American Legion Post 735

35 Legion Parkway
West Seneca
New York 14224

(716) 675-7613
Fax: (716) 675-0365

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Post 735 Newsletter
May 2015
Volume 15       Issue 5

Commander:   Ronald Puckett

Chaplain:   Ken Herkey 897-4578


Service Officer:   Tony Drzyzga 674-3224

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Commander's Message:

Commander Puckett reports:
    At our April Membership Meeting, nominations for the 2015-2016 Post Officers were reopened for the second time and there were no additions or changes from the month before. Therefore, a motion was made, seconded and passed to have the acting adjutant Jim Manley cast one ballot declaring the complete slate of officers duly elected for the year 2015-2016. The appointed officers are Adjutant: Tim Hayes; Chaplain: Ken Herkey; Judge Advocate: Paul Rudnicki; Service Officer: Tony Drzyzga; Historian: JoAnn Pressberg; Major of the Color Guard: Pat Curtin and Public Relations: Jim Manley. Let’s all strive for another successful and rewarding year! Memorial Day is coming up so don’t forget to fly “Old Glory”. I hope to see you all at our meeting on May 12th, when we will honor three legionnaires for their contiguous years of membership in Post 735! Also, I look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day at the Post Home. Thank you.

Sick Call & Relief:

Chaplain Ken Herkey reports:
    Deceased: Duane Kulczyk. Say a prayer for our troops!

1st. Vice Commander PC:

Ed Tyczka reports:
    Again, not too much to report. We are at 525 paid up members, about 98% of our goal. Great work by everyone, thank you. Warm weather is finally here, hope everyone is enjoying it after this brutal Winter. Say a prayer for the Troops.

2nd Vice-Commander:

Katie McCarthy reports:
    Warmer weather is coming soon! The Post’s annual Motorcycle Dice Run for Homeless Veteran’s will be May 23rd. Sign up is at 8:00AM for drivers and riders, but you don’t have to be either to come out and enjoy food, friends and a live band in support of a great cause! We’re going to have a monthly Euchre tournament in the months of June, July and August so stop in and sign up with the bartender. There are other events being planned, so if you get a chance, stop in once in a while to see what’s going on. There’s always signs posted in the Post for upcoming events.


Commander Dennis Kessler Reports:

    Dues for 2015 are past due please check your card. May will be our last meeting until September so stop in. The “Beat the Winter Blues” party was a success thanks to those who attended. Lots of activities on the horizon, Bike Run May 23rd, Golf Tournament July 6th, Summer Euchre Nights, Catamaran in August and more to be announced. May 9th is Our G.I. Parties from 8:00AM – 12:00PM, please try to stop even for an hour to lend a hand. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops. May 18th, 2015 is our next meeting at 7:35 pm.

Color Guard Major

Pat Curtin Reports:

    Our first meeting of the season will be on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:35PM at the Post Home. On Sunday, May 3rd we will participate in the opening ceremonies for Armed Forces Week at 12:45PM at the Buffalo Canal Side. On Saturday, May 23rd we will meet at the Post at 8:00AM to place flags on the graves of Veterans in our local cemeteries. Monday, May 25th is the Memorial Day holiday and we will be marching in the West Seneca Parade. Step-off is at 10:30AM from the Southgate Plaza.

Board of Directors:

Pat Curtin Reports:

    On Saturday, May 9th we will conduct our annual Post “G.I. Party”. This is when we do a lot of the yearly outside and inside maintenance to our property. We are asking for volunteers to show up at the Post at 8:00AM to help us accomplish as much as we can in a few hours. We will be doing some painting, staining, power-washing and some general cleaning. We will be done by noon. We will host two runs out of our Post Home this year. The Community 5K run will be held on Thursday, June 25 and the West Seneca PBA race will be held on Wednesday, July 22. Please be aware that on both evenings, access to our Post home will be limited.

Legion Riders:

Pat Curtin Reports:

    We have a meeting planned for Thursday, May 7th at 7:30PM at the Post Home to finalize plans for the Homeless Vets Dice Run. Please attend if possible to help us make this event as good as it can be. The Annual Post 735 Motorcycle Dice Run to Benefit Homeless Veterans is happening on Saturday, May 23. Registration is from 10:00AM with kickstands up at noon. Our volunteers have planned a wonderful event! Come enjoy a scenic ride with us through the Southern Tier. For more info call Ron Kelly at 827-9330.

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    The Month of May is Poppy Month; remember to support our Veterans by making a donation to our Unit Poppy fund, by doing this you will honor our Veterans and help our Unit to raise funds for local Veterans in Western NY. Auxiliary members will be out at the Evans and M&T banks at the Southgate Plaza weekends this month along with the Memorial Day parade May 25th in West Seneca. Our next meeting is May 6th, at 7:00PM is our Auxiliary new member initiation and installation of officers; County Officers will be in attendance to perform the ceremonies for our unit. A pot luck dinner will follow the installation. Our Unit membership is at 92.6%, it’s not too late to pay your dues for 2015. Send or drop off your dues attention 1st Vice Toni Kruger. Saturday, May 23rd is the Post Family Homeless Veterans Dice MC run. If you signed up to donate a salad for the lunch, don’t forget to drop it off at the Post the night before or the day of the MC run. American Legion 735 Color Guard, followed by our Marching Unit will step off for our 1st parade of the 2015 season! Please come join the festivities this Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th at 10:00AM. Our Unit will be collecting jars of peanut butter & jelly for the West Seneca Food Pantry kids summer vacation, so please bring them to the June 3rd meeting. Happy Mother’s day Ladies! Remember our Veterans in your prayers.


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12th  -  General Meeting

18th  -  S.A.L. Meeting

19th  -  Board of Directors Meeting

26th  -  Executive Board Meeting

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May 6st at  7:00 PM

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