Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company
116 Market Street, Suite 103
Vermillion, SD 57069

Chamber Business:
The Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company office has relocated to the Market Street Professional Building at 116 Market Street in Suite 103.  Please stop by and see us at our new location.  Look for us under the water tower!

 This Weeks Happenings!
• High School Boy's/Girl's Basketball at Parkston Friday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m.
• USD Men's Basketball vs. Cornell University Friday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
• High School Gymnastics at West Central Friday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
• High School Bowling vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln Friday, Jan 8 – TBA (H).
• JH Wrestling at Mitchell Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m.
• High School Wrestling at Brandon Valley Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m.
• High School Gymnastics at Stanley County Saturday, Jan. 9 at 12 p.m.
• USD Swimming/Diving at Washington College in Key Largo, FL Saturday, Jan. 9, all day.
• USD Men's Basketball vs SIU-Edwardsville Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at  the DakotaDome.

Next Weeks Happenings!
• USD Women's Basketball vs. Seattle University  Sunday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
• First Dakota National Bank hosts Agrivisions 2010 featuring Sue Martin on Monday, Jan. 11 at the Best Western Kelly Inn, 1607 East Hwy. 50, Yankton.  Farmers, agri-business professionals and business owners are invited to attend. Sue Martin, president and owner of Ag & Investment Services, Inc., has 36 years experience in the brokerage business.  She is a regular analyst on "Market to Market," a weekly TV program and is heard regularly on radio stations across the country. Get ready for an exciting opportunity to hear Sue present a fundamental domestic and global look on corn, soybeans, and wheat.  She will also share her opinions on how the markets will respond and how producers might best time their cash marketing. Agrivisions 2010 begins with registration from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and Sue's presentation at 7 p.m. Call 605-665-4904 or 800-657-5826 to reserve a seat.
• Fourth Annual "Heroes Behind The Badges" Community Blood Drive Monday, Jan. 11, from 10  a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wal-Mart and 2:30 to 6 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion Hospital.  Vermillion law enforcement and the Vermillion Fire Department will be battling to see who can recruit the most blood donors for the community's blood supply. The public is encouraged to come in to donate and designate their donation to the department of their choice. All donors will receive a blood donor t-shirt. The department credited with the most blood donations will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year. Donors must bring an ID, be 17 years of age or older (16 years old with signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 lbs. or more and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood. For more information or to make an appointment, call 624-2611.  Walk-ins are welcome.
• USD Men's Basketball vs Longwood University Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
• High School Gymnastics vs. Madison Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.
• Cancer Support Group Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the Al Neuharth Media Center Conference Room  (corner of Dakota & Cherry St. on USD campus). Support group meetings to be held on second Wednesday of every month. Education component: Ashley Herrity, RN, Chemotherapy Services at Sanford Vermillion.
• USD Faculty Horn Recital featuring Dr. Gary L. Reeves Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Colton Recital Hall.
• Chamber Night with the Musketeers Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16. The Sioux City Musketeers will recognize all Siouxland area Chambers and their communities that are at the game on Jan. 15 and 16. For more information or to purchase your tickets contact Rhonda Johnson at 712-251-1587.
• USD Women's/Men's Indoor Track & Field Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16 at the Holiday Inn Invite in Lincoln, NE (all day).
• Brown Bag Lunch Program at the National Music Museum on The Living Roots of Music featuring Lauren Pelon from Red Wing, MN  on Friday, Jan. 15 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. The story of music and musical instruments from diverse cultural heritages will be explored through Pelon's singing and virtuosic playing on more than 25 ancient and modern instruments. 
• USD Women's/Men's Swimming and Diving against SDSU and St. Louis University, Saturday, Jan. 16 in Brookings, from 1 to 4 p.m.
• USD Women's Basketball vs. University of North Dakota Saturday, Jan. 16 in the DakotaDome at 6 p.m.
• USD Men's Basketball vs. University of North Dakota Saturday, Jan. 16 in the DakotaDome at 8 p.m.

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!
• Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service,  Monday, Jan. 18. Registration has begun for the 2010 MLK Day of Service.  Volunteers, groups, or individuals as well as site leaders to help facilitate the projects are needed. Pre-register at to volunteer and email if you are interested in being a site leader or have a project idea. For information, call 605-677-6338.
• Vermillion Area Arts Council  (VAAC) hosts Art for Peace Exhibit and a Bargain Basement Sale Mon., Jan. 18 at the Washington Street Arts Center to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Students from USD's Center for Academic Engagement will assist VAAC volunteers with both events. The Art for Peace Exhibit in the Gallery from 1 to 6 p.m. will feature works by artists of all ages. Visual artists are invited to display original works addressing the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights issues, social issues, or peace in any art form. All work must be hand-delivered to Washington Street Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. or between 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 or Sunday, Jan. 17. Refreshments will be served and the exhibit is free and open to the public.
• The Bargain Basement Sale will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18. Donated items for the sale can be brought to the Arts Center basement on Friday, Jan. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m.; or Monday, Jan. 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact the VAAC,, or 605-675-9053.
• Preservation Wednesdays – The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and the Clay County Historical Society are presenting the second Annual Series of Historic Presentations. A presentation by Will Schweinle entitled "Vintage Tools" will be at 7 p.m. at the Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The presentations are free and open to the public.
• Book Blab at the Vermillion Public Library will be held in the Community Room on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Adult readers will share favorite authors and books and discover some new ones with other book lovers. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
• Fun & Games at the Vermillion Public Library will be held in the Community Room on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. Adults and youth ages 12 and up will play board games and put jigsaw puzzles together. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
• Clay County ACS Relay for Life, Sunday, Jan. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at the DakotaDome. Sponsored by the Clay County ACS and the USD Campus Against Cancer organization. For more information, contact Wess Pravecek at 624-5352.

Citizens Academy
The city of Vermillion is starting a Citizens Academy for all Vermillion residents over the age of 18. The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that allows citizens an insight into city services and the functions of city departments.
The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to familiarize citizens in the community with the city of Vermillion's government. The program will include the function of city departments, explain the relationship between the city council, planning commission and city administration, allow an overview of the budgetary process and it will provide an outlet for citizen input.
All participants interested in the Citizens Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program. All sessions, unless otherwise noted, start at 5 p.m. and will meet at City Hall on Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2, March 16, March 23, and March 29. During the course, several sessions will meet away from City Hall at different department sites.
The Citizens Academy is a hands-on experience that will allow Vermillion residents to get a behind the scenes look of how your city government operates. The class will graduate with a certificate in "Governmentology" and a key to the city at the end of the last session.  If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please contact Evie Johnson, public relations and education coordinator at 605-677-7159 or

The Foundation of Your City Government
Introduction to the class, city government, and the finances of the city.  Come meet the City Council members and take a tour of City Hall.

The Business of  Water
There are more than 4000 residential, commercial, and industrial connections to the City's water and sewer system.  All water from the faucets, drains, and flushes come from somewhere and go somewhere.  Learn about where that somewhere is and how we get clean water to the places you need it most!
The Landfill: The You'll Never Call it a "Dump" Again Tour and the Recycling Loop
The sanitary landfill of today is not the dump of previous generations. Come learn how the landfill operates and see what stuff we are keeping out of the landfill because of recycling.

Emergency Services – In the Line of Duty
Overview of VPD, fire department, and EMS.

Potholes, Pavement, and Streetlights
Building and maintaining streets, drainage issues, traffic flow and the street lights that light your path.

Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Chamber Chat? If you do, please call us at 624-5571 or email us at

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