St. Elmo News

Wednesday, October 24
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. Those attending are to take items for Veterans Day and Make a Difference Day.

• Reverb Youth Group (for grades 6-12), 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kid’s Klub (for grades K-6), 7 p.m. at First Church of God.
Thursday, October 25
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Chinatown Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Friday, October 26
• Haunted Trails at Deken Park, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, October 27
• A Community Emergency Preparedness Class, 9 a.m. at First Church of God S.H.E.D. The citizens of St. Elmo and surrounding area are invited to attend this class. The class will include representatives from the St. Elmo Fire Department, St. Elmo Police Department, Fayette County EMA and the SW chapter of the American Red Cross. Each agency will give a presentation on what services it will offer in the event of a disaster. Jacob Giffin, for a project for his Eagle Scout Rank, will demonstrate a kit that every family should have in their homes. There also will be handouts for each person in attendance.
• This is the final night for the Haunted Trails in Deken Park. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. High school students are working at this as part of the community service they need to do.
Sunday, October 28
• Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches Annual Church Conference, 5:30 p.m., St. Elmo First United Methodist Church Sanctuary. The local church will furnish refreshments in the Fellowship Hall following the business meeting.
Tuesday, October 30
• Trick or Treat in St. Elmo, 6-8 p.m.
• Trunk or Treat in the First United Methodist Church parking lot, 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31
• Friendship Manor is having a Halloween costume party for kids through the fifth grade. Festivities will start at 6 p.m. with room visits to participating residents handing out candy to the costumed visitors. At 7 p.m., there will be a costume contest, with prizes for the best costumes in three age groups. In between other things, refreshments will be available in the form of punch, hot chocolate and cookies.
• Reverb Youth Group (grades 6-12), 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kid’s Klub (grades K-6) 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, November 1
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Marilyn Sproat.
• The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Devonian for a lesson on “How to get the paper out.” After this, they will go to St. Elmo Public Library for the business meeting and refreshments. Members are reminded that they need to turn in their fruit cake, candy and nut orders at this meeting.
Future Events to Put on Your Calendar
• Daylight Savings Time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.
• The Fayette County Museum second Season of Events (Museum restoration fundraiser), 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. “Historical Family Stories” will be presented by Linda Dust of Assumption. Refreshments will be provided after the program. Single tickets can be bought at the museum ($13 for adults, half price for students) or at the door ($15 for adults or half price for students).
• Remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6 – polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Library Board
The St. Elmo Public Library District Board met the evening of Oct. 12 at the St. Elmo Public Library, and after approving the minutes and paying the bills, the board heard from each of the libraries in the district.
Ginny Wilber reported that the Friends of the Brownstown Branch Library made nearly $3,000 from the Nadine fundraiser and that the purse/bake sale will be Saturday, Oct. 13. Their after school craft day has not been set yet, and she discussed the possibility of lowering the out of district fee.
JoAn Evans reported that Longhorn Builders will repair the roof at the Beecher City Branch Library and install two new vents for $250. She was directed to tell them to go ahead. She said 39 students and four helpers attended the first after-school craft day.
Kim Karnes reported that Rhyta Hooks has offered volunteer service for beautification of the St. Elmo Library and will be directed to work with the planters in front of the building. The cookbooks will have an upfront shipping and handling fee of between $250 and $400, and are to be ready to be sent to the publisher by the end of October. Arab has said it may need a day to spray floors. The library has received a plaque of Marilyn Claypool to be hung in the children’s area.
The per capita grant has been finished. The Kindle procedure was tabled until the next meeting. Cindy Fedrigon will put election petition procedures in the Devonian and Beecher City Journal. Overdue fees will be unchanged at this time. The budget and appropriations ordinance was adopted.
The board went into executive session to discuss personnel at 7:45 p.m. and returned to regular session at 7:56 p.m.
A motion by Fedrigon, seconded by Naomi Jennings, to provide short-term disability benefits to employees with 10 or more years of employment at 60 percent of their regular hours for eight weeks, pending the attorney’s advice, was approved.
RNA Leadership Trip
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 at St. Elmo was represented at the Royal Neighbors of America Chapter Leadership Trip. Della Stewart of St. Elmo and Jill Stewart of Urbana left for Destin, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 6. The next day Marsha Wright of Beecher City left by plane from the St. Louis Airport to join them at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf & Spa.
Only the leaders from the top 50 chapters were eligible to go, and out of 150 eligible, only 110 were there.
They gathered Sunday evening on the Sunrise Deck with finger foods, refreshments and a guitarist playing background music.
After the 7-9 a.m. breakfast hour, the general session was held from 9 a.m.-noon. The program was on “Insurance with a Difference” and “Our Philanthropic Programs Help Women Help Others.”
From noon to 2 p.m., Della attended a Focus Group. Marsha and Jill enjoyed shopping, and later Della joined them.
The Tuesday general session was held from 9 a.m.-noon and from 2-4 p.m., an inspirational bracelet workshop was held. Leaders made bracelets for the women at Shelter House. That evening was spent at the beach.
Wednesday was a free time day. Della, Jill and Marsha chose to take a cruise on the Southern Star to go into the ocean to see the dolphins. A private cocktail reception with finger foods was held at 6 p.m., and the banquet and awards ceremony was from 7-10 p.m. Each chapter leader was presented with a plaque. Music was provided by DJ for an hour of dancing.
After the Thursday breakfast time of 7-10 a.m., it was time to head back home.
Della reported that the trip was for the empowerment of giving women and their families opportunities to be the best they can be and share their best with their communities.
Ex-Conference Officers of Southern Illinois Conference of United Methodist Women meet the third Monday of each year to renew acquaintances. It was held this year on Oct. 21 at the Mt. Vernon First United Methodist in the upstairs Brian Dycus room.
Those attending were Casey Andrew of Lebanon, Karol Brown of McLeansboro, Elizabeth Clark of Bridgeport, Marlene Cummins of Troy, Corrine Dawson and Dorothy Luckert of Granite City, Betty Greer of Centralia, Elouise Hahs of Mt. Vernon, Rebecca Hubele of Carmi, Beverly Jones of Collinsville, Trixie Lathrop of Wayne City, Billie Laumbattus of Lenzburg, Jeanne Sims of Rochester and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and Rhodes’ guest, Marie Pankey of Henderson, Nev.
The UMW of the Mt. Vernon First UMC served a luncheon of hot chicken salad, pear salad, muffins and dessert. The table centerpieces were fall arrangements.
After the meal, President Andrew presided over a business meeting. Officers elected for the coming year are Andrew, president; Jones, vice president; Hubele, secretary/treasurer; and Mary Renfro, Cummings and Hahs on the nominating committee.
The only XCO who died since last year’s meeting was Joan Boucher of Centralia. Jones had a memorial service for Boucher and members sang “Amazing Grace” and “Blessed Assurance,” accompanied by Lathrop on the piano.
Letters of regrets were read from several unable to attend. One was about very active Mary Renfro of Lebanon who will be 96 in December; she fell a few days before the meeting and was unable to be present.
A time of sharing was held.
Historical Vandalia Inc
At the Oct. 21 meeting of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board held in the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia, it was decided to not open the museum on Sunday afternoons unless there is a special event. The museum will continue to be open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Halloween trick or treat will be from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday at the museum.
Present at the board meeting were President Steve Durbin, Donna Blair, Phil Shroyer and Mary Truitt of Vandalia, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro, Jim Brewer and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey, Barbara Buckland of Brownstown and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and a guest, Marie Pankey of Henderson, Nev.
The rummage/bake sale held on Sept. 29 made more than $500 to help with the museum’s restoration.
The museum had 167 visitors in September. Three new items have been accepted by the museum. The Historical Vandalia Inc. membership now stands at 98.
The museum had applied for an Ameren grant to help with the restoration, but it was denied.
Board members and volunteers will sell the Christmas quilt raffle tickets are to be sold at the Vandalia County Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2; Saturday, Nov. 3; Tuesday, Dec. 4; Friday, Dec. 14; and Saturday, Dec. 15.
The red and white hand quilted quilt is 100 inches by 116 inches.
The next Season of Events is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4. at 2 p.m. in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Entry is from the parking lot west of the hall. Refreshments will follow the program.
Linda Dust, storyteller from Assumption, will provide the program. She has relatives buried in Vandalia and will be telling historical family stories. The opportunity presented itself for her to take the stage at an open mike event at the Prairie Tales Storytelling Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem State Park outside Petersburg. She told her first story, along with a Woody Guthrie song, and was invited to join the Champaign-Urbana Storytelling Guild.
Within a few years, she was telling stories before local audiences and since then has been telling stories for church groups, social organizations, cafes and concerts including the famed Bitter End in Greenwich Village, N.Y. In April 2011, she was one of two regional storytellers to perform at the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival.
Single tickets are available at the museum for $13 in advance for adults and $6.50 for students; at the door they are $15 and $7.50. Funds will help with the museum’s upstairs restoration. The museum’s phone number is 283-4866.
HCE International Night
The Fayette County Home and Community Education Night was held the evening of Oct. 11 in the Phillips Building. Registration was at 5:30 p.m. and the potluck at 6 p.m. Panzi Blackwell gave the blessing.
Following the meal, Willard and Dona Strullmyer of Altamont gave a most program on Indonesia. In June 2010 they went with a group of photographers to five islands. They made 17 airplane flights. Several slides they showed were from more than one funeral. Funeral celebrations in Indonesia are five days long and attended by everyone—those attending take animals; some are killed, cooked and eaten at the funeral.
Other slides showed the rice paddies and much of the beautiful scenery and also the native people, including women who wore nothing from waist up and many men who wore nothing at all. Most of the religion is Buddhism.
Shirley Klitzing is the County HCE international chairman. Wright’s Corner Unit was in charge of the decorations and the tables were beautifully decorated in a fall theme.
St. Elmo Unit was in charge of registration, Wheatland Unit was in charge of the beverages, St. Peter Unit was in charge of arranging food on the tables and Bingham/Ramsey, Sefton and Vandalia Day units were in charge of taking down the tables and chairs, and the cleanup.
In addition to the Strullmyers, the other guest was Edith Garrett Koleno of Brownstown. HCE members attending were the following:  Evelyn Probst, May Della Probst and Veda Stout of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit; Flo Allen, Sally Behrends, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing, LaVonne Kramer, Shirley Mattes, Phyllis Pryor and Normalee Terry of the Sefton Unit; Karen Denning, Loretta Heischmidt and Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit; Dorothy Harpster and Sandra Runge of the St. Peter Unit; Joyce Carter, Joyce Mueller, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit; Joan Aderman, Karen Hyde, Erna Koontz and Marilyn Sproat of the Wheatland Unit; and Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Mary Smith and Leona Wright of the Wright’s Corner Unit.
Vit-Em-In Potluck
Hosts for the Vit-Em-In Class potluck held the evening of Oct. 18 in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall were Ed and Barb Lane. Tables were decorated in fall colors of placemats, napkins and small, very cute, fabric and straw pumpkin scarecrows. A variety of potluck dishes accompanied the delicious fish that were fried by Ed.
The meal blessing was given by Richard Lowe. Others present were Bob Cox, Helen Koonce, Frank and Delva Krost, LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, Anna Jean Rhodes, and Jack and Marilyn Sproat.
President Delva Krost conducted the business meeting. Marilyn Sproat read thank-you notes, one from the Bail family and one signed by all the kids in the school classes in appreciation for the T-shirts the Vit-Em-In class donated. They wore the blue T-shirts with the Methodist emblem on them in the Labor Day parade and also on Sunday, Sept. 16, the day for the annual church picnic in the Fellowship Hall.
Rhodes read several humorous sayings of children age 3, 4 and 5.
First United Methodist Church
The Rev. Dan Laack of Vandalia has accepted the position as a part-time minister at the St. Elmo First United Methodist Church. This was finalized at a meeting with Embarras River District Superintendent Randall Reese of Effingham on Oct. 18.
Since the retirement of the previous minister, John Eisfelder, in June, the church has had other ministers and lay speakers for the Sunday morning worship services.
Laack’s appointment was announced at the Oct. 21 worship service. He has filled in on many Sundays.
Laack, a Fayette County farmer, had retired several years ago from being a full-time minister.
During the service the chancel choir sang “Let All Creation Sing His Praise,” with Kathy Spitler the director and accompanist.
The St. Elmo church will host the Church Conference for Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Following the conference, refreshments of finger foods will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

Marsha Wright at Royal Neighbors of America conference

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