Julie Naig or Palo Alto Extension Office
The 4-H organization is sponsored by the Extension Service. There are clubs for both boys and girls, service approximately 230 Palo Alto County Youth. Their purpose is to teach student life skills.
Jane Hoyman
The purpose of the American Association of University Women is to promote education and equity for women of all ages. Membership is for women with two-year degrees as well as Baccalaureate degrees or above. They meet monthly with a program and help support programs for women.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-baed, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The Society works to prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. The local group sponsors the Relay For Life event annually.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Art & Audrey Smith Foundation
Greg Hoyman
This Foundation was established by Art and Audrey Smith so their generosity could continue after their deaths. Its purpose is to establish, enlarge, or enhance worthwhile projects in the community, such as the Wellness Center complex and many other projects. Applications for funds can be requested from board member and are due by January 10 each year.
Beta Sigma Pho Sorority-Iowa MuMu
Lisa Oberg
This sorority is an international women’s friendship network. It provides educational programs and opportunities for service to others. It includes women of all ages, interests, educational, and economic backgrounds.
Boy Scouts of America
Mike Frederick
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouting is learning new skills, being a team member, having fun outdoors, and fostering the initiative to grow and learn.
Catholic Daughters of America
Coleen Ruddy
The purpose of the organization is to participate in the religions, charitable and educational teachings of the Church, to engage in creative and spiritual programs, and to help members develop their talents in meaningful ways that positively influence the welfare of the Church and all people throughout the world.
Chamber of Commerce
Deb Hite
The Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization which promotes business issues and concerns on behalf of its members for the betterment of the community. Members work together using various committees to sponsor a variety of community activities, such as fireworks on the 4th of July, Friday Chamber Coffees, and ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Cub Scouts
Heather Forsythe
Cub Scouting includes a variety of fun and exciting activities for boys in 1st through 5th grades. Cub Scouts can provide the opportunity for boys to adopt and live by standards that will serve as a cornerstone for success in life, such as developing responsibility, maturity, and leadership.
Ducks Unlimited
Brian Garrels
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for waterfowl. The local organization sponsors a youth-oriented Wings & Wetland weekend in May, a golf tournament in the summer, sporting clays and fundraising shoot in the fall, and has a fundraiser banquet in the fall as well as a major donor appreciation banquet in the spring.
Emmetsburg Educational Foundation
Dan Cooper
This is a non-profit, independent foundation dedicated to enhancing quality education for students in the Emmetsburg School District. The foundation participates in the Dollars for Scholars program and provides numerous scholarships to students. It aims to obtain funds through foundations, memorials, solicitations, etc. They give thousands of dollars to students each year.
Emmetsburg Area Little League
Ben Gustafson
The purpose of Little League is to provide a safe and fun recreation and competition to baseball and softball players between preschool and 8th grade. The season runs May, June, and part of July. All games are played at the Field of Dreams complex on 25th Street. This is a non-profit organization ran by the parents and other volunteers.
Emmetsburg Mainstreet Community Theatre
Jackie VanOosbree
Mainstreet Community Theatre is a non-profit volunteer organization, whose purpose is to contribute to the cultural and recreational life of our community by presenting outstanding plays and providing an opportunity for on-stage and off-stage participation. The Theatre holds a membership drive in the winter months to help support the Theatre.
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Emmetsburg Sorority
Patty Kelly
This sorority is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for service to others. It includes women of all ages, interests, and educational and economic backgrounds.
Golf Program for Juniors
Five Island Golf Club
This summer program is offered to youth 14 years and under from the Emmetsburg School District who want to learn to play golf. Youth meet four Mondays in June with adult instructors to learn the basics of golf, such as swinging, putting, etiquette, etc. This free program is sponsored by the Smith Foundation.
Girl Scouts
The Girl Scout program can help girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork, the thrill of accomplishment, and contribute to the improvement of society. Serves Kindergarten and above.
Hospice of Palo Alto County
Liz Reedy
Hospice responds to the unique needs of the terminally ill by providing physical and emotional care to dying persons and their families. Te hospice philosophy seeks to allow the terminally ill person to be at home, close to family and friends, while still under professional medical supervision.
Roger Daum
Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service-minded men and women who respond to the unique needs of their communities and address worldwide issues. Some of their projects including Serving the Children of the World, assisting children, young adults, the aging, and the needy. They seek to improve communities and encourage international understanding. The local group sponsors many pancake breakfasts.
Knights of Columbus
Dave Weldschmidt
The Knights of Columbus is a lay Catholic family fraternal service organization. It raises funds to support local charities and local parishes.
Last Page Book Club
LouAnn Huberty
This is a group for anyone who enjoys reading and discussing books. The group reads a book a month and meets the second Tuesday at 5 pm at the Public Library.
E-Hawk Wrestling Club
Scott Wirtz
The Little E-Hawk Wrestling Club was founded in 1973 as a non-profit organization that seeks to introduce and foster wrestling with the youth of Palo Alto County.
Little E-Hawk Basketball
Dave Sanbolte
The clinic is for boys and girls, grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. It is held Saturday mornings in the Fall.
Masonic Lodge
Roger Hankey
The Masons are a fraternity whose purpose is to make good men better. The fraternity promotes bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love.
Palo Alto Arts Council
LouAnn Huberty
The Palo Alto Arts Council was founded in 1978 by a group of interested citizens to foster public appreciation of the arts. This non-profit group promotes the arts and culture throughout the year by sponsoring art events in the schools, libraries, county fair, and in the community in general. They hold a membership drive each fall to help defray the cost of their activities. Their annual Tour of Homes in the fall is their fund-raising activity.
Palo Alto County Beef Producers
Eugene Ruppert
Jerome Kuyper
The purpose of the Beef Producers is to promote beef. They frequently grill beef for special events, such as the Palo Alto County Fair, 4th of July Celebrations, and other special occasions.
Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation
Jane Hoyman
The Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation (PACGDC) is an Iowa not-for-profit organization. It is the sponsoring organization that holds the license for the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Palo Alto County. In accordance with Iowa law and its operating agreement, PACGDC receives funding from Wild Rose operations. Funds received are distributed to deserving non-profit organizations in Palo Alto County. The mission of the Corporation is to strengthen the community for future generations by creating partnerships, leveraging resources, and being a catalyst in identifying and supporting community needs.
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Palo Alto County Conservation Board
The purpose of the Conservation Board is to conserve the natural resources of the county, to acquire, develop, maintain, and make available public parks, preserves, recreating centers, wildlife and other conservation areas, to provide adequate programs of public recreation, and to help educate local residents about the natural world. The Palo Alto County Conservation Board manages over 2,200 acres of public forests, parks, marshes, and prairies. Habitat management includes tree planting, prairie and wetland restoration and management, wildlife food plots, fish stocking, and the maintenance of nesting structures for ducks, geese, and songbirds.
Palo Alto County Corn & Soybean Assocation
Jim Stillman
The purpose of this association is to promote use of corn and soybeans through educational programs, offering foods made from these products, lobbying for bio diesel and ethanol. They offer education programs, have a test plot at ILCC farm, and offer scholarships to students.
Palo Alto County Democratic Party
The purpose of the Palo Alto County Democratic Party is to promote the Democratic party to all citizens and to promote Democratic candidates.
Palo Alto County Fair Association
Phillip Schmitt
The mission of the Palo Alto County Fair Association is to challenge, reward, and inspire the 4-H and FFA youth of Palo Alto County by providing the facilities and the opportunities to exhibit project and to demonstrate skills that they have developed through their involvement in 4-H and FFA while providing an agricultural, educational, and social based festival to bring generations together and to celebrate our past, present, and future.
Palo Alto County Garden Club
Cindy Berkland
This organization is designed to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, encourage the conservation of natural resources, partake in civic planting, land development, and the art of flower arranging. The club meets monthly and sponsors a Garden of the Month.
Palo Alto County Genealogical Society
Sandy Iwen
This organization is a chapter of the Iowa Genealogical Society. It is a non-profit, educational organization which seeks to encourage genealogical and historical research. It maintains the Genealogy Room at the Public Library.
Palo Alto County Gun Club
Brian Garrels
This organization provides an opportunity for trap shooting at Sportsman’s Park, 3 miles north of Cylinder. It holds shoots on Wednesday nights and open shooting on Thursday nights during the summer season. Other activities and leagues vary with the season.
Palo Alto County Historical Society
Lee Beem
This organization is devoted to preserving things of value to Palo Alto County. It has an extensive collection of historical newspapers, books, family histories, and items.
Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary
Angie Beem
The Auxiliary’s main purpose is to help support the Palo Alto County Hospital, through raising funds, sponsoring a blood drive, volunteering at flu clinics and gift shop.
Palo Alto County Hospital Foundation
John Hand
This foundation was established in 1990 for the purpose of raising funds to support health care in Palo Alto County, including purchasing equipment for the hospital and other needs, such as ambulances and clinics.
Palo Alto County Republican Party
Cecilia Moen
The purpose of the Palo Alto County Republican Party is to promote the Republican party to all citizens and to promote Republican candidates.
Palo Alto County Youth Soccer
Kari Anderson
Recreational soccer for ages 4 years old to 8th grade. Towns served are Ayrshire, Cylinder, Curlew, Emmetsburg, Graettinger, Mallard, Rodman, Ruthven, and West Bend.
Pheasants Forever
Brian Long
Jeremy Wickman
Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations. The group holds an annual banquet to honor members.
Progress Club
Deb Kibbie
This service organization sponsors Santa’s Secret Shop at Christmas time for children to shop. The funds earned are used for community needs, such as the library, fireworks, and hats for babies born at the hospital. The club meets once a month and has a program.
Relay for Life
Tina Coleman
Relay For Life is a special event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost their battle. Funds raised from this event support their research program to eliminate cancer.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Kort Freeman
This organization is similar to Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever in that it is devoted to the conservation of habitats, forest land, and wilderness as well as the restocking of elk populations in various states.
Rotary Club
Greg Hoyman
Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary Meetins are held each Tuesday at noon.
RSVP Volunteer Program
Sue Ahlers
RSVP is part of a nationwide network called Senior Corps that recruits adults 55 and older to use their skills, talents, and life experience to meet community needs through volunteer service. The program is sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College.
Mark Gaul
The Service Corps of Retired Executives Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the small business community through no-fee mentoring and business counseling as well as low-cost workshops.
Senior Citizens Multi-Purpose Center
Bonnie Whitney
The Senior Citizens Center is located at 2008 11th Street. It provides the Dinner Date meals Monday through Friday and provides a social environment for senior citizens. Call 712-852-3350 for reservations. They occasionally serve a pancake breakfast or soup and pie meal for the public. The facility is available for special events.
St. Pat’s Association
This non-profit volunteer organization helps to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day with a three-day celebration in March. Each year, they relive the customs of their Irish ancestors with a large parade, the O’Round the Loch Run, several “Miss” competitions, and other activities. St. Pat’s Headquarters and Irish Gift Shop is located t 10th and Broadway.
Swim Team
Katie Schmitt – 712-298-1211
Swim Team is an independent swimming program with two seasons. Summer AHEELA Conference season runs in June-July and they participate in swim meets on Wednesday evenings. This is for ages 3 years old through senior in High School. The Winter Greater Iowa Swim League season runs October through March with Saturday swim meets for ages 4 through college. Swimmers use the Wellness Center for their swim meets and practices.
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Tops Club
Myrna Heddinger
TOPS offers a healthy, caring, and supportive approach to weight control at an affordable price. TOPS is a non-profit, international family of all ages, sizes, and shapes from all walks of life. It is dedicated to helping each other Take Off and Keep Off Pounds Sensibly. It offers fellowship while you change to a healthier, new lifestyle and learn to maintain it.
VanderVelde Primitive Culture Foundation
Maureen Horsley
This foundation was established under the ILCC Foundation to preserve the artifacts and collections of Margie VanderVelde in her many travels throughout the world and her works with primitive cultures. Her collection is permanently displayed in the display area between the Smith Wellness Center and Iowa Lakes Community College classrooms.
Terry Chamberlain
712-298-0883             ORLarry Huberty712-298-2598
Veterans of Foreign Wars is committed to improving the lives of veterans and service personnel, their families, and their communities. It is devoted to promoting citizenship, volunteerism, and facilitating aid for veterans and their families.  The VFW hall is available to rent for weddings, anniversaries, meetings or any event.  We have a 123″ screen and projector for presentations, parties or sporting events.  Our bar is also available. Contact Larry or LouAnn for reservations.
VFW Ladies Auxiliary
LouAnn Huberty
This organization is devoted to helping veterans and their families who need help. This group contributes to other organizations, provides refreshments for Veterans Day and Memorial Day activities, sells poppies to help disabled vets, and sponsors a Fish Fry.
Weight Watchers
Donna Kliegl
Weight Watchers helps you make wise food choices, eat healthy, and enjoy food and exercise. It provides support and guidance to help you reach your weight goal and stay there. It meets Wednesdays at the Multipurpose Senior Citizens Center.
Young Democrats The purpose of this group is to encourage good citizenship and understanding of the political process as well as support the Democratic Party. The group has speakers, sponsors a dance, and makes trips to the capital in Des Moines.
Young Republicans
Tom Magee
The purpose of this group is to encourage good citizenship and understanding of the political process as well as to support the Republican Party.