Thursday, May 12
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education meets today at 1:30 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Fayette County Leadership Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
• Fayette County Livestock Committee Meeting, 8 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
Saturday, May 14
• USPS Food Pantry Drive – put out non-perishable food for your carrier.
• St. Elmo FFA annual banquet, St. Elmo Elementary Gym; parking lot gym doors will open at 5 p.m. and food serving starts at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 15
• Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
• Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Monday, May 16
• Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Unit Office.
Wednesday, May 18
• Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Freedom Reigns in Christ Youth groups, 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 19
• The public is welcome to attend a Telenet lesson, Simplify Your Life by Clearing the Clutter, 1-2 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• Saturday, May 21-Central Illinois Food Bank food distribution, 10 a.m., St. Elmo Pinnacle Foods parking lot.
• Saturday, May 28-St. Elmo All-Class Reunion at the Summer Breeze Barn Venue in St. James, south of St. Elmo. It will start at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.; it is for anyone who has attended St. Elmo High School, and alumni may take guests. The cost at the door is $10 each.
Only two couples attended the May 3 Friendly Neighbors social held at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. They were Bob and Joanne Owen, and R. W. and Mary Smith.
CCW Mother’s Day Social
The Council of Catholic Women had a Mother’s Day potluck the evening of May 3 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Hostesses were the officers: Karen Denning, Mona Durbin, Pat Porter and Carol Rine, who decorated the tables in a spring theme. Several varieties of pastel colors of flowers were in pots covered in various colors of tissue paper.
Other CCW members present were Helen Bergman, Lamina Buzzard, Jennie Ann Heischmidt, Debbie Hough, Libby Kessel, Lucille Koeberlein, Kathleen Kuebler, LaVonne Kramer, Jan Niemeyer, Lisa Niemeyer, Betty Springman and Natalie Stout.
The program on dolls was given by Charlotte Brauer of Altamont. Some of the dolls she showed were given to her by her mother. She told a story about each one.
Other guests present were Lauren Heischmidt of Edwardsville; Sasha Altoff, Harper and Cole, Stacy Koeberlein, Susan Murphy and Marlene Roepke of Effingham; Nony Brauer and Katie Springman of Altamont; Megan Schaal Farina; Alberda Pruett of St. Peter; Alison and Emilie Cage, Lola Gehle, Keely and Tammy Kramer and Ginny Wilber of Brownstown; and Lois Durbin, Rhiannon Durbin, Amy, Matthew, Gabby and Alyson Haslett, Vicki Haslett and Anna Niemeyer of St. Elmo.
The table flower centerpieces were given as door prizes to Helen Bergman, Nony Brauer, Vicki Haslett, Jennie Ann Heischmidt, Lauren Heischmidt, Debbie Hough, Lucille Koeberlein, Tammy Kramer, Pat Porter, Alberda Pruett, Betty Springman, Katy Springman and Ginny Wilber.
The last meeting of the 2015-16 year will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, in the Parish Hall and officers will be installed for the 2016-17 year.
Wright’s Corner HCE
The Pledge of Allegiance opened the meeting of the Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education held the afternoon of May 4 at the Loudon Townhouse. Roll call, “What’s your favorite team sport?” was answered by members Carol Austin, Janice Garrison, Kate Jennings and Amanda Miller, and a guest, Cindy Ireland.
Chairman Garrison read the county HCE April board notes and also gave the special feature, “Teamwork,” and the major lesson, “Being Mindful in a Busy World.”
Women’s Civic Club
The May meeting of the St. Elmo Women’s Club was held the evening of May 5 at Ryan’s Steak House in Effingham.
After the dinner, President Pat Porter called the meeting to order. Anna Jean Rhodes and Mary Jane Mattix were appointed to audit the treasurer’s books in June.
Mattix did the installation service for the following 2016-17 officers: Porter, president; Lucille Koeberlein, first vice; Libby Kessel, second vice; Karen Denning, third vice; Rhodes, corresponding and recording secretary; and Elizabeth Stoner, treasurer.
Others present at the meeting were Susan Belden and Debbie Hough.
Dues of $15 have to be paid by June 30 to have the name listed in the program book.
It is hoped new members will join to help the civic organization continue with contributions to community improvement, SEBA Labor Day celebration, scholarship/education, blood drive canteen expense, Fayette County Museum, St. Elmo Food Pantry and Caring and Sharing; this past year, $800 was budgeted for these projects.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, the officers will meet in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall to set up the budget and programs for the club year.
Mother’s Day at First UM Church
Following the organ prelude by Kathy Spitler, the hymn “Love Lifted Me” call to worship and hymn “Bless be the Tie that Binds,” mothers were honored at the First United Methodist Church morning worship.
Andra Carson presented hanging flower baskets to: Joann Maxey, for having the most children and grandchildren present; Kendra Tackett, for having the youngest child present (8-month-old girl); and Spitler, for having the child/grandchild that traveled the farthest.
After prayer concerns, offering, sharing the love and the children’s time, Megan Maxey gave a program, “A Life on Mission.”
A junior at the Edwardsville Southern Illinois University, she is a member of the Campus Crusades for Christ that is usually called CRU, short for crusades.
The choir, with Spitler at the clavinova, sang “I Want to See You” before Pastor Dan Laack gave the morning message. The service ended with the congregation singing “Death was Arrested.”
Baby bottles from Lighthouse Pregnancy and Health Services at Vandalia were available to be picked up.
The bottle is to be filled with coins, cash or checks and returned to the church no later than the June 19 Father’s Day.
As the attendees left, a small potted plant was given to each woman. The church appreciates the Richardson Brothers Greenhouse for providing the hanging baskets and the potted plants.