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Fundraiser for Staying Connected

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of many Buckeye Group members, as well as the Sun CIty residents who attended the annual pancake breakfast and/or participated in the silent auction, we were able to present Staying Connected with a BIG CHECK for $7,000!!!!

Shown above is our Buckeye President, Ron Gramlich, Webmaster Lorie Huss and Staying Connected's Mary O'Brien & Lucia Crosby.



Ron Gramlich - President
Ron Gramlich - President

Ron Gramlich born and raised in Columbus,Ohio.  He retired from Kroger’s after 44 years and moved to Sun City in May of 2020.

Ron and wife, Vicki, are diehard Buckeye fans and enjoy following them in all sports throughout the year.  In fact, they have a room in my house that is dedicated for all their Buckeye souvenirs.   Ron's hobbies are softball, golfing, cruising and spending time exploring all that Sun City has to offer.   


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 43 years.  Ken enjoys golf, traveling and spending time with his 3 children and 4 grandkids. 

Tim Rupert - Secretary
Tim Rupert - Secretary

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 since 2015.

Lorie Huss - Web Master
Lorie Huss - Web Master

Originally from Middleburg Heights, Ohio ( west side 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.)  Lorie & her husband, Les, have lived in Sun City since 2014. 

Lynn Krisko - New Member Chair
Lynn Krisko -  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 annual New Member party). 

As if that was not enough,  Lynn also hosts the annual football parties at Tailgators,  organizes the monthly "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!

Dave Lash - Member At Large
Dave Lash -  Member At Large

Dave has been a member of the Buckeye Group since its inception.  He joined the Buckeye Board of Directors in 2013 and served as President for over 7 years.     Dave and Pat have chaired the Buckeye Chili Cook Off for the many, many years as well as being instrumental in almost every event in the last 7 years.  He and his wife, Pat, were lifetime residents of Canton, Ohio prior to moving to Sun City.


Candace Pope - Member at Large
Candace Pope - Member at Large

In 2010, after living in Meigs and Gallia county (along the Ohio Rivier) for 60 years, Candace and her husband, George moved to Sun City.   A retired registered nurse, Candance and George also owned a business while raising 3 children.  She and George are avid fans of OSU football and men's basketball.  The Buckeye Board welcomed Candance as our newest Board Member at Large as of March 2022. 

Kathy Tofaute - Menber at Large
Kathy Tofaute - Menber at Large

Born and raised in Ohio, Kathie spent her first 37 years living in the southeastern area.  Neither she nor her husband attended OSU but were always Buckeye fans.

Anywhere they lived, even in Pensacola Florida, they also found other Buckeyes to be with and watch games together.

But she is very happy to have moved back to Sun City, where there are LOTS and LOTS  of Buckeyes.   Kathie become a Board Member in March 2022.


John Socotch - Member at Large
John Socotch - Member at Large

John was born and raised  in Strongsville, Ohio ( west side of Cleveland) and then moved to CA in 1976 and l  transferred to Atlanta, GA in 1995.

John has been married to his lovely wife, Linda, for 42 years. They have 2 daughters. one of which teaches at Bluffton Elementary.

As a family they  vacationed at HHI for years always thought as they passed Sun City “Who would live way out here “?

Turns out they decided  to retire here during the midst of the “pandemic”

John is an avid golfer and college football fan – GO Buckeyes!


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.
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.   

Fri July 21, 2023
Pool Party
Lake House Ballroom & Pool 4 - 6 pm
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Fri August 25, 2023
Big 10 - Pizza & Bocce Party
Pavilion 4-8
Director: Ron Gramlich
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Sat September 9, 2023
Annual Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction - Fundraiser
7 am - 12 pm
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Sat September 23, 2023
Family Feud
6 8
Director: Lorie Huss
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Tue October 10, 2023
Ladies Fall Golf Scramble
Director: Joan Turner & Lynn Krisko
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Tue October 24, 2023
Pavilion 4 - 8 pm
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Thu November 9, 2023
Bowling Night
Station 300 TBD
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Fri December 1, 2023
Holiday Party
Lakehouse Ballroom 5 - 9 pm
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Thu December 7, 2023
Ladies Holiday Lunch / Yankee Swap
Hidden Cypress 12:00 - ?
Director: Margret and Lynn Hickle
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Fri January 19, 2024
New Member Meeting
Director: Ron Gramlich
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Fri February 16, 2024
Chili Cook-Off
Hidden Cypress TBD
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Sun May 19, 2024
Lua & Pool Party
River Bend TBD
Director: Lorie Huss
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Thu August 22, 2024
College Football Kick-Off Party
Pavillion TBD
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Sat September 7, 2024
Pancake Breakfast
8 am - 11 am
Director: Ron Gramlich & Lorie Huss
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Tue October 22, 2024
Pavilion TBD
Director: Ron Gramlich
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Fri December 13, 2024
Director: Ron Gramlich
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