Positively Oelwein

Positively Oelwein is a group of volunteers who live or work in Oelwein and have joined to help provide a positive attitude, positive activities and events, and to make Oelwein a place we are all proud of. They promote the betterment of our community and our residents, workforce and businesses.

Mission Statement

Positively Oelwein is a campaign to market our community to ourselves and to others. Our goal is to encourage each Oelwein resident, each business, and each organization to be a positive spokesperson for our community.

Community Awards

Clapper Award - This award will be given to someone that provides excellent customer service within a business, service or organization in Oelwein. This award is not for a business, but for individuals only. Presentation of the award will be done by a group of Positively Oelwein Committee members. When making a nomination, we will need the name of the person being nominated, the reason that person deserves the award, and the name of the person who is making the nomination.

Spiffy Award - This award will be given June - September to four Oelwein residential property owners, one in each quadrant, and one business in Oelwein. Properties can be nominated for beautiful landscaping, plantings, improvements, overal beauty of property, etc. The winning properties each month, will have a "Spiffy" sign to have in their yard or business for the month they are the "Spiffy" winner. Name and address of the properties are needed to make this nomination.

The Positively Oelwein Committee is very excited about these programs and is asking the community to participate in making their properties look "spiffy" and portraying positive attitudes when at work and play! Nominations for the two awards are accepted from anyone by calling the OCAD Office at 319-283-1105 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Great Gift Idea - Door Print, Window Print or Mailbox Print

Positively Oelwein is taking orders for an 11x30" print of local doors, 16x16" print of local windows or 16x20" mailbox print as shown in the photos above. The prints can be purchased as the print only for $25 or mounted and framed in a black frame for $85. All proceeds will be used by the Positively Oelwein committee for community projects. To order a print, please call the OCAD office at 319-283-1105 or stop in and look at a framed sample.





Pride and Cleanup

Flower Basket Project - This project is held annually between the OCAD's Positively Oelwein and the Oelwein FFA Chapter. The beautiful hanging baskets adorn the downtown streets. Donations are taken to fund the project for sponsorship of the baskets. The sponsorships can be made in individual names, in the memory of a loved one or in a business name.


Pride Cleanup - This group of active volunteers work to promote the improved appearance of the city and to facilitate those property owners who wish to make improvements to their homes and businesses. Works with the City of Oelwein on spring and fall clean-up days.


Daddy Daughter Dance

The Positively Oelwein Committee sponsors a Daddy Daughter Dance each year on the first Saturday of May. The dance is for girls preschool - 5th grade and their male escorts (Dad, Uncle, Brother, Grandpa, Friend, etc.). Tickets are sold for $5 for the daughters and $10 for the escorts.  The dance is held at the Oelwein Community Plaza and music for the evening is provided by a DJ. Prior to the dance, a Grand March is held in the Oelwein Mealsite room on the north end of the Plaza. The Grand March is open to anyone in the community at a cost of $2 per person. Pictures are available at the dance of the couples for $5 each for a 5x7. Each girl receives a gift at the end of the night. Cookies and lemonade are provided throughout the evening. This fun event is a fundraiser for the Positively Oelwein Committee. 


Party in the Park

Positively Oelwein is a sponsor for the 2017 season of Party in the Park. The committee will have a table in the park during the event handing out brochures on the committee activities and selling chances to win a prize. 




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Oelwein was named "Hub City" because of the rail lines coming into town and the repair shops located there.

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