October 2nd, 2020

VCDC UPDATES

VCDC UpNEXT Coffee Hour

When: Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Time: 9:00 am

Join us on Wednesday morning for coffee hour with the VCDC for the first session of candidate forums in the month of October. Tune in at www.facebook.com/LiveVermillion/ or on Channel 3. Thanks to our October sponsor, Pizza Ranch!

Vermillion NEXT Membership

Vermillion NEXT, the Young Professionals Network for Emerging Leaders is an initiative to engage young professionals in and around the Vermillion area, for people aged 21-40. It’s a great way to get involved with the community, to meet people, and to have an impact on the city and on your own professional development. Join now!

IMPORTANT CHAMBER INFORMATION

Governor Kristi Noem laid out a framework for up to $400 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist South Dakota’s small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under Governor Noem’s proposal, businesses would qualify for this grant if they are located in:

• South Dakota

• have at least $50,000 in gross revenue in 2019, and

• have had a reduction in business of at least 25% between March and May as a result of COVID-19.

The proposed application period for the program would open on Monday October 12th and close on Friday October 23rd. Grants would be rewarded once all applications are received. Following the initial reward period, a second allocation of funds would be considered if additional funds are still available. Under current federal law, all funds must be distributed by December 30th, 2020. Grants would be awarded up to $100,000 per qualifying business.

CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS!

Dakota Days Yote Yard Face-Off

Decorate your yard, win great prizes! Now through Oct. 3rd.

• Most Creative – most original, creative theme

• Reddest – most use of the color red

• Most USD Pride – Biggest display of USD pride

Shred Days

First Dakota National Bank is offering members of the community an opportunity to safely shred their sensitive documents free of charge on Monday, October 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at 1110 E. Cherry Street in Vermillion.

Individuals and local businesses can use this service to safely dispose of documents that may contain sensitive information such as individual's signature, account number, social security number or medical and legal information. Individuals and businesses should first check with their tax or financial advisors on how long to keep documents, in case of audit.

COMMUNITY EVENTS!

Madison Park

Townhomes Blood Drive

Friday, October 16, 2020, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm at 315 N. Norbeck St. Set up your lifesaving appointment TODAY with Kylie Stokes at (605) 252.3660. Appointments are required.

Paranormal South Dakota – Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library

South Dakota has quite a history! And with that history comes stories of the paranormal: haunted places, alien abductions, mysterious creatures, crop circles, and other things supernatural.

Chad Lewis is a researcher, author, and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. He travels the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history.

You are invited to get into the spirit of October and learn more about Paranormal South Dakota with Chad via Zoom! Friday, October 2nd at 12:00 pm Central.

For over two decades Chad Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual. From tracking Vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland's castles, Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal.

Chad has been featured on the Discovery Channel's A Haunting, William Shatner's Weird or What, ABC's World's Scariest Places, Monsters and Mysteries in America, along with being a frequent contributor to Ripley's Believe it or Not Radio. With a Master's Degree in Psychology, Chad has authored over 20 books on the supernatural and extensively lectures on his fascinating findings. The more the bizarre the legend is, the more likely you will find Chad there!

Register at bit.ly/paranormalvpl to access the Zoom session, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, and lead by Chad Lewis. Please register by October 1st, 2020.

Visit the Vermillion Public Library website at www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org for details on all the services we offer, or call 605-677-7060.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Save the date: Friday, October 16, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Vermillion Recycling Center (840 N. Crawford Road, Vermillion, SD 57069). Fee is $10.00 per vehicle.

Mike Carlson named Finance Officer of the Year

The City of Vermillion is pleased to announce that the South Dakota Municipal League has named Mike Carlson Finance Officer of the Year.

This honor is awarded to an individual who not only excels in the profession, but goes above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the community in which they serve.

COMMUNITY NEWS!

Join the VHS Athletic Booster Club!

The Vermillion High School Athletic Booster Club (Boosters) would like to invite you to join their organization. The Boosters are a nonprofit organization of interested persons and businesses who support athletics and spirit at the Vermillion High School. Many of you have been members – we would encourage you to renew your membership, and thank you for participating!

If you haven’t been a member, here are some of the projects that the Boosters are working on or have recently completed:

• Hosting the Fall Booster Bash

• Wrapping a bus in a Tanager Logo

• Installation of the special effects lighting in the gym

• Upgrading the practice football field

• Funding for the new scoreboards in the gym and the football field

• Upgrading the concession stand at the football field

The Boosters have also provided funding directly to VHS sports programs including fast pitch softball, track and field, basketball, swimming, Special Olympics and other sports.

For more information on how to join, please visit the Go Tanagers website.

Catherine Johnson Joins United Way of Vermillion Staff

The United Way of Vermillion is excited to welcome Catherine Johnson as their new Community Impact Director. A 2003 graduate of USD, Johnson returned to Vermillion with her family in 2016. She has a passion for helping others, and previously worked as Case Manager for Pathways Shelter for the Homeless in Yankton.

"Catherine's case work experience is going to be an incredible benefit to our organization and the Community Connection Center," said United Way Executive Director Kelsey Collier-Wise. "Her energy and approachability are a perfect fit for the warm, welcoming space we're trying to create."

The Community Impact Director position oversees the day-to-day operations of the CCC, as well as internal programs like Imagination Library and the Evan Project Diaper Bank.

"I am so excited to join this wonderful team,” said Johnson. " The CCC is such an asset to Vermillion and I can’t wait to start making a difference in our community."

The John A. Day and Gallery 110 art galleries are now open!

"Floating World" is an immersive installation created by the University Art Galleries’ staff and inspired by the University of South Dakota Art Galleries' permanent collection of Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the 18th and 19th Century.

The "Floating World" is a space for reflection and pause from our everyday obligations and concerns. Visitors are invited to meander along the boardwalk through the textural landscape environment that encompasses the entire space of the John A. Day Gallery. Gallery 110 features an exhibit of 16 Ukiyo-e “Floating World” prints curated by gallery staff member, Dillon Bryant.

“At Home in the Floating World” features the subject of interior spaces which provide contrast to the landscape and the natural world.

The Art Galleries are open Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sept. 2nd through Oct. 9th.

Census Workers In

Our Area Soon

The 2020 Census Non-Response Follow-Up Operation (door knocking) will begin on August 11th in South Dakota. If a household DOES NOT want someone to come knocking on their door, they need to complete their 2020 Census form as soon as possible. You can fill out the questionnaire online at 2020census.gov.

FIND VERMILLION COMMUNITY EVENTS

Visit: www.LiveVermillion.com and click on the ‘Things to Do’ tab in the center of the page for a comprehensive view of community events. If you don’t see your event listed, use the ‘Submit New Event’ button on our calendar to send us the information. For further assistance, feel free to contact our Director of Strategic Communications & Tourism at Megan@VermillionChamber.com.

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