St. Elmo News

Thursday, May 7
• National World Day of Prayer, noon, Main and Fourth streets – Rediscovering God.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, dinner at the Effingham Iron Skillet. Those attending are to meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 5:30 p.m. to pool rides.
Friday, May 8
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Saturday, May 9
• FFA banquet and pie auction, St. Elmo Elementary gym.
Sunday, May 10
• Happy Mother’s Day!
• Sunday Night Live Youth will not meet.
• AMP’d youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Monday, May 11
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant. The District 1L director will be a guest.
• The St. Elmo Public Library Board May meeting has been changed. It will meet at 7 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library.
Tuesday, May 12
• Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #422, 7 p.m., Legion Home.
• Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Wednesday, May 13
• Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Thursday, May 14
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Lodge.
Alumni Announcement
St. Elmo High School Alumni Reunion and Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 23, in the high school gym, with registration at 5 p.m. and the dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations have to be made by May 20. They can be bought at the Fayette County Bank or by calling Laura Feezel at 427-3310.
The tickets are $12 per person. The event is open to all who have ever attended St. Elmo schools, including family members, friends, teachers and support staff. There will be no speaker, because several have requested to have time to visit.
Round tables will be used and the only reserved seating will be for the 50-year anniversary class, which will have blue tablecloths on their tables.
This year there are two raffles to help with the postage and expenses of the Alumni Association. One is for an 82-inch-by-96-inch red, white and blue quilt, and the other one is for a Crosley retro AM/FM radio with CD player (donated by Ina Abendroth); it is brown and looks just like the ones back in the ’50s.
Tickets for each raffle are $1 each or six for $5. Tickets can be bought at the banquet or ordered ahead time by sending a check for one (designate which one) or both raffles to Laura Ann Feezel at 370 Cumberland Road, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
If you purchase a winning raffle ticket for either raffle and are not at the banquet, the item will be shipped at no cost to the winner.
The St. Elmo School Board has advised that the alumni banquet can no longer be held in May in the High School gym, because the date interferes with graduation dates.
The Alumni Association has not been able to find another place that has enough parking and can be afforded on the Memorial Day weekend. The 2016 banquet can be held on the Labor Day weekend at the high school if enough alumni agree to do so.
If someone did not receive a letter but would like to attend, reservations can be mailed to Feezel at the above address. In the letter, put the proper amount enclosed for the number of reservations; if there are guests, list the names, and if also a graduate, list the year. The maiden name is to be included for a married female graduate.
The 2014 banquet had 131 alumni and 40 guests present. It is hoped more will attend this year and that those who graduated within the last 25 years will attend to increase the attendance to 200 or more. Over the years, the banquet has been held in the elementary gym, the high school gym and the high school cafeteria. Years ago, more than 300 attended.
Richardson Obituary
Dale Richardson, 90, died last Monday night at a nursing home in Muncie, IN. He was born and reared in St. Elmo and was a St. Elmo High School graduate. Several of his later years he lived in Anderson, IN. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday in  Sidener Cemetery, south of St. Elmo. Memorials: Vandalia Church of God Building Fund.
He was a past president of the Brownstown Golden Years Club.
Survivors include a son, A. Dale Richardson and his wife Kari of Muncie, Ind.; and daughters, Patricia and husband Glenn Cox of Yukon, Okla., Sheryl and husband John Maier, and Barbara and husband Don Kuhl, both of Anderson, Ind., and Polly and husband Michael Thompson of Alexandria, Ind.
Fayette County HCE
The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board met April 27 in the Vandalia Extension Office. President Flo Allen opened the meeting, with all giving the Pledge of Allegiance.
Fayette County HCE now is on Facebook – Fayette County Illinois Home and Community Education.
The county membership now is 117. At the April meeting, the Vandalia Day Unit had a new member, Katie Frumm. There are three generations in the Vandalia Day Unit membership – Megan Runkel’s grandmother is Edith Runkel and her great-grandmother is Anita Smith.
To carry out the 2015 Illinois Association of Home and Community Education theme “Come Together, Walk with HCE,” 15 Fayette County HCE members walked in the Lincoln Parade in Vandalia on April 18 – seven from the Sefton Unit, six from the Vandalia Day Unit and two from the Bingham/Ramsey Unit.
The IAHCE asked each county to help with the ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) 2015 project to help others in other countries have a better life. The title of the project is Mongolia: Greenhouses Development.
The Mongolia project will help develop skills and a livelihood for many families and the project is to build greenhouses in which crops can be grown effectively. The area of Mongolia is a rural area and sparsely populated. It is difficult to grow crops effectively. The project also seeks to improve the capacity of the female farmers with financial and training programs.
Fayette County HCE Board is requesting each of the units to contribute to this project in this way – each member is asked to donate 10cents for each pair of shoes she has. The unit treasurer is to write a check to the Fayette County HCE and it can be taken to the annual meeting.
This project also helps Fayette County participate in the state theme “Come Together, Walk with HCE.”
For the annual report of the 2014 member volunteer hours to the IAHCE Annual Conference in March, Fayette County ranked second, with 47 members reporting a total of 22,291 hours. Adams County was ranked first ,with 154 members reporting a total of 23,226 hours, but they came in fourth in the number of volunteer hours averaged for each person, 149 1/3. Fayette County was first in average hours per person, 453. Second in average volunteer hours was Lake County – 56 members averaged 391½ hours for a total of 21,942; Stevenson County was third – 56 members averaged 263¾ for a total of 14,883.
The Fayette County HCE annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 16. The new 2015 IAHCE president, Jane Chapman of Coulterville, will attend the meeting and install the officers. Because the IAHCE board meeting is that day in Champaign, she cannot come for the 11:30 a.m. potluck, but can come in the evening, so the time has been changed – registration will be at 5:30 p.m. and the potluck at 6 p.m.
The place for the annual meeting this year also has been changed. It will be held in the fellowship hall of the Northside Christian Church in Vandalia.
Present at the board meeting were Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell and Shirley Klitzing of the Sefton Unit, Carol Bridges, Ashley Davis, Joyce Mueller, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit, Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit and Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit.
Those who went to the semiannual past and present officers social held at the Vandalia Los Amigos were Allen, Blackwell, Klitzing, Segrest, Smith, Rhodes and Harpster.
Because the fourth Monday is a holiday, the Fayette County HCE Board will meet on the third Monday, May 18, at 10 a.m., in the Vandalia Extension Office.
Lions Club
The Central Illinois Mobile Food Pantry was at the Pinnacle Foods the morning of April 24 ,and the St. Elmo Lions Club was one of the sponsors and many of the club members helped with the food distribution. The Club appreciated all who participated in making the event a big success in spite of the bad weather, with special mention to Pinnacle Foods for their invaluable assistance with their facilities.
Because of inclement weather on April 25, the club’s diabetes awareness program was postponed until May 2. Brochures to be passed out by the members.
The Altamont Lions Club will have a mobile hearing bus on July 22-23, and St. Elmo Lions Club members will assist.
The annual club officer installation will be on June 22 and officers will assume their duties on July 1.
President Dave Maxey opened the April 27 meeting held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant by leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing. Others present Don Crawford, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Will Williams.
At the May 11 meeting of the St. Elmo Lions Club at 6 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, the District 1L governor will be a guest. Due to the Memorial Day weekend, there will be only one meeting in May.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
Sunday, April 26, was a very busy day. Boy Scout Sunday was at my church (First United Methodist), and they had a spaghetti dinner in the fellowship hall following the morning worship. Richard Tucker, who was the church organist that Sunday, talked to me at the dinner and told me about a concert that was to be at 5 p.m. at the Altamont St. Paul Lutheran Church and thought I would enjoy attending it. I told him I would try, but I had another obligation that afternoon.
I came home around 1 p.m. and wrote a news article on the Scout Sunday.
As a board member of the Historical Vandalia Inc., I went to the Fayette County Museum at 2 p.m. for the Faye Watson book signing of her book “Recipes from God.” I collect cookbooks and I bought her book; it has several regular recipes and I also enjoy reading spiritual books.
In addition to regular recipes, her book has recipes, of opportunities she took advantage of, with “scriptural” ingredients: 1 bubbly little girl, 1 bacon loving grandma, 1 pound of sliced bacon, several family members, 1 Boundless Savior. This is in the chapter titled “Bacon, Bacon, Bacon,” about a granddaughter.
A variety of refreshments was served after the program.
After arriving back home, I worked on more news, then went to the 5 p.m. spring concert titled “St. Hildegard von Bingen Schola” in the St. Paul Lutheran Church, which was well filled.
Nine junior high and senior high girls of the St. Anthony School in Effingham sang 10 songs, half of them a capella. They were directed by Barb Conrad, who also accompanied them at the piano. The girls did an excellent performance.
The songs were “Holy, Mary Mother of God,” “I Am the One,” “All Who Are Thirsty Come to the Spring,” “Breathe on Me Breath of God,” “Resurrection Dance,” “Tantum Ergo,” “Angels Unaware,” “Lord Jesus Think of Me,” and “O Sanctissima,” a traditional Latin text.
Tucker then played a piano solo, “Cross Medley.”
Next was a congregational hymn, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” with Tucker at the organ and Eric Heiden playing a trumpet.
The Rev. Chris Hale closed the service and all were invited to the parish hall for refreshments.
The refreshments included sandwiches, cookies, chips, dips, etc so I didn’t need supper Sunday evening.
I am glad I went – I knew several of the Altamont area people who were there.

Members of the Royal Neighbors of America deliver Teddy bears to Dr. Bonutti’s office in Effingham. Seated is Della Stewart. Standing, from left, are Marsha Lilly-Wright, Jackie Williams, Kayla Adkins, Carla Doll. Emily Stuemke and Cindy Pike.

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