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
April 2015
Volume 15       Issue 4

Commander:   Ronald Puckett

Chaplain:   Ken Herkey 897-4578


Service Officer:   Tony Drzyzga 674-3224

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Commander's Message:

Commander Puckett reports:
    April is Children & Youth Month. Our Boy’s State interviews have been completed and I am happy to announce that we two young men who will attend Boy’s State in June. They are Jason Najm and Nicholas Eichelberger both from West Seneca East High School. They will leave for SUNY Morrisville College in Morrisville, N.Y. on Friday, June 26th and return on Thursday, July 2nd. Good Luck gentlemen and enjoy the program! Also, the second call for nominations of Post Officers will be reopened at our regular membership meeting on April 14th. We will also present our valor award for Law & Order that night. Please come out and join your fellow members for this Auspicious Occasion. I hope to see you there. Thank you.

Sick Call & Relief:

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

1st. Vice Commander PC:

Ed Tyczka reports:
    We are at 519 paid up members, great work everyone. We had 14 members pass away this year, 3 members transferred out and 1 member quit. This year’s membership goal might not be reached, but it's still a great job by everyone, thank you. Membership for this year will close out in April. Next year’s membership will start in May or June, notices will be sent out by National. Our dues will remain the same for next year, $40.00. Now all we need is some warm weather and sunshine. Say a prayer for the Troops.

2nd Vice-Commander:

Katie McCarthy reports:
    March is going out like a lion, so hopefully the weather will be warming up soon! We had a few fun events this month that were well attended. I’d like to get your suggestions for the coming months. We have a few things in planning, but if there’s something you’d really like to be doing with fellow Legion members, please let me know.


Commander Dennis Kessler Reports:

    Dues for 2015 are past due please check your card. You will be delinquent and lose your Post privileges if not paid. Give us your email address, we will put them in our Post system and keep you up to date on upcoming events, dates, times. The 50/60,s Dance and NASCAR parties were huge successes with over $4000.00 raised. With those events, donations are made to the Wounded Warrior Project, our Post Scholarship Fund and a project at the Post. St. Patrick’s at the Post was fun as usual, Thanks to all who helped. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops. April 20, 2015 is our next meeting at 7:35 pm.

Color Guard Major

Pat Curtin Reports:

    Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:35PM at the Post Home. If you have been considering joining our unit, now would be the time to join us as we prepare for the upcoming parade season. Call me at 675-2241 for more info. We will attend the opening ceremony for Armed Forces Week at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park on Sunday, May 3rd. We are always ready to welcome new members!

Board of Directors:

Pat Curtin Reports:

    As the weather breaks we will be calling in a contractor to repair the roof damage we suffered during the winter. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 9th. On that day, we will conduct our annual Post “G.I. Party”. This is when we do a lot of the yearly outside and inside maintenance on 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 etc. We will be done by noon. Please come down and give us a hand!

Legion Riders:

Pat Curtin Reports:

    At last it might be time for some riding weather! Our Chapter has grown to 34 members this spring. The Post 735 Motorcycle Dice Run to Benefit Homeless Veterans is happening on Saturday, May 23rd. 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 Pat Curtin at 675-2241.

Walt Sez:

    Join us at our April Meeting as we present our Annual Valor Award to West Seneca Police Officer David Steinwandel.

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    2nd nominations for our Unit Officers and elections will take place at our next meeting, April 1st, 2015 at 7:00pm. Chaplain Kim Williams is asking ladies to write down a prayer/reflection for our NY State President Diane’s prayer book. Just a simple prayer, would be nice if everyone would bring one to our next meeting. Marching Unit and Auxiliary shirt orders will take place after our next meeting on April 1st and at our social night on April 16, at 7:00pm. Shirts must be paid for when you place your order. No exceptions! You may also give your Marching Unit order/payment to Captain Sue Solly. Orders will be placed with our embroider on April 17, 2015. Unit Membership is at 91% paid for this year! If your membership card is not for 2015, you do not have Auxiliary and Post privileges, so send your dues in as soon as possible. Please remember to update your address and phone number if they have changed. Bring changes to our meeting, drop off at Post or call 1st Vice Toni Kruger (716-824-6004). May is a busy month; we are looking for members to distribute Poppies on Saturday morning at the Evans and M&T banks, Southgate Plaza also the Memorial Day parade. Saturday May 23, 2015 is the Post Family Homeless Veterans MC run. We will have a signup sheet at our April meeting. We are looking for members to donate a salad (mac, potato etc.) for the MC run lunch. We had a wonderful selection of salads last year from our Auxiliary! Happy Easter everyone! Remember our Veterans in your prayers.


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20th  -  S.A.L. Meeting

21th  -  Board of Directors Meeting

28th  -  Executive Board Meeting

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April 1st at  7:00 PM

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