Chamber Chat

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

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.

This Weeks Happenings!
• Announcement:  Master Gardener Training in Vermillion provided by SD Cooperative Extension Service for people interested in gardening.  Deadline for registration is April 1.  Vermillion training dates:  April 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; and June 3, 10, 17, 24.  Sessions held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information visit, call 605-665-3387, or visit any extension office.  
• United Way of Vermillion is currently accepting applications for funding for 2011.  Applications are being taken now through May 6, 2010.  To request an application, email: or call 624-5354
• Census Downtown Food Pantry Collection – Make Your Family Count by Helping Another Family.  The Downtown Vermillion Action Team (DVAT) is conducting a food drive April 1-10 for the Vermillion Food Pantry and encouraging people to turn in their Census Forms and help another Vermillion family by donating food at following participants:  CorTrust Bank, First Bank & Trust, Bank of the West, Vermillion Vision Clinic, Coffee Shop Gallery, University Cleaners, Vermillion Beauty Shop, Fullerton Lumber, Plains Justice, *Sharing the Dream, *Scoops, *Chaes, *R-Pizza, *Heart & Soul Fitness, City of Vermillion, Raziels, Ava Morgan, Recuerdos, Nook'n Cranny, Never Never Land, Heartland Home Care, Lumo Studios, & Nygren's True Value. The more people returning their census forms, the more federal funds Clay County will receive for community services.  For those who did not receive a Census form in the mail, additional census forms are available at City Hall. *Offering incentives.
• National Music Museum Brown Bag Lunch Program Percussive Pyrotechnics featuring Tatsuya Nakatani, a contemporary percussionist playing improvised/experimental music, jazz, rock, and noise. Event begins at 12:05 p.m., Friday, April 9 in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall at National Music Museum.
• Lecture on Distinguished Quantitative Literacy from Mathematical Literacy by Dr. Rick Gillman, chair of mathematics, Valparaiso University, on Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Farber Hall, USD.
• Graduate Music Recital by William Darwin, Jr., baritone – Songs of Travel on Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall.
• ACT Test Saturday, April 10 at 8 a.m.
• High School Boy's/Girl's Track at Dakota Valley, Saturday, April 10 at 11 a.m. (T).
• Coyoteopoly Day – Come join Coyoteopoly at the Eagles Club for Coyoteopoly Day Saturday, April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a sloppy joe and hot dog feed, an auction and a raffle to help raise money for trees, benches, and trash receptacles for the bike trails, trees on the Kidder Street intersection, banners for Cherry Street, as well as contributing to trash receptacles for the downtown area.
• Second Annual Lassos & Legends hosted by the SD Cooperative Extension Service, Saturday, April 10 beginning at 4 p.m. Meal at 5 p.m. followed by program featuring Dayton Hyde, rancher, author and photographer. A youth (ages 8-18) public speaking contest is part of the event with contest starting at 2 p.m. at Clay  County 4-H Center in Vermillion.  To register for either the Lassos & Legends event or youth public speaking contest, call Will Kennedy at 677-7111 or e-mail:
• Free Tax Preparation by certified Law & Business Students Saturday, April 10. 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.)
• Gayville Hall-The Hay Country Jamboree in Gayville, Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m. starring John and Susan McNeill, Dan Kilbride, Dalton Coffey, and guests.  Call 605-267-2859 for reservations.

Next Weeks Happenings:
• Polar Plunge Fundraiser for the Vermillion Special Olympics on Sunday, April 11 at 1 p.m. in the field north of Pro's (west of the Dome). The cost is $100 to plunge or to be "Too Chicken to Jump".  Businesses giving $50 or more will get their name on the back of t-shirts and will be promoted at the event.  Proceeds go to area athletes to cover travel, equipment, and registration fees for area and statewide events. Call Jennifer @ 605-670-0030 or e-mail for information.
• Sharing the Dream will host a book reading and signing by author Laura Wilson, a Vermillion native, on April 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.  Mayan elders share their memories and experiences in her book, Stories of Survival.
• Varsity Baseball vs. Mt. Vernon Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m. (H).
• Junior Varsity Baseball vs. Mt. Vernon Sunday, April 11 at 6 p.m. (H).
• Music Recital – Ella Ricker presents her senior viola recital to the public at no charge on Sunday, April 11, 1 p.m. at USD Colton Recital Hall.
• Musical Recital – Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland, professor of voice at USD presents a voice recital to the public at no charge on Sunday, April 11, 4 p.m. at Colton Recital Hall.
• Festival of Nations at USD Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom Sunday, April 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Event features food samples from native cooks, entertainment, and more.  Advance tickets available for a $2 discount or e-mail isc@usd.
• American Legion Auxiliary-Wallace Unit #1 meets Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Senior Citizen Center in Vermillion.
• USD Women's Softball vs. Dakota State University Tuesday, April 13 at 5 and 7 p.m. at Dakota Dome Softball Complex (H).
• Marilyn Kratz to present The Writing Life – My Way to Stay a Child Forever at the Literary Luncheon Wednesday, April 14 at Vermillion Public Library.  Lunch is served at11:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the Library and the program begins at 12:10 p.m. Tickets are $9/person and can be purchased at the library up to April 9. (No phone reservations).  For more information, call 677-7060 or e-mail
• Cancer Support Group meets Wednesday, April 14 at Al Neuharth Media Center, corner of Cherry & Dakota St. (use north entrance) at 6:30 p.m.  Call Marcy at 624-8706 if you have questions.
• Lion's Club Pancake Feed April 14 and 15 at National Guard Armory from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 7 to 8:30 a.m., 11 to 12:30 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 15. Free will offering.
• Guest Artist Master Class presented by Matt Wilson Thursday, April 15 in USD Colton Recital Hall at 11 a.m. Open to the public at no charge.
• USD Women's Softball at SDSU Thursday, April 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. (T).
• Music Recital – Megan Donohoo presents her graduate voice recital to the public at no charge Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.

Upcoming Events –
Mark Your Calendars!
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Annual meeting of the Clay County Historical Society & 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.
• Historics and Flicks series presents "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne on Thursday, April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. 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.
• 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
• Famous Dave's Dave Anderson to give a presentation at USD's Muenster University Center on Thursday, April  29 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.
• Travel to Guatemala with Diane Nesselhuf June 17-27.  If interested in the trip, contact Diane at

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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