For several years, the Columbian Club has distributed children's books to apartment complexes that had a significant number of needing families. We also have donated Dr. Suess's books, filling in the missing volumes from the Boise City library's collection.
Members of the Columbian Club planted five trees in Borah Park as part of the City of Boise Mayor's goal of 100,000 trees in 10 years.
In partnership with The Cabin in 2014, The Boise Columbian Club hosted a gala dinner event before the lecture by Erik Larsen, the author of "The Devil in the White City," which is set at the Columbian Exposition. It was staged as the Columbian Exposition on the Velma B. Morrison Center for the Arts stage. It was a magical time since our club founders were there at the Exposition in the "White City."
BOISE CARNEIGE LIBRARY
As the founding organization to create a library system and raise funds for the Carnegie Library, the Columbian Club has been recognized by the Boise Public Library and invited to anniversary celebrations.
Annually, the club participates in a day of wrapping Christmas packages that are distributed to homeless veterans. We have honored the women veterans that reside at Boise's Veteran Home by hosting a tea for them.
The Boise Columbian Club recently was host club to the Idaho State Convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in April 2019. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is holding their regional conference in Boise in September 2019 and our ladies were instrumental in its success.
The Boise Columbian Club joined with three other organizations to promote voter registration before the 2020 election. Many of our founding members were active in the local suffrage movement. A few members were interviewed for the Idaho Women 100 book.
MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITING CONTEST
The Columbian Club sponsored a Writing Contest for Boise Schools Junior High students. Students were asked to write about the environment, "Save the Planet." They could write essays, short stories, or poetry. The judges were made up of retired or active teachers. The head of the committee was a former University professor. All the judges did an excellent job. The Club gave seven students monetary awards. A celebration of the winners was held at Riverglen Junior High. Three of the winners were students at Riverglen. Each student read their work to parents, grandparents, teachers, and club members. Each student was given a check ranging from $150-$25 and a plaque. Members provided refreshments for all attending.
Starting in 1982, The Boise Columbian Club used the proceeds from the sale of their clubhouse to start a scholarship fund at Boise State University. Over the past 37 years, the Boise Columbian Club has funded $76,000 in scholarships.
A permanent show of giving back to the community are the 24 benches along the Boise Greenbelt. All have a plaque next to them “Donated by GFWC Boise Columbian Club.” We participated with a booth during the Greenbelt's 50th celebration.
Hygiene Kits for Interfaith Sanctuary
In late summer Interfaith Sanctuary put out a call for their need for hygiene items. The Columbian Club went to work gathering hygiene items. Members of this committee pitched large clear gift bags filled with items for men and women. Purchased for men; razors, shave cream, deodorant, comb, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste. Women’s bags included; shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, comb and soap. Committee members created an assembly line to fill the bags. The Club also purchased large bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. In addition, we bought new undergarments of all sizes and types for men and women.
Members have generously given monetary donations to many organizations, including: The Bishop's House, Booth Memorial School/Salvation Army, Giraffe Laugh, Operation Smile, The Shoe That Grows, among others.
SAVING O'FARRELL CABIN
The Boise Columbian Club in 2001 spearheaded the renovation of the O’Farrell Cabin by organizing work crews to take it apart log by log, then reconstruct it properly. At the Boise Senior Center, our substantial contribution resulted in a room named for the Boise Columbian Club.