Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:
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.
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 half-price tickets to the game and the VCDC will be hosting a tailgate party and member social in the new tailgate area at the DakotaDome. 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.  Festivities begin around 2 p.m. (kick-off is at 4:05 p.m.).
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:  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.
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 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 her know what challenge you have for the students!
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:
High School Girl's Tennis vs. Brandon Friday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. (T)
Boy's Golf Invite Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. (H)
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.
High School Football vs. St. Thomas More Friday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. (T)
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 & craft booths, kids entertainment and a smokin' music-fest in Vermillion's Historic Downtown.  
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you are available to volunteer your time during this event, there are still a few shifts open. We'd love to have your help! Please call Chuck Roegiers at 624-2438.
For more information visit or call 605-624-5571.
ACT Test at Vermillion High School, Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 a.m.
ABC Volleyball at Luverne, MN Saturday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. (T)
High School Cross Country Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in Sioux Falls.
Girl's Tennis  Saturday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. at Brandon Valley (T).
2010 Nikki's Fund 5K Run/Walk – Sept. 11 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.
USD Football at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. (T)
USD Women's Soccer vs. University of Idaho at DakotaDome Soccer Field, Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. (H)
Next Week's Happenings:
Senior Parent Night at Vermillion High School Monday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
School Board Meeting at Al Neuharth Media Center, USD Campus, Monday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
High School Girl's Tennis Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Madison at  noon.
High School Boy's Golf Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. in Elk Point/Jefferson.
Seventh/eighth grade Volleyball vs. Lennox Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. (H)
ABC Volleyball at Sergeant Bluff Luton Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. (T)
American Legion Auxiliary – Wallace Unit #1 meets Tuesday, Sept.14 at 7 p.m. at Senior Citizen Center, Vermillion.
High School Girl's Tennis vs. Yankton Thursday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. (H)
Vermillion Area Farmers Market,  Thursday, Sept. 16, 3 to 7 p.m. on corner of Cherry & High streets.
Adventures in Architecture – Community Education Course, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at 1101 James St. Call Jim Wilson, 624-4579 or for further information.
Coronation at Vermillion High School Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
High School Boy's Golf Friday, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. in Elk Point.
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  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)
Seventh/eighth Grade Football at Dakota Valley Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. (T)
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.
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.
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.
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 to share 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.
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 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 at 605-624-3548 for more information.
Homecoming Dance at Vermillion High School Saturday, Sept. 18 from 8:30  to 11:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events — Mark Your Calendars!:
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 Mount 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.
Senior Citizen Center Fundraising Dinner Thursday, Sept. 23. Serving starts at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets $7/person.
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.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday, Sept. 26 at the DakotaDome.
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. 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
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 and other products).
Chili Blues sponsored by Vermillion Area Arts Council Saturday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Music by Mike Hilson and 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. All proceeds from the event go toward care of Heartland Humane Society's shelter animals.Tickets available at Heartland Humane Society, 601 1/2 Burleigh St. in Yankton. Call 605-664-4244 for additional information or email
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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