Annual Steering Committee Meeting

Anna Rathke is hosting the Annual Steering Committee Meeting on Monday, February 22nd starting at 7 pm at Centura Hills. If you are interested in participating in Cairo Community projects please plan to attend this meeting.

The Sand Volleyball/Pickle Ball Court Committee was started in 2020 is on hold due to COVID. If you are interested in joining this committee, please be at the annual Steering Committee meeting to discuss our next steps. 

Agenda focuses on:

  • Updates on the Point of Entry Sign Project
  • Updates on the Ball Field Bathroom Project
  • Discuss new ideas/form committees

Steering Meeting Recap

Our purpose is to create a strategic plan for future development, make beatifications and improvements, promote a sense of community and belonging, and foster unified and transparent communication. 

In keeping with our goal to foster unified and transparent communication, I would like to share what we discussed at the latest Steering Meeting.

The Point of Entry Committee (formed out of Steering) hopes to finish the Welcome sign at our East entrance this spring. We are holding a Bags, Brats and Beers Fundraiser at the Community Center on April 4th to finish funding for this project and help fund POE signs for our remaining entrances (South and West). More information on the Fundraiser will be shared separately on this page.

Other projects we discussed and that we will be moving forward with are a pickleball court and a sand volleyball court. We considered the tennis court as a possible location for pickle ball and north of the park on the golf course for sand volleyball. If anyone would be interested in helping with these projects and joining the SVP Committee, please let me know. We hope to get these knocked out quickly.

Mike Stutzman would like us to take full advantage of the Junk Jaunt and proposed an “event within the event” to promote Cairo and our businesses. There is a meeting on February 19th to discuss this further, along with the Junk Jaunt in general. This is an exciting opportunity to take full advantage of the droves of people that come to our town for the Junk Jaunt. 

If you have any questions, or would like to be involved with any of the above, feel free to call or email me (308) 390-4231 or

-Anna Rathke

Village Wide Steering Committee Meeting

There will be a Steering Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 4th at 7:30pm at Centura Hills. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting, regardless of your involvement in the past.

The Point of Entry Committee (which was formed out of the Steering Committee), will be giving an update on their project. We would also like to give the floor to other individuals/committees to get an update on their existing projects, and if they are in need of any help with starting/existing projects.

I truly encourage you to make the meeting! We hope to gather as much information as possible in hopes that the Steering Committee can be a place where we can all get on the same page and help the community grow.

If you have any questions, please email me and

The Votes Are In

Recently the Cairo Steering Committee asked for community members to vote on their choice for Cairo’s first point of entry sign. Voting was made available at locations in Cairo and online.

One draft was the clear choice with more than 75% of the Vote.

The Point of Entry team is working to collect the correct permits from the Department of Transportation and finalizing the details of the sign.

The committee is actively writing grants and recently created held a successful co-ed softball tournament to raise funds for the project.

Team members are Anna Rathke, Barb Knopik, Kate Bohling, and Charity Adams. You can contribute to the development of the sign by donating to the Cairo Community Foundation Point of Entry Sign Fund.

Vote on Cairo’s Point of Entry Sign

Cairo Steering Committee is working on Cairo’s Point of Entry sign.

Just this last weekend a softball tournament hosted by Anna Rathke, Rozy Dibbern, Barb Knopik, Kate Bohling, and Charity Adams raised nearly $900 for the Cairo Community Foundation Point of Entry Sign Fund.

The 1st annual Softball Junkies tournament included six teams, a beer garden by the Watering Hole and concessions by Mom’s Lunchbox. The Roth team went home with a custom-crafted trophy by Rozy Dibbern, popcorn from Craig Welty, treats from Pump & Pantry, and water bottles from Pathway Bank. Special thanks to Brent McDonald for preparing the ball fields, Tom Roth, Laurel Roth, Rod Jantzi, and Mike Stutzman for umping and all the players for playing in the Softball Junkies event.

The day was such a success that numerous players are calling for a two-day event next year. Watch for details on this tournament in 2020.

The committee has secured Cairo’s maintenance building for a mural. The committee is working with an artist on designing and painting the mural. The committee plans to landscape the area, add solar lighting and is interested in adding a few sculptures.

The committee would like you to vote on your favorite sign. Please click here to vote on your favorite sign.

Cairo Steering Committee

There will be a meeting on April 2nd at 7:00pm at Centura Hills to discuss current/needed projects for our community.

The Steering Committee’s purpose is to create a strategic plan for future development, make beautification and improvements, promote a sense of community and belonging, and foster unified and transparent communication. As a committee, we will be reaching out to the people of Cairo to find out what you think. If you are the head of a committee or have a specific need/idea for our community, please feel free to come to the meeting. This is your chance to be heard! Every project will be added to our list and prioritized by our committee. From there, our committee will come up with a game plan for these projects and get the ball rolling, if that means reaching out to other committees, making a subcommittee of our own or us getting our hands dirty. We are a new and improved committee and look forward to serving Cairo!

Brainstorming Cairo Style

The Cairo Steering Committee, led by chairman Anna Rathke, did some fantastic brainstorming on Monday night.

The committee focused on brainstorming in three categories:

  1. Main Street
  2. Programming
  3. Dream Community (money no object)

Some ideas for Main Street included: working with open storefronts, Dollar General, expand the use of the senior center, library, grocery store, medical, group office space, markers space, children’s museum and welcome signs.

Ideas for new and expanded programming included: senior programs, youth dance and gymnastics, preschool and early childhood, library, craft and book club, “I Can Camp”, tax prep, legion program, recycling and meal prep, and scouting program.

Dream Community ideas included: indoor pool, townhouses, assisted living, senior housing, nursing home, skate park, drive-in theater, pave ,road, shuttle to Dannebrog and Boelus, splash pad, community center, sport complex, more businesses, school improvements.

The committee will continue to meet to develop a strategic plan for feasibility and implementation of the visions. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend these meetings. Visit with Anna Rathke at Centura Hills or email for more information about joing the committee and shaping the future of the Cairo Community.