St. Elmo News

Thursday, August 20
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
• The St. Elmo Education Foundation will hold its annual meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the unit office. Directors and officers will be elected, and there will be discussion of fundraising activities and accomplishments.
Monday, August 24
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, August 25
• St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education will go to Waltrip Restaurant at Post Oak. They will meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to pool rides.
Wednesday, August 26
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, August 27
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Labor Day Celebration
St. Elmo’s Labor Day Celebration will be held Sept. 5-7.
Saturday’s activities: 5K run/walk at the high school parking lot at 8 a.m.; citywide garage sales start at 8 a.m.; farmer’s market, flea market, crafts and food will be on Main and Fourth streets, starting at 8 a.m.; pet parade at 4 p.m. (lineup at 6th Place by Bradford Supply); cruise in and dance with DJ at Main and Fifth, 6-9 p.m. (in case of rain it will be at the high school); fireworks at Tower Lake at 9:30 p.m. (rain date is Sunday at 9 p.m.).
Sunday’s activity: Gospel band “Water to Wine” at St. Elmo Christian Church at 6 p.m.
Monday’s activities: Pancake breakfast at firehouse 6-9:30 a.m.; concession stands, flea markets, booths open at 9 a.m.; parade starts at 10:30 a.m. (line up at 9 a.m. at the high school) and it will go south on Walnut, east on Second, north on Main, turn east on Fourth and ends at Fayette County Bank, and parade winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. at Fifth and Main; dunking booth and inflatable noon-6 p.m.; SEBA-sponsored bingo at Fifth and Main 1-5 p.m.; St. Elmo Lions Club cakewalk starts at 5 p.m.; citizen of the year announced at 6:15 p.m.; Straight Lace Band at Fifth and Main 6:30-9:30 p.m.; SEBA 50/50 drawing at 8 p.m.
Pony rides will be available all day.
Early entry fee for the St. Elmo Lions Club sponsored Labor Day parade is $2, but on the day of the parade, the entry fee is $5. Proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund. The parade theme is “Good Will Thru Community Service,” with the color theme of purple and gold.
The SEBA 50/50 drawing tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and the winner need not be present to win. Tickets can be bought up to the time of the 8 p.m. drawing.
HCE Volunteers Help With Sew Simple Workshop
Fayette County Home and Community Education members were the volunteers who helped with the Sew Simple workshop for youth on Aug. 6 at the Vandalia Extension Office. They were Flo Allen, Carol Behrends, Connie Green, Elizabeth Kasten and Phyllis Pryor of the Sefton Unit, Mary Ann Rhoades of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit and Sharon Shelton of the St. Elmo Unit. Sefton Unit guests who helped were Bonnie Ellison and Debbie Swain. The sewing workshop was offered by University of Illinois Extension in Fayette County.
The workshop was for ages 8-19 to learn basic tools and sewing skills to construct a standard pillowcase. The nine youth who attended were Kiralynn Hayes, Kieran Hayes and Kelly Hayes of Ramsey, Isabel Diaber of Vandalia, Cory Hoopingarner and Natalie Hoopingarner of St. Elmo, Alexziah Hagler and Hadley Hagler of Shumway and Michael Crum of Effingham. The workshop was for Fayette County youth; the Haglers are members of the Fayette County 4-H Loudon Bunch and Crum’s grandmother is a Fayette County resident.
The 4-H experience for the youth didn’t stop them at learning how to handle a sewing machine; participants were gaining an understanding of generosity. Each participant donated one pillowcase to Conkerr Cancer, an organization that provides cheery pillowcases to children with life changing illnesses to brighten their hospital stay.
According to the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, 4-H youth are more than three times (3.4) likely to actively contribute to their community when compared with non 4-H youth.
Sewing machines for the workshop were purchased with funds from an Illinois 4-H Foundation grant to expand programming throughout the Unit 21: Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties.
Fayette County is currently impacting youth through 10 sustained learning clubs and providing a wide variety of short-term workshops and programs throughout the year. To learn more about these opportunities in Fayette County, contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 283-2753 or go online to
St. Elmo Blood Drive
The Community American Red Cross Blood Drive was held the afternoon of Aug. 10 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Each of the 23 presenters received a deep gold T-shirt that had Life Saver printed on the front. Nineteen units of blood were collected. The quota was 25.
Pins were not available, but will be ordered for the following: 14-gallon pin for Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and 11-gallon pin for Carol Rine of Brownstown.
Donors who have given more than 50 units of blood are: Esther Koberlein of Brownstown, 158; Roger Fulk of Brownstown, 139; Andy Lilly of Beecher City, 131; Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, 112; Jack Belden of St. Elmo, 106; Marie Hopper of Farina, 102; Carol Rine of Brownstown, 88; Wayne Lovett of Brownstown, 84; Lisa Koberlein of St. Elmo, 75; Dale Roll of St. Elmo, 66; and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, 62.
Chairman Karen Denning recognized Ray Morris for putting up the blood drive posters, the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club for providing the canteen expense, the St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education for providing homemade cookies and the following workers: Susan Belden, Esther Koberlein, Helen Koonce, Pat Porter, Marilyn Sproat and Max Watson.
The next community Red Cross blood drive has been set for Monday, Dec. 14, 1-6 p.m., in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Lions Club
St. Elmo Lions Club anniversaries recognized at the Aug. 10 meeting at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Roger Fulk for 19 years and Al Nevergall for two years.
President Dave Maxey opened the meeting, with all giving the Pledge of Allegiance and Dan Laack led in prayer. Others present were Dave Cox, Don Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe,  Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells, Will Williams and Randy Wolf.
Plans were discussed in detail for the Labor Day parade and cake walk. The parade theme is “Good will thru Community Service,” with the color theme of gold and purple. The grand marshals have been selected. The cake walk will start at 5 p.m. More information will be given later.
IAHCE District Workshop
The Illinois Association of Home and Community Education workshop for Districts 6 & 7 was held Aug. 11 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham. Fayette County is in District 6. Fayette County HCE members attending were Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell and Elizabeth Kasten of the Sefton Unit, Donna Blair of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit, Ashley Davis and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit, Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit and Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit. The theme was “Come Together, Walk with IAHCE.”
Registration was at 9 a.m. A variety of donuts, coffee and orange juice were available.
The District 6 director, Marilyn Schaefer, and District 7 director, Janel Kassing, opened the meeting at 9:30 a.m. with the welcome. District 7 member Charlene Woods led in the Pledge of Allegiance and District 6 member Dorothy Kohler led in all reciting the Collect and Aim for Homemaker.
IAHCE President Jane Chapman gave greetings and introduced the state board officers: Norma Korte, first vice; Kathryn McNeely, second vice; Donna Richards, secretary; Beverly Combs, treasurer; Sharon Davis, family and community issues; Peggy Long, cultural enrichment; Pat Weltzmann, international; Esther (Joan) Stanley, CVU & sales; and Pat Hildebrand, public relations/newsletter editor.
Chapman narrated “Simple Bits of Knowledge.” District 2-3 director, Angela Hicks, presented Needles, Buttons and Hems; Schaefer, presented Recipe for Fabric Potholders; Second Vice President McNeeley presented Essential Kitchen Tool/Gadgets, Cooking From What’s on Hand, Skillet Meals Using What’s on Hand and Substitutions; District 1 director Cara Ausmus presented Healthy Snacks; District 5 director Kathleen Emery presented Dump Cooking; District 4 director Mary Eustace presented 20 Tips & Tricks Using a Microwave; Korte presented General Washing Tips; District 7 director Kassing presented Clutter Crushers and Helpful Hints.
A booklet with the information that was presented and (included more recipes, etc) was given to each one registered.
Next on the program was officer training in various rooms in the church.
District 6 member Sandra Bechtold gave the meal blessing. The buffet included fried chicken, ham, beef noodles, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, cole slaw and cupcakes.
IAHCE officers entered the room, dressed in T-shirts that announced the 2016 theme – “Rollin’ on the River.”
Last on the agenda were District 6 and 7 meetings. Each district awards one $50 scholarship for the annual conference, and Donna Blair was the District 6 recipient. The 2016 annual conference will be held in March in Bloomington.
Lunch Bunch
Ten were present at noon August 13 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant for the Lunch Bunch monthly get-together. They were Pat Porter of Farina, Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Gene Clark of Salem, and Karen Denning, Arlin and Lillian Grobengieser, Anna Jean Rhodes, and R.W. and Mary Smith, all of St. Elmo.
Human Trafficking
Fayette County Home and Community Education sponsored a human trafficking seminar for the public from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia, and the almost 60 who attended included women, men and youth. Each one was given a small blue ribbon that had a tiny butterfly on it.
The first vice president of the HCE board, Debbie Segrest of the Vandalia Day Unit, welcomed everyone, and a prayer was given by Pee Wee Denton, pastor of the St. Elmo New Horizons church.
The first speaker was Carolyn Daniels, former director of S.A.F.E. She gave information on human trafficking – the bondage, bartering and selling of humans for profit. This has even happened in Fayette County.
The next speaker was Annie Schomaker, program director for Eden’s Glory, a safe home for trafficking victims, a home where they can heal and begin a new life.
A break was taken at 2:30 p.m. and those present were invited to the fellowship hall for refreshments of heart shaped cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, tea and lemonade. The centerpieces on the tables were white clouds holding butterfly decorated fruit jars with tiny candles inside. The program fronts also were decorated with butterflies.
At 3 p.m., they returned to the church sanctuary to hear Patricia McKnight, a trafficking survivor who has written a book, “My Justice.” She told about her experiences that her mother and stepdad started with her when she was a young child.
Library Board
The St. Elmo Public Library District Board met on Aug. 13 at the Beecher City Branch Library. After approving and paying the bills, Brownstown Branch Library reported that they have found two portable buildings that may be available. Their bathroom toilet is still not fixed.
Wayne Moran addressed the issue of maybe needing more bandwidth if gaming is done at the library. Gaming is to be limited to one hour per day, starting Sept. 1. He will also check into card readers for the computer. He said the library’s machines are compatible with Windows 10 and it is free at this time. He needs to find out if printer drivers will be a problem.
Beecher City Branch reported that their toilet is still having problems and the roof is still leaking. The Eagle Scouts were presented with a flag from the Modern Woodmen. Georgia Evans will be having a book signing on Aug. 28, from 6-8 p.m., at the Beecher City Branch Library. JoAn will be having cataract surgery on Sept. 17 and Nola will cover her hours. There will be a 4-week self-defense class in October.
St. Elmo Library is requesting for substitute librarians and will advertise on Facebook for them. They estimate a week’s training will be enough. The Scholastic Book Fair earned the library more than $411 in free books. The gutters need cleaning, the front awing has mold and there’s lots of brush around the air conditioners. Altamont Lions Club soccer sign up was scheduled to be at the St. Elmo Public Library and Beecher City Branch Library on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m.-noon. Librarians would like to see about CPR and first aid training. Fire extinguishers will be due for testing next year, but can be swapped out for new ones for $94 each.
The repairs to the back are finished. The tuckpointing will be done the week of Aug. 17 and a motion light will go over the back door.
Ordinance 2015-4, the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for fiscal year July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, was adopted. A commercial FOIA request was made and subsequently withdrawn. The per capita grant is not due until January and monies will arrive later than usual. The IPLAR is finished and sent. Timmerman and Co. will do an audit review for the 2014-15 fiscal year.


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