Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069


Chamber Business:

Meet the Candidates: 

Candidate Forum for all those running for Vermillion City Council and School Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, May 24 at City Hall Council Chambers, 25 Center Street at 7 p.m.  Everyone welcome!  Sponsored by the VCDC Legislative Affairs Committee.

The Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company (VCDC) Annual Golf Social is Tuesday, June 26.  The 4-Person Best Ball Scramble Golf Tournament will begin with team sign-in at The Bluffs Golf Course at 11:45 a.m., followed by team pictures.  The open format shot gun start will begin 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!

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 Weeks Happenings:

Announcement: Show your team spirit! The Vermillion Baseball Association is looking for local sponsors to help defray the cost of the game for young players and families. Your business will be top of mind on the field when you choose one of the following sponsorship levels:

Web sponsor: $75 – Your business logo/link on website (

Team sponsor: $150 – Your business logo on team uniforms

Field sponsor: $225  – 2'x5'  Your business logo on a double sided banner on Barstow Field

League sponsor: $300 – All of the above

Contact Bill Saunders at for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous:  Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m. 

Location: Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S Plum St.,

Administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room.

Description: Overeaters Anonymous is a 12 step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.

High School Graduation, Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

Gayville Hall presents "A Celebration of Woody Guthrie" in honor of Woody's upcoming 100th birthday, Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Location: Gayville, SD, 502 Washington St.  For ticket information, call 605-267-2859.

Next Weeks Happenings:

French Toast Breakfast Fundraiser: The St. Agnes Youth Group is having their Fundraiser Sunday, May 20 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Agnes gym. This is an all you can eat breakfast with a free will offering taken at the door. The money raised will help with expenses for youth group summer trip to MN for a baseball game & Valley Fair.  Call Ray Hofman at 624-6457 for more information.  Catholic United will have matching funds for this project.

Baseball: Third Round Playoffs at High Seed, Sunday, May 20 (TBA).

Auditions for "Annie":  The Vermillion Community Theatre announces that auditions for the summer musical "Annie" will be held Sunday, May 20 from 4 until 6 p.m. and Monday, May 21 from 6 until 8 p.m.  Auditions will be at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center.  There are parts available for actors of all ages.  Rehearsals will start June 3. Performances will be July 20-23.  Please refer to the website for additional information and audition forms:

State "A" Girl's Golf, Monday, May 21 at Hot Springs.

Eastern Star Salad Luncheon, Monday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 7 W. Main St.  Public welcome.  $6.

Al-anon meeting, Monday, May 21 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, May 22 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.

Last Day of Public School – end of 4th Quarter, Tuesday, May 22.

Poppy Day!  American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will distribute the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America's war dead on Thursday, May 24, designated as Poppy Day by Wallace American Legion Auxiliary Unit in Vermillion.

Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) sponsored by The Department of Labor and Regulation will be held Thursday, May 24 in Vermillion from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 102 West Cherry Street. The JSAP is designed to assist and train job seekers on how to find and secure employment. Some of the topicsincluded are job search and retention skills, networking, the hidden job market, resumes, applications, and proper interview techniques. It is provided at no charge and open to the public. Parties interested in attending should register by calling (605) 677-6900, by Tuesday, May 22, before 5 p.m. For more information, visit

State "A" Track Prelims, Friday, May 25 – Saturday, May 26 at Rapid City.

Overeaters Anonymous:  Saturday, May 26 at 9 a.m.  Location: Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S Plum St., Administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room. Description: Overeaters Anonymous is a 12 step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.

Volunteers still needed for this cool event!!

2012 South Dakota Kayak Challenge, Saturday & Sunday, May 26-27. Event covers more than 70 miles on the Missouri River, beginning in Yankton and ending in Sioux City. Participants can paddle kayaks or canoes as solo racers or in tandem teams. A complete set of rules, FAQs & route information is available at event website: or contact Jarett Bies at or Steven Dahlmeier at .

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED on the ground and on water for manning four checkpoints along the race (run binoculars, cell phones, check off participants, etc.), and acting as scouts and spotters in boats or on land during the race.  To volunteer, go to website and complete form or contact Jarett or Steve at emails listed above.

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Annual "Attic Treasure's" rummage sale at the Austin-Whittemore House, Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society.  Bring donated items to the AW House during the week.  Clothing or furniture cannot be accepted.

Classic Car Show: Nebraska Rod & Custom Association will be bringing their car show to Vermillion on Saturday, June 2.  There will be approximately 300 cars at the DakotaDome parking lot from noon until 2 p.m. before they continue on their travels.  Cookout lunch (burger/hot dog, chips, potato salad, cookie, beverage) will be available for purchase.  Make plans to come out and enjoy lunch and view the classic cars! 

Attention Vermillion Gas Stations/C-Stores:  Drivers in the car show plan to gas up in Vermillion before leaving town and continuing on their route into Nebraska. 

Celebrate Rhubarb Day will be held at the W. H. Over Museum, Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  Taste good rhubarb concoctions and take part in some fun activities.  Free will donation requested.

Gayville Hall presents "The Hay Country Jamboree," Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m. Location: Gayville, SD, 502 Washington St.  For ticket information, call 605-267-2859.

Summer Food Service for Youth:  The Vermillion School Board recently adopted a plan to provide summer food service for area children at no charge.  As a result of the Vermillion School District qualification for this program, lunch will be served during the summer in the Jolley Elementary School Gym.  The program will be operated by LunchTime Solutions and will be fully supported by the Federal Government and SD Child & Adult Nutrition Services.  Also, the Backpack program will use Friday's meal service to distribute the backpack to students who have requested them.  Anyone age 18 years or younger will be welcome to join us for a free school lunch on weekdays throughout the summer beginning June 4 and ending Aug. 3.  Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. each of the scheduled days.  The lunch will include a main entrée, vegetable, milk, and unlimited salad bar. 

First annual Shakespeare Festival, June 8, 9, & 10 in Prentis Park, Vermillion.  Event sponsored by Coyoteopoly and is free & open to the public.

Westreville Festival Fun Run and Cemetery Walk, Saturday, June 9 at 9 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion.  Event Website: Admission_Fee : $10, includes T shirt.  This non-competitive Fun Run has events for the whole family. Choose to run, bike, or walk a 2,4, or 6 mile course of mostly county gravel roads past historic barns, beautiful rolling hills, and farm fields. Women of Pleasant Valley Church will serve coffee & pie at 10 a.m. The Cemetery Walk will go to Pleasant Valley Cemetery, about  a 1 mile round trip walk, and to historic Mortvedt cemetery, about a 3 mile round trip walk. There will be farm-oriented kids activities beginning at 10:15 a.m. This event will fund the Eckert Children scholarship fund to help an outstanding Irene-Wakonda senior and will also go toward a historical marker for the old town of Westreville.  To be guaranteed a T-shirt, registration must be mailed with entry fee by May 25 to the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, Attn Grace Freeman, 45918 308th St., Vermillion SD 57069.  Email : Phone: 605-624-5369.

2012 H-WORTH OPEN to be held Saturday, June 9  in memory of Matthew Hollingsworth at The Bluffs Golf Course.  Shotgun start to begin at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Clay County EMS Department. This is a 4-person scramble that includes 18 holes of golf, catered BBQ, and prizes. Sign up by contacting The Bluffs club house at 677-7058.

The Annual Clay County Historical Society Ice Cream Social will be Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles.  Donations will be taken for the delicious food.

Dalesburg Midsummer Festival – A Celebration of Scandinavian and Rural Heritage. Friday, June 22. For more information, e-mail: or call:  605-253-2575.

Taste & Tour benefiting Heartland Humane Society, Saturday, June 23, 6:30 to 10 p.m. in downtown Vermillion. This is an opportunity to bring participants to downtown Vermillion to showcase what the city has to offer while raising funds for the local animal shelter.  Vermillion businesses can participate in the event in three ways:  1) become a Participating Business by working with event coordinators to organize a location, sample, and promotion of material for your stop – event coordinators can team up by businesses, 2) sponsor the event at the $100, $250, or $500 level.  Each sponsor level includes tickets to event, 3) donate a raffle item valued at $100 or more.  Businesses involved will receive marketing & media attention from the event. 

For more information, call 605-664-4244. 

"CHICAGO" is coming to The Sioux City Orpheum Theatre, Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m.  For ticket information, visit:, call1-800-745-3000 or by stop by the Tyson Box Office in person.

Dakota Hospital Foundation 6th annual Sheri Ellis Golf Social, July 16.  Contact Jill Christopherson for more information 605-638-8465 /

Olympic/Educational Tour, July 16 – Aug. 1.  A once in a lifetime trip to Ireland, Great Britain and the Summer 2012 Olympics in London.  For more information on this 17-day trip please contact Lenni Billberg at or 605-670-2717.

Vermillion Community Theatre presents the Broadway musical "Annie" on Friday, July 20, Saturday, July 21 and Monday, July 23 at 7 p.m.  There will be a matinee on Sunday, July 22 at 2:30 p.m.  All performances will be at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center. See for additional information.

The Great Dakota Wine Fest, Aug. 25 & 26 at Valiant Vineyards, 1500 W. Main St.  Cooking with wine demonstrations, live music and more.  Visit

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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