The Helvetia Männerchor and Edelweiss Damenchor are the most visible Swiss societies in the community. However, three other groups promote Swiss culture and the welfare of Swiss-Americans in Columbus.
Columbus Grüetli Verein
Founded in 1870 by John Corrodi, Henry Kehr, John Rickenbacher, J.W. Rickenbacher, Casper Ruegg, John Schaad, John Schluep, and John Zender, the Grüetli is the forerunner of all other Swiss societies in Columbus. Its purpose is “to tie its members more intimately in harmony and friendship by mutual support in cases of sickness and health, and to further culture and sociability”.
Membership is open to Swiss men, male descendants from Swiss ancestors, husbands of Swiss women, and husbands of female descendants” from Swiss ancestors. The Grüetli Verein holds monthly meetings, programs, fund raisers, and projects to foster good fellowship, appreciation of Swiss heritage and history, and research into Swiss genealogy and family history.
Helvetia Benefit Society
(Helvetia Unterstützungs Verein)
Albert Baumer, Gottfried Gottier, Edward Schmid, Joseph G. Tritt, and Jacob J. Trueb founded the Helvetia Benefit Society to manage an insurance pool to provide for its members and their families in the event of a death. It holds various events and fund raising projects to benefit its members, and to provide for the general needs of the Swiss Club.
Swiss Ladies’ Aid Alpenrösli Society
Barbara Brun, Theresa Bommer, Louise Grob, M. Elisebeth Haesele, Eliza Heinzli, Margaretha Jenny, Emma Kappler, Rosa Rudin, Maria Stampfli, Maria Steicheli, Karolina Tritt, and Louisa Trueb founded the Alpenrösli in 1890. Its purpose is to “bring its members more closely in harmony and friendship by mutual support in case of illness and death and to further culture and sociability”.
Membership is open to Swiss women, female descendants from Swiss ancestors, wives of Swiss men, and wives of male descendants from Swiss ancestors. The Alpenrösli holds monthly meetings, programs, fund raisers, and projects to foster good sisterhood, provide mutual support, enhance an appreciation of Swiss heritage, and to provide for the general needs of the Swiss Club.