American Legion Post 735

35 Legion Parkway
West Seneca
New York 14224

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

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American Legion Post 735


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Post 735 Newsletter
October 2014
Volume 14       Issue 10

Commander:   Ronald Puckett

Chaplain:   Ken Herkey 897-4578


Service Officer:   Tony Drzyzga 674-3224

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Commander's Message:

Commander Puckett reports:
    October begins to usher in our fall weather, as well as pausing to reflect on Columbus Day (Observed) on the 14th. Membership is coming in well and hats off to Ed Tyczka for a great job! A second renewal notice from National Headquarters should be arriving soon to those who have not paid their 2015 dues yet. If you have already paid for 2015 and receive a second notice, please disregard it! Your new dues card is your receipt. Please try to renew in a timely manner and not wait until the end of the 2014 year. I look forward to seeing you at our General Membership on the 14th. Also, please drive with care at Halloween time and watch out for our little “Trick or Treaters”. Let all keep our deployed Men and Women serving our Beloved Country throughout the Globe, in our prayers. Thank you.

    FYI: We are still taking orders for polo shirts. Both Legion and Sons are available. Short sleeve and long sleeve. We are also taking orders for light weight jackets with a flannel lining. Inquire at the bar for details.

    FYI: Starting Monday, October 20th, Lou and Jackie Fumanti will provide Chili in the bar room. It will be as last year, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons. Stop in and warm up with a hot bowl of Chili on those cold days which are just around the corner.

Sick Call & Relief:

Chaplain Ken Herkey reports:
    Welcome home troops!

1st. Vice Commander PC:

Ed Tyczka reports:
    Not much to report this month, membership is going very well. As of this date, we are at 393 paid-up members. Great work! National should be sending out a second dues notice in October. If you paid your dues, disregard the second notice. Say a prayer for the troops.

Veterans Activities Chairman :

Jerry Johnson reports:
    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:
    Exciting events are coming up at the Post! October 5th there will be a Bills tailgate party in the parking lot at 10:00AM. November 1st the SAL is having their steak roast, tickets are available at the bar. On November 16th the Variety Club is having their spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction, tickets will be available at the door. November 30th we’re having a Post Thanksgiving Dinner, sign up at the bar to bring a dish to pass. Dinner will be served at halftime during the Bills game. Santa and Mrs. Santa are coming to the Post on the 14th of December!! We’ll have activities and snacks for the children. Parents/grandparents are asked to sign the children up at the bar. For each child you sign up, please bring in a wrapped gift with their first and last names on it. Please limit the gift value to $20.00 or less per child.


Commander Dennis Kessler Reports:

    Thank you to everyone who attended the half way to St. Patrick’s Day Bash, it was a great success. Meeting dates for Squadron 735 members are as follow: Monday, October 20th; Monday, November 17th; and Thursday, December 18t. All meetings start at 7:35PM. Donald Bifulco, our SAL advisor, was honored at our September meeting. He received a plaque for his distinguished and dedicated service to the membership and officers of Squadron 735. THANK YOU KID! Our tailgate party at Post 735 parking lot is Sunday, October 5th at 10:00AM. Bring your own beverages, food, tents, chairs etc. Set up will be at 9:00AM that morning. Post will be open in morning for restrooms only. Post bar opens at noon, game at 1:00 PM, halftime eats at Post home. Our membership is 172 for 2015 year, with 53 paid members. Please check your dues card, it should read 2015. Stop in to Post 735 to pay your dues or mail them Attn: Frank Sandor 1st Vice. On Saturday, November 1st the SAL will have their annual Steak Roast. Cost is $15.00 per dinner, serving from 3:00PM - 6:00PM. Tickets are available at the Post bar all through October and the day of the Steak Roast. I hope to see more members at our October 20th meeting 7:35PM at your Post home.

Color Guard Major

Pat Curtin Reports:

    We concluded another great parade season at the Brant Indian Fall Festival Parade on September 13th Thanks to all Color Guard and Marching Unit members for giving of their precious time to represent our Post so well again this year. These people give a wonderful impression of Post 735 to the general public and their dedication and commitment make it all happen!

Board of Directors:

Pat Curtin Reports:

    Our first meeting since May was on September 16th. Long time Board member, Jerry Johnson resigned for medical reasons. Commander Puckett appointed Lou Fumanti to replace him on the Board. Many thanks to Jerry for all his work over the years and we know Lou will do a great job in his place. Lou will be in charge of the interior maintenance and cleaning of our Post Home. Welcome aboard Lou!

Legion Riders:

Pat Curtin Reports:

    We have had a great riding season and we are hoping it is not over yet. Most of us ride at least through November. It all depends on how Mother Nature decides to deal with Western New York! Thanks to Ride Captain Ron Kelly for organizing some awesome rides for us this year!

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    Auxiliary 735 Unit dues are now due. We are looking to make our membership goal for 2014-2015 as soon as possible. Stop into our Post home, mail, or see Toni Kruger our 1st Vice at our next meeting Wednesday, October 1, 2014. We will also laminate your card at our meetings. Please contact Chaplain Kim Williams (867-2928) if you know of any members who have taken ill. It’s almost that time for our Basket of Cheer raffle! We are looking for donations of bottles of liquor to fill the basket. Deadline for bottle donations is October 25, 2014. Tickets will go on sale this month. The drawing for the Basket of Cheer will take place at our Post Sunday, December 14, 2014. Saturday November 1st from 3:00PM – 6:00PM our Auxiliary will have a Chinese Auction during the Sons of the American Legion 735, Steak Roast. Stop in and enjoy a delicious steak dinner and take some chances on the auction. An Electronics recycling event will take place at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Avenue on Saturday October 11th from 9:00AM – 2:00PM, rain or shine. Proceeds from this event will benefit Veterans at VA Western NY Healthcare System. Remember our servicemen & women in your prayers.


7th  -  Color Guard. Meeting

14th  -  General Meeting

20th  -  S.A.L. Meeting

21st  -  Board of Directors Meeting

28th  -  Executive Board Meeting

Next Auxiliary Meeting

October 1st at  7:00 PM

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

Steak Roast
Saturday, November 1st
3:00PM until 6:00PM
$ 15.00 per person
Beverages available at the cash bar
Sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 735

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