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Board Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting - July 2024
Board Meeting - June 2024

Buckeye Group Meeting 

                                                 June 4, 2024


Present:  Ron Gramlich, Margie Dixon, Candace Pope, Tony DeMain, Tim Rupert, John Socotch and Ken Aerni.


Not Present:  Rhonda Reda and Lyn Krisko


Treasurer's Report: 


     Previous Balance as of 3/31/2024----------$3824.54


     $100.00____Buckeye Clothing.



     $67.00---------CPR Training


Total Receipts-----$227.00                             $4051.54


Expenditures-------$110.57--------------Buckeye Display



                              $100.00-------------Men's Golf Outing


Total  Disbursements---------------------$608.29


Balance as of 5/31/2024-----------------$3443.25

Secretary's Minutes:  


     Any deaths within the Buckeye Group, please make the group aware.  Ron has purchased sympathy cards.  A long time member Jeff Hawks just passed.

     Men's and Ladies golf outings were held and had great participation by our members.

     Lynn Krisko provided 2 AED training sessions and both were completely full.




     July 19th Pool Party has been changed to a fun outing at Sommerset lake from 5 to 8.  Everyone should bring a side dish.  We will provide the sandwitches.


                                             Room Reservations for 2024-25


Jan. 30 or 31--------New Member meeting  from 5 to 8 in the Edisto room


Feb.  28th or 21st-----Chilli cookoff from 5 to 8 in Hidden Cypress


March 28th or 27th---Annual Meeting at Pavilion from 5 to 8


April------nothing yet


May------nothing yet


June-----nothing yet


July 18th or 25th--------Summer cookout from 5 to 8 at Lake Sommerset


Aug.  23rd or 29th-------Football Kickoff Party from 5 to 8 at the Pavilion


Sept.  6th or 13th--------Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 12 at Pavilion


Oct.  16th or 17th--------Oktoberfest from 5 to 8 at the Pavilion


Nov.  ?---------- Bowling


Dec.  12th or 14th---------Christmas Party from 2 to 5 at Riverbend


Next Meeting   July 9th at 3:30 in the Lakehouse


Board Meeting - April 2024

Buckeye Group  Board Meeting

                                                              April  2 2024


Members present:  Ron Gramlich, Lynn Krisko, Candance Pope, Kathie Tofaute, Tony Demain, Tim Rupert, John Socotch, Rhonda Reda Margie Dixon


Members not present: Ken Aerni


Treasurer's report: 

     Balance of 3/31/24---$ 3,824.54

     Receipts for March---$ 274.00

     Expenditures for March---$ 1,492.36


     Payment for our Website is due in April.  Cost is $ 89.00 or 70 lbs.


Secretary's report:  as submitted by email




     The Annual meeting was held and was a great success.  Our quest speaker did an excellent job, just a little too long.  Food was awesome, shout out to the cooks, especially the hot dog cook. Haha!  We spent $ 1100.00 dollars for the meeting.  Jim Armine gave all the money for clothing sales to our club.  Thank you to Jim.  




     Women's golf outing is April  9th.

     Men's golf outing is April 23rd.

     CPR training is on May 8th and May 16th.  These sessions are sold out.

     Pool Party is on July 19th.


     As of this meeting, we have 393 paid members

     We can now advertise our events in Sunsations.  Contact Sunsations@schhca.com.


Next Meeting is June 4th at 3:30 in the Lakehouse.  No meeting in May. 

Board Meeting - March 2024


Members Present:  Ron Gramlich, Kathie Tofaute, Lynn Krisko, Candace Pope, John Socotch, Tim Rupert, Margie Dixon, Tony Demain and Ken Aerni.

Members not attending:  Rhonda Reda

Treasurer's Report:  $ 5,179.90

     Deposits--$ 769.00

     Expenses for Feb.--$ 932.49

Secretary's Minutes:  As submitted by email


Chili cookoff was a great success.  We had 100 members attend the event and 18 contestants in the chili cookoff.  Four prizes were awarded, $ 100.00 for 1st,  $ 75.00 for 2nd,  $ 50.00 for third and trophy for people's choice.  It was mentioned that next year we need to purchase 120 bags of fritos.

A big thank you to Rhonda.  She did an outstanding job decorating the display case in Pinckney Hall.


Staying connected has asked if we would send out invitations to their Black and White Ball to our members.  We will do this, but will mention that this is not a Buckeye Group event.

Our Annual meeting will be held March 22nd at the Pavilion from 5-9.  Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served with potato salad, chips and cookies for dessert.  Workers need to be there by 4.  There will be no sign in since the event is free.  As of this meeting we have 123 members signed up and the cutoff will be 140.  The itinerary for the event will be dinner, intro of board and special events, guest speaker, Jim Batista will speak and then we will present our 1st Outstanding Buckeye member award.  We will also recognize past Board members, Dave Lash and Lori Huss for their many years of service.

Family Feud is scheduled on April 3 at Pinckney Hall.  If Lori can not help us with this event, we will cancel.  

Tony DeMain has now taken over our website from Lori and Rhonda will now handle our fliers.  

Golf outings have been scheduled.  Ladies golf outing will be April 9th and Men's will be April 23rd.

Pool party is scheduled for July 19th.

Next meeting will be April 2nd at 3:30 in the Lakehouse.

Board Meeting - January 2024

Board members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Tim Rupert, Kathie Tofaute, Rhonda Reda, Candance Pope, John Socotch, Ken Aerni and Dave Lash

Not attending:  Lynn Krisko, Lorie Huss and Margie Dixon.

Treasurer's report:  Balance of $5,179.44 as of today.  Ken stated that the Annual meeting has been paid for.  He would also like to pay 6 months on the storage unit to save money.  Candace Pope made a motion to make this payment and Kathie Tofaute seconded it.  

Secretary's report:  submitted via email


     As of today, 425 people have renewed their Buckeye Group memberships.  We have 65 new members for this year.  Ron suggested that with such a large membership we need to tell people to sign up early for events.  The annual meeting is a good place to remind membership of this.


     New member meeting will be held at the Edisto room in Pinckney Hall on January 19th from 6-9.  We have 38 new members signed up to attend plus our Board members.  We will be serving subs, wraps and chicken tenders at the meeting.  

Agenda for meeting.

     1.  Ron welcome group.

     2.  Eat

     3.  Board member introduction

     4.  Discuss our upcoming events.

     Ron also will ask the new members if any one is good with computers and would like to help with our website.  

     Chili cookoff is scheduled for February 29th in the Hidden Cypress ballroom.  Awards for the event will be 

     1st place-- $100.00 

     2nd place--$75.00

     3rd place--$50.00

     People's choice award--( Rhonda is looking into an award for this)

     The group also discussed the annual award that will be given to one member each year.  This award will be given to someone that has contributed to our group.  This year the award will go to Jim Armine,  Rhonda will be looking into a nice award to present for this honor.  

     Upcoming events;

Bingo is scheduled on February 18th at Tailgators.

Decorating the display case in Pinckney Hall--February

Woman's Euchre is scheduled for Jan, 25th .

Next meeting is scheduled for February 6th at the Lakehouse at 3:30.

Board Meeting - November 2023


Buckeye Board Minutes Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023

Present: Ron Gramlich, Jon Socotch, Dave Lash, Lynn Krisko, Candace Pope, Kathy Tofaute, Ken Aerni

Absent: Tim Rupert, Lorie Huss, Rhonda Reda

  • President Ron read a thank-you letter from the Bluffton Firefighters Foundation
  • Oktoberfest – Weather perfect, cornhole games good, food could have been better
  • 2024 Club Catalog Information – Ron will give info to Rhonda
  • Tailgators – Lynn commented 31 people there last time with only one server. Discussion.
  • Upcoming Bowling Night – pizza, beer, prizes for highest scores of two men and two women
  • Christmas Party – 6:30 to 9:00 Dec. 1, $40, wear Christmas casual, no shorts, deadline Nov. 25
  • Treasurer's Report – Balance as of Nov. 6, $8237.82
  • Discussion of New Member Meeting Jan. 19
  • Ron distributed copies of Buckeye Club Bylaws
  • Margie Dixon to join Buckeye Board and assume position of Treasurer.
  • Lorie will leave the board Jan. 1
  • Discussion of recruiting a computer savvy person for board who will handle our website
  • Next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5, 3:30
Board Meeting - October 2023

Board Members attending:  Ron Gramlich,Ken Aerni, Tim Rupert, Lori Huss, Dave Lash, Rhonda Reda, John Socotch, Candace Pope. Kathie Tofaute

Not Attending:  Lynn Krisko

Treasurer's Report:  $6,578.65

Secretary's Minutes:  As submitted via email


     The Pancake breakfast and Auction was held on September 9th.  We had a great turnout for the event and we made approximately $8,000 dollars..  The money was divided between area First Responders.  

     The Family Feud was also held in September with approximately 240 people attending.  A donation of $2,700 was given to Staying Connected.   

     The Comedy Club event was September 23rd with about 50 people attending.  All had a great time on the bus ride and at the event.  


     The Club Fair will be held on October 7th near the Pavilion.  This is for all the new and renewal of memberships.  The Fair will be from 10-1 and Ron, Lynn and Rhonda will handle the duties at the booth.

     The Oktoberfest is scheduled for October 24th at the Pavilion from 4-8.  We will have a Cornhole contest there and it will start at 4 and end at approximately 5:30.  The Food Truck will start serving at 5;30.  As of today we have 70 people signed up to attend and 12 teams for Cornhole.  There will be awards for 1st and 2nd place teams.  

     Men's golf was held on October 2nd with 7 teams participating.  The Women's golf outing will be on October 10th.  

     The group is planning a Bowling outing  for November 10th for both Men and Women.  This event will be from 6-8 and the cost will be $26.50 for Bowling, beer and pizza.  

      The Christmas party is scheduled for December 1st at the Lakehouse.  Southern Spice will provide the food.  We hope to keep the cost under $35.00.  We discussed making the theme for our Christmas party as Christmas Movies--Famous Christmas Characters.  

     The group is looking for a new website.  Rhonda will be looking into this.

     Also,  Congratulations to Rhonda Reda!!  She has been elected our new Vice President of the Buckeye Group

     Next meeting will be Tuesday, November 7th at 3:30 in the Lakehouse. 


Board Meeting - September 2023


Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - Lakehouse

Board members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Lynn Krisko, Rhonda Reda, John Socotch, Kathie Tofaute, Dave Lash, Candace Pope, Lorie Huss

Not Attending:  Ken Aerni and Tim Rupert.

Treasurer's Report:  None Listed

Secretary's Minutes: As submitted via email.


     The College Football Kickoff party was a success.  102 members attended.  We made $200 after all bills were paid.  

     Ron ordered and purchased a new Banner.  He showed the Banner at the meeting.  Lorie suggested we get a Banner that is not so OSU-ish to make people from other schools feel welcome to the group.  Ron was going to look into it.

     Pancake Breakfast, Saturday  Sept. 9th, was discussed.  Plans are complete.  

    Tailgators for the OSU Football games have gone well.  Great service with many people from Sun City and Magaritaville. 



     Family Feud is coming up on Sept. 23.  Teams are in place and plans are ready. 

     Oktoberfest is scheduled forTuesday, October 24th at the Pavilion.  Food truck has been ordered.  If any Board member has a Cornhole board that we can use for the Cornhole contest please let Tim know.

     The Holiday Party is scheduled for December 1st at the Lakehouse.  96 people is the maximum number of people. 

     Club Fair is scheduled for October 7th,  by the Pavilion.  Women's golf outing is scheduled for October 10th.  Men's golf outing is scheduled for October 3rd.  


Next Meeting,  Monday, October 2nd at 3:30 in the Lakehouse.


Board Meeting - August 2023


AUGUST 15TH, 2023


Board members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Ken Aerni, Lorie Huss, Lynn Krisko, Candace Pope, Kathie Tofaute and John Socotch.

Not attending:                     Rhonda Reda, Tim Rupert and Dave Lash

Treasurer's Report:  $4,285.30

Secretary's minutes:  as submitted via email.


     The pool party was very well attended and was a big success. 

     Showcase Display at Pinkney Hall was done by Rhonda for the month of August.  The showcase looks great. 

     Rhonda is also doing an interview on SC TV on Thursday, August 17th concerning the Pancake Breakfast.  

     The Football Kickoff party is on Friday August 25th.  We have 99 people signed up to attend the event.  




     Men's golf has been scheduled at Okatie golf course on Tuesday September 3rd.  The Woman's golf outing has been scheduled for Tuesday October 10th at Okatie.  

      The Board scheduled a night at the Comedy Music Cabaret.  The event will be held on September 28th.  First 48 people signed up may ride the bus to the event.  

     Club Fair will be on Saturday October 7th from 10 to 1.  

     This year for the OSU football games at Tailgators,  the Buckeye group from Margaritaville will also be attending.


 Next Board  meeting, Tuesday, September 5th at 3:30 at Lakehouse.


Board Meeting - June 2023

                             BUCKEYE BOARD MEETING  6/13/2023

Board Members attending:  Ron Gramkich,Dave Lash, Lori Huss, Ken Aerni, Candace Pope, Kathie Tofaute,John Socotch,Lynn Krisko, Rhonda Reda and Tim Rupert.

Not Attending: None

Treasurer's Report:  $4,139.84

Secretary's Minutes:  As submitted via email.


     The Buckeye Group changed its storage unit and closed the old unit.  The new unit is beside Starbucks on the northside.  Board members should use the west entrance.  Our unit is on the 2nd floor, unit 2901.  If any Board members need a key, see Ron.  Cost of the new unit is $109.00/month including insurance.  This is a saving of $30.00/month.  Code for the new unit after hours is ( star 29017156 pound).

     Room reservations for our group is June 18th at 8 a.m.  Lori is submitting our 9 room requests (that were drawn up by Candace Pope).

     The Buckeye Pool party is on July 21st at the Lakehouse.  Cost is $13.00/person,  as of this meeting we have 84 people signed up.  Food for the event will be purchased from Publix's or Jersey Mikes.  Menu will be subs,salads. chips and cookies or cheesecake.  Drinks are BYOB.  All games will be inside.

     The month of August is the Buckeye Groups month for decorating the case inside Pinckney Hall.  Anyone interested in helping , see Ron.


     The Board discussed presenting an outstanding Buckeye Patriot Award.  THis will be for any active member that has done outstanding activities for our group or Sun City.  Rhonda is in charge of coming up with guidelines for this award.  This award will be given once a year at our Annual Meeting.  We will discuss this issue more at upcoming meetings.  

     The Board also discussed some different events that we may host such as:  Boat Cruises, Glowing in the dark golf and Axe throwing.  

     We also talked about the Pancake Breakfast and getting information out to the community.  We will be advertising the event in Sun City Sunsations starting this month.  This event is open to all Sun City residents.

     The next Board meeting will be July 18th at 3::30 in the Lakehouse lobby.     


Board Meeting - May 2023


     Family Feud has been rescheduled for October.  Lori will give us the exact  date and all the details at our next meeting.  

     Our next event for the Buckeye group will be the Luau pool party on July 21st at the Lakehouse.  

     Ron is looking into buying our own speaker and microphone for the group.  This will allow us to save money and not rent these items at each event.

     The Board is looking into moving to a new storage unit,  Presently the unit is costing us $122.00/month.  It will be increasing to $130.00 in a few months.  Ron will be checking with the new storage unit right outside Sun City's side gate for a better deal.

     The Buckeye group received a check for $80.00 from Jim Armine for the Buckeye clothes he has sold to our members.  Jim does this on his own and receives no pay for his efforts.  The Board decided to give Jim a gift certificate for his help with the clothing. 

     Ron gave a reminder that room reservations for 2024 will be scheduled by all groups starting June 19th.

     The Board also voted Ron a 2 year term after successfully completing his interim year.

     Our next meeting will be June 13th at the Lakehouse starting at 3:30.



Board Meeting - April 2023


                                            BUCKEYE GROUP BOARD MEETING


Board members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Dave Lash, Ken Aerni, Candace Pope, Lori Huss, Lynn Krisko, and Tim Rupert.

Not attending: John Socotch, Rhonda Reda, and Kathie Tofaute.

Treasurer's report: $4,660.34

Secretary's minutes: As submitted via email


     The Annual meeting was held on March 25th and 107 members attended the meeting.  Cost of the event was $5.00/person, and that money covered the cost of the event.  All had a great time, with 2 people winning $25.00 and 2 others winning. Ohio State hot plates.  The meeting lasted 3 hours, which was plenty of time.  Also, Ron stated the weather was 75 and cloudy.

     The Buckeye insurance was paid this month.  Cost was $530.00.  It was also noted that we have 409 active members for the year 2023.


     We will have a Men's 9-hole golf outing on May 2.  There will be a $5.00 entry fee, with a maximum of 32 players.  

     April 11th, we have a Woman's golf outing scheduled with 32 members signed up to play. 

     The board also discussed finances.   It was decided to keep a smaller amount in our account.  To accomplish this, we decided to have more free events and charge lower fees for larger events.  

     The Family Feud event was discussed.  The board would like to have it in October.  Ron will be asking the group Upbeat if we could use one of their Friday night dates.  We are hoping to have it on Friday October13th.  We would ask Upbeat to be a team in the feud.  This could help get the room and increase attendance.  Cost will be $15.00/person.

      The Board also discussed our Pool party.  It will be held on July 21st at the Lakehouse.  We are hoping to have games, music and food.  We are looking into getting Fried chicken, potato salad and dessert from Publix's.  The group is also looking to having a St. Patrick day golf cart parade.  

      The group would like to thank Ked Varble for his time as vice president by getting him a $50.00 gift certificate at the PGA store.  

     A tentative schedule for 2024 events were discussed for room reservation purpose.

Tentative 2024 Schedule

New Member meeting---Jan. 19---small room

Chili cookoff---Feb 16---Hidden Cypress

Luau Pool party---July 19---Riverbend

College Football kickoff---Aug. 22---Pavilion

Pancake Breakfast---Sept. 7---Pavilion


Christmas party---Dec. 13 or 20---Riverbend or Lakehouse



Next meeting, May 9th, 3:30 at the Lakehouse.


Board Meeting - March 2023

Board Members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Ken Aerni, Tim Rupert. Lori Huss, John Socotch,Kathie Tofaute, Dave Lash and Rhonda Reda.

Not attending:  Lynn Krisko and Candice Pope.

Treasurer's Report:  $5,222.59

Secretary's Minutes:  As submitted via email 


     Chili cook-off was a success.  We had 90 people attend the event.  17 people entered the cook-off and all contestants had exceptional chili's.  The big winner of the night was the people's choice award that went to Gary Fath and his pulled pork.    

     Bingo night was held at Tailgators and 67 people attended.  Tailgators and Lynn did another great job handling this event.  The cost of $25.00 provided the people with great food and their bingo supplies.  A 50/50 drawing was held with a donation of $130.00 given to the local fire department. 


     Ron talked about the possibility of having a Kentucky Derby party at Tailgators in May.  He will get more info for the next meeting.  

     Our next big event talked about is our annual meeting on March 27th at the pavilion.  The meeting will be from 4-8 and board members should be there at 3:30 to help set-up.  Cost is $5.00 per member  and of this date we have over 100 members signed up.  We will start the event with a short meeting,  then food will be served and then end the evening with a fun game.  Food for the night will be hotdogs,  hamburgers,  potato salad and dessert.  BYO for the drinks.  Game will be Upbeat(we love Sun City) and winners will be eligible to win:  2--$25.00 Buckeye Bucks and 2--$25.00 gift certificates at a local restaurant.  This event is sold out.

     The Family Feud event that is normally held in April will now be held at a later date.  

     We have no events scheduled for May or June.  

     The board would like to welcome our newest Board member Rhonda Reda.  Rhonda comes to us from the Columbus area.  She will be a great addition to our board and we are excited to be working with her.  Rhonda's email is :  rrhonda711@Aol.com  

     The next meeting will be April 4th at 3:30 pm at the lakehouse.    

Board Meeting - February 2023

                                       Buckeye Board Meeting


Board Members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Ken Aerni, Dave Lash, Lynn Krisko, John Socotch, Candice Pope, Lori Huss and Tim Rupert.

Not Attending:  Kathie Tofaute.

Treasurer's Report:  $5,047.58

Secretary's Minutes:  As submitted via email.


Ron reviewed the new member meeting that took place on January 21st at the Edisto River Room.  Approximately 40 members attended the meeting and all had a great time.  Pizza was served to the members as they introduced themselves to the group.  Jim Armine attended and sold the Buckeye Group clothing at the meeting.  

Lynn Krisko discussed the Euchre night at the Lakehouse.  32 ladies signed up for the game night and all 32 showed up for a great time.  


Bingo night will be held at Tailgators on Feb.  26th, starting at 4:30.  Cost will be $25.00 for each person attending and that will include:  Bingo supplies, food, tax and tip.  

Lynn discussed Ladies night out.  The dinner will be held at Hudsons on March 14th at 4:30.  This is for lady Buckeye members only. 

Ron discussed the Chili Cook-off that will be held at Hidden Cypress on Feb.  17th from 4--8.   As of Feb. 7th,  we have 79 people signed to attend and 13 people cooking their chili for the contest.  Board members should arrive at 3:15 to help set up.  The board also discussed prizes for the cook-off and the following was decided;  

1st place-$50.00 cash

2nd place--$25.00 cash

3rd place--miniature golf cart

People's Choice--$25.00

It was also decided that Board members do not have to pay to attend.  We will also have a new member table at each event .  

Ron announced that Ked Varble has resigned as the Vice President of our group as of this meeting.  The Board wouldn like to thank Ked for all of his time and effort over the past years.  Board members will be searching for 2 new Board members to replace Ked Varble and Keith Burkitt . 

Next Meeting---March 7th at 3:30 in the Lakehouse lobby.


Board Meeting - January 2023

Board Members attending:  Ron Gramlich,Ken Aerni, Dave Lash, Tim Rupert, John Socotch, Kathie Tofaute, Ked Varble and Candice Pope.

Not attending:  Lynn Krisko and Lorie Huss.

Treasurer's Report:  $5,047.58

Secretary's Minutes:  As submitted via email.


     Christmas party was a success.  Food was great and the sweater contest was a hit.  We will be looking into a D.J. for next year's party.


     The new members party will be on Jan. 21st from 4-7 in the Edisto River room/Pinckney Hall.   We will serve free pizza from Papa John's pizza , cookies and soda.  We will discuss each event for the coming year, have Jim Armine discuss our Buckeye clothing and have new members introduce themselves.  

     Chili cookoff is scheduled for Feb.  17th at Hidden Cypress from 4-8.  Awards will be given to 1st,2nd and 3rd place, pluss a people's choice award.

     Saturday, March 25th, will be our annual meeting.  It will be held in the Pavilion from 4-8.  We discussed having hot dogs, snack bags and cookies at the event.  We also discussed having a Bocce ball tournament that night. 

     Events coming are Euchre night in Feb., Bingo on June 15th at Tailgators.

     John Socotch is looking into a 9 hole golf outing for men in April.

     The board would like to thank Dave Lash for his many, many years of service for the Buckeye group.  He has served as president and secretary and will continue to serve as a board member.  We thank him for his great leadership!!

Next Meeting - Feb. 7th, 3:30 at the lakehouse lobby.



Board Meeting December 2022
Board Meeting November 2022
Board Meeting October 2022



Board Meeting Minutes


Members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Ked Varble, Ken Aerni, Dave Lash, Lorie Huss, Tim Rupert and John Socotch.

Members not attending:  Lynn Krisko, Candace Pope, Kathie Tofaute.

Treasurer’s report:  Ken Aerni reported the checkbook balance at $5, 398.07

Secretary’s minutes:  As emailed by Dave Lash


Ron reviewed the Pancake Breakfast and reported that we were able to donate $7,000.00 to Staying Connected. Lorie said she sent a thank you note to the Sun City Car Club for their participation with cars for showing in the parking lot.

Ron reported that Bob Gruesser has 9 members signed up for the April Pawleys Plantation Golf Outing.

Lorie reported that we have 90 members signed up for the Oktoberfest at Lake Somerset Park on Thursday, October 13th.  Dave said he would confirm that number with A Time to Eat Food Truck.  Set up at 3:00pm with food starting at 4:30pm.  That way members who were not playing in the Corn Hole Tournament will be able to start eating and the line waiting will also be less.

Ron asked that we give Lynn Krisko a special thanks for her handling of the Ohio State Football Luncheons at Tailgators.  They have always been well organized and she has made a special effort to make sure everyone feels welcomed.  Thanks also to her helper Bob!

Lorie reported that the Illinois Group has asked if the Buckeye Group members would join them in a Trivia Night on November 5th at 7:00pm in Pinckney Hall.  Cost is $10.00 per member.  The Board approved.

The Buckeye Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 18, 2022.  4:00-8:00pm in the Lakehouse Ballroom.  Dr. Paul and Susan will be the entertainment.  Dress will be casual and there will be prizes for games and an “Ugly Sweater” contest!

Southern Spice will be catering the food as follows:

Before dinner-antipasto platters

Chicken Piccata (Vegan or Gluten free available)


Mixed salad

Sauteed vegetables

Peach cobbler

Coffee, sweet tea, regular iced tea and lemonade.


Setup, serving and tear down by Southern Spice


Lifestyles is asking for requests for use of the display cases in Pinckney Hall. We will try for August or September.

Below is the tentative list of events for 2023.  All dates and rooms will need to be confirmed by The Lifestyles Department.

January-New Member Pizza Party

February-Buckeye Chili Cookoff

March-Members General Meeting

April-Buckeye Family Feud

May-Tailgators Kentucky Derby Party

June-Buckeye Men’s Golf Outing and Bingo at Tailgators

July-Pool Party and Luau

August-Bocce Tournament and NCAA football Kickoff

September-Buckeye Pancake Breakfast/Silent Action


November-Buckeye Members Bowling at 300 Lanes

December-Christmas/Holiday Party

Ron reminded the Board Members that we would like to have one more Board Member for a total of 11. Think of members to recommend.

November Board Meeting To be Arranged by Ron.

Board Meeting September 2022


Buckeye Group Sun City

Board Meeting Minutes



Members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Dave Lash, Lorie Huss, Tim Rupert, John Socotch, Kathie Tofaute and Keith Burkitt.

Members not attending:  Ked Varble, Ken Aerni, Lynn Krisko, Candace Pope.



Ron reported that the shirts and hats on order will be here in time for the Pancake Breakfast.  Jim Armine will sell any additional shirts and hats at the Breakfast.

Ron stated the Jim has not decided on joining the Buckeye Board.

Ron asked the board members to pass out our website business cards to any members or anyone interested in joining.  We want to emphasize that the membership should go to our website for all information regarding the Buckeye Group.

It was decided that we would sell the Ohio State miniature wooden golf carts at the Pancake Breakfast.  Other styles can be customized on request. We will also have them available at the Club Fair.

We will have our first of the season Ohio State Football Luncheon and game at Tailgators on September 10, 2022 at noon.

X-Golf had 5 members attending.

Ron reported that he has assigned all the volunteers for the Pancake Breakfast.  Several of the committee members went through the storage unit and collected what would be needed.  Board members reviewed past problem areas and what will be done to avoid a repeat.



Ron reported that Bob Gruesser has arranged for a Buckeye Spring Golf Outing at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club.  4 days and 3 nights, April 16-17-18-19, 2023.  Sign up and final cost to follow.

Lorie reminded the Board that we have to schedule rooms for 2023 and to have some ideas and dates to present at the next board meeting.

The October board meeting date 10/4/2022, 3:30 Lakehouse Lobby


Minutes as submitted via email by Dave Lash, Board Secretary



Board Meeting August 2022


Buckeye Group Board Minutes

August 9, 2022

Lakehouse Lobby


Board Members present:  Ron Gramlich, Ked Varble, Ken Aerni, Dave Lash, Lynn Krisko, Candace Pope, Kathie Tofaute, Keith Burkitt and John Socotch.  Absent:  Lorie Huss and Tim Rupert


Treasurer’s Report:  Checking account balance $3,290.00

Secretary’s minutes:  As sent via email July 17, 2022



Buckeye Bingo at Tailgators 7/28/22 was attended by 30 members.

Buckeye Bowling at Station 300 7/14/22 was attended by 20 members.

Pancake Breakfast 9/17/22.  Ron reviewed what was still needed for the breakfast and asked that we send out an additional request for members to help.  Lorie sent an email spelling out where she was as far as the Silent Auction.  Dave reported that he was able to get the Bluffton Fire Dept. to again offer a Firehouse Dinner as part of the Silent Auction.  They will keep 50% of the bid to offset their cost. The Car Club will have a display of classic cars.  Still need golf packages and additional gift baskets for the auction. Lorie asked that all Board Members try to get the word out in their neighborhoods and other clubs/groups they belong to. Ron and other Board Members will go to the storage unit to inventory what we have/need for the Breakfast.  Dave mentioned that Nancy had plenty of butter pats left as was donated last year from Jack Frost.

Ken and Carol hosted a great summer picnic at their home for the Board Members and spouses.  It was a great time and additional get togethers will be planned.


Ron reported that he has ordered several Buckeye Group shirts and caps to be sold at the Pancake Breakfast.  Our supplier, Jim Armine, will handle the sales during the Breakfast.

Ron passed out business cards with our website information.  We want to emphasize using the web site for finding information.  He asked all Board Members to pass them out to any members they come in contact with. 

Miniature Ohio State wooden golf carts will be on sale at the breakfast for $18.00 each.

Lynn Krisko reported the first Buckeye Football Luncheon at Tailgators will be 9/10/22 at noon for the OSU vs. Arkansas State game.  We are planning prizes for the Thanksgiving Week-end OSU vs. Michigan game.

Ron announced that Board Member Keith Burkitt and his wife Sharon are moving.  The Board wishes them the best success on their new journey.  We also thank Keith for his help during his time on the Board.

Ron placed Jim Armine’s name in nomination to replace Keith.  Ron will contact Jim to see if he would be interested.

We so far have 8 members signed up to play, X Golf on 8/18/22.  We would like to have 18.


Next Board Meeting, Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 3:30pm in the Lakehouse Lobby.



Board Meeting July 2022


Buckeye Group Board Minutes

7/5/2022 3:30pm

Lakehouse Lobby


Members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Ked Varble, Ken Aerni, Dave Lash, Lynn Krisko, Lori Huss, Tim Rupert and Keith Burkitt

Members not attending:  Kathie Tofaute, John Socotch and Candace Pope


Treasurer’s Report:  Ken Aerni checking account at $3,905.52

Secretary’s Minutes:  Dave Lash as submitted via email 6/14/2022



We will display the mini-golf carts at Buckeye events.  Selling for $15.00 each.  Payable to Ron or if the Buckeye Group buys them and resells.


Christmas Party is Sunday 1218/2022 at the Lakehouse.  Ron has arranged for Dr. Paul and Susan to play music.  Southern Spice will cater the party.  This will be our 2nd free room for the year 2022.  Admission price to be determined later.


Board Picnic will be at Ken and Carol Aerni’s house at 771 Knollwood Ct. 7/15/22 from 5:00-8:00.  Ken and Ron will supply meat with those attending bringing side dishes and drinks.



Men’s Night Out Bowling at Station 300 6:00-8:00.  18 have signed up, need 20.  $25.00 per person. Lorie will send out another email to membership.

X-Golf is 8/20/22.  Cost $55.00 per person which includes food, golf and 2 drinks.  6 members have signed up.  Lorie will send another email after the bowling is done.

Ladies Night Out will start requiring a minimum number.  Next event is Bingo at Tailgators 7/28/22. Lynn requested and received  $32.00 seed money for Tailgator’s events. She requested $75.00 for the OSU vs Michigan game to be used for prizes.  The kazoos used for Script Ohio will be reused after being sterilized.

Euchre night is scheduled for 8/18/22.

Field Of Dreams MLB game.  The Illinois Group has invited the Buckeye Group to join them at Tailgators to watch the game.  They have a back room reserved which holds 50-65 people. The game is 8/11/22 at 5:30.  Cost is $5.00 per person which gets you a seat, popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jacks.  You can also order food @ $20.00 per person additional.

Annual Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction - September 17 at the Pavilion.  Ron is in charge of the pancake portion.  Lorie is in charge of the Silent Auction portion,  Flyer and stickers are ready for to go.  Email to be sent out soon for volunteers.  

Ron reviewed the clothing options.  We will sell shirts and caps at the Pancake Breakfast.  Also take orders from members.


Brainstorming upcoming events.  Oktober Fest/Corn Hole Tournament.  We will check dates available for the pavilion in October. 

Buckeye Brunch in November at Local Pie in Bluffton.


Next Board Meeting will be August 9, 2022 at 3:30 in the Lakehouse Lobby.


Minutes submitted by Dave Lash and Keith Burkitt



Board Meeting June 2022


Buckeye Group

Board Meeting Minutes

June 7, 2022

Lakehouse Lobby


Attending:  Ron Gramlich, Ked Varble, Ken Aerni, Dave Lash, Lynn Krisko, Candace Pope, Keith Burkitt and John Socotch.

Not present:  Lorie Huss, Tim Rupert and KathieTofaute.


Board minutes from the May 2022 meeting were submitted via email with no changes.

Ken Aerni, Treasurer reported a checking account balance of $5,542.47



Ron introduced the new board members attending.

Lynn Krisko reported that she was hoping for a larger attendance for the upcoming Buffalo Wild Wings gathering.

John, Ron and Keith are going to put together 300 Bowling and X-golf for the Buckeye Men's Night out.

Dave Lash reported that we were able to purchase 30 Buckeye Bucks Gift Certificates for future prizes.  We couldn’t make any changes on the re-order to keep our 35% discount.



Bob Gruesser requested a donation to help a local high school tennis player to reach a goal in order to cover travel expenses for a state tournament.  After a discussion it was decided that this would only open the door to more requests for others.  The board voted to not participate.

Ron checked out the storage unit and determined that we needed to put together a review and clean-out as soon as possible.  It has gotten pretty full and some things can be thrown out.

Ron showed the miniature Buckeye golf carts that a member has made and is wanting to sell at the pancake breakfast.  After discussion it was ok for the sale at a cost of $15.00 each.

Ron has contacted a Sun City resident who can obtain shirts and hats for the Buckeye Group at a much better price than our previous supplier.  Ron is waiting on the final details before presenting to the board for approval.

Ken Aerni has proposed a Buckeye Board Members Cook-Out including spouses.  He will be the host and it will be a BYOB.  More info to follow.

A suggestion was made that for future events with cost of less than $25 that Board Members would not be charged for admission.  It was decided that Ron would make the decision to charge or not based on each event.

Dave Lash introduced the idea that we have one free room left for the year and we could use it for the Lakehouse Ballroom for the Christmas Dance.  Candace will check it out with Lifestyles and report back at the next Board Meeting. Keith made the motion and it was seconded by Ked. Proposal passed to use the free room if available.


Next Board Meeting is scheduled for July 5, 2022 at 3:30 in the Lakehouse Lobby.



Board Meeting May 2022


Buckeye Group

Board Meeting

May 10, 2022 3:30pm

Lakehouse Lobby


Board Members attending:  Ron Gramlich, Ken Aerni, Dave Lash, Lynn Krisko, Lorie Huss and Candace Pope


Treasurer’s Report:  Balance as of 4/29/22 of $4,964.66

Secretary’s Minutes:  As submitted via email 4/4/22 by Dave Lash



Ladies Golf Tournament:  Lynn reported that the tournament was on 4/12/22 and went very well.  Joan Turner did a great job.

Spring Easter Egg Hunt:  Lorie reported that there were only a few members and family attending.  Weather was a factor.

Ladies Mah Jongg Tournament:  Lynn reported that there will be 4 tables of 4.  She will send another request to the membership to see if more may join.  Scheduled for Lake House Card Room 5/19/22.

Luau Picnic and Pool Party:  Lorie reported that we have 56 reservations.  Scheduled for the Lakehouse Ballroom and Pool on 5/20/22.

Ron reported on the progress of buying Buckeye Group shirts and hats.  He will order 12 for members to see before ordering.  John Socotch said he may have a contact that will also bid on the clothing.  Ron will wait to hear back from John.

Buckeye Group Website:  Lorie will add the new Board Members, with pictures, to the opening page of our website and also update the opening page.



New Board Member nominees:  Lynn and Ron introduced the following nominees for the Board.  Kathie Tofaute, Keith Burkitt and John Socotch.  Each nominee introduced themselves with a bio.  Lynn Krisko made a motion to accept the nominees and Lorie Huss seconded.  Current Board members accepted the nominations.

Upcoming events:  Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, September 17, 2022 in the Pavilion.  Ron will chair the breakfast part and Lorie will chair the Silent Auction.  They will schedule other members to help as needed.  A discussion followed on what charity would benefit from the Breakfast this year.  Candace made a motion that Staying Connected be the charity for this year.  Ron seconded.  The motion passed.

Lorie said that the Illinois Group has invited the Buckeye Group to participate in their “Field of Dreams” party this year.  It will be August 11, 2022 in the Pavilion.  The Board asked Lorie to get more information and report back at the June Board Meeting.  A possible Bowling Party at Station 300 and Virtual Golf  at Tanger was also discussed.

Buckeye Gift Certificates:  Ron asked Dave to order another 25 certificates to be used as prizes.

Storage Unit:  Ron asked who had keys to the unit and if we could do an inventory of the contents.  This will be followed up for the next meeting.  

Current total of membership:  Lorie reported that we had 450 paid members.



Tuesday, June 7, 2022


Lakehouse Lobby



Board Meeting April 2022


Buckeye Group

Board Meeting

April, 4, 2022-Lakehouse 


Board Members attending:

Nancy Giuliano, Ked Varble, Dave Lash, Lorie Huss, Lynn Krisko, Candace Pope


Treasurer’s Report:  Ken Aerni via email 3/21/22.  $5,340.15

Secretary’s Minutes:  Nancy Giuliano submitted via email.


Buckeye Bingo at Tailgators:  Lynn Krisko reported that she had a great response and the 50/50 drawing netted $250.00.  Kathy Tofaute included her portion.  Local responders will receive the full amount.


Buckeye Senior Prom:  Nancy Giuliano reported 81 tickets sold.  Income was $1,580.00 less expenses for a total $1,162.00.


New Members/General Meeting:  Lorie reported 73 members paid $5.00 each.


Buckeye Ladies Golf Tournament:  4/12/2022 1:00-4:00pm. Lynn Krisko reported that Joan Turner has 32 members (8 teams of 4).


Spring Picnic/Easter Egg Hunt:  Lorie Huss reported the event will be in Lake Somerset Park 4/16/22 from 1:00 - 4:00pm.  She will send an email to the membership reminding them to bring their visiting families to the event.  All are invited to bring a picnic lunch and watch the Egg Hunt.


Buckeye Ladies Mah Jongg:  Lynn Krisko will send out an email to save the date.


Luau Party:  Lorie Huss will send out an email to save the date May 20, 2022.  The event will be at the Lakehouse Pool and Ballroom.  Details to follow.  Special guest will be the return of “Buckey” the bull.


The Board reviewed the new apparel logo and decided to keep the old logo but with Sun City being removed (as requested by Lifestyles) The plan is to pre-order 12 shirts of various colors and sizes then sell them after offering them to the membership.


Nancy Giuliano reviewed plans to get more members involved in the planning and helping with upcoming events.


Lorie is working on updating our website.


A motion was made by Dave Lash to change our Coastal States Bank checking account signatures to add Nancy Giuliano (President) and remove David Lash (Past President).  The motion was seconded by Lynn Krisko and was passed with a quorum vote of the 6 members present.  The following members will be able to sign checks:

Nancy Giuliano, President

Ken Aerni, Treasurer

Lynn Krisko, Membership Chair


We received a request to join the Beaufort Dragon Boat competition.  After discussion it was decided to not participate.


Some upcoming suggestions  for events:

Trivia Night at Al’s Pizza

X-Golf at Tanger Outlets

Bowling Fun Night at 300


The next Board Meeting will be May 10, 2022 at 3:30pm in the Lakehouse Lobby


Minutes submitted by Dave Lash, Board Secretary



Board Meeting February 2022


Buckeye Board Meeting Minutes

Feb 8, 2022, Lake House

MEMBERS PRESENT: Dave Lash, Lynn Krisko, Lorie Huss, Nancy Giuliano,  Tim Ruppert,  Ked Varble

NOT PRESENT: Ken Aerni, Ron Gramlich, Candace Pope

TREASURER”s REPORT: Dave Lash  $4,131.11


  • Room reservations: Ron Gramlich- requests have been submitted
  • Storage Unit: Lorie Huss- We will  remain where we are
  • Bridgewebs: Lorie Huss- still checking options
  • Ladies' night out: Lynn Krisko- 26 Ladies attended 
  • Membership; Lynn Krisko- over 400 members
  • Chili Cookoff: Tim Ruppert, Ked Varble- seats are getting limited, need more chili dishes for contest, need 150 pats butter (will ask Jack Frost)
  • New members/General meeting: Dave Lash- new members from 4-5 pm General meeting 5-8 pm. Dave will look into  T-shirt company making a presentation of shirts, etc., for Buckeye Group. Pizza
  • Bingo at Tailgators: Lynn Krisko- $20 per person, includes food & bingo. It is almost full.
  • Ladies Golf Tournament: Lynn Krisko- Joan Turner will be setting the event 
  • The following members will remain on the board for 3 yr term: Nancy Giuliano President (1 yr), Dave Lash Secretary, Ken Varble VP, Lorie Huss Webmaster, Lynn Krisko Membership Chair


  • Liability Insurance for 2022: Dave Lash has renewed the policy
  • Upcoming events: Lorie Huss- working on pool party, Easter event, bocce tournament.
  • Family Feud: Lorie Huss- not sure if we will hold it this coming yr.
  • New member to the Board: Candace Pope voted in by the board

Next board meeting TBD


Board Meeting December 2021
Board Meeting November 2021
Board Meeting January 2022
Board Meeting October 2021
Board Meeting September 2021
Board Meeting August 2021
Board Meeting July 2021


Buckeye Group Board Meeting

Minutes July 12, 2021

Lake Somerset Park


Attending:  Dave Lash, Lorie Huss, Tim Rupert, Ed Harper, Lynn Krisko.


Treasurer’s Report accepted as sent via email 7/1/2021

Secretary’s Minutes accepted as sent via email 


Lorie Huss reported that we will have a Pop Up Pool Party at Hidden Cypress Pool on Sunday, July 18, 2021.  As members check in they will be given a balloon.  There will be music, games and prizes.


Lorie reported on the upcoming Buckeye Family Feud.  We have sold 35 of 40 tables.  There will be a 50/50 raffle.  The MC will be Peter Randall.  Dave will welcome everyone.  Still hoping to hear from Steve Harvey.


Kick off Party for College Football will be in the Pavilion, 8/23/2021 from 5:00-8:00pm.  We will have games.  Dinner will be a  covered dish.  More details to follow.


Buckeye Ladies Euchre Party.  Lynn Krisko reporting.  8/18/21 in the card room at the Lakehouse.  6:30-9:30.


Pancake Breakfast.  Ed will see if he can get the usual donated bacon.  Nancy will need volunteers.  


September Dance, Saturday, September 25, 2021 in Pinckney Hall will be called Starry, Starry Night.  Music will be a DJ. 




Buckeye Ladies Golf Tournament 10/19/21.  Reporting Lynn Krisko.  She has most of the details done.


Oktoberfest/Corn Hole Tournament 10/20/21 in the Pavilion, 4:00-8:00.  Food will be brats, German potato salad, hot red slaw and sauerkraut.  Dave will check with Rick Kohl for Corn Hole Boards.


Christmas Dinner Dance


Membership update.  Lorie reports we have 349 members paid.


Upcoming events:

Cheap Seats Dueling Pianos and pizza.  Dave Lash

Men’s Night Out at The DistilleryBluffton

Club Fair/October

New Member’s Pizza/January

Chili Cook-Off/ February

August window display in Pinckney/  Lorie and Nancy


Minutes by Dave Lash in Nancy’s absence.


Board Meeting June 2021
Board Meeting March 2021
November 2020


September 2020
August 2020

Buckeye Group Board Meeting via ZOOM

25 August, 2020

Present: Daver Lash, Lynn Krisko, Lorie Huss, Ken Aerni, Nancy Giuliano
Absent: Ed Harper, Sam Emmett, Ked Varble, Tim Ruppert

Treasurer's Report- Dave Lash $2247.80 balance

Old Business
● Lynn Krisko will be the second signature on all checks. Motion approved by all board
members present.
● In place of the Club fair this year there will be a brochure distributed to include The
Buckeye Group . Lynn’s name will be the point of contact. Dave Lash will submit
information for the October release.
● Renewal dues for Buckeye members will be $10 but due to the Covid-19 virus
preventing our usual functions we will revisit later in the year.

New Business
● Ed Harper will request rooms for next year to include Pancake breakfast in
Sept.,General Meeting/new member meeting, Oyster roast, dance all contingent on the
status of the Covid virus
● Scavenger Hunt- Lorie Huss: Will be for Buckeye Group members and Staying
Connected members only. This is a fundraiser for Staying Connected. Golf carts only
and will be 2 locations for the hunt. The north and the south side will have their own. Will
be held on September 15, 2020. More information to be sent out by Dave Lash in an
email to members.
● Facebook Administrator will be Lorie Huss and Lynn Krisko

Next Board Meeting TBD


October 2019
August 2019
June 2019
Board Meeting - April 2024