Construction on the Greene Community Center was completed in 2012. Construction of the new building began after the 2008 flood destroyed the City’s existing community center. The center was built with the help of funds made available by FEMA. The building is approximately 12,000 square feet which includes a 3,300 square foot Tornado Safe Room.
The community center is designed for large groups and small groups alike and is available to rent for wedding receptions, family reunions, bridal and baby showers, graduations parties, Christmas parties and business meetings. The Albrecht Room (banquet room) is over 4,500 square feet and will comfortably seat 350. Adjacent to the banquet room is the Msgr. Brunkan (senior room) which will seat an additional 100 guests. Both rooms are equipped with state of the art A/V systems with overhead projectors. The center also offers a full bar, a small fenced in patio area and a fully furnished kitchen along with plenty of parking. The community center is available to rent by calling 641-816-4631 or 641-816-3181. Office hours and 8:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00 Monday through Friday. Inquiries can also be made by emailing [email protected].
Tack-Barnett Post 268, The American Legion, is located at 10068 Sandhill Road, Greene, Iowa 50636; just North of Greene, Iowa, across the road from Round Grove Golf and Country Club, #5 green. Our mailing address is PO Box 571, Greene, Iowa 50636-0571. Our phone number is 641-823-4714. The Post currently has 102 members and holds it monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. Post activities include Memorial Day Celebration, Veteran's Day program at North Butler Community High School, and Honor Guard for Military Rites. The Post also has a monthly member's Stag meal and monthly Steak Fry meal. Our Post Hall is available to rent for your meetings, class reunions, and special celebrations. For more information email: [email protected].
The Greene American Legion Auxiliary includes 90 members. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 at the Legion Hall, 10068 Sandhill Road. The goal of the auxiliary is to assist veterans and their families.
Some of the Auxiliary’s activities include sponsoring a scholarship to a high school female student, sending a student to Girls State, making holiday boxes for shut-ins, selling poppies and putting flags on veteran’s graves at Memorial Day and serving a soup supper to all veterans and their families.
Formed in April of 2009, the initial purpose of the Friends of the Greene Public Library was to help organize a 25th anniversary celebration of the new library building. In three short months, the Friends organized an event that took place on July 11, 2009 and included refreshments, clowns, Bookmark the Cow, raffles, displays, face painting and a program.
The following are projects accomplished by the Friends: selling t-shirts, River Days refreshments and commemorative Red Wing pottery, sponsoring adult summer reading programs, poetry, Christmas cookie decorating, and Valentine contests, sponsoring a Cake Pop Class, hosting Christmas Open Houses, yard sales, book sales, and six book signings, hauling recyclables to the Butler County Transfer Station and sponsoring a Greene Food Bank drive.
Proceeds have gone towards the purchase of library book bags, supplies for children’s programming and holiday library decorating, and the digitization of the library’s Greene Recorder microfilm. Future goals include donating toward the electronic brick library sign project, financing the purchase of more microfilm and making other library improvements.
The Friends group has been a driving force in providing additional library activities and financial support. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room and new members are always welcome!
Greene Betterment Council, Inc. was formed in 1990 to promote projects in the Greene community for the overall betterment of the community and its residents. Greene Betterment currently has 10 members. They meet the second Thursday of each month at 12:30 PM at the old City Hall building. We appreciate suggestions for the betterment of our community and will welcome new members.
Greene Garden Club was formed in 2001 to bring gardeners together. We meet to share ideas and learn from each other. The garden club was instrumental in getting downtown planters changing their contents with the season. Currently the club maintains four flower beds. The club has purchased trash containers for Perrin Park and City Hall and work with the Greene Public Library in children’s programs. For information and meeting times call Rita Barth (641)823-4562 or Juliene Bramer (641)823-9908.
The Greene Jaycees are a non-profit organization composed of dedicated members from the community between the ages of 21 and 40. The organization has been in existence in Greene for more than six decades. The Greene Jaycees are best known for their service and commitment to the community of Greene including organizing and hosting Greene River Days, a wonderful annual town celebration. Members donate many hours of service each year to the community. The Greene Jaycees take on projects that enhance the community such as; park enhancement, playground installation, entertainment events and community donation programs. Two of the largest projects which have been recently completed were the paving of parking lot and boat ramp in Perrin Park and a new and improved shelter house in Perrin Park. The Greene Jaycees also donate thousands of dollars back to the local community to support other organizations such as the volunteer fire department, volunteer ambulance crew, Scout programs, and non-profit organizations.
Parish Nursing Council is a church/community sponsored health program available to anyone. Assistance is available by contacting any of the churches in Greene.
Greene Food Bank is open every third Saturday of the month from 8 to 9 AM. It is located at 123 N 2nd Street (old City Hall). It is available to any member of the Greene community who needs help.
The Greene Girl Scout Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Council has a long tradition of being very active in various service projects, day camps, Clear Lake Camp Tanglefoot (formerly Camp Gaywood) as campers and counselors. The unit currently has 55 registered girls in the Greene area (in addition to 22 girls from Clarksville) and 33 registered lifetime adults, some being part of the dozen active volunteers. For more information about joining or volunteering, contact Betty Heitland, Registrar, or Evelyn Daily, Service Unit Manager, through Dawn Rye, Girl Services Manager at the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Regional Office in Mason City, IA at 641-423-3044 or 800-657-5853.