St. Elmo News

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thursday, May 8
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Friday, May 9
•  A Relay for Life Auction, 6 p.m., Vandalia VFW at 2404 W. St. Louis Ave. All proceeds go to Relay for Life. To make donations, contact Debbie Segrest at 267-0734 or Tammy England at 699-1701; they are on a Vandalia Day Home and Community Education committee and their Relay for Life team is the HCE Honeys.
Saturday, May 10
• The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
Monday, May 12
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, May 13
• The Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., American Legion Home.
• Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Thursday, May 15
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Fayette County HCE Board
Present at the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board meeting held the morning of April 28 in the Vandalia Extension Office were President Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing, Carol Oldham, Phyllis Pryor and Debbie Swain, all of the Sefton Unit; Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit; Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit; Loretta Ashley, Donna Blair, Joyce Mueller, Anita Smith and Debbie Segrest of the Vandalia Day Unit; Evelyn Probst of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit; Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit; and Mary Smith of the Wright’s Corner Unit.
The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance. It was reported that a member of the Sefton Unit, Marge Weiss, died in April. The county membership now is 117.
The HCE Board is donating a basket filled with spa items to the HCE Honeys for the Relay for Life auction that will be held on Friday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at the Vandalia VFW.
Several old hats were in boxes at the Extension Office, and the HCE Board voted to donate them to the Fayette County Museum.
Glenna Taylor of Beecher City gave a scarf program at the Get-Acquainted Day, but didn’t charge for her program. A thank-you card is being sent to her from the board.
Allen told about the five boxes of audio book cassettes she has received and probably most of them will go to the veterans. The Veterans Administrative office at Effingham has been given 50 calendars for the vets.
The Fayette County HCE annual meeting has been set for Tuesday, June 17, in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Vandalia. Registration will be at 11:30 a.m., with a potluck at noon. The business meeting will be in the afternoon and will include the election and installation of officers.
Blackwell furnished dougnut holes for refreshments. She had centered the table with flowers in small red boots and also angels.
At 11:30 a.m., all except Blackwell and Harpster went to the Vandalia Los Amigos for lunch. This was the semiannual meeting of the past and present officers of the board.
Lions Club
President Dave Maxey opened the April 28 meeting of the St. Elmo Lions Club held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant with the pledge of allegiance.
Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing. Others present were Dave Cox, Don Crawford, John Crawford, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Rex Reeder and Lloyd Stanley.
Maxey led the driver’s education class held April 15-16 at St. Elmo Christian Church. There were 45 registered. Tentative plans were discussed for the next class.
The Easter egg hunt was discussed and it was decided that if the Lions Club could get the preachers of all the churches to announce the hunt on Easter Sunday, there might be more participants.
Several Lions Club members helped with the April 26 Fayette County Food Bank held at Pinnacle Foods.
Maxey will be at the St. Elmo High School graduation on May 31 to present the scholarship awards.
On the second Tuesday of each month, the Lions Club will unload the St. Elmo Food Pantry supplies and place them in the food pantry building.
Due to Memorial Day, the Lions Club will have only one meeting in May, on May 12, and the slate of officers has to be turned in at the meeting. The officers will be installed at a banquet meeting on June 23.
Wheatland HCE
Karen Hyde was hostess to the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education the afternoon of May 1 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant with the following present: Joan Aderman, Erna Koontz, Fern Moore, Joyce Moore and Ethelyn Williams.
Officers elected for the 2014-15 year are: Hyde, chairman; Koontz, first vice; Fern Moore and Aderman, co-second vice; Joyce Moore, secretary; Williams, treasurer; and Sandra Lovett, family life and community outreach chairman.
Aderman gave a report on the laws of probability and Williams gave health tips on creating one’s own perfume.
The special feature, “Let’s All Go to the Fair,” was given by Williams, and the major lesson, “Finance Tips for Retirees in Today’s Economy,” was given by Fern Moore.
Refreshments included strawberry pie.
The June 5 meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Phillips Building.
St. Elmo Women’s
Civic Club
St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club met at the Raintree Restaurant in Effingham at 6 p.m. on May 1, with the following attending: Susan Belden, Karen Denning, Norma Engeljohn, Sheila Himes, Libby Kessel, Lucille Koeberlein, Mary Myers, Anita Pagel, Pat Porter, Anna Jean Rhodes, Ann Rowland and Elizabeth Stoner and guests, Stoner’s 3-year old grandchild Jonathon of Wisconsin, Mary Jane Mattix and Loretta Heischmidt.
After the dinner, President Porter opened the business meeting with the club collect and all giving the pledge of allegiance.
Volunteering for the end-of-the year audit committee were Rhodes and Himes.
Engeljohn, a past president of the club, installed the officers for 2014-15: Porter, president; Koeberlein, first vice; Kessel, second vice; Denning, third vice; Rhodes, recording and corresponding secretary; and Stoner, treasurer. Each was presented with a long-stemmed red carnation.
This was the final meeting for Rowland, who is moving to St. Louis. She was presented with a red carnation.
Several paid dues for the coming year and one is a new member, Mattix.
The club officers have to meet sometime, at least once, before July 31 to set the proposed budget and approve the programs to be printed in the club program book. The Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Regular meetings of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club are held the first Thursday evening, September through May, and some are at the St. Elmo Public Library.
The club’s annual budget usually includes $750 for community improvement, SEBA Labor Day celebration, scholarship/education, blood drive canteen expense, Fayette County Museum, St. Elmo Food Pantry and Caring & Sharing.
The club had 22 members in the 2013-14 year and the members would like for the membership to increase for this next year.
Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome and is asked to contact any member.
 

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