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To add your non-profit organization to this listing of community organizations in Northwood and the Grand Forks County area, or if you know of a change, please contact the City of Northwood at (701) 587-6301 or email

American Legion

"Still Serving America" is the motto of the American Legion. Veterans who continue their service to America by still serving their communities. Veterans whose involvement in the community creates and supports the feeling of camaraderie which makes the American Legion the nation's largest and the most respected organization of wartime veterans.
For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; To maintain law and order; To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation; To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; To make right the master of might; To promote peace and good will on earth; To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpful.

The American Legion. Patriotism. Service. Fraternity. It's a powerful package! It's a program of involvement in the many facets of your life. It's a program which can have a positive influence in the lives of you and your family. It's a program of promise!

If you have served at least one day of federal active military duty during any of the following dates and were honorably discharged or you are still serving honorably, you are eligible for membership in the American Legion.

WWI: April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918

WWII: December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946

Korean War: June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955

Vietnam War: February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

Lebanon/Grenada: August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984

Panama: December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990

Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 to cessation of hostilities as determined by the U.S. Government

American Legion Post 92 has sponsored many local activities. They are responsible for the "Avenue of Flags" at the Northwood Cemetery; Memorial Day services; Sponsorship of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; Sponsored Scholarships and much more. The meetings are the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at the American Legion Hall. The dues are $30.00 per year. Contact Robert Johnson 701-587-5808 for more information.

Booster Club

Our organization's purpose is to promote and foster the collective education of the children and youth in the Northwood, North Dakota, school district.

Membership shall be open to any person who subscribes to the purpose and function of the Northwood Booster Club. Member's fees will be established by the members of the organization at their annual meeting.

Recently the club has provided funding for elementary wrestling transportation, televisions, VCR's, a digital camera, the scorer's table, t-shirts for the "Do Good" Program, the Northwood Tent which can be seen at outdoor activities, two life-like babies for the Family and Consumer Science Class, a motivational talk by UND Coach Rich Glas, the variety of balls thrown out during the parade at Old Fashioned Saturday, and clothing to be sold to promote school spirit. A new goal is to help purchase some new playground equipment.

Meetings are called when necessary. Approximately five a year with the annual meeting being held in the fall. For more information, contact Shari Bilden, President at 701-587-5221.

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Legion Auxiliary

The Legion Auxiliary promotes peace, goodwill, Americanism, freedom, and democracy. They work as a unit to promote justice. They do work within the community to support our young people and help veterans with gifts and necessities.

Some of the projects sponsored by the local branch is the Memorial Day dinner, poppy sales, and sponsorship to Girls State.

The meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month and the annual dues are $10.00. You must be a veteran, the spouse of a veteran, or a daughter of a veteran to be eligible for membership in the organization.

Literary Club

The Northwood Women's Literary Club was organized in 1905 and joined the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1907. The Northwood Club celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 2007. The General Federation of Women's Clubs is one of the world's oldest and largest women's volunteer service organizations. GFWC is a vibrant and connected sisterhood of women who are creating better communities, expanding their own possibilities, and extending friendship and support to women near and far.

The Northwood Literary Club meets at 7:30 on the 4th Tuesday of every month from March through November. Members take turns hosting the meetings or preparing programs or events.

The purpose of the Literary Club is to broaden and extend the education of our members through GFWC's six departments of emphasis: The Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, Public Affairs, International Affairs and other special projects. In addition, we support our community through volunteerism, programs and other events. Our motto is: "UNITY IN DIVERSITY".

The Literary Club has won numerous awards from the State GFWC for our many Community Improvement Projects, such as organizing community blood drives for 23 years, and for the last 28 years we have sponsored a local sophomore to attend the ND Leadership Seminar. We serve and prepare a program for the monthly birthday party at NDHC each December, and compile and sell postal directories for our community. We collect articles and supplies and old cell phones needed by the CVIC for domestic violence victims and we collect beverage tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. We raised funds to pay for the Centennial Park sign, decorated a room at NDHC and established the temporary City Library with donated books, after the tornado, and we will continue to support our city library. Funds to support our projects are raised through our dues and our annual used book sale.

Membership is open to all women in the community. Annual dues are $20. More information on the club may be obtained by calling 587-6179 or 587-5583.

NDHC Auxiliary

NDHC Auxiliary is open to all women who are members of the 13 churches that belong to Northwood Deaconess Health Center. The meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 2pm at the Swarstad Chapel basement. The Auxiliary assists the NDHC in any way they can. They have donated money to assist with projects. All fundraiser proceeds go toward NDHC. They decorate for the holidays and give programs and serve lunch on special occasions. Fore more information, contact Melba Antonson at 701-587-5907.

Northwood Community & Commercial Club

Anyone who is interest in the well being of Northwood, a prosperous business community, and the continuing growth of our town can join the Northwood Community and Commercial Club. Their main objective is to promote new and existing business and to keep our town alive and well. Contact Ryan Avdem at 701-587-5101 for more details. The meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at noon at the Northwood Community Center. The dues are $10 annually for individuals and a scaled rate based on income and employees for businesses.

They sponsor two annual events: Old fashioned Saturday, the 4th Saturday in July, and Old Fashioned Christmas, the first Saturday in December.

Old Fashioned Saturday has many events such as: Parade, Kiddie Parade and games, community picnic, bands, demolition derby, tractor pulls, sidewalk sales with old fashioned pricing, car show, craft fair, used book sale, water carnival, all faiths service in the park, pancake breakfast, a dance and so much more.

Old Fashioned Christmas has a visit from Santa, a craft show and the lighting of the tree.

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Northwood Economic Development Foundation

Quality of Life
People, friendliness, way of life, small town atmosphere, openness to new ideas, willingness to volunteer, caring attitudes, family values and churches.

Health and Safety
Our Hospital, Clinic, and Nursing Home provide quality heath care for our residents. We have a low crime rate and a very safe environment.

Schools and Education
Our education system is superb. Our school was listed as one of the 100 best schools in the nation. We have a brand new K-12 school (new in 2009).

We offer attractive and affordable housing in a clean and attractive environment.

Business and Economy
A wide variety of businesses including a strong agricultural base, grain elevator, and central business district offer quality employment opportunities.

City and Government Services
Services include the Fire Department, Ambulance Service, City Leadership, City Crew, Municipal Airport, Municipal Electric, Water, Sewer and Garbage utility services.

Parks and Recreation
Nearby is a 9 hole golf course, parks, swimming pool, other recreational activities. We are in close proximity to State Parks and numerous hunting and fishing locations.

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Northwood Men's Club

The Northwood Men's Club is a non-profit organization. At this time, the club has about thirty members. The Club hosts a Demolition Derby and Street Dance annually.

The Club has By-laws, Articles, and Rules, which must be followed. The Board of Directors consists of five members and annual elections for these positions are held. You must be at least eighteen years of age to become a member. The annual dues are $25.00.

The Northwood Men's Club was formed for the following reasons:

To organize committees, contractors, and contestants of North Dakota for their mutual protection and benefit.
To insure just amount of prize money and/or awards.
To secure competent judges and officials in all events.
To cooperate with management of all events in which members contest.
To promote sportsmanship and true competition in any event.
To keep membership fees, entry fees, and all other expenses low so any event will be affordable for the family and contestants.
To keep purse monies and all other production costs as reasonable and fair as possible so as to make it financially encouraging for each member, contestant, and contractor.
To bring new people, growth and prosperity to our community.
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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2707
The membership of the VFW is made up of men and women who have served their country honorably in overseas engagements for which a campaign badge or medal has been authorized by the United States government.

The VFW is very active working legislatively for Veterans benefits and rights. Through VFW "community activities", posts bring life to their slogan, "Honor the dead by helping the living." By "Americanism" activities the organization seeks to strengthen good citizenship and appreciation of the Nation's heritage. Other programs are safety youth activities, buddy poppies, EMT and teacher recognition.

Locally Northwood VFW gives fifty dollars monthly to the local food pantry. They sponsored furnishing a remodeled room at the nursing home for $3600.00. It gives a scholarship to a graduating senior, makes many other school donations, sponsors the Voice of Democracy and Youth Essay programs, Organizes and presents a Veterans Day program, and has a honor guard for Veteran funerals.

The Northwood VFW Post 2707 was organized in 1977. Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month from October through April at 7:00pm at the American Legion building. The dues are $20.00 annually.

Information on membership can be obtained by calling Adjutant Quartermaster James Tangen at 587-6278. The mailing address is VFW Post 2707, c/o James Tangen, PO Box 255, Northwood, ND 58267.

"The purpose of this corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, and educational; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members, to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory of our dead and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its constitutions and laws, to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend to the institution of American freedom and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies whomsoever.