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.

There is a full-time position open for an economic development and communications assistant at the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company. 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 to:

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 Vermillion High School 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 high school 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 624-5571.



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.

2013 John Milton Writers’ Conference hosted by USD English Deptartment, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Visit the event calendar for complete schedule.




  • TBA – Oral Interp: Yankton (T)
  • TBA – All-State Chorus at 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.
  • USD Football Breast Cancer Awareness “Pink Walk.” 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 the DakotaDome. 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 one complimentary and one 50 percent off admission game voucher.
  • South Dakota 125th Birthday Inaugural Ball, Yankton. History Walks in Downtown Yankton 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Territorial Social and Snacks at Riverfront Event Center at 6 p.m.; Inaugural Program at 7 p.m. and Birthday Ball featuring the Gale Pifer Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome, free admission—prizes for best period costume (historic or contemporary). For more information, call the Yankton Chamber of Commerce at (605) 665-3636.
  • “The Hay Country Jamboree” at 8 p.m. at Gayville Music Hall in Gayville. Featured musicians: John and Susan McNeill, Dan Kilbride, Owen DeJong, Nick Schwebach and guests. For reservations, call (605) 267-2859.



  • TBA – Football: Playoff Quarter Finals
  • Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach and Education Event: Do you want help or need more information about the new Health Insurance Marketplace? Effective Oct. 1, 2013, eligible individuals, families and small businesses can go to to search for health coverage options. An outreach event will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library for anyone looking for more information on the affordable care act.
  • Oral Interp Region Qualifier at Vermillion High School from 4-8 p.m.
  • 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. For more information, visit
  • Vermillion Middle School and High School Retake Picture Day.
  • Region Volleyball, Tuesday 6 p.m.
  • ACT Prep (Math) at Vermillion High School.


  • Elementary students are in for a special treat in November. They will have the opportunity to meet two children’s authors. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be hosting Jeanette Hopkins, author of “The Lady Bug Waltz” and “The Juggler,” two rhyming picture books. This is part of the library’s Books and Authors programming for children in grades kindergarten through fifth, but everyone is welcome to attend this special presentation. It will take place in the Kozak Community Room from 3:45-5 p.m. Ms. Hopkins will share her stories and the inspiration for her books. She is an educator from Sioux City and her husband, Bruce, who is also an author, will be presenting a program for adults later in the evening. Snacks will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact the library at (605) 677-7060 or Another event is scheduled for Nov. 14.


  • Silver Threads Health and Product Fair-2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Main Street Center, 320 W. Main St. Bake sale 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Speaker/presentation schedule: 10:35 a.m.-Jason Howe: “Dizziness: As the World Turns” and “Why Hearing Aids Don’t Work;” 11:15 a.m.-Becca Jorde: “What Do I Need to Know About Bone Health;” noon-Barbara Olson: “Funeral Pre-planning and Finance;” and 12:45 p.m.-Michael Myers: “Medical Billing, Advocacy and Research.”
  • Vermillion Lions Club meeting at the W. H. Over Museum in Sletwold Hall at 6 p.m.


  • NOV. 9 – 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.
  • NOV. 9 – “Wine and Whiskers”: Heartland Humane Society (HHS) fundraiser from 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.
  • NOV. 14-16 – South Dakota State Football Championships at the DakotaDome.


On Thursday, Nov. 14, students will learn about historic Deadwood from Joanna Jones, one of the authors of Henry’s Adventure at the Franklin Hotel. It tells the story of the days leading up to the grand opening of the Franklin Hotel in 1903 from the perspective of ten-year-old Henry, whose father is the hotel manager. The book is one of this year’s Prairie Pasque nominees. The Prairie Pasque Contest, as well as the Prairie Bud Contest will be briefly discussed prior to Ms. Jones’ presentation and all the contest books will be available from the library. Ms. Jones is from Spearfish. She is an educator, an enthusiastic advocate of children’s literature, and a former member of the Prairie Pasque/Prairie Bud Committee of the South Dakota Library Association. This program takes place in the Kozak Community Room from 3:45-5 p.m. and is part of our Books and Authors programming for children. Snacks will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact the library at (605) 677-7060 or


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


Monday, November 18

International Forum: “STILL VULNERABLE TO OPEC?”, Monday, Nov. 18 at noon, Farber Hall located in Old Main on USD campus.”It wouldn’t take much for members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) – which launched the 1973 (oil) embargo to disrupt supplies” according to Leon Panetta. On the other hand, thanks to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) US supplies of both oil and natural gas have increased significantly and even reversed the outsourcing of US jobs, as can be observed even in Vermillion (with the new Eagle Creek facility being constructed). The US might also have access to additional Canadian oil, if a second pipeline from Alberta is ever approved. Greatly increased oil (& coal) demand from China and India are also a factor, and causing substantial growth of pollution, as seen frequently on TV news broadcasts. Could a world-wide introduction of a carbon tax be a possible solution? These and other issues will be taken up by Dr. Dennis Johnson (Economics) and Dr. Benno Wymar (Economics and past visiting professor at Saudi Arabia’s University of Petroleum and Minerals). Moderator: Prof. Greg Huckabee (International Business Law). The event is sponsored by the (USD) Beacom School of Business.


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:


Wednesday, November 20

The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP), Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1024 West Cherry Street. 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: resume 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, November 18.


Tuesday, January 7

The 31st Annual Dakota Farm Show is Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 7, 8, and 9 at the Dakota Dome. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursday Free admission and free parking. For more information please go to For vendor information please call Penny Swank at 507-437-7969.


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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