Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069


Chamber Business:

Thursday, March 28

Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening Celebration, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Business After Hours at Mead Lumber, 113 West Main St., on Thursday, March 28 to celebrate the completion of their beautiful showroom expansion and renovation.  The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at 5 p.m.  Refreshments will be served during the Grand Opening Celebration and Business After Hours from 5 to 9 p.m.


Tuesday, April 23

Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Meridian Title of Clay County, 100 East Main Street, is Tuesday, April 23.  The Open House will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m.  Please join us to welcome Meridian Title to Vermillion, make new contacts, and find out what they have to offer.  Refreshments will be served, plus a take-home gift for everyone!


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 pm 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:


*Vermillion High School Needs Your Help:  The mission of the Vermillion School District is “To empower all students to maximize their success in our global community.” With this in mind, the state is mandating additional offerings for graduation starting in the fall of 2013 to include some sort of Senior Experience. This might take the form of becoming a Mentor or providing Job Shadowing and Internship opportunities.
In order to assist the district with the implementation and sustainability of such a program, we are requesting adults and businesses in the community to please take a moment to fill out this quick survey. This will help us know of opportunities to give every student “the right opportunity and responsibility to learn academics and essential life skills to prepare them to live successfully in an ever-changing world.” Thank you in advance for your participation. The survey is available at: OR visit our website at and under Headlines click on Parents/Community- VHS Needs Your Help


*Second Annual Clothing & Blanket Drive through, March 29 for SD’s Rosebud Reservation.  Donations may be dropped off at:  Pressing Matters Printing, 102 E. Main St., M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations must be clean & in good working condition—no purses, high heel shoes or “dry clean only” clothing.


*Sanford Vermillion Arts Program Selected as Candidate for the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project

Voting runs through March 28. Sanford Arts Vermillion (SAV) Program in partnership with Dakota Hospital Foundation, has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project, which offers $1.2 million in funding to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S.  Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign at and runs until 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.  If we receive the most votes within our region, we will be awarded funds, materials and training to implement Art-Lifting: Creative Support for Cancer Survivors to our community.  Please share the link above with your family and friends (email, facebook, twitter, etc.).  Read more about how it will locally impact our community. (one vote per email address accepted)


Friday, March 22

*The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP), Friday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1024 West Cherry Street.  The JSAP is a free workshop for people recovering from job loss or enhancing their job search skills. Trained instructors speak on modern-day techniques used to successfully find employment. Topics covered are: résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing etiquette, networking effectively, using social media and much more. Parties interested in attending should register by calling 605.677.6900 before 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 20


*Brown Bag Lunch Program:  Bethany Cencer from New York, Friday, March 22 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark & Yale St.  March’s Free Friday Sponsor is City of Vermillion.  Free & open to the public


March 22-23

*2013 Schmeckfest in Freeman, Friday & Saturday, March 22-23.  Meal served from 4 to 7 p.m. “Fiddler on the Roof” performance at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 605-925-4542 or visit:


Saturday, March 23

*Seventeen South Dakota Middle & High Schools will compete in the 29th Annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament, Saturday, March 23 at USD.  Over 225 students will compete in several science events.  For a description of the events, go to:


*Overeaters Anonymous: Saturday, March 23 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.


*Heartland Humane Society will have dogs available to meet at Tractor Supply Company in Yankton on Saturday, March 23from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. TSC is located 2908 Broadway Ave. “Meet and Greets allow our dogs waiting for adoption to get out into the public and make new friends,” said Kerry Schmidt, executive director at Heartland Humane Society.  Schmidt encourages anyone interested in adopting an animal to fill out an application prior to the Meet and Greet. Applications are available at the shelter or online at  For more information, contact Heartland Humane Society 605-664-4244.


Next Weeks Happenings:

Sunday, March 24…

*Music Recital:  Freshmen Chris Robinson, bass trombone, Amber Bock, trombone, & Alexander Leva, tuba, Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m., Colton Recital Hall at Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.


*Valiant Vineyards is hosting a Wine & Canvas event, Sunday, March 24 from 2 to 5 p.m.  You will have an evening full of artsy fun with friends or meet new ones.  All painting supplies including an apron will be provided.  Our local artist will give you step-by-step instructions to complete your masterpiece.  To register for this event go to:


*Music Recital: Alexander Zalneraitis presents his junior flute recital, Sunday, March 24 at 6 p.m., Colton Recital Hall @ Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.


*SDSCA State Student Council Convention at Pierre, Sunday & Monday, March 24-25


Monday, March 25

*Al-anon meeting, Monday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Main & Linden. For more information, call 624-9764


*Music Recital:  Lacey Semansky presents her Junior Oboe Recital, Monday, March 25 at 7:30 pm, Colton Recital Hall at Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.


*Middle School track practice begins, Monday, March 25


*TBA – Boys/Girls Track: Dan Lennon at Dakota Dome, Monday, March 25


Tuesday, March 26

*Vermillion Rotary Club meeting, Tuesday, March 26 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.


*Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Tuesday, March 26 co-hosted by Sanford Care Center Vermillion, & Hy-Vee.  Ages 1-3 meet at 5:00 p.m. at Courtyard at Sanford Care Center (enter from the south on Jane St.); ages 4-6 and 7-8 meet at 5:30 p.m. at Prentis Park (south side).  Two special prizes per age group.  Bring your basket, hunt for eggs, find some candy & win fun prizes.  Rain Date:  Thursday, March 28.


Wednesday, March 27

*Grief Support Group meeting, Wednesday, March 27 and every Wednesday through April 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion Hospital Board Room.  Pre-registration requested by calling Julie at 605-638-8484.


Thursday, March 28

*Spring Picture Day at Vermillion Middle School, Thursday, March 28


*Common Sense Parenting classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jolley School Library.  (March 28, and April 4, 11, 18)  Everyone is welcome but registration is required. Childcare will be available for those who need it to attend.  Please call the WYCC at (605) 665-4811 or the Clay County Health Nurse at (605) 677-6767 to register.  The Vermillion PTA sponsors this class.


Friday, March 29

*No School, Friday, March 29 – Good Friday Holiday


Saturday, March 30

*Overeaters Anonymous: Saturday, March 30 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.


Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Sunday, March 31

*Charity Run, Sunday, March 31:  Outdoors enthusiasts have an opportunity to participate in a short 1 mile run, walk or stroll and help support the Clay-Union Foundation. The “mentorship mile” event will begin at Cottonwood Park at 12 noon with registration in the soccer field complex parking lot. Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers in both men’s and women’s category and includes all ages. Register prior to noon to participate, and walk-ins are welcome.  The event registration is $10 & may be paid on-line or that day.  Register at:

Registration can be done on-line, and the day of the event. A meal will be provided for all participants, at 12:30 p.m.; all proceeds from the event will be used to support the local mentoring program, which is in its 16th year in Clay and Union counties. For more information, contact John Gille at 605-421-5050, email  or email  Meals will also be available after the event to non-participants and the public. Pump ‘N Pak of Vermillion, Classic hits 106.3, and ESPN radio 1570 are major sponsors of this event.


Thursday-Friday, April 4 & 5

*Sixth Annual Community-Wide Preschool Screening for all children currently ages 3 & 4, Thursday, April 4, 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Austin Elementary School, 300 High St, (Please use east doors of building on High St.) Screening areas include developmental, hearing, language, vision & social.  To schedule an appointment, call Austin Elementary at 677-7010.  Screening sponsored by Vermillion School District & Head Start with community support.


Friday, April 5

* Brown Bag Lunch Program:  Winds of Change, featuring Amy Shaw, Irish flute; John McCormick, button accordion; & Brian Miller, guitar from Minneapolis, Friday, April 5 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark & Yale St.  April’s Free Friday Sponsor is Sanford Health of Vermillion.  Free & open to the public.


Saturday, April 6

*ESA Tour of Tables, Saturday, April 6 at St. Agnes School/Father Wolf Auditorium.  Featuring salad luncheon & entertainment.  Doors open at 10:45 a.m., luncheon served at 11:30 a.m.  To make a reservation or sponsor a table, contact Barb Campbell at 624-4626.  Proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


* Free income tax assistance offered to qualified taxpayers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Students at USD Law School & Beta Alpha Psi will be available throughout the spring semester as follows:

April 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at School of Law and Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Muenster University Center Ballroom.  Individuals attending VITA session should bring:  Social Security card(s), tax returns & all other tax documents, including W-2 forms, 1099 forms & Social Security statements.  Assistance offered on a first come, first serve basis.


*The Hay Country Jamboree, Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. at Gayville Music Hall in Gayville.  The 13th season begins with a fantastic concert featuring Gayville Hall musical hosts John and Susan McNeill, great singer and guitarist Boyd Bristow, fiddler extraordinaire Owen DeJong, and banjo virtuoso Dan Kilbride. Call for your reservation (605-267-2859)!


Sunday, April 7

*Sioux City Orpheum presents off-Broadway sensation “Menopause The Musical”, Sunday, April 7.  For group orders (10 or more) call 712-224-6423 or  For other orders, visit


Wednesday, April 10

*Astronaut Mark Kelly will be guest speaker for IdeaFest, Wednesday, April 10 at USD, Slagle Hall’s Aalfs Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Thursday, April 11

Norma Wilson to read from her new book, “Under the Rainbow:  Poems from Mojácar,” Thursday, April 11 at Washington Street Arts Center.  These poems were inspired by Norma’s 2002 writing residency in Spain and her dreams of home.  Related photographs by John Banasiak and mosaics by Nancy Losacker will be exhibited at the event, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.  Refreshments will be served, and a book-signing will follow the reading.  This celebration, sponsored by Vermillion Area Arts Council, is free and open to the public.


Sunday, April 14

*Fourth Annual Vermillion Special Olympic’s Polar Plunge, Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at Vermillion High School Parking Lot.  The cost to jump is $100 (or if you would rather, you can pay $50 to be “Too Chicken to Jump”).  Jumpers and chickens will receive a souvenir t-shirt and lunch.  Businesses who give $100 or more will get their name on the back of the t-shirts and their business will be promoted at the event.  Donation Event Website online registration:

Description: We are excited for the Special Olympic “Polar Plunge” in Vermillion.  If you don’t know what a Polar Plunge entails, it is where people who all want to help support Special Olympics jump into freezing water. Register online or day of event. Lunch (walking tacos & pizza) – 11 a.m.; Registration – 11 a.m.; Polar & Kiddie Plunge – 1 p.m.  Proceeds will go to area athletes to cover travel, equipment, and registration fees for area and statewide events.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Law: 605-670-0030 or e-mail


*East River & Missouri Valley Bluegrass Music Association to feature “Monthly Open Jam”, Sunday, April 14 (second Sunday of each month), from 1 to 6 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St.  All levels welcome—open to pickers & listeners.  Event is free & open to the public.  For more information, call:  1-877-621-4118 (toll free)


Wednesday-Thursday, April 17 & 18

*Lions Club Pancake Days, Wednesday & Thursday, April 17-18 at the National Guard Armory.  Serving 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.  $5 at the door – kids fewer than 8 free.


Saturday, April 27

The Eagles Auxiliary & Eagles Aerie #2421 in Vermillion to host a fun-filled day trip to the Grand Falls Casino & Resort in Larchwood, IA, Saturday, April 27. Depart from Eagles Club at 114 W. Main St. at 10 a.m. on charter bus; return to Vermillion at 6 p.m.  Seating limited to 56 people—to reserve a spot, sign up at the Eagles Club.  Cost to ride bus is $20 due when reservation is made.  Deadline to sign up is April 20.  Nonmembers welcome.  Questions, call 624-9934.

Attendees receive $10 in free slot play, $5 off lunch buffet and those with an April birthday receive bonuses.  Please bring a photo ID/drivers license.

Saturday, June 15

Save the date for the second annual Westreville Festival:  Mark your calendars for the second annual Westreville Festival to be held Saturday, June 15 at the Pleasant Valley Church located at 45918 308th St., Vermillion. The event will kick off at 8 a.m. with a 5K or 10K run or walk and a walk to “Historical Cemeteries” in the Westreville area. Kids events will begin at 9 a.m. and include a one-mile bike ride or run followed by some dads vs. kids competitions.

The Pleasant Valley ladies will again be providing coffee, pies, and other sweets beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the church basement. It promises to be a fun-filled morning; watch this paper for future updates and information.


Sunday, June 22-Tuesday, July 8, 2014

*Scandinavia Adult Tour-2014: tour will visit Bergan and Oslo, Norway, Copenhagen, Denmark, Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, Tallinn, Estonia, and conclude in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Depart Sioux Falls on June 22 and return July 8, 2014.  If interested, email: or call 605-670-2717


Friday, July 19

*Vermillion Community Theatre presents the original musical “Robin Hood, Spirit of the Greene” July 19-22 at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center.  Friday, Saturday, and Monday performances at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.  Visit website at:, for additional information.


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