, county 4-H dog show at 2 p.m., county 4-H cat show at 5 p.m. (or immediately following the dog show).
• The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
Thursday, July 14
• At the fairgrounds, county 4-H project check-in at 8 a.m. in the exhibit hall and general project show judging starts at 9 a.m. The county 4-H public speaking contest is at 5 p.m. in the fairgrounds show ring.
The hall where the projects are judged will be opened up at 3 p.m. for general viewing by the public. Projects must stay on display until 7 p.m., when they must be picked up.
At 6 p.m., there will be an ice cream social in the show arena to celebrate all the week’s successes. Each club is asked to take two gallons of homemade ice cream. The Extension Office will furnish the beverages and cookies.
At 6:30 p.m., there will be a 4-H awards program. All of the general show, food/clothing show best of show and state fair and trophy winners will be announced.
• The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
• The St. Elmo Christian Church will accept items for the garage sale from 5-8 p.m.
• The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon at MaryAnn’s Restaurant.
• Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois will not have a meeting this month. The next meeting will be in August.
• 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
• The St. Elmo Christian Church will have a garage sale, starting July 15.
• The 85th Stein-Stine reunion will be held in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building on Sunday, July 17. There will be special gospel music.
Annual County Livestock Fundraiser for 4-H
The annual Fayette County Livestock Committee fundraiser was started several weeks ago. Tickets are being sold at $1 each or six for $5, and the winner will receive a hog. Tickets are available from 4-H leaders and families and the Extension Office at Vandalia.
In addition to supporting the 4-H livestock show, the committee donates $1,000 to help with the operation of the county 4-H program.
The drawing for the hog will be held during the 4-H auction that starts at 6 p.m. at the Fayette County fairgrounds.
Fayette County HCE Board
All 10 of the board officers and Karen Hyde, chairman of the Wheatland Unit, were present at the meeting of the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board held the morning of June 27 in the Vandalia Extension Office.
Panzi Blackwell of the Sefton Unit brought to the meeting mini-cream puffs and, for the table, a small bucket holding real flowers.
President Flo Allen of the Sefton Unit opened the meeting with all giving the pledge of allegiance. Mary Smith of the Wright’s Corner Unit had roll call.
After Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit gave the treasurer’s report, First Vice Phyllis Pryor of the Sefton Unit reported on having a meeting for all unit first vice chairmen to plan the future lessons. The meeting will be held at the Extension Office after the Monday, July 25, HCE Board meeting, which starts at 10 a.m.
Co-Second Vice Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit reported needing the units to send to her names of members who join after June 1, and also their addresses and phone numbers; the name should be sent the month the new member joins.
Rhodes reported that the county has two new members who joined in June – Connie Bingaman of the Sefton Unit and Joyce Drees of the St. Elmo Unit. Co-Second Vice Joyce Moore of the Wheatland Unit also was present.
Community Outreach Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit reported that this year’s projects include making bears for the Fayette County Hospital, making children’s dresses for Africa and signing Christmas cards for the soldiers.
Family Issues Irene Reed of the Wright’s Corner Unit reported that tabs are being collected for McDonald’s.
Since children’s cancer is a concern of the state HCE, the Fayette County Board may donate to the 2012 Relay for Life a basket with things in it to auction.
International and Cultural Enrichment Shirley Klitzing of the Sefton Unit reported that the October date for the international program on Scotland hasn’t been set yet.
Public Relations Panzi Blackwell sends county information to the state HCE newsletter and ask the units to send her information on what they do.
Debbie Boley, now the administrative assistant at the Extension Office, reported that as of July 1, the Fayette County Extension Office will be closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.
After the meeting, Allen, Harpster, Hyde, Klitzing, Moore, Pryor, Rhodes and Anita Smith ate at Robbi’s Restaurant.
Library District Board Special Meeting
The St. Elmo Public Library District Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting on June 25 to discuss personnel and finances.
As a result of that meeting, the board voted to open a new checking account at Fayette County Bank and to close all existing checking and savings accounts at First State Bank of Beecher City, Fayette County Bank of St. Elmo and First National Bank of Brownstown.
The new account would require two signatures per check, and Rod Crawford and Cindi Fedrigon were voted as signators.
To begin the new fiscal year on July 1, the board voted to establish a line of credit through Fayette County Bank for up to $35,000. Finally, the board authorized a final payment to Barr Construction Co. for $10,728.74 to pay for work done at the Beecher City Branch Library.
The board held a second emergency meeting on June 29, which was continued to June 30 to discuss personnel and finances.
They voted to issue a tax anticipation warrant for $35,000.00 and authorized M. Kathleen Spitler and Anthony Koberlein to sign that Resolution, to add Naomi Jennings as a signator on the Library District checking account and safety deposit box, and to terminate Terri Gillespie as an employee of the St. Elmo Public Library District.
The board met with the library’s employees in the continued portion of the meeting where they announced the decision to terminate Terri Gillespie as an employee of the St. Elmo Public Library District.
All employees were asked if they wished to continue working for the Library District and all were in the affirmative. The group discussed working out problems in each building, the anticipation warrant and the building at Beecher City. Librarians offered to help with cleaning if needed.
Changing payroll to bi-weekly was discussed and approved. K. Spitler will work on this with Stine Tax Service.
The employees said Beecher City and Brownstown needed a state sign to identify library from highway. C. Fedrigon is going to check on that.
The Friends of the Brownstown Branch Library joined the group at 7:30 p.m. They continued to offer their support to the library and discussed their circulation, fundraisers and needs. The meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.
The next library board meeting will be on July 6 at 7 p.m.
Lions Club
Fifteen Lions Club members and 13 guests were present for the meeting held the evening of June 27 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing.
After the meal, Lloyd Stanley installed the officers who had been previously elected: Bob Wells, president; David Maxey, first vice president; Randy Wolf, second vice president; Lloyd Stanley, third vice president; Don Crawford, secretary/treasurer; Mark Lash, tail twister; Lewis Crawford, lion tamer; Dee Newberry, reporter; Dick Lowe and Roger Fulk, directors for one year; John Crawford and Mark Lash, directors for two years; and Charles Moore, Bob Lowe and Pee Wee Denton, membership committee.
Stanley was recognized as being the longest member of the Lions Club. He joined in October 1965, 46 years ago.
The other Lions Club member present was Rex Reeder. Guests present were Andra Carson, Barb Crawford, Betty Crawford, Helen Denton, Tammy Lash, Joanne Maxey, Noma Moore, Leatha Newberry, Rosemary Owen, Mona Stanley, Ellie Wells and Linda Wolf.
Women’s Civic Club Officers Meeting
The officers of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club met the evening of June 30 in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes.
They meet once or twice during the summer to set up the programs, committees and budget for the new club year. The club has regular meetings the first Thursday of each month September through May.
Refreshments of cookies, candy, dried fruit and sodas were served to Pat Porter, president; Lucille Koeberlein, first vice president; Ann Rowland and Libby Kessel, co-second vice presidents; Karen Denning, third vice president; and Elizabeth Stoner, treasurer. Rhodes is the recording and corresponding secretaries.
For members to have their names in the program books they will receive in September, the dues need to be paid by July 31.
The club dues of $15 a year are used for local projects. The club also has fundraisers to raise more funds for local projects.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the civic organization can contact any of the club officers.