Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

vcdc@vermillionchamber.com

www.vermillionchamber.com

Chamber Business:

Everyone is invited to the grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Classic Hits 106.3/ESPN Radio 1570 – 5 Star Communications, 18 E. Main St., on Tuesday, April 16, to celebrate their new studio in Vermillion. The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Grilled hot dogs and refreshments will be served. Please join us to welcome 5 Star Communications to Vermillion.

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 South Dakota 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.

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community. Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. While funds available are limited we can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects. Your annual donations to our Foundation will provide us with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects.

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: annb@vermillionchamber.com or at 624-5571.

 

Announcements:

“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 http://vermillion.k12.sd.us//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=114 or visit www.vermillion.k12.sd.us and under Headlines click on Parents/Community, VHS Needs Your Help.

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.

The 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 2013-2014 school year. To schedule a screening, call Kazy at Austin Elementary School, (605) 677-7010 for a time slot on Friday, April 5 between 9 a.m.-1pm. Areas to be screened include developmental, language, social, hearing and vision. Make plans to attend – we look forward to meeting your child.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

FRIDAY, 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 St. April’s free Friday sponsor is Sanford Health of Vermillion. Free and open to the public.
  • Show Choir Nationals at Nashville, TN, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Varsity Baseball vs. Dakota Valley at 5:30 p.m. (H)
  • Recital: Natalie Campbell, soprano, presents her graduate voice recital at 7 p.m., Farber Hall located in Old Main on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Junior Varsity Baseball vs. Dakota Valley at 7:30 p.m. (H)

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

  • Overeaters Anonymous 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. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.
  • Lewis & Clark Homebuilders Association Eighth Annual Home Show at Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center 709 Whiting Drive, Yankton from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Product Demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes. $1 off admission with a non-perishable food item. Donations will be given to the food pantry. Registration and other info at www.lewisandclarkhomebuilders.com.
  • 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.
  • 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 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the School of Law. 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.
  • Music recital: Becca Lunstrum presents her junior horn recital at 1 p.m., Colton Recital Hall, located in Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Music recital: Laura Bertschinger, soprano, presents her graduate voice recital at 4 p.m., Colton Recital Hall, located in Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Music recital: Jimmy Bloomquist presents his senior trombone recital at 7:30 p.m., Colton Recital Hall, located in Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.
  • 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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

  • Lewis & Clark Homebuilders Association Eighth Annual Home Show at Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center, 709 Whiting Dr., Yankton, from noon to 4 p.m. The Lewis & Clark Home Builders Association Home Show is designed to home owners in all stages of building, landscaping and decorating their homes.
  • Varsity Baseball vs. Elk Point/Jefferson at 1 and 3 p.m. (H)
  • Music concert: The Yote Pack in Concert: USD’s Trombone Quartet presents this free public concert at 2:30 p.m., Farber Hall located in Old Main on USD campus. Please join trombonists Mark Sweeney, Tim Handle, Jimmy Bloomquist and John Mathews.
  • Music recital: Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland, assistant professor of voice and opera at USD, presents her students in a studio showcase at 4 p.m., Colton Recital Hall located in Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Junior Varsity Baseball vs. Elk Point/Jefferson at 5 p.m. (H)
  • “Festival of Nations” hosted by USD International Club at the Muenster University Center Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with festival running from 6-9 p.m. Celebrate and explore the diversity of USD through food and entertainment. For more information, call (605) 677-8818 or e-mail ISC@usd.edu.
  • Sioux City Orpheum presents off-Broadway sensation “Menopause The Musical. For group orders (10 or more) call (712) 224-6423 or mlanzourakis@sioux-city.org. For other orders, visit ticketmaster.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 8

  • Dean’s Lecture Series-Fables and Foibles of Banking at 4 p.m., Beacom Hall. Larry Ness is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of First Dakota National Bank and president of First Dakota Financial Corporation.
  • Music concert: USD’s Dr. Jonathan Alvis presents his low brass studio in concert at 7:39 p.m., Slagle Hall Aalfs Auditorium. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Spring Show at 7:30 p.m. at Vermillion High School.
  • 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.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

  • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.
  • American Legion Wallace Post and Auxiliary meeting at 7 p.m. at the Main Street Center located at 320 W. Main St.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

  • Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool open house from 3:15-5:15 p.m. at 816 E. Clark St. Come and check out the preschool and enroll your child for the Fall 2013 session. For more information, contact Cindy Knutson, TLC Preschool, (605) 624-3839 or e-mail: cindywwjd@hotmail.com.
  • 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 ideafest@usd.edu or by calling (605) 677-6338.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

  • Norma Wilson will 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.
  • Dr. David Sweatt, guest speaker for IdeaFest. In partnership with the Sanford School of Medicine, Sweatt will speak on “Neurobiology of Creativity” at 7 p.m., MUC Ballroom on USD campus. More information about IdeaFest is available at ideafest@usd.edu or by calling (605) 677-6338.

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • APRIL 11-12 – Sixth Annual Community-Wide Birth-3 Screening. Communication-Cognitive-Social-Motor screening for all children ages birth to 35 months old who reside in the Vermillion School District. Call Kazy at 677-7010 to sign up for a time slot on Thursday, April 11, 3-6 p.m. and Friday, April 12, 9-noon at Austin Elementary School, 300 High St. (Please enter through E doors on High St.)
  • APRIL 13 – Overeaters Anonymous 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.
  • APRIL 13 – 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 from 10-5 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 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 web site online registration: http://www.firstgiving.com/sosd/2013-vermillion-polar-plunge/.
  • 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.
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