Cortland Improvement Association

About the CIA

The Cortland Improvement Association (CIA) is an organization endorsed by the Village Board which serves to enhance a vibrant community. They host many events throughout the year. The organization is proud to serve the community and hopes to facilitate many improvements over time.

2020 Officers

Sheila Guenther, President Email
Dana Meyers, Vice President
Rich Douglass, Secretary Email

Susan Young, Treasurer Email

Monthly meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in their meeting room at the Community Center. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings. CIA is always looking for help with community functions. They are available to answer any questions you may have.

Mission Statement

To maintain and enhance the Village of Cortland and its history for all current residents and future generations.

Annual Events

Easter Bunny

This annual Saturday morning event in March/April includes activities, refreshments and an egg hunt for the kids of the community. Don't miss the Easter Bunny who hops in especially for this event!

Easter Bunny 2011  Easter Bunny 2010  Easter Bunny 2009 

Yard of the Month

An annual contest started in the Spring of 2013. Local judges pick one home each month during May, June, July, August and September. The winners receive a $25 visa gift card sponsored by First State Bank Nebraska, a wooden sign in their yard for that month, and a photo in the garden section of the Voice News.

Flower Barrels

The spring of 2016 will be the 10th year that flower barrels have been planted and placed around town. They dress up Main Street and the Community Center and are colorful additions all summer long.

Barrel Planting

Garage Sales

The community garage sales are held every year in June, usually the first weekend, all day Friday and Saturday. In past years there have been over 40 homes participating in this event. Since 2010, the Knights of Columbus have gathered unsold items and delivered them to the Lincoln City Mission.

Cortland Fest

An annual all day Saturday event is traditionally held the last weekend in June. Features include kids' activities, tractor show, car show, entertainment, food, parade and raffles. You often find different events each year such as a bake sale, a farmers market/craft fair, baseball, volleyball or perhaps a theme for the day. The festivities conclude with a spectacular fireworks display, free to the public.


An annual Saturday evening Halloween event held every year for the kids of the community. The event features games for kids, a haunted walk-through scene, and spooky snacks and refreshments for all.

Spookfest 2011 "Escape from the Asylum"

Spookfest 2010 "Haunted House"

Spookfest 2009 "Mad Lab"

Spookfest 2008 "Forest of Fear"

Christmas in the Park

Christmas 2007 was the first year that residents started decorating the community park trees with Christmas lights. This annual event continued through Christmas 2011. The goal each year was to have every tree decorated by people of the community. That goal was met in 2009 with all 37 trees decorated.

Christmas Lighting Contest

An annual contest started in December 2013 asking community residents to decorate their yards in order to determine winners for the Christmas holiday season. Local judges drive around town looking at decorating displays and then determine a first, second and third place winner. Certificates and monetary prizes are then given in the amounts of $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place.


This annual Saturday morning event features activities for kids of the community along with cookies and refreshments for everyone. Of course, Santa is always there to thrill the kids with a goody bag and hear their Christmas wish lists!

Santa 2011 "Land of Enchantment"

Santa 2010 "Santa's Workshop"

Santa 2009 "Wonderland Park"

Santa 2008 "Santa's On His Way"

Cortland 125th Celebration

The 125th celebration was a four-day event held June 26-29, 2008. It was a great success with many people in town to participate in events! 125th Logo designed by Darrel Stevens (above)

125th Photos


The Cortland 125th anniversary cookbook makes a great gift! It is a hard-bound book with its own easel and contains 440 recipes. The cookbook sells for $8.00 plus shipping.

Contact: Donelle Moormeier - (402) 429-2480  Email

Ribbon Cuttings

An event celebrating the opening of a new business in the community with a ribbon cutting and refreshments.

Ribbon Cuttings

Contact Us

For information or questions, you may contact CIA at their mailing address,
P. O. Box 65, Cortland, NE 68331, or by email at the link below:



American Legion

American Legion Auxiliary

Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

Cortland Antique Tractor Society

Cortland Ball Association

Cortland Improvement Association (CIA)

Knights of Columbus

Sons of the American Legion (SAL)

Venus Chapter Order
of Eastern Star

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)