Local organizations work to make a positive impact on our residents.
Nothing is as vital to a community as the people involved in service, recreational, hobby or religious organizations, thereby enriching the lives of all of us. Rock Rapids offers a wide variety of opportunities for residents to become involved in whatever interests them.
Learn more about the volunteers and community organizations that fuel our progress. Discover ways in which you can participate in their efforts and contribute your energy for a promising future here in Rock Rapids.
American Legion Rex Strait Post #103
American Legion Rex Strait Post #103 meets monthly and is open to all veterans with the purpose of promoting the good of the community, state, and nation.
American Legion Auxiliary
American Legion Auxiliary meets monthly to promote patriotism and support the community.
ATLAS of Lyon County
ATLAS of Lyon County helps residents in Attaining Truth, Love And Self-control. The Christ-centered, non-profit, interdenominational organization helps those who have spiritual, emotional, physical and financial needs.
Betterment Council is committed to empowering the community to reach its fullest potential and to encourage a higher quality of life. Comprised of representatives from various organizations in the community, the council supports and spearheads a variety of community projects.
Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America meet regularly with a goal of preparing young men for the real world.
Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Quarterback Club
Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Quarterback Club meets weekly during the football season to discuss games and show video clips. The group supports the local team by publishing athletic programs and raising funds for athletics in the schools.
Council of Churches
Council of Churches is an ecumenical organization with membership open to all churches in Rock Rapids. The group, which consists of a ministerial delegate from each church and two laypersons, hosts baccalaureate services for Central Lyon graduates, Heritage Days community church service, World Day of Prayer and Fifth Sunday services.
Girl Scouts meet regularly to build courage, confidence and character in hopes of making the world a better place.
Kiwanis Club meets weekly at noon in the Forster Community Center. This community service organization projects include a pancake supper, funding summer little league and youth projects. Open to men and women.
Knights of Columbus Council #12674
Knights of Columbus Council #12674 is a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society that promotes charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.
Masonic Border Lodge #406
Masonic Border Lodge #406, a branch of the Masons in Iowa, meets monthly March through December. The main principles of Freemasonry insist that each invited member show tolerance, respect and kindness in his actions toward others; practice charity and care for the community as a whole, and strive to achieve high moral standards in his own personal life.
Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Association
Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Association bears the responsibility of funding repairs, improvements and maintenance efforts at Sanford Medical Center Rock Rapids as well as the George clinic and fitness center.
Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Auxiliary
Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Auxiliary is a group of women who works to support the efforts of the local healthcare center in Rock Rapids and the hospital association.
MOPS provides a time for mothers to relax, encourage and learn from one another about how to handle the rewarding, but sometimes tough, time in their lives, grow as women and learn to be better mothers, wives and Christian women.
Parents In Partnership (PIP)
Parents In Partnership (PIP) promotes and sponsors drug- and alcohol-free youth activities. Each year the organization sponsors bowling nights for seventh and eighth graders and assists with prom activities.
PEO Sisterhood Chapter AI
PEO Sisterhood Chapter AI meets 15 times throughout the year. This members-only women’s philanthropic organization celebrates the advancement of women; educates women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College and motivates women to achieve their highest aspirations.
Rapids Theatre Preservation Society
Rapids Theatre Preservation Society is working to bring the former movie theatre back to life to serve as an event center for the performing arts, traveling entertainment, community gatherings and more.
Rock Rapids Business Women
Rock Rapids Business Women is a service organization with the objectives to bring about a spirit of cooperativeness, networking and opportunities to women in the workplace. The organization hosts fundraising events and an Art Show. Proceeds are distributed throughout Rock Rapids to various non-profit entities.
Sno-Lyons is a family-oriented non-profit snowmobile club which coordinates fun rides for members and their families, provides safety and snowmobile education to youth, and volunteers time to groom miles of trails in Lyon County.
Straight Shooters is a trapshooting league for county youth in grades 5-12. Practice sessions at Rock Rapids Gun Club and involvement in local competitions teach discipline and character plus increased shooting and safety knowledge.
Van Anne-Fields Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6960
Van Anne-Fields Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6960 meets monthly in the VFW Club to serve veterans and the community. The VFW Club, located at 111 S. Marshall St., is open to the public, offering food and a full bar.
VFW Auxiliary #6960
VFW Auxiliary #6960 meets monthly to promote patriotism and support to the community.
Women’s Action Club, with dual purposes of benefitting the community while socializing and having fun, meets six times a month. The group supports civic and school projects through annual donations.
Xi Zeta Kappa and Iota Tau chapters of Beta Sigma Phi
Xi Zeta Kappa and Iota Tau chapters of Beta Sigma Phi, a nationally-recognized chapter with a philanthropic as well as social focus. The groups believe in giving back to the community following annual fund-raising events. The chapters also promote cultural development of their members through programs and chapter meetings.
4-H clubs throughout the county have over 200 active members with monthly meetings and activities geared for rural and urban youth.