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
November 2014
Volume 14       Issue 11

Commander:   Ronald Puckett

Chaplain:   Ken Herkey 897-4578


Service Officer:   Tony Drzyzga 674-3224

   IMPORTANT NOTICE: The regular General Meeting for November 2014 has been cancelled.

   Please join us on November 11th at the Walkway of Freedom for the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony.   
   The ceremony will commence at 11:00AM

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Commander's Message:

Commander Puckett reports:
    November is a very busy month for our Post. First of all Election Day is Tuesday, the 4th. Please go to the polls and exercise your right and privilege and vote. On Tuesday, the 11th we celebrate Veteran’s Day at the Walkway of Freedom at 11 am. Refreshments will be served after our program back at the Post Home. Because our Membership Meeting falls on that day, the members voted to cancel our scheduled meeting and that took place at our October Meeting. We will however, hold our Executive Meeting on Tuesday the 25th. As the year comes to a close in December, I remind those who have not renewed their membership to please do so before December 31st. Remember, you are considered delinquent as of January 1st according to the Constitution of the American Legion. At this time Carol and I would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! Also, please remember our Military Personal serving throughout the world. Thank you.

    FYI: If you would like to have your 2015 membership card laminated, bring it to our December Meeting and we will provide that service for you at no charge.

    FYI: Orders are now being taken for Post Legion Jackets at the bar. The price is $95.00 at the time of ordering. Also, the orders for short and long sleeve polo shirts and wind breaker jackets are still being taken at the bar.

Sick Call & Relief:

Chaplain Ken Herkey reports:
    Welcome home troops!

1st. Vice Commander PC:

Ed Tyczka reports:
    As of October 14, 2014 we are at 398 paid up members, great work. The second notice from National has gone out, so I think things will pick up again. Remember if you paid your dues and have a current card, disregard the second notice from National. We need to acknowledge and thank Lou Fumanti and Dave Ellis for all the work that they did in the bottle room, insulation, etc. Thanks men. Also please remember and pass the word that we will have entertainment at the Post on Saturday nights from 9:00PM to 12:00AM. Pat Curtin did a lot of work setting up two Karaoke acts and one live band. Entertainment starts on October 18, 2014 come out and support the Post. Say a prayer for the Troops.

Veterans Activities Chairman :

Jerry Johnson reports:
    REMINDER: Two Veterans Day activities at high schools in November: West Seneca West Senior High School on Monday, November 10th at 7:30 AM. West Seneca East Senior High School on Monday, November 10th at 12:30 PM

2nd Vice-Commander:

Katie McCarthy reports:
    Turkey roll offs will be starting soon, stop in and try your luck at winning a turkey for Thanksgiving! November 1st is the SAL steak roast, please come out and support. The Post/Variety Spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction is on the 16th from 2:00PM to 5:00PM, tickets for adults are $7.00 each, children 12 and under are $3.00 On November 30th, we’ll be having a pot luck Thanksgiving dinner during the Bills game – hope to see you there. Finally, Santa and Mrs. Santa will be at the Post on December 14th ! The event starts at 1:00PM and ends at 3:00PM. There will be crafts and activities for the children, and snacks will be served. If you are interested in bringing your relative(s), please sign up with the bartender by December 5th. All persons are asked to bring a wrapped gift for each child; the value should not exceed $20.


Commander Dennis Kessler Reports:

    Membership update for 2015, 179 members, 18 of them new and 78 paid members this year. Welcome to all the new members! Our next meeting is Monday November 17th at 7:35 pm. Please participate by attending meetings and upcoming events. If your membership card is not 2015 year, stop in to the Post or send you dues payment Attention: 1st Vice Frank Sandor. Dues cards can be laminated at our meetings. Our Steak Roast was a great success. Thank you everyone for your support. Auxiliary Unit; great job sponsoring the Chinese auction. We have some scheduled events for 2015; February 50’s Dance & Chinese auction at Vigilant Fire Hall, Daytona 500 Party at Post Home. More information to follow. Some ideas for future events in 2015 are Mystery bus trip, cook-offs, Pirate ship cruise… Please attend a membership meeting to help make these and other events happen. Support you Post 735 Home! Remember our troops at home and away!

Color Guard Major

Pat Curtin Reports:

    "11-11-11" commemorates the signing of the armistice to end World War I at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. On Veteran's Day, Tuesday, November 11th at 11:00AM join us for the ceremonies at the "Walkway of Freedom" next to the Town Hall.

Board of Directors:

Pat Curtin Reports:

    See the events page of this web site for the entertainment schedule for Saturday nights at the Post through the first of the year. Our Post Home will again be closed this year on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Legion Riders:

Pat Curtin Reports:

    We continue to purchase “wish list” items for Altamont House from the proceeds of our Motorcycle Dice Run. Ed Pfeiffer and I delivered some area rugs on Saturday, October 18th and Eric Stets completed building and installing a bike rack in the Altamont garage. Lately, Mother Nature has not been too kind to Western New York motorcyclists but we may get another ride or two in yet!

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    Our paid membership is at 43%. Ladies get your 2015 dues into our 1st Vice Toni Kruger as soon as possible. Join us November 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm for our next Unit meeting. Remember our Veterans by flying your flag on Veterans Day, November 11th! Our Unit is looking for 2015 calendars to place in the 34 stockings for the men at Altamont House; any other stocking stuffer donations are welcome. Please bring donations to our Post by Nov. 25th and mark them Vet stockings. Our basket of cheer tickets are available at the Post bar for those ladies who did not receive them at the last meeting. The drawing is December 14th, just in time for the holidays! The American Legion Auxiliary District scholarships applications will be in the West Seneca West & East High Schools by mid-November. Applicants MUST return completed applications to American Legion Post 735, attention President Mary Ann Kessler by February 1, 2015. Applications may also be downloaded from the American Legion Auxiliary Department of NY web site. Our December 3rd, meeting night is the Auxiliary Unit 735 Christmas Party at 7:00 pm. Ladies attending the party please bring a dish to pass, or give $5.00 toward the purchase of the meats. If you did not sign up at the November meeting, please call 2nd Vice Gayle Liggett (716-946-7385) so we can plan accordingly for the dinner. I would like everyone at our Christmas party to bring a donation of one of the following canned soup or stew, box mac & cheese, peanut butter, or jelly to our party. All food collected will be donated to the West Seneca food pantry. These items will be greatly needed during the holiday school vacation time. Remember our Veterans in your prayers.


4th  -  Color Guard. Meeting

NO General Meeting in November

17th  -  S.A.L. Meeting

18th  -  Board of Directors Meeting

25th  -  Executive Board Meeting

Next Auxiliary Meeting

November 5th at  7:00 PM

Check the Calendar of Events for the Saturday Night Entertainment Lineup for 2014

Post/Variety Spaghetti Dinner
Sunday, November 16th
2:00PM until 5:00PM
$ 7.00 - Adults    /   $ 3.00 - Children 12 and under

A Chinese Auction will also be held

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