Rotary Club of West Polk County
                       Noon Monday Meetings
Members of the Rotary Club of West Polk County had the unique privilege of touring the Des Moines Community Playhouse for their regular meeting on December 7th, 2015.  The meeting was organized by Rotarian Gene Gabus (Gabus Automotive Group) and the meeting was held in an area of the facility that was just recently added thanks to a grant from The Gabus Foundation.
The Des Moines Community Playhouse was first established in 1919 at their original location in downtown Des Moines.  They moved to their current site in 1952.  The building was originally constructed in 1934 and was the previous home to a movie theatre.  
The Des Moines Community Playhouse is one of the largest and oldest community theaters in the United States.  In a nation with so many community theatres, this is something we can all be very proud to have in our community.
Following a kind welcome and an informative presentation by Executive Director John Viars and Managing Director/Director of Development Rod McCullough meeting attendees were given a tour of the facility.  The tour included the Main Stage Theatre, which included a viewing of a custom made car for the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; two lower level rehearsal areas/classroom, and the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre.  
The Rotarians of the West Polk County Club would like to publicly thank and applaud the staff, volunteers, actors, actresses, members and supporters of this spectacular community asset.  Pictures from this spectacular meeting can be found on the Club’s Facebook page at
Learn more about the Des Moines Community Playhouse by visiting their website HERE.