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!

Vermillion Public Library Dedication on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. followed by a tour of library after the ceremony. Come see the addition and wonderful new features of the library! Sen. Tim Johnson will be in attendance.

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, contact Ann at or at 624-5571.


A “heaping helping” of thanks from the Dakota Senior Meal Program, to the many businesses and individuals that April-showered our kitchen, and kitchen office with supplies and money donations. A dent in kitchen/office expense will be realized for several weeks. Please continue to remember the Dakota Senior Meal Progra.m.

Foundation seeks members: The Clay-Union Foundation which serves as a mentoring program for youth 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/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.

Photo exhibit: “Images from Abroad” presents photographs taken by students from the University of South Dakota and Cosumnes River College who participated in a faculty-led study tour of Ireland, Wales, London and Paris in June 2012. The photographs are on display through May 17 at the USD Library from 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.




  • Big 8 Conference 7th/8th Grade Boys/Girls Track at 4 p.m. (H)
  • JV Baseball: Sioux Falls (TBA) (T)



  • Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Leave non-perishable donation in a bag by your mailbox – letter carriers will deliver items to the local food bank.
  • Boys Tennis: Madison Invitational at 9 a.m. at Madison.
  • JV Baseball: Sioux Falls (TBA) (T)
  • 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.
  • Come to WalMart from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for a kids Bike Rodeo in the parking lot! Bikes and helmets will be provided, and there will be an obstacle course, treats to eat, and prizes (bike and helmet) awarded. Come join the fun!
  • Honor Moms at the Spring Salad and Sandwich Luncheon from 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.
  • First-ever National Wine Tourism Day from noon-5 p.m. Valiant Vineyards will be hosting a sangria party; come and enjoy our beautiful balcony view!



  • East River and Missouri Valley Bluegrass Music Association to feature “Monthly Open Jam,” (second Sunday of each month) 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.
  • Vermillion Area Dance Organization Spring Recital at 2 p.m. at Vermillion High School. Our dancers will be showcasing their skills they have been working on all year. Talented dancers from age 3 through adult! Many different fun and beautiful styles of dance will be performed.
  • JV Baseball: Rapid City Central at noon (H)
  • V Baseball: First Round Playoffs (TBA)



  • Region Girls Golf at 9 a.m. at Sioux Falls Christian.
  • Sixth Grade Spring Concert at 7 p.m. at Vermillion High School.
  • Support group for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or memory loss meeting rescheduled for 7 p.m., Vermillion Public Library Conference Room.
  • Spring play performance, “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” 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.
  • V Baseball: First Round Playoffs (TBA)



  • 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, 320 W. Main St.
  • Vermillion Public Library to host “Deadly Day at the Library” at 7 p.m. The public is invited to Vermillion Public Library to meet Young Adult author Susan Dennard. “The Deadly Day at the Library” event is free and open to the public.



  • The First United Methodist Church of Vermillion will host a Spring Fling Dinner. The dinner will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. in the fellowship rooms at 16 N. Dakota St. The menu will include roast beef, potatoes, vegetables and desserts. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and under. The proceeds from the dinner will be used to support the programs and ministries of the church in the community and beyond. Come and bring your guests to enjoy the dinner.



  • MAY 17 – Creating Order in Life … Making a Smooth Transition. Presented by First Dakota National Bank at 10 a.m. Free seminar to be hosted at the Main Street Center. Refreshments provided along with door prizes to be awarded. Topics to include: Organizing the “paper blizzard”, answers to common misconceptions, open communication with family and caretakers, important transitional steps, questions and answers (private consulting can be accommodated).
  • MAY 17 – Blood Drive at WalMart, 1207 Princeton St., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, contact Karen at (605) 624-0215 x182.
  • MAY 17 – Singer and funnyman 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 the audience is requested 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.
  • MAY 18 – 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 18 – High School Graduation at 2:30 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
  • MAY 19 – Valiant Vineyards is hosting a Wine and Canvas event from 2-5 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
  • MAY 20 – Eastern Star Salad Luncheon at the Eagles Club, 114 W. Main St. Serving from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Public welcome. Tickets available at the door.
  • May 21 – The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1024 W. Cherry St.(originally scheduled for Thursday, May 23). 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., Monday, May 20.
  • MAY 23 – Poppy Day: American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will distribute the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America’s war dead on this day, designated as Poppy Day by Wallace American Legion Auxiliary Unit in Vermillion.
  • MAY 23 – Preservation Celebration will take place at the W.H. Over Museum starting at noon. Lunch will be provided during the noon hour. Jim Wilson will start with a presentation on historic brick, and Bob Hanson, the accomplished traditional mason from Yankton will be on hand for some follow-up commentary. The mid-afternoon program will be an informal and evolving discussion of the role of trees in our development of this landscape, with some focus on various tree species and particular uses for their wood, a brief history of lumber-milling technology, some fun with models of timber-framing details, and finally, a chance to push some sharp woodworking planes through samples of local woods.
  • MAY 29-30 – “True Beauty Boot Camp” at The Spa at Wynie Mae’s, 25 W. Main for ages 8-12 and 13-17. Call (605) 658-1234 for ticket information.
  • JUNE 1 – Discovery Days in historic Downtown Vermillion from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. On Main Street from Market to Center Streets there will be retail specials, food specials and family/kid games/events.
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