Welcome to the Oakdale Improvement Club
To improve the quality of life in Oakdale through various clean-up and fix-up programs. To operate entirely as a volunteer effort and to reach into every area of the city. To educate the citizens of Oakdale of the importance of a clean city, what they can do to keep it clean and what types of programs are available to them.
The history of why the club was formed
In the early 1900′s a women named Clara Sanders formed a club known as the Oakdale Woman’s Improvement Club and in 1916 the club inaugurated a “clean-up week”. By a proclamation from the city they called for all citizens to clean up their backyards, mend their broken fences and gates, and pile up all boxes, tin cans and other rubbish so as to make the city more presentable.
The Oakdale Women’s Club spun off this original organization and is very active in Oakdale today with over 100 members assisting in various community projects. We wanted to bring back some of the history of Oakdale and celebrate the effort that a single lady made for her city, even at a time when women were yet allowed to vote. We thought it fitting to form this group in the honor of that single lady!
OIC was formed and is managed by 5 ladies who enlists the help from the city staff as well as every citizen, group, club and business in Oakdale to deal with the challenges of cleaning up our city. The clean-up efforts are organized and managed by these ladies but requires many hands to make light work. You will see this idea reflected in our logo.