Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:  

Clay County Commissioner Candidate Forum is Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center, 555 Dakota St.  This is an opportunity for the community to get to know the candidates for the upcoming County Commissioner election.  The forum will give the public not only the opportunity to get to know the candidates and where they stand on issues, but it will also give the audience the chance to address the candidates with any questions they may have.  Refreshments will be served.  Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the VCDC Legislative Affairs Committee.

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:

Introduction to Word Computer Class,  Friday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southeast Job Link, 1024 W. Cherry St.  Charge of $59. For additional information visit:

The community is invited to help Vermillion Federal Credit Union celebrate International Credit Union Day on Friday, Oct. 15 with a free lunch.  On that day, they will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Sanford Vermillion will be providing a Flu Clinic during that time too. There will be a gift for everyone who stops by and an opportunity to win a care package too.  Everyone is welcome!

Brown Bag Lunch Program:  The Euclid Quartet, featuring Jameson Cooper (violin), Jacob Murphy (violin), Luis Enrique Vargas (viola), and Si-Yan Darren Li (cello). The Euclid Quartet, whose performances are filled with passion, virtuosity, and sensitivity, is one of the most well-regarded chamber ensembles of its generation.  Friday, Oct. 15 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.  

Cross Country Friday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. at Lennox High School (T).

High School football vs. Madison Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Vermillion High School (H).

High School Oral Interp Saturday, Oct. 16 at Sioux Falls Lincoln (all day).

The Eagles Club will host their annual "Eagles Child Health & Safety Carnival" (Child Advocacy Day) Saturday, Oct. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Eagles Club at 114 W. Main St.  This event is free and open to the public, specifically focused on children 12 years and under and their parents.  The event will feature various educational booths including topics such as physical health and wellness, healthy snacks and nutrition, DARE, child seats, child protection, child identification, dental hygiene, vision health, hearing and speech programs, birth-to-three development information, hypothermia awareness, diabetes education and prevention, Imagination Library reading program, and others.  In addition to learning activities there will be games, crafts, activities, "Mickey the Clown", balloons, puppet making, food tours of emergency vehicles, raffle prizes and treat bags for child participants.  Free will donations will be accepted.  Proceeds from the event go to Clay County Emergency Services.

USD Football vs. University of Northern Iowa Saturday, Oct. 16 in DakotaDome at 4:05 p.m. (H).

Clay County Park to host a Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 16 (weather permitting).  Bring a camper or tent and decorate a campsite for prizes.

South Dakota Pheasant Season Opens, Saturday, Oct. 16 :

Next Week's Happenings:

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 & many fun games for kids.  $7 for adults, $4 for children 3 to 10 years, and children 2 and under are free.

June Sherman Celebration:  Join The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum in celebrating June Sherman's 90th Birthday, Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m.  Bring a card and share some birthday cake and memories with June.

No School Monday, Oct. 18. Teacher In-Service.

Vermillion High School students to do another clean up day to give back to the Vermillion community on Monday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Students in grades 9-12 will be participating.  If interested in helping out or donating towards a lunch, please contact Sarah at 605-670-9608.

JV Football  Monday, Oct. 18 at 4:15 p.m. at Yankton High School (T).

Seventh/eighth grade football Monday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at The DakotaDome (H).

Freshman Parent Night Monday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Vermillion High School.

USD Women's Volleyball vs. Morningside College Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome (H).

Herbert S. Schell Lecture featuring Thomas Alan Schwartz on "Henry Kissinger, Vietnam, and Iraq:  The Problem of Realism in American Foreign Policy", Monday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room at the Al Neuharth Media Center, corner of Cherry & Dakota Streets.

Community Flu Clinic provided by Sanford Vermillion, Tuesday, Oct.19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Vermillion High School. Open to EVERYONE (6 months & older).  For more information, call 605-624-2611.

Rehab, Restore, Renovate: How to take care of your building; appropriate solutions for the problems and perils of living and/or working in an old building.  How to save energy, help the environment, and preserve the character of your old building.  Proven answers to common problems in historic buildings.  Bring your problems to class and we will try to solve them.  Community Education Course dates:  Oct. 19, 26 & Nov. 2, 16 at 7 p.m. at 1101 James Street.  For further information contact Jim Wilson, 624-4579;

Quickbooks Premier 2010 Computer Class Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Southeast Job Link, 1024 W. Cherry St.  Admission fee:  $240.  For further information visit

Eagle Rider Supper Ride Tuesday, Oct. 20 to Wild Bills, Gayville. Riders meet at the Eagles. Kick stands up at 6 p.m.

Preservation Wednesday Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library. Evelyn Schlenker, "Liturgical Stained Glass: Vermillion and Wakonda."

Lions Pancake Days Wednesday, Oct. 20 and Thursday, Oct  21 serving breakfast. 7 to 9 a.m.; lunch 11 to 1 p.m.; dinner 4 to 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory next to Lions Park.  Face-painting for the kids; free blood pressure screening.  Lions will be collecting used eyeglasses & hearing aids.  Free-will donation.

USD Theatre presents "Evita" Oct. 20-23 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. at Knutson Theatre, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, USD Campus.  Adults:  $14; Youth (K-12) & non-USD students: $9; USD students $4. For tickets, call 605-677-5400 or online at!

Vermillion Area Farmers Market Thursday, Oct. 21, 3 to 7 p.m.. on corner of Cherry & High St. (4-H grounds).

Presentation, "The Barack Obama Presidency:  New Directions, New Challenges and a Historical Perspective" by Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. Thursday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. in Farber Hall located in Old Main on USD Campus.

Historical Heritage Series at Vermillion Public Library: The Contract Surgeon by Dan O'Brien.  On Thurday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room, The Contract Surgeon is the first selection that will be discussed.  In this historical novel, an old man tells the story of his days as a surgeon with the army and of his friendship with Crazy Horse, the Sioux chief, who he treated on his deathbed.  Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.  Jim Zuercher, writing & rhetoric instructor at Morningside College, will be facilitating this discussion.  Hot drinks and refreshments will be provided.

Joseph Cash Memorial Lecture Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Farber Hall on USD Campus.  This year's theme is Cultural Leadership and features four distinguished Native women who will discuss informal & formal authority within American Indian societies.

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.

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.
Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!
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 and 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.


Introduction to Excel Computer Class  Friday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southeast Job Link, 1024 W. Cherry St.  Admission fee:  $59.  For more information, visit


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.


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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