Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:

 The Second Annual Parade of Lights is today (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Vermillion.  At the end of the parade please join Santa & 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. Vehicle power inverters are available at Dakota PC Warehouse. 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. 29 to the VCDC office.  Sponsored by the VCDC Special Events Committee.

"Leadership from the Heart Training" with Famous Dave Anderson's Award Winning Leadership Skills Training Staff:  Southeast Entrepreneurial Resource Program welcomes "Leadership from the Heart Training," Saturday, Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and  Sunday, Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Beacom School of Business Incubator, third floor. The two-day professional and personal development training is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center and Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Co.  Training is highly experiential and is developed for maximum learning to life application. The training is highly interactive and hands on and is designed to expand your comfort zone. To register, email Lisa Bryan at or To pay by credit card, call Nancy at 605-624-5571. Participants will receive two continuing education credits for attending the two-day training. Total cost for the two-day training is $550 plus an additional $20 if participants are interested in the two continuing education credits.

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.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 Tues., 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.

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 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.

State Oral Interp in Aberdeen, today (Friday) and Saturday, Dec. 4.

Hospital Auxiliary Meeting, today (Friday) at 2 p.m. at the Care Center Dining Room, 125 Walker St.

High School Bowling vs. West Central today (Friday) at 4 p.m. (H)

Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by The Clay County Historical Society Board, today (Friday) from 5 to 9 p.m. followed by a reception at the Austin Whittemore House on 15 Austin Street. The theme this year is "Christmas Memories." Tickets may be purchased at the Austin Whittemore House, Nook 'n Cranny, Vermillion Beauty Shop and Davis Drug in Vermillion from Nov. 15 until the date of the tour.  Advance price is $12.50 per person and $15 the day of the tour. You may call the Clay County Historical Society 605-624-8266 or email if you have additional questions.

Daydreameries-BFA Thesis Exhibition:  Join Bethanie Collins, Emily Connelly and Andrea DeJong in a reception honoring their BFA thesis exhibition, today (Friday) at 7 p.m. in John A. Day Gallery at Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus.  This event is open to the public at no charge.

USD Theatre presents "Twelfth Night"  Dec. 3, 4, 6 & 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.

High School Wrestling vs Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. (T)

River, Mound, Prairie, Sky: This year's Holiday Celebration, at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street, Vermillion, highlights the theme, "River, Mound, Prairie, Sky."  Works by 30 visual artists and poets will be on display at a reception Saturday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 5  from 1 to 4 p.m. with a poetry reading from 2 to 3 p.m.   Saturday evening's reception will feature music by jazz saxophone and piano duo, C. J. Kocher and Brad Richardson.  Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and drinks will be served. Light refreshments will be served at the Sunday afternoon event.  Co-sponsors are Spirit Mound Trust, Sierra Club's Living River Group, and Vermillion Area Arts Council. These events are free and open to the public.

The USD Symphony Orchestra presents its December program, Saturday Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus.  Open to the public at no charge.

Winter Formal Saturday, Dec. 4 at Vermillion High School from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Next Weeks Happenings:

Christmas Festival at the W.H. Over Museum :   The Friends of the W. H. Over Museum's 43rd annual Festival of Holiday Fun will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  There will be the annual "best in the state" bake sale and the Gift Shop will be open during the festival. Trees trimmed by several area organizations and individuals are ready to be enjoyed throughout the holiday season and will remain decorated and lit until Jan. 1, 2011.  They will be located throughout the museum and in the Time to Remember Gallery. USD Women's Basketball host Wichita State University Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

USD's Truran Piano Scholars present their recital to the public at no charge on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus.

Celebrate Vermillion:  A Clay County Holiday Festival:  Santa Claus is coming to USD, Sunday, Dec. 5 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at USD's Muenster University Center Pit Lounge ! This holiday event will allow children from the community to meet and take a picture with Santa Claus!  This event is free; however, it is $3 per picture with Santa. There will be snacks and drinks available at no charge, as well as a free-will donation table. All the proceeds will be given back to the Vermillion Public Schools. Come and celebrate the Spirit of the Holidays! For more information please call Rebekah Rinehart at 605-999-6155 or Anya Point at 605-759-7876.

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 Mon.-Fri. from 12 to 5 p.m.

USD Clarinet Studio Recital:  Students in Dr. Holly Haddad's clarinet studio present their fall recital, Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus.  Open to the public at no charge. 

Al-anon meeting  Monday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, corner of Main & Linden.  For more information, call 624-9764

Vermillion Rotary Club Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 12 to 1p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.

Eagle Riders meet Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Eagles at 7 p.m.

USD Men's Swimming & Diving vs. Morningside College at DakotaDome, Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.

Music Concert with The Rawlins Piano Trio Thursday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus.  Open to the public at no charge.

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 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.

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!

The 33rd Annual Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. at Dalesburg Lutheran Church.

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars! 

USD Holiday Concert: USD bands, choruses & orchestras combine to present a festive holiday concert, Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Vermillion High School. Open to the public.  A donation is requested at the door.Al-anon meeting Mon., 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, Wedneday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library.  Open to the public at no charge.

Vermillion  Area Winter Farmers Market Saturday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension Building.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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