St. Elmo News

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 visitor. 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., in the 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 the St. Elmo Public Library for the business meeting and refreshments. Members are reminded that they need to turn in fruitcake, candy and nut orders at this meeting.
Saturday, November 3
• St. Elmo PTO rummage sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Elmo Elementary Gym.
• A chili/ham and bean dinner will be served from 4-8 p.m. at the American Legion. As a celebration of the life of Terri Mars, there is no set charge, but all free-will donations will go to the Mars family. The menu will include chili, ham and beans, hot dogs, fried potatoes, cornbread, drinks and dessert.
Sunday, November 4
• Daylight savings time will end at 2 a.m. Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour.
• The Fayette County Museum second Season of Events (Museum restoration fundraiser), 2 p.m., 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).
• Thanksgiving worship service sponsored by the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance, 6 p.m., First Baptist Church. The speaker will be Rev. Jakob Barrientos, pastor of the Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.
Monday, November 5
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.                                    
Tuesday, November 6
• Remember to vote – polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
• Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building. Turkey and dressing will be furnished.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, November 7
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
Thursday, November 8
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Future Events
• Friday, Nov. 9 – Cub Scout Pack #444 spaghetti dinner and bake sale, 5-8 p.m., St. Elmo High School cafeteria. Joe’s Pizza and Pasta is donating spaghetti and sauce.
The meal cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 3-11; age 2 and under are free. Proceeds from the dinner will go to C.A.P.S. and St. Elmo Food Pantry; bake sale proceeds will go to Pack #444. Also, non-perishable food items will be accepted for the food pantry.
• Sunday, Nov. 11 – St. Mary’s Catholic Church annual turkey dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 12 – St. Elmo Veteran’s Day flag ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial.
Friendship Quilt Club
The Threads of Friendship Quilt Club annual auction will be at the 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, meeting at the St. Elmo Public Library. Members attending are to take guests, finger foods and two items for the auction.
The club does a charitable program and decided to make walker bags. Members are to take the finished bags to the November meeting. Round robin also will be in November.
Those attending the Oct. 18 meeting held in the library were Joy Edwards and Karen Roedl of Altamont, Mary Myers of St. Elmo and Julie Aderman, Judy Barnick and Peggy Stolte of Farina. Aderman was re-elected as the club treasurer.
The past year’s books were audited by Stolte and Myers. The club donated $50 to the library for letting them have their meetings there.
Barnick received a birthday prize. Door prizes of “fat quarters” were won by Aderman, Barnick and Edwards. Barnick served refreshments.
Fayette County HCE
The pledge of allegiance opened the meeting of the Fayette County Home and Community Education held the morning of Oct. 22 at the Fayette County Extension Office.
Roll call was answered by the following: Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing and Phyllis Pryor of the Sefton Unit, Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit; Mary Smith of the Wright’s Corner Unit, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit, Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit and Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit. Joining them was a former board member, Carol Oldham of the Sefton Unit.
The county still has 119 members in the seven units.
Signed Christmas cards for veterans were collected from the units by family issues.
The cards (signed with a first name only) will be accepted at the Nov. 26 meeting of the board.
In December they will be taken to the Veterans Assistance Commission at Effingham, so they can be taken to the veterans’ hospitals.
Units also gave to Segrest national manufacture coupons, which will be sent to an overseas military base for families to use.
International Chairman Klitzing reported that the International Night on Oct. 16 at the St. Elmo Phillips Building had 31 in attendance, and the slide program on Indonesia was given by Dona and Willard Strullmyer of Altamont.
Halloween cupcakes and cookies were furnished by Rhodes, and coffee was provided by the Extension office.
After the meeting, all except Blackwell went to the past and present officers luncheon at the Old Capital View Restaurant.
Lions Club Candy Sale
For a fundraiser, members of the St. Elmo Lions Club sold bags of Heath bars on Oct. 22. Money from this yearly event helps pay for the high school scholarships the club provides.
Bags were sold at St. Elmo Foods by Dee Newberry, at Fayette County Bank by Dave Maxey and at Casey’s by Richard Lowe. Members who sold at homes throughout the community were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Mark Lash, LeMar Marchman, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley and Bob Wells.
There still are bags of the bars available at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, Fayette County Bank and the Devonian. Bags sell for $4 each.
The club didn’t have a business meeting, but the members did eat at Mary Ann’s Restaurant after the candy sale.
Masonic Lodge
At the St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769 meeting held the evening of Oct. 23, discussion was on fixing the roof on the Masonic Temple.
Dues now are being received. The lodge is anticipating getting more past members involved.
Present at the meeting were Master Don Watson, Charles Bosomworth, Bob Denton, Xon Hanna, Bud Himes, Bob Newcomb, Roger Sperry and Doug Waldo.
Four-County HCE Meeting
A meeting for Home and Community Education representatives in Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties was held the morning of Oct. 24 in the Effingham County Extension Office and was attended by: Connie Elliott, Patricia Hildebrand and Donna Richards of Jasper County; Anita Backhus, Mary Beth Hoene and Marilyn Shaefer of Effingham County; and Flo Allen, Phyllis Pryor and Anna Jean Rhodes of Fayette County. Clay County was not represented.
They decided to have another bread program given by the Rev. Dominic Garramone on a Saturday in October 2013; all four counties will share in the expense and profit from the presentation. It will be held in Effingham County, with the date and place will be announced later.
The next meeting of representatives of the four counties is set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Effingham County Extension Office.
Shaefer is the District 6 Director and, because the IAHCE annual conference will be in Effingham in March 2013, she is on the committee to get the share shops for the conference, and several suggestions were made to her.
At the Royal Neighbors of America #5784 meeting held the afternoon of Oct. 24 at the Phillips Building, 12 baskets of hope were filled to be divided for veterans and Lighthouse Pregnancy Center at Vandalia.
Also collected were boxes of clothing for the veterans.
This is in conjunction with Make a Difference Day. Included in the baskets were T-shirts, underwear, caps, gloves, envelopes, pencils, pens, tablets, deodorant, shampoo, razors, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hankies, boxes of tissues, word search books and Bibles.
One of the veteran’s baskets was taken to Friendship Manor Nursing Home, one basket was taken to an RNA member and the others were for the Veterans’ Hospital at Marion.
At the meeting the October business was charted. Present were Ina Abendroth, Jean Brown, Anna Ruth Lilly, Marjorie Sarver, Shirley Smith, Della Stewart and Betty Wright.
RNA will pay for the Thanksgiving turkeys that will be in the Thanksgiving Day dinners served by the Ministerial Alliance churches to shut-ins.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Phillips Building, and RNA is looking for a guest speaker to be present.
St. Elmo HCE
The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education met at the St. Elmo Public Library the afternoon of Oct. 25.
After the meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance, roll call was answered with “What do you like on your salad?” by the following: Karen Denning, Joyce Drees, Loretta Heischmidt, Noma Moore, Mary Myers, Anna Jean Rhodes and Karen Wegscheid.
For the November meeting, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the St. Elmo Public Library, members are to take three dozen cookies to share.
For the December meeting, the group decided to go to the Old Capital View Restaurant in Vandalia on Tuesday, Dec. 11. They will meet at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides.
Wegscheid gave the special feature: International Lesson-Trinidad. Denning gave the major lesson: Beverages-Empty Calories or Not?
Refreshments of warm blackberry cobbler, vanilla ice cream, peanuts and iced tea were served by Moore.

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