St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

By Anna Jean Rhodes

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, Oct. 28
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants will eat at noon at the China Town Restaurant, Litchfield.
• Fayette County Home and Community Education International Night will be at the Phillips Building, St. Elmo. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. and a potluck at 6 p.m. The program on the Holy Land will be presented by John Eisfelder, pastor of St. Elmo First United Methodist Church.
The St. Elmo Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. at The Devonian. Those attending are to take a dish — meat will be furnished.
Friday, Oct. 29
• The St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance will have a prayer meeting at noon on the vacant lot across from the Fayette County Bank.
• The St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769 will have a chili supper starting at 6 p.m. to raise funds for the December charities and the scholarship fund at the Phillips Building.
• Haunted Trails in Deken Park, located just west of the St. Elmo High School, will be from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds benefit the park. Check out their Facebook page at Deken Hauntedtrails or contact Christy Noll at 217-690-3717.
Saturday, Oct. 30
• St. Elmo’s Trick or Treat, from 6-8 p.m.
• St. Elmo Masonic Lodge will hand out treats outside of the Masonic Lodge at North Main. They say, “Bring the little ones for a safe Halloween.”
• Tonight the Haunted Trails in Deken Park will not open until after the city-wide Trick or Treat. It will operate from 8-11 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31
• A Fifth Sunday breakfast will be held in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church. The breakfast and fellowship hour will start at 9 a.m. This is for all the Sunday School classes. Teachers have the option of starting classes on time, later than usual or using the Fifth Sunday School-hour for a time of fellowship. Those attending are asked to take a breakfast dish, pastries, fruit, yogurt, etc. The church will provide the beverages.
Monday, Nov. 1
• Friendly Neighbors have changed its meeting to the first Tuesdays of each month.
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, Nov. 2
• The Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall.
Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Townhouse.
Thursday, Nov.  4
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Fern Moore.
• The St. Elmo Education Foundation, 7 p.m., unit office.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. The program will be given by Debbie Evans on her missionary work. Members attending are to take their orders for candies, nuts and cakes to the meeting so the chairman Anna Jean Rhodes can compile them and turn them in.
Special Events for the November Calendar
• Sunday, Nov. 7
At 2 a.m. Daylight Saving Time will end.
• Sunday, Nov. 7
Historical Vandalia, Inc. and Fayette County Museum fundraiser, the second Evening of Entertainment will be at 2 p.m. in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. This will be The Life of Amelia Earhart, American Aviator (1897-1037) presented by Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon. Refreshments will be served after the program. Individual tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• Sunday, Nov. 7
A Community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance will be held at 7 p.m. at the First Church of God. John Eisfelder, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, will give the message.                                                         
• Friday, Nov. 12
St. Elmo Cub Scout Pack #444 will host a spaghetti dinner from 6-8 p.m. in the St. Elmo Grade School. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children 3-11. Under the age of 2 will eat free. Proceeds from the dinner will go to C.A.P.S. and the St. Elmo Food Pantry. There also will be a dessert auction at 7 p.m. and the proceeds will go to the scouts.
• Sunday, Nov. 14
 St. Mary’s Catholic Church annual fall church dinner will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in the church parish hall. It will include turkey or roast beef with all the trimmings. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-12. Preschoolers will eat free of charge. There also will be a 50/50- auction.
• Saturday, Nov. 20
Christmas in St. Elmo. Co-sponsored by the St. Elmo Business Association and the Ministerial Alliance. More will be given on this later.
4-H Achievement Night
More than 50 attended the Fayette County 4-H Achievement Night program, wiener roast and potluck hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, Fayette County from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Fayette County fairgrounds. 4-H members, leaders and clubs were recognized for their accomplishments.
The Loudon Bunch club that includes St. Elmo area 4-H’ers received the following recognition:
• 5-7 year old Cloverbud Members Nathan Miller, Lane Radloff, Wesley Radloff;1st year members, Payton Hoopengarner, Tayton Walker; 10-year member, Trishia Buzzard; 11 years/alumni, Blake Wright; a 4-H Standards of Excellence club award; 4-H Standards of Excellence to 8-11 year olds, Clayton Miller, Payton Hoopengarner; Service Achievement to 12-14 year olds, Elizabeth Reed, Lee Lilly, Colton Sparr who received a medal; Leadership Achievement for 16 year old Dylan Reed and 17 year old Trishia Buzzard; Outstanding first-year member, Payton Hoopengarner; Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year, Trishia Buzzard; and the club won second place in the 4-H Window Contest.
The club leaders are Jennifer Doedtman, 11 years, Amanda Miller, 4 years.
The St. James Hornets club that includes St. Elmo area 4-H’ers received the following recognition:
• 5- to 7-year-old Cloverbud members Karlie Fasnacht, Josie Strauch, Reagan Walker; first-year members Clayton Aderman, Taylor Dial, Bailey Duckwitz, Gatlin Healy, McKenzie Litaker, Nathaniel Philpot, MaKayla Watson; 4-H Standards of Excellence club award; first place in the county 4-H window display. The club leaders are Jo Stine, 22 years, Mona Durbin, nine years.
Others clubs in the county also received recognition including the following leader recognition:  Caprine Kids, Jackie Chandler, six years, Sara Fruitger, six years; Golden Harvesters, Joan Schaal, 26 years, Denise Kramer, 11 years; Ramsey Senors & Senoritas, Tara Moreland, two years, Jessica Beck, two years; Ramsey Wranglers, Tammy Roberts, four years; Sefton Clovers, Nancy Oberlink, five years, Lisha Ledbetter, three years; Shafter Friends, Julie Wollerman, nine years; South Side Kids, Mike Black, 13 years, Bobbie Wells, two years; Vandalia Shamrocks, Gena Daiber, one year.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
The Fayette County Museum’s restoration is continuing and the upstairs balcony has recently been cleaned. The restoration of the museum will continue to take time and funds.
One of the fund raising projects is the second Season of Events. It is The Life of Amelia Earhart, American Aviator (1897-1937) and will be presented by Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon. It will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall that is handicapped accessible. Refreshments will be served after the program. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia.
The garden center at the museum continues to be pretty.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, Vandalia Downtown businesses were sponsoring Trick or Treat 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and the museum also participated in Trick or Treat during that time.
Prior to the business meeting of Historical Vandalia, Inc., the board members toured a section of the museum, the school area and special exhibit cabinet. Another area of the museum will be toured at the Nov. 15 meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Board members present for the Oct.18 meeting were Barbara Buckland of Brownstown, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro and Betty Aderman, Donna Blair, Steve Durbin, Phil Shroyer and Mary Truitt of Vandalia.
Vit-Em-In Fish Fry
The Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class had the annual fish fry the evening of Oct. 21 in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall with 18 attending. Ed and Barb Lane and Imogene Dothager were hosts. Ed fried the fish. The tables were decorated by Dothager. Those who attended took potluck dishes including the hush puppies by Doris Jones.
Others who attended were Dewey and Elizabeth Bail, Marilyn Claypool, Bob Cox, Rev. John Eisfelder, Helen Koonce, Delva Krost, Dick Lowe, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, Jack and Marilyn Sproat and Lloyd Stanley.
During the business meeting conducted by Krost the class voted to make a memorial for a mission through the church for class member Jim Martin.
The Thursday, Nov. 18 potluck will be at noon in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church. Furnished will be turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy and others will take dishes to complete a Thanksgiving meal.

Ex-Conference Officers of the Southern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women yearly get-together was held Oct. 18 in the Dycus Hall of the Mt. Vernon First United Methodist Church.
A luncheon was served by the Mt. Vernon church UMW to the following:  Casey Andrew, Connie Grob and Mary Renfro of Lebanon, Emma Smith of Carbondale, Elouise Hahs and Becky Brewer of Mt. Vernon, Elizabeth Clark of Bridgeport, Marlene Cummins of Troy, Beverly Jones of Collinsville, Trixie Lathrop of Wayne City, Billie Laumbattus of of Lenzburg, and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
President Karol Brown of McLeansboro was on a European trip and was not due back home until the next day so Vice President Andrew conducted the business meeting. Cards and letters were read from those who were unable to attend. Chairman of the nominating committee, Rhodes, gave a report and the following were re-elected:  Brown, president; Andrew, vice president; Clark, secretary/treasurer; Grob and Renfro to the nominating committee and the new committee member elected is Corrine Dawson of Granite City who also was unable to attend.
Andrew conducted a memorial service honoring Lela Bailey, Edna Bruce, Carol McDermott and Melba Smith. (Last year a memorial was held for Eola Dodson, Olive Davis and Anna Lee Evers.