Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:
Chamber Day with the Coyotes – Join your fellow Chamber members at a tailgate party to help kick off the 2010 Coyote Football season.  The VCDC and Coyote Athletics are partnering for Vermillion Chamber Day at the Sept. 18 home opener. The Coyotes are offering Chamber members and their family half-price tickets to the game. The VCDC will be hosting a tailgate party and member social in the new tailgate area in the middle grass area on south side of the Dakota Dome from 2 to 4 p.m. Come to the pre-game tailgate to socialize with your fellow members even if you can't attend the game.  For ticket information, contact the VCDC at 624-5571.
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening at Margo's Moppets on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at 905 SD Hwy 50. Vermillion's new child center and preschool opened in August.  Please join us in welcoming Margo's Moppets to the community!  Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.  Check out their new website at
Business After Hours co-hosted by Valiant Vineyards/Buffalo Run Resort and Security National Bank of SD at Valiant Vineyards, 1500 W. Main St., Thursday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Please join us for hors d'oeuvres, refreshments & fun!
Business After Hours:  Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase 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:
Brown Bag Lunch Program:  "Front Porch Stories & Blues" featuring Alvin "Little Pink" Anderson, son of the legendary South Carolina Piedmont bluesman, Pink Anderson.  Friday, Sept. 17 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.
High School X-Country Invite  at USD, Friday, Sept. 17 at 3:45 p.m. (H)
USD Women's Soccer vs Eastern Washington University Friday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. at DakotaDome soccer field.
High School Homecoming Football vs. Canton Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. (H)
Vermillion Citywide Rummage Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-19. For more information please call 624-4429.
Volleyball at Bon Homme Saturday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 a.m. (T)
Vermillion Area Farmers Market, Saturday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to noon in the public plaza (Main & Market St.) every Saturday throught the end of September.
Seventh/Eighth Grade Football at Dakota Valley Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. (T)
Notice:  Girl Scouts on the Run 5K Walk and Run scheduled for Sept. 18 has been cancelled.
USD Women's Rugby vs. Augustana Saturday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Rugby Pitch located along Hwy. 50 directly behind the red day care building
Rockin'Ribfest in Historic Downtown Yankton Saturday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. will feature free live music, a free Kids' Playland, an Amateur Rib Cook-Off Competition and rib vendors from across the Midwest.  For more information or to become an Amateur Rib contestant, call 605-260-3003 or e-mail  Visit for more information.
Vermillion's Biggest Baby Shower sponsored by Faith Fellowship for Moms with a baby under 12-months old or for those expecting a baby, Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library.  For more information contact Sarah Armbrust, baby shower event coordinator at 605-624-4116.
Heartland Humane Society Teams with Maurices for Donation Drive & Fashion Show.  The Rescues & Runways donation drive extends through the entire month of September and features a runway fashion show at the Yankton Mall by the fountain, Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m.  HHS adoptable animals will be available to meet that day from 1 to 4 p.m.  For more information re the Rescues & Runways donation drive/fashion show, contact Julie at Maurices, 605-665-2268 or Tasha Anderson at HHS, 605-664-4244.
Quilt Show sponsored by quilters from Vermillion and area with opening day on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the W. H. Over Museum in Vermillion from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Quilting demonstrations. Vendors will be present. A quilt made during the Civil War will be featured.  Show runs thru Sept. 25 – museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Donations of $2 are suggested.  Call Ann @ 605-624-3548 for more information.
Vermillion Area Arts Council's Annual Meeting Saturday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street. Please come and bring a dish for our harvest potluck. You can also renew your membership and share your talent on an open stage.  Enjoy an evening celebrating the bounty of nature and art by Nancy Losacker, Nancy Carlsen and Institute for Conservation Photographers.  At the event VAAC Members will elect five new directors for the nine-member board. At 8:30 p.m., you'll have a chance to see a 20-minute film, Wild versus Wall related to the photo exhibit, "Continental Divide:  Borderlands, Wildlife, People and the Wall."  The Arts Center Gallery will be open Tuesdays, Sept. 21, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. for those who would like to come and view the art on those days as well.
Gayville Hall – "A Celebration of Woody Guthrie" with John & Susan McNeill and guests appearing in Gayville, Saturday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.  Call 605-267-2859 for reservations.
Homecoming Dance at Vermillion High School Saturday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Next Week's Happenings:
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.
Eighth Annual Dogs of Summer Contest sponsored by Sanford Health, 125 Walker St., Monday, Sept. 20 (rain date Tuesday, Sept. 21) at Care Center Courtyard (please enter courtyard from south on Jane St.). Registration begins at 6:45 p.m. and judging begins at 7 p.m. Judging categories: Best Dressed, Best Treat Catcher, Most Talented, Smallest/Largest, Oldest, Longest/Shortest Tail & Best Barker. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Reminder: dogs must be securely attached to a leash at all times.
Charmaine White Face will speak about "The Impact of Uranium Mining on South Dakota," Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room, Al Neuharth Center, University of South Dakota, in Vermillion. Central to her message is that all of us are threatened by radioactive waste.  Radioactive dust is carried by the wind and interconnected waterways, and toxic poisons in the soil work their way into the mainstream food chain.  The Living River Group Sierra Club and the South Dakota Humanities Council are sponsoring the lecture/discussion.
Vermillion Area Farmers Market, Thursday, Sept. 23, 3 to 7 p.m. on corner of Cherry & High St.
Senior Citizen Center Fundraising Dinner Thursday, Sept. 23. Serving starts at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets $7/person.
Adventures in Architecture – Community Education Course, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at 1101 James St. Call Jim Wilson, 624-4579 or for further information.
Brown Bag Lunch Program: Friday, Sept. 24 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on The University of South Dakota campus, corner of Clark & Yale Streets:  The Tudors: Music for Voice & Lute from the Tudor Courts featuring the Mignarda Lute Song Duo (Spencer, NY) with singer, Donna Stewart, and lutenist, Ron Andrico.  Including works by Ockeghem, Busnoys, Cornysh, Morales, and John Dowland.
American Legion Auxiliary District 7 Fall Meeting at the William J. Radigan Fire Station located at 820 N. Dakota St., Saturday, Sept. 25.  Social at 12:30 p.m. followed by Business Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events — Mark Your Calendars!:
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday, Sept. 26 at the DakotaDome.
Tom Brokaw to speak at USD: "Uncle Sam Needs Us", Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Muenster University Center.
Dakota Days/Homecoming Week Monday, Sept. 27 – Saturday, Oct. 2 at The University of South Dakota.
The 96th Annual Dakota Days Parade is being held on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. You can access the  Community Packet online at  Join the REDVOLUTION and get involved by registering for the parade and by competing in the improved Paint Main competition.  Registration ends on Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.  For questions or more information contact
The Honorable James Leach, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, to speak on "Civility in a Fractured Society" at USD in the Al Neuharth Center, Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.  RSVP by Sept. 24 to Linda Rupp at 605-677-5370 or
Hazardous Waste Collection Event Friday, Oct. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Vermillion Missouri Valley Recycling Center, 840 N. Crawford Road.  $10 fee per vehicle to help defray the collection cost.  This is an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of products containing harmful chemicals, i.e., cleaning supplies, household products (florescent bulbs, bug sprays, medicines, etc.), shop, hobby area and repair supplies (latex and oil-based paint, used oil, anti-freeze, cleaners, thinners/solvents, lubricants, stains, strippers, lead acid batteries, oil filters, etc.), yard, garden and farm supplies (pesticides, herbicides & other products).
Scrap Tire Clean Up! Oct. 1 through Oct. 8 at the City of Vermillion Landfill (8 a.m to 4 p.m. M-F), Yankton Transfer Station (1200 W. 23rd St., 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. M-F), Beresford Restricted Use Site (M-F 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.), and Elk Point Restricted Use Site (Oct. 2 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 6. 5 to 8 p.m.).
Hospital Auxiliary Meeting,  Friday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m., Care Center Dining Room, 125 Walker St.
Chili Blues sponsored by Vermillion Area Arts Council Saturday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Music by Mike Hilson & Jay Gilbertson, art exhibit continued and the World's Tastiest Chili.
Yankton Area Literacy Council presents Tutor Certification Training:  free training on Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 6, 9 to 11 a.m. at Technical Education Center located at 1200 West 21st St., Yankton. Register by Sept. 24, space is limited. Contact Bev Calvert 605-665-3048 or for more information.
Fur Ball sponsored by Heartland Humane Society Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Muenster University Center in Vermillion. Social hour 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m. The black tie optional event features a formal dining experience, music and dancing and a silent auction.  The community is invited to lend HHS a black 4×6" framed photo of their pets to be used to celebrate animals of all shapes and sizes in centerpieces at the Fur Ball. All proceeds from the event go toward care of Heartland Humane Society's shelter animals. Tickets available at Heartland Humane Society, 601 ? Burleigh St. in Yankton.  Call 605-664-4244 for additional information or email
Fall Festival sponsored by St. Agnes Parish Oct. 17 at St. Agnes School, Lewis & Walker St.  Dinner includes roast turkey, etc. and choice of dessert and beverage.  Raffle for $1,000 and raffle for the Youth Group car, a 1994 Ford Tempo.  Other events include the country store, bingo and many fun games for kids.  $7 for adults, $4 for children 3 to 10 years, and children 2 and under are free.

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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