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It was the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the crowds came in record numbers to enjoy the Buckeye Group's Annual Panckake Breakfast & Silent held in the Pavilion.

Nancy Giuliano, host of this event, spent months planning, soliciting donations and organizing a team of volunteers.   

We would like to thank Nancy, her husband, Ray,  and the many volunteers who helped with the event.   Additional thanks go to all the people who supported this fundraiser                                                                                                                by donating  an item for the silent auction and/or attended this fundraiser.

This year's event raised a record $9,000 for our local 1st Responders.

In the picture above is the presentation of the first check ($3,750) which for the Bluffton Firefighter Foundation.   Dave Lash, President of the Buckeye Group is on the left.     

Nancy Giuliano, Secretary of the Buckeye Group is on the right.

The  remaining money ($5,250) is being given to the Jasper & Hardeeville Fire Departments.


Thanks to the generosity of the Buckeyes members and the Sun City residents who attended our annual fundraiser, "The Feud", we were able to donate $4,500 to Staying Connected.

A special thanks to the "families" who participated this year (Sun City TV, the Chorus, the Car Club and Staying Connected), and our MC, Pete Randall, as they made the event a really fun night, too.

Here is the presentation of the "big check".   Mary O'Brien of Staying Connected,  Lorie Huss & Dave Lash of the Buckeye Group.

Here's a link to Sun City's taping of some of the event.   Buckeye Feud

O-H-I-O Everywhere you go.
O-H-I-O Everywhere you go.


Dave Lash - President
Dave Lash -  President

Dave has been a member of the Buckeye Group since its inception.  He joined the Buckeye Board of Directors in 2013 and served as Secretary.  In 2015, Dave was elected by the Board to serve as President.   He and his wife, Pat, were lifetime residents of Canton, Ohio prior to moving to Sun City.   Dave and Pat have chaired the Buckeye Chili Cook Off for the past 10 years and have been involved in a majority of the Buckeye Group events.  

Ked Varble - Vice President
Ked Varble - Vice President

Ked Varble joined the Buckeye Group in 2001 and has served on the Buckeye Board since 2017.  Ked and his wife are both originally from  Ohio.

Ken Aerni - Treasurer
Ken Aerni - Treasurer

Ken spent his entire life in the Toledo, Ohio area and was very involved in the Maumee community.  He is a retired school administrator from Maumee, Ohio.   In his 36 year career, Ken has been a teacher, coach, district student service coordinator, middle school principal and assistant superintendent.  Ken and his wife, Carol, have been married for 41 years.  Ken enjoys golf, traveling and spending time with his 3 children and 4 grandkids. 

Nancy Giuliano - Secretary
Nancy Giuliano - Secretary

Nancy Giuliano is currently serving as the Buckeye Group's Secretary. Shortly after joining the Buckeye Group in 2017, Nancy volunteered to host the annual Pancake Breakfast, which is the largest and most complex Buckeye event of each year.   Nancy proudly served in the Army as a Master Sergeant.   After 20 years of Army service (stateside and overseas), she retired and returned to her home state of New Jersey where she met her husband, Ray.   They moved to Sun City in 2015.  

Lorie Huss - Member at Large - Web Master
Lorie Huss - Member at Large - Web Master

Originally from Middleburg Heights, Ohio ( west site of Cleveland), Lorie and her husband joined the Buckeye Group because she heard it was the most fun group in Sun City.  Lorie has served on the Board since the fall of 2015.  In addition to serving as the Web Master, Lorie usually hosts 1 or 2 events per year (e.g. holiday party, pool party, etc.)

Lynn Krisko - Member at Large - New Member Chair
Lynn Krisko - Member at Large - New Member Chair

Lynn is currently serving as the New Membership Chair (sends out welcome letters to new Buckeye Members, procures member's badges, hosts the Buckeye Group tent at the annual Sun City Club Fair, and the New Member party in January).  As if that was not enough,  Lynn also hosts the annual football parties at Tailgators,  organizes the new "Ladies Night Out" parties and has hosted or helped out on a number of other Buckeye events.  She is our "energizer bunny".   Born and raised in Ohio, Lynn loves living in "Little Ohio" aka Sun City!

Ed Harper - Member at Large - Room Reservations
Ed Harper - Member at Large - Room Reservations

Originally from Massachussetts, Ed moved to Ohio in 1952 where he and his wife, Jean, raised their family.   Jean and Ed moved to Sun City in 2001, where they became very active residents.   Ed has served on the Buckeye Group's Board since its inception.   Ed is also a vital part of of Sun City TV.  You can usually find Ed filming or shooting photos at any Sun City sponsored event.  

Sam Emmett - Member at Large
Sam Emmett - Member at Large

While not born in Ohio, Sam and his family lived in Youngstown  and Toledo, Ohio for more than 11 years.  After many years as an active Buckeye member, Sam accepted the position of Treasurer of the Buckeye Board in 2013.  When not playing pickleball, Sam and his wife, Judy, enjoy visiting their family in Ohio and Florida.  

Tim Rupert - Member At Large
Tim Rupert - Member At Large

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Tim went to Ashland College in Ohio and stayed in Ohio for the next 40 years.  Tim worked for the Mansfield Madison school district for 38 years as a teacher, a coach, a junior high school principal and an elementary school principal.  After retiring, Tim and his wife,  Debbie,  moved to Sun City in November 2014.  Tim and Debbie have been members of the Buckeye club for the last 5 years.

Check Presentation
Check Presentation

Thanks to the generosity of the wonderful Buckeye members and Staying Connected volunteers who participated in the Road Rally / Scavenger Hunt fundraiser on Sept 19, 2020, we were able to give checks totaling $2,350 to Staying Connected.

2019 - Annual Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction
2019 - Annual Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction

Thanks to the hard work of  many wonderful Buckeyes and the generosity of all the folks who donated items and/or came out to support our annual fund raiser, we were able to donate $5,037 to the Independence Fund this year!!!  

Pictured is Buckeye President, Dave Lash, and Nancy Giuliano, who spent over 4 months preparing for this event.   

The Independence Fund is a non-profit dedicated to empower our nation's catastrophically wounded, injured or ill Veterans to overcome physical, mental and emotional wounds incurred in the line of duty.   

Tue October 19, 2021
Ladies Night Out - Golf Outing
Okatie Creek 2 pm - ?
Director: Lynn Krisko
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Wed October 20, 2021
4:30 - 8 pm
Director: Ked Varble, Ken Aerni & Tim Rupert
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Sat November 13, 2021
Buckeye Men's Night Out
To Be Determined
Director: David Lash
Wed December 15, 2021
Holiday Dinner & Dance
Hampton Hall 5 - 10 pm
Director: Nancy Giuliano
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Wed January 12, 2022
New Member's Pizza Party
To Be Determined
Director: Board of Directors
Wed February 23, 2022
Buckeye Chili Cook-Off
To Be Determined
Director: Ked Varble, Ken Aerni, Tim Rupert
Sat April 16, 2022
Buckeye Prom/Starry Starry Night
Pinckney Hall
Director: Nancy Giuliano