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
December 2018
Volume 18       Issue 12

Commander:   Ronald Puckett

Chaplain:   Ken Herkey 897-4578


Service Officer:   Tony Drzyzga 697-9084

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Commander's Message:

Commander Puckett reports:

    Another year has come and gone. Where did it go? This is another busy month for our Post. The first event is the Color Guard Christmas Party on Tuesday December 4th. This will be our last meeting until May 4th, 2019. Friday, December 7th is our Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Program. This year we will hold the ceremony at the new Community Building across the street instead of on our front lawn. We will start at 12 noon. I hope to see you there! Our regular membership meeting will be held on Tuesday December 11th. Stay tuned to what events our Second-Vice Commander Katie McCarthy has planned for the month. Also, for those who haven’t paid their dues yet for 2019, please do so before January 1st. I want to thank you for another successful at the Post. At this time, Carol and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I look forward to your support again in the coming new year. 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 390 paid up members as of this date. There is still time to sign up for the insurance reduction course. The course will be held in the backroom of the Post on Saturday, 12-8-18 from 8:30AM till 12:30PM. Cost of the course is $30.00 per person. You can receive a 20% reduction for completing the course, good for three years, well worth the cost. Please remember the Saturday night entertainment at the Post. We should be getting more members attending then we have in the past. The "Early Bird" party was a success, Thank You to all who helped. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and remember to say a prayer for the Troops.

2nd Vice-Commander:

Katie McCarthy reports:

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s “Post” Thanksgiving dinner, it was a great success! The Children’s Christmas party is Sunday, December 2nd. Chocolate Cornucopia roll-offs are still going on, stop in for a chance to win some delicious treats from Park Edge Candy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!


Commander Mike McCarthy Reports:

    We have 224 members; 136 paid, 13 new and 88 slackers. Steak roast November 3rd was a great success, thanks to all whom helped. Our next events are the 50’s dance on February 2nd and the Daytona 500 party on February 17th. We will need help on these events, both are a lot of fun. Music has returned on Saturday’s at 8:00 pm. Merry Christmas, we will have pizza after our next meeting.

    God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

    December 17th, 2018 is our next meeting at 7:35 pm

Auxilary President

Mary Ann Kessler Reports:

    Our Unit has 177 paid members. Unit goal for 2018-2019 is 227 members. Members not paid by December 31, are not eligible for participation in the American Legion. Send your dues into 1st Vice Toni Kruger. Thank you to everyone selling our Holiday raffle tickets! Tickets are still available at our Post home. Our raffle is Sunday Dec. 9 at 6:00 pm. Please have your tickets and money turned into the Post by 5:30 pm the day of the raffle. Shopping has begun for our Unit adopted Veteran Mom and her three children for Christmas and our single female Veteran. The night of our Unit Christmas party we will decide on a date to wrap there gifts, members are invited to help.

    ALA Department of NY scholarship applications and information is available on the Department website. Cover sheets must accompany each application. All applications must be turned into President Mary Ann Kessler by February 10, 2019 for our Unit review before submitting them to Erie County Auxiliary.

    Our unit will continue to collect Box Tops for West Seneca Schools and travel size toiletries for the VA throughout the year. These items can be brought to our Next meeting January 2, 7:00 pm, 2019.

    Please contact Chaplain Laura Little 716-949-9815 if you know of a member who has taken ill.

    God Bless Our Active and Returning Troops.

    Merry Christmas to all of our Legion 735 families!

Board of Directors:

Chairman Dennis Kessler reports:

    After months of compiling data and reviewing data on the pricing of drinks at our post, the BOD reports that on January 1st, 2019 drink prices will increase 25 cents across the board. Prices will be adjusted on both draft and bottle beer, liquor, and wine. Snacks, pop, and bottle water will remain the same. The prices will also be adjusted for the back hall as well to reflect the increases. The last price increase was in 2015 and to keep our Post Home on par, we have no choice but to increase prices.

    The back hall will be closed in January for a short time so a new floor can be laid down. The product must be inside before it can be put down. This should take a few days to install the new floor, moldings and any repairs that may need to be addressed. The work will be done by members to keep the price down.

    December’s mini G.I. work party is the 3rd Wednesday of the month. All post members are welcome to attend and help with lite work in the post home. Coffee and hard rolls will be ready at 7:30 am. Will plan our attack and will start to work at 8:00 am till 11:00 am. Will have a debriefing upstairs and have an adult beverage when we're finished. I hope to see you there.

    Thanks’ to everyone that donates time to help keep our Post running and making it the Best Post in Erie County.

    God Bless America and our Troops.

Veterans Activities Chairman :

Jerry Johnson reports:

    No Report This Month

Color Guard Captain

Mark McMahon reports:

    The next meeting of American Legion Post 735 Color Guard will be the Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Meeting, followed by party, starts at 7:35PM.

Legion Riders:

Ron Kelly Reports:

    No Report This Month

December 7, 2018 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at 12:00pm at Community Center gymnasium. Assemble in lobby at 11:45am.

IMPORTANT December 2018 DATES:

4th  -  Color Guard Meeting

5th  -  Auxiliary Meeting

11th  -  General Meeting

17th  -  S.A.L. Meeting

18th  -  Board of Directors Meeting

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