Exam Week Goodie Bags – Save your Halloween Candy!!

Did you get too much candy when you went trick-or-treating?  Or do you have leftovers because not enough children came to visit you?  We have a great use for these goodies!!

The Franklin County OSU Alumni Club will be putting together goodie bags again this year for a group of students in one of the dorms.  Candy, gum, pencils, any little trinkets you think a college kid would appreciate while studying for fall semester exams — bring them to us!

We will collect items at our November meeting, or you can contact us to arrange a drop off or pick up.  Then we’ll choose a night to pack the bags, and another night to deliver them to the dorms.

You are welcome to participate in any of the three steps — gathering supplies, packing the bags, or delivering.  Just email us at osualumnifranklincounty@yahoo.com  and let us know what you can do.

Two of our scholarship recipients will be participating in this project, so its a great opportunity for you to get to meet some great students!
Contact today and let us know what you can do!

Operation Buckeye

As most of you know, the holidays will be here before you know it.  For those who have friends and family serving in our military services overseas, it can be a difficult time. There is a wonderful organization called Operation Buckeye, whose volunteers pack and ship thousands of care packages each year to these military personnel.  We want to help provide as many items as possible this year for their shipments.

Click Here for:  Operation Buckeye Item List of the most-requested items from our service-members.  If you are able to provide some items from this list, would you please contribute to our club’s donation to Operation Buckeye?
We will make it as easy as possible:  You gather the items, and we can arrange either a pickup from you, or a place for you to drop them off.

Please call or email Ron Kenat to arrange a pick-up or drop-off:

614-420-2736  or  abelcom123@yahoo.com

Thank you so much for your generosity, to help those who are defending our freedom!



Come to the December gathering of the Franklin County OSU Alumni Club for our annual holiday party and “White Elephant” Gift Exchange!  Its always a great time as treasures change hands many times, and everyone competes to take home the perfect gift.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00 pm for a festive evening.  (There will be a brief club meeting at 6 pm, prior to the party.)  It will be held at the Columbus Italian Club, 1739 N. High Street in Grandview.

Dinner will be served ($7/person) and a cash bar available (very reasonable rates!).  Please bring a salad or dessert to share!  To participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift.

Sign up in advance here

How Many?

Or RSVP by sending a check (payable to OSU Alumni Club of Franklin County) for $7 per person in advance to Leyla Hawkins, 1149 Tillicum Drive, Worthington, OH 43085.


Questions?  Call Leyla at 614-847-9132 or email leyla_hawkins@yahoo.com.


The Franklin County OSU Alumni Club has once again been given the
opportunity to participate in the Buckeye Book Community for this summer/fall.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jessica
Kohlschmidt by email at osustatalum09@yahoo.com or by phone at 614-946-2614 to
obtain a copy of this year’s book.  

A full description of
the reading program is below, along with a synopsis of the book itself, and an
opportunity to attend the author’s presentation on campus.  The group
discussion will be held on campus with a selected group of students, prior to
the author’s appearance.  It is a great way to connect with the incoming
Jessica will distribute
books at the alumni club meeting on July 13.
  If you cannot
attend, you can make other arrangements with her to obtain one.
Each summer all first year students complete
their first college assignment by participating in the Buckeye Book Community;
they are given a selected book during orientation.  Upper
class students, staff and faculty are also encouraged to read the book, and we
want to offer this book opportunity to you all, as part of our Buckeye
Community as well! 
The book for the 2016-2017 year is The Other Wes Moore Two
kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both
grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult
childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into
trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar,
decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other
ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence?  Wes Moore, the
author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In
alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments
of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation
of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world. 
Our Alumni Club will organize a group
discussion with a group of students during early Fall semester. If you request
a book from us, we would like you to participate in the discussion group as
well.  If you have any questions, please contact Jessica.


Save the date!  Our Annual Tailgate party will be Saturday, September 3 for the Bowling Green game. If you already know that you have your own tickets to this game, and/or you just want to join us for the tailgate, its only $10/person — we provide all the food and beverages! 


Our annual Target Shooting Day at the Range will be Saturday, July 23, from 11 am to 2 pm.  It is at the same great location as previous years, Tri-County Range on US 22 between Lancaster and Circleville (10233 Cincinnati-Zanesville Rd). You are welcome to bring your own guns and ammunition, or rent/purchase from the range.  You will have an opportunity to learn about and try out a variety of different guns if you wish.


Our fifth annual Happy Hour at the OSU Faculty Club on campus Friday, July 8, from 5 to 7 pm. This is an opportunity for those of you who are not members of the Faculty Club to see the facility and sample some food and beverages, as well as time to socialize with other Buckeye Alumni.

There is plenty of parking available around the Faculty Club. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided, along with a cash bar; additional appetizers are available as well.  There is also a steak cookout dinner following the event, if you wish to stay.

SCOONIE PENN to be Featured Speaker at Banquet

 ScooniePenn James “Scoonie” Penn, star of the 1999 Buckeye Basketball team that went to the Final Four, was our guest speaker at the Franklin County OSU Alumni Club annual banquet on Wednesday, May 11.

The banquet also recognized our newest scholarship winner and celebrated the accomplishments of the club throughout the past year.


Scoonie is a two-time NCAA All-American and Ohio State University Hall of Fame basketball player. He played two seasons for the Ohio State Buckeyes, leading them to their first Final Four appearance in more than 20 years. He finished his Buckeye career as the all-time leader in three-point shooting. After his playing years where completed, Scoonie tapped into his passion as an entrepreneur and a motivational speaker, using his life’s experiences to motivate youth, and to deliver a corporate message of success. Currently, Scoonie can be found working as a basketball analyst for a number of television and radio stations as well as CEO of POWR Management.   He is also the recipient of numerous community and sports achievement awards.

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Buckeye Baseball will end their season on the third weekend of May with games against arch-rival Michigan.
Our alumni club will get a block of tickets to the game on Saturday afternoon,May 14, at 3:00pm, and we will plan our traditional tailgate to go along
with this event as well.


The Ronald McDonald House helps families of sick children all year around, providing food and housing during their children’s illness. The Franklin County OSU Alumni Club supports these efforts as well as other community services. Please consider helping those in need on Saturday, April 23, as we provide lunch for a day.
There are 2 ways to help: Sponsor a portion of the meal, and/or join us that day to prepare and serve the food. Right now we are asking you to “Save the Date” to help us serve. If you are able to help prepare, serve, or clean-up on that day, please contact Ron Kenat, abelcom123@yahoo.com or by phone at 614-420-2736. We need some people starting at 10 am to prepare, some to serve between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, and some to clean up.

If you are unable to help us serve, but you wish to contribute to the lunch, then sponsoring a food item is the easy way to go! Various donation amounts will help us supply a healthy lunch of sandwiches, salads, fruit, and beverages. Choose an item to sponsor and send us your corresponding gift – we will do the shopping!

I would like to sponsor:
# Item Total:
___ Sandwiches @ $5 each _______
___ lbs of potato salad @ $4 each _______
___ lbs of fruit @ $6 each _______
Amount Enclosed: $___________

Please make check payable to
Franklin County OSU Alumni Club
and mail to Ron Kenat, 3962 Winding Oaks Dr., Columbus, OH 43228
no later than April 15.

You can also contribute here:

The Ronald McDonald House is located at 711 E. Livingston Avenue, across from Children’s Hospital.
If you have any questions, please contact Ron at the phone/email listed above.