Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

Chamber Business:

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.


The Clay-Union Foundation has had a busy few months, adding three new board members, two new matches and continuing efforts to match youth in the two counties.

The program would like to add two adult volunteers to serve as board members from Clay County, and also is seeking three students from the USD law school or communications department to help provide input on programs, future projects and needs. USD student reps would ideally be sophomore status, so they have time to grow with the program and contribute to its board.­

The foundation will start its 17th year as a non- profit youth mentoring program, and is seeking to create new matches throughout the two counties. It is supported by donations from businesses, individuals and organizations, and in part, by the United Way of Vermillion.

Contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, e-mail, or visit to be involved in the program.



  • Free blood pressure screening from 7:30-9 a.m. at Sanford Vermillion Main Lobby, 20 S. Plum St. Additional screening available: Lipid panel-$15; PSA screen-$20. Visit for more information.
  • Girls Tennis: Brandon Valley at 9 a.m. (T)
  • Flu Shots by Sanford Vermillion from 10 a.m.-noon at the Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. For more information, call 624-8072.
  • Reception for “Dust, Metal, and Stone,” 5-7:30 p.m., John A. Day Gallery, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. The exhibition presents 60 original intaglio and lithographic prints created by Regionalist and Realist American artists during the 1930s.
  • Tanager Tailgate Supper – “Kick off” a home football game from 5:30-7 p.m. in the DakotaDome parking lot (west of the tennis courts) Pulled Pork sandwiches, chips and water will be offered for a free will donation. Provided by the After-Prom Party Fundraiser.
  • Football: West Central at 7 p.m. (H)
  • The South Dakota Film Festival will present the documentary “Ride With Larry” as part of September’s festivities. Make plans for this special event in Vermillion. First screening is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Coyote Twin Theater. The theater will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to South Dakota’s Parkinson’s Association and the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s. Special overnight lodging package available for out of town guests – for details, go to For more information about “Ride With Larry,” go to
  • Music Recital: Arthur Barrow, guest musician on electric bass and guitar, piano, and organ to synthesizer at 8 p.m., Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus.


  • Missouri River Cleanup: Volunteers needed for Missouri River Cleanup from 8 a.m.-noon. Meeting place is Clay County Park Boat Ramp. Volunteers will receive T-Shirts, as well as refreshments pre-cleanup and lunch afterwards. For more information, contact Dugan Smith, Park Ranger at (605) 665-0209 or e-mail at
  • Nikki’s Fund 5K Run/Walk: The University of South Dakota, along with the communities of Vermillion and Yankton, are sponsoring the eighth annual Nikki’s Fund 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. at Prentis Park. The event helps USD students in crisis situations and promotes suicide prevention awareness. Pre-registration $10; after 9/9/13-$15. Registration forms available at Student Counseling Center located at the Cook House on USD campus.
  • The Barking Dog Cycling Club will host the 12th annual Margarita Ride. This ride is a benefit for the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and starts at 9 a.m. at the Eagles Club, in downtown Vermillion. For ride and registration information, visit
  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market at Ratingen Platz, corner of Market and Main streets, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • 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.
  • Music Recital: Dr. Symeon Waseen, guest pianist, will perform at 7 p.m., Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts located on USD campus. He holds a doctorate degree from the Eastman School of Music.


  • USD Women’s Soccer vs. College of St. Mary at 1 p.m. at DakotaDome Soccer Field.
  • National Public Radio’s From the Top is coming to Vermillion to celebrate the launching of the National Music Museum’s 40th anniversary year at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Aalfs Auditorium on the USD campus. If you are interested in advertising in the program, call the museum at (605) 677-5306 or go to the National Music Museum’s website at
  • Pie and Ice-Cream Social, 5-7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10 Linden St. Pies, taverns, and homemade ice cream. Free-will offering.


  • Boys Soccer: Huron at 3 p.m. (H)
  • Resume and Job Search Assistance, 6-8 p.m. at Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St. Free to ages 14 and over. Bring a copy of your resume (if applicable) and any job related questions. Instructors: Dan Hart and Clarence Pederson.
  • USD Women’s Volleyball vs. North Dakota at 7 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
  • 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.
  • Gordon Lightfoot to perform at the Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City, 8 p.m. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster. For group tickets, call Melissa at (712) 224-6423 or e-mail


  • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center. For more information, visit
  • Seventh grade volleyball at 4 p.m. at Worthing.
  • Eighth grade volleyball at 4 p.m. at Lennox.
  • 7/8 Football at 4:30 p.m. at West Central.


  • Program on Dakota Gardens Housing by Sanford Care at 11 a.m. at The Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. For more information, call 624-8072.
  • RED Steakhouse to host philanthropic event, “MINGLE at RED Steakhouse”, One E. Main St. from 5-9 p.m. The annual event is a gourmet food and wine tasting event designed to gather people together and raise awareness and funds that will benefit the community. At the 2nd annual event, RED Steakhouse will MINGLE with Saint Agnes School. Proceeds will go toward funding classroom expansion at Saint Agnes School. There will be a silent auction with all proceeds going to Saint Agnes School; the auction will end at 8 p.m. Tickets for this event will be $50 per person in advance, $60 at the door and are available at RED Steakhouse or by calling (605) 624-0079. Ticketholders receive a Riedel glass to take home. Chef Kirk Phillips and his team will be showcasing their culinary skills and providing a variety of different foods to accompany the wines.


  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market at the Clay County Fairgrounds from 3-7 p.m. For more information call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • 7/8 Volleyball vs. Harrisburg at 4:30 p.m. (H)
  • Vermillion Lions Club meeting, W. H. Over Museum (Sletwold Hall) at 6 p.m.


  • SEPT. 21 – Vermillion Area Farmers Market at Ratingen Platz, corner of Market and Main St., 9 a.m.-noon. For more information call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • SEPT. 21 – Heartland Humane Society (HHS) and USD Greek Life host “Tails and Trails” on Vermillion’s USD Campus at the old ice rink near north complex dorms, 10 a.m.-noon. Pet contest will be held at 10:45 a.m. Categories include Best Trick, Best Dressed and Most Unusual. Attendees encouraged to come with or without a pet. All healthy, friendly and vaccinated animals are welcome. Adoptable dogs will also be on hand to meet. Free-will donation to HHS welcome.
  • SEPT. 21 – 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.
  • SEPT. 21 – Valiant Vineyards Winery will participate in a charity wine tasting event from 4-7 p.m. at the Lennox City Park. The event will feature tastings of six South Dakota wineries. There will be a drawing for a “Wall of Wine”, a variety of 50 wines including two bottles from the 2000-year-old Crimisan Winery located outside Bethlehem. Minervas will be the food vendor. All proceeds go to the nonprofit organization In His Steps, providing medical relief in the Bethlehem area for 12 years. Presale tickets are $25 ($30 day of event) and can be purchased at Valiant Vineyards or by mailing check payable to In His Steps to Ken Sayler, PO Box 575, Lennox, SD 57039. Tickets should be picked up at the gate day of event.
  • SEPT. 25 – Flu Shots by Hy-Vee from 10 a.m.-noon at The Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. For more information, call 624-8072.
  • SEPT. 25 – Program on Fall Prevention from USD OT and PT students at 10:30 a.m. at The Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. For more information, call 624-8072.
  • SEPT. 26 – Fall Dinner and fundraiser, 5:30 p.m. at the Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. Sponsored with Trinity Lutheran Church. For more information, call 624-8072.
  • SEPT. 27 – Heart and Lung Cancer Screens, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion, 20 S. Plum St. Heart Screen $50; Lung Cancer Screen $99. Call (888) 996-4673 to schedule an appointment. For more information about the screenings, visit:, keyword: screenings.
  • SEPT. 27 – The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) at 1024 W. Cherry St., from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 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, Sept. 25.
  • SEPT. 28-29 – Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive: Wal-Mart stores traditionally hold a food drive for Food Pantries in South Dakota in September. Foods may be purchased and left in bins in Wal-Mart stores for local Food Pantries to pick up and use. Last year, the Vermillion Food Pantry fed more than 4,600 people. The Vermillion Food Pantry welcomes community support to help replenish their shelves.
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