WATERLOO - The Supervisors Club on Dewitt Road, a club for John Deere employees operated independently from Deere, is closing at the end of this year due to declining membership.
"The Supervisors Club has evaluated its business and has determined closing the business is the proper direction," club president Paul Holst said in a prepared statement. "We’ll work with employees, members and suppliers to ensure a smooth transition. As to the future of the facility, the club will be working with John Deere on next steps." Holst noted the club is on Deere property.
"Everyone's sad to see it go," Holst said, particularly retirees, but membership has declined over the years, as has been the case with other private clubs locally. "There's an understanding that the times are changing."
Bookings will be honored through year's end, Holst said. The facility has been a popular location to rent out over the years for weddings, class reunions and other special events, but the declining membership was the main factor in the closing.
The club's website noted it has been in existence for 75 years, according to its website. In 1950, the club opened a location on what is now University Avenue, then U.S. Highway 218, on land between Waterloo and Cedar Falls. It was used by the local Red Cross as a headquarters for flood relief operations on the city during the flood in the spring of 1951, headed by then-Red Cross disaster chairman Glenn Stech, later Waterloo mayor.
The Highway 218 location was eventually acquired by the state of Iowa when the road was widened to six lanes for the creation of University Avenue in 1969-70. After that, the club moved to its present location on Dewitt Road, off Ridgeway Avenue near the Deere Engine Works.
Courier files show that, in addition to numerous special events the club hosted a chorus of Deere employees called the "Mellodeeres," pool and bridge tournaments over the years in addition to community events, and Deere guest speakers, in addition to dinner and holiday parties.