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
February 2017
Volume 17       Issue 02

Commander:   Ronald Puckett

Chaplain:   Ken Herkey 897-4578


Service Officer:   Tony Drzyzga 674-3224

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Commander's Message:

Commander Puckett reports:
    February is Americanism Month. It is also the month we remember “The Saga of the Four Chaplains”, who gave up their life jackets to the crewmen aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester and went down with the ship on that fateful morning, February 3, 1943 in World War II. Also be sure to remember the observances of Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays. Please continue to keep our young service men and women in your prayers. Thank you.

    FYI: I am still looking for a boy interested in attending Boy’s State this coming summer. If you know of any one completing his junior year in high school and is interested in government or politics, please have him call the Commander at 675-0756 or 998-1634.

    FYI: On Saturday, February18th, we will have a “stink and drink" event from 1:00 PM until ? at our Post Home. Come on out and enjoy some fun time with your fellow members. Thank you.

Sick Call & Relief:

Chaplain Ken Herkey reports:
    Say a prayer for our troops!

1st. Vice Commander PC:

Ed Tyczka reports:
    We are now at 494 paid up members, might make the 500 mark yet. Come and enjoy the Super Bowl at the Post on 2-5-17 and root for your favorite team. Also don't forget the 50's dance and party on Saturday, February 4th at the Vigilant Fire Hall. This is a great party, really enjoyed by all who attend. Still looking for a week-end cleaner or cleaners at the Post, if anyone is interested please contact a Post Officer. So far we have been blessed with great weather, while most of the Country suffers from various weather related events. Say a prayer for the Troops.

2nd Vice-Commander:

Katie McCarthy reports:
    Hi all, on February 5th we’re having a Super Bowl party. The Post and the Sons are providing pulled pork sandwiches, please bring a dish to pass. We are not having the annual NASCAR party this year, it will be available on the TVs at the bar to come and watch however. Please let me know if you have any ideas for a Post party, we’ll help make it happen as long as it is for the good of the Legion. Take care!!!


Commander Mike McCarthy Reports:

    We have 214 members with 179 paid. 35 have outstanding dues. Please pay your dues your Post privileges ended Dec 31st. 50/60’s Dance with Vigilant fire Feb 4th, Tickets $15 are behind the bar. Questions to Frank Sandor our Dance chairman, we could use your help. St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s day info to come. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

    February 20th, 2017 is our next meeting at 7:35 pm

Color Guard Major

    No Report This Month

Board of Directors:

Chairman Dennis Kessler reports:

    I would like to welcome Kevin Gibson a certified public accountant to assist us in our Post accounting work so that all paperwork is done in a timely fashion and the deadlines are met on a quarterly and yearly basis. Kevin has done work for the post in the past and did assist us with many important matters.

    I would also like to welcome are new book keeper Gail Sokolowski to help us with all the entering of data into the post computer and paying the bills. We look forward to working with the both of our new employees.

    Basement update: due to the heavy rains we had water again but the water had nothing to do the work that was just completed. We found a drain that was covered by titles in the old Commanders office, and 1 more in a storage room, so that is being addressed. We also have a leak in a wall in the storage room and a 2nd leak in a wall of the stair well that leads to the driveway side of the building. We have called for 3 bids to get this problem fixed and just waiting for bids to come in. We will start the Queen of Hearts the 1st week of April and the 1st drawing would be held on Monday, April 10th at 8 pm. The members running the games will have some well-deserved time off. They are all volunteers and do a great job keeping the games running.

    Super Bowl is coming soon hope to see you at the Post home to enjoy the game and some camaraderie, You can bring a dish to pass, It's always a great time with great food!

    God bless are troops and bring them all home safe.

Legion Riders:

Kevin Galligan Reports:

    Our first meeting of the year pertaining to our 11th annual motorcycle run on Memorial Day weekend to support Western New York veterans will take place on Tuesday, February 7th, at 7:35 pm in the back room at the Post. Please bring any ideas for improvement or changes, but most importantly, yourself to the meeting. We need the full support of our 735 Legion family in order to have a successful run, everyone is encouraged and invited to the meeting. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:35pm in the back room of the Post. Please see Ron Kelly or Kevin Galligan from the Legion Riders with any questions about the run.

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    Auxiliary Unit 735 meeting nights are the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. With the exception of July no meeting, August is an evening social and December is our Christmas party. Our Unit voted to raise the Junior membership to $6.00 moving forward for this coming year and all new juniors joining our Auxiliary Unit. If your membership card is not for 2017 your dues are delinquent. Please get you dues into 1st Vice Toni Kruger. 50/60 dance February 4th at Vigilant Fire Hall, proceeds to benefit the scholarship funds for Post 735 and Vigilant Fire Co. Auxiliary Unit 735 and Vigilant Ladies Auxiliary basket raffle donations can be dropped off at the Post 735 by 4:00 pm the day of the dance. Poppy distribution will begin May 1st, 2017. We will be looking for Auxiliary volunteers to distribute poppies at local banks and Memorial Day Parade in West Seneca. Saturday nights our Post 735 has entertainment at 8 pm. Stop in for an enjoyable evening. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

IMPORTANT February 2017 DATES:

14th  -  General Meeting

20th  -  S.A.L. Meeting

21st  -  Board of Directors Meeting

28th  -  Executive Board Meeting

Next Auxiliary Meeting
February 1st at  7:00 PM

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