In all reality, little has changed for the Glenwood Rotary Club over the past 90 years.
Members still meet on Thursday nights for dinner and an evening of fellowship, the club has 22 members (the same number it had in 1922) and most importantly, the club is continuing its mission of giving back to the Glenwood Community.
Nov. 2 marked Glenwood Rotary’s 90th anniversary and members observed the occasion at a special meeting Thursday night in the fellowship hall at Grace United Methodist Church. Several special guests were in attendance at the meeting, including representatives from Rotary clubs in Council Bluffs, Red Oak and Plattsmouth, Neb. District Governor Dick Galusha addressed members and congratulated the club on its 90-year milestone.
“We continue to serve the community and have a good time doing it,” Glenwood Rotarian Phil Warren said.
Glenwood’s Rotary club was chartered in 1922, under the sponsorship of the Council Bluffs Rotary Club. Like today, members of the club were also active members of the community and wanted to do their part to make Glenwood a better place to live. The roster of charter members included businessmen Jimmy Anderson, Lewis Robinson, Wilbur Bruce, dentist Dr. Floyd McCluskey, physician Dr. William Plimpton, banker William Rathke and newspaper editor Wayne Choate.
In the early years, meetings were held in the home of “Mrs. Myers” at Fourth and Hazel Streets. She and her daughters would clear out the living room of their home and serve the weekly meal to the Rotarians. Before the start of the business meeting, club members would gather around the piano in Mrs. Myers home for a sing-along.
Today the club meets regularly on Thursday nights for dinner at Patti’s Place coffee shop on Town Square. Next Monday, Nov. 12, Glenwood Rotary is having its 14th annual benefit supper at Glenwood Community High School. Proceeds from the dinner will be given to the Mills County Love Tree program, Mills County Storehouse and the high school’s performing arts program.
“It’s our big fundraiser for the year,” Warren said. “We typically raise over $6,000.”
The dinner will be served from 6 - 7:30 p.m. with entertainment provided by the GCHS Concert Choir.