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, 9:00 to noon and 1:00-4:00 pm (call 677-5899 to volunteer).

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

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 pm to dark, followed by fireworks.  Entertainment options will include music, an activity area for kids, Hy-Vee�s 5th 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.


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

� The Messy Hands Summer Art Camp sponsored by Vermillion Area Arts Council at Washington Street Arts Center,  July 4-8 from 9:30 am to 4 p.m..  For ages 3-14.  Four enrollment options:  half-days for one week or two; full-days for one week or two.  Learn about and practice painting, drawing and collage, basic printmaking and bookmaking, and sculptural techniques.  The curriculum encourages exploration and creative expression.  Through funds provided by the city of Vermillion, the Vermillion Civic Council, the SD Arts Council and private donors, scholarships are available to children who need them.  To enroll your child, contact Susan Heggestad,, 605-624-4766. To learn more about what�s happening visit:

� 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 14-17, 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, scrapping 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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