Past Events

Annual Beat M*CH*G*N Game

Here are some stats to share with your M*ch*g*n friends when they talk about being the all time winningest program.  The information is from Eleven Warriors.  Go Bucks!


Thanks to Ohio State's 42–13 win in Ann Arbor today – Urban Meyer's fourth victory over the Wolverines in as many tries – the Buckeyes now lead the all-time series against Michigan in Big Ten play, 47–46–41.

Michigan still holds a formidable 58–47–6 overall edge in the series, thanks to a 13–0–2 start to the rivalry, which saw the two teams meet for the first time in 1897, but since the two teams first met as Big Ten opponents in 1918 (a 14–0 win by the Wolverines), Ohio State has the series edge for only the third time ever.

1920s 4 6 0
1930s 5 5 0
1940s 2 6 2
1950s 5 5 0
1960s 7 3 0
1970s 5 4 1
1980s 4 6 0
1990s 2 7 1
2000s 8 2 0
2010s 41 1 0

Despite Michigan winning that first Big Ten encounter, John Wilce's Buckeyes took the next three in the series to move to 3–1 in league play against the Wolverines. From there, it was all Michigan as the Wolverines went 9–18–2 in the rivalry until Woody Hayes arrived in Columbus in 1951.

Hayes went 16–8–1 against Michigan in his first 25 tries, culminating with a 21–14 win in Ann Arbor in 1975, to give the Buckeyes their second lead in league play against the Wolverines, 28–27–3. But Bo Schembechler won his final three games against his former boss, to move Michigan back into the lead, 30–28–3.

Woody's successor, Earle Bruce, went 5–4 against Michigan, to close within one game in the league series, but John Cooper, who took over for Bruce in 1988, struggled mightily against the Wolverines, going 2–10–1.

By the time Jim Tressel took over in 2001, Michigan held a 8-game lead in Big Ten play, but Tressel quickly undid most of that, going 8–21 against Michigan.

Now, thanks to Urban Meyer's perfect 4–0 record against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes once again hold the lead in Big Ten play.



  •  Televisions introduced (1926): 44–41–4
  •  The discovery of penicillin (1928): 44–39–4
  •  The invention of radar (1935): 39–36–4
  •  The completion of the first general purpose computer, ENIAC (1946): 35–30–3
  •  Sound barrier broken (1947): 35–29–3
  •  The discovery of DNA (1953): 34–25–2
  •  Man lands on the moon (1969): 23–20–2
  •  Apple II released (1977): 19–17–1
  •  Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989): 14–10–1
  •  Internet becomes available to general public (1991): 14–8–1
  •  Google founded (1998): 13–4
  •  YouTube launched (2005): 9–1


Wine Tasting


If you can imagine the above wagon - filled with Scarlet and Gray Buckeyes - then YOU need to join The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan as we visit the award winning Fenn Valley Winery in Fennville, MI for a Winery Tour and Tasting event. We will take a tour in the vineyard aboard a covered wagon lead by one of the wine makers. On the tour we will be given an in depth tour of the vineyard, while our guide shares the science of “growing wine”. Wine and grape sampling will accompany the tour. Join our great group of alumni friends in a beautiful West Michigan vineyard setting. Due to the nature of the event, all attendees must be 21 years of age. Limited seating for this event will be available.

Join us for the 12th Annual Golf Outing of The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan

Climb out of hibernation, shed your jackets and snow shovels, grab your clubs and get ready to celebrate the Buckeyes’ National Championship Season at the 12th Annual Golf Outing of The Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan. Come join fellow Club members, Buckeye fans, friends and special VIB Buckeye guests for a great afternoon of golf and Buckeye comaraderie. If you have not done your National Championship shopping – you’ll have lots of Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction Items from which to choose! Non-golfing guests, family & friends are invited to the Dinner and Silent Auction.

Sunday, June 28, 2015 11:30 am  Registration/Lunch/Range Balls 



Spring Dinner 2015

Break out of Winter – Take a Step and Learn about Becoming a National Organ Donor from 2 Renowned Experts

Join us in welcoming Dr. Robert Higgins, Surgeon-in–Chief, OSU Wexner Medical Center and Director of Comprehensive      Transplant Center and West Michigan’s own Chef O (Oliver) Hale, Award-winning Chef, Tennis Champion, Award-winning TV host,       AND a 2-time Kidney Transplant Survivor.


Thursday, April 30, 2015           5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunnybrook Country Club

624 Port Sheldon Street   Grandville, MI


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Founding President Passes Away

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Ruth Kenworthy Dixon, 91, volunteer


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 16, 2013 – Ruth Kenworthy Dixon, 91, a volunteer for more than 60 years for medical, health and other charitable organizations, died today at Sunrise Senior Living, Cascade.

            Born in Richmond, Ind., and raised chiefly in Columbus, Ohio, Dixon came to Grand Rapids – the hometown of her husband, Willis L. Dixon (1922-2008) – as a young mother in 1953 after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy.  The couple met in 1947 in Philadelphia, where he was a medical student and she was a social worker, and married in 1948.

            Beginning in the early 1950s, the chief focus of Dixon’s volunteer energies was the Kent County and Michigan chapters of the American Medical Society Auxiliary, an association of doctors’ wives that advocated on health-related issues.  She began as a model in the fashion show which was then a regular feature at the group’s annual state convention and went on to serve as president of the county (1972-73) and state (1976-77) chapters, and as recording secretary (1981-82) for the national organization.

            Physician-patient arbitration was a top issue during Dixon’s presidency of the state chapter.  “We were on the threshold of concerted efforts by the legal profession to litigate,” said Barbara Grennan (MSMSA president, 1981).  “Arbitration was our attempt to halt the escalating rise in lawsuits against physicians.”

            Dixon was also active in the Michigan Heart Association (chair of Kent County unit, 1957), Camp Blodgett’s Babies Welfare Guild (president, 1988-89), Michigan Blood Bank, Mary Catherine Guild of St. Mary’s Hospital and the Kendall Guild of Butterworth Hospital.  In addition, she was an officer of the East Grand Rapids Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) and, as a 1945 graduate of Ohio State University (B.A. in social work) living in U.M. territory, enjoyed helping to organize the Ohio State Alumni of Greater Grand Rapids, which she served as founding president in 1969.  

            “Most of this volunteer work was not glamorous,” said Dixon’s son, Mark, of Wayne, Pa., who remembered his mother spending weeks in 1963 to sell Christmas cards that funded the work of the Michigan Heart Association.  “But she thought the goals were important.  If she’d been of a later generation, I think she would have been CEO of something.”

            Dixon was last active as a volunteer in 2008, when she served refreshments to donors at the Michigan Blood Bank.

            Dixon also loved fashion, and rarely discarded a garment.  Many of her outfits were donated to the Grand Rapids Museum.  According to curator Veronica Kandl, the garments – including a sleeveless polyester Lacoste tennis dress from the 1970s and “a wonderful 1980s pink ultra suede trench coat” – helped fill gaps in the museum’s collection of popular fashions for West Michigan women.

            In her family, Dixon is remembered for her pies and for what her late husband called “a mean sugar cookie.”

            Dixon will be missed by three children: Mark E. Dixon (Cynthia), Wayne, Pa.; Jeffrey E. Dixon (Mary), Ada; Jane Elizabeth Moore (Mike), Little Rock, Ark.; seven grandchildren: Abigail and Rachel Dixon, Wayne, Pa.; Max and Margo Dixon, Ada, Mich.; John A. Riggs of Colorado Springs, Colo., Patrick Riggs (Irene) of Albuquerque, N.M., Thomas Riggs of Fayetteville, Ark.

            Dixon's family thanks Deborah Rost and the loving, caring staff of Sunrise Senior Living of Cascade for their years of extraordinary care for their mother.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Health / St. Mary’s Foundation or Camp Blodgett’s Babies Welfare Guild.

            Visitation at Metcalf-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Road, S.E., Grand Rapids, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.  Memorial service at Sunrise Senior Living of Cascade, 3041 Charlevoix Drive, S.E., Grand Rapids 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.  Interment private.


When mixed - what do the following make:

82 Golfers,
9 Volunteers,
5 Sponsors,
5 Hole Sponsors,
4 M.I.T.'s ( Very Important Buckeyes),
19 Prize Donors,
60 + Raffle Prizes,
18 Silent Auction items,
Good food,
Some great golf shots and some not-so-great shots,
Prizes for First Place AND Last Place AND several teams in between,
A day of perfect West Michigan weather
$3700.00 Raised and contributed to our Scholarship Fund !!!
Answer: a Scarlet and Gray painted golf course and banquet room full of Buckeyes and OSU Spirit.
The only thing missing was a Hole-in-One winner of a new Berger Chevrolet Car :((


Buckeyes For A Cure

The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan has chosen "Buckeyes for a Cure" as our Outreach for this fall season of Buckeye Football. We are hoping to secure Donors (at $2.50 per Buckeye) for 1,000 of the remaining Buckeyes in The World's Largest Buckeye Necklace.  Click Here for more details.  


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OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan

9th Annual Golf Outing

Sunday June 24, 2012

**** Sign Up Now ****

What do former Ohio State football players Sonny Gordon, Ty Howard, Vaughn Broadnax, Dick Wakefield and Terry White have in common? They are all signed up to play in the 9th Annual Golf Outing of The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan on Sunday June 24th at Thornapple Pointe Golf Course. What about you? What are you waiting for?


For only $85 per person, golfers in this year's Golf Outing have the chance to meet, and possibly play golf with former Ohio State football stars in a scramble golf event. All golfers receive a box lunch, use of the range, golf with cart, prizes, on-course games and dinner after golf. In addition, all golfers will have the chance to win a new Chevy Cruze and other great prizes in the Hole-in-One Contest sponsored by Berger Chevrolet. We also have fantastic raffle and silent auction prizes at the Golf Outing.


Proceeds from the Golf Outing go to the Club's endowed Scholarship Fund. The Golf Outing is a great way to spend a fun afternoon of golf with Buckeye fans and friends at one of the best public courses in Grand Rapids. Golfers, both men and women, have helped make the annual Golf Outing one of Club's best attended events of the year. You do not need to be a Club member to play in the Golf Outing. Everyone is welcome!


Registration and PayPal Payment Option

Please use the attached Golf Outing Registration Form to sign up for the 9th Annual Golf Outing. You can also use the PayPal payment option to sign up for the Golf Outing via the Club's website Sign up your foursome and your scramble team is all set. Sign up as a single or twosome and you will be paired with other golfers. Some lucky golfers will be paired to play with former Ohio State football stars.



Sponsorships help defray the costs of the Golf Outing and are a great way to provide exposure to your business at the Golf Outing. Sponsorships are available at various levels, and some include golf privileges at the Golf Outing. Please see the attached Golf Outing Sponsorship Form to determine what kind of sponsorship might be right for you. All sponsors receive acknowledgement in the 2012 Golf Outing program and also with on- course signage.


Sign Up Now

Our vendors are asking how many prizes and thank you gifts are needed.  We need to give them ample time to produce the quality products that are part of our Golf Outing each year!  Thus if you are considering playing in the 2012 Golf Outing - PLEASE let us know NOW.  We are only 6 weeks out - you can pay later - but, let us know your interest now!  For additional information or questions about the OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan's 9th Annual Golf Outing, please contact golf outing chairpersons:

Karen Stockdale (; 616 443-5490) or

Barry Waters (; 616 460-1069).


Sign Up Now and see you on Sunday June 24th at Thornapple Pointe Golf Course!

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 “THEM: Images of Separation.” Traveling Exhibit and Club Diversity Event

Our Club was awarded an OSU Alumni Association $1000 diversity grant to present this traveling exhibit in the Grand Rapids area. One provision of the grant is that Club officers and members are expected to participate. We have been fortunate to gain over $5000 in additional support from numerous collaborators and sponsors listed below.  Please show your support for this fabulous event  by attending the Exhibit and one or both of the following Receptions:

Opening Reception: 5:00 -6:30 PM, Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

Location: Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Fountain Street (between Ionia and Division), Grand Rapids.

You can visit the exhibit during the Opening Reception or anytime the gallery is open from January 10 to February 5, 2011.

Kimberly Lowe, Director of Alumni Clubs of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc. in Columbus will be with us on this day to represent OSU at this event. So, please attend to show her our Club's spirit. To reserve your spot for this Opening Reception and / or the Lecture & Reception on January 26 (see below), please contact Sister Rosita at  or Donna Waters at   616-460-2266.

Dr. David Pilgrim Lecture: 6:00 PM with reception following, Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

Location: Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Fountain Street (between Ionia and Division), Grand Rapids.

Reception Special Guest and Lecturer: Dr. David Pilgrim, an OSU alumnus, Chief Diversity Officer at Ferris State University and one of the country’s leading experts on issues relating to multiculturalism and diversity. He is founding curator and director of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, Big Rapids.  

Group Tours - can be arranged by contacting OSU Alumnus and Steering Committee Member - Linda Goosen at   This is a wonderful opportunity for our High School teachers, College Professors, Church Leaders and any other Community / Civic groups to attend.

Organizer and Lead Institution

The Ohio State University Alumni Club of West Michigan

Elite Collaborating Institutions

Ferris State University, Grand Rapids

Kendall College of Art and Design

Other Collaborating Institutions

Grand Valley State University

Grand Rapids Community College

Gold Sponsors

Jeanine and Dan LaVille

Saint Mary’s Health Care (Thank You to Sister Rosita)

Silver Sponsors

American Seating (Thank You to Ed Clark)

Hope College, Phelps Scholars Program and Multicultural Offices (Thank You to Don and Sue Williams)

Aquinas College (Thank You to Sister Rosita)

Grand Rapids Community College

Bronze Sponsors

Donna and Barry Waters

HHS Health Options (Thank You to Kim Motter)

Linda and Dale Goossen

Sue and Don Williams

Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE) (Thank You to Kristy Kieda)

Individual Sponsors

Angie and Sonny Gordon

Sister Rosita Schiller

6th Annual Golf Outing

The 6th annual golf outing was a smashing success. 60 golfers and a few volunteers invaded Thornapple Pointe and had a great day. The event raised nearly $3,000.00 for our scholarship fund. Be sure to participate next year. Look here for details in early 2010. Thanks to all of the BGSU Alumni who also participated. Check out our photo gallery to see all of the golfers.

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Family Picnic

The Annual Summer Family and Student-Send Off Picnic. Come on out and meet our new Freshmen Buckeyes from West Michigan ( there are 16 this year!!) and wish Good Luck to our returning Upperclassmen ( there are about 45 from West Michigan ). Bring the kids for games and prizes and get your Corn-Hole Toss ready for some friendly competition.....



Let's get out there and show West Michigan that yes, indeed, Buckeyes do bleed Scarlet and Gray and Let's Save Lives - It's About Life

When: August 18-22 ? Grand Rapids: 7th Annual BLOOD BOWL Competition between Alumni, Fans and Friends of Ohio State, MSU, U of M and Notre Dame

Where: Main donor site of Michigan Community Blood Centers 1036 Fuller NE. Grand Rapids

Donate 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon-Thurs or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri.



The Crying Towel

Kickoff the college football season and help us raise money for our college scholarship fund. September 11th at the B.O.B., join alumni from M.S.U. and Notre Dame and represent the West Michigan Buckeyes. Check the calendar for more information. Do not forget this is only two days before the biggest game of the year!


Second Harvest Gleaners has been chosen as our Alumni Club's local Food Bank recipient in The BEAT HUNGER BOWL - National Food Drive Challenge being conducted by our national Ohio State University Association, Inc. Either Food Donations or Monetary Contributions will be accepted. Envelopes for Monetary Contributions will be available at Monday's Game Watch or by request from Donna - see news for list of needed items - which can also be brought to the Game Watch or picked up by contacting Donna to make arrangements ( We are looking for some folks to be a local food collection sites for the K'zoo, Lakeshore, north and east geographical areas that our large Club encompasses) See our news section for more details.


How About Seeing Some Gold For A Little Silver!

Come and see an Olympic Gold Medallist, on Tuesday April 28th at Noto?s, 6600 28th St SE. Former Ohio State track All-American Butch Reynolds, who in 1988 set the world record in the 400-meter dash and then went on to compete in three Olympic Games. Butch set the world record in the 400-meter dash in 1988 with a time of 0:43.29. He competed in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the 1,600-meter relay and a silver medal in the 400-meter dash in 1988. Click here for additional information and to download an invitation.

This year?s event is only $22.00, our lowest cost ever, and includes a free raffle ticket. We are hoping to have our largest turnout ever, to enjoy the family friendly environment of Noto?s and listen to a great Olympian and Buckeye!

Be sure to bring a non-perishable food item for our food drive