American Legion Post 735
Post 735 Newsletter
Volume 16 Issue 5
Commander: Ronald Puckett
Chaplain: Ken Herkey 897-4578
Service Officer: Tony Drzyzga 674-3224
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Commander Puckett reports:
At our April Membership Meeting, nominations for the 2016-2017 Post Officers were reopened for the second time and there were no additions or changes from the month before. Therefore, a motion was made, seconded and passed to have the acting Adjutant Jim Manley cast one ballot declaring the complete slate of officers duly elected for the year 2016-2017. The appointed officers are Tim Hayes, Adjutant; Ken Herkey, Chaplain; Paul Rudnicki, Judge Advocate; Tony Drzyzga, Service Officer; JoAnn Pressberg, Historian; Jim Manley, Public Relations; and we have yet to appoint a Color Guard Captain. That should take place at our next Color Guard Meeting on May 3rd. Let’s all strive for another successful and rewarding year! Memorial Day is coming up soon so don’t forget to fly “Old Glory”. I hope to see you all at our meeting on the 10th.
Also, I look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day for the parade and at the Town Library for our annual Memorial Service. Thank you.
Sick Call & Relief:
Chaplain Ken Herkey reports:
Say a prayer for our troops!
1st. Vice Commander PC:
Ed Tyczka reports:
There isn't too much to report on membership, we are now at 499 paid up members, big THANK YOU to everyone. Say a prayer for the Troops.
Katie McCarthy reports:
Happy Mother’s Day to all, hope to see you at the Post for brunch on May 8th!
There are going to be three Euchre tournaments on Wednesdays in the summer, we’ll be advertising for sign up in advance. If you have an idea for a fun event, please bring it to the Post, we’d be happy to initiate new fun events!
Commander Mike McCarthy Reports:
We have 196 members including 20 new. Still have 15 outstanding. Mother’s Day Breakfast on May 8th; lend a hand for an hour if you can. Annual GI party to spruce up the Post home on May 7th. If we need to meet before our September meeting an e-mail will be sent out.
We feature a variety of live music every Saturday night. God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.
September 19th, 2016 is our next meeting at 7:35 pm.
Color Guard Major
First mmeting of the parade season on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:30PM
Board of Directors:
Ed Tyczka reports:
There are a few things to report on from the Board Of Directors meeting which was held on 4-19-16. We are having our alarm, fire system updated. The work is set to start on 5-3-16 and finish up on 5-4-16. The SONS purchased and installed three new CO2 detectors at the Post. The final phase of the sewer repairs, outside, is set to take place on Sat. 4-30-16. Hopefully it will be completed in one day, and should end our problems with the sewer system. The scholarship committee met on 4-18-16 and reviewed 146 applications. Two scholarships were awarded, one to East Senior H.S and one to West Senior H.S. The scholarships are for $1500.00 each, $2000.00 from the Post and $1000.00 from the SONS. The scholarship winners will be announced at a later date. Many thanks to Dan Hurley and the committee. We are still looking for cleaners or cleaner for the Post, if you know of anyone that might be interested please advise an officer. Please remember the we will hold the annual "GI PARTY" on Saturday 5-7-16 at 8:00AM The more help that we get the faster the job will get done, all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Ron Kelly Reports:
The Legion Riders will be hosting the Post’s annual Homeless Veteran Awareness run and fundraiser again this year on Saturday, May 28th, Memorial Day weekend. We are seeking help and support from fellow Post members in obtaining donations and baskets for the Chinese Auction, donation letters and flyers will be available at the bar, please feel free to post the flyers around town.
We are in need of volunteers to help us out on the 28th for a few hours in the am (10:00-12:00) and again when we return to the post from the ride (4:00-6:00pm). Our next Homeless Veterans meeting is Wednesday, May 18th at 7:35pm in the back room, everyone is invited. Please contact Ron or Gail Kelly at 983-5342 with any questions about the run.
The riders have again planned August trip. This year we are going to Seneca Lodge and we have some room reserved some rooms for us but only until May10th. Last year was a great time and if you would like to join us send Kevin Galligan an email at email@example.com and the information will be forwarded to you.
The Amvets post in Blasdell is having their “Spring Breakout Run” on May 7th. Check their facebook page for detail. https://www.facebook.com/amvets.riders.31
Enjoy the weather and keep your eyes open!!
Mary Ann Kessler Reports:
May 4th, at 7:00pm we will have initiation of new members and installation of officers. Our County President, Linda Miskell, and her staff will conduct the ceremonies. A pot luck supper will follow. Ladies if you don’t bring a dish to pass please make a $5.00 donation towards the meat purchase.
We still have open dates on Saturday mornings to distribute Poppies at local banks. If anyone is interested, please see Sue Solly, our Poppy chairperson, at the meeting night on May 4th. All volunteers distributing Poppies at banks must have their membership card with them and some sort of American Legion Auxiliary attire on
(we have a few Auxiliary Unit 735 visors if anyone needs one for the day). Thank you to all who donated toiletries for the VA clinic. May 28th is our Post 735 family Homeless MC dice run. The next volunteer meeting night is May 18th at 7:30 pm. We hope to see all volunteers at the meeting.
MC Run date is Saturday May 28th, we are still looking for volunteer workers, baskets and gift cards for the raffles. May 30th is the Memorial Day service in West Seneca at our town Walkway of Freedom. All members are welcome. Our June 1st meeting night our Unit will again be collecting peanut butter and jelly for the West Seneca food pantry summer children’s vacation.
Happy Memorial Day! God bless all of our Veterans.
IMPORTANT MAY 2016 DATES:
3rd - Color Guard Meeting
10th - General Meeting
17th - Board of Directors Meeting
24th - Executive Board Meeting
Next Auxiliary Meeting
May 4th at 7:00 PM
Memorial Day Veterans Mass on Sunday, May 29th
St. Peter's United Church of Christ - 10:00AM Mass
Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony - Monday, May 30th.
Parade steps-off at 10:30AM from Southgate Plaza
Check the Calendar of Events for the Saturday Night Entertainment Lineup for 2016
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