St. Elmo News

Thursday, November 20
• The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church is having a Thanksgiving turkey potluck for the entire church at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beverages and table service will be provided by the class; those attending are to take a side dish – a salad, vegetable or dessert.
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Sunday, November 23
• The Historical Vandalia Inc. second Sixth Season of Events will be given at 1:30 p.m. in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall. It is titled “Stan’s What’s It’s.” Stan Severs of Argenta will give an entertaining and educational program of very unusual antique tools that were used in and outside of the home.
He will ask the audience to identify each item, then will tell what it was used for.
Following the program, a door prize will be given and refreshments will be served.
Because it is a little longer program, it will start at 1:30 p.m. Tickets bought at the door are $15 for adults; if bought ahead of time at the museum or from a Historical Vandalia Inc. board member, they are $13.
Tickets for children 7-18 are half price. This fundraiser is for the restoration of the museum.
Monday, November 24
• 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.
• Fayette County Republican Women’s Club, 7 p.m., National Road Interpretive Center, Vandalia.
Thursday, November 27
• Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving!
Future Event
The Freedom Reigns in Christ Church Annual Clothing Giveaway will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m.-noon. Ham sandwiches, hotdogs, cookies, coffee and Kool-Aid will be provided.
Starting on Monday, Dec. 1 clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, etc., will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 5, from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Do not leave clothes outside of the church or they will be disposed of.
For more information,  call Melissa Carson at 217-663-0795 or the church at 829-9757.
New Extension Director for Fayette County
Carl Baker was hired by the University of Illinois on Nov. 3 as the Unit 21 Extension director for Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties.
Since 2011 Baker was Red Cross executive director for Mid-Illinois.
He also has been a director for government and regional medicinal Programs with SIU Medical, and has worked with state and federal agencies, state and federal legislature, community leader boards, grant writing and fundraising.
He lives in Bethany, is a Shelby County 4-H parent and has a daughter in 4-H.
Members of the Fayette County Extension Board received the info on the new director at the meeting held the evening of Nov. 10 in the Vandalia Extension Office, with the following present: President Brian Willenborg and Kyra Willenborg of Vandalia, Joi Eddy and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and Joan Schaal of St. Peter. Also present was Unit 21 4-H Youth Development Educator Tabitha Welch. Brock Willenborg was a guest.
The Sunday, October 26, chili and soup fundraiser that was held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria cleared $1,355.81 for Fayette Extension Foundation. The luncheon received $1270.81 for a free-will offering, and the Fayette County 4-H clubs’ bake sale received $326. Other donations kept the expense down to $241.
The only other item of business conducted at the meeting was to set the date for the spring fundraiser. A spaghetti luncheon is being planned for Sunday, March 22.
Lions Club
Advanced planning for the Caring and Sharing program was discussed at length during the Nov.10 meeting of the St. Elmo Lions Club that was held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Saturday was the deadline for the applications to be dropped off at city hall or St. Elmo Foods. Distribution of the Caring and Sharing baskets will be on Saturday, Dec. 20.
The meeting opened with all giving the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer was given by Richard Lowe.
Randy Wolf was recognized for being a member for 12 years.
The Heath Bar candy sale was rehashed to make next year’s sale even better.
Those present were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Dave Maxey, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
The club’s annual Christmas dinner/scholarship award will be held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant on Monday, Dec. 16.
Fayette County Museum Special Exhibits
Special exhibits at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia for November are “Old-Time Farming,” “Ladies 1890’s Fashions” and “The Great War – WWI.”
The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
PTO Needs
The St. Elmo Parent-Teacher Organization needs help with supplies for the mobile art cart at St. Elmo Elementary School.
The cart will provide teachers and students with materials needed to make various art projects throughout the year. Some of the items needed are: Crayola crayons, Crayola markers (regular and fine tip), black Sharpie markers, scissors, watercolor sets, air dry clay, yarn and craft items.
Money can be donated to the pro art class for other items needed. Donations can be taken to the elementary school office.
Lunch Bunch
The monthly meeting of the Lunch Bunch was held at noon on Nov. 13 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, with the following present: Pat Porter of Farina and Karen Denning, Arlin and Lillian Grobengieser, Mary Harrison, Anna Jean Rhodes, Margie Sarver and Sue Stites, all of St. Elmo.
At the Thursday, Dec. 11, meeting at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, those attending are asked to take a donation for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.


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