Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:  

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!

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.

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 Weeks Happenings:

USD Women's Volleyball vs. University of Texas-Pan American  Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

High School Football  Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Harrisburg High School.

Fall Play Friday, Oct. 8, Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at Vermillion High School.

Quad State Field Marching Saturday, Oct. 9 at USD (all day).

Eagles Club Annual Duck Regatta has been postponed to Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.  Duck race down the Vermillion River starting at Dawson's Bridge and finishing at Cotton Park.  Contact the Eagles Club at 605-624-9934 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 & 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

Next Weeks Happenings:

Native American Day Holiday Monday, Oct. 11.

Community Flu Clinic at Senior Center Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon (6 months and older).

Eagle Rider Supper Ride Tuesday, Oct. 12 to Los Amigos in Elk Point. Riders meet at the Eagles. Kick stands up at 6 p.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Wallace Unit #1 meets Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Senior Citizen Center.

Cancer Support Group meets Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Al Neuharth Media Center, corner of Cherry & Dakota St. (use north entrance).  Call Marcy at 624-8706 if you have questions.

Eagle Riders monthly meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Eagles.

Music Concert:  Christine Beard, flute and Tomm Roland, percussion, in concert, open to the public at no charge, Thursday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. in west wing of Colton Recital Hall at USD's Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

Vermillion Area Farmers Market Thursday, Oct. 14, 3 to 7 p.m. on corner of Cherry & High St. (4-H grounds).

Flute Masterclass with guest artist Christine Beard Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in USD's Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, Room 150.  Open to the public at no charge.

Percussionist Masterclass with guest artist Tomm Roland  Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in USD's Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, Colton Recital Hall.  Open to the public at no charge.

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

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.  

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.

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

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

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.

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.

Community Flu Clinic open to everyone (6 months and older) Tuesday, Oct.19, 4 to 7 p.m. at Vermillion High School.

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 and Nov. 2, 16 at 7 p.m. at 1101 James Street.  For further information contact Jim Wilson, 624-4579;

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 a.m. 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) and non-USD students: $9; USD students $4.

For tickets, call 605-677-5400 or online at!

Historical Heritage Series at Vermillion Public Library: The Contract Surgeon by Dan O'Brien.  On Thursday, 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.

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.

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.

Friends of the W.H. Over Museum Welcome Fall Day Sunday, Oct. 24 with pumpkin carving and scarecrow judging and 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.

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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