Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

Chamber Business:

Congratulations to the 2013 Vermillion Area Chamber and Community Award Recipients.

Family Business of the Year: Davis Pharmacy – Tom and Sandy Lavin and Family

Mayors Community Service Award: Maxine Johnson

United Way Volunteer of the Year: Sue Jopling

VCDC Community Leader Award: Pastor Steve Miller

Open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Meridian Title of Clay County, 100 E. Main St., is Tuesday, April 23. The Open House will be from 5-7 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.

David Owen, President of the SD Chamber of Commerce, will give a legislative session update at the Rotary Club meeting at the Neuharth Media Center on Tuesday, April 30 at noon. Everyone welcome, lunch is $6.50. Non-Rotary members please call the VCDC to register (605) 624-5571. Sponsored by the VCDC Legislative Affairs Committee.

Save the date: The 2013 VCDC Annual Golf Social is Monday, June 24, at The Bluffs Golf Course. More information available in the near future.

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 5-7 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.


“April Showers Bring May Flowers”: The Main Street Center Nutrition Board has asked the kitchen staff to compile a “wish list” – another attempt to make the Main Street Center noon meal, “Meals on Wheels” and Town Square program survive. We’re asking for your help. It’s an “April Shower” of kitchen/office supplies you may donate to help keep expenses down. Thank you for any donation.

Folgers Classic Coffee Regular, laundry detergent and Dawn dish soap, white paper towels, reams of printing paper (8 ½ by 11), 40-50 gallon garbage bags, first-class stamps, black pepper and HP office jet 4500 ink are among the items being accepted.

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 and under Headlines click on Parents/Community, VHS Needs Your Help.

Second annual clothing and blanket drive through March 29 for South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation. Donations may be dropped off at Pressing Matters Printing, 102 E. Main St., M-F, 8:30-5 p.m. Donations must be clean and in good working condition – no purses, high heel shoes or “dry-clean only” clothing.

Sanford Vermillion Arts Program has been selected as a 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 (e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Read more about how it will locally impact our community – Error. Hyperlink reference not valid.. (One vote per e-mail address accepted.)

Meals on Wheels needs your help. Vermillion Meals on Wheels, like other towns participating in the nutrition project of Dakota Senior Meals, is struggling to survive. The state and federal government provide approximately 40 percent of the actual cost to prepare each meal. The rest of the cost comes from local sources. You can help make a difference. Make a donation or enjoy a nutritional, “home cooked” meal by the Vermillion Dakota Senior Meals at the Main Street Center. Meals can also be delivered to individuals and couples that are unable to leave their home. To make a donation or for more information, call the Nutrition Kitchen at 624-7868.



  • No school, Good Friday.
  • Easter recess at USD, through Monday, April 1.


  • Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.


  • Outdoors enthusiasts have an opportunity to participate in a short one-mile run, walk or stroll and help support the Clay-Union Foundation. The “mentorship mile” event will begin at Cottonwood Park at noon with registration in the soccer field complex parking lot. For more information, contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, e-mail or e-mail


  • No school, Easter Monday.
  • Al-anon meeting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Linden. For more information, call 624-9764.


  • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.


  • Grief Support Group meeting every Wednesday through April 17 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion Hospital Board Room. Pre-registration requested by calling Julie at (605) 638-8484.
  • The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2013 North American tour to the Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, at 7 p.m. Special discounted tickets are available by calling Jackie at (800) 641-4667, ext. 116.


  • The 2013 Missouri River Institute Research Symposium will be held at the University of South Dakota. Beginning at 9 a.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center, researchers from USD and other academic institutions as well as federal, state and local organizations will present on the science and other issues of the Missouri River. All presentations are free and open to the public. For more information and a schedule of presentations, please visit or contact Tim Cowman at (605) 677-6151 or via e-mail at
  • Common Sense Parenting classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Jolley School Library. (April 4, 11, 18) Everyone is welcome but registration is required. Child care will be available for those who need it to attend. Please call the WYCC at (605) 665-4811 or the Clay Co. Health Nurse at (605) 677-6767 to register. This class is sponsored by the Vermillion PTA.
  • Vermillion Lions Club meeting at the W.H. Over Museum, Sletwold Hall at 6 p.m.


  • APRIL 4-5 – Sixth annual community-wide preschool screening sponsored by the Vermillion School District and Head Start along with community support for children who are currently ages 3 and 4, but not eligible for Kindergarten in the 2013-14 school year. To schedule a screening, call Kazy at Austin Elementary School, (605) 677-7010 for a time slot on either Thursday, April 4 between 4-6 p.m. or Friday, April 5 between 9am-1p.m. Areas to be screened include Developmental, Language, Social, Hearing and Vision. Make plans to attend – we look forward to meeting your child.
  • APRIL 5 – Brown Bag Lunch Program: Winds of Change, featuring Amy Shaw, Irish flute; John McCormick, button accordion; and Brian Miller, guitar from Minneapolis, at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale streets. April’s Free Friday Sponsor is Sanford Health of Vermillion. Free and open to the public.
  • APRIL 6 – Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room.
  • APRIL 6-7 – Lewis & Clark Homebuilders Association Eighth Annual Home Show at Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center 709 Whiting Dr., Yankton from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Product Demonstrations-Exhibits –Doorprizes. $1 off admission with a non-perishable food item. Donations will be given to the Food Pantry. Registration and other info at
  • APRIL 6 – ESA Tour of Tables at St. Agnes School/Father Wolf Auditorium. Featuring salad luncheon and 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.
  • APRIL 6 – Free income tax assistance offered to qualified taxpayers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Students at USD Law School and Beta Alpha Psi will be available throughout the spring semester as follows: April 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at School of Law and Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Muenster University Center Ballroom. Individuals attending VITA session should bring: Social Security card(s), tax returns and all other tax documents, including W-2 forms, 1099 forms and Social Security statements. Assistance offered on a first come, first serve basis.
  • APRIL 6 – The Hay Country Jamboree 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.
  • APRIL 7 – Sioux City Orpheum presents off-Broadway sensation “Menopause: The Musical.” For group orders (10 or more) call (712) 224-6423 or For other orders, visit
  • APRIL 10 – Astronaut Mark Kelly will be guest speaker for IdeaFest at USD, Slagle Hall’s Aalfs Auditorium, 7 p.m. More information about IdeaFest is available at or by calling (605) 677-6338.
  • APRIL 11 – Norma Wilson to read from her new book, “Under the Rainbow: Poems from Mojácar,” 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 7-9 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.
  • APRIL 11 – Dr. David Sweatt, guest speaker for IdeaFest. In partnership with the Sanford School of Medicine, Dr. Sweatt will speak on “Neurobiology of Creativity” at 7 p.m., MUC Ballroom on USD campus. More information about IdeaFest is available at or by calling (605) 677-6338.
  • APRIL 14 – Fourth Annual Vermillion Special Olympic’s Polar Plunge, 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 at For more information, contact Jennifer Law: (605) 670-0030 or e-mail
  • APRIL 14 – East River and Missouri Valley Bluegrass Music Association to feature “Monthly Open Jam” from 1-6 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St. All levels welcome – open to pickers and listeners. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (877) 621-4118 (toll free).
  • APRIL 17-18 – Lions Club Pancake Days at the National Guard Armory. Serving 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. $5 at the door. Kids under 8 free.

– Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Chamber Chat? If you do, call 624-5571 or e-mail

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