Our fan-favorite event, the semi-annual Wine Tasting Dinner at the Wine Bistro on Lane Avenue will be held on Wednesday, April 3 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 even be able to order bottles of the wines you enjoy right after dinner!

If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to OSU Alumni Club of Franklin County, and mail it to:  Leyla Hawkins, 1149 Tillicum Drive, Worthington, OH 43085.

Plan to arrive by 6 pm so you have time to find parking, 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 Mary at 614-323-5379 or email us at


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 or Frank at 419-386-6511 or

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:

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

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

Join us for Buckeye Basketball at the Schott

Franklin County Alumni are partnering with the OSU Women in Philanthropy group for our annual tradition of a group outing to see the Buckeyes on the hard court on Sunday February 25.  We have awesome seats on the Club level mid-court of the Schott to see the Buckeyes take on Maryland at 2 pm in the Schott.

We’re also putting together some nice surprises for our pre-game gathering to get ready to cheer the team on!  It will be located in the Huntington Club level concessions area near our seats.  More info to follow closer to the event.

  Questions — Email us at or call Leyla at 614-893-0559.

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!

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


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, 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

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!

Questions? Please contact Mary at 614-323-5379 or email


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. 



Our fan-favorite event, the semi-annual Wine Tasting Dinner at the Wine Bistro on Lane Avenue will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm. The chef is creating a special menu for us, to pair with a variety of wines. To join us, order online at our website,

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 even 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 Mary at 614-323-5379 or email us at