Buckeye Ladies Holiday Brunch – Dec 9

Saturday, December 9, 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 Brio restaurant in the Polaris Mall.  (Brio is located at the main entrance to the mall, where they have valet parking if you are interested.)   We have a private room reserved just for our club. This is a great event for you to bring a friend who may be interested in learning more about our club!

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

How Many Attending?

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. 4.  Questions? Please contact Mary at 614-323-5379 or email mhemr58@gmail.com.


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 13, 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 8.  Questions?  Contact Mary at 614-323-5379 or mhemr58@gmail.com.

Join us for Buckeye Basketball at the Schott

Three — yes, 3! — Lady Buckeyes are on the watch list for two of the most prestigious basketball awards in the country (the Wooden and Naismith Awards), and they are earning every bit of their Top 10 ranking with exciting victories on the court!

Join the Franklin County OSU Alumni Club for our annual tradition of a group outing to see the Buckeyes on the hard court on Sunday February 25.  We have awesome seats near half-court on the Club level of the Schott, and we’ll have a pre-game gathering to get ready to cheer the team on!

How Many Tickets?
Any comments?

  Questions — Email us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com.

Trio of Buckeyes Named to
Wooden Award Watch List

Buckeyes Cotie McMahon, Jacy Sheldon and Celeste Taylor were named to the watch list as they earned the most selections of any school in the Big Ten. The trio was also named to the Naismith Preseason Watch List and each was named to a positional award watch list.

Get Excited for Buckeye Hockey!

Hockey fans — The Franklin County OSU Alumni Club’s first-ever group outing to see OSU Women’s Hockey is coming up on Saturday, January 20 at 2 pm — and our Buckeyes are ranked #1 in the country right now!

Join us for just $5 / ticket — purchase yours here! 

How Many Tickets?

Bring the whole family to see this fast and energetic team take on Minnesota – Duluth (#7 in the country).  

We will organize pre-game festivities (details coming later) to get pumped up before the game, and we’ll walk over to the ice rink together so we can sit as a group.  Come see what all the excitement is about!

Questions — Email us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com.

Beat the Winter Blahs with our annual BOOK CLUB!

After all the holiday excitement, sometimes January can be a bit dull. Too cold for outdoor events, so you’re stuck inside?  We have the cure: join our annual Book Club!

The Alumni Association encourages alumni groups to present educational and cultural activities, so we paired up with the Asian & Pacific Islanders OSU Alumni to present an educational event with a splash of fun at the end. We’re going to read the book, “I Belong Here: Living the Life I was Born For in America,” by Helen Yee, a local (Columbus) author, a memoir about growing up Chinese in America, mastering resistance to bullying and discovering her own destiny. (A full description is below.)

You can find this relatively inexpensive book on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore. We’ll aim to complete the reading by March, and then our alumni groups will join 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. And since this author is local, she is planning to join us for our discussion and dinner!

Email us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com to let us know if you’re interested, and we’ll add you to the list to contact when we schedule the dinner. If we get enough people to join us for dinner, the Alumni Association might even cover the cost of the meal!  Questions?  Call Mary at 614-323-5379. 

I Belong Here – Living the Life I was Born For in America tells the story of one of the 4.5 million women who have been bullied with a gun, beginning with the night Helen Yee faces a masked gunman inside her car. Yee is no stranger to harassment. As a Chinese immigrant, bullying had plagued her formative years, but no longer does she passively accept it. Relying on years of martial arts training, she quickly forms a strategy based on the wise advice, “never go to a second location.”
Written with candor and aplomb, I Belong Here follows Yee’s journey from a cloistered Chinese childhood into mainstream 1960s midwestern America, navigating between dual cultures and revealing events that cause her to reimagine traditional concepts of family. Yee courageously pursues her own version of love and romance while training for the Olympic Taekwondo Team and discovers the destiny-changing power of massage and acupuncture and a future calling. In the current climate of Asian disdain, Yee’s unfathomable resilience and daring approach to personal and business challenges will inspire not only Asians, but cross over racial lines to those who feel beaten down by haters, bullies, and mockers. She offers a fresh vision to those seeking the hope of a brighter future. Optimistic and uplifting, I Belong Here encourages all readers to find their inner strength, identity, and the fullness of their destiny.

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 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
  • Alcohol Wipes / Sanitizing Wipes
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Baby Wipes

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.  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!


Get ready to join us for our most important task we do each year – reviewing scholarship applications to select our 2024 recipient!  In February our Scholarship Co-Chairs, Brad Farmer and Frank Stoy, will need 10-12 people to volunteer to review applications and rank the candidates. 

From a field of over 150 last year, we chose a handful of the best to interview, then selected a winner.  You will be so impressed with the quality of the candidates among these local high school seniors. The time commitment involved is approximately 2 weeks in mid-February.  You’ll be sent a list of applications, and will have a few weeks to review and “score” or rank the applicants, and a deadline to turn in your ranking list. To volunteer or if you have questions, please contact Brad at 614-371-5523 or BradFarmer21@gmail.com or Frank at 419-386-6511 or frankstoy1@gmail.com.


Join us as we host our fellow OSU Alumni club from Minnesota, coming to Columbus to watch the Buckeyes play the Gophers!  We’ll have our tailgate set up on the 6th floor of the Tuttle garage, overlooking the Stadium with a great view of the marching band, as they travel from the Stadium to St John Arena and back.

For only $10 / person, you can enjoy all of the food and beverages you want!  We’ll have 2 big tables with sandwiches, salads, deli trays, snacks, desserts, and more! — plus sodas, waters, and “adult” beverages.

This is a family friendly event, so feel free to bring the kids. Game time is not yet established, but we will begin our tailgate 3 hours prior to kickoff, whenever it is.  Whether or not you are attending the game, come for the party!  

Questions?  Reply to this email, or call Leyla at 614-893-0559.


Save the date!  Thursday evening, Nov. 2 at the Longaberger Alumni House, guest speaker Barbara Powers of the Ohio History Connection will offer a presentation about Frank Packard, the architect who designed some of the original buildings on campus, built between 1880 and 1900. Come learn about some of the origins of the Ohio State campus!

We will provide a catered dinner to enjoy prior to the presentation, “OSU Origins: Architectural History of Early Campus Buildings.” The program will last about an hour, with time for questions at the end. Dinner will begin at 6 pm and the presentation will start around 6:30. 

Ms. Powers has 41 years of experience with historic architectural programs, and has authored several publications on architectural history.  Current buildings Hayes Hall and Orton Hall, as well as the famous Armory Gymnasium, are among the buildings we’ll learn about. The program is only $10 / person including the dinner.