Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:

A Ground Breaking Ceremony for SDN Communications is Thursday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Vermillion High School.  SDN provides diverse telecommunication services and plans to increase broadband access to 305 schools, government facilities and public safety offices, and hospitals in more than 75 communities in the state. Vermillion is one of the first communities to receive the improved telecommunications infrastructure. The VCDC has worked closely with SDN to obtain the appropriate site and land easements to complete this project. Please join them at the high school for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments in celebration!

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.).

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, scraping 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 our 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:

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)

Vermillion Area Farmers Market Saturday, Sept. 4, 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).

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

USD Women's Soccer vs. Indiana Univ-.Purdue Univ. Indianapolis at DakotaDome Soccer Field, Saturday, Sept. 4, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Gayville Hall – "The Hay Country Jamboree" with Dan Kilbride, Dalton Coffey, the McNeills, and guests appearing in Gayville, Saturday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. Call 605-267-2859 for reservations.

Next Week's Happenings:

USD Women's Soccer vs Western Illinois University at DakotaDome Soccer Field, Monday, Sept. 6 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Ninth grade Jr. Varsity Football vs. South Sioux City Monday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. (H)

High School Girl's Tennis vs. Madison Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. (H)

High School Boy's Golf vs. Lennox  Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. (H)

Seventh/eighth grade football vs. South Sioux City Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. (T)

ABC Volleyball vs. Bon Homme Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. (T)

USD Art Sale "Beyond the Wall" – Art, Print & Poster Sale, Tuesday, Sept. 7 – Friday, Sept. 10 at Muenster University Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Student Veteran/Military Information Night Wednesday, Sept. 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom sponsored by USD Vets Club.  Free food and information presented by state and local veteran service organizations

Cancer Support Group meets Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Al Neuharth Media Center, corner of Cherry & Dakota streets (use north entrance).  Call Marcy at 624-8706 if you have questions.

USD Women's Soccer vs. Creighton Univ. at DakotaDome Soccer Field, Thursday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m.

High School Girl's Tennis vs. Yankton Thursday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. (T)

Seventh/Eighth Grade Volleyball vs. Dakota Valley Thursday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. (T)

Ninth Grade Football vs. West Central Thursday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. (T)

ABC Volleyball vs. Tri-Valley Thursday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. (H)

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

Andrea Cooper to present "Kristin's Story"  (the portrayal of a daughter's death from suicide) at USD Muenster University Center Grand ballroom, Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

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)

Seventh/Eighth Grade Volleyball vs. Elk Point 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.

Ribs, Rods & Rock'n Roll, the "Sixth6 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 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. Univ. of Idaho at DakotaDome Soccer Field, Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. (H)

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

American Legion Auxiliary – Wallace Unit #1 meets Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at Senior Citizen Center in Vermillion.

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.

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.

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.
Megan O'Connor 1 Mile Family Fun Walk/5k Run Sunday, 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 – Saturday, 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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