There are several civic organizations that children and adults living in or near Breda can get involved in.
Fred F. & Norman J. Bruning American Legion Post #607
The Fred F. & Norman J. Bruning American Legion Post #607 (hereafter referred to as the Breda Legion) was established in Breda in 1922. The post is part of the American Legion which was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.
The Breda Legion currently has more than 100 members who live in or nearby Breda. Additionally, the Breda Legion has two affiliate groups, the Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion, that are also comprised of volunteers who promote service and fundraise to support local goals of the organization. Some of the Breda Legion's current goals are:
- to generate funds to upkeep and renovate the building as a service not only to members but the community at large
- provide funding for local youth to attend Boys State
- cover costly uniform expenses for local honor guard and color guard formations
- and contribute donations to local programs in Breda (such as little league or the fire department)
The Breda Legion hosts an annual old-fashioned, family-fun Independence Day celebration in Breda's Memorial Park. The almost 100-year-old event draws hundreds of people to Breda yearly and provides the Legion with its largest fundraiser of the year.
The organization purchased the building at 208 Main Street in Breda in 1950 and has operated from that location ever since. The Breda Legion building celebrated its 100th birthday in 2015. While the legion volunteers have worked hard to recently expand the building, they are currently accepting donations to renovate the bar area of the former main entrance in the original building. For more information about the Legion, visit its Facebook page or call (712) 673-2683.
American Legion Auxiliary
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. In the spirit of Service, not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support the American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. A woman who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary. The mother, wife, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the war eras.
The Legion Auxiliary group in Breda has taken a very active role in organizing fundraiser events that benefit the Breda Legion and community as a whole.
Sons of the Legion
The Sons of the American Legion members includes males of all ages who parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. The local Sons of the Legion group works to support the efforts of the Breda Legion.
Breda Girl Scouts Troop #273
The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Formed in September 2004, Breda Girl Scouts Troop #273 has been an active member of the Breda community. The Breda Girl Scout Troop has around 20 members ranging in age from 5 to 18. The troop is very dynamic, attending several educational and fun, group outings each year. Additionally, they hold annual fundraisers such as the famed Girl Scout cookie sales, along with other unique events that benefit the chapter's local causes. For more information about the Troop, visit its Facebook page or contact Troop Leader Christy Schettler at (712) 673-2309.
Catholic Order of Foresters & Lady Foresters
Catholic Order of Foresters is a trusted, more than a century-old Catholic fraternal life insurance society dedicated to providing members with financial security and opportunities for spiritual, social, and charitable growth. As a not-for-profit fraternal insurance organization, Catholic Order of Foresters (COF) helps members achieve financial security, while giving them an opportunity to bring Catholic values to life throughout the nationwide community. Outreach events, such as fundraisers and social gatherings, offer members a "fraternal" experience, alongside friends and family. That's what Catholic Order of Foresters is all about: helping people, bonding together for mutual support, and loving and serving God. COF members give their physical, financial, and spiritual resources to make a difference. In Breda, the Chief Ranger is Raymond Huegerich.
St. Bernard Guild
The St. Bernard Parish Guild is an organization comprised of female members of the church. Members finance Bibles for each of the First communicants in the parish and offer mass and pray a rosary at the funeral home for each of the parish's deceased members. Members also take care of cleaning the beautiful church. Guild meetings are scheduled the first Wednesday of the month in October, December, March and May in the Mary Nieland Center (old Breda school cafeteria) at 7:00 p.m.