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.


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).

DEADLINE TO ORDER IS JAN. 5.Tickets are just $10 each, so bring the whole family! 

How Many Tickets?

You may also can send a check (made payable to Franklin County OSU Alumni) to Leyla Hawkins, 1149 Tillicum Drive, Worthington, OH 43085.  If you send a check, be sure to include your phone number and email address so we can send you a confirmation.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!

Cocktails at the Conservatory – November 3

We’re excited to announce our joining with the Franklin Park Conservatory for an event this coming November 3. “Cocktails at the Conservatory” is an opportunity for our alumni to participate in the facility’s horticultural, educational and social mission while providing a unique, educational happy hour set in their gorgeous gardens. 

Cocktails at the Conservatory is the final event of the series this year of themed cocktail parties with a rotating cast of local drink & food vendors, live music, activities and more. Five dollars from every ticket sold will also support the Conservatory’s mission. Programs like Teen Corps – which teaches local teens skills through hands-on gardening, urban farming and running a Farmers Market stand – benefit immensely from support gained at these events.  

For tickets to this event, please go directly to the conservatory’s website to order.


It’s time for our annual raffle of our Presidents Club football tickets!  The OSU Alumni Club of Franklin County is making all of our seats available again this year in our raffle. All money raised goes directly to our Scholarship fund to help a future Buckeye.

These are great seats again this year, in section 16A with seatbacks. Tickets for the raffle are $5 for 1 chance, $25 for 6 chances or $50 for 13 chances. Order now!  If your name is drawn, you will have the right to purchase our seats at face value.  

We are not allowed to sell the raffle tickets on our website. Send checks (payable to “OSU Alumni Club of Franklin County”) to Jerry Vance, 5625 Pleasant Hill Drive, Hilliard, OH 43026. There will be two drawings:  One on August 26 for the first 5 games of the season, and the second drawing on October 12 for the last three games.  Everyone is welcome to attend the drawings. All Home Games Are Available

Doing Our Part to Keep Columbus Beautiful!

Our community service project this fall will be held on Saturday, October 15 (bye week, no football) at Tuttle Park, 240 W. Oakland Avenue, Columbus 43201, just north of campus.  This conservation project will take place from 9 am to 12 noon.  It is mostly focused on invasive species removal to clear the walking paths, but litter clean-up is also an option.  We may be joined by other groups of OSU Alumni.

This is a family-friendly event, and we know many high school students are required to perform community service events during the school year, so feel free to bring them along!  Also, volunteers will be treated to lunch at Jack & Benny’s at the end of the project! 

If you are able to participate, please reply to Karyn Johnson to sign up (englanke@yahoo.com).  We need to give a headcount to the Parks department.  Karyn will send you a map with directions and answer any other questions you may have.  

You should plan to bring your own gardening / outdoor work gloves.  The Recreation and Parks Department will provide all other supplies and tools. They also strongly recommend you wear LONG pants (not shorts), solid shoes (no open toes) that may get muddy, and bring sunscreen and bug spray.  

Please print out the attached waiver and complete it before the event.  You can return it by email to Karyn Johnson (englanke@yahoo.com) or bring it with you to the event.  Thank you for supporting our Community Service efforts! 


Our fan-favorite semi-annual Wine Tasting Dinner at the Wine Bistro on Lane Avenue will be on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 pm.  

The chef is creating a special menu for us, to go along with Wines from Around the World, and the Bistro’s new manager Sarah will be sharing her knowledge of the wines and welcoming our club.  

There is limited seating available, so get your reservation in early!  Parking is available around the Wine Bistro, behind the building (very limited), or on the street, or also across the street in the Lane Ave Shopping Center.  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 for best parking and seating, and to socialize before the dinner begins!  Deadline to sign up is Friday October 14.  Questions, please contact Mary at 614-323-5379.  Hope to see you there!

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Tailgate with Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach) Buckeyes!

Our fellow Buckeyes from the Virginia Beach area will join us for a co-hosted Tailgate prior to the Wisconsin game on Sept 24.  We do not have any tickets to this game, so you’re on your own if you want to go to the game.  But we will offer our usual fantastic tailgate feast prior to this game, to share with the Hampton Roads club members.  Come join us and make new friends!  

Game time has not yet been announced, but we generally start our tailgates three hours prior to game time.  We close up a half hour before the game so we can be in the stadium before the band arrives.


     (Marching Band Alumni Day)

Football season will be here before we know it!   We will hold our annual tailgate for the Toledo game on Sept. 17, because that is also Alumni Marching Band day.  Come see 800+ TBDBITL alumni perform the quadruple Script Ohio!