Volume 5 Issue 1.0

Website   www.senecaalumni.com                    Winter/Spring 2018


President – Jim Klapp

Vice President – Al Bielecki

Comptroller –  Jerry Ozimek Treasurer – Bob Yavicoli

Record. Sec. - Arlie Schwan                           Newsletter Editor - Available    



   Greetings Alumni members and welcome to the Winter/ Spring 2018 edition of our Alumni Newsletter. We look forward to another great year of Alumni activities that will allow us to have a great time, renew old friendships, make new friends and reminisce about old times. The following calendar of events includes starting the summer off eating and drinking on the Moondance Cat Cruise. This is followed up by our annual golf tournament and our annual alumni picnic. What a great opportunity to renew old friendships over food and drink. The annual picnic also includes our Scholarship Award presentations. We finalize our year with three great events, our Trip to Del Lago Casino, Mystery Tour and our annual Christmas Party. Information for all these events are included in this newsletter. Looking forward to seeing you at all these events


                                                Thanks for your continued support,              Al Bielecki                                                                                                                                          2018 Calendar of Events

June. 1, 2018  Submission of Award Applications Mail to: Arlie Schwan, 723 Ransom Rd. Lancaster, N.Y. 14086 (683-4934) (See page 2 for details.)

July 15, 2018  Last day to submit awards application to Arlie Schwan (683-4934)

July 28, 2018 Moondance Cat Cruise Cost $30.00. (See page 2 for details).

Contact Bob Yavicoli (867-2945) We will leave at 3:00 PM. sharp!

Aug. 17, 2018 Jack Halldin Memorial Golf Tournament, Chestnut Hills C.C. 1300 Broadway, Darien, N.Y. Cost: $45.00   8:00AM Start.    Be there by 7:30 AM   Contact   Jim Klapp (688-5291)

Ted Swiatek (675-7968) Ed Mirowski (430-8538).  (See page 3 for details.)


Aug. 18, 2018  23rd Annual Seneca VHS Alumni & Awards Picnic, Noon – 8:00 PM

                        Fontana’s Grove 2299 Clinton St. (West of Harlem Rd.) Cost: $25.00

                        Contact Al Bielecki (667-3243).

Note: Award Presentation at 2:00 pm. Award recipients and Parents

invited as our guests. (See page 5 for details.)

Oct. 4, 2018    Fall Alumni Meeting Local#1122     3775 Genesee St. Cheek., N.Y. 14225

6:00 PM.          (Across from Airport Bowling Lanes)

Oct. TBA, 2018          Annual Seneca VHS Alumni Del Lago Casino Trip Cost $25.00

Contact Ted Swiatek (675-7968) or Jim Klapp (688-5291). (See page 5 for details.) 

Oct. 24, 2018  Annual Mystery Tour Contact Tom Gerbec (691-4941) or Al Bielecki (667-3243)

 (Limit 24 people) (See page 7 for details.)


Dec. 6, 2018   Annual Alumni Christmas Party at Big Timer’s Club, 1278 East Lovejoy St.

                        6:00 PM, Cost $25.00 Jim Klapp (688-5291). (See page 7 for details.)






               The Seneca Vocational High School Alumni Awards Program is offered to the children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of a Seneca V.H.S. Alumni Sponsor. The sponsor must have been a dues paying member of the Alumni Association for at least the last 3 consecutive years a Life Member for the previous 3 consecutive years. An Awards Committee will review the applicant’s eligibility. Past awards have ranged up to $300 per applicant.


            1) The applicant must be a current High School senior who will graduate this year. (Proof of graduation is required). The applicant needs to submit a 250-word essay, neatly typed and spellchecked, stating why the applicant feels he or she deserves the award, by their High School performance, achievements and their future goals.

            2) The applicant needs to provide, at the end of their essay sheet: their Name, Age, Address, High School, Sponsor and their relationship to the alumni member who is sponsoring them as well as the sponsor’s years of attendance at Seneca.

            3) The applicant’s essay must be mailed to:  Arlie J. Schwan, 723 Ransom Rd., Lancaster NY 14086     Refer any questions to Arlie at: (716) 683-4934 or anawhcs@roadrunner.com

            4) The Awards Committee will accept essays postmarked from June 1, 2018to July 15, 2018. The Awards will be presented at our annual Alumni Picnic at Fontana’s Grove, 2299 Clinton St., West Seneca, NY (south side of Clinton Street west of Harlem) on August 18, 2018.  Award recipients and their parents are invited as our guests to the 2:00 PM. presentation.

Moondance Cat Cruise July 28th

Come join us for a scenic 2-hour afternoon cruise on Lake Erie (or inner harbor if the waves are too high).  The cruise package includes an open bar, and if we sell out (65 people), we will also have pizza & wings provided by Mineo’s South along with assorted snacks and finger foods.  We will leave at 3:00 PM. sharp!

The boat is docked at 329 Erie St., which is where the Miss Buffalo is located. The Moondance Cat is located between the Hatch Restaurant and the Miss Buffalo Tour Boat.  Park in the free lot just before Templeton Terrace, or in Erie Basin Marina.  The cost is $30.00. Reservations are strictly first come, first served.



Make check payable to: Robert Yavicoli, 157 Bright St., Cheektowaga. NY, 14206 (867-2945)

Name_____________________________________   Phone ________________  

Address __________________________________ email  ___________________

Guest #1 _________________________ Guest #2 _________________________

Guest #3 _________________________ Guest #4 _________________________

Number of Alumni Attending _______ X $30.00 Total _________

The Class of 1968 will celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  Any Class of ‘68 alumni wishing to participate, see old buddies, renew old friendships, contact Al Bielecki (667-3243) or email or email albielecki@verizon.net.

If other classes with significant anniversaries are interested in organizing a class celebration at our picnic, please contact Jim Boyer phone (716) 839-0868. Or email


2018 Jack Halldin Memorial Golf Tournament

Who:               Open to all alumni, family and friends.

Date:               Friday, August 17, 2018

Where:            Chestnut Hills Country Club 1300 Broadway

Darien, N.Y. 14040 Ph.585-547-3613

Time:              8:00AM Start   Be there by 7:30 AM  Format: Scramble

Cost:               $45.00 – includes golf, lunch and cart.

Captains:       Get your group together and send your Money to the following:

                        Jim Klapp (688-5291) 220 Schimwood Ct., Getzville, NY, 14068                    

Hole sponsors are available for $25.00.       You do not have to play to be a hole sponsor.

Reservations: Jim Klapp (688-5291) Ted Swiatek (675-7968) Ed Mirowski (430-8538)

SCISSOR2Make check payable to Seneca VHS Alumni Assoc. and return with this application.


Name_______________________________________________          Phone_______________________

Address_________________________________________________________   email __________________

    Golfing with   _______________________     _______________________     __________________________

                        I need a group to golf with_____.     I would like to be a hole sponsor @ $25.00 _________

Golf is limited to 90 players.                         Reservations close August 1st.

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Seneca V.H.S Alumni Association Awards

At our 2017 Seneca V.H.S Alumni Association Picnic, three young people, grandchildren of our Alumni, received our Seneca V.H.S Alumni Association Awards.  We must thank the generous support of our Seneca V.H.S Alumni Association through membership dues, loyal advertisers and numerous activities.  If you are a Life Time Member or a Current Annual Member for at least 3 consecutive years encourage your child or grandchild and embarking on College to apply for our award.

The William Klapp Award class of 1964

            Mr. James Klapp, brother of William Klapp presented the Award to Ms. Taylor Zlotek, graduate of West Seneca Senior High School, granddaughter of Adam Zlotek class of 1964.  Taylor will be attending Hilbert College, majoring in the Criminal Justice Program, her future goal is to be a Federal Bureau Investigation Profiler.   Taylor has earned a Regents Diploma and participated High School Musicals Annie and Oklahoma.  She also served as a Camp Counselor at Camp 7 Hills.

The Michael Boyer Award class of 1964

            Mr. James Boyer, first president of our Alumni, presented the Award to Mr. Matthew Bauer, graduate of Haddon Field Memorial High School grandson of William Obermeier, class of 1964.  Matthew will be attending University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Biology, his future goal is to become a Forensic Science Investigator.  He maintained a 3.9/4.0 GPA.,through High School and played 4 years of Soccer.  In service to others he volunteered to serve Thanksgiving Dinner to Wounded Veterans at Walter Reed Hospital for 8 years.

The Officer Jeff Incardona Award

Amherst FCU            Mr. Sam Incardona, Class of 1956 and father of the late Officer Jeff Incardona, presented the Award to Mr. Michael Wolf, graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School, grandson of Cosmo Incardona class of 1961.  Michael will be attending Cleveland State University, majoring in Accounting, his future goal is to specialize in Money Management with emphasis on Family Financial Planning and Budgeting.  Michaels interest in high school was the study of mathematics.


Seneca V.H.S Active Alumni Membership: 430 Lifetime and 89 Annual Members.  We have 67 Members from Last Year that have not renewed and several from previous years.  Step up to the plate and pay your membership dues and renew.

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We need your continued support to keep the Seneca Alumni Association viable, please detach and mail checks to:  Jerry Ozimek, 87 Roxley Pl.  Tonawanda, NY 14150.  (716-836-3921)

Make check payable to:  Seneca VHS Alumni Association Inc.

Name _____________________________ Street ___________________________________

City ______________________________ State ______________ Zip___________________

Phone ________________ email ____________________________ Year of Grad __________

Annual Dues - $10.00/Year.  Lifetime Dues - $75.00. Patron Dues – $7.00, Advertiser - $50.00/Year

Frandina Bus Cardbradbur1aAnnual Seneca Vocational High School Alumni Picnic & Awards Presentation

When:   Saturday Aug.  18, 2018

Where: Fontana’s Grove, 2299 Clinton St. 

 Ph. 716-822-7918    Time:  Noon - 8:00PM

Who:    All alumni, family, friends, and sponsors, Cost:  25.00   

Parents and Award Recipients are invited as our Guests Awards Presented at 2:00 PM

Make check payable to:  Seneca VHS Alumni Association,

SCISSOR2Mail to:           Al Bielecki, 81 Burbank Dr., Orchard Park, NY, 14127

Name____________________________Street______________________City _______________State ____ Zip______

Name ___________________________ Street ____________________City ______________ State ____ Zip______

Yr. of Grad _______Phone ________________  email ___________________________ # tickets _____ Amt. Enc.______

Coming Attraction Oct TBA 2018

In early October we will be embarking upon another Casino trip.  This time by bus to the Del Largo Resort in Waterloo, N.Y.    FOR RESERVATIONS AND/OR MORE INFO.: Ted Swiatek 675-7968  Jim Klapp 688-5291, First paid, first reserved!  Call for reservations.  Travelers must be 21 years of age. You must have valid Government issued photo identification to receive  a Players Club Card.  Payment must be made to secure your seat.

We will include the exact date with our email Reminder of October Alumni Meeting and at our Cruise, Golf Outing and Picnic.

Make check payable to the Seneca Alumni Association

Mail to! :Ted Swiatek          39 Hillcrest Hts. Dr.    West Seneca, NY 14224    (716)675-7968

      Jim Klapp          220 Schimwood Ct, Getzville ‚ N.Y. 14068 (716)688-5291

1.     Name____________________ Address ___________________________________  Phone_______________ email ________________

2.     Name____________________ Address ___________________________________  Phone_______________ email ________________

If you know of any alumni who are ill or hospitalized, please let us know so we can send them a get-well card or visit them.  Jim Boyer- 839-0868, or email  boyerj1@msn.com


Alumni Members that have Passed away during the Last Year





Class Yr.

Date Passed Away

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Dr. Nicholas





Van Tuyl








Annual Mystery Tour Oct. 24, 2018

Secret! in late October we will be taking another Mystery Tour. Spend the day with us for a visit to some local Breweries, Lunch and other Venus. This tour is limited to 24 persons. Make your reservations by October 1, 2018 first come, first served. Details regarding travel and parking will be provided prior to our tour. If I provided details now it wouldn’t be a mystery.

First come, first served!  Call or Mail for reservations. 

Mail to: Tom Gerbec 82 Parkhaven Dr. Amherst, NY. 14228, Ph. (716) 691-4941

Name__________________ Add _______________________________Ph. _________

Name__________________ Add _______________________________Ph. _________

Annual Seneca Alumni Christmas Dec. 6, 2018 Party 6:00 PM., Big Timer’s Club

 1278 East Lovejoy St., (East of North Ogden St.)      $25.00 per Person

                          Alumni, Friends and Guest Welcome. Buffet Style:  Roast Beef, Chicken, Italian Sausage, Salads, Wine, Beer and Pop.

Reservations by Nov. 24, 2018 to: Jim Klapp, 220 Schimwood Ct. Getzville, NY, 14068   716-688-5291 

 Make check payable to:  Seneca VHS Alumni Assoc. and return with this application.

Name___________________________       Name _______________________      
Name___________________________       Name ______________________