Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

Chamber Business:

VCDC Board of Directors Election: The VCDC is preparing for its annual election for Board of Director seats for 2014. There are 4 open positions for a three-year term beginning January 2014. Following approval by the VCDC Board at the Oct. 31 meeting, a slate of nominees will be presented to the membership. The VCDC by-laws allow for additional nominations from the membership and the VCDC will accept nominations through close of business Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Full-time position open for an Economic Development and Communications Assistant. The assistant will provide support for the executive director in executing economic development functions and provide communications assistance for the VCDC. For more information, visit To apply, send resume to Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Co., 116 Market St., Vermillion, SD 57069 or e-mail

A 35-hour Welding Boot Camp sponsored by the VCDC, in partnership with Masaba Mining Equipment and the Vermillion School District will be offered Oct. 29-Dec. 17 at the Vermillion High School. To register for the evening classes, call the VCDC at (605) 624-5571 or e-mail Tuition is $250. Class size limited to first 10 applicants.

Everyone is welcome to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and business after hours at the Vermillion High School, 1001 E. Main St., on Wednesday, Nov. 6, sponsored by the VHS Athletic Booster Club. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at 5:15 p.m. to celebrate the completion of their new Concession Stand and updated Tanager Clothing Store and Training Room. The Business After Hours will be from 5-7 p.m. Please stop out to tour the new HS facilities, make new contacts and find out what the Vermillion HS Athletic Booster Club is all about. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

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 matches youth age 5-17 with adult volunteers, and is starting its 17th year in December. The program also offers a scholarship to graduating seniors from Elk Point-Jefferson and Vermillion high school, and is seeking donations to help with these projects. Area farm operators can donate grain at Ag Opportunities, any Southeast elevator terminal, and Farmer’s Coop in Akron, IA. Operators can designate the number of bushels when they deliver grain, or the amount to donate when they book their grain. All donations are tax-deductible and help youth and graduating seniors in Clay and Union County.



  • The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) at 504 River Dr., North Sioux City, 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) 242-5445 before 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23.
  • Brown Bag Lunch Program: Michael Hilson, Yankton native and instructor of guitar at USD. Performance takes place at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale streets. Free and open to the public.
  • Volleyball: Dakota Valley at 5 p.m. (T)
  • Haunted House tour, 7-10 p.m. sponsored by High School Theatre Dept. Location: Near elevators on Chestnut Street.
  • USD Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m., Aalfs Auditorium, located in Slagle Hall on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.


  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Vermillion Police Department, 15 Washington St. To learn more about the best way to dispose of unused or expired medications, call (800) 882-9539.
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving Meet at 1 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
  • State Cross Country at Rapid City.
  • ACT Test at 8 a.m.
  • Oral Interp: Madison (TBA) (T)
  • The Eagles Auxiliary and Eagles Aerie #2421 is planning a bus trip to the Grand Falls Casino. Bus departs from the Eagles Club at 114 W. Main St. at 9 a.m. and returns by 6 p.m. Event is open to the public. Cost to ride the bus is $20 – seating limited to 56 people. Deadline to sign up is Oct. 18. Call 624-9934 with any questions. Bring a photo ID/drivers license if you plan to go.
  • 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.


  • The Friends of the W. H. Over Museum will be sponsoring their annual fall event at 2:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear their costume and bring their pumpkins to the Museum’s Discovery Room for carving. Following the carving, pumpkins will be displayed, games will be played and treats will be provided. At 5:30, a soup supper will be served in Sletwold Hall. Special entertainment this year will be Olga and Lena, Swedish Cleaning Ladies from Wasau, NE. Their performance will be at approximately 5:30 p.m. A free will offering will be taken and chances will be available for purchase to win a door prize. Event sponsored by the Clay County Commissioners. The Friends of the W. H. Over Museum is also an agency of the United Way of Vermillion. Call (605) 677-5228 for further information. Everyone is welcome.
  • “Scandinavian Travelers Afternoon” at 3 p.m. at Dalesburg Lutheran Church.
  • Junior Clarinet Recital featuring Kayla Josephson at 4 p.m., Colton Recital Hall located in Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.


  • The Written Word exhibition, Oct. 28-Nov. 24 at John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on USD campus. The Written Word is a group exhibition featuring artwork by five contemporary artists.
  • Oral Interp: Brookings (TBA) (T)
  • ACT Prep class (English), 6-8 p.m.
  • Alzheimer’s Association support group meeting for caregivers at 7 p.m. at Vermillion Public Library Conference Room. For more information, contact Fern at 624-4898 or Marilyn at 934-2534.
  • 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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center. For more information, visit


  • USD Theatre Dept. presents: “International Mask Residency” from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, Knutson Theatre on USD campus the Brown-bag lunch event features “State of the Arts in Norway: a discussion with international mask artist, Peters Niels Underland”. At 7:30 p.m., featured speaker Jonathan Becker will talk on “The History of Masks in Performance” at Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, Knutson Theatre. Both events are free and open to the public.


  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market at the Clay County Fairgrounds from 3-7 p.m. For more information call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • Trick or Treating at Sanford Care Center Vermillion (125 Walker St. entrance), 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Vermillion’s First Pumkin’ Chuckin’ competition will be held at 5:30 p.m. during the Vermillion Area Farmers Market. Competitors must obtain their pumpkins, gourds, or squash at the market open from 3-7 p.m. at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Human-powered catapults and trebuchets are invited to compete for the coveted Golden Gourd. Catapults and trebuchets will be accepted in both youth (11-17) and adult (18 and over) classes. Registration is open online through Oct. 30 and will be accepted in person day of the competition from 3-5 p.m. Registration form and rules are online through or contact Amy Schweinle at (605) 659-3399 or
  • Halloween Night sponsored by Clay County 4-H organization, 5:30-8 p.m. at the 4-H Center, 515 High St. Open to children ages 2-10 years of age. Come in costume and enjoy fun and games.


Friday, November 1

Brown Bag Lunch Program: Voci Angelica Trio featuring resonant folk music from Asian, Latin American, African and European tradition, Friday, Nov. 1 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale St. Free and open to the public.


Saturday, November 2

Overeaters Anonymous: Saturday, Nov. 2 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. Description: Overeaters Anonymous is a 12 step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.


SD Football Breast Cancer Awareness “Pink and Walk”, Saturday, Nov. 2. Check-in: 10:45-11 a.m.; walk begins at 11:15 a.m. followed by USD Coyote Football at 1 p.m. –South Dakota vs. Youngstown State at Dakota Dome. To sign up for “Pink Walk,” contact Jill Christopherson, (605) 638-8465 or e-mail: Participants receive: breast health awareness bag and giveaway, entry in drawing for gift package, pre-game reception and first 150 registered receive 1 complimentary and 1 50% off admission game voucher.


“The Hay Country Jamboree,” Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. at Gayville Music Hall in Gayville, SD. Featured musicians: John and Susan McNeill, Dan Kilbride, Owen DeJong, Nick Schwebach and guests. For reservations, call (605) 267-2859.


Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!


Saturday, November 9

“Wine and Whiskers”: Heartland Humane Society (HHS) fundraiser, Saturday, Nov. 9, 6:30-10 p.m. at Yankton Minerva’s Event Center. Tickets on sale now—purchase at HHS in Yankton, or call (605) 664-4244. Join HHS for live music, wine and beer tasting, auction, amazing food and so much more.


Saturday, November 16

Sharing the Dream in Guatemala Open House “Come and See” event with Diana Ramirez, Guatemala Coordinator. On Saturday, Nov. 16, come and learn how to make homemade tortillas. Everyone is welcome


Tuesday, November 19

Education session on Long-Term care offered by the SD Dept. of Social Services including information on costs, how to plan for long-term care needs, what Medicare and Medicaid will cover, etc. An hour-long educational session will be held in Vermillion, Nov. 19 at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St.@ 2 p.m. Sessions are free and open to the public. For a complete session schedule, visit:


Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Chamber

Chat? If you do please call us at 624-5571 or e-mail us at A

listing of events is also available at: and includes

links to USD and Public School events.


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