Thursday, February 2
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Sunday, February 5
• Scout Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 10:35 a.m. worship service. Following the service, an appreciation lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall.
Monday, February 6
• American Red Cross community blood drive, 2-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
• Fayette County MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), 6:30-8 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. Snacks and childcare are provided.
Tuesday, February 7
• Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
• St. Elmo Community Park Board, 7 p.m., Community Park Centennial Building.
Wednesday, February 8
• Reverb Youth 56 will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78 will meet 6:45-8 p.m. in the St. Elmo Christian Church.
Thursday, February 9
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
A benefit for Greg Haslett will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the St. Elmo Elementary gym. Donations of cakes, pies, etc and also donations of craft items, etc for the raffle can be taken to the gym starting at 10 a.m. Other info will be in next week’s news.
St. Elmo Lions Club annual pancake and sausage breakfast was discussed at the Jan. 23 meeting held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. It will be held on Saturday, March 4.
The annual defensive driving course will take place the end of March or beginning of April. Exact dates and times and more info will be forthcoming for both events.
President Dave Maxey opened the meeting by leading in the Pledge of Allegiance and Richard Lowe led in prayer.
Others present were Dave Cox, Don Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Skip Heaton, Holly Huffer, Max Hollingshead, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells, Will Williams and Randy Wolf.
District #202 Board of Education Hires New Superintendent
In personnel action at the St. Elmo Board of Education January meeting held the evening of Jan. 23 in the unit office, Julie Healy was employed as the new superintendent for a three-year employment contract term, July 1, 2017-June 20, 2020. Mrs. Healy is replacing Superintendent Deborah Philpot, who is retiring on June 30, 2017.
Healy currently is superintendent in the North Wayne School District in Cisne. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of education serving in roles as an educator, principal and superintendent.
The board meeting opened with the approval of the following consent agenda items: regular meeting minutes of the December board meeting; bills and financial reports; administrative reports.
The board set the date of Saturday, May 20, for the St. Elmo High School graduation, at 5 p.m.
Approved was a risk management draft plan.
Philpot gave a mid-year district financial update. The state is currently behind on categorical payments. No categorical funds for this year have been paid by the state.
Fayette County Extension Foundation
At the Fayette County Extension Foundation meeting held the evening of Jan. 23 at the Vandalia Extension Office, plans were made for the annual spaghetti dinner. The menu will include desserts made by the Fayette County Home and Community Education members. It is scheduled from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria. The charge will be a free-will offering.
Fayette County 4-H Clubs also will have a bake sale at the dinner.
Present at the start of the 7 p.m. meeting were the following: Kyra Willenborg of Vandalia, who presided over the meeting; Joan Schaal of St. Peter, Kevin Payne of Brownstown, Joy Sieben of Ramsey, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and Unit 21 Director Carl Baker. Arriving late were Brian Willenborg and his son.
The annual fall fundraiser, a soup dinner and 4-H club bake sale that were held Nov. 6 in the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria made $1,261 for the Extension Foundation. The foundation budget is used for 4-H and other Extension programs in the county.
The Fayette County Livestock Committee sponsored a fall fundraiser for Extension. Tickets at $10 each were sold for County Market Gift Cards ($300, $200, $100) and the drawing was held at the November Livestock Committee meeting. The profit for Extension was $590.
Winners were Ronnie Howard of Brownstown, $300; Judy Jenne of St. Peter, $300; and Brian Segrest of Farina, $100.
The next Extension Foundation meeting will be Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m., in the Vandalia Extension Office.
St. Elmo HCE
The St. Elmo Unit had the Jan. 24 afternoon meeting in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes. First Vice Sharon Shelton opened the meeting by leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered with “Do you like canned or frozen veggies best?”
Rhodes gave the special feature, “Canning,” and the major lesson, “Etiquette.”
The 2017 program books, “Down by the Riverside,” then were completed.
Refreshments served were apple bread pudding with a bourbon sauce, strawberry banana vfusion and a varieties of candy.
In addition to the hostess and Shelton, those present were Sarah Beasley, Karen Denning, Loretta Heischmidt, Erna Koontz, Mary Jane Mattix and Mary Myers.
ERD UMW District Leadership Team Meeting
Embarras River District United Methodist Women Leadership Team met Jan. 25 at the Effingham Centenary Methodist Church. President Carol Kessler of Shelbyville presided over the meeting. Searoba Mascher of Marshall gave devotions and prayer.
Kessler gave a report from the Conference meeting. UMW will service a dinner at the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Church Conference on June 8, from 5:50-6:30 p.m., with a skit and speaker, with the theme “Fired Up for Mission.” Bishop Frank J. Beard will be the speaker at the UMW Annual Conference on Oct. 7 at the Springfield First UMC on the theme “The Message is on Your Lips and in Your Heart.”
A treasurer’s report was given by Louella Christianson of Altamont, a communications report was given by Cheryl Murphy of Marshall, program resources report was given by Rose and Sabrina Lyttle of Marshall, nominations report was given by Joan Miller of Mode, spiritual growth report was given by Searoba Mascher of Marshall, social action report was given by Shirley Harder of Altamont, education and interpretation report was given by Linda Trent of Charleston, membership, nurture and outreach report was given by Lone Elliott of Shelbyville, Cunningham Children’s Home report was given by Bessie Slifer of Mode and Jo Sanders of Marshall and the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House report was given by Margie Eisenbarth of Nokomis and Evelyn Icenogle of Toledo, Others present were members of the nominating committee, Linda Connelly of Paris and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
After the meeting closed, most of them ate lunch at Martin’s IGA.
The district spring meeting will be at the Watson UMC on Thursday, April 20. Plans will be finalized at the next leadership team meeting, on Wednesday, March 22, at the Effingham Centenary Methodist Church.
A Spiritual Growth Retreat will start at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Illiopolis First UMC, and the Personal Growth/Officer Update will be on Thursday, March 9, at Newton Grace UMC.
The annual Cunningham Children’s Home Festival of Quilts will be April 7-8 at Urbana.