American Legion

Canandaigua Post 256

454 North Main Street

Canandaigua, NY 14424


Legion Riders Officers

Post 256 Board of Directors 

About American Legion Post 256

Meetings: As a committee of the American Legion, the SAL Squadron meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:15 pm, in the Banquet Hall. Meetings are conducted by the Squadron Commander, utilizing the basic Robert’s Rules of Order. Most meetings last from 30 to 60 minutes depending on content.

Dues: Annual $25; $15 / Dual & Junior members

Application: [SAL Membership Application] (male descendants)

Administration: Administration of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron is conducted by the Officers of the organization, elected at the May meeting each year. Officer positions include Commander, Vice Commander, Finance Officer, Adjutant, Advisor, Historian, Chaplin, Sergeant at Arms.

While The Post and Auxiliary have distinct and separate identities, the Sons of the American Legion is a “Committee” of the Legion Post. The Sons has its own Constitution, membership, finances, and projects. However the Sons Organization (Squadron) is monitored by the Post, and must report its activities, finances, and membership to the Post. To join the Sons of American Legion at Post 256, mail the SAL Membership Application to:

American Legion Post 256

454 North Main Street

Canandaigua, NY 14424

Attn: SAL Membership

Call (585) 394-3790 or send us a message at with any questions.

President    SuZanne Gates
1st Vice President    Barbara Mirabella 

2nd Vice President  

  Deborah Skivington 
Secretary    Yvonne Chavez
  Theresa Hill
  Barb Saar


 Jean Bresnan

Sergeant at Arms  

 Barbara Hill

Meetings: Auxiliary meetings assemble for one hour in the Banquet Hall on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm. No meetings in July & August.
Annual Dues: $25/Seniors; $7/Juniors
Application: [Auxiliary Membership Application] (women & girls) 

American Legion Auxiliary has almost 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.

While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.

Many of our local programs are geared toward enriching the lives of veterans in the Canandaigua area, especially those in the VA hospital, group homes and nursing homes. For them we host a Holiday Party around Christmas time and a summer picnic, monthly dinners at the Veterans Club on Foster Street and monthly dinners at the Post Home. The Poppy Program just before Memorial Day is a major fundraiser for these programs, as well as our monthly 75 Club Raffle. 

We annually sponsor a delegate to the Empire Girls State and award two scholarships to Canandaigua Academy seniors.  We send CARE packages to overseas troops in areas of conflict and send manufacturers coupons to military families to use in the commissary and exchange.  We donate money to many local health care facilities, hospices, and charitable organizations.  These donations are supported by our annual Craft Show and Bake Sale in early November.

The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals

Post 256 welcomes all women and girls who wish to show their support for the American Legion as a member of our local Auxiliary. To join the Post 256 American Legion Auxiliary refer to the Auxiliary application above;  or for more information, call (585) 394-3790 or send us a message at

Commander    Bob Fredericks
1st Vice Commander    Larry Gamba

2nd Vice Commander  

  Frank Solome
Adjutant    Tom Kurk  
Treasurer    Jim Walsh
Historian    Vacant 

  Larry Gamba

  Mike Hadsel

Commander    Larry Gamba
1st Vice Commander    Norma Weissend

2nd Vice Commander  

3rd Vice Commander    Mark Sorenson
Finance Officer    Jason Grover
Adjutant    Heather Schuessler 
Judge Advocate  
  Richard Milton
  John Barkley
  Chuck Pelton

Post 256 Officers

About American Legion

Auxiliary Officers

About Post 256 Auxiliary

President    John Sandle
Vice President    Bob Fredericks


  Mark Sorenson
Treasurer    Richard Milton
Post Commander    Larry Gamba
Member at Large    Ted Fafinski
Member at Large    John Cipollina
Director    Quentin Schultz
Assistant Director    Michael Kloppel
Secretary    Barbara Mirabella
  Natalie Schultz 
Sergeant at Arms  
  Dave Meath
Road Captain  
  Mathew Mirabela

SAL Officers

About Post 256 American Legion Riders

​​Meetings: General meetings for Legion Riders - 256 members are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except November and January) at 6:00 pm in the Banquet Hall.
Dues: Annual dues are $12.00

Application: [Riders Membership application]​

Qualifications to join:  In order to be a member of the Legion Riders, you need to be a current member of any Post of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion.   You will need your current Legion membership ID card, motorcycle driver’s license, current copy of your motorcycle insurance card, motorcycle registration and annual dues of $12.00. 

The American Legion is organized into 55 departments with one operating in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.  The New York State American Legion is divided into 10 Districts with Ontario County being one of eight (8) counties (Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates) that comprise the 7th District. Each department may also accommodate American Legion AuxiliarySons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders programs.

About Post 256 Sons of American Legion

​​Meetings: General meetings for Post 256 members are on the 2nd Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm in the Banquet Hall.
Dues: Annual dues are $45.
Application: [General Membership]

BACKGROUND: The current location of American Legion Post 256 at 454 N. Main Street in Canandaigua NY was built in 1961 on the same site as the McKechnie building. Post 256 has persevered through the years thanks to the many dedicated members and volunteers. We are now 450 members strong and still growing. We are a diverse group of patriotic and proud men and women dedicated to supporting our fellow veterans of past wars and conflicts as well as our active duty men and women, and their families. Legion members volunteer and sponsor numerous community projects. For more information about Post 256 and to learn how you can help, please review our website pages. Call (585) 394-3790 to request a tour of our facility, or send us a message at We look forward to hearing from you!