Hanlontown, Iowa

City Established 1899


Community Betterment, Community Club, Garden Club, Preserving Our Past (POP) and the Annual Celebration Committee are all volunteer based organizations. Membership is open to anyone in the area that wants to become involved in the community.

The Fire Department, Library Board, and Park Board while required by ordinance rely on volunteers and could not exist with out them. [Top of page]

Community Betterment

They have been publishing “The Sundowner”, a community newspaper since February of 1980. It is usually prepared for printing on the last Thursday of each month and assembled for mailing by a  on the following Wednesday morning. For more information check our page on the "Sundowner". [Top of page]

Community Club

 Membership is open to anyone that lives in the Hanlontown area. Meetings are called as needed.  The club operates a Ice Cream Pallor at Heritage Park in Forest City. With the earnings from ice cream sales the club sponsors an annual “Easter Egg Hunt”, “Halloween Costume Party” and Ice Cream for the Kinney Memorial Library fund raiser on the summer solstice. They also have provided community improvements such as the Hanlontown sign at Hwy 9 and Main St. Between years of 1999 and 2020 they awarded $22,600 in scholarships to Hanlontown area High School graduates. The Scholarships are from an endowment fund established to promote Community Service. All Hanlontown area High School Seniors are eligible to apply for these annual awards. Community Service is required. For more information on the community club contact Bob Michaelis (641) 896-2472 Email.

Community Service Award Requirements and Application

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Garden Club

Community Garden Club is a social and learning group centered around gardening-- growth, care, and activities centered around plants and nature's rewards. The club invites all ages and gender, and meets on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month in the Community Center, with an occasional visit to surrounding points of interest. Together with the town Park Board, the club members take on the responsibility of maintaining upkeep of the City Park, and town identification sign. To encourage youth in gardening, an "Adopt-A-Planter" competition was implemented for main street during the summer.
For more information contact:
  Marilyn Neimi 641-797-2486  

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Preserving Our Past (POP)

POP is responsible for making the "Citizens Savings Bank" building and the "Sime-Oswald" Log Cabin available to the public. It also operates a local history museum in the Citizens Saving Bank Museum Building. For more information check the page on the "Museum". [Top of page]

Annual Celebration Committee

This dedicated group plans our annual Sundown celebration. [Top of page]