Good food and camaraderie were enjoyed by the 41 members and 8 guests at our April meeting at Danny’s North on Genesee Street. If you are looking for a nice place to take a date or the family out to eat, Danny’s is a good choice, whether in Cheektowaga or their Orchard Park location. Due to a glitch, there was no split club this month.

The Badge & Shield Club has a rich history of serving its members and the community. Our club has volunteered for the Channel 17 Auction, the Variety Club Telethon, and various other community events and organizations. Next month the Club will celebrate its 67th year anniversary. Its constitution and by-laws were filed before NY State Supreme Court Justice Geo. H. Rowe on May 21, 1956. Its Board of Directors came from every part of the County – From Buffalo: Joe Gullo, Vermont St., Tom Hassett, McKinley Pkwy., Valentine Dzuik, Burgard Pl., lrm Mitchell, Royal Ave., Anthony Palermo,

S. Division St., Gene Donohue, Delaware Ave., William Buyers, Tennyson Ave.; From Lackawanna: Mitchell Kukoleca, Gates Ave.; and From Grand Island: Philip Fahrer, E. River Rd. The annual dues in 1956 were $10. All things considered, the dues have not increased much since.

The Club’s first president was Joe Gullo. He was the Chief of Patrol when I started in 1973. The purpose of the Club was to “cultivate social intercourse among its members”, as found on page 4 of its by-laws. Previously serving as the Club’s 6th (1977-1978) and now as the 14th President of the Badge & Shield Club, I challenge you, our members, to get involved, attend meetings, contribute to the newsletter, serve on a committee, and support our Club’s events and fundraising activities.