St. Elmo News

Thursday, May 22
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.

Saturday, May 24
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet will not be open.
• Poppies will be sold by American Legion Post #420.
• St. Elmo Alumni Banquet at the high school gym. South doors will open at 5 p.m., and the catered meal will be served at 6 p.m. Those attending are asked to use the front entrance, so that nametags can be picked up. Only reserved seating is for the 50th anniversary class.
Tickets will be on sale for a 64-inch-by-80-inch quilt made and quilted by Fern Moore. It is red, white and blue with a Statue of Liberty as the center. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. If the winning ticket purchaser is not at the banquet, the quilt will be shipped free of charge.
Monday, May 26
• St. Elmo Veterans’ Memorial Service, 1:30 p.m., at the memorial wall just west of the Phillips Building on U.S. Route 40.
Tuesday, May 27
• Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, May 28
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, May 29
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Litchfield Maverick Restaurant, formerly Ponderosa Steakhouse.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings on Email – Beware
Last Tuesday morning, I received this on my email:
“Greetings, how are doing this morning? I don’t know if you’re aware that am presently in Turkey. I was robbed of my cash and credit cards last night but i thank God no lives were lost.
“I need you lend me some money, about $2,800 or whatever you can afford. I need the money to settle bills here and get back home. I assure you that i’ll refund the money immediately am home tomorrow.
“Kindly respond ASAP.
The email was from Emily Miller ([email protected]
Subject: Visit———–Emily Miller
Her message lacked in grammar and punctuation, she did not say what country she was from or how I would know her. Guess she expected me to be a stupid old woman with money I could spare!
I hope people who get email or phone calls for money ignore them, because most of the requests are illegal.
Donation to Fayette County 4-H Shooting Sports
Fayette County 4-H Shooting Sports received a donation from the Okaw Valley Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for Fayette County. The check was presented at the NWTF Banquet dinner in April.
Fayette County 4-H Shooting Sports volunteer Matt Mather, said, “We would not be able to have this program without the support from local clubs and businesses. We are extremely grateful for the NWTF, and what they do for us and Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports as a whole. We are glad to help support them at their annual dinner, and it teaches our kids to help give back at the same time.”
A photo was taken of Mather, Shooting Sports vice president; Maranda Mather; and 4-H member Jacob Doedtman.
Shooting Sports will use the funds to purchase equipment needed to further their archery and rifle programs. These programs are offered to youth ages 8-18. For more information, contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 283-2753.
Lions Club
At the St. Elmo Lions Club meeting held the evening of May 12 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, John Crawford was congratulated for being club member for 42 years.
President Dave Maxey opened the meeting with all giving the pledge of allegiance, and Richard Lowe gave a prayer.
Newly elected officers will be installed at a dinner June 23 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Maxey presented a couple of Lions Club shirt options for consideration. A purple long-sleeved shirt with the club logo was decided upon for each member and will be funded in part with recently received memorial funds.
In addition to Maxey and Richard Lowe, the 18 present included Dave Cox, Don Crawford, John Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
Because of Memorial Day, the Lions Club will not have another meeting until Monday, June 9, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Avena Park Board
The meeting of the Avena Township Park Board held the evening of May 13 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building found two of the 6-foot tables missing. The building had been rented out for three functions. If anyone involved in the functions has borrowed the tables, they need to be returned.
Last year, the board voted to apply filler in the playground area, but the intended filler has been recalled, so the board is glad they hadn’t purchased it. They are going to have to check on an alternative material that can be applied.
The board does plan to get rock for the parking lot.
The sink, faucet and countertop for the Centennial Building possibly will be installed this month. Also, the building is planned to be painted inside.
One of the discussions was on applying for a playground equipment grant.
The board accepted a donation as a memorial for Doris Haslett, mother of the board President Greg Haslett.
Present for the meeting were Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Buddy Mitchell and Ro Mars.
Mothers and Graduates at First United Methodist Worship Services
During the May 11 morning worship at First United Methodist Church, floral hanging baskets from Cumberland Trail Growers were presented to the following: Judy Fasnacht, who had the youngest child present; Lucille Dycus, who had the oldest child present; Barb Lane, who has the most children;  and Joann Maxey, who had the most children and grandchildren present. When leaving the church, each of the women was given a salvia or celosia blooming plant from Richardson Brothers Greenhouse.
During the May 18 morning worship, the Rev. Dan Laack recognized graduates by having them go to the front of the church. They each were given a gift from the church. They are Madison Carson, St. Elmo eight grade graduate; Aubrey Carson and Haley Fasnacht, St. Elmo High School graduates; and Nina Belden, who graduated from McKendree University at Lebanon with a master’s degree.
American Legion
Poppies will be sold on Saturday, May 24, by American Legion Post #420. The Legion still has the pool table to sell.
At the May 13 meeting of the American Legion, plans were finalized for the Memorial Day service at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 26. at the Veterans’ Memorial.
Present at the meeting were Doyle Beck, Dave Cox, Bill Goodwin, Bob Heckert, Bud Himes, Clement Lilly, Wayne Lovett, Richard Lowe, Ernie Myers, R. W. Smith and Clarence Williams, who recently moved here from the Decatur area and wants to transfer his membership.
Vit-Em-In Class Potluck
The monthly potluck of the Vit-Em-In Sunday school class was held at 6 p.m. on May 15 in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Hosts were Ed and Barb Lane. Class Teacher Richard Lowe gave the meal blessing.
Class President Delva Krost conducted a short business meeting after the meal. There was no program, just visiting.
Others present were Bob Cox, Frank Krost, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, Anna Jean Rhodes, and Jack and Marilyn Sproat.
Community Ladies Tea
at Altamont
Women of the Altamont First United Methodist Church, for the second year, had the Community Ladies Tea Party. It was held the afternoon of May 18 in the Fellowship Hall, which was decorated by Patti Niehaus and daughter Shelby, Sherry Schumacher, Connie Smith, Karen Kistler, Carol Ann Huelskoetter and Tammy Rex. Each table was decorated for a different month.
The refreshment table held a large variety of tea sandwiches, cookies, cupcakes, etc., that were made by women of the church, who also helped with the serving.
The $5 ticket sales were for the Altamont Food Pantry and the Altamont community hanging baskets. The more than 70 attending included Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.

The Okaw Valley Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, presented a donation to Fayette County 4-H Shooting Sports at the NWTF banquet in April. Above, from left, are: Matt Mather, NWTF member and 4-H voluntee

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