Chamber Chat

Chamber Business:

Parade of Lights:  In case you missed Vermillion's Parade of Lights on Dec. 3, you can see the video at  Just click on the YouTube icon on the home page.  Thank you to all of the awesome parade participants.  Congratulations to the winner, Stream Global Services!  Thank you also to all of the Christmas coloring contest participants.  Congratulations to the winners who had lunch with Santa: 4 & under – Addison Naslund ; 5 & 6 yr olds – Anna Armbrust; 7 & 8 yr olds – Haley Folkena; 9 & 10 yr olds – Maya Schmidt.At the Vermillion Public Library the children made close to 200 "Stockings for Soldiers" that were sent to the soldiers serving overseas.  They also made a stocking to take home!Business After Hours hosted by Sanford Vermillion at 20 S. Plum St. in the main lobby on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Christmas music, refreshments and a fabulous buffet of hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Please join us to make new contacts, socialize, and help Sanford Vermillion celebrate their Tree of Lights Open House!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. 21. 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:Help Alleviate Hunger – the Vermillion Lions Club is collecting canned goods for the Vermillion Food Pantry.  Each year, the Lions Club collects food and fills Christmas boxes for needy families in our community, and they need your help. Pressing Matters is helping the Lions Club and will accept your canned goods anytime through the end of January 2011.  For each donated can of food brought to Pressing Matters, get an equal number of FREE color copies.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.Girls & Boys Basketball vs. Harrisburg, Friday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. (H)High School Bowling:  Sioux Falls Washington,  Friday, Dec. 10.  TBA.  (T)"A Christmas Story" presented by The Lewis & Clark Theatre Co. at the Dakota Theatre, 328 Walnut St., Yankton, Dec. 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.  For tickets, call box office from 12 to 5 p.m. weekdays at 605-665-4711.The Rhythm & Red Show Choir is sponsoring a Chili Feed on Friday, Dec. 10 in the Vermillion High School  Commons starting at 5 p.m. during the boys and girls basketball games. Bowl of chili and cinnamon roll $5, bowl of chili $3.50, cinnamon roll $1.50. All proceeds will benefit the Rhythm & Red Show Choir.ACT Test at Vermillion High School, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8 a.m.St. Agnes School is hosting their first Annual Breakfast with Santa Community Event.  Please join us on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the St. Agnes School Gym. Pancakes, sausage, applesauce and beverages will be served from 9 to 11:30 a.m.  The event will feature:  Santa, Santa's workshop – local vendors, children's crafts, story time, and live Christmas music.  The event is open to the entire community. The cost is $5/person which includes  breakfast, a picture with Santa, and crafts. We hope to see you there!High School Wrestling vs. Yankton, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. (T)High School Gymnastics,  Saturday, Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. in Wagner.The 33rd Annual Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. at Dalesburg Lutheran Church.Cramer-Kenyon Home Holiday Open House, 509 Pine St., Yankton, Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19 from 1 to 5 p.m.Next Week's Happenings:Special Holiday Celebration:  USD bands, choruses and orchestras combine to present a festive holiday concert, Sunday, Dec. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Vermillion High School. Open to the public. A donation is requested at the door. Following the concert, you're invited to the Dakota Hospital Foundation Tree of Lights Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion Main Lobby, 20 S. Plum St. to enjoy refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and holiday music. Purchase a light on the tree in memory of, in honor of, or as a holiday greeting to a special friend or relative. Proceeds from the Tree of Lights program to benefit the Digital Mammography project for Dakota Hospital Foundation.  From more information, log on to: or call 605-638-8465.Vermillion High School Holiday Concert  Monday, Dec. 13 at Vermillion High School at 7:30 p.m.Al-anon meeting Monday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, corner of Main & Linden.  For more information, call 624-9764.Retirement Open House for Mike Chaney is Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CorInsurance and CorTrust Bank.  Everyone is welcome!  Refreshments will be served.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.First Dakota National Bank invites you to join us on Thursday, Dec. 16 for our Holiday Open House. Cookies and cider all day, as well as, oyster stew and chili from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Also bring in a food item for Vermillion's Food Pantry and receive a gift from First Dakota. Happy Holidays!Christmas Dinner Fundraiser at Vermillion Senior Citizen Center, Friday, Dec. 17 beginning at 5:15 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, dinner at 5:45 p.m. followed by entertainment.  Advance tickets: $10; $13 at the door. Call 624-8072 to reserve your ticket.Vermillion Area Winter Farmers Market Saturday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension Building.35th Winter Commencement, Saturday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the DakotaDomeUSD Girl's Basketball vs. California State Univ.-Northridge, Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome.Upcoming Events — Mark Your Calendars!Men's Basketball vs. Eastern Washington University, Monday, Dec. 20 in the DakotaDome at 7 p.m.USD Men's Basketball host Loyola Marymount University, Wednesday, Dec. 22 in the DakotaDome at 7 p.m.Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25.Preservation Wednesday Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 at Vermillion Public Library at 7 p.m.  Featuring Jim Wilson, "Building Materials:  Evolution and Change over time." Presented by the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission to the general public at no charge.
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