Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:

For several years the VCDC and the City of Vermillion, along with a few contributing businesses, have been able to fully fund the community�s  annual 4th of July festivities in Barstow Park.  With rising costs and fewer donations over the past two years we need to seek additional funding sources in order to offer this event to the community. Our goal is to raise an additional $4,000 so we really need your assistance.  Volunteers have been approaching businesses with canisters to place at the register to help raise the necessary funding.  If you have not yet been approached by volunteers and are willing to have a canister placed in your business, please contact the VCDC office (624-5571) and we will deliver one.  Also, if your business is willing to make a separate contribution to the celebration it would be greatly appreciated. 

Flood Volunteers Needed:

�  to help with meals for the National Guard troops.  Shifts are available 7 days a week, at 5 am, 1 pm & 7 pm (call 677-5889 to volunteer).

�  for information and updates, visit or for additional information, contact the VCDC at 624-5571.

VCDC Annual Golf Social June 28!  The 4-Person Best Ball Scramble Golf Tournament will begin with team sign-in at The Bluffs Golf Course followed by pictures at 11:45 a.m. and the open format shot gun start at 1 p.m.  The buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the golf awards and door prizes.  Please call the VCDC office at 624-5571 or email to register your team, be a hole sponsor, or donate a pin or door prize.  Please register soon!

In preparation for our annual July 4th Celebration we are seeking food vendors, merchandise vendors, arts & craft vendors, and children�s activities.  We are also seeking volunteers to help with the event.  As in previous years, the celebration will be at Barstow Park from 6 p.m. to dark, followed by fireworks.  Entertainment options will include music, an activity area for kids, Hy-Vee�s Fifth Annual Hot Dog Championship, the Eagles Beer Garden, and more.  �Fun in the Sun� will be at Prentis Park Pool from 9 to 11 a.m.  If you would like to participate or have any questions please contact Ann at the VCDC office 624-5571 or email

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 refresments.  If interested, please contact Ann at: or at 624-5571.


� The Yankton Police Department, with the assistance of The Heartland Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States have set up a temporary Animal Shelter at the Yankton 4-H grounds, to provide a safe place for the pets of those affected by the flooding. The use of Alcoa Arena to establish this temporary shelter has been generously donated by the Miracle Hockey Association, and supplies have been donated by Petsmart. Volunteers are needed also. Please contact Animal Control Officer at 605-661-9494, or the Yankton Police Department, at 605-668-5210.

� New Art Exhibit at the Caf� Brule featuring works on paper and canvas by Jeff Freeman, recently retired professor of painting in fine arts at USD.  Paintings will be on exhibit through July 2, 2011.

� Invitation to community organizations to join in the 2011 Tanager Volunteer Day, Tuesday, Sept. 20.  Students will be participating in a full day of work from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Students will work in groups of 14 to 17, but the groups can be adjusted if needed.  Please dare to challenge Vermillion students � many things can be accomplished in a short time.  The students enjoy cleaning, painting, vacuuming, planting trees, scraping paint, or almost any task you need completed.  Last year one group was solely committed to assisting elderly and homebound individuals in our community.  If you know anyone that could use a little help with gardens, windows, or just a visit please contact Lenni Billberg at

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