St. Elmo News

Thursday, August 10
• Tools for School, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Vandalia Presbyterian Church. See article following the announcements.                                                                                                                    
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.                                                                             
• St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., Beecher City Branch Library.                                          
• Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Friday, August 11
• Fayette County 4-H State Fair delegates will take their projects to the Illinois State Fair.  
• Tools for School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Vandalia Presbyterian Church.
Saturday, August 12
• Tools for School, 9 a.m.-noon, Vandalia Presbyterian Church.                                                                      
• Fayette County Farm Bureau sponsored Food Bank distribution starts at 10 a.m. in the Pinnacle Foods parking lot.                                                                                                                                  
• American Legion Post #420 fundraiser winners announced. See info in article after the announcements.                                                                                                                                               
Monday, August 14
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, August 15
• Final day that Royal Neighbors of America #5784 will collect school supplies. A designated box for the collections is at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tools for School Info
Tools for School is a program that provides free school supplies to Fayette County in-need students kindergarten through college. It will be operating at the Vandalia First Presbyterian Church on the following dates: Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m.-noon.
All students must accompany their parents or other adults to select their supplies. The facility is handicap accessible.
Those who will be picking up supplies must enter through the north door of the church, located at 1221 W. Fillmore, Vandalia.
For more info, call the church office at 283-0937.
American Legion Fundraiser Aug. 12
The St. Elmo American Legion Post #420 back in May started with a unique fundraiser, the sale of 1,000 numbered golf balls at $20 each, with the winners receiving $5,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.
The numbered balls will be dropped from a helicopter at the 4-Way Challenge and Golf Driving Range west of Effingham (Lake Sara 16041 N 1999 St.) at 2 p.m. this Saturday. The four balls closest to the designated area will be the winners. When the numbered balls were sold, names and phone numbers were kept on sheets of paper. The winners will be called Saturday.
The American Legion is getting $100 bills from the Fidelity Bank, so the winners will receive 50, 25, 15 and 10 of them.
As of Monday, there were only 70 numbered golf balls left to sell; a stand was at the Effingham County Fair to sell them.
In case some are still left to sell, you can check with Austin’s Parts and Hardware, Heckert’s Lawn Service and St. Elmo Golf Course in St. Elmo.
St. Mary’s Potluck
St. Mary’s Catholic Church had a potluck the evening of Aug. 5 to honor a seminarian, Zach Samples of St. Meinrod, Ind.
By helping the Rev. Marek Kasperczuk, he has been learning about parish life.
Special guests present included gather Michael Friedel and seminarian Domonic Rankin of Effingham.                 
Karen Denning decorated the tables with summer flowers. For the potluck, Ed and Mona Durbin grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.
There were 49 present. In addition to those mentioned, they were Chuck and Mary Myers, Ken and Susan Tackett, Willie and Helen Bergman, Dave and Joan Sebright, Pat Porter, Anna Marie Harris, Bev Shaffer, Lamina Buzzard, Vicky Haslett, Karen Denning, Debbie Jo Hough, Kathleen Kuebler, Laverne Buff, Al and Jan Niemeyer, Bill and Betty Springman, Brian Seibert, Paul Seibert, Pat Leach, Mark and Jennie Ann Heischmidt, Darlene May, Tony Koberlein, Matison and Kirby Koberlein, LaVonne Kramer, Carol Rine, Loretta Heischmidt, Carol Tony and Dennis, Kris, Jacob, Mackayla, Isaac, and Charlie and Tessa Goeckner.
Citizen of the Year
The St. Elmo City Council is sponsoring a Citizen of the Year again this year. The winner will be announced at the St. Elmo Labor Day celebration by Mayor Ernie Myers at about 12:45 p.m.
Nominations are open for anyone who has made contributions to the city of St. Elmo, regardless of residence. Nominations are to be mailed to or dropped off at the city office, 411 N. Main, St. Elmo. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 25, at noon.
All nominations are for an individual, not a group or organization, and must include the name of the nominee, a neatly written or typed letter containing the nominee’s affiliations, previous awards received and how the nominee demonstrates the following characteristics: community pride and leadership, how he or she has given of himself/herself to benefit the community, charity or organization and how he or she has made a contribution to the welfare and development of the community of St. Elmo and its citizens.
Included also is to be a letter stating why this nominee should receive the Citizen of the Year award.
The letter is to include your name and phone number; if not, the nominee will not be considered.
Each week, the St. Elmo Banner plans to print a summary from nomination letter or letters.


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