of Iowa City and Coralville

Join Us for Lunch!

Our club meets for lunch each Thursday at noon in the west meeting room at the University Club, 1360 Melrose Ave., Iowa City, Iowa.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please join us as a guest for lunch!  To learn more about our club, please click here or use the Contact page to email us.

Our January 29th our speaker will be Bob Downer from the Iowa Board of Regents. Mr. Downer will discuss current issues and answer questions.

​On February 5th our speaker will be Ron Reed, CEO of Mercy Hospital. Mr. Reed will discuss and compare international health care systems.

​On February 12th our speaker will be Elizabeth Walker, who is an audiologist at the University of Iowa. Ms. Walker will discuss the outcomes of children with hearing loss.

Future speakers and meetings can be found on our Schedule page.

2015 National Heritage Essay Contest

The topic of this year's essay is: 

Discuss and explain the freedoms protected by

the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


The Old Capitol Sertoma Club will choose a finalist from each junior high school, as well as a finalist from the home-schooled students who participate. The finalists will be honored at a luncheon at the University Club on Thursday, February 19, 2015. The overall winner, who will be announced at the luncheon, will receive $500.00 and a commemorative plaque. Each of the other finalists will receive a $100.00. The winner's school will also receive a traveling trophy until next year's contest. In addition, each school that participates will receive a $100.00 donation to be used in its social studies classroom.


Students who are interested in participating in the essay contest may submit their essays through their 8th grade Social Studies teacher.  Students may also submit their essays to Dennis J. Mitchell, MidWestOne Bank, P.O. Box 1700, Iowa City, Iowa, 52244-1700 or email them to dmitchell@midwestone.com. The essays must be received by 5:00 p.m.
on Friday, January 23, 2015. The essays should be typed and must be 1000 words or less. Each student who participates must include a cover page which includes:

  1. The student's name;
  2. The student's school or state if the student is home-schooled; and
  3. The name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

If you would like additional information about the essay contest, please email Dennis Mitchell at dmitchell@midwestone.com.  

Each year the Old Capitol Sertoma Club sponsors an essay contest open to all eighth grade students in Johnson County, Iowa. The essay contest focuses on issues related to our country's government or national heritage.