St. Elmo News

Wednesday, October 7
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
• St. Elmo City Council 6 p.m., city hall.
• Reverb youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reverb youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Thursday, October 8
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. The small group would like for more St. Elmo High School graduates to join them.
•  St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Friday, October 9
• De-cluttering workshop available, 1-3 p.m., at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus at 2310 W. Fillmore St. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required by calling the college, 283-1780. See the article following the calendar for more info.
Sunday, October 11
• First United Methodist Church fall picnic starts at 3 p.m. at Sportsman’s Lake. Those attending are to take a dish for the meal at 5 p.m.
• 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, October 12
• Fayette County Home and Community Education International Night in the St. Elmo United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall; registration at 5:30 p.m. and potluck at 6 p.m. A Vandalia Community High School student will give a program on Italy. The public is invited to attend.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, October 13
• Fayette County Health Department flu shot, 10 a.m.-noon, Phillips Building.
• The Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., Legion Home.
• The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Wednesday, October 14
• Reverb youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Reverb youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
De-Cluttering Workshop
Does the clutter in your house cause you stress? Is the clutter a cause for conflict with other family members? Do you want less clutter but you are too overwhelmed to begin? Do you need ideas on how to organize?
Many of us struggle to keep up with the clutter in our lives. Kaskaskia Community College and the University of Illinois Extension is offering a workshop this Thursday, from 1-3 p.m., at the Vandalia campus for those who want to attend and learn ways to organize their lives in order to de-clutter and de-stress.
There is no fee, but preregistration is required by calling the college at 283-1780.
National 4-H Week
National 4-H Week started Oct. 4. Fayette County 4-H clubs were invited to compete in the annual window display contest to promote 4-H, and this year’s theme is “Adventure’s Await.” Displays had to be up and locations submitted by Oct. 5 to the Fayette County Extension Office for the displays to be judged. At Achievement Night on Nov. 7, prizes will be awarded to the top three clubs.
Displays are judged on: theme use; attention getting; clear, pleasing appearance; original idea; neatness; use of color; use of space; use of materials and lettering; relativity to 4-H; and overall display.
Missing 4-H clovers were hidden on Oct. 5 in eight locations, and finding the clovers was open to members and non-members age 5-19. Those hunting for the clovers had to decipher the clues; each of the mission clovers could be found only once and returned to the Fayette County Extension Office in Vandalia to win a prize. Clues to the hiding places follow.
Caprine Kids Clover: I wondered off to my favorite place to go in July. Where the horses trot, tractors roar, cars speed by and the food is just so sweet. I can be found talking to my intelligent, curly tailed friend who tells me he can’t sweat in the place he calls home during the second week of July.
Vandalia Shamrocks Clover: I am hiding in a place that many travel to from afar. Although, it’s not a Vandal castle, royalty is not hard to find. I can get you a rake, a shovel and maybe a 4-H bucket or two. Hurry up and catch me cause the gates close at 8.
St. James Hornets Clover: I wondered to a place that has twin lakes, where I can light a fire and bait a hook, just like back in 1988. I am here to drop off my faithful friend, to get him ready for our trip. He might get a reward if he’s lucky from the lady that spells her name with a DVM.
Shafter Friends Clover: This little clover ran off to visit our neighbors in the oldest capital city. He’s hiding in a place where they will insure your farm or baler, or even your livestock trailer. They educate you on the latest farming policy and lobby your congressman to make fair policy. Can you find this clover?
Loudon Bunch Clover: Along the Fayette County border, through the longhorn crossing I ran. To hide in a place where they keep your money, but don’t store any honey. They give dollars away, if you make an arrangement to pay. Card, check or cash is the paper or plastic here. Be the first to find me!
Ramsey Senior & Senoritas Clover: Here ye, here ye. This little clover wondered down the road to pursue a career that brings state and local together. This little clover loves his job, scribing for his small town Journal. So don’t be slow to find him, his job leads him away to local Rams and Rockets events. So catch him quick before he leaves the office!
Golden Harvestors Clover: This time of year is really busy here. If you bring me corn, your price will be fair. My hiding place is a sight you can see from afar, but one must travel from Vandal area to find. Find me if you can! To start your adventure look in a place whose main street is home to a firehouse.
South Side Kids Clover: This little clover decided to take to the streets to promote National 4-H week in a town that has a 4-H family-run restaurant and another clover that hides not too far away. This little clover yells through his horn across the stacks of oak, maple and pine, “Wood you like to join 4-H? It’s a pile of fun!”
Boy Scouts Collecting Shoes
Boy Scouts are collecting new or gently used shoes. The collection started Oct. 1 and will continue through Oct. 18.
Fayette County HCE
Illinois Association of Home and Community Education Week is Oct. 4-10 and Fayette County HCE is looking for the first baby born during the week. The winner will get a hand-quilted baby quilt. Parents must live in Fayette County. The quilt will be given to the baby and mother at the 10 a.m. Oct. 26 meeting in the Vandalia Extension Office.
International Night for Fayette County HCE is set for next Monday in the St. Elmo First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. and the potluck is at 6 p.m. A program on Italy will be given by a Vandalia Community High School student, Issac Daiber, who will tell about his 10-day visit in Italy.
Fundraiser raffle tickets for Who Says a Man Can’t Clean are being sold for $1 a ticket or six for $5. The winner’s name will be drawn at International Night. The ticket value is $175.
The September meeting of the county HCE board was held the morning of Sept. 28 at the Vandalia Extension Office, with the following present: President 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, Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit and Carol Bridges, Ashley Davis, Heather Davis, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit. Segrest provided each one with a slice of pumpkin bread she had made.
A Vandalia Day member, Janet Lusch, died in September, so the county membership now is 110. Lusch had joined HCE in 1994.
Because Ina Abendroth now lives in Brownstown, she is transferring her membership from the Wright’s Corner Unit to the Sefton Unit.
First Vice Segrest told about the programs the county HCE is planning for the public in 2016 – Diamonds in the Rough in March (for girls self-esteem and pampering), ovarian cancer awareness in September, Alzheimer’s awareness in November, semi truck/car safety and cooking classes for younger people.
Cultural enrichment chairwoman Ashley Davis showed bookmarks she is preparing for the March 15-17 IAHCE annual conference goody bags.
Units are reminded to send Pennies for Friendship to secretary Bridges no later than Nov. 11.
The past and present officers of County HCE will eat lunch at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, at the Vandalia Los Amigos.
After the meeting closed, Allen, Bridges, Klitzing, Rhodes and Segrest ate lunch at the Vandalia Los Amigos.
Lions Club
The annual Heath Bar candy sales as a fundraiser of the St. Elmo Lions Club will be on Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, south of the railroad tracks and on Monday, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m., north of the tracks. The candy will sell for $5 per bag.
This year’s Caring and Sharing distribution will be on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Avena Township Hall on Main Street in St. Elmo. More info will follow.
The Sept. 28 meeting was held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, with the following present:  President Dave Maxey (who led in the Pledge of Allegiance), Richard Lowe (who led in prayer), Dave Cox, Don Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Mark Lash, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley, Will Williams and Randy Wolf.
Fayette County Extension Foundation
The Fayette County Extension Foundation annual fall chili/soup dinner fundraiser date has been changed to Sunday, Nov. 8. It will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria, and the cost is a free-will donation.
In addition to chili and vegetable beef soup, the menu will include hot dogs, peanut butter sandwiches, carrot and celery tray, crackers, iced tea, lemonade and desserts made by the Fayette County Home and Community Education members.
4-H clubs in the county will have a bake sale at the dinner.
The Extension Foundation fundraisers help with 4-H, agriculture, HCE, gardening and other University of Illinois Extension programs throughout each year. Fayette County has to pay the U of I more than $9,000 each year, and the amount needed comes from the spring spaghetti dinner, fall chili/soup dinner, 4-H clubs bake sales and donations from organizations, businesses and individuals.
A meeting was held the evening of Sept. 28 in the Vandalia Extension Office, with the following present: President Brian Willenborg of Vandlaia, Marsha Wright of Beecher City, Kevin Payne of Brownstown, Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and Unit 21 County Extension Director Carl Baker.
Plans were finalized for the chili/soup dinner. 4-H clubs will be contacted about the time they will help with the dinner.
A report was given on the gun raffle the Fayette County Livestock Committee did to donate to the Extension Foundation. Tickets totaling $1,520 were sold and the cost of the raffled gun was $713, so the profit donated to Extension Foundation is $807.
The next Extension Foundation meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., in the Vandalia Extension Office.
St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club
For the Oct. 1 meeting, the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club went to Effingham to receive a tour of the Performance Center. The more-than-an-hour tour was given by Rich Jorn, the executive director. In addition to the lobby and the theater that seats more than 1,300, the tour of the building included going backstage and seeing the different dressing rooms. All questions were answered.
After the tour, the members went to Culver’s for ice cream and a business meeting. President Pat Porter opened the meeting with all giving the club collect and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members were reminded to give the nuts, candies and fruitcake orders to Anna Jean Rhodes by Oct. 15
For the Nov. 5 meeting, the members will meet at 4 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides to Effingham to visit the new library. After the library visit, they will go to Joe’s Pizza in Altamont for supper and a business meeting.
In addition to Porter and Rhodes, those present were Karen Denning, Sheila Himes, Debbie Hough, Libby Kessel, Mary Jane Mattix, Noma Moore, Mary Myers and Anita Pagel.
United Methodist Women Illinois Great Rivers Conference 19th annual meeting was held Oct. 3 in the First United Methodist Church at Normal. The theme was “New Opportunities for United Methodist Women in Mission at Home and Around the World.”
From the 10 districts in the conference, 174 registered.
Fellowship and refreshments started at 8:30 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. The opening celebration was 9:20 a.m. in the church sanctuary. The church pianist/organist, Jinyang Tian, accompanied the hymns on the piano throughout the program.
After the welcome given by several, the church senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Donald Jackson, gave the opening prayer. Devotions were by the Rev. Leah Fogemiller, the IGRC UMC Vermillion district superintendent.
Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton, resident bishop of the Illinois Area, the United Methodist Church, did a Communion service. Soft music was played by Tian.
Next on the program was a piano solo, “Nocturne by Chopin,” by Tian.
The speaker, Carol Van Gorp, the executive secretary of International Ministries, United Methodist Women National Office, talked on the theme “New Opportunities in Mission at Home and Around the World” – maternal and child health in U.S. and international needs; literacy (Bible Women program, volunteers and digital literacy); UMW eight regional missions (she showed slides of the missionaries who served in their countries); and new generation of UMW. Van Gorp lives near her family in Schroon Lake, N.Y.
The mission offering taken came to $3,067. While the offering plates were passed, Tian played “Hymnal Variations by Mark Hayes.”
William Kreeb, president and CEO of the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis, gave highlights. He told that because the Illinois budget has not been passed, many of the agencies are being closed. Since July, nothing has been received from the state for LBD. Child care and senior programs may have to be cut. He reported that the UMW support through donations is helping
Lunch – barbecue sandwiches, pasta salad, grapes, chocolate and white Texas sheet cake – was served in the fellowship hall. All district officers, conference officers and attendees seated on the left side of the church ate at 11 a.m. and the right-side attendees stayed in the sanctuary for “Missions and Outreach” program to hear Sandra Raasch, the General Board of Global Ministries missionary and coordinator of Medical and Environmental Ministries of the Honduras Mission. She has served 10 years in Honduras. She showed slides and update of the mission work being done there.
All attendees seated on the right side of the church ate at noon and the left-side attendees assembled back in the sanctuary to hear the mission program, but the district and conference officers went to their officer training meetings.
To start the 1 p.m. afternoon session, Marlin Livingston, president and CEO of the Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, which began 120 years ago, talked and showed slides. The UMW in the IGRC organized the 11th annual Festival of Quilts on April 8 and it raised more than $54,000 to help the CCH.
Conference President Marge Stout called the business meeting to order. The
Conference and district budget total of $132,877 for 2016 was approved as was the $350,000 pledge to mission. Conference officers for 2016 were elected as were the election of board of directors to Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, affirmation of district representatives to LBDNH, affirmation of district representatives to the Cunningham Children’s Home, affirmation of directors to CCH, affirmation of committee on the Charter of Racial Justice policies and affirmation of Mission officers and at-large members.
Tian captured the audience with her piano performance of “Moments Musicaux by Rachmaninoff.”
The morning speaker, Van Gorp, installed the elected officers. Marjorie Stout of Illiopolis was re-elected as the conference president.
Attending from this area were Louella Christianson and Marilyn Yakel of the Altamont UMW and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, Embarras District UMW member at-large.

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