Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

Chamber Business:

The VCDC is the sponsor for Free Fridays at the National Music Museum throughout the month of May. Wind down after a busy week by touring the galleries of this amazing museum, located here in our own community!

Also, don’t miss the fun on Friday and Saturday, May 3 (4-8 p.m.) and May 4 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the museum’s open house. Features include the celebrity guitar exhibition including one played by Elvis Presley, the Elvis motorcycle from Pioneer Auto Show in Murdo, and Memphis BBQ (served both days)!

Business After Hours and Open House at Vermillion Ace Hardware, 812 Cottage Ave., Thursday, May 9 from 5-8 p.m. Please join us to make new contacts, socialize and find out what Ace Hardware has to offer! Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Vermillion Public Library Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m., 18 Church St. The public is invited to attend the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and also tour the beautiful new addition and renovation.

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.


Foundation seeks members: The Clay-Union Foundation, which serves as a mentoring program for youths 5-17 years old, is actively seeking new members and adult volunteers throughout Clay and Union County. There are two boys and two girls seeking an adult mentor in Elk Point, and volunteers are needed to make the matches. Volunteers spend two hours per week with their match; 134 matches have been made since the program began in 1997.

To sign up a youth, or apply as a volunteer, go to and click on the volunteer button for the forms. Or e-mail or call John Gille at (605) 421-5050. The agency is funded in part by the United Way of Vermillion.




  • Big 8 Conference Girls Golf at Madison at 10 a.m.
  • Boys/Girls Track: Howard Wood Relays at Sioux Falls at 10 a.m. (T)
  • USD School of Health Sciences Department of Physical Therapy Hooding Ceremony at 10 a.m. , Slagle Hall Aalfs Auditorium.
  • A free, public preview of a new documentary film on pioneer 19th Century South Dakota architect Wallace Dow is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Room 216A of the Muenster University Center (MUC) on USD campus. Dow designed Old Main and East Hall on the USD campus, the Baptist Church and other downtown Vermillion buildings. The film’s producers Brad and Jennifer Dumke of Sioux Falls will be present for a discussion of the 56 minute film. Refreshments will be served; visitor parking is located on the west side of the MUC. The film will be shown later on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. The event is sponsored by several community and USD related organizations.
  • School of Law Hooding Ceremony at 3 p.m., Slagle Hall Aalfs Auditorium.
  • The National Music Museum is unveiling new, celebrity guitar acquisitions, including one played by Elvis Presley, at the museum’s Open House on Friday, May 3 (4-8 p.m.) and Saturday, May 4 (9-5). Friday visitors will also get a rare look at the Elvis motorcycle from the Pioneer Auto Show (Murdo SD). Heck’s BBQ will serve “Memphis-style Barbecue” both Friday and Saturday Vouchers for free food will be available through the NMM Facebook page, through local radio promotions, and on the NMM premises, Friday afternoon. Come on over to the National Music Museum at the corner of Clark and Yale Streets and enjoy the fun!
  • Boys Tennis: SC East at 4 p.m. (H)
  • Reception: Nicole Geary and Michelle St. Vrain, two graduate students at The University of South Dakota, will present their joint exhibition entitled, “What Remains” from 5-7:30 p.m., John A. Day Gallery located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus.
  • Native Graduate Honoring Ceremony: Join us for an evening of celebration in honor of this year’s University of South Dakota native graduates at 6 p.m., Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom. We will be celebrating Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 graduates with music, food, guest speakers, and family and friends! The event is free and everyone is welcome.
  • 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.



  • 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.
  • USD Spring Graduation at 9:30 a.m. at the DakotaDome.
  • 7th/8th grade Boys/Girls Track: Yankton at 9:30 a.m. (H)
  • Free piñata workshop at the Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St. from 10 a.m.-noon.
  • 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.
  • “The Hay Country Jamboree” at 8 p.m. at Gayville Music Hall in Gayville. Featured musicians: John and Susan McNeill, Nick Schwebach, Owen DeJong and Ervin Pickhinke. For reservations, call (605) 267-2859.



  • Junior Varsity Baseball: Parkston at 4 p.m. (T)
  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration sponsored by Vermillion Area Arts Council, Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St. from 5-7 p.m. Piñata contest for the entire family (open to individuals and groups) with prizes awarded for Best Original Design, Most Complex, and Best of Show. Deliver piñatas to Washington Street Arts Center from 3-5 p.m. Enjoy authentic Mexican food and drink concessions. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (605) 920-8945.
  • Varsity Baseball: Parkston at 6 p.m. (T)



  • Athletic Awards Night at 6:30 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.



  • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.
  • Vermillion High School Finale Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Vermillion High School.



  • MAY 11 – 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.
  • MAY 11 – Honor Moms at the Spring Salad and Sandwich Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Main Street Center; 320 W. Main St. Contact the Center at 624-8072 for an advance ticket. Please support the local senior citizen center. Open to the public.
  • MAY 12 – 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).
  • MAY 17 – Blood Drive at Wal-Mart, 1207 Princeton St., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information contact Karen at (605) 624-0215 x182.
  • MAY 17 – Singer and funny-man Gordy Pratt will be live in the SDPB TV studio for a taping of “No Cover No Minimum.” The event is free, but seating is limited, so we ask those interested in attending to call us at (800) 456-0766 or stop by the station to pick up free tickets and reserve a place for the event. The taping begins at 8 p.m., so we ask audience to be in place by 7:45. SDPB’s Martin Busch Studio is located in the Al Neuharth Media Center on the USD campus in Vermillion. More information about Gordy Pratt is available at
  • MAY 18 – High School Graduation at 2:30 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
  • MAY 23 – The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1024 West Cherry St. 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, May 22.
  • MAY 23 – Preservation Celebration will take place at the W. H. Over Museum starting at noon.
  • 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.
  • JUNE 15 – Save the date for the second annual Westreville Festival, to be held 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.
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