Niagara Frontier Chapter Newsletter October 2021

Niagara Chapter October Newsletter 2021

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Former New York State Troopers was held on October 6, 2021 at Magruder's Restaurant, located at 4995 Broadway Avenue in Depew. Meeting was called to order by President Terry Sutton at 8:00 PM. Followed was the Pledge of Allegiance to Our Flag and then a Moment of Silence for Our Sick and Departed Members and those Brave Men and Women in Our Armed Forces Serving Our Country and Those on the Front Lines Fighting the Covid 19 Pandemic.


President Terry Sutton asked if members were receiving the monthly newsletter and asked for a motion to accept. Motion was made by Greg Wildridge and seconded by Harry Perry to accept the minutes of the September meeting that was sent to each member via e-mail.

The State Board Meeting held at the Calvary Club in Manlius on September 18, 2021 was attended by President Terry Sutton and Vice President John Loncher. Terry forwarded the minutes of that meeting to members via e-mail.

Membership cards for 2022 may be available after the next state board meeting in November.

Vice President:

Vice President John Loncher reported 29 members attended the meeting

50/50 winner – Joseph Casciano


Treasurer Lloyd Schwab read the financial report for September 2021. A motion to accept the report was made by Bill Gethoefer and seconded by Tom Rash.


A Thank You letter was received from Joseph DeMarco who is the Founder and Volunteer Pilot of the Wings Flight of Hope for the $100.00 donation. The mission is to provide free flights of hope to those in need.

The Next State Board Meeting will be held on Saturday November 13, 2021.

Niagara Chapter Christmas Party will be held on Friday December 10, 2021.

Flyers were e-mailed to members and mailed to those without e-mail addresses.

Tickets are available at tonight's meeting.

Report from Don Munch on the Election Committee:

All current officers have decided to remain in office

Election to the candidate positions remain unopposed – nominations closed

Secretary will cast one vote for election at the November meeting

The next meeting of the SWFLRT/NY luncheon will be held on November 10, 2021 at the Sea-Craft Dockside Tiki in Fort Myers, Florida. Please contact Bob Browning if you are planning to attend at

A request was received from Michael Connors for a donation to the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Motion was made to donate $100.00 by Frank Panek and seconded by Sal DeJesus.

Welcome Aboard to our newest member Clint Calloway

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Former Troopers Helping Hands will be held at the November meeting.

There will be a discussion at the next meeting at a possible change in the monthly meeting venue.

Happy Birthday:

The following Members Will Celebrate Another Birthday During the Month of November. Please Take Time to Wish Them All a Very Happy Birthday!!

Frank Broderick 65, Anthony Butera 63, Michael Dembrow 60, Patrick Gallivan 61, Joseph Gramza 81, Robert Hamilton 85, Douglas Miller 83, Thomas Paluch 78, Ed Qualey 83, James Rozanski 82, Steve Schneckenberger 66, Theresa Schroeder, David Vullo 54, Diane Daly, Kathleen Gellart, Jean Hendricks, Cecilia Swarts

Helping Hands:

The Board of Directors met with the Financial Advisor Connor Casey on September 22.

Annual Helping Hands Board Meeting was held on September 25.

Helping Hands will be kept local, not join up with a state wide charity association.

Bill Curtin will give a report of the finances at the November meeting.

Nominations for Board of Directors: Bill Curtin, Jack Meegan, Don Munch, John Loncher

No further nominations and nominations were closed.

Election will take place at November meeting with the Niagara Frontier Chapter secretary casting one vote for the current board.

Volunteer Respresentatives: Greg Wildridge, Bill Gourlay, Kathleen Pawlak

A donation of $10,000 was made to Trooper Paul and Melinda Stedman for their 11 month old child Joseph who is in need of a liver transplant.

Contact emails were sent to representatives from Roswell Park and Children's Hospital.

Niagara Chapter members were asked to reach out and suggest individuals who have wishes that need to be granted.

250 CLUB:

There are 10 unpaid numbers which are available.

Eight weeks of drawings were conducted at the September Monthly Meeting.

Congratulations to the Winners!!

Checks are in the mail.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor!

WEEK # 7 $25 028 John Balon

$15 095 James Beers

$10 241 Scott Folster

WEEK # 8 $25 065 Philip Harris

$15 064 Doug Cowell

$10 005 Don/Tina Young

WEEK # 9 $25 188 Randy Kroll

$15 199 Jack Kirchberger

$10 177 Daniel Murphy

WEEK # 10 $25 076 Rebecca Gourlay

$15 056 Douglas Miller

$10 182 John Lubecki

WEEK # 11 $25 058 Tony Domagala

$15 043 Frank Broderick

$10 138 Patricia Dywinski

WEEK # 12 $25 240 Richard Olma

$15 025 Joseph DeBergalis

$10 229 Joseph DeBergalis

WEEK # 13 $25 237 John Cleary

$15 225 Frank Broderick

$10 024 Bernard Pitass

WEEK # 14 $25 185 Nancy Widdowson

$15 179 Frank Broderick

$10 226 Ann Beers

Good and Welfare:

A Thinking of You card was sent to Doug Cowell who has suffered a stroke.

A Sympathy card was sent to the family of Richard Rogers who has passed away.

A Sympathy card was sent to the family of James McDermott who has passed away.

A Thinking of You card was also sent to James McDermott's son Michael.

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday November 3, 2021

The Next Scheduled Monthly Meeting of the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Former New York State Troopers will be held at Magruders Restaurant, 4995 Broadway in Depew at 8:00 PM.

Friday December 10, 2021

Niagara Chapter Annual Christmas Party

$35.00 per person paid reservation by Friday November 26, 2021

Grapevine Banquets

333 Dick Road, Depew, NY 14043

Open Bar 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Dinner 7:00 PM

Roast beef, breaded pork chops, seasoned vegetables and potatoes, house salad, rolls, specialty cake, coffee, tea, pop

Make check payable to: Niagara Frontier Chapter Former Troopers

Mail check to:

Association of Former New York State Troopers

PO BOX 328

Cheektowaga, New York 14225-0328

Questions?? Contact Terry Sutton 716-704-9866

March 31, April 1, 2, 2022

Florida Association of Retired Troopers Annual Reunion

Marriott Residence Inn

Daytona Beach Shores Oceanfront


Final Patrol:

James Frederick McDermott 96, Richard J. Rogers 83, Roland Douglas Wildey 76, Edward Vincent Whalen Jr. 83, Nelson Burke 70, Sgt Harold Joseph “Harry” Hawkins 92, Inv Peter M. Karic 76, Sr/Inv Henry G. Youngblood 85,

May They All Rest in Peace.

Motion to Adjourn was made by Ken Chodkowski and seconded by Tony Butera.

Meeting Adjourned for Refreshments of pizza, chicken wings, beer, pop at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kathleen M. Pawlak


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