News at The Columbia Club
The Columbia Club Divine Dames, one of our long-standing Clubs within a Club, will be moving their monthly luncheon date to the 2nd Tuesday of the month (previously this group met the 2nd Thursday of the month). We hope that by making this slight change to our meeting schedule, that we will have more ladies join us for this monthly "girls" luncheon get-away. Parking should be more ample with our valet staff than what we have experienced with a higher number of events taking place later in the week. All female Columbians are invited to join us! Contact the Concierge at 317.761.7523 to reserve your spot. The next gathering takes place on Tuesday, January 9th at 11:30am.
The Columbia Club welcomes Restaurant Manager Danny Nicholas to our team. Danny was first introduced to the private Club sector when he started working at the Riviera Club teaching swim lessons as a teenager. His Club career continued during the summer months as a lifeguard and than as a camp counselor. Danny's continued throughout the summer months when home from college to work at both Riviera and Meridian Hills as a server. Although his degree was in Biology, his passion for serving others and being part of the hospitality world was contagious, so he was thrilled to be offered a position in 2013 as the Food & Beverage Manager at the Riviera Club, where he also stepped in as the Executive Chef for a period of time. Danny's passion for exceeding expectations is notable and we hope you will take this time to visit the Club and welcome him in person.
September 20, 2017
The Columbia Club Foundation Inc., is sponsoring a tax deductible raffle fundraiser. Tickets are available for sale now through various staff members at the Columbia Club, The Columbia Club Foundation Inc. Trustees, The Columbia Club Board of Directors and other committee members. Tickets are $100 and are for sale through Friday, November 10th. The 3 winning tickets will be drawn at the Foundation Art Gala being held at the Columbia Club on Saturday, November 11th. First prize will receive 20% of the proceeds raised from the raffle, second prize will receive 10% and third prize will receive 5%. Raffle winners do not need to be present to win.
September 12, 2017
The French Room and Crystal Terrace rolled out a new lunch menu today. Members are enjoying the daily specials, all the while knowing that if they have a favorite item which may not be listed, that they are able to inquire about our ability to make this for them. During the evening dinner hour, several nightly specials are designed to provide a tremendous amount of value to your dining experience.
Monday: All-You-Can-Eat Appetizers from a select appetizer menu for $10 | Cheeseburger and a Pint of Beer for $10
Tuesday: Chef's specialty pasta served with a salad and breadsticks for $12 | Burger and Beer deal for $10
Wednesday: Build your own Pizza with 3 toppings for $8.50 (additional toppings extra) | Burger and Beer deal for $10
Thursday: 1st Thursday offers Martinis & Margarita's for $5.00 | 2nd Tuesday is $3.00 Draft Beer Night | 3rd Thursday is Wine & Dine for $35.00 including a 3 course meal and 2 glasses of wine | 4th Thursday is Whiskey & Bourbon Specials
Friday: Beer and Burger deal for $10
See you soon in the French Room!
September 5, 2017
The 7th Annual Oktoberfest is just around the corner! Make plans to join us as we celebrate on Friday, September 15 from 4:00 - 11:00pm. Enjoy biergartens with beer provided by Bier Brewery, Taxman and Sun King. None of this would be possible without our awesome sponsors. We are excited to welcome back Polkaboy, who will be rocking Monument Circle beginning at 7:00pm. Bring your friends and family and join us in this festive occasion!
July 17, 2017
In an effort to revive the travel club, a Club within a Club at the Columbia Club, Columbian, Becky Squires has worked hard, meeting with club staff to redesign this interest group. Members who enjoy travel are invited to attend a complimentary ADVENTURE CLUB kick-off meeting on Wednesday, August 23 in the Stardust Foyer. Two Columbians have been invited to share their recent travel experiences and discuss the do's and dont's of traveling to these countries, while sharing some great stories and pictures. John Green has been traveling annually to Canada since 1969 to fish and I'm sure he's got some great "fish tales" to discuss. Brent Tilson has recently returned from an excursion to Egypt and he will talk about some of his favorite moments and what he may have learned along the way.
When members were surveyed, we learned that several Columbians would be interested in traveling together. For our inaugual Adventure Club get away, we have created a CHICAGO SHOPPING WEEKEND set for November 3 - 5. Deadline for registration is August 20. For additional information, please click here for a detailed overview and pricing for this trip.
June 2, 2017
Columbians Leading the Way!
Today’s young Columbians want to combine business and professional skills with personal abilities to make the world a better place. The Harrison Society of the Columbia Club, working in collaboration with our Club’s Board of Directors and our Membership Committee members Dick Hester and Mike Simmons, have crafted a Columbian Community Impact (CCI) program. The purpose of the CCI program is to develop individual skills that enable board-level engagements, expand professional networks and foster meaningful contributions to the communities where we live and work. The program will empower socially conscious Harrison Society Columbians to make a difference in local and regional communities through education, professional development and leadership opportunity.
Starting in September, a 9-month development program begins to increase awareness of social and civic challenges through direct community service; supported by opportunities to work with and engage in constructive dialogue with community leadership. The vision is to build a cadre of courageous Columbians who are actively engaged in creating a positive, sustainable impact on social and economic fairness by adopting leadership positions on various social and civic boards.
With the establishment of the CCI program, Harrison Society members will receive focused training revealing how they can use business and professional knowledge to engage in social entrepreneurship and community service. With help from Club sponsors and personal interaction with connected Columbians, our CCI graduates will become the hub for emboldened leaders that engage and make our community a better place. To meet this opportunity, the CCI program will draw upon the resources of fellow Columbians and our Club’s connected community to offer programs, speakers, and hands-on learning experiences for our young Columbians who want to foster positive economic and social change through community service.
The program will engage participants in experiential learning that accentuates seven essential personal traits: (1) Relationship Building, (2) Impactful Leadership, (3) Aligning Core Values with Civic Interest, (4) Grant Writing, (5) Board & Director Service, (6) Mentorship, and (7) Leaving a Personal Legacy. Under these broad categories, specific topics and in-service learnings will provide opportunities for individuals to enhance their professional skills through real time interaction with local organizations.
These and other opportunities will allow our Harrison Society Columbians to shape their community work to reflect personal passions for community impact. Interested Columbians should contact Audrey Hughey, Membership Director at 317-761-1528, to learn more about this program.
Live Long & Prosper,
Board Vice President
April 7, 2017
The Columbia Club introduces a new app available to be downloaded for no charge through the Apple iTunes store or the Google Play store. This convenient app is accessible on all smart devices including your cell phone and tablets. Members will have access to their club at their fingertips from viewing and reserving for upcoming club events to calling valet to arrange for your car to be waiting for you after a meeting or dinner. Other resources available include making payments on your statement, viewing the roster of fellow Columbians and updating your personal club profile. We are looking forward to members taking advantage of new ways to enjoy their Club.
April 3, 2017
Come visit the Harrison Room and check out the new menu introduced today. Click here for a sneak peek of the new selections. The Harrison Room is open Monday - Saturday beginning at 5:00pm. Contact your Concierge at 317.761.7523 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your next dinner outing and be sure to invite some friends to experience these exciting culinary creations. If you are joining us on a Wednesday evening, be sure to check out our selections of half price wines by the bottle to accompany your meal.
March 20, 2017
A brand new Happy Hour menu debuts in the Harrison Grille. Every Monday - Saturday from 4:00pm-6:30pm join us for value added appetizers starting at just $7.00. Be tempted with Maryland Crab Cakes, Angus Sliders, and The Trio platter and wash it all down with a $5.00 martini or $6.00 glass of wine. Check out the complete menus on the Dining page of the website.
February 15, 2017
Please welcome our new Director of Health and Wellness, John Krzyston (MS, ACSM, CPT), a native born Hoosier with more than 25 years as an ambassador of health, wellness and sports in the private club industry. John earned an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a Master's degree from Indiana University in Kinesiology/Sport Fitness and has spent the past 14 years as part of the faculty at Ivy Tech Community College.
January 17, 2017
The Columbia Club welcomes Molly English as our Membership Coordinator. Molly will be assuming the role previously held by Sarah Henry who will be relocating back to her "hometown" of Chicago, IL, and finalizing her wedding plans. We wish Sarah the best of luck on all her future endeavors and thank her for her previous two years of service to our Members. We are excited to have Molly on board who recently graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Communications degree. She played four years of collegiate golf and has worked in country clubs the past few years as outside services and golf shop attendant. She is anxious to begin her role in the membership department, meet our Members and learn more about the "city club" life.
November 28, 2017
Tami Cumpston joins the Columbia Club staff as the new Communications Director. This is a newly developed role within our management team and we are excited to have her on board. She has an extensive background in the private club industry, having spent over 20 years in both private city and country club environments.
October 26, 2016
Columbia Club House Rules were updated. To view the updated House Rules, login to the web site and select the Governance page.
October 25, 2016
On October 23rd one of the Club’s richest traditions continued as we celebrated the 124th Annual Beefsteak Dinner. The Beefsteak Dinner recognized three individuals and our 25 year and 50 year members. Congressman Todd Young was the keynote speaker and received the Benjamin Harrison Medallion for the Public Sector, Philip A. Terry received the Benjamin Harrison Medallion for the Private Sector and Bruce B. Melchert was recognized as the Columbian Of The Year. Next month’s Columbian will feature a full write-up on the event along with photos.
October 21, 2016
The Columbia Club will host the 124th Annual Beefsteak Dinner this weekend.
October 16, 2016
For the past few weeks the Club collected coats and children’s gloves for the Salvation Army’s 30th Annual Coats for Kids coat giveaway at the State Fair. The 2016 Coats for Kids Helped 2,500 area children stay warm. Since the beginning The Salvation Army with Tuchman Cleaners and WTHR have distributed more than 100,000 new and gently used coats.
September 26, 2016
Farewell to the Cabaret
We would like to inform our members that the Cabaret has decided to move to a larger venue in 2017.
During their six year tenure here at the Columbia Club, the Cabaret and its audience has seen tremendous growth. Recent performances are near 100% capacity and shows have sold out six months in advance. As a result, the Cabaret is seeking a larger venue.
The Columbia Club has a rich history of supporting the arts in Indiana, and we have enjoyed our partnership with the Cabaret. We have been happy to have been part of their resurgence.
Please join me and the Board in wishing them continued success in the future.
William Butler Jim Rentschler
President, Columbia Club General Manager & COO
September 15, 2016
The 6th Annual Monument Circle Oktoberfest presented by the Columbia Club will be held Friday, September 16th. Oktoberfest has quickly become a staple event here in Indianapolis over the past few years, as it offers Hoosiers a truly unique experience where eating, drinking and enjoying live entertainment on the Circle is encouraged for all. Best of all, this citywide celebration is free and open to the public.
To accommodate all of the thousands of guests who partake in the celebration, the entire north half of Monument Circle is closed to pedestrian traffic and transforms into a lively and festive authentic Oktoberfest. Like any proper Oktoberfest, the event features an assortment of authentic German fare, entertainment, and plenty of beer to go around.
Guests can expect a plethora of authentic German foods from the Club’s Master Chef Simon Gosling, including sauerkraut, bratwurst, soft pretzels, Bavarian bean smoked pot and rubbed and smoked loin of pork sauerkraut sandwich, and more. Those who prefer American food are also in luck, as there will be plenty of other foods available as well including grilled hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and elephant ears. Of course, there will also be an extensive biergarten featuring local, domestic, and imported beers for your enjoyment. The biergarten even includes a variety of wines and a cigar bar this year.
“Oktoberfest has become one of the premiere events in our city. The Columbia Club is proud to host such a spectacular evening for all of Indianapolis to enjoy, “ says Jim Rentschler, General Manager of The Columbia Club. “We are also very excited to bring Indiana’s beloved Polkaboy back for a free concert on Monument Circle from 7:00pm-11:00pm.”
The food court and biergarten open at 4:00pm, and Polkaboy will be rocking the Monument with live music starting at 7:00pm. Oktoberfest prides itself on being open to the public with no admission charge, encouraging all interested community members to partake in the festivities. The event will continue throughout the evening until 11:00pm.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Indiana War Memorial Foundation, which includes funding for the recent repairs and restoration work done to The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument as well as the many other war memorials throughout the city.
Oktoberfest would not be possible without the overwhelming support from local businesses. Please join us in thanking Platinum Sponsor, Sysco Foods, as well as sponsors J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Linen Services, Markey’s Audio Visual, Noble Consulting Services Inc., Sun King, Halstead Architects and Caldwell VanRiper.