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Dayton Churches

Emanuel Lutheran Church

Located:  208 2nd Ave NW

Office Number 515-547-2405

Basement Number 515-547-2420

Parsonage Number 515-547-2419


Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church was established in 1860.  The Trinity Lutheran congregation formally from north west of town, bought the Swedish Methodist Church, remodeled it and moved to town in 1944.

Located: 201 1st Ave SW

Office Number 515-547-2426  Located: 205 1st Ave SW

Service Hours: 9:00 A.M.

Sunday School: 10:15 A.M.

Pastor:  Rev. Bruce Lakamp

United Methodist Church

United Methodist Church was established in 1857 when it was known as the Swedish Methodist Church.  There were two Methodist Churches, Swedish and American.  These two Churches merged in 1930.  A new church was built in 1955-56 and the parsonage was built in 1948. 


Located: 107 3rd St NW

Office Number: 515-547-2225

Kitchen Number: 515-547-2356

Pastor Kay. Christie

Service Hours:  9:00 A.M. Sunday

Sunday School: 10:15 A.M.


Civic Organizations

Dayton American Legion (Sons of Legion, Legion Riders)

The American Legion meets every 3rd Thursday of the month.  Commander is Gary Zerwas, Vice Commander is William Schwering, Dave Lundquist is the financial officer, Gary Zerwas is the Sarg. at Arms, and Dave Lundquist is the Adjutant.  Kenny Sanders is the Post Service Officer.

Sons of the American Legion: Commander is Doug Owenson, Vice Commander is Eric Zerwas, Treasurer is Kerry Collens, Sergeant at Arms is Denny Owenson, and Adjutant is Gary Zerwas.

American Legion Riders:  Commander is Gary Zerwas, Vice Commander is Eric Zerwas, Sergeant at Arms is William Schwering, Treasurer is Becky Zerwas

These groups are active in the community.  Some of the events and groups they sponsor or help are:  Honoring veterans with graveside rights, providing veteran graveside flag markers, sponsoring bingo, planning and raising funds for Dayton's veterans park, numerous community events to honor our veterans, young and old, supporting veteran's dependents through scholarships and Legion sponsored events, and supports the Brushy Creek honor flight

Anyone interested in joining any of these groups or donating to the Legion or veteran's park please contact:

Kenny Sanders 515-547-2607

Gary Zerwas 612-799-4752

Or Sara and Gina at City Hall 515-547-2711

Dayton Lions Club

Lions Clubs are a service organization that strives to take an active interest in the social and moral welfare of the community they are in.  The Dayton Lions Club was formed in 1968 and The Lions Clubs International was formed in 1917 by Melvin Jones.  Lions Clubs throughout the world are celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year.

In 1925 Helen Keller challenged The Lions Clubs International to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."  The Lions Clubs International accepted her challenge.  Since then the Lions Clubs throughout the world have focused projects on EYE HEALTH including helping with blindness, restoring eyesight and improving vision.

Sight projects conducted by Dayton Lions Clubs are: collection of used eyeglasses to be used in eye screening clinics throughout the world, support of Iowa Kids Sight and the yearly screening of pre-school children for early detection, support for the Lions Eye Banks that provide eye tissue for sight-saving surgeries, support for the Leader Dog training for the blind and providing eye glasses for school children in need.

The Dayton Lions Club is fortunate in that the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility is a Leader Dog training center and an eye glasses sorting and distribution center.

In addition to the sight projects listed above, the Dayton Lions Club's also have Thanksgiving Turkey Dinners, Chicken Dinners, Christmas fruit baskets to seniors, scholarships to graduating seniors, donation to the Angel Tree, children's Easter Egg Hunt, and donations of Christmas hams to Dayton Food Pantry.

Current members are  Harlan Adams, Jim Ainslie, Dave Cramer, Scott Cramer, Charles Danielson, Rich Dutcher, Lee Fredrickson, John Gallentine, Dennis Goeders, Jerry Goeders, Dan Grandfield, Willard Hagland, Jeff Heck, Mark Klever, Dave Lundquist, Rod Meyer, Harold Rentschler, Rob Stapp, Bryant Strouse, Allen Wicklein.

Dayton Dreamers

The Dayton Dreamers are seniors who meet once a month for food and fellowship.  Bonnie Reck is the current President and Anna Stephenson is the current secretary.

Central Iowa RSVP

Central Iowa RSVP offers many opportunities for locals 55+ to volunteer in the community including being pen pals for 5th graders at Southeast Valley, volunteering in local thrift stores, and giving presentations on topics such as Fraud Fighters and opiod addiction.  They also offer several fitness classes called BASE fitness classes in the area.    

Any questions can go to Kendra Breitsprecher,   515-547-2748.

Dayton Community Club

The Dayton Community club is a group of fun individuals dedicated to providing activities and events in Dayton.   They meet once a month.  John Skoglund is the current president.

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