Saturday, July 26
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.
Monday, July 28
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
The 39th Ragle/Ragel reunion was held July 13 in the St. Elmo Centennial Building.
There were 26 in attendance: Merle and Lois Lash, Donna and Randy Boschultz, Wayne and Sandra Lovett, Lee and Joyce Stein, Dallas and Martha Bosomworth, Kyle Bosomworth, Eric and Debbie Bosomworth, Brandi Simmons, Laurette Davis, Vincent and Stacey Davis, Bill and Bette Stolte, Mary and Ernie Sperry, Brad and Joyce Stein, Don and Robin Lovett, and Reese Lovett.
President Lois Lash led the meeting, and Donna Boschultz read the minutes from the last meeting in the absence of Secretary Todd Dial.
Births reported: Kaylee Elizabeth Davis, born July 20, 2014, to Aaron and Katelynn Davis; and Nadine Abigail Wallis born March 19, 2013, to Hosh and Sheri (Stein) Wallis.
Marriages reported: Aaron and Katelynn (Clearwater) Davis on Nov. 12, 2013; Vincent and Stacey (Baker) Davis on May 10. 2014.
Deaths reported: Mary Lou Fristoe on March 8, 2014; and Stanley Stine on March 24, 2014.
All in attendance introduced themselves and their family, and told how they were related to the Ragel family.
Several gave bits of interesting information regarding events of childhood days, etc.
Sandra Lovett was appointed president and secretary/treasurer for at least the next two years.
Lee Stein displayed the Ragel family photo taken in about 1898.
Wayne Lovett gave the blessing before the potluck meal.
The afternoon was spent visiting and reminiscing.
The following persons were recognized: traveling the greater distance to attend the reunion were Dallas, Martha and Kyle Bosomworth from Iowa; Lee Stein, for having the most grandchildren; and Reese Lovett, 3-year-old granddaughter of Don and Robin Lovett of Lexington, Ky., was the youngest person present.
Donations were collected and given to Lois Lash to help with expenses of post cards, building rental, etc.
The next Ragel/Ragle Reunion will be held in two years, on the Sunday of July 2016.
To highlight the greenhouse industries, St. Elmo’s Flower Power will be the theme of the Labor Day Parade this year.
Entry fees, prizes for the eight first-place entries and for the first four band awards will remain as last year. The Lions Club cake walk will start at 5 p.m. this year. Dates for submitting parade entries at city hall will be announced later.
At the St. Elmo Lions Club meeting held the evening of July 14 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, the following were recognized for July anniversary years: Richard Lowe, 19; Mark Lash, 13; Rex Reeder, three; and Dave Cox and Max Hollinshead, one year.
Club members helped at the St. Elmo Food Pantry July 8; they helped unload food from the Springfield truck.
The District 1 Lions Club governor for 2014-15 is Bill Haselhorst of Vandalia.
Those present at the meeting were President Dave Maxey, Dave Cox, Don Crawford. Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinhead, Holly Huffer, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley and Bob Wells.
St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club Board
Officers of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club met the evening of July 16 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
The 2014-15 club year starts on June 1, and sometime before July 31, the board has to meet, at least once, to set the proposed budget and approve the programs for the year.
The general meetings are held September through May; at the September meeting the proposed budget has to be approved.
Dues of $15 have to be paid by July 31 to have the name appear in the program book, which will be available at the September meeting. The dues go toward the budget annual community projects.
Present at the board meeting were President Pat Porter, First Vice Lucille Koeberlein, Third Vice Karen Denning, Recording and Corresponding Secretary Anna Jean Rhodes and Treasurer Elizabeth Stoner. Second Vice Libby Kessel was unable to be present.
Rhodes and Shiela Himes audited the treasurer’s books July 10.
The Thursday, Sept. 4, meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the St. Elmo Public Library. The program will be on Premier Jewelry.
In addition to September, the October, November, December, February, March and May meetings will be held on the first Thursday evenings; the January and April meetings will be held on the second Thursday evenings because of holiday conflicts.
Erma and Jim Budlove of San Diego, Calif., have been very busy since arriving at their St. Elmo little cottage for the summer.
On one long weekend, they drove to the Chicago area to see Jim’s sister, Eleanor Dial, who was dying of cancer in the hospital.
They visited with her twice. They visited with her again on Monday and that night, she passed away.
They also spent Saturday and Sunday night with Jerry and Mary Bail of Shabbona.
On Sunday, they all visited with grandson Joe and Andi Bail and their children.
Recent dinner guests in the Budlove home were Mary, Dallas and Bradley Williams, Edith Kolena, Lelani Moore, Jack, Barb and Haleigh Bail and also Jim Bail of Stanfordville, N.Y.
He had taught a Training Semester in St. Louis and drove out and spent the weekend with Mom and Jim. When he was there, the Budloves hosted a birthday dinner for Barbara Bail.