By Anna Jean Rhodes
Thursday, Dec. 16
• Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go to the Vandalia Ponderosa at 11:30 a.m.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education will go to the Effingham Raintree Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. To share rides, they are to meet at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot.
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Sunday, Dec. 19
• A Children’s Christmas program will be presented at First United Methodist Church during the 10:35 a.m. worship service.
Monday, Dec. 20
• This is the last date for election petitions to be filed for the St. Elmo Library District Board.
• Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education will meet at the Vandalia Ponderosa at 11 a.m. There will not be a gift exchange, but those attending are to take $5 for Lighthouse Pregnancy Center at Vandalia. Also, there will be the drawing for the $100 Wal-Mart gift certificate.
• St. Elmo Lions Club annual Christmas dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Scholarship awards will be presented.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Unit Office.
Tuesday, Dec. 21
• The St. Elmo Masonic Lodge No. 769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, Dec. 22
• Christmas is only three days away. This is the time to finalize the Christmas shopping.
Santa’s Secret Elves Tree
At the St. Elmo City Hall, a name (or names) can be taken from the Santa’s Secret Elves Tree. Each name will have information needed to buy a Christmas present for the person. This is one way to make Christmas a little brighter for those in need.
Ham with all the trimmings was served at the Friendly Neighbors potluck held at noon on Dec. 7 at the Phillips Building, with the following present: Shirley Smith and Mary Thomas of Altamont, Paula Brunk and Marybelle Ledbetter of Brownstown, Cora Miley of Beecher City and Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, R. W. and Mary Smith, and Laverne and Louise Wright, all of St. Elmo.
For a gift exchange, they all lined up around the piano and as Mary Smith played Christmas carols, they passed the gifts around. When she stopped, the gifts were to be opened.
For the program, they enjoyed singing Christmas songs.
The St. Elmo Masonic Lodge No. 769 held the first Past Master, Widow and Orphan Dinner the evening of Dec.7 in the Masonic Temple dining room. Those present were: Don Watson, Dale Sperry and Steve Koehler, past masters; Lina Scholes and Laura Ledbetter, widows; Charlie Ledbetter, Matt Ledbetter and Ina Abendroth, orphans; and Roger Sperry, Marge Sperry and Darlene Koehler.
Century Culture Club
Six members of the Century Culture Club and a guest met for lunch on December 8 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending were Marilyn Claypool, Delores Gillespie, Doris Jones, Billye Jo Marchman, Mary Olson and Anna Jean Rhodes, and the guest, LeMar Marchman, who helped with transportation.
During a short business meeting, B. J. Marchman showed pictures taken in the summer of the C.C. Club’s flower container in Maplewood Cemetery. She also read a memorial for Eleanor Walker – it will be put in the club’s memorial book.
The club was organized in 1900 and has completed 110 years. They decided to donate the books of minutes (there is only one missing for throughout the years) to the St. Elmo Public Library.
B. J. was hostess and had pineapple upside down cake and ice cream served. She had a snowman favor and Christmas napkins at each place setting, and a plate of fudge and divinity to pass.
They plan to meet again in April 2011.
After a lunch enjoyed by the Lunch Bunch at Mary Ann’s Restaurant on Dec. 9, a $10 gift exchange was held and it was a “dirty” gift exchange. Numbers were drawn and No. 1 got to pick the first gift. The No. 2 got to choose from the table or take the one from No. 1 and that went on through No. 11. One of the gifts that held chocolate covered nuts, peanut brittle and snack mix was chosen several times, and the final recipient was Sandra Lovett.
Those present were Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Gene and Avis Clark of Salem, Janet Funneman of Teutopolis, Sue Pollock and Pat Porter of Farina, Mike Porter of Effingham, and Karen Denning and Bud and Mary Harrison of St. Elmo.
After approving the minutes of the November meeting and paying the bills, the St. Elmo Public Library District Board received a report that the Beecher City Branch Library’s move is going as planned, with Barr Construction Co. to begin renovating the building.
It also was reported that the Bissell Mansion dinner theater production of “Murder on 34th Street,” went very well.
It was held the evening of Dec. 4 in the St. Elmo Public Library, and Rick Gillespie was the master chef for the four-course meal.
At the St. Elmo Library the Microfilm machine had to be repaired at a cost of $700.
December 20 is the final date for the election petitions for the district library board to be filed.
at Methodist Church
A new upright Yamaha piano is in the overflow room of the St. Elmo First United Methodist Church. Marilyn Claypool used memorials made for her husband, Jim Claypool, to help with the purchase.
Pastor John Eisfelder dedicated the piano at the Sunday morning worship on Dec. 12.