Diaper Drive

We’re sponsoring a diaper drive and packing party this spring to help the Columbus Diaper Coalition. This organization helps struggling families with access to clean diapers. For more information on their mission, visit https://www.columbusdiapercoalition.org/.

The Columbus Diaper Coalition is in need of the following:

  • Newborn through size 7 diapers
  • Pull-ups (any size)
  • Swimmers (any size)
  • Baby wipes (unopened)

They accept new or loose, open packs or sleeves of diapers.  

Feel free to bring your donation to our meetings in February and March. Karyn Johnson will collect them and deliver them on the day of our packing party.  

Can’t attend a meeting? There are various donation sites throughout Columbus or donate via their Target or Amazon wish lists. 

Packing party:

We will deliver donations and pack donated diapers on Saturday, April 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Columbus Diaper Coalition.

The address is:

3840 Lacon Rd, Suite 12 (volunteers enter at Suite 14)
Hilliard, OH 43026

This location is just off Cemetery Road. We will have lunch at either Scramblers or Rusty Bucket afterward. 

To sign up, please email Karyn Johnson at englanke@yahoo.com or call/text her at 614-822-1430. She will provide more details and a map just a few days prior to the event. 


It will be here before you know it – the Scarlet vs. Gray game has been announced for Saturday April 15. Everyone will be there – the band, the cheerleaders, and Brutus are all on the schedule, so how about you?  This is a family friendly event – very inexpensive tickets and free parking, so bring the kids and grandkids! 

And what is a football game without a Tailgate party?!  The game starts at Noon, so the tailgate will begin around 9 am.  You can order your game tickets thru us, along with the tailgate, or you can sign up for the “tailgate only” thru us and get tickets on your own thru Ticketmaster.  Order below or send a check (payable to Franklin County OSU Alumni Club) to Leyla Hawkins, 1149 Tillicum Drive, Worthington, OH 43085.

Choose your options:


Our fan-favorite event, the semi-annual Wine Tasting Dinner at the Wine Bistro on Lane Avenue will be on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 pm.  The chef is creating a special menu for us, to pair with a variety of wines.

There is limited seating available, so get your reservation in early!  They will provide an amazing 4-course dinner, with wines paired to complement each serving. You’ll be able to order bottles of the wines you enjoy right after dinner!

Plan to arrive by 6 pm so you have time to park and to socialize before dinner.  Parking is available behind the building (very limited), or on nearby streets, or also across the street in the Lane Ave Shopping Center. 

Questions? Call Leyla at 614-893-0559 or email us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com

Come take a tour of some Columbus / OSU history!  

Union Cemetery is the final resting place for several distinguished Ohio State greats, including Woody & Anne Hayes, Chic Harley, basketball coaches Fred Taylor and Lynn St John, as well as Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas.

Save the morning of Saturday May 6 for a guided walking tour of the highlights and history of this unique final resting place for many notables. We’ll meet our guide at 10 am for a walk thru history, then grab lunch together afterwards.

Sign up by emailing or calling Ron Kenat: abelcom123@yahoo.com or 614-420-2736. Include your name, email address, phone number, and the number of people you are bringing. Ron will confirm with a reminder and parking details when the date gets closer.

Beat the winter blahs with Alumni Book Club

After all the holiday excitement and activity, sometimes January can be a bit of a downer.  Too cold for outdoor events, so you’re stuck inside?  We have the cure!   We’re bringing back our Book Club event!

The Alumni Association encourages alumni groups to present educational and cultural activities, so we’re combining those ideas into one activity.  We paired up with another alumni group, the Asian & Pacific Islanders Alumni, to present something educational with a splash of fun at the end.  We’re going to read the book, “Crying in H Mart,” by Michelle Zauner, a memoir about growing up Korean-American in Eugene, Oregon.  (A full description can be found below.)

You can find this relatively inexpensive book on Amazon or order it thru your nearest bookstore.  We will all try to complete reading it by March, and then the two alumni groups will get together for dinner to discuss.  You’ll get to meet a whole new group of alums, enjoy a great meal, and learn from an interesting discussion. Sometimes we are even able to invite the author to join us, (either in person or by Zoom)!  

If you’re interested, just email us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com  to let us know, and we’ll add you to the list to contact when we schedule the dinner.  If we get enough people to join us, the Alumni clubs might even be able to cover the cost of the meal! 

Below is a full description of the book.  We hope you will join us!  


A memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

Michelle Zauner tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band–and meeting the man who would become her husband–her Korean-ness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

A Walk in Our ‘Shoe: 100 Years of Ohio Stadium

Over the past 100 years, thousands of fans have cheered The Ohio State University Buckeyes to victory in Ohio Stadium, affectionately known as the ‘Shoe. TBDBITL has brought audiences to their feet for Script Ohio, and families and friends have joyfully watched as their students became graduates in that same stadium. A Walk in Our ‘Shoe: 100 Years of Ohio Stadium celebrates this history of the Horseshoe. On view in the Thompson Library Gallery, the exhibit is presented by University Archives, and highlights include football uniforms and gear from the 1920s and 1930s, the dedication game day program from 1922, a reconstructed Fan Cave, Jim Tressel’s play calling sheets, and a Lego Ohio Stadium constructed by OSU Professor Paul Janssen 

Our alumni club, along with the Delaware and Fairfield County clubs, have arranged for a guided tour of this special exhibit at the Main Library on Saturday, February 4 at 1:30 pm.

There is no cost to attend but you must pre-register.  Email your name, phone number, and the number of attendees you’re bringing to  OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com.

A confirmation will be sent with parking instructions and other details in late January.  For more information, email us or call Leyla at 614-847-9132.


Here’s a great Holiday gift idea — Join us for our annual gathering to cheer on the OSU Women’s Basketball team! 

The Franklin County OSU Alumni Club will have a block of tickets to the Lady Buckeyes’ last weekend home game in January, vs. Purdue, on Sunday, January 29, at 1:00 pm. We are working on plans to host our usual “Tailgate” party in the Huntington Club (2nd level of the Schottenstein Center).


Questions? Call Leyla at 614-893-0559 or email us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com.  Go Bucks!

Help Us Help The Dream Center 

Here’s a different charitable collection program — this one takes place AFTER the holidays!

Organizations that help the less fortunate need assistance all year around, so we have chosen to assist The Dream Center this January and February with their mission to provide warmth and care for their homeless clients.  If you would like to learn more about the Dream Center, visit their website:  www.columbusdreamcenter.org.

We will collect items during all of January, with the goal of delivering our collection in early February.

Here are some of the items that are most requested at the Dream Center this season:

  • Blankets (fairly heavy, and fairly long so that they cover someone completely)
  • Warm gloves
  • Ponchos
  • Socks (both regular socks and warmer socks)
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant (travel size or mini size)
  • Shampoo (travel size or mini size)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Tents

You are welcome to deliver your donation to any club meeting or event, between now and the end of January, or deliver directly to the home of our Community Service co-chair Ron Kenat, 3962 Winding Oaks Drive, Columbus 43228.  Reach out to Ron to make alternative delivery plans, or if you have any questions:  614-420-2736 or Abelcom123@yahoo.com.

Thank you for helping us share our gifts with others in need!


Come to the December gathering of the Franklin County Alumni Club for our annual holiday party and “White Elephant” gift exchange! It’s always a great time as treasures change hands many times, while everyone competes for the perfect gift. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 pm for a festive evening. 

The party will be at the Longaberger Alumni House on Olentangy River Road. Dinner and desserts will be served. Don’t forget to bring a wrapped gift to participate in the gift exchange!  It can be something funny or cute that you find in your house — no need to spend a lot of money. 

RSVP by sending an email (include your name and phone number, and how many people are coming) to OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com, or call 614-847-9132. There is no charge to attend, but we must have a firm headcount for dinner. 

Deadline to RSVP is Friday Dec 9.  Questions?  Contact Mary at 614-323-5379 or mhemr58@gmail.com

Buckeye Ladies Holiday Brunch Dec 10

Saturday, December 10, take a break from the holiday rush and join your fellow Buckeye women for our festive annual brunch. The fun starts at 11 am, and this year we will be at the Polaris Grille, just off Polaris Parkway just east of I-71. We have a private room reserved for our members. This is a great event for you to bring a friend who may be interested in learning more about our club!

How Many Tickets?

We’ll have a great meal, share stories, and we’ll even have a special gift for every attendee!

You can also reserve by sending a check in advance (payable to OSU Alumni Club of Franklin County) for $30/person to Leyla Hawkins, 1149 Tillicum Dr., Worthington OH 43085. Include your name, phone number, and email address with your check, so we can send you a confirmation notice. 

Deadline to reserve your seat is Monday, Dec. 5.  Questions? Please contact Mary at 614-323-5379 or email mhemr58@gmail.com.