Chamber Chat

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

Business After Hours at PrintSource, 121 E. Cherry St. on Tuesday, April 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Candidate Forum for all those running for city council/mayor will be held on Tuesday, May 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Neuharth Center on USD's campus.

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:

• Request for Help:  Four USD students lost all of their possessions in a fire this week when the off-campus home of  Dani Wertjes, Maya Cronwell, Alicia Sferrazza, and Danyel McFarlane burned to the ground.  James Parker, the dean of students, in partnership with the Student Government Assn., is requesting help for the students through the donation of money, clothes, or any other item that can help the students recover from this tragedy.
 • Shirts – Small, medium, and large/x-large.
 • Pants – size 4, size 6, size 2 – one of the women only wears skirts – large/x-large.
 • Shoes – size 6, size 7.5/8, size 9/9.5, size 7.
If you are willing to donate money, please bring donations to the Dean of Students Office, MUC 218.
• Announcement:  United Way of Vermillion is currently accepting applications for funding for 2011.  Applications are being taken now through May 6.  To request an application, email: or call 624-5354.
• Brown Bag Lunch Program at National Music Museum, Friday, April 16 at 12:05 p.m.  An English Treat featuring Susan Alexander-Max, London, playing the NMM's grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, Ca. 1815.  Alexander-Max, a fortepianist and clavichordist specializes in the music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Free and open to the public.
• Vermillion Middle School Track at Beresford, Friday, April 16 at 4 p.m. (T).
• High School Boy's Tennis vs. Mitchell Friday, April 16 at 4 p.m. (H).
• Visiting pianist, Susan Alexander-Max,  presents Masterclass Friday, April 16 in Colton Recital Hall at 1:30 p.m. Open to the public at no charge
• Music Concert  – USD Jazz Ensembles in concert with guest artist, Matt Wilson Friday April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall.
• Junior Varsity Baseball vs. Dakota Valley Saturday, April 17 at 12 p.m. (T).
• Music Recital – Christine Blunck and Kristin Edwards present their voice recital to the public at no charge Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall.
• Gayville Hall-The Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy Band in Gayville,  playing old-time country songs, Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m.  Call 605-267-2859 for reservations.
Next Weeks Happenings:

• USD Senior Horn Recital by Jessica Nielsen Sunday, April 18 in Colton Recital Hall at 2 p.m.  Open to the public at no charge.
• USD's Opera Theatre presents Puccini's comic opera "Gianni Schicchi" Sunday, April 18 in Colton Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets $5 adults; $3 students.
• Jolley School Third Grade Program:  "The Great American Melting Pot," directed by Gretchen Burbach.  Program will be held at Vermillion High School, Monday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
• Lecture Series – USD's Political Science League will host political scientist and  Harvard Professor Theda Scokpol Monday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom.
• Junior Percussion Recital by Carl Collison Monday, April 19 in Colton Recital Hall at 8 p.m.
• Jolley School Fourth Grade Program:  Lighten Up directed by Kristin Schmeling.  Program will be held at Vermillion High School, Monday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
• Vermillion Middle School Track Quad Monday, April 19 at 4 p.m. (H).
• Vermillion Area Farmers Market (VAFM) Pre-Season Vendor Meeting Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library Community Room.  All those interested in selling at the VAFM are welcome to attend.
• Double Brass Recital with Dr. Rick Rognstad Tuesday, April 20 in Farber Hall at 7 p.m.  Open to the public at no charge.
• Senior Clarinet Recital by Kimberly Meyer Wednesday, April 21 in Colton Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
• USD Theatre presents "Fat Pig," April 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m. at Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. Admission fee: $10 adults, $6 youth (K-12), $4 USD student. Call 677-5400 for reservations.
• Free Fluoride Varnish and Sealant Clinic for ages 1-18 in Dakota Hall Thursday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Call 605-677-5378 to schedule an appointment.
• Poetry/Literature Reading by poets Candace Black and Rick Robbins, Minnesota State University-Mankato Thursday, April 22 in Farber Hall at 4 to 6 p.m.
• Annual meeting of the Clay County Historical Society and Antiques Appraisal Fair at the Austin-Whittemore House on Thursday, April 22. Potluck supper at 6:05 p.m. (plates, napkins, flatware furnished).  Around 7 p.m., Joe Hoffman will hold annual Antiques Appraisal Fair for antiques of all sorts and sizes.  He will provide useful information about the antiques as well as an estimated value for each.  Everyone is welcome.
• Music Recital with trombonists Sean Bray and John Mathews Thursday, April 22nd in Colton Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.  Open to the public at no charge.
• Historics and Flicks series presents The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne on Thurs., April 22nd from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library.  A brief discussion facilitated by Jim Lorenz, a World War II history buff from Aberdeen, will follow.  Free and open to the public.
• Vermillion Middle School Track at Canton Thursday, April 22 at 3:45 p.m. (T).
• USD Sophomore Trombone Recital by Jimmy Bloomquist and Benjamin Mauritz Friday, April 23 in Colton Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.  Open to the public at no charge.
• Operation:  Military Kids, a collaborative effort to provide local community support for the children of SD National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  April marks the Month of the Military Child with a series of literacy activities at local public libraries.  An event will be held at Vermillion Public Library, Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. and is geared toward pre-school to early elementary aged children. Three to five local volunteers needed to help plan and execute the event.  For more information, contact Stacia McGourty, SD State Library, 605-773-6391 or
• Junior Saxophone  Recital with Alexis Washburn and Keith Nelson Saturday, April 24 in Colton Recital Hall at 3 p.m.  Open to the public at no charge.
• Senior Violin Recital by Kelly King Saturday, April 24 in Colton Recital Hall at 7 p.m.
• Gayville Hall – The Little Chicago Syncopators from Sioux City, IA, appearing in Gayville.  These seven fine musicians will be playing great New Orleans and Chicago style "jazz" of the 1920s and '30s on Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m..  Call 605-267-2859 for reservations.
Upcoming Events –
Mark Your Calendars!

• Famous Dave's Dave Anderson to give a presentation at USD's Muenster University Center on Thursday, April  29th at 7:30 p.m.
• Austin School Kindergarten Spring Music Program:  "It's a Small World After All," directed by Gretchen Burbach.  Program will be held at Vermillion High School, Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
 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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