Who We Are
We are The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Southwest Florida. Our local club is one of over 200 official Alumni clubs throughout the world. With over 1000 Buckeyes currently living in SW Florida, our goal is to bring together Buckeyes living in, as well as visiting Southwest Florida. We do this through our community service projects, our annual meeting, and our weekly football game watch parties. This is capped off by the football tailgate,3 hours prior to the kickoff of the OSU- Michigan game.
We raise money for our scholarship fund to benefit local high school students who wish to attend Ohio State. We do this by selling raffle tickets, prize auctions, shirt and book sales, our annual dinner, and through individual or corporate donations. We inform prospective OSU students of the opportunities that OSU offers through our involvement in the local college fairs at area high schools.
Where Does My Dues and Raffle Money Go?
A small part of the monies raised by the club goes to support the administrative costs of the club. This includes things such as prize purchases, ID/discount cards, newsletter printing and mailing, and flyers promoting our upcoming events such as the golf tournament or the book fair.
The bulk of our money, and the main reason we raise money, is to finance our scholarship fund. Established in 1996 with a gift to The Ohio State University Development Fund, the SWFL Scholarship fund is used to assist local area high school graduates with their tuition at The Ohio State University. Currently, for the 2014-2015 school year, we have awarded $5,000 to local students to assist with their Ohio State tuition.
How Can I Help?
There are several ways in which members and friends can assist in raising money for the scholarship fund. The easiest way is to directly make a cash donation to our local fund. Donations are welcomed by individuals as well as corporations. You may also donate prizes to our weekly halftime raffle, or a larger item to be auctioned off during our Homecoming and Michigan raffles. Of course your weekly participation in these raffles is greatly encouraged and appreciated. Participation in the annual golf tournament is another activity in which your participation has a positive effect on our scholarship fund. Participation in our community service projects also helps bring recognition and awareness in the community to our club and our University.
The Board of you local Alumni Club challenges you to make a difference. Participate in club activities and help bring awareness to our great University. And most importantly, help us help students attended The Ohio State University and carry on the Buckeye tradition.
The club’s Charter and Constitution
Our alumni clubs play a critical role in the success of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, and therefore also to the University’s overall mission and success. Alumni clubs are groups of Ohio State alumni, supporters and friends. These groups exist to promote the university, the Association, and their group through communications, community relations, student recruitment, scholarship fundraising, fellowship, networking, and other activities.
The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Southwest Florida will be governed by three documents. The first is the Ohio State University Alumni Association Constitution, which sets forth the overall governance of the Alumni Association and it’s component members, programs, clubs and societies. The second is the Club Charter that determines the particular rights and obligations between the Organization and the Ohio State University Alumni Association. The third is the Club’s Constitution, which determines the internal governance of the club. You can read each document here:
The OSU Alumni Association Constitution
The Club Charter of the OSU Alumni Club of Southwest Florida
The club’s Constitution
The Club also has the following items for sale:
*Club golf shirts w/logo are $40.00 ($45 2XL) and available in red, white or black. Woman’s golf shirts in red or black only.
*Copies of the book, Buckeye Madness – Great Eras of Ohio State Football are $5.00 each.
These items may be purchased at our game watch parties or by contacting any Board member.
The club would also like to thank these individuals for their generous contribution to the 2015 prize raffle:
Head Men’s Football Coach Urban Meyer- autographed footballs, mini-helmets, and other merchandise.