Kat Buckwell, President (resigned 2/7/2017) I moved to Rochester from Northern NY (Lisbon – Waddington area–St. Lawrence County) in 1980. I grew up being a huge Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Pirates fan. I became interested in football only after moving to Rochester. I picked the Steelers as my team after all they had the same colors as my Bruins and Pirates! I joined the fan club in 1997, when Rocco Manzo was President. I became President in 1998, when Rocco moved back to Pittsburgh. My goal as President of the club was to make game days at the club a family event and to raise money for Rochester area charities. I really enjoy meeting all the Steelers fans that attend the club and hearing their stories. I started out with club simply selling raffle tickets, welcoming new members, chatting with current members or pacing the floor for a Steeler win! I am truely a fan of not only this team, but of the fans who live and breath the black and gold.
Larry Peck: Born in NJ and moved to Rochester in 1996 and was one of the original members of the fan club. My role at the club is ensure that our memorial is up to date and presented each week, work with charities on presenting donations and help with annual fundraiser/tailgate event each year.
Tish Romas I grew up in Syracuse NY watching the Steelers with my older brother loving Franco and Swann and the Steel Curtain. After living in Pittsburgh for 10 years, I moved to Rochester in 2000. One of the guys I work with told me about the Steeler Fan Club and that I could take my (then) 5 year old son to watch with me, because it was for families. I’ll never forget walking into the club the first time and my son telling me he felt like we were back in Pittsburgh! It became our tradition to watch the games together & have been with the club ever since. This is my first year attending games “alone” because my son is now in college in Erie, PA and is surrounded by Steeler fans there. On game day, I’m one of the “sack bucket” girls, which means that every time we sack the other team’s quarterback I come around looking for quarters, dollars or any amount you’d like to donate to the bucket for charity.
Hyman Swartz: born and raised in Rochester, NY. How did I become a Steelers fan you say? Simple….The Immaculate Reception! As a 4 year old boy I watched that magical play happen and turned to my parents and said “….that’s going to be my favorite team!” The rest is sweet history. I was fortunate to see them play at Three Rivers and remember the day very well because it was opening day and the day after Princess Diana was killed in an automobile accident (1997). I came to discover the fan club after Week 11 of the 2005 season…I was trying to find a place to watch them. I found the Club at Six Pockets and slowly worked my way into the second row(Behind Tish!) by the time we were in the AFC Championship game. Today you can find me in the front row (or back row depending on which way you are facing) at MicGinnys….Terrible Towel heavy! Yelling as loud as I can…HA HA YOU ARE STOOPID! Trying to keep everyone entertained even if our boys can’t get it done on the field. I help out with the announcements from time to time and of course contribute towards the excellent raffles we have for the charities we donate to. I consider everyone involved my extended family and it’s my honor to be a part of this fan club.
Laura Fee :Born and raised in Rochester, I have fond memories of Sunday afternoon games, all warm and cozy inside while it was cold and snowy outside. In the early 90’s, I relocated to a place where it’s hot and sunny almost year around and those sunday football games just didn’t seem the same. I moved back here in 2009 – Dec 30th to be exact – just in time to ring in the new year and start a new chapter in my life. Shortly after I came back I met Kathy and was introduced to the exciting atmosphere we all knew as Six Pockets, and the Steeler family. I immediately fell in love with the team, the people, everything, and knew this was a club I wanted to be involved with. You will find me at the games with my boyfriend Steve, his daughter, and my daughter when she’s on school break. Both girls being lifetime Steeler fans, the parents following them in their good taste!!! It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this club and the Steeler Nation.