are plenty of active clubs and organizations to get involved with in
George. Read through the descriptions for each -- and find one
that fits your interests. They're all eager to welcome you to
their meetings and activities!
glad to keep your information current and complete!
CIVIC GROUPS, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS
Jack Sauter Post 404 of the American Legion is a service
organization with ties to the national organization of 2.7 million
members, the Iowa State organization , and most importantly the
local community of George. The wartime veterans dedicate
themselves to God and Country and traditional American values;
strong national security; adequate and compassionate care for
veterans , their widows and orphans; and the wholesome development
of our nations youth. They accomplish their goals by giving of
themselves in church and civic organizations . They sponsor a
young man to attend Boy's State each year, present classes on flag
etiquette, display over 190 flags at an avenue of flags on
national holidays, march in parades, conduct military rites at
funerals of veterans.
establishment of an Auxiliary to the American Legion was provided
for by the first national convention of The American Legion in
1919. The first national convention of the Auxiliary was held in
Kansas City, MO in 1921. The American Legion Auxiliary has one
great purpose, "to contribute to the accomplishment of the aims
and purpose of The American Legion. Out programs are in the
following areas, Rehabilitation of Disabled Veterans, Children and
Youth Activities, Serving the Local Community, Disaster Relief
Activities, and Peace and Security. The Auxiliary believes that
the principles and ideals upon which the American Republic was
founded, and for which American Blood had been shed, are still the
cornerstones of our democracy, and as such should be safeguarded
for the welfare of our future generations. Upon establishment of
eligibility and paying dues to the local unit, she is a member of
the Department and national organization and meets once a month at
George Senior Women's Club was organized in October 1924, when a
group of the town's public spirited women felt the need of a
community organization to promote the betterment of life. This
group immediately became a part of the state and national General
Federation of Women's Clubs. The primary objective was " to gain
knowledge to mutually benefit ourselves and the community." The
secondary objective was to establish and maintain a public
library. Other projects have included establishing and maintaining
the City Park, organizing a Girl Scout Troop and providing
leadership, sponsoring poetry contests and art exhibits as well as
presenting the Arion awards to outstanding musicians in the local
public school. The club meets the first Friday of every month,
September to June.
The George Volunteer Fire Department had it's
beginning in the year 1894. There are 20 volunteers on the George
Fire Department. These days the Fire Fighters do more than just
fight fires. They also train and are responsible for Hazardous
Material spills, Storm Watching, Confined Space Rescue, and
Vehicle Extrication. Several Members of the Fire Department are
also trained First Responders and run with the GEMS. One of the
favorite activities is going to the preschool for Fire Prevention
Week in October. The firefighters enjoy giving rides on the fire
trucks, answering questions, and teaching the kids about fire
safety. In 1993 the Community of George built a new Emergency
Center. The building houses both the Fire Department and the
George EMS. The beautiful building was built with donated funds
from the public. Before construction was started, $60,000 was
pledged. This is one of the finest Emergency Centers in not only
Lyon County but in all of Northwest Iowa, especially for a town
the size of George.
George Emergency Medical Service, known to the area residents as
the GEMS was founded in the fall of 1977. From that time to the
present, the Gems have not stopped growing because of their great
support from a caring community. Because of that, George can be
very proud of being one of the best-equipped rescue units in the
area. The GEMS unit is completely volunteer, and they provide
their services free of charge. To be qualified to become a GEMS
member, individuals must be certified in CPR, and each person must
be certified as either a First Responder or an Emergency Medical
Technician. The GEMS want to remind you that they are trained and
ready to assist you 24 hours a day.
The George Wheelchair
Repair shop is a satellite location of Hope Have International
Ministries. The George location got its start in November of
1998 in the back shop area of the Main Street Plaza. To date
the volunteers have refurbished over 4000 wheelchairs! When
finished the chairs are shipped to Hope Haven's headquarters in
Rock Valley, IA and distributed primarily through mission efforts
to over 94 countries around the world. The George shop
operates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and volunteers are
needed for a variety of tasks.
The mission of Girl Scouting is to inspire
girls to the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and
service so that they may become happy and resourceful citizens.
George Betterment Club is a nonprofit organization designed to
benefit the community. There are no age limitations for joining
the club. Men & women are encouraged to join. The club benefits
the city by having fundraisers and putting the money back in to
the community. They not only help out the youth, but they also
help people in need. The George Betterment Club organizes the Run,
Pass, and Punt and Super Shooters contests. They also support
Little League, The Sandbox Project, and they raise money for the
GEMS and Firemen.
Ostfriesen Genealogical Society
The Ostfriesen Genealogical Society was
organized in March, 1985. The group meets once a month in the
George Public Library on the third Saturday of the month at 1:30
pm. The meetings are informal. There are usually 12-16 members
present. Our membership includes about 250 people, 15 of whom
live in Germany. Each month following the meeting a newsletter is
sent to the members. The newsletter tells the happenings of the
meeting and tells the date of the next meeting. Any additional
information which might be of interest or special help is sent
Membership dues are $15 per year for each U.S.
member. Dues for German members are $20. Contact Jean C.
Heibult, 2185 Monroe Ave., Ashton, IA 51232 if you are interested
in becoming a member.
Use this site to search for genealogy
records in Lyon County:
The George Kiwanis meet at the Pizza Ranch
every Thursday at noon.
The Purpose: Service to youth and the elderly,
to the community and to the nation.
Major Projects: Support young children by being
included with Children's Miracle Network. Sponsoring a family at
Christmas time by providing gifts and food. Donating to he George
Summer Recreation Program.
Community Services: Adopt-A-Highway program,
Donations to the GEMS and Fireman, George 4th of July Celebration.
International Service: Collection of crayons
for children of Haiti. Support Kiwanis International in the Iodine
Builders Club is a Middle School 6th, 7th and
8th grade organization sponsored by a local Kiwanis Club. The GLR
Builders Club is sponsored by the George Kiwanis Club and was
chartered in 2005 with 15 members. The purpose of Builders Club
is to give back to School, community and family through financial
support and work projects. To have a Builders Club requires a
faculty advisor and a Kiwanis Club advisor. Since its charter
date our faculty advisor has been Mr. Tim Mauldin and our Kiwanis
Club advisor is Pastor Dale Lint.
George Trees Forever is a volunteer organization and has been in
existence since 1992. Hundreds of trees and shrubs have been
planted and maintained. We are involved in the Branching Out
program which is sponsored by IES - Alliant Utilities. The City of
George matches the grant money. We also have been named Tree City
USA for since 1995. The mission of Trees Forever: To facilitate
the planting and care of trees, woodlands, and forests through
action-oriented programs that empower people, build community and
promote environment awareness.