St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, September 19
• Kid’s Klub for ages Kindergarten through sixth grade, 7 p.m., First Church of
God S.H.E.D. Those needing a ride can call 829-3936.
Thursday, September 20
• The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church will have a wiener roast at the rural home of Jack and Marilyn Sproat at 5 p.m., with LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman co-hosts. Hot dogs, buns, beverages and table service will be provided for the potluck meal.  
• Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Saturday, September 22
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784 will have a Father/Mother Supper at 5:30 p.m. in the Phillips Building. Meat, beverage and table service will be provided. Members attending are asked to take a guest, along with a favorite dish for the potluck. This will take the place of this month’s regular Royal Neighbor meeting.
Monday, September 24
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, September 25
• The October HCE major lesson, “Empty Calories or Not?,” will be given at 10 a.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office. The lesson presentation is open to the public.
• St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Thursday, September 27
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Future Announcement
A fundraiser toward the Fayette County Museum upstairs restoration is a rummage and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the museum yard. All donations (except clothing) will be appreciated. Rummage sale donations can be taken to the museum; it is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
September Exhibits in Fayette County Museum
The special exhibits for the month of September in the Fayette County Museum at Vandalia are Mary Todd Lincoln, A Pioneer Woman’s Day and Civil War Letters from the collection donated by the Luster Family.
Phone Scam
People in this area need to be aware of a telephone scam. Ray Morris received a phone call the evening of Sept.10 and the fellow told him he had received a Mercedes Benz and he needed to give his saving account, bank account and Social Security numbers. Morris told him he would not give out the information and that he was hanging up, and he did. The fellow called him back and tried to convince Morris how to get $100 to send to him and Morris hung up. The fellow called back a third time, and Morris told the fellow he was going to call the police, and he did.
The St. Elmo Police checked out the information on the Internet and wants the public to be aware of scam phone calls Never give any of your personal information over the phone.
Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of Fraud or Scams
Basic rules to avoid being scammed from Morrie Fraser, Illinois State Police:
• Do not give any details about your credit cards to telephone solicitors, even if they offer gifts, free vacations or sweepstake prizes.
• Do not give cards, checkbooks or savings account passbooks to your housekeeper or caretakers. Do not put an employee on a joint bank account.
• Do not withdraw money from your bank account or provide anyone good faith money in an attempt to catch a con artist.
• If you shop by mail or on the Internet, use companies that you know are reputable.
• Be wary of requests to send contracts, payment or other items through non-postal delivery systems.
• Do not agree to any offer where you must act now.
• Do not fall for anything that sounds too good to be true.
• If in doubt, do not invest.
• Troopers Lodge #41 is the only organization authorized to solicit funds by telephone who is associated with the state police. Its contact number is 1-217-347-2711.
Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General Tips:
• Don’t buy from an unfamiliar company.
• Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity.
• Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, state attorney general, the National Fraud Information Center or other – get a salesperson’s name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address and business license number before you transact business. Verify the accuracy of these items.
• Don’t pay in advance for services. Pay services only after they are delivered.
• Be wary of companies that want to send a messenger to your home to pick up money, claiming it is part of their service to you. In reality, they are taking your money without leaving any trace of who they are or where they can be reached.
• Always take your time making a decision.
• Don’t pay for a “free prize.”
• Be sure to talk over big investments offered by telephone salespeople with a trusted friend, family member or financial advisor.
• Never send money or give out personal information.
• Be aware that your personal information is often brokered to telemarketers.
• If you have been victimized once, be wary of persons who call offering to help you recover your losses for a fee paid in advance.
Madigan’s office identify theft hotline is 1-866-999-5630.
Lions Club
At the St. Elmo Lions Club meeting of Sept. 10,most of the business was a rehash of all that took place on Labor Day. Overall, the parade sponsored by the Lions Club went very well, with only a couple of areas needing attention for next year. It was the largest one to date that the Lions Club has sponsored.
The cakewalk was a good fundraiser for the high school scholarship(s) the club gives each year.
The club also noted the participation and support of: Mark and Jennie Ann Heischmidt for being the parade marshals; Al Niemeyer, for the use of his wagon for the Lions Club float; Andra Carson, for her expertise on the computer graphics; newspapers, for their coverage; all of the participating judges, for their efforts in judging the parade entrants; Mindy Roe, for her efforts on the float coordination; and SEBA, for its support with the sound system.
The October Heath bar sale will be on Monday, Oct. 22, 5-7 p.m.
District II Governor Dean Keller will visit the Lions Club on Monday, Jan. 14.
President Dave Maxey led in the pledge of allegiance that opened the meeting, and Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing.
Others present were Don Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Roger Fulk, Richard Lowe, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
American Legion Post #420
A good number of American Legion Post 420 members participated in the memorial service for Chip Trier at New Horizons Church at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11, so the regular September Legion meeting scheduled for that night was canceled. The next meeting will be on Oct. 9.
The Legion had a successful fundraiser fish stand at the Labor Day celebration. All 120 pounds of fish to make sandwiches were sold out, and all but a few of the hot dogs were sold.
Legion members are reminded that the dues for the 2013 year are due.
Democrat Fried Chicken Dinner
The annual fried chicken dinner given by the Fayette County Democrat Committee was held Sept. 8 at the Vandalia American Legion Home. Approximately 150 attended the free dinner. There was a cake walk, 50/50 drawing and an auction of special items.
Maurice and Jane Trexler were recognized for their many years of community service.
Present and past county officers attended. Candidates for the 2012 election were present and spoke. A fond adieu and best wishes by the audience were given to retiring State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel.
Several from St. Elmo attended, and enjoyed the fellowship and meal.
Avena Township Park Board
A new pavilion was put up this summer in the St. Elmo Community Park. The board recognized Lloyd Stanley for giving them a discount on the materials and Feller Oilfield Service for using its equipment and labor. Another pavilion may be erected soon.
The dumpster in the park is put there to be used by people who rent the Centennial Building or use the pavilions; trash from other areas is not permitted.
Discussed at the September board meeting was the possibility of putting the picnic tables inside the Centennial Building outside, and getting tables and chairs for inside the building.
Bills for park mowing and electricity have been paid. Even though the swimming pool was not used this summer, it still will have to be winterized.
A guest at the meeting, Betty Mitchell, presented catalogs showing playground equipment. The board is planning to have help in writing a grant for this project.
People interested in suggesting fundraiser projects and are willing to help are urged to attend the next meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Building.
Approval was given to Scout leader Amanda Miller Wright for the Boy Scouts to work in cleaning the park on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Avena Township Park Board usually meets the second Tuesday evenings, but the September meeting had to be changed to Wednesday, Sept. 12, because the Chip Trier memorial service was Tuesday evening. Those attending the changed meeting date were President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway and Buddy Mitchell.
District UMW Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of Embarras River District United Methodist Women was held Sept. 13 in the Neoga Grace United Methodist Church with registration of 78. The theme was “Let it Begin with Me.”
After group singing, District UMW President Sharon Niksch of Casey gave the welcome, and the Neoga Grace Pastor Debbie Reese gave the invocation. Devotions, “Matrix of Liberty,” were given by District Spiritual Growth Coordinator Patsy Andus of Robinson.
During the business meeting, the budget for 2013 was approved – the ERD pledge to missions for 2013 is $35,000. The slate of officers for 2013 was elected.
A total of $516.48 was collected as the offering for missions. Following the group singing the “UMW Purpose Song,” District Treasurer Joanne Downs of Mattoon led in the pledge service.
The morning speaker was William Kreeb, CEO of the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis. His talk and slides were on “Understanding Poverty.” Following a noon luncheon, Martin Livingston, CEO at the Cunningham Children’s Home at Urbana, gave a talk on the home.
Loretta Wilman of the Newton UMW installed the officers elected for the 2013 year: Sharon Niksch of Casey, president; Sharon Davis of Watson, vice president; Luella Christensen of Brownstown, secretary; Joanne Downs of Mattoon, treasurer; Carol Kessler of Shelbyville, chair of nominations; Mary Wright of Paris spiritual growth mission coordinator; Jo Sanders of Marshall, social action mission coordinator; Lucy Dennis of Robinson, education and interpretation mission coordinator; Bessie Slifer of Mode, membership, nurture and outreach mission coordinator; Joan Miller of Mode, program resources; Jane Casey of Newton, communications; Nancy Sperry of Nokomis and Sheryl Brandenburg of Neoga, Lessie Bates Davis NH representatives; Shirley Harder of Altamont and Marijon Stites of Oakland, Cunningham CH representations;  and April Richardson of Willow Hill and Linda Connelly of Paris, committee on nominations.
Two retiring officers received pins: Patsy Andrus of Robinson and Rhonda Whitaker of Neoga. Whitaker was a district Lessie Bates Davis representative, but in 2013 will be president of the board at the Cunningham CH.
Meeting attendees included Luella Christensen, Marilyn Yakel and Carol Severns of the Brownstown UMW and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, ER district member at-large.
The 16th Annual Celebration of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference UMW will be on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Decatur Grace United Methodist Church. The guest speaker will be Andris Salter, Women’s Division assistant deputy general secretary. Theme: “This is the day of New Beginnings.”
Lunch Bunch
Present at the Lunch Bunch meeting held at noon on Sept. 13 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Karen Denning, Arlin and Lillian Grobengieser, Marjorie Sarver and Sue Stites, all of St. Elmo, and Pat Porter of Farina.
First Season of Entertainment
More than 50 attended the first of the Fourth Season of Entertainment programs sponsored by Historical Vandalia Inc. for the Fayette County Museum’s restoration fund. “Martha, Stories and Songs” was presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
The program was given by a high school teacher, Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon. Kay was dressed as Martha Washington and told about Martha’s life. Her first marriage was at the age of 17 to a very wealthy man age 37 – they had four children, two who lived. At age 25, her husband died, and she later married George Washington who became our first U.S. president. She used no notes and told many interesting things about her life with him.
A variety of sandwiches, cheeses, salads, desserts and beverages were served. The centerpiece on the refreshment serving table was won by Sara Clark of Vandalia.
Sponsors of the 2012-13 Season of Entertainment & History are Gloria’s Christian Supply of Vandalia, First National Bank in Vandalia, Todd McKellar of Vandalia, The Leader-Union and Ramsey News-Journal.
The next event will be on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
“Historical Family Stories” will be presented by Linda Dust of Assumption. Linda’s relatives, Joseph and Elizabeth Wiss, are buried in Vandalia.
She is a member of the Champaign-Urbana Storytellers Guild.
A restoration fundraiser, in addition to the Season of Events, will be a rummage and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., in the Museum garden.
Also helping with the restoration will be donations. Historical Vandalia Inc, owner of the Fayette County Museum, is a 501c3 organization, so donations are tax-exempt.