St. Elmo News

Wednesday, March 30
• There are no monthly activities scheduled for the fifth Wednesdays.

Thursday, March 31
• This Thursday is the deadline to add to the Veterans’ Wall. Names received by this date will be put on the wall before the Memorial Day weekend. Contact Xon Hanna at 829-9754 or stop by the St. Elmo Public Library for more information.
• ExxonMobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
Friday, April 1
• There will be a luncheon at 11 a.m. in the Effingham U of I Extension office basement to honor Allison Burnett of Scotland, the Associated Country Women of the World treasurer. Effingham County will furnish the casseroles and beverages, and Fayette County is to take cookies and/or muffins.
• St. Elmo High School presents Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 8 p.m. There are 23 students in the production. Tickets are $5.
Saturday, April 2
• St. Elmo High School presents Roger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.
Sunday, April 3
• Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches Lenten service, 4 p.m., Trinity Chapel. The Rev. John Eisfelder is the speaker. The offering will go to the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis and the Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana.
Monday, April 4
• The St. Elmo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Phillips Building.
Tuesday, April 5
• Remember to vote. Polls are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
• Friendly Neighbors will have a potluck at noon at the Phillips Building.
The Council of Catholic Women will meet at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall.
Wednesday, April 6
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
Thursday, April 7
• The annual Fayette County Home and Community Education Get-Acquainted Day is at the Brownstown Golden Years building.
Registration will be at 9 a.m., and the potluck brunch will be served at 9:30 a.m.
After the meal, Susie Koberegky of Highland will talk, and to display Southern women’s role in the Civil War, she will wear various types of vintage clothing.
Following the speaker, there will be a Bake It, Make It, Sew It, Grow I auction, and those attending are to take an item for the auction.
• The St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will meet at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall.
It will be a salad supper and a membership drive. Kay Breer, a master gardener, will give the program.
• The Fayette Water Co. annual meeting is at 7 p.m., at Brownstown Elementary School at 460 W. South St., Brownstown. The purpose of the meeting shall be the election of three directors and such other business as may be brought to the meeting.
There will be a door prize drawing for attending members.
Masonic Lodge
At the meeting of the evening of March 22, the St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769 had an official visit from the district director, Neal Richars of Effingham. After the meeting, refreshments of cold cuts, etc., were served in the dining room.
The First Degree, which was set for the evening of March 22, will be given at a later date.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
April exhibits in the cases at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia will be a Bible collection, Madonna and church displays. The Fayette County Schools Art Show will be April 21-15.
The Historical Vandalia Inc. Board met the evening of March 21 in the museum.
Prior to the meeting, Teresa Powell’s Girl Scout Troop of Vandalia took a tour of the museum. The nine included seven girls and two adults.
Present for the board meeting were the president, Steve Durbin of Vandalia; treasurer, Mary Truitt of Vandalia; membership chairman, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro; and two other board members, Donna Blair and Allison Magnus, both of Vandalia.
Committees were assigned: Seasonal Events, Study Building Needs and Prioritize Work Needs.
The next day, on March 22, the museum had a group of 44 youth and adults from the Lutheran School at Okawville tour the museum.
Royal Neighbors of America
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 met the afternoon of March 23 at the Phillips Building and worked on a community Easter project.
They started covering cartons to make Easter baskets that will be filled and delivered just before Easter to residents of the Friendship Manor and Lutheran Care nursing home.
A special meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at 1 p.m. at the Phillips Building to finish making the baskets.
Those present were Ina Abendroth, Jean Brown, Irene Reed, Marjorie Sarver, Della Stewart, Betty Wright and Leona Wright.
St. Elmo HCE
The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education met the afternoon of March 24 at the St. Elmo Public Library. Roll call was answered with “The best thing about spring.”
Karen Denning showed several simple dresses she has completed for the little girls in Africa, and Noma Moore is in the process of making them. Making the dresses is a county HCE project.
Denning gave the special feature, “Aims of a Homemaker,” and because another member was unable to give the major lesson, Denning gave it. It was “Food Trends: Organic Foods.”
Denning also read a humorous article, “What Public Restrooms are Like for Women,” and also was hostess.
She served strawberry cake, chocolate mints and a strawberry lemon flavored drink to the ones present, Loretta Heischmidt and Noma Moore.

Anna Jean Rhodes

Members of the Royal Neighbors of America No. 5784 work on the group’s community Easter project. From left to right are Jean Brown, Betty Wright, Ina Abendroth, Leona Wright.

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