- Published: 01 October 2017 01 October 2017
I’ve been writing Spotlight columns for some time, and I have found, invariably, that the people being interviewed are uncomfortable with the spotlight. They say things like, “I have nothing interesting to say,” or “I don’t know why you want to talk to me.” And every time, I have found that these individuals are wrong. Each person I’ve interviewed has had an interesting story, including this month’s subjects, Nancy and Greg Buckley. They have had unusual professional and volunteer experiences, and have an enduring love of Cape Cod, a strong appreciation for their Irish heritage, and an active membership in the SOECC.
Both Nancy and Greg grew up as third-generation Brockton residents. In her state auditor’s position, Nancy worked to ensure that the agencies with which she worked handled taxpayers’ money responsibly. In her community activities, Nancy has used both her personal and fiscal skills in organizations such as My Brother’s Keeper, Holy Cross Retreat House at Stonehill College, and formerly, as treasurer for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. An Army veteran, Greg maintained his strong commitment to the armed services in his career in the Veterans Administration. A talented musician, Greg just retired from singing at SOECC, but continues to perform Irish and classic oldies for veterans’ organizations and local fundraisers.
Both Nancy and Greg grew up spending summers on Cape Cod, until they moved here full-time 11 years ago. They have passed their passion for the Cape on to their three children and three grandchildren, Declan, Finn, and the fourth generation Gregory who was born in July. Each weekend during the summer, all the generations gather at the Buckley home. While it can be a challenge having so many people with one bathroom, continuing the family tradition makes the hubbub worthwhile.
Right after they moved to the Cape full-time, Nancy and Greg joined SOECC. Since their grandparents all came from Mayo or Cork, the club seemed a perfect place to meet new friends who share a similar heritage. And they immediately introduced themselves to club members and immersed themselves in the volunteer opportunities available: Greg through his music, and Nancy through her contributions to the dining service. They strongly believe that the volunteer efforts of many members make the club a success. Their advice to new members? You won’t meet people by sitting at the bar on your own. Introduce yourselves to other members. You will find that the people you meet, like Nancy and Greg, have interesting stories to share, and that you have some of your own, too.
Submitted by Helen Niedermeier