Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company 906 E Cherry St., Vermillion, SD  57069 605-624-5571   Chamber Business: • Coyote Bash will take place on Monday, Aug. 31 this year from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in downtown Vermillion.  As part of their Orientation, new students will walk down from USD to downtown Vermillion for free food, games, and to meet area merchants.  Please help us in welcoming these students to Vermillion. You can set up a booth, have giveaways, or participate in any other way you would like and have a presence there!  Call Carly at 624-5571 with any questions you may have. • Our new Web site has launched!  This new and improved version of our Web site will offer Vermillion area visitors and potential customers better access to your goods and services.  Check it out at  We are also on Twitter!  You can see updates on our website's homepage or follow us at   This Weeks Happenings! • The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community. Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. While funds available are limited, we can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects. Your annual donations to our Foundation will provide us with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects. • Pandemic Flu Planning Sessions will be held in the Board Room at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Tuesday, Sept. 1. For more information or if you are interested in participating please call Julie Girard at 605-638-8466.  We'd like any community partners there to help us discuss and review plans for this type of an event.  The session on Aug. 18 will be phase 1 tabletop discussion of pandemic flu issues and Sept. 1 will be phase 2.  You can attend both or one of the sessions.  Space is limited so please rsvp. • Vermillion Sesquicentennial Exhibit, located on the second floor of the University Libraries will be on display through the month of August.  Materials from the USD Archives and Special Collections will be featured.   Next Weeks Happenings! • Middle School Open House, Monday, Aug. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. • Both Sides of the River:  Mel Spinar Retrospective will be on exhibit at The University Art Galleries in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, Aug. 24-Sept. 17.  A reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11.  The Main Gallery is open to the public free of charge between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. • An Ice Cream Social hosted by the Catholic Daughters will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Agnes. • Sixteenth Annual Bull-A-Rama is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28, 29 and 30.  There will be bulls, bull fighters, clowns, bull riders, hog roast, horse rides and more at the Clay County Park Rodeo Grounds! Advance tickets are available at Hy-Vee, Pump & Pak and Jones' Food Center. • Eagles Catfish Tournament on the Missouri is Saturday, Aug. 29. Two-man team is $30. For more information and to sign up before Aug. 24 please call 605-624-9934 or stop at the Eagles at 114 W. Main St. • Great Dakota Wine Fest is at Buffalo Run Resort/Valiant Vineyards Winery on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 & 30. Amateur Winemaker Contest, wine tasting, grape stomp, live music, food booths, cooking demonstrations and more!   Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars! • 5KRun/Walk for Nikki's Fund, hosted by USD, Sanford Vermillion-Student Health Services and Community Suicide Prevention Partners in support of Nikki's Fund and to raise suicide awareness will be Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. beginning at Prentis Park.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. on site or you can register at • As part of Slow Food International and in partnership with Buy Fresh Buy Local – South Dakota, a community-wide pot luck will be Labor Day, Sept. 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. This Eat-In is one of hundreds taking place on the same date across the nation to promote healthy, real food in schools and draw attention to the Child Nutrition Act, up for reauthorization this year. • Curbside Recycling starts Tuesday, Sept. 8. • United Way Campaign Kick-Off  Picnic will be Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Vermillion High School. This will be an "old-fashioned" picnic with a hog roast and all the trimmings kicking off the annual United Way Fund Drive.  The cost is $5. • Monarch Migration is Thursday, Sept. 10 at Spirit Mound, at 6:30 p.m.  Monarch butterflies make an incredible journey to Mexico in the fall.  Participants will learn about Monarchs' migration pattern and help with the research project along the meandering trail to the summit of Spirit Mound, six miles north of Vermillion on Hwy 19.  It's free and fun for the whole family! For more information go to or call 605-232-0873. • Ribs, Rods & Rock 'n Roll  will take place Sept. 11 and 12 in Vermillion.  State Barbeque Championship, car show, music fest, poker run and more! Volunteers are also still needed so if you or your group would like to help plan, coordinate or work the day of the event, they could use your help! Visit for more information or call Jody at 605-359-3154. • The Stavig Letters at the Washington Street Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.  A readers' theater of a collection of letters sent between brothers Lars and Knudt Stavig. One emigrated to South Dakota in 1876 and the other stayed in Norway. Pie and coffee will be served.  Please call 605-624-9279 with questions. • Brown Bag Lunch Program at the National Music Museum featuring the return of folk singer and song writer Dennis Warner "Picking Up Where He Left Off" on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. • Brown Bag Lunch Program at the National Music Museum featuring Sparky and Rhonda Rucker "American Songs & Stories" on Friday, Sept. 18 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. • Vermillion's City Wide Rummage Sale will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19. • Fun & Games is Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library. Adults and youth, ages 12 and up will play board games and put together jigsaw puzzles. Free and open to the public. • One Book South Dakota Book Discussion is Sunday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library.  Read and discuss Dan O'Brien's "Buffalo for the Broken Heart" with discussion facilitated by Jamie Sullivan of Mt. Marty College. Free and open to the public. • Paula Damon Reading is Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library. Paula Bosco Damon, an award-winning writer and Vermillion Plain Talk columnist will speak.  Everyone welcome at no charge!   Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Monday Messenger? If you do please call us at 624-5571 or email us at

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