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 2017
Volume 17       Issue 04

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 and Youth month. I am sorry to report that no eligible boy to attend Boy’s State is interested this year. We will try again next year when that time comes. Also, the second round of nominations of Post Officers will be reopened at our membership meeting on April 11th. 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. Please say a prayer for our young men and women serving our beloved country throughout the globe for a safe return from their duties. Thank you.

Sick Call & Relief:

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

1st. Vice Commander PC:

Ed Tyczka reports:
    Paid up Membership for 2017 now stands at 501, about 99% of our goal, thanks to all. Work on the basement bathrooms was done by Sons of the Legion, Dennis K., Bob S., Mike and Brian M. Walls were painted, floor tiles replaced, ceiling tiles replaced, new toilets installed, fans and lights replaced. Can't thank these men enough for their work. Starting on Monday, 4-3-17, the wallpaper will be removed and the walls will be painted in the backroom, should be completed in a day or two. Work is progressing well at the Post. The work fixing the leaks in the basement walls will be completed by May 1st. Say a prayer for the Troops.

2nd Vice-Commander:

Katie McCarthy reports:
    The bunny roll-offs are going quick! Stop in for a chance to win a delicious chocolate bunny made by Park Edge Candy. April 4th at 7:35PM is the next meeting for the WNY Veterans Motorcycle Run. If you’re interested in helping out, we’d love to have you there. There are many different functions that we could use your help with. The Motorcycle Run event is May 27th. Thanks!!


Commander Mike McCarthy Reports:

    We have 200 paid members. Mother’s day breakfast May 14th, $7.00 adults, 12 and under $3.00 no take-outs. A flower for all Mom’s, 9:00am till 12:00pm, we can use help to serve and clean. Voting for officers will commence at our April meeting. G. I. party in early May look for more info. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

    April 17th, 2017 is our next meeting at 7:35 pm.

Color Guard Major

    No Report This Month

Board of Directors:

Chairman Dennis Kessler reports:

    Basement update: both bathrooms are freshly painted, replaced damaged ceiling tiles, replaced damaged floor tiles, replaced toilets, and hardware. The fans and lights will also be replaced if we cannot fix them. Thanks to B. Mccarty for painting, B. Saas painting, and installing the floor tiles and ceiling tiles. M. Mccarthy and T. Drzyga for cleaning and moving items into the commander office. Old commanders office which is the Color Guard and Son's record storage room also needed the peel and stick floor tiles pulled up. We will replace the floor tiles and ceiling tiles due to water damage when we have all the materials and manpower to install them. We are still waiting on the contractor to start the work on the leaks in the wall and stair well and hope they start work soon.

    Upper main hall will also be up dated by taking off the old wall paper, fixing the walls, priming and painting of the walls. We picked Fleet painting from the 3 bids we had to do the work. We look forward to working with Fleet and their staff so that the work will start soon and to make are hall look even better for are post family to use and enjoy.

    The board will be enforcing no eating at the post bar on Friday night fish fry’s. We will post signs due to complaints from post members. There are tables in the front bar area and in the rear hall for everyone to enjoy their dinner and then return to the bar for adult beverages and camaraderie with your post family.

    May 13th is the Post G. I. party, so mark your calendars. Start time is at 0800 hrs till 1200 hrs, we will power wash the bldg, clean windows outside, light outdoor work, inside work and all of our post family members are welcome to help. If you’re available we could use your help; the more we have the quicker we will get finished.

    May 14th is the Mother’s Day Breakfast - start time is 0900-1200 hrs - tickets at the post bar, $7.00 for adults, 12 and under $3.00. We hope to see you there, it is always a great day and great breakfast. Summer is coming quickly so were trying to finish all of our projects but we have a lot of events coming up and we hope to see you at the post home and at upcoming events.

    God bless are troops all over the world that they stay safe and return home to their loves soon.

Legion Riders:

Kevin Galligan Reports:

    Our next scheduled meeting for the 11th annual Motorcycle Run to support WNY Veterans is Tuesday, April 4th, at 7:35pm in the back room of the post. In order for this fund raiser for local veterans to be successful, we need the support of the entire Post 735 family. Please try to attend the meeting, we are in need of volunteers to assist us the day of the run, which is always the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27th this year. We need volunteers to assist in the sign-up phase in the morning, and again when the participants return to the post later that afternoon. We are also looking for any donated items for our Chinese Auction or any kind of donation to support the run. Any questions about the run should be directed to Ron Kelly or Kevin Galligan of the Legion Riders. We hope to see you at the meeting!

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    Final nominations and elections will take place at our April 5, 7 pm meeting. Thank you to all members who have paid their dues. Our Unit is at 98% of our 222 membership goal. If your dues are not paid for 2017, you are now delinquent and are not eligible to participate in American Legion functions. Please get you dues into 1st Vice Toni Kruger. Sign up your daughters and granddaughters to join the Auxiliary and their dues are only $6.00 as long as they are under age 18. We are collecting canned stews, soup, and nonperishable items for the West Seneca food pantry, please bring to our April meeting. Orders will be taken for Marching Unit and Auxiliary apparel at this meeting, checks to ALA Unit 735 or cash is due at the time of the order. Please sign up at our meeting to volunteer and distribute Poppies during the month of May at local banks and our West Seneca Memorial Day Parade. All funds raised for poppies going to support our local Veterans. Our Unit had one Senior student from West Seneca Schools apply for the Department of NY scholarships, Ben is also a member of our 735 SAL. Good Luck Ben!

    Happy Easter to all of our Post families. Saturday nights our Post 735 has entertainment at 8:00pm. Stop in for an enjoyable evening. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.


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17th  -  S.A.L. Meeting

18th  -  Board of Directors Meeting

25th  -  Executive Board Meeting

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April 5th at  7:00 PM

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