American Legion and Auxilary-Frank Holcome Post 43
921 Main Street
Frank Holcome Post 43 is a part of the American Legion District 1 and is a very active organization with monthly Legion and Auxilary activities. Legion member meetings are held the 3rd Monday of every month at 8pm. The Legion celebrates the Legion birthday early each year with their traditional oyster stew supper in January. The Honor Guard is always available for funderal and to present the colors at football games and various school activities. In addition, the spacious and modern Legion hall is a popular area venue for wedding receptions, dances, birthdays and anniversaries.
Centerville Area Foundation
Organized in 2001, the Centerville Area Foundation was created to establish a permanent means of funding for projects and important needs in the Centerville Community. Partnering with The South Dakota Community Foundation, Centerville is now one of seventy communities throughout South Dakota that has established a Community Savings Account. The earnings from this account are available annually to provide a lasting legacy to the community of Centerville. The state Foundation pools money from over 230 funds for investment and administration purposes. Earnings from approximately $41 million are available for distribution for non-profit, charitable and scholarship purposes.
To achieve our mission, the Centerville Development Corporation will:
1) Promote, support and encourage the growth and development of business in Centerville. To do this, we must actively support business retention and expansion in the area.
2) Improve the quality of affordable housing for the citizens of Centerville. The continued development of an affordable housing project and the revitalization of existing neighborhood housing is of utmost importance.
3) Identify, recruit and train our future leaders, recognizing that Centerville's future will ultimately rest on tomorrow's leaders.
Wildlife Habitat and More (WHAM)
Created in 2006, WHAM's goal is create an environment for area youth to enjoy the wildlife like we had enjoyed when we grew up and to address our declining pheasant population. Since our conception, WHAM has purchased 6 acres of land west of Centerville to use as a game preserve consisting of food plots and native grass. We also bought a new New Holland tt50 tractor, a new Great Plains no till drill, a new Bushhog mower and a trailer to haul them on. Last year WHAM seeded over 40 acres of various food plots and CRP grass on private lands around our area and has purchased and released pheasants each year. Also in 2006, we were contacted by the Game Fish and Parks Department about getting involved in an 'Adopt a GFP Area' program. This program enables a group such as ours to assist the GFP in maintaining a selected area, such as the planting of food plots and mowing of the area, along with general upkeep. We met with Game Fish and Parks officials and decided to join this program and agreed to adopt the Cunningham Game preserve southwest of Centerville, South Dakota.