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
June 2017
Volume 17       Issue 06

Commander:   Ronald Puckett

Chaplain:   Ken Herkey 897-4578


Service Officer:   Tony Drzyzga 674-3224

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Commander's Message:

Commander Puckett reports:
    Another Memorial Day has come and gone with a very busy weekend. Now it is time to prepare for the upcoming Membership Year in Post 735. Also, June 14th is Flag Day. Due to the increasing manufacture of nylon all weather flags, we will once again not hold our Flag Disposal Service at the Post Home. Any flags we collected over the year have been taken to Forest Lawn Cemetery for proper disposal on Flag Day. The service will be held at 10:00AM at the cemetery. All are welcome to attend. I look forward to seeing you at our Membership Meeting on the 13th. Enjoy the summer and stay tuned to the activities planned for the future at the Post Home and there about. Thank you and don’t forget to fly “Old Glory” on the 14th. Say a prayer for our troops serving throughout the Globe!

Sick Call & Relief:

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

1st. Vice Commander PC:

Ed Tyczka reports:
    Most of the heavy duty work at the Post, inside and outside has been completed. I had to cancel the GI clean up party, due to weather reports that called for heavy rain, however as usual the forecast was wrong. WE did manage to get work done inside the Post, and trimmed some bushes on the outside. Thanks to the Ladies Aux, Mary Ann Kessler, Sue Solly, Toni Kruger, Judy O'Neil, Pat David, Laura Little, Jerry S., Janice T, Bob Little, Ray David, Albert Attea, Dave Ellis. I hope that I didn't forget anyone. Dave Ellis and his brother-in-law Tim helped me with filling in topsoil and putting down grass seed in front of the Post. We will take a break from some of the big projects during the Summer and get back to work in the Fall. Painting the bar room is on the list along with the bathrooms. Please don't forget the Post chicken BBQ on June11th from 1:00PM 7o 4:00PM, proceeds to the building fund. Have a safe and happy Summer and say a prayer for the Troops.

2nd Vice-Commander:

Katie McCarthy reports:
    Barbeque Thursdays are back! Starting June 1st, stop in every Thursday from 5-8 PM for a delicious hot dog or burger and enjoy the company of other Legion family members!! June 11th is the Chicken BBQ fundraiser for the Post. Dine in or take out a delicious meal from 1-4 PM. June 23rd and 24th are West Seneca Community days. If you plan on parking at the Post, have your Post ID card with you in order to be admitted to our parking lot. Finally, July 17th is our annual golf outing. This year we will be honoring the memory of our friend Roy Carpenter who was instrumental in organizing this event for many years. Sign up is at the bar, if you don’t have a foursome, we can pair you up with other golfers for a fun day!!


Commander Mike McCarthy Reports:

    We have 205 paid members. Mother’s day breakfast was a great success and very well attended. The SAL turnout to work was unprecedented. Thank You Bob Saar and Al Szaras for running this event and Bob Little for all your help in the kitchen. The Post Golf tournament is on July 17th will be held at Quiet times. $50 includes Golf, Cart, Lunch, Dinner a few drinks and plenty of laughs. It will be in Honor of Roy Carpenter, let’s have a great turnout. The catamaran will be August 20th, more info to follow. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

    September 18th, 2017 is our next meeting at 7:35 pm. Have a Great summer!

Legion Riders:

Ron Kelly Reports:

    On May 27th, we held our 11th annual motorcycle fundraiser for area Veterans in Need. The Legion Riders would not have had the success at this year’s fundraiser without the support of the entire Post 735 family, with men and women from the Legion, Sons of the Legion, and the Ladies Auxiliary coming together to work as one unit in making this one of our most successful fundraisers over the past 11 years. Thank you to all that participated. In May, the Riders attended a run at the Machias post to raise funds to support veterans with PTSD. We left Post 735 at 9:45am, rode 1 hour to Machias, and proceeded to take part in a 150 mile Dice Run with riders from other Southern Tier Legion Rider Posts. In June, Rides with include the Blessing and fundraiser June 3rd at the Orchard Park Post, and on June 10th we will take part in a veteran fundraiser at the Wheatfield Post. Remember, riding season is here, be aware of motorcyclists on the road, “Look twice, save a life”.

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    Unit 735 made our membership Goal of 100%!!! Awesome job 735 Ladies!! Thank you to all the Poppy volunteers that helped distribute Poppies at area banks, Memorial Day parade and the book sale. Great Job! Thanks to all the Ladies that helped clean up our Post Home for the GI party! June 7, 7:00pm meeting night is our Memorial Service for members who have passed this last year. We will also be looking for Veterans actives that we can use our VA&R funds for the upcoming year 2017-2018. Our Unit will have our new 2017-2018 year membership cards at out August 2, meeting social night. You may pay your dues that night. Dues are $20.00 and junior $6.00 per year. If you would like to join the Auxiliary you are welcome to attend the August social, please bring the DD2 form of the Veteran you will join under (Father, Grandfather, Husband). Unit 735 members who have their 2017-2018 dues paid by October 1, 2017 will be entered to win a paid membership for the following year 2018-2019. If you know of a member who has taken ill please call or text Chaplain Laura Little 716-949-9815. Our Marching season has started. Stop out and Cheer us on!! WS Community day parade Saturday, June 24th, assemble at WS West High at 1:00 pm, step off is 2:00 pm, car pool if possible. July 4th Cheektowaga Town parade 12:00pm step off, meet at 11:30am Walden & Harlem Rd. former Thruway mall. Sue Solly is our Marching Unit Captain if you have any questions please contact her 716-361-6984. Happy Father’s day to all of our Post Dads and Grandfathers. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

    No Auxiliary meeting in July.


6th  -  Color Guard Meeting

13th  -  General Meeting

Next Auxiliary Meeting
June 7th at  7:00 PM

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