Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:

�Business After Hours� will be hosted by Heartland Home Care, 25 West Main Street, on Tues., Jan. 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Refreshments and hors d�oeuvres will be served.  Please join us to make new contacts, socialize and better understand what Heartland Home Care has to offer.

USD/Vermillion Day in Pierre is Wed., Feb. 9.  Meet with the state departments, tour the capitol, and watch your legislative team in action.  Join business and civic leaders on a community bus ride.  The cost is $30 per person.  Please call the VCDC office at 624-5571 for more information and to register.  Everyone welcome!

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 5:00-7:00 pm 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:

Announcement:  United Way Campaign  is at 67% of its goal of $115,000.  The campaign runs through January 31, 2011.  United Way serves 20 agencies in the Vermillion area community that impact friends, family, and neighbors.

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, & they need your help.  Pressing Matters is helping the Lions Club & 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.

Hospital Auxiliary Meeting, Fri., Jan. 7 @ Care Center Dining Room, 125 Walker Street @ 2:00 pm

Bowling vs Sioux Falls Lincoln, Fri., Jan. 7 @ 4:00 pm (H)

Girls & Boys Basketball vs Parkston, Fri., Jan. 7 @ 5:00 pm (H)

High School Wrestling vs Brandon Valley, Sat., Jan. 8 @ 10:30 am (T)

Gymnastics vs. Stanley County, Sat., Jan. 8 @ 12:00 pm (T)

Next Week�s Happenings:

Al-anon meeting, Mon., Jan. 10 @ 7:30 pm at St. Paul�s Episcopal Church, corner of Main & Linden.  For more information, call 624-9764

Seventh/eighth grade boys basketball vs Harrisburg, Tues., Jan. 11 @ 4:00 pm (H)

Girls basketball @ Madison, Tues., Jan. 11 @ 4:45 pm (T)

Boys basketball vs Bon Homme, Tues., Jan. 11 @ 5:00 pm (H)

Gymnastics @ Madison, Tues., Jan. 11 @ 6:30 pm (T)

USD classes begin for spring 2011 semester, Wed., Jan. 12 @ 4:00 pm

Eagle Riders meeting, Wed., Jan. 12 @ 7:00 pm at the Eagles

Girls Basketball @ Lennox, Thurs., Jan. 13 @ 4:45 pm (T)

Seventh/eighth grade boys basketball vs Canton, Fri., Jan. 14 @ 4:00 pm (T)

Boys Basketball vs Lennox, Fri., Jan. 14 @ 4:45 pm (H)

UNL Show Choir Festival @ Lincoln, NE, Sat., Jan. 15

Junior High Wrestling @ Canton, Sat., Jan. 15 @ 10:00 am (T)

High School Wrestling @ Harrisburg, Sat., Jan. 15 @ 10:00 am (T)

Vermillion Area Winter Farmers Market, Sat., Jan. 15 from 10:00-1:00 pm at the Extension Building

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon., Jan. 17 � no classes @ USD or Vermillion Public Schools

Vermillion Area Arts Council invites the public to an �Art for Peace Exhibit� honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Visual art and poetry by artists of all ages will be on display Monday, January 17, from 2-6 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served.  Artists and poets are invited to display original works addressing the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights issues, social issues, or peace in any art form.  All work must be hand-delivered to Washington Street Arts Center on Fri., Jan. 14, from 4-6 p.m.; or between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 15. The event is free.

Preservation Wednesday Wed.,Jan. 19, 2011 at Vermillion Public Library @ 7:00 pm.  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.

Book Blab will be held in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library, Thurs., Jan. 20 from 6-8 pm.  Adult readers will share favorite authors and books and discover some new ones with other book lovers.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Fun & Games  Join us for an afternoon of Fun and Games in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library on Sat., Jan. 22 from 1-4 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.  Learn or show others how to play Apples to Apples, our newest game.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Clay County & USD, Sun., Jan. 30, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm @ USD DakotaDome.  Relay for Life encourages teams of friends, neighbors, families, and co-workers to join together to raise money to fight cancer.  The objective is for at least one member of each team to walk (or run) around the track for the entire event, symbolizing the fact that cancer never sleeps.  For more information, contact Wess at 624-5352 or Sarah at 254-5046. 

USD Wellness Center Grand Opening for Wed., Jan. 19th has been rescheduled to Tues., Feb. 1 at noon

Community Health & Wellness Fair hosted by Sanford Vermillion and SIFE to be held Sat., Feb. 5 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the USD Lee Medical Building.

American Legion Auxiliary Wallace Unit #1 meeting, Tues., Feb. 8 @ 7:00 pm at Senior Citizen Center

Cedar River 3rd Annual Wachipi/Round Dance Competition, Sat., Feb. 12 beginning @ 1:00 pm with Grand Entry; meal @ 5:00 pm and Round Dance @ 7:00 pm.  Location:  Vermillion National Guard Armory, 603 Princeton St.  For vendor info: 605-202-0271 or for additional information, call Jerome @ 605-267-8969.  Event open to the public.  $4.00 cover charge at the door with portion of proceeds going to urban Native teen H.I.V. prevention and education.

Sharing the Dream trip from Feb. 19 through Feb. 27. Cost is $900.00 plus airfare. Price includes all meals, travel, and lodging.  Meet the people that Sharing the Dream works with in Guatemala. For more information contact Diane Nesselhuf at:

USD Theatre presents �The Woman in Black� @ Wayne S. Knutson Theatre at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts: Feb. 25, 26, 28 & March 1 @ 7:30 pm and Sun., Feb. 27 @ 2:00 pm.  Admission:  Adults-$14; Youth (K-12) & non-USD students with ID-$9; USD students-$4. To reserve tickets, call 677-5400.

American Cancer Society Daffodil Days, March 7-11. For more information, contact Amanda @ 359-5412.

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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