By Anna Jean Rhodes
Wednesday, Jan. 12
• The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
Thursday, Jan. 13
• Lunch Bunch, noon, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Fayette County Livestock Committee, 6:30 p.m., at the Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., at the St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., in the Effingham Masonic Temple.
Friday, Jan. 14
• St. Elmo Christian Church K-12 youth who plan to attend the swimming party on Jan. 17 need to sign up with David Altman by this Friday, so that transportation can be arranged.
Sunday, Jan. 16
• A Right to Life Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Teutopolis Grade School.
Monday, Jan. 17
• The St. Elmo Christian Church youth who registered to go swimming at the Korte Rec Center will leave at about 1 p.m.
• Historical Vandalia Inc. will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7 p.m., Unit Office.
Wednesday, Jan. 19
• “Food Trends: Organic Foods” lesson will be given on the Internet at the Vandalia Extension Office at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 20
• Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class potluck, noon, in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.
Historical Vandalia Inc. and the Fayette County Museum at Vandalia will have the third “Season of Entertainment” fundraiser. It will be a program on the history of the DeMoulin Factory at Greenville, given at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, which is handicapped-accessible.
Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at the Fayette County Museum.
72nd Wedding Anniversary
Charles and Doris Duncan of McKinney, Texas, who were long-time residents of St. Elmo, celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on Jan. 3. Belated cards can reach them at 200 River Hills Court, McKinney, Texas 75069.
Council of Catholic Women
The Council of Catholic Women met the evening of Jan. 4 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall. Roll call was answered by “What I did New Year’s Eve.”
President Ann Rowland gave an opening prayer and thanked all who helped decorate the church for Christmas. A thank you card was read from Judy and Pat Leach. Get-well cards were signed.
The CCW voted to make a donation to the Frank Viramontes family, who lost everything in a fire on Christmas Day.
Karen Denning read a letter telling about the Right to Life Breakfast that will be held on Sunday, Jan. 16, from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Teutopolis Grade School.
A meeting was scheduled at the St. Anthony Parish Center, Effingham, for Jan. 11 to make plans for the DCCW Convention, which will be held in the Effingham Keller Convention Center; the date will be given later.
They also discussed the Epiphany potluck that was scheduled to be held after the evening Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Jan. 8.
Hostess Libby Kessel served assorted cheesecakes, coffee, tea and punch. At each place was a wrapped gift and everyone got jewelry as a door prize.
In addition to Kessel, Rowland and Denning, those present were Loretta Heischmidt, Lavonne Kramer, Lucille Koeberlein, Mary Myers, Pat Porter, Carol Rine, Betty Springman and Natalie Stout.
Wright’s Corner HCE
The pledge of allegiance and roll call, “One thing I’d like to do this year,” opened the meeting of the Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education held the afternoon of January 5 at the Loudon Town House.
They discussed what they would do for Valentine’s Day at the Friendship Manor Nursing Home. They also discussed the HCE Get-Acquainted Day, which will be held in April.
“Food Trends: Organic Foods” lesson will be given over the Internet at the Vandalia Extension Office on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Carol Austin gave the special feature, “Make a Family Free,” and the major lesson, “Planning for What If.”
Those present in addition to Austin were Ina Abendroth, Janice Garrison, Kate Jennings, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Shirley Smith, Una Tish, Helen Wright and Lucille Wright.
Present for the Friendly Neighbors meeting held at noon Jan. 4 at the Phillips Building were Shirley Smith of Altamont, Paula Brunk and Marybelle Ledbetter of Brownstown, Cora Miley of Beecher City, Norbert and Helen Korte of Vandalia, and MaryEllen Lovett, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Marjorie Sarver, R. W. and Mary Smith, Laverne and Leona Wright and Oliver Wright, all of St. Elmo.
Reed furnished the ham, beans and cornbread, and others took potluck dishes to complete the meal.
After the meal, they had a short business meeting to discuss helping the Viramontes, whose home burned Christmas day and they lost everything. There was no program, but they enjoyed visiting.
Phone Call Warning
The morning of Jan. 5 Neva Carter received a strange phone call. The fellow wanted personal credit card information from her. He said if the credit is perfect, she could get her thermo gas reduced from 48 cents to 8 cents a therm. He said he was with Philco Gas Co. and wouldn’t change the company she was with. Carter asked his name and it was Chris Santana. She told him it was almost Satan with a couple of different letters, but he wouldn’t tell his phone number, said she was rude and hung up on her.
She called her thermo company and they had nothing to do with her phone call.
Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education met the afternoon of Jan. 6 at the Phillips Building. Discussed was making a donation to the military veterans.
The special feature, “Make a Family Tree,” was given by Joan Aderman, and the major lesson, “Planning for What If,” was given by Joyce Moore.
Hostess Aderman served lemon dessert, Chex Mix, chocolates, coffee and tea. Others present were Karen Hyde, Erna Koontz, MaryEllen Lovett, Sandra Lovett, Vontella McEndollar, Fern Moore and Ethelyn Williams, and a guest, Myrna Manley of Windsor.
Women’s Civic Club
James Schaible of Brownstown, a talented young magician, gave a program at the meeting of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club held the evening of Jan. 6 at the St. Elmo Public Library for members and guests. The club reported he used members from the audience and kept them all spellbound.
Hostess Peggy Stolte, Shannon Engeljohn and Noma Moore served a fruit pizza, chocolate brownie dessert which had a topping, white chocolate covered pecans, coffee and tea.
In addition to Stolte, Shannon Engeljohn and Moore, members present were Karen Denning, Norma Engeljohn, Libby Kessel, Mary Myers, Pat Porter, Ann Rowland and Carolyn White. Guests, in addition to Schaible, were Brian, Leslie and Ethan Bullard, Charles Moore, Jaxson and Megan Porter, Jordyn Rowland and a helpful young man whose first name was Devin.
President Pat Porter brought the business meeting to order by all giving the club collect and the pledge of allegiance. The May meeting was discussed, as The Depot in Vandalia burned and no longer is available. A decision will be made at a later date on the Vandalia Gallatin Street Grille and the Effingham Raintree Restaurant. In February, the club members will make Valentine bags for the Friendship Manor Nursing Home.
New Year’s Eve Lock-In
Youth of the St. Elmo Christian Church went to the New Year’s Eve Lock-In at the Cornerstone Christian Church in Shiloh. They left on Friday afternoon and returned home the morning of January 1.
They played indoor paintball, jousted, played basketball and volleyball, carpet ball, ping pong, strobe light dodge ball, video games, board games and Hollywood Squares, as well as watching “Despicable Me.” The New Year was brought in by a live worship band, followed by Matt Proctor, president of Ozark Christian College, bringing an awesome message about being a family of God.
Those attending were Nick Bauer, Chloe Carson, Jordan Fedrigon, Alan Ledbetter, Jenna Long, Tyler Mars, Anna Miller, Tessa Philpot, Megan Porter, Kaitlyn Russell, Starr Smith, Kyler Wells, Reece Wells and Youth Pastor David Altman.
The youth will have a swimming party for grades K-12 on Jan. 17 at the Korte Rec Center. They plan to leave at 1 p.m. and return about 7 p.m. It will cost $5 for students 18 and under and $6 for adults. They also will stop at McDonald’s on the way home, so those attending need money for that also.
Those who plan to go should sign up by this Friday, with Altman to have the transportation settled. Also, students 18 and under must have a St. Elmo Christian Church parental release form filled out in full before a student is allowed to go on the trip. They can be secured from Tom Fedrigon or Dave Altman.