Thursday, April 24
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Saturday, April 26
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
• Boy Scout Troop #444 will have the annual garage sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Elmo Christian Church. Donations from the garage sale will go toward boys attending summer camp.
If you would like to donate items to the garage sale, contact Justin at 918-0169 or Tamela at 292-7373, or you can drop them off anytime on the porch at 721 Elm St., St. Elmo.
Scouts also are selling raffle tickets for a Remington 1100 20-gauge sporting gun or $1,000 cash.
All proceeds go toward the purchase of a new Scout trailer. The one the Scouts have is unsafe and unreliable. The Scouts need $7,500 to buy a trailer fully equipped for camping. If you would like to make a donation toward the purchase of the trailer, contact Tamela or Justin at the above phone numbers.
• Fayette County Food Bank, food distribution starts at 10 a.m. in the St. Elmo Pinnacle Foods lot. Those wanting food should take sacks, bags, boxes.
Monday, April 28
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• HCE past and present officers, 11:30 a.m., Vandalia Los Amigos.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the district office.
Wednesday, April 30
• Reverb Youth, 7 p. m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kids’ Klub, 7-8 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, May 1
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, St. Elmo City Hall.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 6 p.m., Raintree Restaurant in Effingham. They are to meet at 5:20 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to share rides.
The annual St. Elmo Alumni Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 24, in the high school gymnasium.
The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the banquet served at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased at the Fayette County Bank or by mail. Reservations are due by May 20.
If ordering reservation(s) by mail, enclose a check for the number of reservations and the following information: Name (if female and married, include maiden name), year graduated, address and phone number. If guests are included in the check, list the name and address (if a graduate, enter the year) to Laura Ann Feezel, 370 W. Cumberland Road, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
Seating will be round tables, and there will be no reserved seating except for the 50-year anniversary class, which will have tables with blue tablecloths reserved for them.
There will be no speaker, just visiting after the banquet.
The St. Elmo Alumni Association will have a raffle for a quilt made and quilted by Fern Moore. The size is 64-inch-by-80-inch and looks very nice on a double bed. It is made in red, white and blue with the Statue of Liberty as the center.
If you purchase a ticket and do not go to the banquet, the quilt will be shipped at no cost to you.
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. It is hoped that quilt tickets will be purchased even by those who do not plan to attend.
By mail, tickets can be ordered from Laura Ann Feezel; include number of tickets wanted, check, name, address and telephone number.
St. Elmo Lions Club members will help with the Fayette County Food Bank on Saturday at the St. Elmo Pinnacle Foods lot.
The food distribution will start at 10 a.m., and the helpers are to be there by 9:30 a.m.
The April 14 meeting of the St. Elmo Lions Club held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant was opened with the pledge of allegiance. Those present were Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Holly Huffer, Max Hollinshead, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe (who gave the meal blessing), Le Mar Marchman, David Maxey, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
A member, Lewis Crawford, died April 11 and a graveside service was held on April 14.
Final plans were made for the Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday in the St. Elmo Community Park.
Because of Memorial Day, the Lions Club will have only one meeting in May – Monday, May 12.
Embarras River District UMW
“A Call to Action: Make It Happen” was the theme of the Embarras River District United Methodist Women spring meeting held April 15 at the Effingham Centenary United Methodist Church, with 55 in attendance.
Helping with the registration at 9 a.m. was Shirley Harder of the Altamont UMW.
A variety of coffee cakes, breads, donuts, fruit, etc., were served in the fellowship hall.
The meeting in the sanctuary was opened with group singing, welcome by the Effingham UMW president, Cyndy Montgomery, and the ERD president, Carol Kessler of Shelbyville, and invocation by Effingham Pastor Joseph Scheets.
“Grandma’s Hands” was given by Sharon Davis for devotions.
A memorial service for district members who died in 2013 included the names of Iolene Ellis, Aileen Gilbert and Joanne Marlow of the Altamont UMW.
Marge Stout, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference UMW president, gave a short talk.
Kessler presented a former district president, Sharon Nitcsh of Casey, with a pin to designate UMW Mission Giving in her honor.
District Treasurer Louella Christensen of Altamont was in charge of the offering. A total of $398 was collected for missions.
“Investigating the Abuse of Disabled and Elderly,” a program on SWAN-Stop Women’s Abuse Now, was given by Linda Taylor of the Effingham office.
A couple of skits were presented.
Bernice Dallas told a story of a teenager that had to go to the Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, didn’t want to go, finally accepted the home and improved her life, graduated from high school and college.
It was a story of her life, and she now is an employee at the home.
Lunch was catered by Niemerg’s of Effingham. After reconvening in the Sanctuary, there was special music by the Dulcimer Group Almost of the Effingham Centenary UMC.
The group has four on dulcimers and one playing a guitar. They played a variety of hymns.
Bill Kreeb, who is with the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis, showed slides and told how the home helps 24,000 people of all ages.
Awards were presented. Receiving the Cunningham Children’s Home Spirited Servant Award were 17 units that included Altamont, Brownstown/Immanuel and Effingham Centenary.
They also were included in the 17 Love Units. Altamont First and Brownstown/Immanuel were included in the nine units that received Rainbow Awards and Effingham Centenary was one of the 10 units that received the Five Star Awards.
Those from Fayette County who attended the meeting were Carol Severns of the Brownstown UMW and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, Embarras River District UMW member at-large.
The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck was held at 5:30 p.m. on April 17 in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, and class teacher Richard Lowe gave the meal blessing.
Others present were Elizabeth Bail, Bob Cox, Holly Huffer, Gary Graham, Bob and Joanne Owen, Dave and Joann Maxey, Dee and Leatha Newberry, Anna Jean Rhodes, and Jack and Marilyn Sproat.
There was no business meeting because the Maundy Thursday service was at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.