Chamber Chat

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

Post-legislative wrap-up visit with David Owen in conjunction with Rotary Tuesday, April 6 from noon-1:00 pm at the Al Neuharth Center on USD's campus.  Open to the public.  Meal is $6.50.

Ribbon Cutting for Alexis A. Tracy, Attorney at Law Thursday,  April 8 at 3 p.m. at 18 E. Main Street, Suite A.  

Jack Schultz Presentation Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in Farber Hall.  Topic: Boomtown USA:  The 7  Keys to Big Success in Small Towns.  Jack Schultz is a premier authority in economic development and is recognized for his ongoing research and vast knowledge of rural America.  The event is part of the VCDC's partnership with the Beacom School of Business and the Three Rivers Incubator Program.

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

• 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.  

• 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 & 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

• Good Friday – no school for Vermillion School District or USD, Friday, April 2.

• Hospital Auxiliary Meeting Fri., April 2 at 2 p.m. at the Care Center dining room at 125 Walker St.

• Gayville Hall—A Celebration of Chet Olsen  Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m. starring Tom Schaefer, Owen DeJong, Nick Schwebach, Larry Rohrer and guests.  Call 605-267-2859 for reservations.
Next Weeks

• USD Men's Golf host The Coyote Invite at The Bluffs Golf Course, April 4 & 5—all day.

• Presentation by Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham, 18-year-old wheelchair athletic born with Spina Bifida at Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom on Monday, April 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

• USD Women's Softball at NDSU in Fargo, Tuesday, April 6 from 3 to 7 p.m.

• USD Low Brass Ensemble in Concert presented by Dr. Jonathan Avis on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall.

• National Music Museum Brown Bag Lunch Program Percussive Pyrotechnics featuring Tatsuya Nakatani, a contemporary percussionist playing improvised/experimental music, jazz, rock, and noise.  Even begins at noon, 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.

• 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.

• 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 & 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.)

• Graduate Music Recital by William Darwin, Jr., baritone—Songs of Travel on Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall
Upcoming Events –
Mark Your Calendars!

• 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 at 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.

• American Legion Auxiliary-Wallace Unit #1 meets Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Senior Citizen Center in Vermillion.
• Lion's Club Pancake Feed April 14 and 15 at National Guard Armory from 5 to 7 p.m. April 14, 7 to 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. , and 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.  Free will offering.
• Marilyn Kratz to present The Writing Life—My Way to Stay a Child Forever at the Literary Luncheon Wed., April 14 at the Vermillion Public Library.  Lunch is served at 11:30 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
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.
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. 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
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.
Famous Dave's Dave Anderson coming to Vermillion, Thursday, April 29.  TBA.
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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