Thursday, September 24
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Friday, September 25
• Preregistration for “Health Insurance for People 65+” is required by this Friday. See the info in the Sept. 30 announcement.
Saturday, September 26
• Fayette County Museum’s Color Splash Fun Run/Walk late registration and check in, 8:15-8:45 a.m. in front of the Moose Lodge at 328 Third St. in Vandalia. The starting time is 9 a.m. Those who have not registered previously should wear a white T-shirt.
Sunday, September 27
• Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
• Amp’d high school youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Monday, September 28
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• The Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., Vandalia Interpretive Center.
Tuesday, September 29
• St. Elmo Board of Education budget hearing, 7:20 p.m.; regular board meeting, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30
• ”Health Insurance for People 65+” will be given at 1:30 p.m. in the Vandalia Extension Office. Questions surrounding health insurance have multiplied since the Affordable Care Act passed.
Now that it is hearing full implementation, questions persist about “How does it affect me?” This lesson addresses how ACA affects people 65 years and older. In addition, discussion will be options in Medicare coverage and how the Affordable Care Act affects Medicare.
The lesson will be presented through distance technology; you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Additional online resources will be shared as well. Seating is limited, so call 283-2753 by Sept. 25 to register for program materials to be prepared.
U of I Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Extension Office prior to the event. U of I Extension offers practical, research-based programs that help people improve their lives and address critical community issues involving youth, families, economics, health and natural resources.
• Reverb 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Reverb 78 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Thursday, October 1
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Communication, 1:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to share rides to Effingham to tour the Performance Center. Afterward, they will go to Culver’s for dessert each will buy and a short business meeting.
A St. Elmo Christian Church is sponsoring a youth fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3. It is a Road Rally – motorcycles, Jeeps, antiques, etc., that will leave SECC at 12:30 p.m., with blessing prior to leaving (registration starts at noon). They will return to the church at about 4 p.m., with a meal immediately following.
The Marble Ride (the marble run for those 16 years and older) with a prizes for the most points. A bull’s eye game is also available for $5 per sticker, with a cash prize for the winner.
The cost for driver and passengers age 16 and over is $10; under age 16, $7; age 3 and under, free.
For those just wanting to have supper and enjoy fellowship, the cost is $7 per person; those age 3 and under are free.
All profit goes to the St. Elmo Christian Church Youth Program. This program is for kids 3 through high school and helps pay for education, service projects and fun events throughout the year. The youth program is self-funded through fundraisers such as this one.
Embarras River District UMW Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Embarras River District United Methodist Women was held Sept. 14 in the First United Methodist Church at Watson. It started at 9 a.m. with refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. The meeting opened at 9:30 a.m. with group singing in the sanctuary. District President Carol Kessler gave the welcome and, after the invocation, introduced the conference and district officers present that included Conference President Marge Stout of Illiopolis. Devotions were by Searoba Mascher, the spiritual growth coordinator.
The district administrative and membership development budget of $4,950 and the district pledge of $33,000 to missions for the 2016 year were approved. Officers were elected for 2016 and were installed in the afternoon.
An offering taken for missions was more than $2,000. After singing the UMW Purpose Song, the Pledge Service had each unit (and members-at-large) take a pledge card to the front and put it in a basket to designate the 2016 pledge for missions.
The speaker was Sharon Davis of Watson, district UMW vice president and the Illinois Association of Home and Community Education family issues, who gave a program on “Bullying.”
The other morning speaker was Ginger McKee of the Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, and she showed slides.
After a Niemerg’s-catered lunch in the fellowship hall, the afternoon session in the sanctuary started with music by the Eagle’s Wings, four men who include Watson United Methodist Church Pastor Jim Whitaker, who lives in Neoga. The seven songs included one with a recording, five a cappella and one with piano accompaniment by Whitaker’s wife, Rhonda.
Kelvin McNeal showed slides and talked about the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis.
Kessler reported that the first Methodist women’s organization was started in 1869 and will observe its 150th anniversary in 2019. Celebration activities will start in 2016.
Stout installed the following officers: Carol Kessler of Shelbyville First, president; Sharon Davis of Watson, vice president; Linda Connelly of Paris First, secretary; Louella Christensen of Altamont, treasurer; Searoba Mascher of Marshall First, spiritual growth coordinator; Nancy Sperry of Nokomis, social action coordinator; Linda Trent of Charleston, education and interpretation coordinator; Carol Martin of Effingham Centenary, membership, nurture and outreach coordinator; Rose Lytle and Sabrina Lytle of Marshall First; Bessie Slifer of Stewardson and Jo Sanders of Marshall First, Cunningham CH reps; Evelyn Icenogle of Toledo, Sheryl Brandenburg of Newton Grace, Lessie Bates Davis reps; and Jane Casey of Newton Grace, communications.
Joan Miller of the Shelbyville Fourth Street retired from program resources.
Attending from this area were Connie Green, Carol Henna and Carol Severns of Brownstown UMW; Louella Christianson, Shirley Harder and Marilyn Yakel of Altamont UMW; Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, member-at-large; and Kate Dickens, Eileen Cumming, Marie Delaney, Carol Marten, Cyndi Montgomery, Peggy Peters, Judy Stroud, Rosalie Walls and Linda White, all of Effingham Centenary UMW.
The 19th Illinois Great Rivers Conference United Methodist Women annual meeting Celebration will be on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Normal.
The theme is “New Opportunities for United Methodist Women in Mission at Home and Around the World.”
The speaker will be Carol Van Gorp, International Ministries, United Methodist Women, National Office. Bishop Keaton will give devotions and communion.
At 8:30 a.m., there will be a time of fellowship; the meeting will be 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The registration fee of $15 includes lunch. Registration should be made by Sept. 25. Tickets are available from the district treasurer, Louella Christianson of Altamont.
The Oct. 14 meeting of the St. Elmo Lions Club at Mary Ann’s Restaurant was devoted to the recap of the Labor Day Parade and the club’s cake walk. The club acknowledged all of those who volunteered their time and resources toward the success of this year’s event: Mary Ann’s Restaurant, the St. Elmo Devonian, St. Elmo Business Association, Andra Carson, Mindy Roe, judges, Kayla Bartels, St. Elmo City, Keith Haslett, Austin’s Hardware, Ryan Lash, St. Elmo School District, all those who made and donated cakes and the cake walk participants.
The club’s annual Heath Bar candy sales will be from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Oct. 24, south of the railroad tracks and from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, north of the railroad tracks.
This year’s Caring and Sharing is also coming and more info will follow later.
Members of the club were to assist the Fayette County Food Bank with food distribution on Saturday in the Pinnacle Foods parking lot.
President Dave Maxey opened the meeting by leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pee Wee Denton gave the prayer. Others present were Dave Cox, Don Crawford, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Dan Laack, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells, Will Williams and Randy Wolf.