American Legion Post 735
Post 735 Newsletter
Volume 16 Issue 7
Commander: Ronald Puckett
Chaplain: Ken Herkey 897-4578
Service Officer: Tony Drzyzga 674-3224
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Commander Puckett reports:
July begins the start of the new Legion Membership Year and the first dues renewal notices will be arriving soon. You have approximately a full six months to renew your membership, so please make every effort to pay your dues before the end of the calendar year 2016. July also signals the beginning of the summer and plenty of outside activities. Don’t forget to fly “OLD GLORY” on the forth and say a prayer for all our service men and women stationed throughout the world. I hope to see you at our meeting on the 12th and I thank you for your
continued support at our monthly meetings. Enjoy the summer! Officers remember we have suspended our Executive Meetings until September. Keep informed on what is going on at and around the Post. Katie McCarthy has some things you may be interested in. See you on the 12th.
Sick Call & Relief:
Chaplain Ken Herkey reports:
Say a prayer for our troops!
1st. Vice Commander PC:
Ed Tyczka reports:
The final membership count is 504, thank you to all. The 2017 cards will be out any day now so we can start all over again. The chicken B-Q was a success last Sunday, 112 dinners were served thank you to Al Szaras and his crew. Also a big thank you to Maryann Kessler, Judy O'Neil , Maryann Dascomb and of course Don Bifulco for their help with the chicken B-Q.
Remember the 4th of July Parade in Cheektowaga, step off at 12:00 Noon at Thruway Plaza. Hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather.
Katie McCarthy reports:
Hi everyone, hope you’re enjoying this beautiful summer! I’d like to take this time to thank Ed Tyczka, Ed Pfeiffer, Don Buheckher and Mike McCarthy for donating their time for the past 52 weeks to the most successful Queen of Hearts drawing we’ve had! It could not have been possible without them volunteering.
The success of our post is gauged by the number of volunteers we have for every event. July 27th at 7PM is our next Euchre tournament. Please sign with the bartender if you’re interested. Cost is only $5, and it is a lot of fun!
Commander Mike McCarthy Reports:
New Legion year starts in July, Early bird is back July 1st to October 1st.
Early Bird party will be in October, date to follow.
Our golf Tournament is July 11th at Quiet Times; sign up at the bar, Roy Carpenter
can answer your questions. Catamaran is August 21st, look for details.
Music will return on Saturday nights after Labor Day.
God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.
September 19th, 2016 is our next meeting at 7:35 pm.
Color Guard Major
Board of Directors:
Ed Pfeiffer reports:
After serving as a volunteer to the Board since 1999 and a full BOD member since 2007, I decided last year to retire after the completion of the Legion calendar year ending 6/30/16. July 9th will be my last day as the BOD Financial Manager for Post 735. It has been an honor to serve you all and to be a part of keeping our organization operating for all of these years. I will be available to assist the Board with various tasks from time to time,
but my travel schedule precludes further hands-on commitment for day to day operations. American Legion Post 735 is an organization that needs to change, adjust and reach out to our current group of returning Veterans in order to remain viable. Your volunteerism can be a part of that change. Good Luck and may God Bless.
Ron Kelly Reports:
On May 26th, West Seneca American Legion Post 735, Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders sponsored a very successful Motorcycle Run. Through a great deal of preparation and planning, the Motorcycle Dice Run was a huge success. The proceeds of this year’s Motorcycle Run were donated to VALOR (Veteran’s Assistance Local Ongoing Recognition).
On June 21, 2016, Pat Curtin and a representative of the Sons of the American Legion met with representatives from VALOR and presented a check payable to VALOR in the amount of $3,500.00.
VALOR, in turn, donated the proceeds to the Western New York Chapter 77, Vietnam Veterans of America Food Pantry. The Food Pantry helps local veterans and their families.
Mary Ann Kessler Reports:
No Auxiliary meeting in July. Our unit will have a social on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:00pm, with a lite meal and create your own ice cream sundae. Regular meetings will resume Wed. Sept 7, 2016 at 7 pm. Upcoming parades that our 735 Legion Color Guard and Marching Unit will participate in are Monday July 4th Cheektowaga, step off is noon at M&T bank, Harlem & Walden. Strykersville Fireman’s Parade Saturday July 9th, meet at Post Home at 5:00pm, parade step off 7:00pm. Erie County Fair Sunday August 14, step off 1:00 pm. Stop out and cheer us on! While vacationing over the summer please save any unopened travel size toiletries for the VA outpatient clinic. We will collect them at our September meeting. Our new 2016-17 membership cards should be here in August. Members can pre pay their dues in August if cards are not in and be eligible for the Earlier Bird Special. All paid 2016-2017 members by October 1, 2016 are eligible for this special. More details to follow. Please contact Chaplain Kim 867-2928 if a member has taken ill. Stop in to our Post Home for a refreshing beverage and cool off during the summer months! BBQ Thursday’s are a great way to stay cool and not have to cook! Happy 4th of July! God bless all of our Veterans.
IMPORTANT JULY 2016 DATES:
5th - Color Guard Meeting
12th - General Meeting
19th - Board of Directors Meeting
No Executive Board Meeting until September
Next Auxiliary Meeting
No July Meeting
Check the Calendar of Events for the Saturday Night Entertainment Lineup for 2016
Cheektowaga Fourth of July Parade
Monday, July 4th
Strykersville Fireman’s Parade
Saturday, July 9th
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