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Upcoming events

    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • The Boat House at Confluence Park 679 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215

    Ohio is now poised to earn its first-ever World Heritage status in the next few years for several American Indian earthworks in and around Central Ohio. The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks nomination would bring the highest international recognition possible for cultural or natural sites to our state, as well as the benefits of increased domestic and international tourism.

    Join Dr. Bradley Lepper, curator of archaeology at the Ohio History Connection, Melinda Huntley, executive director of the Ohio Travel Association, and Stacey Halfmoon, director of American Indian relations for the Ohio History Connection to learn more about bringing World Heritage status to Ohio. Matt MacLaren, the new director of TourismOhio, will host.

    Sponsored by: Fahlgren Mortine

    In partnership with: The Ohio History Connection, Ohio Travel Association

    Regular Entree: Sweet BBQ Chicken Breast served with forbidden rice and bell pepper. Served with a garden salad.

    Vegetarian Entree: Forbidden rice with sauteed vegetables. Served with a garden salad.

    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • The Boat House at Confluence Park 679 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215

    Conversation 2018

    A provocative conversation with Bret Stephens and John Kasich

    Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Columnist and NBC political analyst, will kick off Conversation 2018 with comments about current affairs, politics, and the US state of mind.

    Joining him on stage will be John Kasich. What’s next for Governor Kasich and what will he share with Stephens?

    Bret StephensBret Stephens is an Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times as well as a political analyst for NBC. Prior to this, Mr. Stephens served as Editor-in-Chief of the Jerusalem Post and as a Foreign-Affairs Columnist for the Wall Street Journal, leading him to places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza, where he interviewed dozens of world leaders. Stephens served eight years as the WSJ’s deputy Editorial-Page Editor, responsible for the newspaper’s global opinion section, as well as a member of the editorial board. In 2013, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.

    He is also the author of America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, published in 2014, hailed by former Secretary of State George Shultz as “wise counsel for a constructive, tough-minded, and sensible foreign policy.”

    John KasichJohn Kasich has served as the Governor of the State of Ohio since 2010 and will be term-limited in 2018. Governor Kasich ran for President in 2000 and 2016 and is a nine-term Congressman. He served on the House Armed Services Committee for 18 years and was chairman of the House Budget Committee for 6 years, when he was a key figure in the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

    A four-time author, his most recent book, Two Paths: America Divided or United, is a New York Times best-seller.

    Conversation 2018 is the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s annual fundraiser event which enables the organization to continue to provide world class programming at its weekly forums, public television, and internet broadcasts.

    Conversation 2018 is supported by the Columbus Metropolitan Club Legacy in Civic Engagement Founders and Leaders Fund at the Columbus Foundation which recognizes the service and leadership of its founders and board members.

    Sponsored by: Columbus Partnership, Ulmer Berne, and Puffin Foundation West 

    With support from: Dispatch Media Group and Hilton Columbus Downtown

    Tickets, Tables, and Sponsorships

    Other sponsorships available. Call 614.464.3220 x1 for more details.

      Sponsors Tables Individual Tickets
      $1,500 Member: $750
    Public: $1,000
    Member: $50
    Member’s Guest: $65
    Public: $75
    Tickets 10 10 1
    Priority Seating    
    Marketing Recognition Logo Name Listing  
    Annual CMC Memberships 2    

    Regular Entree:
    Filet medallion and grilled shrimp with garlic mashed potatoes, grilled carrots, and lemon beurre blanc. Served with a garden salad.

    Vegetarian Entree: Fennel and onion frittata. Served with a garden salad.

    • 18 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • The Boat House at Confluence Park 679 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215

    Panel discussion featuring Dan Katz, Director of Global Public Policy & North American Projects, Virgin Hyperloop One, Ferzan Ahmed, Vice President, AECOM, Jolene Molitoris, former Director, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Thea Walsh, Director of Transportation Systems & Funding, MORPC.

    In partnership with: MORPC

    Regular Entree: Pan seared tasso chicken with marble potatoes and asparagus. Served with a garden salad.

    Vegetarian Entree: Vegetarian chicken with marble potatoes and asparagus. Served with a garden salad.

    • 25 Jul 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus 43229

    The Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries and the Columbus Metropolitan Club are pleased to present an evening with Dan Rather.

    Dinner: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Presentation: 7:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

    Join us for a special evening with legendary journalist and author, Dan Rather, as he discusses his latest book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.

    From politics, the media, current events, and our country’s most pressing issues—to inspiring words of wisdom on leadership, education, social justice, civic involvement, and the importance of philanthropy—Dan Rather speaks from the heart and treats audiences to a memorable encounter with a living legend.

    Scott Light, Anchor and Host of Face the State at WBNS 10-TV, will emcee and host the audience Q&A.

    Books will be available for purchase and signing following Mr. Rather’s presentation. There will also be a cash bar and pizza available for purchase.

    Exclusive Pre-Presentation Dinner

    Please consider joining us for an exclusive dinner with Dan Rather in advance of the main presentation, hosted by Alan Miller, Editor of The Columbus Dispatch. Guests will receive a copy of Mr. Rather's book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, and will have reserved seating for the evening program. Seating for the dinner is limited so buy your tickets now!


    There are no physical tickets. An email confirming your ticket purchase will admit you.

    Dinner & Presentation

    $100 per person
    $175 per couple (includes one book)

    Presentation Only

    $45 for members of the Friends Foundation or Columbus Metropolitan Club
    $50 for the general public

    Regular Entree: Salad, lasagna, green beans, and strawberry shortcake. One drink ticket per person.

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