Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:  

Southeast Entrepreneurial Resource Program – Professional Development Series seminar with Vonnie Barnett, Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company conference room, 116 Market Street. The seminar on "Financing Options for your Business" will explore a variety of funding alternatives, including self-funding, angel funding, venture capital, grants, conventional loans, and special loan programs specifically for small businesses. For more information and to register, contact Lisa Bryan at or Steve Howe at or stop by the Division of Continuing & Distance Education office at the McKusick Technology Center, room 211 on the USD campus.

Pre-Legislative Forum Tuesday, Nov. 16 at City Hall Council Chambers, 25 Center St., at 7 p.m.  Meet your District 17 state legislators-elect:  Eldon Nygaard – SD State Senate, Tom Jones – SD House of Representatives. and Jamie Boomgarden – SD House of Representatives.  The audience is encouraged to submit a written question for the legislators to answer.  If you would like to make a presentation on a certain issue or bill, please contact the VCDC at 624-5571 due to limited time available. Everyone welcome!  Sponsored by the VCDC Legislative Affairs Committee.

Business After Hours hosted by Clay-Union Electric Cooperative at 1410 East Cherry St., Tuesday, Nov. 23  from 5 to 7 p.m.  Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.  Please join us to make new contacts, socialize, and help Clay-Union Electric celebrate their 75th anniversary!

The Second Annual Parade of Lights is Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Vermillion.  At the end of the parade please join Santa and Mrs. Claus as they light the Community Christmas Tree at Ratingen Platz on the corner of Market & Main streets.  After the tree lighting children and parents are invited to the Vermillion Public Library for "Stockings for Soldiers", an opportunity to make ornaments to take home, and to decorate a stocking for a soldier serving overseas.  If you would like to submit an entry into the Parade of Lights, entry forms are available at  or at the VCDC office at 116 Market Street.. There will be a trophy and a prize of $25 in Vermillion Bucks for the best entry!  Please return the registration form by Monday, Nov. 29th to the VCDC office.  Sponsored by the VCDC Special Events Committee.

Pictures with Santa Saturday, Dec. 4 at Hy-Vee from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Bring your children to "Santa's Shack" at the Hy-Vee parking lot for pictures with Santa by Peterman Photography.  Sponsored by the VCDC Special Events Committee.

David Owen, president of the SD Chamber of Commerce, will speak at the Rotary Club meeting from noon to 1 p.m. at the Neuharth Media Center on Tuesday, Dec. 7.  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:

State Football Playoffs at DakotaDome Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 11-13.  Let's show our support for this event that brings so many people to Vermillion!

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.  Flu shots available. Mike Myers talk on "Healthcare Reform Impact for Seniors" at 11 a.m.  Great Plains Therapy talk on "Osteoporosis" at 12:30 p.m. Door prizes, bake sale and lunch stand. Call 624-8072 to donate food or volunteer to help with the concessions and bake sale.

Community Education:  Basketmaking 101:  Event will be held at the Vermillion Public Library Conference Room on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a class for adults who want to learn to make baskets. Participants will be introduced to the basket tools and techniques used to create baskets and will make their own 8" x 10" Harvest Basket.  Class fee includes all materials needed and the use of helpful tools.  A light lunch will be provided at no charge.  Contact: for more information.

Cedar River Valentine Round Dance Contest Powwow Saturday, Nov. 13 starting at 2 p.m. at the Armory, 603 Princeton St. Second annual winter Round Dance competition.  Meal will be served at 6 p.m. Proceeds will go in part this year to urban Indian communities for teen H.I.V. prevention and education in Sioux Falls. General admission:  $4. Contact Mark Ravenhair, 605-638-6302 for additional information.  E-mail:

USD hosts UND Dual Cross Country Meet at the Don Baker Cross Country Course in Vermillion, SD, Sat., Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.

Next Week's Happenings:

Music Recital:  Sheila (Pinkelman) Lange presents her senior flute and trumpet recital, Sunday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Colton Recital Hall  (west wing of Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts). Open to the public at no charge.

St. Agnes Youth Group to hold 22nd Annual Taco Feast Fundraiser Sunday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the St. Agnes School gym.  All you can eat meal – adults $6; children $4 and 5 years and under are free.  Ten percent of proceeds will go to the Vermillion Food Pantry and the balance towards the youth group ski trip to Mt. Kato in February. Catholic Aid will have matching funds. For more information, contact Ray Hofman at 624-6457.

Open House at Dakota Gardens – Tour Dakota Gardens apartment complex Monday, Nov. 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., 126 S. Plum Street. Information packets will be available.  Light snack and refreshments will be served. Congregate housing apartments now available. Questions:  call Melissa Langle-Lee at 605-638-8423.

Community Education:  Organizational Sustainability: This presentation addresses the challenges that non-profit organizations, government agencies, and community programs face in sustaining their operations in a highly competitive environment. Time:  Monday, Nov. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Muenster University Center Conference Room, room 211. The six topics to be covered in the series include: Organizational Readiness, Marketing, Collaboration, Volunteer Development, Diverse Funding, and Performance Accountability.  For more information and to register:
Lecture:  "Thinking Relevance and Projecting Need: The State of AIS at SDSU. Voices of the People Lecture Series presents Dr. Joseph Brewer, (Cherokee Nation), assistant professor at South Dakota State University. Location: Native American Center located on Clark St. (south central area of campus) Monday, Nov. 15,7 p.m.
Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair and Bake Sale Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Eagles Club, 114 W. Main St. from 5 to 7 p.m.  Over 15 vendors.  Bring an item for the local Food Pantry and enter the drawing to win a door prize.
Music Recital featuring Jerry Rodriguez presenting his junior piano recital, Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall (west wing of Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts).  Open to the public at no charge.
Flu Shot Clinic at Sanford Vermillion main lobby, Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Preservation Wednesdays: Historic Woodworking Tools:  An Appreciation presented by Will Schweinle, Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library.  Free and open to the public.

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.  Magnhild (Maggie) Pettersen, a Norwegian immigrant, will be facilitating this discussion.  Hot drinks and refreshments will be provided.

Winter Warmth Coat Drive sponsored by Grace Baptist Church in Vermillion to provide to those who have a need for a winter coat.  Collecting coats of all sizes (new & gently used), hats, gloves and scarves (new only)  Collection sites:  HyVee, Jones' Food Center, Walmart.  Distribution Dates:  Friday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.  Distribution will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 1102 E. Main St., Vermillion.  (Collection ends Nov. 19).


Vermillion High School presents: FALL SHOW, featuring: Rhythm in Red, Maganda Boses, Music in Motion, and Princeton Street Swingers (show choirs) Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20,  7 p.m.  Cost: $5/adults, $3/students K-12.


Music Concert: The USD Chamber Orchestra presents its fall concert, Friday, Nov 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall  (west wing of Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts).  Open to the public at no charge.


Vermillion Area Winter Farmers Market Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension Building.


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.

The USD Opera presents "An Evening of One-Act Operas" on Nov. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall  (west wing of Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts)  The program consists of two short operas directed by Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland. "The Velveteen Rabbit," by Mary Carol Warwick and Kate Pogue, is a 35-minute opera based on the classic story by Margery Williams. Children of all ages will enjoy seeing the heartwarming tale of friendship, love, and acceptance as toys of all kinds come to life before their very eyes. "Signor Deluso" is a 30-minute comic opera sung in English. Based on Moliere's farce, "Sganarelle," the plot involves a comedy of errors as two couples suspect that their true loves are involved in affairs with each other. Admission is $5 at the door.


Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!


Music Recital: Jessica Jans presents her Senior Flute Recital, Sun., Nov. 21st @ 1:00 pm in Farber Hall on USD Campus.  Open to the public at no charge.


Music Recital:  Nikole Nuttall presents her Senior Clarinet Recital, Sunday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in Farber Hall on USD Campus. Open to the public at no charge.


Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by The Clay County Historical Society, Friday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. followed by a reception at the Austin Whittemore House.


Hospital Auxiliary Meeting, Friday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Care Center Dining Room, 125 Walker St.


USD Theatre presents "Twelfth Night"  Dec. 3, 4, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. Adults:  $14; Youth (K-12) & non-USD students with ID:  $9; USD students with current ID:  $4.


River, Mound, Prairie, Sky: An exhibit of visual art and poetry celebrating our natural environment.  Opening Reception on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. with artists, hors d'oeuvres, drinks and jazz.  Viewing and poetry reading on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. with light refreshments.


Christmas Festival at the W.H. Over Museum Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.


Lewis & Clark Theatre Announces Auditions for "Harvey."  Auditions will be held at the theatre, 328 Douglas St., in Yankton on Dec. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m.  There are a variety of roles available for various adult ages.  The play will run Feb. 3-6 and 11-13, 2011.  For additional information, contact the theatre office at 605-665-4711 Monday-Friday from 12 to 5 p.m.


Brown Bag Lunch Program: Holiday Brass, featuring the South Dakota Brass Quintet, USD, performing festive seasonal music on Friday, Dec. 10 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 33rd Annual Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. at Dalesburg Lutheran Church.


Preservation Wednesday:  "Tai Chi:  History, Explanation, Demonstration, Movement" by Nick Willan, Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library.  Open to the public at no charge.


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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