Thursday, June 18
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Friday, June 19
• An opening critique and reception for the 2015 Amateur Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show will be held at 7 p.m. in the Artworks Gallery at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
Saturday, June 20
• The 2015 Amateur Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art show will be open to the public, free of charge, June 20-28, in the Artworks Gallery upstairs at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. The hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday, June 21
• Happy Father’s Day!
• Baby bottles that were given a month ago from the churches for donations for the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center at Vandalia are to be taken back to the churches this Sunday.
• The Fayette County Museum will be open from 1-4 p.m.
Monday, June 22
• Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo Lions Club annual installation dinner, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., Vandalia Interpretive Center.
• Fayette County Extension Foundation, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
Tuesday, June 23
• St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Wednesday, June 24
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 4:30 p.m., Altamont McDonalds.
Thursday, June 25
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Congratulations go to the recipients of this year’s St. Elmo Lions Club Scholarship Awards… Elizabeth Guerrero and Cameron Gilbert.
President Dave Maxey opened the June 8 meeting at Mary Ann’s Restaurant with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pee Wee Denton led in prayer. Others present were Dave Cox, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Dan Laack, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells, Will Williams and Randy Wolf.
The Lions Club Labor Day parade theme will be “Goodwill Through Community Service.”
On July 22 and 23, the St. Elmo Club will assist the Altamont Lions Club with the Lions Club Mobile Hearing Bus.
The next meeting, Monday, June 22, will be at 6 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant and will be the annual officer installation.
UMW Mission Study
The Embarras River District of United Methodist Women had a district mission study on June 9 at the Shelbyville Fourth Street UMC.
“Welcoming Those with Disabilities” was presented by Dot Hueman, president of the Mississippi River District UMW.
Registration started at 9 a.m. with refreshments, and the meeting ended at 2:30 p.m. Units took donations of grooming supplies and toiletries for area shelters.
People with disabilities constitute our nation’s largest minority group. It also is the most inclusive: all ages, genders, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic levels. Yet, the only thing people with disabilities have in common is being on the receiving end of societal misunderstanding, prejudice and discriminations.
This largest minority group is the only one anyone can join at any time: at birth, at the split second of an accident, through illness or during the aging process. If and when it happens to you, how will you want to be described?
The program included much info on communication and etiquette with persons with disabilities. People First Language should put the person before the disability and describes what the person has, not who a person is. People without disabilities should be labeled that way – without disabilities – and not be labeled as normal or healthy people.
Those attending included Carol Severns of the Brownstown UMW, Louella Christianson, Marilyn Yakel and Shirley Harder of the Altamont UMW and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, ERD District member at-large.
Avena Township Park Board
The Avena Township Park Board met the evening of June 9 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building, with the following present: President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway and Janice Russell.
New ceiling tile has been installed in the Centennial Building and the board asks that those putting up decorations when using the building refrain from using tape to put the decorations on the ceiling.
The board cleaned and rearranged the inside of the building. The board has received compliments and also complaints on the cleanliness of the building.
Discussed was the outside toilet people should consider when Pavilion No. 1 is spoken for.
The St. Elmo Swimming Pool opened in 1964, 50 years ago. The cost is prohibitive in getting the pool upgraded – Avena Township taxes and donations are way below the amount needed to get the pool restored to enable it to be open, but the taxes and donations help keep the park grounds and Centennial Building updated.
At the June 9 meeting of the American Legion Post 420 Richard Lowe installed the following officers: Bill Goodwin, commander; Wayne Lovett, senior vice; R. W. Smith, junior vice; Ernie Myers, adjutant; Al Nevergall, finance officer; Clement Lilly, service officer; Dave Cox, chaplain; Charles Bosomworth, sergeant-at-arms; and Doyle Beck, historian. They take over July 1. All were not present.
The new stoves have been installed in the Legion Home and the new cabinets soon will be installed. When the cabinets are installed, the remodeling/decorating of the home will be complete and a date will be set for an open house.
Ernie Myers served as commander at the short June meeting. Others present were Dave Cox, Bud Himes, Richard Lowe, Chuck Myers, Al Nevergall and Willie Williams.
Present for the Lunch Bunch meeting at noon June 11 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Gene Clark of Salem, Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Pat Porter of Farina, and Karen Denning and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
At the St. Elmo Public Library District Board meeting held June 11, the May minutes were approved, treasurer and librarian reports were presented, and the bills were approved and paid. Larry Stine was added as signer for the payroll account at First National Bank at Dieterich to set up direct deposit.
The Scholastic Book Fair will be July 14-23 at the St. Elmo Public Library. The Awards Night was a success. So far, the summer Reading Program has had 30 at Brownstown, 11 at Beecher City and 32 at St. Elmo
The roof at the Beecher City Branch Library leaked again over both of the skylights. The little building is finished except for the painting on the front porch. The Scouts planned to work on Saturday, June 13.First State Bank of Beecher City donated $850 to help with the paint, shutters, etc. The first-place reading contest winner was in second grade and read 20,388 pages. Second place was a third-grader who read 6,516 pages. A total of 38,925 pages were read by all participants.
Wayne Moran said the library district needs to swap out a couple of computers and that the new routers need an add-on.
The August board meeting will be held at the Beecher City Branch Library, and the September meeting will be held at the Brownstown Branch Library.