St. Elmo News

Thursday, August 6
• The Sew Simple workshop for youth ages 8-18 will have two sessions at the Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia – one at 9 a.m. and one at 1 p.m.

• School registration, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at St. Elmo Elementary and St. Elmo Junior/Senior High.
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, for the special activity, will go to the Altamont Fair to see the crafts, needlework and canned goods, and attend the horse races.
Friday, August 7
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education will go to Yoders Restaurant at Arthur for lunch. They will meet at 9 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to share rides.
• School registration, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at St. Elmo Elementary and St. Elmo Junior/Senior High.
Monday, August 10
• American Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Food and drawstring bags will be given to all presenting donors.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office. This special meeting will regard employment of personnel.
Tuesday, August 11
• Home and Community Education District 6 workshop, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Effingham. Registration at 9 a.m.
• Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., Legion Home.
• Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Thursday, August 13
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant,
• All teens and adults are encouraged to attend the human trafficking program 1:30-3:30 p.m., Northside Christian Church at 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia. It is being sponsored by Fayette County Home and Community Education. The speakers will be Carolyn Daniels, a former S.A.F.E. director; Annie Schomaker, director of Eden Glory; and Patricia McKnight, a survivor and author of “My Justice.”
• St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., Beecher City Branch Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Future Event
• The Owen-Miller reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16, at noon in the Phillips Building, St. Elmo. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Program on Human Trafficking
Sponsored by Fayette County HCE
All teens and adults are encouraged to attend the Human Trafficking Program on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Northside Christian Church at 1845 West Jackson in Vandalia. The program is being sponsored by the Fayette County Home and Community Education.
To help with the Set Free Project (free men, women and children from human trafficking) and the Eden Home, HCE, for a county project, is collecting old T-shirts. They will be accepted at the program and presented to the Eden Home, which uses the T-shirts to make freedom bracelets, headbands and scarves that are sold to help the home.
Fayette County HCE Board
The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board met the morning of July 27 in the Vandalia Extension Office, with the following present: Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell and Shirley Klitzing of the Sefton Unit, Donna Blair of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit, Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit and Ashley Davis, Joyce Mueller, Brittany Nichols, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit and Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit.
In addition to collecting T-shirts for the Set Free Project, another county project this year is for the units to have each member donate 10 cents for each pair of shoes she owns. This is to help the ACCW (Associated Country Women of the World) Mongolia Greenhouse Development, which seeks to improve the capacity of the female farmers with financial and training programs. The units need to send the money to the HCE county treasurer, Carol Bridges, by Aug. 10 so she can send a check to the IAHCE.
The county membership update sheets for the organization’s 2015-16 year are being given to all the board members and unit officers. The 2014-15 year ended in May with 117 members, but 13 didn’t rejoin. In June ,104 members paid the dues of $15.
St. Elmo Unit lost two members – one died in June and one died in July – but two new members joined the St. Elmo Unit in July. Sefton Unit also had a new member join in July, so the county membership to date is 106.
The International Night is tentatively set for the evening of Monday, Oct. 12, in the St. Elmo First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
After the meeting Allen, Klitzing, Mueller, Segrest, Hyde and Rhodes ate at Vandalia Denny’s.
Lions Club
Eighteen members were present at the Lions Club July 27 meeting held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. They were Dave Cox, Don Crawford, Pee Wee Denton (who led in prayer), Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Dave Maxey, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells, Will Williams and Randy Wolf.
President Maxey opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. The St. Elmo Lions Club District 1L has merged with District 1M, and the new governor is Kevin Mendenhall.
The Labor Day plans were discussed in detail. The Lions Club sponsored parade will have the theme “Goodwill Thru Community Service,” with the color theme of gold and purple. The grand marshals have been selected. The Lions Club cake walk will start at 5 p.m. More information on the plans will be given after the August club meetings.
Avena Township Park Board
Present at the July 21 meeting of the Avena Township Park Board held in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building were President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Daphne Oldfield and Janice Russell.
The Centennial Building is almost fully booked for the August weekends. Those interested in renting the building should contact Haslett at 829-3248.
Being checked is the park drainage, which is causing some problems at the Jim Bolds residence.
Recent lightening hit one of the park trees, so Kenny Flowers was hired to cut down the tree and a couple of others, and do trimming.
Legion Open House
On Saturday, American Legion Post #420 held an open house for the public to see the completed, year-long restoration project of the post hall. With a partition moved, the inside has been enlarged and is very bright with white painted walls. The kitchen has been updated with refinished cabinets and two stoves. The rest rooms now are handicapped accessible.
Generous donors have made possible the restored World War II plaque, which list s650 names; very few of the WWII veterans on the plaque are still living.
Hot dogs with all the trimmings, bags of chips, apple desserts, tea and lemonade were served. Royal Neighbors of America #5784 donated a check to the Legion to help pay for the hot dogs, chips, beverages and apple pies. RNA members David Stewart and Marsha Lilly-Wright presented the checks to Bob Heckert.
The Legion invited guys and gals to take their old or new Chevrolets for a Chevy Cruise-In display and several did, including WWII trucks from Altamont.
The Legion Home can be rented by contacting a member. A new rental agreement has been developed – it tells what to do and what not to do when renting the building. The rent is $100 plus a security deposit of $50, which will be returned if the building is left in the same condition as it was when rented.
CAPS Food Program
The Community Action Partnership Service had a food program this summer and it ended in July. For the eight weeks, 285 lunches were served each week.
Lunches were packed at St. Elmo Christian Church. Volunteers from the Christian Church packed them two days each week, volunteers from First United Methodist Church packed them one day each week and CAPS packed them two days each week. The Freedom Reigns in Christ and the First Assembly of God churches made donations for the lunches.

Marsha Lilly-Wright, right, and David Stewart, center, presented checks to Bob Heckert of the St. Elmo American Legion Post to cover the food and refreshments served during the Legion’s open house on Saturday.

The American Legion’s new World War II restored plaque, with list of 650 names, is shown above.

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