Chamber Chat

Chamber Business:  
 Strategic planning process for the VCDC—to help plan for the future and ensure we meet the expectations and needs of members of the VCDC, members are invited to participate in a Member Survey that will be on our website beginning Tuesday, Oct. 19. Simply go to and  click on the survey link on the homepage.
 Business After Hours hosted by SESDAC, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 5 to 7  p.m.
 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:
 Presentation: "Perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Why are the simple solutions not enough?" Lynn von Koch worked for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Afghanistan, Sudan, and Palestinian Territories from 2005 – 2009.  Presentation on Friday,  Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. in Farber Hall on USD campus.
 USD Women's Soccer vs. Houston Baptist University  Friday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. at DakotaDome Soccer Field.
 USD Symphony Orchestra presents its fall concert Friday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall located in USD's Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
 ACT Test  at Vermillion High School, Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 a.m.
 Oral Interp:  O'Gorman Speech Criterion, Saturday, Oct. 23 (T)  TBA.
State Cross Country Saturday, Oct. 23 in Huron (TBA).
USD Women's Rugby vs. UNL Saturday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. (official time is TBA.) The Rugby Pitch is located across the highway, directly behind the red daycare building.
Fun & Games hosted by Vermillion Public Library  Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Library Community Room.
Adults and youth ages 12 and up will play board games and put jigsaw puzzles together.
Cello masterclass featuring guest artist, Keith Robinson, a founding member of the Miami String Quartet.  Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall located in USD's Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
Annual Harvest Dinner hosted by the Vermillion Area Farmers Market, Saturday, Oct. 23,  5 to 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory.  Either bring a covered dish (preferably made with local ingredients) or $5 at the door. Vendors will be on site with produce, jams/jellies, crafts, etc.
Next Week's Happenings:
USD Women's Soccer vs. Utah Valley University Sunday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at DakotaDome Soccer Field.
Music recital featuring visiting cellist, Keith Robinson Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall located in USD's Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
Friends of the W.H. Over Museum Welcome Fall Day Sunday, Oct. 24 with pumpkin carving & scarecrow judging at 2:30 p.m.  At 5:30 p.m., enjoy soup and pie along with music provided by Bruce Gray and Friends. Admission will be free will donation.  All are welcome.
The Vermillion PTA is holding the fall Scholastic Book Fair at the Jolley Elementary School library on Monday, Oct. 25 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m. The book fair offers a wide selection of books including picture books, easy-to-read books, young adult novels, and cookbooks. Other gift items are also available. All profits from the fair benefit the Vermillion elementary schools.
Stephen Beus, Rawlins Visiting Pianist in Recital Monday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall at USD's Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
President's Research Day at USD Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Muenster University Center.  Awards at 2 p.m.; keynote lecture at 4 p.m. by Dr. David Wake, University of California Berkeley—"Salamanders in the American Tropics:  A Remarkable Adaptive Radiation at Risk."
Music Concert – USD Percussion Ensembles in Concert on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.  in Colton Recital Hall located at USD's Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.  Open to the public at no charge.
Vermillion Area Farmers Market Thursday, Oct. 28, 3 to 7 p.m. on corner of Cherry & High St. (4-H grounds).
Monster Mash Event:  Family fun night at the Vermillion Eagles Club, 114 W. Main St., Thursday, Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m. Costumes encouraged.  Adult & kids costume prizes will be awarded.  Call 624-9934 for reservations.  Proceeds benefit Child Advocacy Day.
Eagle Rider Supper Ride Thursday, Oct. 28 to Toby's in Meckling.  Riders meet at the Eagles.  Kick stands up at 6 p.m.
Clay County Historical Society potluck on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:05 p.m. at the Austin Whittemore House.  Utensils, papergoods and beverages provided.  Program by Bill Ranney on "County Poor Farm."
Brown Bag Lunch Program:  Early American Folk Music of the Upper Midwest, featuring vocalist Jami Lynn Buttke, popular Sioux Falls area bluegrass and folk-music performer, accompanied by guitar and banjo. Based upon research conducted throughout South Dakota, Buttke's presentation will feature a diverse body of folk music unique to this area, including mining songs from the Black Hills gold rush era, Norwegian lullabies as they were once sung by prairie settlers, lumbering ballads formerly sung by shanty-boys in the 1890s, Populist political tunes from the late 1890s, and original songs inspired by the performer's groundbreaking research. Friday, Oct. 29 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on The University of South Dakota campus, corner of Clark & Yale Streets.  Open to the public at no charge.
USD Women's Soccer vs. University of North Dakota Friday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at the DakotaDome Soccer Field.
PTA Halloween Party at Vermillion Hy-Vee Fri., Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Children can wear their costumes, have a photo taken, decorate delicious sugar cookies, and take part in a scavenger hunt at the PTA Halloween Party. An inexpensively priced kids' meal will be available.
Community Education – Dance Sampler Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at Vermillion Middle School. Participants ages 5-10 years old will have fun learning some basic steps, skills, combinations, and terminology in ballet, jazz, and hip hop dancing. Dancewear and dance shoes recommended, but not required.  Comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement along with stocking feet works, but no bare feet.  Cost includes four sessions:  Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20.
Community Education – Michael Jackson Workshop Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2:15 p.m. at Vermillion Middle School.  Dance like the legendary Michael Jackson while learning the choreography to "Thriller." Designed for ages 11+, this class will be "thrilling" fun as participants learn the unique stylings of jazz and hip hop dancing.  Dance wear and dance shoes recommended, but not required.  No barefeet please.  Cost includes 4 weeks:  Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20.
?Community Education – Moms and Tots Saturday, Oct. 30 at 3:45 p.m. at Vermillion Middle School. A fun, interactive class for mom or dad or grandparent and child (age 12-24 months). During this "one on one time", the parent will experience the joy and fun of helping to develop their child's motor skills, coordination, etc., through dance movement.  Cost includes 4 weeks:  Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20.
USD Football vs. University of Northern Colorado Saturday, Oct. 30 at 4:40 p.m. in USD DakotaDome.
Community Education – Ballroom Basics Saturday, Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Vermillion Middle School. A fun class for couples wanting to learn the basics of ballroom dancing. Class will cover the fundamentals of partner dancing, along with the basic steps of popular dances such as waltz, swing, Latin (salsa and/or Rumba).  Shoes with a leather or suede sole recommended.  Cost of $95 includes 4 weeks:  Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20.
Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!
 Sixth Annual Community Supper honoring our Veterans Wednesday, Nov. 3 at Vermillion Armory from 5 to 8 p.m.
Introduction to Excel Computer Class  Friday, Nov. 5 from 9 to 4 p.m. at Southeast Job Link, 1024 W. Cherry St.  Admission fee:  $59.  For more information, visit
Hospital Auxiliary Meeting Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at Care Center Dining Room, 125 Walker St.
Holiday Traditions Open House at Valiant Vineyards, 1500 West Main, Sunday, Nov. 7,  2 to 6 p.m.  Wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, raffle prizes and holiday vendors including Tastefully Simple & Scentsy candles.  Holiday craft project available for kids. Admission fee: donation item for Food Pantry.
Senior Citizen Center Health & Product Fair Friday, Nov. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 320 W. Main.  Talk to vendors with info on health, wellness, medicare and more.  Door prizes, bake sale and lunch stand.  Call 624-8072 to donate food or volunteer to help with the concessions and bake sale.
Historical Heritage Series Thursday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library. The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg will be the next selection in the Historical Heritage series to be discussed.  In this epic historical fiction, a party of Swedes fled the poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression of Sweden in 1850.  Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.  Maggie Pettersen, a Norwegian immigrant, will be facilitating this discussion.  Hot drinks and refreshments will be provided.
Fun & Games:  Join us for an afternoon of Fun and Games in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library, Saturday, Nov. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Adults and youth ages 12 and up will play board games and put jigsaw puzzles together.  A wide variety of challenging and interesting games and puzzles will be available to provide mental stimulation.  Extra games and puzzles are welcome.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
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