Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

Chamber Business:

Welding Boot Camp offered beginning April 22 through May 23, 2013 at Vermillion High School. Total of 35-hour course. Class size limited to first 10 applicants. Call VCDC at (605) 624-5571 to register. Tuition: $250. Sponsored by VCDC, in partnership with Masaba Mining Equipment and the Vermillion School District.

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.

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.

Foundation drive begins: The Clay-Union Foundation is in its 16th year as a mentoring program, and has begun several different drives. There are two boys and two girls who would like to have a mentor in Elk Point. Mentors must be at least 18 years old, and will be in the area at least a year. Current EPJ seniors who will be in the area are eligible for mentoring. The volunteers spend two hours per week with their matches, and are able to build a relationship with each other. An application is pending for an adult mentor from Gayville as well.

The program also would like to recruit an educator from EPJ, who is willing to serve on the board of directors. The board reviews applications for mentors, and assists with the scholarship program.

A fund drive has begun to assist with the community service scholarship and community fund. The program will award its second $500 scholarship later this month. Donations from current and former residents in Clay and Union County are always welcome. Donations may be sent to John Gille, 31911 3rd Ave., Elk Point, SD, 57025. The scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Elk Point-Jefferson or Vermillion High School, who are pursuing a four-year college education. Donations will help the program continue to offer its scholarship and help local programs in need of assistance, as funds allow. For more information, contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, or e-mail

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.



  • Brown Bag Lunch Program: “Double Play Flute and Tuba Duo” from Michigan 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.
  • Spring Fling Dinner and Dance at the Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.; dance or enjoy the music with Shirley Brandt from 7-9 p.m. Proceeds to benefit The Main Street Center.
  • Varsity Baseball: Bon Homme at Tabor at 5:30 p.m.
  • Junior Varsity Baseball: Bon Homme at Tabor at 7:30 p.m.
  • USD Dept. of Theatre presents “Rent”, April 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Wayne S. Knutson Theatre, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. Visit: for ticket information.
  • USD Opera presents Gian-Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium”, Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Slagle Hall Aalfs Auditorium on USD campus. Tickets for adults-$10; Students-$5. Not recommended for children under 12.


  • Overeaters Anonymous: Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. Location: Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board roomOvereaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.
  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clay County Extension Building, 515 High St. If interested in becoming a vendor for winter market, call Amy, (605) 659-3399.
  • Junior Varsity Baseball: Dakota Valley at 12 p.m. (T)
  • Grand March at Vermillion High School at 7:45 p.m.
  • Prom at Vermillion High School from 8:30-11 p.m.


  • Music Recital: Lee Comp presents his senior voice recital at 4 p.m., Farber Hall located in Old Main on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Music Recital: USD’s Truran Scholars present their bi-annual piano recital at 5 p.m., Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Music Recital: Joshua Etherington and Garret Olson present a junior trombone recital at 7:30 p.m., Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.


  • USD presents “SWITCH Energy Project,” at 7 p.m., Akeley-Lawrence Science Center Room 125. Free and open to the public. Event Web site: Description: USD and Arcos Films present a FREE screening of Switch, a new award-winning documentary that moves past the politics to deliver the straight answers on energy.
  • Kindergarten Concert at 6:30 p.m. at Vermillion High School.
  • Music Concert: USD’s Rawlins Piano Trio present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge. For more information about this amazing trio, visit
  • 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.


  • First Dakota National Bank, 111 Court St., will be hosting their annual shred day from 11 a.m.-noon. This is a free event to help the Vermillion community and surrounding area to dispose of sensitive materials in a safe manner. We will have a “shred on site” truck in our parking lot along with some helpful ID theft tips. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity brought to you by First Dakota National Bank.
  • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.
  • Living with Grief video education program: “Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death” at 12:30-4 p.m. at Vermillion Hospital, Board Room, 20 S. Plum St. This program is free of charge; however, the Hospice Foundation of America is charging a $35 online processing fee for Continuing Education Credits to be paid post-conference. Local discussion for CE credit from 3:30-4 p.m. Brown bag lunches welcome. Pre-registration requested, but not required. Please call Kay at (605) 638-8480. You may leave a message.
  • Living and Learning: “Liberal Therapeutic Diets for the Elderly and End of Life Nutritional Needs” at 6 p.m., Sanford Vermillion Boardroom. Meal and music provided at 6 p.m., followed by educational seminar with Mary Auch, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Door prizes. Sponsored by Sanford Vermillion. RSVP to Kari Jo at (605) 638-8319.


  • APRIL 26 – The annual Bike Helmet Day, sponsored by the Vermillion Medical Clinic and The Vermillion Rotary Club, will be at 2 p.m. at Jolley School. Helmets are provided to each 2nd grader in the Vermillion Community.
  • APRIL 27 – 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 27 – Donation/Benefit Drive at Alleviant, 907 N. Norbeck, 1-3 p.m. (Look for Balloons!) Collecting items for: Food Pantry (chunky soup, tuna, canned fruit and veggies, pasta, rice, hygiene items, non-perishable foods); Backpack Program (dry cereals/instant oatmeal, canned meals, peanut butter, mac and cheese, microwave popcorn); Women’s Shelter (diapers, wipes, infant supplies, kids’ dental products, bandages, hair brushes, feminine products, pain relievers/ibuprofen, paper towels, cleaning supplies, shopping gift cards for gas, phone, groceries, etc.)
  • APRIL 27 – The Eagles Auxiliary and Eagles Aerie #2421 in Vermillion to host a fun-filled day trip to the Grand Falls Casino and Resort in Larchwood, IA. 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.
  • APRIL 30 – We would like to invite you to an open house to welcome the new Park & Recreation Director, Jim Goblirsch, to the community from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Bluffs Clubhouse. This is a great opportunity for the public to meet Jim and also check out the renovations to the Clubhouse since last fall.
  • MAY 3 – “W. L. Dow, Architect,” a documentary advance screening about a prairie architect who came to Dakota Territory in 1880 and built a number of symbolic structures. Showtime is 2:30-4:30 p.m. at MUC, room 216A on USD campus. Question and answer with film creators and producers Brad and Jennifer Dumke will follow screening.
  • MAY 3 – Vermillion Medical Clinic Family Medicine Physicians, William Dendinger, MD and Charles Yelverton, MD, will jointly be awarded the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota Class of 1983 Clinical Faculty Award. The award ceremony will take place at the Alumni Reunion Banquet at the Sheraton Hotel in Sioux Falls.
  • MAY 4 – The Clay County Historical Society will be sponsoring their annual Attic Treasures Sale. The sale will begin at 8 a.m. No clothing, appliances, or mattresses will be accepted for sale. If you have something to donate or need assistance to have an item picked up, please contact the historical society at 624-8266 for information.
  • MAY 4-6 – Spring play performance, “Wiley and the Hairy Man” Saturday, May 4 and Monday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday May 5 at 2:30 p.m. at Vermillion High School.
  • JUNE 1 – Vermillion Public Library Dedication 1 at 2 p.m.
  • JUNE 1 – Second annual Taste and Tour in downtown Vermillion will showcase a dozen businesses and raise funds for the paws at Heartland Humane Society from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale soon and can be purchased at the shelter, Vermillion Chamber, or Nook ‘n Cranny in Vermillion. Food, beverages, sale items and much more.


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