Jack Buckles Honored By Chamber With 2017 Legacy Award

Jack Buckles, recipient of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 2017 Legacy Award. Photo by: Kyle EvensJack Buckles, recipient of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 2017 Legacy Award. Photo by: Kyle Evens

By: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce—

Muncie, IN—The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce honored Jack Buckles with their 2017 Legacy Award. The Gala Event held at the Horizon Convention Center, had over 250 guests.

The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s Legacy Award is presented annually to an individual or couple who has made extraordinary, sustained, and positive contributions to the Muncie-Delaware County community, and who has provided leadership in the development of programs, events, and/or new traditions that promote goodwill and community pride.

Among those who spoke at the Gala were:  Kelly Stanley, Retired CEO of Cardinal Health System; Ron Fauquher, CEO of Ontario Systems; Sara Shade, Partner at Beasley Gilkison, LLP; Van Smith, CEO of TechSmith LLC; Mark Ervin, Partner at Beasley Gilkison and Board member at The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County; and John Littler, Retired President and CEO of Littler Diecast.

“Jack Buckles has been an important part of this community and it’s only fitting that the community honors him with the Chamber’s Legacy Award. Jack’s contributions haven’t only touched Muncie-Delaware County, but numerous others across the State.” said Chamber President Jay Julian.

Jack Buckles is a graduate of Indiana University.  He earned his undergraduate degree in 1950 and his law degree in 1953.  Buckles was admitted to the Indiana Bar after receiving his law degree and began his law career in Muncie shortly thereafter.  Buckles was a partner with Beasley Gilkison, LLC and worked with that firm until his retirement.  His practice focused on business law and estate planning and administration.  He was a member of the Muncie Bar Association, serving as president in 1960 and 1961.  He was also a member of the American Bar Association and Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity.

Buckles community involvement includes service as a past chairman to The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, a director on the board at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital; member and past chairman of the Minnetrista Board of Trustees; Past Chair of United Way of Delaware County; and was Chairman of the You and Year 2000.  Buckles also served on the Board of Directors for the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally Buckles served as a director at Ontario Corporation;Mutual Federal Savings Bank, Senior Director; Society Corporation, Director; and two terms as the Delaware County Attorney.  He is also a member of First Presbyterian Church, Muncie, IN; Muncie Jaycees (Past President); Exchange Club of Muncie (Past President).

Open Door Health Services CEO Bryan Ayars began the evening by greeting guests as the presenting sponsor of the event.  Chamber Chairman of the Board of Directors Magi Sikora presented the award to Buckles on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.

Past recipients include: Dr. Jo Ann Gora, Past President of Ball State University; Van P. Smith, Techsmith, LLC; Stefan Anderson, Retired CEO of First Merchants Bank; community activists Cornelius & Mary Dollison; Dr. George Branam and J. Alan Rent.

The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has been serving the community since 1894.

For more information, contact Brenda Brumfield at 765-751-9128 or email bbrumfield@muncie.com.