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St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thursday, June 14
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo District Public Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
• The Fayette County Livestock Committee, 8 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
Friday, June 15
• The art critique and reception for the Town and Country Art Show will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fayette County Museum/Artworks Gallery, Vandalia. The museum will be open from 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, June 16
• Friendship Quilt Club Sew-In, 8:30 a.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The Amateur Adult and Youth Town and Country Art Show and the Professional Art Show will be held June 16-24 in the Fayette County Museum Artworks Gallery, Vandalia. Hours are: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
Sunday, June 17
Father’s Day
• The First United Methodist Church will have a potluck breakfast at 9 a.m. in honor of fathers.
Monday, June 18
• The Historical Vandalia Inc Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia
• The St. Elmo Board of Education, which usually meets on the third Monday night, will not meet this month until Wednesday, June 27.
Tuesday, June 19
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education annual meeting at the Vandalia Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Registration is at 11 a.m., with a potluck at 11:30 a.m. The business meeting that will follow the meal will include the election and installation of the officers for the 2012-13 year and announcement of the Unit of the Year and Homemaker of the Year winners.
Thursday, June 21
• The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.
• Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Friendly Neighbors
Birdhouses and flowers decorated the tables at the Friendly Neighbors meeting held June 5 at the Phillips Building. Rosemary Owen and Mary Smith did the decorating.
After the meal, Smith gave a quiz and a reading.
Others present were Mary Thomas and Shirley Smith of Altamont; Edith Garrett Kaleno, and Paula Brunk and granddaughter Josephine of Brownstown; and, in addition to Owen and Smith, the following from St. Elmo: Ina Abendroth and granddaughter Karen Abendroth of Vandalia, Jim and Irma Budlove, Bob and Joanne Owen, Irene Reed, Larry Reed, Marjorie Sarver, R. W. Smith, and Laverne and Leona Wright.
Wright’s Corner HCE
Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education met at 1 p.m. on June 6 in the Loudon Town House.
The meeting was opened by Chairman Irene Reed with the pledge of allegiance, roll call, “The best thing about my Dad,” and a report on the county HCE board notes.
For the HCE annual meeting on June 19 at the Vandalia Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wright’s Corner Unit is to arrange the food on the tables for the potluck. Registration is 11 a.m.
Ina Abendroth gave the special feature, “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and Rosemary Owen gave the major lesson, “Are You Able to Read the Label?”
Others present were Kate Jennings, Helen Wright and Leona Wright.
Because the first Wednesday in July 4, the Wright’s Corner Unit of HCE will not meet until July 11, and members will go to Niemerg’s in Effingham at 11 a.m.
Wheatland HCE
Sandra Lovett had the Wheatland Home and Community Education meeting in her home on June 7, with the following present: Joan Aderman, Erna Faye Koontz, Joyce Moore and Ethelyn Williams, and a guest, Joyce Stein.
Discussed were the future lessons and plans for the June 19 annual meeting.
Aderman gave the special feature, “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and Moore gave the major lesson, “Are You Able to Read the Label?”
Current unit officers were re-elected: Karen Hyde, chairman; Ethelyn Williams, first vice chairman; Joyce Moore, second vice chairman; Joan Aderman, secretary; and Fern Moore, treasurer.
Lovett served lemon pie, iced tea and coffee.
Friendship Manor
June birthdays being observed at the Friendship Manor Nursing Home are: residents Louis Haslett on June 2, Carl Smith and Beulah Edwards on June 12, James Donahue on June 22 and Elinor Burks on June 23; and staff members Kasey Schlanser on June 4, Randi Combs on June 13, Connie Roll on June 17 and Jo Hutson on June 29.
A birthday party will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 in the dining room
Pee Wee Denton played the piano on June 7. Other people scheduled are: Tom Fedrigon at 2 p.m. on June 14, Jerry Frailey at 6:30 p.m. on June 16, Tom Thoele at 3:30 p.m. on June 19, Pastor Vail at 6:30 p.m. on June 19 and the Singing Strings at 6 p.m. on June 28.
Polio Survivors
Polio Survivors and Friends of East-Central Illinois met the afternoon of June 9 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center in Mattoon, with the following present: Marian Martin and Bill Wendling of Altamont, Bob and June Myers of Neoga, Annie Barber, Dawn Maple, Mary Lou Replogle of Charleston, John and Teresa Flynn of Wheeler and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
As a nurse, Barber started the organization in August 2005 and served as president, but, because of increasing job and family responsibilities, had to retire as president in March. At the June meeting, she was presented with a gift certificate from the Park Hills Spa in Charleston and also a book with letters of appreciation from members.
President Glee Helms of Charleston was unable to attend, because when she was scheduled to return to Illinois, the weather canceled plane flights from the state of Washington.
The July meeting of the Polio Survivors and Friends of East-Central Illinois will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center.
Retirement of Methodist Minister
The Rev. John Eisfelder preached his last sermon the morning of June 10 at First United Methodist Church, and is retiring after being a full-time pastor at various churches for the past 37 years. His wife, Barbara, served as the organist, and for the hymns, Joann Maxey played the piano, with Barbara at the organ.
At the end of his sermon, Rev. John, accompanied by his wife at the organ, sang “Tell the People” in his beautiful baritone voice.
About 40 attended the noon dinner in the Eisfelders’ honor. Fried chicken, beverages and table service were provided for the potluck meal. The tables held floral arrangements and were decorated by Rene Edwards and Marilyn Sproat.
After the meal, Board Chairman Anna Jean Rhodes extended a farewell and asked if anyone present had farewell words for the minister. They included Delva Krost (who presented the Eisfelders a gift from the Vit-Em-In Sunday school class), Richard Lowe, Ed Lane and Joann Maxey.
Lowe asked Eisfelder if he had a good story to tell about his ministry and he did.
The Eisfelders’ home is in Peoria.
Eisfelder, as pastor, and Delva Krost, as lay delegate, represented the St. Elmo First United Methodist Church at the Illinois Great Rivers United Methodist Churches annual conference held June 6-9 at the Peoria Convention Center.
Krost reported that she was glad to visit with all of the living former pastors at the St. Elmo Methodist church, except Rev. Eugene Black of Mattoon, who was unable to attend.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
This is an update on the St. Elmo High School Class of 1947. When we had our 65th reunion on May 26, we had not heard from Paul “Skipper” Bliss of Hobbs, N.M. I never received an answer from the postal invitation letter. I had his e-mail address and I sent him an e-mail, but I did not get any response.
Leon Gibbons of Greenville, Ky., had a phone number for him, but when he called, found out it was no longer in service. On June 5, I received an e-mail from Leon that said, “I just got a note from the Hobbs police and they said Paul had passed away this spring. Had been in poor health for awhile. They were a little late answering, but they did.”
This is the 18th class member who has died. I know for sure that 13 still are living. It was after 25 years before we lost a classmate, but we have lost 10 the past three years – four in 2010, four in 2011 and two this year.
CCW
President Ann Rowland opened the Council of Catholic Women meeting held the evening of June 5 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall with a prayer and had all recite the pledge of allegiance.
Roll call was answered with “What is your summer plan?” Cards were signed for several parish members.
Plans were finalized for the potluck for fathers and high school graduates that will be held after the June 9 5:30 p.m. Mass. Those attending are to take two potluck dishes to share.
For the 2012-13 year officers were re-elected and installed by Mona Durbin. The officers are: Rowland, president; Karen Denning, vice president; Lucille Koeberlein, secretary; and Pat Porter, treasurer. Each was presented with a flower.
Hostess Betty Springman served ice cream sandwich dessert, peanuts, M&M’s, tea and punch. The nine present included Mary Myers, Lavonne Kramer and Carol Rine.
The CCW does not meet in July and August. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.