Thursday, November 19
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Pondersoas.
• The First United Methodist Church will have an all-church Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class is furnishing the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, beverages and all of the table service. Those attending can take a vegetable, a salad or a dessert. This year is the 65th Anniversary of the class and the members hope the dinner will have a good attendance.
Saturday, November 21
• 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.
Sunday, November 22
• Cumberland Trail Growers poinsettia open house, 12:30-3 p.m. Refreshments will be available and there will be a drawing to give away poinsettias. Entrants need not be present to win.
Monday, November 23
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, November 24
• St. Elmo Unit of HCE, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Thursday, November 26
• Have a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
• Freedom Reigns in Christ Church, east of St. Elmo on U.S. Route 40, will have the annual clothing giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m.-noon. There will be hot dogs, cookies, coffee and Kool-Aid provided free of charge.
The church will accept clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, etc., from Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Please do not leave clothes outside or they will be disposed of.
If you have questions, you can call Melissa Carson at 217-663-0795 or the church at 829-9757.
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784 annual Christmas dinner will be at noon on Saturday, Dec. 5, in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. and reservations have to be made for the $6 catered meal by calling Della Stewart at 829-3394. Those attending the dinner are asked to take a non-perishable food or a new toy for the Caring and Sharing Christmas boxes.
• Christmas in St. Elmo will be on Sunday, Dec. 6, and the celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. There will be the lighting of the Christmas tree, a parade of light, music, carriage ride and crafts and food … and Santa will be there! More will be given on this later, but mark the date on your calendar.
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 was honored at the Fayette County Achievement Night on Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria by receiving a “Friend of the 4-H” award. RNA members present were President Della Stewart, Ina Abendroth, Alexziah Hagler, Andrea Hagler, Hadley Hagler, Marjorie Sarver, Edna Wright, Leona Wright, Marsha Lilly-Wright, Oliver Wright and Trevor Wright.
St. Elmo Lions Club
The Pledge of Allegiance opened the meeting of the St. Elmo Lions Club held Monday evening at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing. Other members present were President David Maxey, Dave Cox, Don Crawford, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Dan Laack, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley and Randy Wolf.
Wolf was recognized for being a member for 13 years and those honored for their serving our country were Dave Cox, John Crawford, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Dee Newberry and Will Williams.
The Heath Bar candy sale went well and brought in more money than usual. Next year, the club plans to sell all day the first day and a half day on the second day. Both days will start at 9 a.m.
The annual Christmas dinner will be on Monday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Scholarship awards will be given out at that time.
The screening of applications for Caring and Sharing will start on Nov. 15.
There was discussion on who will help unload the food pantry truck.
The club voted to donate money to help the Lions Club Leader Dogs Association provide dogs for people in need of helper dogs.
Present for the Lunch Bunch noon meeting at Mary Ann’s Restaurant on Nov. 12 were Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Pat Porter of Farina and Karen Denning, and Arlin and Lillian Grobengieser of St. Elmo.
The Effingham County Home and Community Education International Study on the Baltic States was at noon on Nov. 12 in the Extension Center, Effingham. Chairman of the Afternooners Unit in Effingham, Kate Dickens, invited me to be her guest. There were 36 in attendance.
The noon meal included frikadelle soup (Latvian meatball soup), Latvian Piragi bacon rolls, cucumber and sour cream salad, tasty raw beet salad, Latvian crockpot kraut, traditional Lithuanian potato pudding (kugelis or bulviu plokstalinis), almond bars and Bertha’s apple cake (from the Afternooners Helen Miller), tea, coffee and lemonade.
All the recipes were very delicious and were made by Effingham County HCE members. At each place setting was the “Baltic States Recipe Sampler” that had all the recipes that were served. It was prepared by Effingham County International Chairman Beverly Elving and Linda Soltwedel.
The three long tables were for the three countries and each one had flags of that country – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. .
After the lunch, Linda Schmidt gave the program. She told the history of the three countries. They originally were governed by Russia, but now are independent. She showed slides of each of the countries and the slides included foods each country was noted for.
Linda Soltwedel also presented some of the program. Both Lindas and their husbands were in the Baltic States in 2011.
In addition to the excellent meal, the program was excellent.
For this next year, Elving, who has been the International Chairman for several years, is returning and Linda Schmidt will take on the job.
American Legion District 23 Commander Wayne Marten was present at the American Legion Post #420 meeting held the evening of Nov. 10 at the Legion Home. His talk encouraged 100 percent promotion of the Legion; last year, St. Elmo had 105 percent.
The Legion members who took part in retiring the flags at the Veterans Day ceremony were Doyle Beck, Dave Cox, Bill Goodwin, Wayne Lovett, Richard Lowe and Ernie Myers. After they were flown for a year, the flags were given back to the people who had donated them for a friend or family member.
Discussion was the ham and beans dinner set for Nov. 14, who would work in the kitchen, etc.
Those present were Doyle Beck, Dave Cox, Bill Goodwin, Bud Himes, Clement Lilly, Wayne Lovett, Ernie Myers, Al Nevergall, William Stuart and Max Watson.
Library District Board
After the approving and paying the bills at the St. Elmo Public Library District Board meeting on evening of Nov. 12 at the St. Elmo Public Library, the board voted to pay an additional $100 per month on the Beecher City Branch Library loan.
Wayne Moran has set a timer on the scheduler for the router. He will be installing Windows 10 and upgrading Centurion Guard on the computers.
Beecher City’s roof leaked again. Mr. Doty found a crack in the ridge roof and fixed it. It didn’t leak on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Their after-school craft was to be on Thursday, Nov. 19. There will be a plaque by the flagpole for the Eagle Scouts and Woodmen. Book spines will be done in Illinois instead of California.
St. Elmo Public Library may have a loose light fixture in the back southwest corner. The employees’ meeting will be on Dec. 8 with their Christmas party at the same time. They are planning to order from Joe’s Pizza at Altamont. They would like for two orange cones for when the bus is at the library.
Brownstown Branch Library is having a Christmas giveaway for $10 a ticket and planning fundraisers that include Cosmic Bingo.
The board voted to adopt the annual tax levy ordinance of the St. Elmo Public Library District for Fayette, Effingham and Shelby counties.
The board then met in a closed session to discuss personnel. After reopening, the board voted to offer the substitute librarian position to Terri Smith and to increase hourly wages 25 cents per hour, beginning with the Jan. 2016 payroll.
Because of conflicts, the board will not meet in December. The next board meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14