St. Elmo News

Thursday, July 10
• For the June special activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go to the cheese factory south of Greenville.
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Public 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.
Saturday, July 12
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.
• Fayette County Home and Community Education members are encouraged to enter items in the Fayette County Fair Open Exhibit section J-O – garden products, garden exhibit, horticulture, floriculture, photography, art, hobby, rugs, quilts, culinary canned goods, baked goods.
All entries must be made at the office at the fair. Entry fees will be paid at that time; do not mail entries.
Items may be taken to the fairgrounds and checked in after noon on Saturday. Entries have to be made in the name of the person who did the work. Anything that won last year cannot be entered. Exhibits are limited to two in each entry number.
Articles entered cannot be removed until noon next Wednesday, but have to be picked up no later than 1:30 p.m.
Exhibitors with entries in J-O are not required to purchase exhibit passes.
Sunday, July 13
• Fayette County Fair Open Exhibits in J-O that were not checked in Saturday have to be checked in and in place by 11 a.m.
Monday, July 14
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, July 15
• 4-H Livestock Auction, 6 p.m., Fayette County Fair.
Thursday, July 17
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class Potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Friendly Neighbors
Because of conflicts, only three were able to be present at the Friendly Neighbors potluck held at noon on July 1 at the Phillips Building. They were Bob and Joanne Owen, and Rosemary Owen.
Wright’s Corner HCE
Conflicts also were responsible for the Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education special activity held at 11 a.m. on July 2 at the Vandalia Ponderosa. Those present were Ina Abendroth, Carol Austin, Janice Garrison, Kate Jennings, Rosemary Owen and Helen Wright.
The main business was reading the Fayette County HCE board notes.
The Wednesday, Aug.6, special activity is to have lunch at 11 a.m. at the Effingham Cracker Barrel.
Polio Survivors and Friends
The July 5 meeting of Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois held in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center was attended by Glee Helms of Charleston, Marion Martin and Ann Robinson of Altamont and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo. Before the 1 p.m. meeting, they ate lunch together at noon in the hospital cafeteria.
Helms had attended the 11th Post-Polio Health International Conference, May 31-June 3, at the Hyatt Regency, St. Louis at the Arch.
She talked about how the Affordable Care Act has affected Medicare. Information can be found on Internet at
She also talked about aging – end-of-life issues.
The Saturday, Aug. 2, meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
on Corn
Remember when the corn was supposed to be “knee high by the 4th of July?” That was a saying for many years ago.
This year, most of the planted fields of corn appeared to be head high and many of the acres were tasseling before the 4th of July, although much of the corn wasn’t planted as early as it is in some years. Many changes evolve over time.
Fayette County HCE Board
Fayette County Home and Community Education members will help with the Fayette County Extension Foundation fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.
The menu includes chili, vegetable beef soup, hot dogs, peanut butter sandwiches and HCE homemade desserts.
The board of the Fayette County Home and Community Education at the June 23 meeting held in the Vandalia Extension Office voted to provide desserts from members of the seven units.
President Flo Allen reported that the five boxes of tapes were taken to the Effingham Veterans to be used in nursing homes and hospitals.
Second Vice Anna Jean Rhodes reported that to date, four new members have joined HCE – Linda Rickman and Edith Runker, Vandalia Day Unit; and Carol Behrends and 12-year-old Kali Burno, Sefton Unit.
Rhodes also reported that in July she needs the following info from each of the units: names of all the members who paid dues for the 2014-15 year, names of those who dropped out, the address changes for the many members who now are on 911 and any phone number changes. She will update the county membership report.
The board voted to donate $25 to the Fayette County Tools for Schools.
The filing fees of $10 had to be paid in June.
Unit secretaries are reminded that the names of the officers recently elected for the 2014-15 year have to be sent to the First Vice Debbie Segrest. Info has to include the address and phone number.
The District 7 annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, and this year it will be held at Effingham instead of at Mt. Vernon.
A card was signed for Donna Blair, who sustained injuries in a recent car accident.
Present at the meeting were Flo Allen and Shirley Klitzing of the Sefton Unit; Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit; Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit; Carol Bridges, Ashley Davis, Joyce Mueller, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit and Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit.
After the close of the meeting, all but Mueller ate lunch at the Vandalia Denny’s.
Lions Club
Installation of Officers
St. Elmo Lions Club held the annual officer installation at Mary Ann’s Restaurant the evening of June 23, with 15 members and 10 guests present. The club’s most senior member, Lloyd Stanley, was the installing officers.
Officers for the 2014-15 year, which started on July 1, are: David Maxey, president; Roger Fulk, first vice; Stanley, second vice; Max Hollinshead, third vice; Don Crawford, secretary/treasurer; Al Nevergall, tail twister; Randy Wolf, lion tamer; Richard Lowe and Bob Wells, one-year directors; John Crawford and Bob Lowe, two-year directors; Le Mar Marchman and De Newberry, reporters; and membership committee, Chairman Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk and Dave Cox.
Unable to be present for the installation were Marchman, Newberry and Wolf.
The club has received Jesse Oldfield and Lewis Crawford memorial donations, which were used to purchase uniform shirts with the Lions Club logo for all the club members.
In addition to those who were installed, the other club members present were Holly Huffer, Mark Lash and Rex Reeder. Guests present were spouses Peggy Cox, Helen Denton, Susie Hollinshead, Tammy Lash, Joann Maxey, Kim Reeder, Mona Stanley and Ellie Wells; Fulk’s guest, Lynn Sefton, and Richard Lowe’s guest, Rosemary Owen.
The July 14 meeting of the club will be at 6 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Fayette County
Republican Women
At the June 23 meeting of the Fayette County Republican Women held at the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia, the summer parade schedule was passed out.
The Herrick parade will start at 10 a.m. July 4, the Farina parade will start at 3 p.m. on July 4, the St. Peter parade will start at 1 p.m. on Aug. 21, the St. Elmo parade will start at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, the Ramsey Halloween parade is set for Oct. 26, but the time hasn’t been announced, and the Vandalia Lions Halloween parade will start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30.
Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair is Thursday, Aug. 14. There will be a free lunch on the director’s lawn at noon. County Republican Chairman Randy Pollard can be contacted for tickets for entry to the lunch.
Tuesday, Aug. 26 ,is Republican Day at the Du Quoin Fair and there will be an evening meal.
At the business meeting, the revised bylaws were accepted.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at the National Road Interpretive Center.
RNA Birthday Party
The Royal Neighbors of America #5784 special meeting held at 4:30 p.m. on June 25 at McDonald’s in Altamont celebrated all the member’s birthdays and the chapter’s birthday.
The chapter was signed June 16, 1909 and was first known as the Springhill Chapter. After the mail routes changed, it became the Beecher City Chapter. Meetings were always held in homes at that time. Now, the meetings have been changed to be held in St. Elmo, usually at the Phillips Building, but the name is still considered Beecher City Chapter.
At this time, RNA has five general members, 115 beneficial members and 11 youth members for a total of 131, with only about eight members carrying the work load.
All June business was charted. RNA decided to pay 4-H 2014-15 dues for 10 youth.
Those attending were Ina Abendroth, Corey and Natalie Hoopingarner, Clement Lilly, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Marjorie Sarver, Shirley Smith, Della Stewart, Lavern Wright, Leona Wright, Marsha Lilly-Wright and Oliver Wright and a guest, Larry Reed.
At the Wednesday, July 23, meeting at 1 p.m. at the Phillips Building, RNA will collect school supplies.
Tea Time at St. Elmo HCE
“Tea Time Etiquette” was the program presented at the meeting of the St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education held the afternoon of June 26 in the Phillips Building. Hostesses were Noma Moore and Karen Wegscheid.
Before the tea refreshments, Wegscheid gave the history of afternoon teas. Catherine of Brogaza, a Portuguese, married Charles II in 1862 and became England’s first tea drinking queen. Wegscheid also told of the different tea times – low tea is when light refreshments are served from a low table, such as a coffee table, and high teas means an evening meal from a high meal table.
Refreshments the hostesses made and served were the following: Teas-rose tea, jasmine green tea and Rooibos safari spice tea, all from pretty tea pots; tiny tea sandwiches-cucumber, beef salad, salmon on pumpernickel, chicken salad; lime tarts, chocolate covered strawberries, blackberry muffins and brownies.
Chairman Wegscheid opened the meeting with all giving the pledge of allegiance.
Roll call, “What is your favorite candy” was answered by the hostesses, Karen Denning and Anna Jean Rhodes.
Denning showed the 2014 Homemaker of the Year plaque she received at the HCE Annual Meeting. A report of the county HCE June meeting was given.
The June lessons, “Recognizing Child Abuse” and “Parenting 101,” were passed out.
Fayette County HCE encourages all the members from throughout the county to help the July 12-19 Fayette County Fair by entering one or more items to the judged.
Categories include: Class J-Garden Products, Class K-Horticulture; Class L-Floriculture; Class M-Photography, Art, Hobby, Fine Arts Needlework, Rugs, Quilts; and Class O-Culinary Canned Goods, Baked Goods.
For the information needed, when to check-in, etc., the info is in the Fayette County Fair books available at the Vandalia Extension Office.

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