A number of organizations — formal and informal — contribute to the quality of life in Ireton. In addition to the Fire Department and Rescue Squad, a number of formal (i.e. organized and long-standing) groups are profiled below (though there usually isn’t anything very “formal” about any of them!). They are all happy to welcome new members.
There are also a number of informal groups that are active from time to time. For example, exercise clubs, youth sports activities and various committees tend to organize for limited time periods. Information about their activities is usually posted on the sign at the corner of 3rd and Main.
Then, of course, there are the long-standing informal groups — the “coffee klatschs” that regularly meet at the Super Stop or over a beer at the Mole Hill — our real, live, version of social media.
Click on the organizations below for more information:
- Bertram Post #276, American Legion and Auxiliary
- Cadets and Gems
- Happy Hi Haps 4-H Club
- Hope Haven International – Ireton Wheelchair Shop
- Ireton Area Historical Society
- Ireton Sportsman’s Club
- Red Hatters
Bertram Post #276, American Legion and Auxiliary
Membership eligibility in the American Legion is established by the national organization. Bertram Post #276 is happy to welcome members to its post.
The Legion provides a variety of services to its members and also serves the community by conducting the town’s Memorial Day service, sponsoring Boys State representatives, conducting flag-burning ceremonies when appropriate as well as other activities. The Legion spearheaded the Veteran’s Memorial project — raising more than $50,000 in less than 6 months.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world. Former service members and many relatives of service members are eligible for membership (see the categories on the membership application form). Locally the Auxiliary sponsors a variety of projects including Girls State representatives.
CADETS and GEMS
The Cadets and Gems are youth programs sponsored by the Ireton Christian Reformed Church but open to children of all religious backgrounds.
The Christian Cadets are boys in grades 3-8. Meetings usually begin with a bible discussion and then include badge work, crafts, and games. There are also special activities like campouts or a pinewood derby. The cadets also assist the Legion in preparing the cemetery for Memorial Day services. For more information, contact Brent Davelaar at 712-722-2029.
GEMS Girls Clubs are found throughout the U.S. and Canada. Gems is open to girls in grades 2-7/8. The Ireton Gems attend a variety of schools – Ireton Christian, West Sioux, Sioux Center, MOC-FV and others so this is a chance for girls to get to know many other girls in Ireton and the surrounding area and make new friends.
Gems stands for “Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior”. The girls learn about Jesus Christ and his great love for them. Gems do age-appropriate lessons, crafts and work on badges each meeting. At the year-end party, the girls share their badges with their Moms and Grandmas.
The girls also have the opportunity to support less fortunate young girls through compassion. The girls write caring letters throughout the year.
Gems also enjoy a wide variety of outings to special places. For example, they have visited the S.T.A.R.S. (Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School) program near Sioux City, Oak Grove Park, movies, dog breeding kennels and have planned swimming and skating parties.
The cost is just $10 for the year ($15 if 2 girls from the same family are in Gems). The club also holds a fundraiser each year to help cover expenses. If you are interested in Gems, contact leader Sara Hulshof at 278-2486.
Cadets meet at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of September through April at the Cadet Clubhouse located on the northeast corner of 3rd and East streets.
Gems meet from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of September through April at the Ireton Christian Reformed Church, 301 Maple Street.
HAPPY HI HAPS 4-H CLUB
Membership in the Happy Hi Haps is open to all youth ages 8-18. In addition to club meetings, club members create projects for the Sioux County Youth Fair and Iowa State Fair. They also perform a variety of public service activities, listen to interesting speakers, take field trips and plan a variety of fun activities.
Club members meet 2 Saturday mornings a month but the Saturdays vary from month-to-month depending on other activities at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Hope Haven International – Ireton Wheelchair Shop
Hope Haven International (HHI) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Rock Valley, Iowa with the mission of improving the lives of disabled persons in developing countries.
The Ireton wheelchair shop manufactures the HH Kidchair. Volunteers assemble the Kidchairs by working on groups of chairs in stages. Other volunteers sew pillows, bags and backpacks for them.
The shop is open every weekday for volunteers to work on the chairs. New volunteers are welcome. Just stop by the shop for more information.
Ireton Area Historical Society
Ireton Area Historical Society was incorporated in 1978. Its mission is to preserve and record the history of Ireton and its four surrounding townships (Reading, Center, Eagle, Washington); to educate local residents, particularly children, about the history of Ireton and the surrounding area; and to serve as a resource for individuals seeking information about the history of the area and their families. The IAHS is a qualified non-profit under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).
Membership is open to the public and a lifetime membership costs just $25.
The Society owns and operates three museum properties: the Ireton Museum, Historical House and Kemper School.
In addition to operating the three museums, the Society provides school groups with lessons in “hands on history”; maintains and updates a photo collection; created and updates a a series of albums with photos and information on Ireton Area veterans of military service; answers inquiries about Ireton’s past and local families; and offers a variety of programs and events throughout the year.
The IAHS meets at 6:30 p.m. on the LAST Monday of the month from March through November. Meetings are held at Kemper School or Historical House (both at 301 Ash Street) or at the Ireton Museum (403 4th Street). Historical Society meetings are open to the public. Anyone with an interest in Ireton’s past is encouraged to attend.
Ireton Sportsman’s Club
The Ireton Sportsman’s Club (a/k/a the Gun Club) was established in the fall of 1977. Their activities include a fishing tournament, turkey shoot, trap shooting, “feeds” for members, their spouses and guests, and other activities.
Annual dues are $30.
The clubhouse may be rented by calling Chad Ping at 712-278-2457. Rent is $25 for members and $50 for non-members.
The Ireton Red Hat Society was organized in the summer of 2002. Although based loosely on the national Red Hat Society, the Ireton Red Hatters have only two requirements for membership: you must wear a red hat and purple clothing and you must want to have fun!
Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Mary Eisma at 712-278-2055