The Iowa Reunion Club, or the IRC as it is known to both the members and to lake area residents, is a club for former Iowans, whether they were born and raised in Iowa or just resided there for a period of time, that now live on or at the Lake Of The Ozarks. Present Iowans that live at the Lake on a part time basis are welcome and encouraged to join and participate in the club activities and events.
The Iowa Reunion Club was conceived of and founded by Bil Cooper in 1995 after he moved to the Lake of the Ozarks full time and while out eating dinner on the Lake with a group of friends, all former Iowans living full time on the Lake Of The Ozarks. That was the beginning of the Iowa Reunion Club, with informal activities and events taking place during that first year. Bil, formerly from Urbandale, Iowa, realized how popular the Iowa Reunion Club was becoming on the lake and took the club to the next level with organizing the first Annual event sponsored by the IRC, which was the 1st Annual Iowa Reunion Dinner, held on Saturday, January 13, 1996. Nearly 200 former Iowans living at the Lake of the Ozarks came together and attended this big dinner and event. The IRC's first year of a dues paying membership started in 1996 and signaled the start of monthly events. The Lake area saw the IRC as the fastest growing club on the Lake Of The Ozarks. By 1997, the IRC had become known as one of the largest clubs on the Lake Of The Ozarks with over 360 members that year. IRC Memberships are renewed on January 1st of each year. The Iowa Reunion Club has become one of the oldest, largest and most well known organization and club on the Lake of the Ozarks and shows no signs of slowing down while still sponsoring twelve events each year. The Iowa Reunion Club will celebrate their 30th year on the lake in 2024.
The Iowa Reunion Club is for former Iowans that now live at the Lake of the Ozarks, whether they were born and raised in Iowa or just resided there for any period of time. Part time former or current Iowa residents at the lake are welcome and encouraged to join the IRC.
An Iowa Reunion Club membership is $10.00 per year for a household and is valid for the current calendar year as indicated on the Iowa Reunion Club membership form. An Iowa Reunion Club membership for a household consists of either a couple/family or an individual. An Iowa Reunion Club membership entitles you to participate in any or all of the IRC sponsored events and activities, receive the Iowa Reunion Club Decal, the Iowa Reunion Club Newspaper published during the current calendar year of your IRC membership and IRC OnLine Updates.
The Iowa Reunion Club memberships are renewed on January 1st of each year and are valid for that calendar year as noted on the current Iowa Reunion Club Membership Form.
The Iowa Reunion Club each year sponsors and hosts six IRC Annual Events and six IRC Mid Week Events for the current IRC member for a total of twelve events each year. The present IRC Annual Events sponsored by the IRC include the IRC Lake PizzaFest, held in mid February. That event is followed by the club's flagship event of the year, the Annual Iowa Reunion Dinner, which is held in mid April. Up next is the IRC LakeFest, a fun event held each May at a lakeside restaurant out on their decks over looking the lake. Next up is the IRC RegattaQue, held in late September each year and featuring a boat trip to Ha Ha Tonka state park that includes a potluck picnic for the members at the lake's edge with "yard games" and a hike to the Ha Ha Tonka Castle for the IRC members to participate in. The club's popular event to celebrate in the Fall season on the lake is called Iowactoberfeast (I-woc-tober-feast) and is held of course in October. The final Annual event of each year is our IRC Christmas Dinner - Christmas On The Lake, held annually in December to celebrate Christmas on the Lake. The Iowa Reunion Club sponsors and hosts six "IRC Mid Week Events" throughout the year at different lake locations, usually on a Wednesday evening with a different theme for each one. These events presently include the IRC Winter Thaw in January, the IRC's St. Pat's Day event on or near March 17th, IRC in Paradise in mid June, the IRC Mid Summer Lake Night in July, the IRC Hot August Lake Night in August, and the IRC's A Night at the Cantina in November.
The Iowa Reunion Club was one of the earliest organizations to have an internet presence and has operated and maintained this Iowa Reunion Club web site on the internet since 1995. The Iowa Reunion Club operates IRC OnLine, which includes maintaining this web site with pages such as Iowa Reunion Club Membership information that features IRC OnLine Membership Forms; Current and Coming Events information; the IRC Event Photo Album which features photos from the most current IRC event; the IRC Archive Photo Album which includes a slide show; the IRC Photo Slide Shows that feature the entire IRC photo collection; descriptions of the IRC Annual and Special events; IRC Media Archives that include newspaper articles, IRC posters, IRC newspaper ads, the Iowa Corn Song sheet music and IRC Newspaper editions among many other media items; and the only known MIDI music version of the Iowa Corn Song, including the history and lyrics of this popular state song. The Iowa Reunion Club publishes the IRC Newspaper for the members, and operates an IRC E-Mail Service aptly named IRC OnLine Update that sends out club information each week to keep the IRC club members up to date on all of the Iowa Reunion Club events, activities and news. Additionally, the Lake area newspapers, radio stations and media outlets feature news articles and stories about the club and Iowa Reunion Club events and activities. The Iowa Reunion Club also has a fan page on Facebook and a Twitter account
The Iowa Reunion Club has a presence on Facebook as a "Fan Page". Iowa Reunion Club members that are already on Facebook are encouraged to "like" this fun Facebook page. Additionally, you may want to take the time to make some of the members of the club that also "like" the IRC Facebook Page part of your "friends" network. To "like" the IRC Facebook Page, designed to be a fun supplement to the actual Iowa Reunion Club and the IRC web site, just click on the Facebook logo, a new browser page will open, sign in to your account, and then click on "Like" the IRC on Facebook Page. If you're not presently on Facebook, create an account and join the IRC On Facebook.
You can follow the Iowa Reunion Club on Twitter. The Iowa Reunion Club will provide timely tweets to help keep you up to date on the IRC events, activities and any last minute changes that may occur prior to an event. You can follow the Iowa Reunion Club on Twitter in two ways. If you have a Twitter account, Follow us as one of your favorite tweeters. You can also follow the Iowa Reunion Club on Twitter live on our Social Media page by clicking on Facebook & Twitter in the menu. Creating a Twitter account is easy, fun and fast to do.
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The Iowa Reunion Club has not only become one of the largest clubs on the Lake, but one of the most known and visible organizations at the Lake. Many of the Lake area media outlets, newspapers and magazines feature news articles and stories about the club and IRC events. The Iowa Reunion Club has produced the IRC Boat Flag, the IRC CookBook, and the IRC Decal. In the Spring of 2010, the Iowa Reunion Club introduced the IRC Clothing line that includes polo shirts, button down shirts, T-Shirts, sweat shirts, coats, baseball caps and visors. All of the IRC Clothing items sport the IRC Logo and can be purchased in an array of colors and sizes.
You must be a current IRC Member to attend any of the Iowa Reunion Club events. Visiting family and house guests are always welcome to attend the Iowa Reunion Club events with current IRC Members. Guests that meet the criteria to join the Iowa Reunion Club will be required to join the IRC to attend any additional Iowa Reunion Club events.
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