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
May 2017
Volume 17       Issue 05

Commander:   Ronald Puckett

Chaplain:   Ken Herkey 897-4578


Service Officer:   Tony Drzyzga 674-3224

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Commander's Message:

Commander Puckett reports:
    At our April Membership Meeting, nominations for the 2017-2018 Post Officers were reopened for the second time and there were no additions or changes from the month before. Therefore, motion was made and seconded and passed to have the Adjutant Jim Manley cast one ballot declaring the complete slate of officers duly elected for the year 2017-2018. The appointed officers are Tim Hayes, Adjutant; Ken Herkey, Chaplain; Paul Rudnicki, Judge Advocate; Tony Drzyzga, Service Officer; JoAnn Pressburg, Historian; Jim Manley, Public Relations; and Mark McMahon, Color Guard Captain. Letís all strive for another successful year! Memorial Day is coming up soon so donít forget to fly ďOld GloryĒ. I hope to see you all at our meeting on the May 8th. Also, I look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day for the parade and at the Town Hall for our annual Memorial Service. Say a prayer for our young men and women serving our Beloved Country throughout the Globe. Thank you.

    FYI: We are having a GI cleanup party on Saturday, May 13th at 8:00 AM until about noon. Please come out and give us a hand that day. We are trying to spruce up the Post for Memorial Day. The more help we have the quicker we will finish. 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 508 paid up members 100% of our goal, thanks to all members. Work on the basement has been completed, and we survived last weekendís heavy rain without any leaks, old or new, thank goodness. We are in the process of having the metal door repaired in the basement, hopefully by next week. Work on the back room continues, we measured and purchased blinds for the windows hope to install them by next week. We will also do a little more painting in the back room, the back room bar will be painted gray to match the walls and the bottom molding will be replaced. Please remember May 13th is the GI party from 8:00AM to 12N we can use all the help that we can get, working on the outside and inside of the building. I can't thank the men and ladies enough, who have helped with the work around the Post. Without the volunteer help we wouldn't be able to survive. Say a prayer for the Troops.

2nd Vice-Commander:

Katie McCarthy reports:
    Activities have slowed down lately, other than the upcoming Motherís Day Brunch and Motorcycle Run. Since these events are run by other organizations at the Post, I will not duplicate their reports. Therefore, my input will be: ďIf anyone has a special interest that they would like to have an event for, please leave a note for me with the bartender and I will contact you. Other than that, please have a safe and fun summer.Ē


Commander Mike McCarthy Reports:

    We have 200 paid members.

    Motherís day breakfast May 14th, $7.00 12 and under $3.00 no take-outs. A flower for all Momís, 9:00am till 12:00pm, we need help starting at 8:00 am. Try to work an hour or two before you eat to help out. Our last meeting for the summer will be May 15th. Watch for the Golf tournament in July and Catamaran in August.

    God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

Color Guard Captain

Mark McMahon reports:

    The first Color Guard meeting for the 2017 marching season is Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm. The marching season will be upon us before you know it with the first event that I have been notified about being Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 29, 2017. We will review the event information that we have received for the marching season. I would like to welcome the new members to the Color Guard and hope to see a great turnout for the meeting. As always, the Marching Unit of the Auxiliary is welcome to attend the meeting. Looking forward to another great parade season.

Board of Directors:

Chairman Dennis Kessler reports:

    Basement update: Leaks in the boiler room and stair well have been fixed. All outside digging and concrete work have also been completed. Our basement will now be dry again and after we repaint the repaired walls, it will totally finished and ready for meetings again.

    Main hall update:
    All the repairs to the walls are done and repainted. We also installed to new ceiling fans. New blinds are ordered and will be installed very soon. We will also repairing the hall bar and replacing the storeroom frame and door to finish the back hall updates. Our G I party is May 13th, rain or shine at the post home. We will do some light painting, power wash bldg., some cleaning inside and out. Coffee, donuts and hard rolls and butter will served. GI Party time is 8:00am to 12:00 pm. Hope too see ya there.... The Board of Directors would like to say thank you to our post family for all the time that is volunteered to keep are post running and to make it the greatest post in the area. THANK YOU.

    GOD BLESS America and our Troops both home and away so they all return home safe to their loved ones.

Legion Riders:

Kevin Galligan Reports:

    We are real close to the 11th Annual Motorcycle Run to Support WNY Veterans on Saturday, May 27, 2017 to raise money and awareness to support local WNY veterans. The Motorcycle Run will start and finish at our Post. Registration begins at 10:00am on Saturday, May 27th with kickstands up at Noon. Cost is $15 for the driver, $10.00 for passenger and $10.00 for a guest. In order for this fund raiser for local veterans to be successful, we need the support of the entire Post 735 family. If you are willing to lend a hand during the event please let us know or just show up to volunteer. 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.

    Our Riders invited riders from Orchard Park and East Aurora Legions to join us escorting the Vietnam Veteran wall from Darien Lake State Park to Front Park by the Peace Bridge. We had a group of around 25 riders leave our post on Wednesday 4/26/17. There a group of 22 Police motorcycles escorted around 400 cycles and the wall. It was a great honor to escort the wall. Thanks to all that joined in the escort!

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    Our May 3rd meeting is installation of officers for 2017-2018 and enrollment of our new members. I am happy to welcome our returning and new officers: 1st Vice, Toni Kruger; 2nd Vice, Ann Connolly; Secretary, Sue Solly; Treasurer, Geri Courteau; Chaplain, Laura Little; Sgt-at-Arms, Lisa Cudihy; and Historian, Diana Kniazuk. I would also like to thank outgoing Chaplain Kim Williams and Sgt-at-Arms Marian Dascomb for all their volunteering and service to our Auxiliary Unit. May is Poppy month if you havenít signed up to volunteer distributing Poppies and would like to, please do so at our May meeting you can also contact Poppy Chairperson Sue Solly at 716-361-6984. Wear a Poppy in memory of a Veteran! Thank you to everyone who donated to the WS Food Pantry. Our Unit collected 106 nonperishable items. If you know of a member who has taken ill please call or text Chaplain Laura Little 716-949-9815. Saturday May 13 at 8 am is our Post 735 GI Party, stop in for couple of hours to help spruce up our Post Home! Donít forget if you signed up to make a salad or volunteer for the MC Dice run itís Saturday, May 27, 2017. The West Seneca Memorial Day Parade and Service is Monday, May 29, step off is 10:30 am; this is our 1st parade of the season. Come out and cheer on our 735 Color Guard and Marching Unit! Sue Solly is our Marching Unit Captain if you have any questions please contact her. Our June 7th Auxiliary meeting we will honor our past year 2016 -17 deceased members, please plan on attending our Unit Memorial Service. No Auxiliary meeting in July. August 2nd meeting night is a summer social. Happy Motherís day to all of our Post 735 Mothers and Grandmothers! Saturday nights our Post 735 has entertainment at 8 pm. Stop-in for an enjoyable evening. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.


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9th  -  General Meeting

15th  -  S.A.L. Meeting

16th  -  Board of Directors Meeting

23rd  -  Executive Board Meeting

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May 3rd at  7:00 PM

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