American Legion Post 377 - Meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Legion Room.  Activities include upkeep of the Freewater Cemetery, sending two boys to Cornhusker Boys State in Lincoln, and the annual Memorial Weekend Breakfast.  Contact Albert Harms, Commander, at (308) 478-5518 for more information.

AWANA - Kids ages Preschool to 6th Grade meet at the Wilcox Community Church for Bible memory, songs, games and fun!  Held on Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  For more information, contact Teresa Carey, Commander, at (308) 478-5491.

Boy Scouts - For boys in 5th - 12th Grades.  Leader is Lydia Stuehm, (308) 478-5526.

Cub Scouts - For boys in 1st - 4th Grades.  Leader is Mike Price, (308) 938-4044.

Girl Scouts - For girls in Kindergarten - 12th Grades.  Leader is Karla Bennetts, (308) 478-5243.

Wilcox American Legion Auxiliary Post #377 - The Wilcox American Legion Auxiliary has been going strong since 1967.  At the present time, we have 35 members.  Our president is Mrs. Larry (Deb) Latter, Secretary is Mrs. Ron (Sandra) Blank, and Treasurer is Mrs. Pat (Jennifer) Kinerk.  We hold our meetings on the second Tuesday of the following months:  January, February, March, June, August, and October at 7:30 pm at the Wilcox Lions Hall in Wilcox, Nebraska.

Our main goals are:

  1. Selecting a girl from our local High School to be a delegate to Cornhusker Girls State.
  2. Serving Veterans in our local Veteran's Home
  3. Sending care boxes to military personnel overseas.
  4. Having a fundraiser once a year to raise funds to support our State Auxiliary projects and local projects.
  5. To provide snacks to our local school for American Education Week.
  6. Help our local American Legion in any way that is needed.
  7. Oversee an essay contest on "Americanism" in our local Elementary School.
  8. Stepping in, in any way, to help our community on Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, Flag Day, and any other national celebrations.

Who can be an Auxiliary member?  Mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, and grandmothers of members of the American Legion can be members.  Step-relatives of the above seven categories also qualify for membership.  Female Veterans who served in the military qualify.  If the qualifying Veteran (male or female) is deceased, the above female family members may join the American Legion Auxiliary even if the qualifying Veteran had never been a member of the American Legion.  However, if the Veteran of eligibility is still living, he or she must first be a member of the American Legion before female family members can join the American Legion Auxiliary.

If you would like to join the American Legion Auxiliary, please call Deb Latter at (308) 478-5586 or Sandra Blank at (308) 478-5454.

Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce - Helps to promote local businesses by coordinating print, radio, and online advertising.  They also sponsor community events such as pancake feeds, teacher appreciation breakfasts, and other various fundraisers as necessary.  The Chamber promotes the community by periodically hosting the South Platte United Chamber of Commerce (SPUCC) group.  Contact Larry Wiederspan at (308) 478-5241 for more information.

Wilcox Area Community Foundation (WACF) - The Wilcox Area Community Foundation is a tax exempt fund established for the exclusive purpose of “receiving, administering, and disbursing funds for charitable or educational purposes for the mental, moral, intellectual and physical improvements, assistance and relief primarily of the inhabitants of Nebraska and of the Wilcox area therein”.  The WACF is a component fund of the Phelps County Community Foundation located in Holdrege, Nebraska.

Giving to the WACF is often as simple as writing out a check.  There are several funds established within the WACF, including the Acorn Society Fund, the Education/Scholarship Fund, the Parks and Recreation Fund, and the Unrestricted Grants and Operating Fund.  This provides the donor to support their area(s) of interest.  Contributions of all sized are appreciated.  A contribution of $10 or more entitles the donor to memorialize an individual in our Book of Memory, or $25 or more entitles one to list a living individual’s name in our Book of Honor.  A membership to the Acorn Society, based on the concept that “from a little acorn, a mighty oak grows”, is a one-time pledge or donation of $1,000.  With contributions of $10,000 or more, a picture and a short biography of the donor, recognized as Benefactor, are published in our Donor Recognition Book.  We try to structure your gift in a manner that is most beneficial to you.

A gift to the WACF, whether cash or other assets, allows you to:  1. Give to your community according to your desires and see these dollars at work; 2. Receive favorable tax treatment of your charitable donation; 3. Structure a gift to provide you with income for life and still receive a charitable tax deduction; 4. Utilize a ‘donor-advised’ fund which allows you to gift now, perhaps for tax reasons, and then give later to the charities of your choice.  With the new documentation requirements, we can provide you with the benefit of receiving one receipt to file with the IRS rather than the multitudes of receipts you may have to retain.  Many donors take advantage of this to donate appreciated property, such as stocks or real estate, and avoid the income tax on the capital gains that would occur if they were to sell the assets outright.

The WACF is governed by a twelve-member board of directors, allowing the management of the fund to remain local.  For more information about becoming involved with the WACF or donating to the WACF, contact Jim Crandall at (308)-995-2434.

Wilcox Community Improvement Association (Wilcox CIA) - A group of Wilcox citizens promoting improvement of the Wilcox Community.  The Wilcox CIA sponsors the Wilcox Fall Festival, the 4th of July Barbecue, and the Pheasant Country Music Show.  They also sponsor fund raising events for citizens or organizations in need as well as for improvements within the community.  For more information, contact Sandra Blank at (308) 478-5454.

Wilcox Lioness - The Wilcox Lioness Club of Wilcox is a non-profit organization.  We support the Sight Program of the Lions.  We help out those in need.  Our Club has 13 members.  We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:00.  You are welcome to join our group.  For more information, call Louise Harms at (308) 478-5453.

Wilcox Lions - A service organization dedicated to helping meet the needs of their community.  Worldwide, the Lions association's major service initiative is serving the blind and visually impaired.  Some of the activities and fundraisers of our local chapter consist of:  Teachers Luncheon provided for the teachers at the beginning of each school year, Demolition Derby, Golf Tournaments, Toy Show, Antique Tractor Poker Run, and numerous fund-raising dinners and/or soup suppers.  The Club annually awards two Scholarships to Wilcox-Hildreth graduating seniors plus they provide an annual donation to the Wilcox Volunteer Fire Department.  Free annual Vision, Hearing and Blood Pressure Screenings are provided to the Wilcox-Hildreth school students and the entire community thanks to the use of the Nebraska Lions Mobile Screening Unit.  The Wilcox Lions Hall, which is available for anyone's use, serves as a very valuable asset for the community, hosting multiple community events throughout the year.  The Club meets at the Lions Hall on the first Monday of each month.  Contact Larry Wiederspan at (308) 478-5241 for more information.

Wilcox Summer Rec Program - Sponsors baseball, softball, and swim teams for kids of all ages during the summer months.  Contact Chris Pool at (308) 478-5312 for more information.

Wilcox Volunteer Fire Department - The Wilcox Volunteer Fire Department was organized in 1912.  The Wilcox Rural Fire District was organized in 1949 and covers approximately 136 square miles in Franklin, Kearney, Harlan and Phelps Counties.  The Fire Department has 27 volunteer members, 9 of whom are also EMT’s for the rescue squad.  They host a fishing tournament in June and sponsor an annual barbecue in September.  They meet on the 1st  Monday of the month at the Fire Hall and also have a training night on the 4th Monday of the month.  New members are always needed!

Photos Courtesy of Christy Nelson Photography

Village of Wilcox
PO Box 88 Wilcox, NE 68982
Phone: (308) 478-5510