St. Elmo News

Thursday, July 31
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Chinatown Restaurant.
Saturday, August 2
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 North Walnut.
• Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to do so can eat lunch together at noon in the hospital cafeteria.
Monday, August 4
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, August 5
• Friendly Neighbors Potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
Wednesday, August 6
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Effingham Cracker Barrel.
Thursday, August 7
• For the special July activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go to Flesor’s Candy Kitchen at Tuscola.
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Blood Drive
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in St. Elmo on Monday, Aug. 11, from 1-6 p.m., in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
You can call Red Cross at 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment.
Avena Township Park Board
The July meeting for the Avena Township Park Board was changed; it was held the evening of July15 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building, with the following present: President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Buddy Mitchell and Janice Russell.
Two new steel doors have been purchased. Discussions were on the dusk-to-dawn light that needs to be installed, rock that will be purchased to use in the parking lot and park, repair of the ceiling tiles and the inside painting of the Centennial Building that needs to be done.
A couple of weeks ago Calvert, Haslett, Caraway and Russell and her husband, J.V., and children, Katelin and Courtney, tried to put on the primer paint inside the building – it didn’t want to stick to the paneling and wood walls.
The Centennial Building has been used every weekend for reunions, etc., and the board received good reports – the building has good tables and chairs, not benches. Those who want to reserve the building can callHaslett at 829-3240.
Fayette County Museum’s Organ Dedication is Set
The St. Francisville Catholic Church old organ has been installed in the Fayette County Museum’s upstairs, the former sanctuary of the 1867 Presbyterian Church.
A dedication of the organ will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10.
After the dedication, refreshments will be served in the museum lower level. Because the St. Francisville Church was scheduled to be torn down, the organ was donated to the Fayette County Museum, so it could be saved.
President Steve Durbin opened the July 21 board meeting of Historical Vandalia Inc. at 6:30 p.m. in the Fayette County Museum conference room.
Others present were Joyce Mueller and Mary Truitt of Vandalia, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
Truitt reported that the museum had 254 visitors in June (2013 had 165 in June).
The tourism people of Springfield were scheduled to be at the Vandalia Statehouse from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Items the museum has received since the June meeting: five ladies hats; copy of photo of Charles Lindberg; copy of photo of Spirit of St. Louis airplane; 8-by-10 photo of Rachel Rose; two of Dr. L. L. Marley’s top hats; and several family pictures in the computer.
Truitt had information on the National Museum Preservation Institute Seminar scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10.
The Grande Levée is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4. The museum will be open Friday evening, Oct. 3.
RNA Donations
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 donated $400 July 19 to the Shae McConkey benefit that was held at the Altamont VFW. RNA matched the beef sale.
For the July 26 Pat Rhodes benefit at the Altamont VFW, RNA donated $340 and participated in the bake sale.
At the meeting held the afternoon of July 23 at the Phillips Building, the following school supplies were collected: 10 folders, five composition books, 41 one-subject notebooks, five one-subject large notebooks, six notebook papers, three ABC tablets, three pair of scissors, fove rulers, 10 bottles of glue, six twin packages of glue sticks, 10 multi packages of erasers, two packages of cap erasers, one package of index cards, one package of note pads, one day calendar, one pencil bag, four poly binders, 26 boxes of Crayolas, seven packages of ink pens, one highlighter, two packages of colored pencils and 21 packages of pencils.
The school supplies will be taken to the St. Elmo and Beecher City grade schools the middle of August.
Present at the meeting were President Della Stewart, Ina Abendroth, Jean Brown, Rosemary Owen, Marjorie Sarver, Shirley Smith and Leona Wright. Those sending supplies were Anna Ruth Lilly and someone who left supplies in Stewart’s car.
At the meeting, July events were chartered.
The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Phillips Building.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings about Zajiceks
South America Mission missionaries, Frank and Luz Zajicek, and their children, Marie, age 10, and Steve, age 8, are back in the U.S. visiting relatives, friends and supporters.
Frank was the agronomist at the Brownstown Experiment Farm from 1975-83, when he decided to become a missionary.
When living in Florida, he became a member of SAM in 1990. When in Columbia, South America, he met Luz, who worked as an accountant in a hospital in Barranquilla; she grew up in Cordoba, Columbia.
They were married in 2001 and immediately began serving together in ministry. Due to unrest in Columbia, they came to the U.S.
In July 2003 Frank came back to this area to visit and I got to meet his lovely wife, Luz. In November, I got a call from Frank that they were going to Bolivia, South America.
They were back in the states a year and a half – 2007-08 – but were unable to visit in this area.
The Zajicek family returned to the U. S. last December from Columbia and plan to return to South America this December or in January 2015.
The evening of July 26 they were supper guests in my home – the second time I have seen his wife and the first time I have seen their two cute children.
A brother of Frank lives in Missouri and they had been visiting there. This week, they came to Brownstown to be in this area to visit friends – they are staying with Kathy Stokes at night.
Sunday morning, July 27, they came to St. Elmo First United Methodist Church for Sunday School and Church.
Frank was a member of the church when he was the agronomist and was in charge of the MYF Youth.
Before returning to South America, they are living at 250 Maxwell Drive, Apt. B-205, in Wauchula, Fla. 33873.

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