“Things Happen When People Start Talking”
The City Club of Boise was founded in 1995 by Dottie Stimpson. Stimpson, a longtime community volunteer and philanthropist, felt Boise needed a venue where its citizens could learn about and discuss important issues of the day in a non-partisan, civil manner. Our motto is “Things happen when people start talking.” (You can watch our YouTube video to learn more about our story, as well).
Taking its cue from other established City Clubs around the country, The City Club of Boise is governed by a volunteer board and is supported by membership dues, as well as our corporate and non-profit business partners. The City Club has over 600 members and partners. In addition, sponsors help underwrite the cost of a forum.
At least once a month, the City Club hosts a lunchtime forum. A sole speaker or a panel of speakers addresses the group for 30 minutes, followed by questions from the audience for another half hour, allowing for lively discussion. We do not have a regular day for our forums, so that we can accommodate speakers’ schedules. Our forums regularly attract 200 attendees. Audio can be streamed later on our website (go to Listen page) and heard on the radio within a week of the forum on Boise State Public Radio, 91.5 FM.
The club has explored a wide variety of topics, from health care to the arts, from an annual “political pundits panel” to a discussion of growth in the Treasure Valley. We welcome ideas for forum topics, or volunteers for our committees. The City Club also occasionally co-sponsors forums with other groups in the valley such as the Idaho Environmental Forum.
The forums are open to the public, but members receive a discounted rate. Forum lunches cost $20 for members, $27 for non-members and $5 for listeners only (no meal). Donations from members support our scholarship fund, which allows eight high school students and two teacher/chaperones to attend each forum at a discounted rate.
The City Club also hosts occasional small group discussions called salons, as well as tours of interesting places around the valley. Salons and tours are open only to members, but members can bring a guest.
For more information on City Club, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you soon!