St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, April 4
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
Thursday, April 5
• All schools in Fayette County have been contacted for the students to submit art work for the Fayette County Art Show, which starts on Thursday and runs through Monday in the upper level at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. The Fayette County Museum is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
• The St. Elmo Business Association will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will not have a meeting this month.
• Maundy Thursday service, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
• Because this is Maundy Thursday, the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will not meet until April 12.
Friday, April 6
• The St. Elmo Ministerial Association-sponsored Good Friday service is at 6 p.m. at First Church of God.  Dave Altman from the St. Elmo Christian Church will be the speaker.
Saturday, April 7
• Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois will meet at 1:30 p.m. at Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center in Mattoon. Those who wish to eat lunch together are to meet at the airport restaurant at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 8
• Easter Sunday
• Easter sunrise service, 6 a.m., at the CROSS at Wren Bridge, Kaskaskia River, sponsored by the Kaskaskia Church youth group. Take lawn chairs.
• A potluck breakfast will be held in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. The youth will have an Easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and the Easter service at 10:35 a.m.
• The St. Elmo Christian Church will have an Easter egg hunt for pre-K through sixth-grade after the 8:30 a.m. contemporary service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional service.
Monday, April 9
• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. More than 3,000 lives may have been saved by the generosity of St. Elmo donors; since 2004, the American Red Cross and St. Elmo community blood drive have collected more than 1,000 units of blood and each donation can save up to three lives.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, April 10
• The Avena Township Park Board, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #420. 7 p.m., Legion Home.
• The annual town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Avena Town Hall for legal voters in the Avena Township
• The Fayette County Board will not meet this month until 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia.
Wednesday, April 11
• A Telenet lesson, “Are You Able to Read the Label?,” will be held at 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office. This is a Home and Community Education major lesson for all units to take, but the meeting is open to the public.
Thursday, April 12
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Get-Acquainted Day will be held at the Brownstown Golden Years Club building. Registration will be at 9 a.m. and a brunch potluck at 9:30 p.m. Following the brunch, the Sefton Unit will present a skit and there will be a Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It Auction. All interested in this county activity are invited to attend.
• The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending are reminded that there will not be an April Fools gift exchange this year.
• The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club annual membership meeting will be a salad supper at 6 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. The program will be presented by Pampered Chef Lynn Wolf. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the St. Elmo Educational Foundation, community blood drives, St. Elmo Food Pantry and other community improvements. The public is invited to attend, and those interested should call Pat Porter at 349-6269 by April 10, so that enough food can be prepared by the club members.
• The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The 2012 annual meeting of the members of the Fayette Water Company, 7 p.m., First Church of God, 3001 Thrill Hill Road, Vandalia.
• The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
• Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Future Announcement
• The Parent-Teacher Organization supper, carnival and auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 21.
County HCE Board
The pledge of allegiance opened the meeting of the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board held the morning of March 26 at the Vandalia Extension Office with the following present: President Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing, Phyllis Pryor and Debbie Swain of the Sefton Unit; Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit; Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit; Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit; Joyce Moore of the Wheatland Unit; and Irene Reed and Mary Smith of the Wright’s Corner Unit.
Pryor and Swain, Fayette County HCE delegates for the IAHCE Annual Conference March 27-29 at the Effingham Keller Convention Center, told of plans to attend some of the IAHCE-sponsored tours in Effingham the afternoon of March 26.
Swain showed the handmade bag Fayette County HCE is providing for the IAHCE silent auction.
Anita Smith passed around a metal vase her grandson brought to her from Afghanistan. She also had on an opal necklace and matching earrings her grandson also gave to her.
Members were reminded that each unit is to take a $5 door prize for the Get-Acquainted Day on April 12 at the Brownstown Golden Year’s Club building. Also, each member attending is to take a Make It, Bake It, Sew It or Grow It item (or donate $5) for the auction. Members attending are encouraged to take guests for the Get-Acquainted Day, which will start with a brunch at 9:30 a.m.
Blackwell served cream puffs, chocolate eggs and marshmallow chickens with Easter plates and napkins. In the center of the table she had a clear rectanglar-shaped container that held three yellow and two black baby chicks; the container also had feed and water for the chicks and was on a bed of Easter grass. She also gave each one a poem she had written, “Good Friday Dawning.”
After the meeting adjourned Allen, Harpster, Klitzing, Rhodes and Anita Smith went to lunch at the Vandalia Denny’s Restaurant.
St. Elmo Lions Club
The annual Easter Egg Hunt-sponsored by the St. Elmo Lions Club will be held at 2 p.m. Easter Sunday in the St. Elmo Community Park.
Another Lions Club-sponsored event will be the annual diabetes awareness that will be held on Saturday, May 12, at various St. Elmo locations.
Also, the club has agreed to look into having the eye macular degeneration testing in St. Elmo once again; more information will be forthcoming.
The meeting was held the evening of March 25 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, with Vice President Dave Maxey leading in the pledge of allegiance and Kent Denton giving the meal blessing.
Others present were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Roger Fulk, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley and Randy Wolf.
After the meeting adjourned, the members went to the St. Elmo Christian Church to set up for the AARP defensive driving Course that was on the mornings of March 27 and 28.
Royal Neighbors
At the meeting of the Royal Neighbors of America #5784 held the afternoon of March 28, Easter bags were decorated for the Friendship Manor Nursing Home and filled with decorated sugar Easter cookies (some were sugar-free cookies for diabetics).
The meeting charted all of the March things RNA gets credit for doing. A thank-you note was read from the Vandalia Senior Renewal for the Valentine gifts from the RNA.  
Also read was the extended invitation to attend the 2012 St. Elmo FFA banquet, which will be held at 7 p.m. on April 18 in the school cafeteria; reservations have to be made for the catered meal.
Those wanting to attend were to call Stefanie Sapp at 335-1036 or Ashten Smithson at 704-8802 by April 2. Donations will be accepted for the cost of the food. The awards program will follow the meal.
A “thinking of you” card was signed for Anna Ruth Lilly.
The next regular meeting of RNA will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at the Phillips Building. Cynthia Fedrigon from the Fayette County Hospital will talk on occupational therapy. She is licensed to practice in Illinois. All guests are welcome and will receive handouts. Also, a prize will be awarded for the playing of a short game.
Present at the meeting were Ina Abendroth, Jean Brown, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Marjorie Sarver and Della Stewart, and a guest, Nancy Arnold of Brownstown.
IAHCE Conference
The 88th annual conference of the Illinois Association for Home and Community Education was held March 27-29 at the Effingham Thelma Keller Convention Center, and the theme was “IAHCE Garden of Volunteers.”
Three hundred and two people registered for the three-day package, and there were 49 who went some of the days.
Those attending from Fayette County were the Fayette County HCE Board delegates Phyllis Pryor and Debbie Swain, both of the Sefton Unit; the board president, Flo Allen of the Sefton Unit; and the board second vice president, Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit.
The conference started Tuesday with a noon luncheon and ended with a box lunch on Thursday. There were share shops scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and Thursday morning.
There were 35 different share shop topics plus some designated for officers. If one attended for the three days, she could select six share shops.
After the Tuesday luncheon, there was the IAHCE’S Garden of Volunteer Parade, and many paraded dressed as a favorite garden veggie, fruit or critter.
There also was a sing-along for “This is the Way We Plant our Seeds,” “Planting Time,” “Down in the Garden” and “I’ll Plant a Little Seed,” all authors unknown. The awards banquet was held Tuesday evening.
Wednesday morning, county delegates attended the annual business meeting, which included the election of the state officers.
Eddy Weiss, Chasin4Life Foundation, was the speaker at the Elsie Mies Day luncheon on Wednesday and presented a program on the importance of home disaster kits.
“Pennies for Friendship” were collected during the lunch.
District workshops were held at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Fayette and 17 other counties are in District 6.
Elsie Mies, a farm woman from Central Illinois, was president of the Illinois Home Bureau Federation 1930-1934 and had helped to get an appropriation from the Illinois legislature to help pay adviser’s salaries. She died in 1949.
The Elsie Mies banquet was held Wednesday evening. The speaker was University of Illinois Assistant Dean & Director 4-H Youth Development Denise Legvold.
Outgoing IAHCE officers recognized were Secretary Carolyn Fisher of Du Page County, Community Outreach Vi Huebner of Madison County, Cultural Enrichment Kay Brinkley of Edgar County and International Jane Chapman of Macon County.
Officers installed are the following: Marilyn Daughhetee of Edgar County, president; Treasa Brookman of Jefferson County, first vice; Sandra Bechtold of Jersey County, second vice; Donna Richards of Jasper County, secretary; Jane Chapman of Perry County, treasurer; Marjorie Wilcox of Jefferson County, community outreach; Peggy Long of Knox County, cultural enrichment; Pat Witzmer of Lake County, international; Sharon Middleton of Macon County, public relations/newsletter editor; and Karen Halicke of Macon County, CVU/Sales.
The district directors are Marilyn DeVries of Stephenson County, District 1; Joan Pieroni of McHenry County, Districts 2/3; Peggy Ostermeier of Sangamon County, District 4; Nancy Remmers of Piatt County, District 5; Marilyn Shaefer of Effingham County, District 6 (and the District 6 counties include Fayette); and Barbara Spencer of Franklin County, District 7.
The U of I Extension Field Liaison is Extension Educator Jenna Smith.
The co-chair for the annual conference were Treasa Brookman of Jefferson County and Sandra Bechtold of Jersey County
This year, the tours were taken on Monday for those who wanted to go on them.
The choices were Tuscan Hills Winery or Firefly Grill at 1 p.m. and Boos Butcher Block & Downtown or Tuscan Hills Winery at 3 p.m.
Two days of the conference, there many trade shows selling various things.
The IAHCE also had a silent auction that closed after the Wednesday banquet. Each county is requested to take an item(s) for the auction – the proceeds will help offset conference expenses. Fayette County took a handmade bag, which sold for $42.
The 2013 IAHCE Annual Conference will be back in Effingham at the Thelma Keller Convention Center and will be held March 26-28.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
This was the first time in several years that I was able to attend the IAHCE Annual Conference.
I have attended several times throughout the years and was a delegate several years ago.
The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board can have two voting delegates, and most years, the board elects those who have not been delegates before.
The share shops I went to were “Teas for Health and Fun.” “Bombastic Basil and Culinary Herb Delights,” “Ministroke? They are not as mini as you think!” “Tall Tales of Southern Illinois,” “The Good for You Other White Meat,” and “It’s More Than Cocktail Sauce.”
Being a cookbook collector is probably the reason I chose food share shops. Doug McCain of Mason gave the one on pork and each one of us was given a small pork barbecue sandwich. At the end of the meeting, each one of us received an 18-ounce bottle of Doug McCain’s Gourmet Barbecue Sauce and recipes.
In the teas share shop, Ellen Wilson, a soon-to-be a master herbalist and certified health specialist, discussed the uses and benefits of herbal teas and how to make them.
Nik Alwerdts of Altamont told some great ways to use basil and to grow it and examples of several kinds of basil were passed around to sniff and/or taste. He grows all the herbs used at Firefly Inn in Effingham. He passed out recipes.
Elizabeth Ann Wahle, U of I Extension educator in ANR (horticulture), gave the one on horseradish (“More than Cocktail Sauce”). She said that Illinois is the No. 1 producer in the nation, and it is produced mainly in Southern Illinois. Recipes were received.
The “Tall Tales of Southern Illinois” was given by Sid Milliner who gave some of the most unique tall tales, ghost stories and folklore about the people, places and things in Southern Illinois.
Because I have had TIA’s, I took the share shop on mini-strokes. Given by Lesly Cranick, R.N., B.S.N, M.B.A, stroke program coordinator for Southern Illinois Healthcare, told what a mini stroke is, what causes them, how to prevent them and what to do if you are having one.
Most of the share shops were appealing to me but one is limited to six of the shops. Others included “Writing a Life Story,” “Does Your Plate Look Like My Plate?” “7-Step Peak Energy Solutions,” “Family Issues – Autism’” “Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle,” “Strings of the Harp,” “Disaster Preparedness,” “Taking and Editing the Perfect Photo,” “When Stroke Strikes,” “Herbs of the Bible,” “Dry Panties,” “The Movable Garden: Containers by Design,” “911, May I Help You,” “Advances Photography: A Step Beyond the Basics,” “What’s New in Cabinetry!,” “Meth 101,” “Mirror, Mirror…In My Hand,” “‘See’ What’s New in Eyeglasses,” “Easy Flower Arranging,” “Could You Have Cherokee Ancestry?,” “Don’t Scrub That Floor,” “Killed by the Cure: Civil War Medicine,” “All About Flour from Gluten to Wheat Germ,” “The ‘Now’ Fashion Show” and “Are you Being Scammed?” There also were eight share shops for various officers.