Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:

Attention Chamber Members!  If you serve the USD student community please join us for the Coyote Bash Monday, Aug. 30 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Downtown Vermillion, between Court & Market Streets.  The Coyote Bash is a partnership between the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Dakota which introduces incoming freshmen to the product and service offerings of the community.  Making the students aware of all we have to offer improves retention, maintains a strong customer base and keeps retail spending local.  Don't miss this great opportunity to build loyalty and a relationship with your customers from day one by setting up a table to introduce and promote your business to the new students.  For more information please call Ann at the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Co. or

Business After Hours hosted by Chaney CorInsurance and CorTrust Bank, 101 W. Main St., will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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 Ann at: or at 624-5571.

This Week's Happenings:

2010 Tanager Volunteer Day is Tuesday, Sept. 14. Businesses, schools, organizations, churches, clubs, etc. are encouraged to challenge our students as they can accomplish many things in a short time.  Our students enjoy cleaning, painting, vacuuming, planting trees, scrapping paint, office tasks, shredding, or almost any task you need completed.  The Tanagers are planning on a full day of work starting shortly after 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.  Please contact Lenni Billberg at or call the Vermillion High School and let him know what challenge you have for the students!

Citizens Academy: The City of Vermillion is offering a second Citizens Academy class 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 sessions will be once a week for eight weeks starting Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The sessions will be held at City Hall or at the different department sites.  The Citizens Academy allows Vermillion residents to get a behind the scenes look at how city government operates.  If interested please contact Evie at 677-7159 or

Community Alert:  Received from Farron Pratt, President, First Dakota National Bank:  In our community, there have been a large number of "phishing" attempts by criminal predators to gain access to debit or credit card numbers. In these "phishing" attempts, thieves set up computer-automated systems that call, email, or text area residents, hoping to reach someone who will share their account information. They use a community bank's name to increase the odds that their random calls will reach bank customers. Some can even mask the caller ID# and show that of the bank's. They claim to represent the bank, indicate there has been unusual or fraudulent activity on your account, and direct you to a bogus website, 800-number, or number menu, asking you to share your information. If you share your card information, within minutes they will be making purchases with your account.

These calls are computer-generated randomly to numbers common in a community, like 624-numbers.  These predators don't have your bank information or even know who you are or where you bank. They only randomly plug in phone numbers, unless you respond to their request and provide your personal information.

We all need to be alert to prevent these fraud attempts from being successful. Your local community bank will NEVER place an unsolicited call or email to request your personal information. If you receive one of these contacts, do not respond!  If you do provide information in response to one of these attempts, contact your bank immediately.

Announcement:  The Downtown Vermillion Action Team (DVAT) $100 Gas Card Raffle – $1 for a chance to win $100 gas card.  Two $100 gas cards will be raffled; tickets can be purchased from DVAT members and at the following downtown businesses: Nook 'n Cranny, Pressing Matters, Heart and Soul Fitness, Scoops, Sharing the Dream, and Raziels. Proceeds will support community projects taking place in Downtown Vermillion. Drawing to be held by the big tent at the Ribs, Rods, & Rock'n Roll event on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4:15 p.m. Need not be present to win. For more information, visit:

Cross Country and Beresford High School, Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.

USD Women's Soccer vs. Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City Friday, Aug. 27th at DakotaDome soccer field at 4 p.m. (H)

Football at Lennox High School  Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

Bull-A-Rama  Friday, Aug 27 – Unloading of the bucking bulls at the Clay Co. Rodeo Arena (2 miles west of Vermillion on Timber Road) at 7 p.m. and hog roast for general public ($5 donation).

Saturday, Aug. 28 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hy Vee parking lot:  Registration for mutton busting and steer riding; promotional events including bulls, bull riders, rodeo clowns, giveaways, pre-sale tickets, Miss Rachel Kelderman, Miss 2010 NFPB (Nat'l. Federation of Professional Bull Riders) and horse rides.

7 p.m. at Clay Co. Rodeo Arena – Bull-A-Rama, mutton busting, sanctioned Extreme Bullriding Tour, candy toss, steer riding.  Open class bull riding.  Evening ends with fireworks display by Fireworks Unlimited and a dance with live music by the Riata Band

Sunday, Aug. 29 – 9 a.m. Cowboy church at Clay Co. Rodeo Arena; 11 a.m. – trail ride from rodeo grounds with free will donation lunch.  For additional information, contact Linda Hawley, 605-202-0194.

Vermillion Farmers Market Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to noon in the public plaza (Main & Market St.) every Saturday through the end of September (except Sept. 11, when Ribs, Rods & Rock 'n Roll will be there).

Muenster Center to host USD Move-In Day Welcome Party with a vendor fair in the Muenster Center Ballroom Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Jill Ward at or 677-5398 to reserve a vendor table.

Great Dakota Wine Festival, Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29 at Valiant Vineyards/Buffalo Run Resort.  There will be live music, grape stomps, wine and spirit tasting from six SD wineries, sangria bar, food booths, arts and craft booths, SD made vendors, cooking demonstrations, winery tours, and an amateur winemaking contest!  For more information go to  Everyone welcome!

Next Week's Happenings:

Junior varsity football at Lennox High School, Monday, Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Golf at Harrisburg High School Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 8 a.m.

Volleyball Lennox/Todd Co. Tuesday, Aug. 31 at Vermillion High School at 4 p.m. (H)

Seventh/eighth grade football vs. Lennox Tues., Aug. 31 at Vermillion High School at 4:30 p.m. (H)

Ninth grade football at Lennox High School Thursday, Sept. 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf at Yankton High School, Friday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m.

Hospital Auxiliary Meeting Friday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Care Center dining room at 125 Walker St.

Girls tennis at Sioux Falls Roosevelt Friday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m.  

Football vs. South Sioux City in Dakota Dome Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. (H)

High School Cross Country at USD Saturday, Sept. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Monarch Migration Walk in the Park at Spirit Mound Historic Prairie Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch Program:  Duos for Harpsichord and Fortepiano featuring Asako Hirabayashi, harpsichord and Gail Olszewski, fortepiano playing works for two keyboards by J.S. Bach, W.F. Bach, J. Mattheson, F. Couperin, Krebs, Mozart, etc. on Friday, Sept. 10 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on The University of South Dakota campus on the corner of Clark & Yale Streets.

Ribs, Rods & Rock'n Roll, the "Sixth Annual State BBQ Championship Cook-Off," is Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11. Enjoy two big days of world-class BBQ ribs, food vendors, classic cars, street dance, beverage garden, arts and craft booths, kids entertainment and a smokin' music-fest in Vermillion's Historic Downtown.  For more information visit or call 605-624-5571.

2010 Nikki's Fund 5K Run/Walk – Sept. 11, 2010 at 9 a.m. in Prentis Park. This event is in honor of Nikki Harris, and all of those that have been affected by suicide/depression.  Nikki's Fund was started by Nikki's mother, Janine Harris, who lost her daughter to suicide. Since then she has been on a mission to promote Suicide Prevention Awareness to USD, the Vermillion community, and other surrounding communities. The goal of Nikki's Fund is to raise money for students that cannot afford medicine while battling depression and other health issues, and promoting suicide prevention. Contact Janine Harris at 677-5424 or or go to to register.
Vermillion Citywide Rummage Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 17-19.  For more information please call 624-4429.

Girl Scouts on the Run 5K Walk and Run on Sept. 18, including a shorter children's run. This fund raiser event for Girl Scouts will start at 9 a.m. at Prentis Park at the south shelter. For more information, contact Mary Edelen, 624-4760.

Megan O'Connor 1 Mile Family Fun Walk/5k Run Sun., Sept. 19 at Vermillion National Guard Armory at 2 p.m. Memorial scholarship/Gastric cancer awareness. T-shirt, prizes, food.  $20 entry.

One Book South Dakota Sunday, Sept. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. with discussion led by Jamie Sullivan of Mount Marty College. Vermillion Public Library will again be offering patrons the opportunity to participate in One Book South Dakota, a program begun in 2003 that encourages people from across the state to read and discuss the same book.  This year, participants will be reading and discussing What is the What, by Dave Eggers.  Sign up for the program and check out a copy of What is the What  at the Vermillion Public Library circulation desk.

On Sunday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m.,  the Vermillion Public Library will host a One Book South Dakota Movie Showing of "God Grew Tired of Us," a documentary related to the One Book SD selection, What is the What.  Jamie Sullivan from Mt. Marty College will be on hand to facilitate a discussion. Free.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday, Sept. 26 at the DakotaDome.

Dakota Days/Homecoming Week Monday, Sept. 27 – Sat., Oct. 2 at The University of South Dakota.  For more information, visit:

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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