Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:
Business After Hours:  Are you looking for an opportunity to show off your business and network with your peers?  Sign up to host a Business After Hours event!  These events generally run from 5 to 7 p.m. on a weeknight and the hosting business provides hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.  If interested, please contact Carly at: or at 624-5571.
VCDC Committees:  Are you interested in becoming more active with the VCDC and in the Community?  Join one of our new committees!  We currently have two new committees that we are searching for great volunteers. These committees are the Special Events Committee and the Legislative Affairs Committee.  If you love event planning, the Special Events Committee is for you!  This committee will work to plan and promote special events that the VCDC hosts such as the Annual Fourth of July Celebration, the Annual Golf Social, and the Annual Banquet.  Are you interested in the legislative issues that affect Clay County and local businesses?  The Legislative Affairs Committee will work to stay up to date on such issues and keep the VCDC membership informed. If you are interested in either of these committees or would like more information, please contact Carly at or at 624-5571.

This Weeks Happenings!
• USD Women's Tennis vs. Appalachian State University in Orlando, FL, Friday, March 12 at  8 a.m.
• High School Show Choir Competition Saturday, March 13 at Sioux Falls Washington (TBA).
• Junior Northern Wheelchair Basketball Conference Tournament Saturday, March 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vermillion High School. Ten teams will be competing.
• Heartland Humane Society offers humane education services for classrooms, civic groups and professional groups that include topics such as the function of the humane society in the community, proper animal care, choosing the right pet for your family's lifestyle, and the importance of spaying and neutering to prevent pet overpopulation.  A program can be tailored to meet your specific needs as well.
To have a representative from Heartland Humane Society speak to your classroom, civic group or other group, please contact Tasha Anderson at 605-664-4244 or email

Next Weeks Happenings!
• USD Men's Golf Jackrabbit Invitational Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 in Primm, NV (all day).
• USD Women's SDSU Golf Invite Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 in Primm, NV (all day).
• Arts Advocacy in South Dakota Monday, March 15.  Presented by Pat Boyd, executive director of South Dakotans for the Arts at 7 p.m. in Farber Hall.  Free and open to the public.
• Calculus:  The Musical! Tuesday,March 16 at 4 p.m. in Farber Hall. Produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati and hosted by the Department of Mathematics. A comic "review" of the concepts and history of calculus. Free and open to the public.
• Pancake & Wojapi Feed Fund Raiser Tuesday, March 16, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Armory.  Event supports the Wawokiya Mentoring Program in TRIO Student Support Service.
• Preservations Wednesdays sponsored by Clay County Historic Preservation Commission & Clay County Historical Society will feature Bill Ranney – Archaeology in Clay County – on Wednesday, March 17 at Vermillion Public Library at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Jim Wilson, 624-4579.
• St. Patrick's Day Celebration sponsored by The Vermillion Area Arts Council to be held Wednesday, March 17 at the Washington Street Arts Center, 5 to 8 p.m. Live music from the Public Domain Tune Band, hearty Irish stew and barley soup, breads from Vermillion's finest baker, Larry Smith and a children's art activity table will be featured as well as door prizes and a display of Danny Grindle's organically whimsical prints.  Tickets:  $8 for VAAC adult member; $12 for non-member adults; $5 for children 11-18 and free for children ages 10 years and under. Tickets available in advance at Nook 'n Cranny.
• International Forum: The Global Warming Hoax?" Wednesday, March 17. Dr. Moses Ikiugu (Health Sciences), Dr. Dennis Johnson (Economics) and Dr. Mark Sweeney (Earth Sciences) will discuss current climate change issues at noon in Farber Hall.
• Historics & Flicks Series presents The Journey of August King by John Ehle, Thursday, March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library.  A brief discussion facilitated by Jim Zuercher, adjunct faculty and writing specialist at Morningside College will follow. Free and open to public.
• USD Women's Tennis play Cleveland State University at noon and Iowa State University at 4 p.m. in Ames, IA Thursday, March 18.
• National Music Museum Brown Bag Lunch Program Music for Sweet and Cross Flutes, featuring Susanne Skyrm (USD) and Judy Walker (Sioux City), playing music for harpsichord, fortepiano, flute, and recorder at noon on Friday, March 19 in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall at National Music Museum.
• USD Chamber Orchestra in Concert Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall.
• Schmeckfest – A Festival of Tasting in Freeman, March 19 and 20 and March 26 and 27.  Advance sale meal tickets only:  adults  – $20; children 2-10 – $8.  Serving time:  4 to 7 p.m. Demonstration and display activities open from 1 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 605-925-4542 or
• Fireman's Ball Saturday, March 20 at the Vermillion Eagle's Club. Music by Clay Creek.
• USD Women's Tennis Saturday, March 20 at Creighton University in Omaha, NE (all day).
• Free Tax Preparation by certified Law and Business Students Saturday, March 20.  VITA will be filing simple tax returns for students and low income persons at the Vermillion Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Bring all necessary documents, (i.e., social security cards, all W2's, 1099s, interest statements, etc.)
• USD Music Recital Saturday, March 20 at 3 p.m. in Farber Hall.  Presented by Rachel LaForge, Graduate Cello Recital.  Free and open to the public.
• Music Concert Saturday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. USD Chamber Singers perform in Vermillion's United Church of Christ sanctuary. Free and open to the public.

 Upcoming Events –
Mark Your Calendars!
• Boy Gets Girl March 24-27 at 7:30  p.m., and March 28 at 2 p.m. at USD Arena Theatre. Reservations:  605-677-5400.
• Vermillion Middle School Spring Picture Day Thursday, March 25.
• Vermillion High School After-Prom Committee will host the ninth annual dinner and basket auction Thursday, March 25 at the Eagles with social hour from 6 to 7 p.m.  Meal prepared by Bliss's Bar-B-Q will be served at 7 p.m. Community invited. The evening will end with an auction of donated items from area businesses and community members starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from: Nook 'n Cranny, Davis Pharmacy & Jones' Food Center. For more information or if you are interested in donating items, please contact Damian and Jeanne Donahoe at 624-5173.
• Chilly – Chili – Chile at the W.H. Over Museum Friday, March 26. All chili chefs are invited to enter their favorite pot of chili. Come and sample the different versions of chili and vote for your favorite. All ages welcome. A free will offering will be accepted. To enter contest, contact the museum at 605-677-5228 or stop by and register your best recipe. Bring enough to serve 10-15 people. Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m.  Program featuring Dave Swanson, USD biologist, begins at 7 p.m. on the Birds of Chile.
• Tails & Trails Event in Vermillion hosted by Heartland Humane Society on Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cotton Park in Vermillion. The community is invited to walk with or without your dog or with one of the adoptable dogs. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Donations to the shelter will be accepted with all proceeds going toward the care of the shelter pets.

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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