St. Elmo News

Saturday, July 4
• Have a safe Fourth of July!
Sunday, July 5
• St. Elmo First United Methodist Church a couple of weeks ago started holding the Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday, Sunday school will start again, at 9:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall.
Tuesday, July 7
• St. Elmo Community Park District Board, 6 p.m., park Centennial Building.
Thursday, July 9
• St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 6 p.m., with a budget hearing, and the regular meeting will follow the hearing.
Lighthouse Pregnancy Annual Fundraiser
On Father’ Day, Fayette County churches received baby bottles that can be filled with change, dollars or a check for Vandalia Lighthouse Pregnancy Health Services.
The bottles are to be returned to the churches no later than Labor Day Sunday.
In past years, the fundraiser was held Mother’s Day through Father’s Day, but wasn’t this year because of COVID-19.
Fayette County HCE
The 73rd annual meeting of the Fayette County Home and Community Education is set for Monday, July 13, at the Senior Center (Golden Circle) in Vandalia. It will be a potluck, with registration at 4:30 p.m. and the meal at 5 p.m.
All county HCE members are urged to attend.
The program will include a memorial for members who died during the 2019-20 club year, approval of the 2020-21 budget, election and installation of officers for 2020-21, officer reports, certified volunteer hours awards and awards to Homemaker of the Year and the six units.
Plans were made at the June 22 meeting of the HCE Board, which was held 1:15p.m. at the Senior Center, with all board members present: President Ashley Davis, who now is a member-at-large (so she can represent all the units), First Vice Debbie Segrest, Secretary Joyce Muller and Cultural Enrichment Edith Runkel of the Vandalia Day Unit, Second Vice and Publicity Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit, Treasurer Connie Green of the Sefton Unit, Community Outreach/Family Issues/CVH Donna Blair of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit and International Marian Rubin of the St. Peter Unit.
Guests were Blair’s granddaughter, Isabelle Dufrain, and Segrest’s foster daughter.
The previous meeting of the HCE Board was Feb. 24, and because of COVID-19 meetings were not held in March, April and May. The meetings are usually held in the Fayette County Extension office, but because of COVID-19, the office has been closed and is not to open until the end of July.
The annual fundraiser auction at the Get-Acquainted Day has been held in April, but because of COVID-19, it is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Brownstown Golden Years building. Registration is 9:30 a.m. and the potluck brunch is served at 10 a.m. Members are to take a Bake It, Make It, Sew It or Grow It article(s) for the auction that will follow the brunch.
Dues for the 2020-21 club year are $15 and usually have to be collected by the end of June; this year, dues are to be collected by July 31 and sent to the county HCE treasurer, Connie Green.
The July Fayette County HCE Board meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 27, at the Senior Center.
St. Elmo Board of Education
The St. Elmo Board of Education met in a special and the regular session June 22 in the unit office.
At 7:15 p.m., the board opened the budget hearing. Superintendent Healy presented the amended budget, the board closed the budget hearing and approved the amended fiscal year 2020 budget.
At 7:30 p.m., the regular meeting was called to order and approved were the May 18 minutes, bills and financial reports and monthly reports.
The board granted authority to administrators to purchase a compact tractor up to $28,000, approved the elementary student handbook changes, approved the district insurance contract for fiscal year 2020 with McKellar, Robertson, McCarty and Click and with/Insurance/Ramza Insurance Group, approved the FY21 student fee schedule as presented, approved to advertise for milk, bread and fuel bids, and approved a contract for speech therapy services.
Dena Beccue was employed as junior-senior high school AER monitor, and Kearstin Scoles was employed as JH cheerleading sponsor.
St. Elmo Lions Club
The first St. Elmo Lions Club meeting since March 18 was held June 22 at the American Legion Home, with the following present: President Dave Maxey (who led in the Pledge of Allegiance), Pee Wee Denton (who led in prayer), Don Crawford,  Roger Fulk, Skip Heaton, Holly Huffer, Dan Laack, Mark Mash,  Bob Lowe, Rex Reeder and Bob Wells.
Prayers were given for Maxey’s son, David, who is still recovering and spent Father’s Day with his family after 80 days in the hospital; member Lloyd Stanley and his wife Mona; and Denton’s wife, Helen, who soon will undergo surgery.
The yearly defensive driving course, which was previously scheduled for March, has been cancelled for the remainder of the year; it will be held 2021.
This year, three students earned the Lions Club scholarships: Kaetlyn Fedrigon, Emma Gathe and Katelyn Maxey.
The St. Elmo Lions Club qualified for a Royal Neighbors of American #5784 matching-funds donation.
Lions Club has donated $500 to the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance.
The St. Elmo Food Pantry is in operation, and the Lions Club members will assist with shipment delivery again beginning on the second Tuesday, July 14.
Annual dues are payable by July 1.
Current officers will remain for the 2020-21 club year.
Labor Day activities will be discussed at the Monday, July 13, meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

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