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
October 2017
Volume 17       Issue 10

Commander:   Ronald Puckett

Chaplain:   Ken Herkey 897-4578


Service Officer:   Tony Drzyzga 697-9084

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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. Hats off to Ed Tyczka and his membership team on a great start to the new year in recruiting. A second notice from National Headquarters should be arriving soon. If you have already paid your 2018 dues and receive a second notice, please disregard it! Your new dues card is your receipt. Please try to renew your membership in a timely manner, and not wait until the last minute to do so. Also, please remember to drive with care at Halloween time and watch out for our little “Trick or Treaters”. Please keep our young service men and women in your thoughts and prayers. I hope to see you at our next regular Membership Meeting on Tuesday, October 10th. Thank you.

Sick Call & Relief:

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

1st. Vice Commander PC:

Ed Tyczka reports:
    Membership stands at 358 paid up to date. Great job. We need 150 to reach our goal of 100% I am sure that we will reach our goal. Please remember that your 2018 card is proof that you paid your dues. National will be sending out 2nd notices pretty soon, so if you have a 2018 car you are paid up, dis-regard the 2nd notice. The "Early Bird” party is set for October 22nd. We will have pulled pork, draft beer and pop. Mixed drinks and bottle beer will be at "Happy Hour" prices. The Party is open to all Legion, Aux. and Sons members who are paid up by 10-1-17. The Chicken B/Q was a success, we donated left over chickens to the Franciscan House on Seneca St. Bflo. They were very happy and appreciative to receive the donation. The Saturday night entertainment is going well, please come out and support the Post. Say a prayer for the Troops and enjoy the "Great Weather" that we are having.

2nd Vice-Commander:

Katie McCarthy reports:
    A big thank you to Laura Little and all of the volunteers that participated in the Thursday night BBQs. Their efforts raised a little over $1,200 for the post!! Fall marks the return of Saturday night entertainment and Buffalo Bills football specials on Sundays, hope to see you support these fun events.


Commander Mike McCarthy Reports:

    We have 63 paid members to date. Early bird is back, pay by Oct 15th. Early Bird party is October 22nd pulled pork, beer and pop 1:00pm-4:00pm. Variety Spaghetti dinner is October 15th, see Mark McMahon if you can help. Steak roast is November 4th, see Bob Saar for more information. Music has returned on Saturdays at 8:00 pm.

    October 16th, 2017 is our next meeting at 7:35 pm.

    God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

    1st Vice-Commander Dennis Kessler reports that the new legion year started July 1st, 2017. Please send in your dues for 2017-2018. Dues are still $ 15.00 a Year and dues must be in by October 15th to be eligible for the early bird program and party. Hope to see you there.

    We have 218 members and 65 have paid their dues and are early birds, we hope you also become an early bird.

    Meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:35PM. Last meeting 23 members showed up hope to see you at the next meeting.

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    Our Unit goal for 2017-2018 membership is 226. At this time we have 36% for the members paid for this new year. Send your dues into Unit 1st Vice Toni Kruger as soon as possible. Our October 4th meeting night we will draw the members name who will receive her membership paid for 2018-2019 (Early Bird Special dues paid by Oct. 1, 2017). Our Holiday Gift basket raffle tickets will be available soon. Still only a $1 chance for some great gifts. Drawing to be held Sunday December 10, 2017, just in time for Holiday entertaining!

    Saturday November 4th our Auxiliary Unit will have a basket raffle during the SAL Steak Roast. Donations of gift baskets, gift cards or gift certificates are needed. National Veterans Creative Arts Festive is taking place October 23 thru 29, 2017 at the Adams Mark Hotel. Sunday Oct 29, at the UB Center for the Arts is where the visual art exhibit will be from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Then the live stage performance from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Please call Pam (at Buffalo VA) (716) 862-6814 to order your FREE tickets for the show.

    Our Auxiliary Unit 735 has a new email address: Ladies email your name and personal email addresses to our Unit email. We can email you any news updates that the Auxiliary receives. If you know of a member who has taken ill please call or text Chaplain Laura Little at 716-949-9815. Saturday night’s our Post 735 has entertainment at 8:00pm. Check out the schedule posted in Bar, stop in for an enjoyable evening. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

Board of Directors:

Chairman Dennis Kessler reports:

    The board welcomes are newest member Donald Bifulco. Welcome Donnie you will be an asset to the Board and serve the post family proudly.

    Thank you to Don Bucheker and Ed Tyczka for repairing the bar stools making them sturdier and useable again. Great job, guys.

    We are waiting on bids to put in crash bars on all the fire doors so were back up to code again. We had are fire system serviced and we good to go.

    The post has been very busy on a daily basis with meetings or events. So please check for availability for your event date if you need to rent the hall.

    Are chicken dinner benefit was a great success thank to are post family and their support for the event.

    Please support your post and check your meeting dates and times.

    Entertainment on Saturday nights are booked till next year stop in and enjoy your post family and some great camaraderie.

    GOD BLESS our troops at home and away, and pray they all come back home safe to their loved ones.

Veterans Activities Chairman :

Jerry Johnson reports:
    West Seneca West High School will honor all veterans at its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 9th (School is closed on Friday, November 10th, so ceremony is one day earlier this year). All veterans are invited and urged to attend this annual ceremony given by the students. The ceremony will start at approximately 7:45 am, so please be at the school by 7:30am. Refreshments and snacks will be served after the ceremony and will be a good opportunity to interact with the students.

    Remember our troops!

Color Guard Captain

Mark McMahon reports:

    No report this Month.

Legion Riders:

Ron Kelly Reports:

    As our riding season comes to an end, I would like to thank all who participated this year, especially everyone that helped with the 11th Annual Memorial Weekend Veterans benefit. We are always open to suggestions for rides, now is not too early to start planning for the next season.

    We are in desperate need of someone to chair the annual Memorial Day Veterans Benefit Run, which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 26th, 2018. Please contact me if you are interested, I will assist in the Run, but will be out of town for most of the winter, and would be unable to devote the time for this worthy cause. I have several people from the Legion who can assist, but we are looking for a chairman. This run has been a part of our Legion for over eleven consecutive years, let’s not lose it!

    Remember to support our Legion Post throughout the winter months, and say a prayer for all those serving our country!


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4th  -  Auxiliary Meeting

10th  -  General Meeting

16th  -  S.A.L. Meeting

17th  -  Board of Directors Meeting

24th  -  Executive Board Meeting

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