Hello all Legionnaires,
Well, here we are in
a new year! 2006 will be a fantastic year for American
Legion Post 318. We ended 2005 with a
bang. During the month of December, I witnessed so many
givings, by so many people for those in need. The Legion,
Auxiliary, and Legion Riders all made the unfortunate
and needy, a Christmas to remember and the reason for our
The Post received a wonderful gift from
our troops in Iraq.
We received the American flag that was flown over the
headquarters of the Multi-National Corps in Iraq. The flag was
flown on Veterans Day
November 11th, 2005. We received it
from our troops that we
have been sending the phone and PX
cards too. This will be
the second flag received from Iraq and will be
proudly displayed in our Post.
I ask all
members to come by the Post and see what so
many have done. You as members, would
be proud of our
members and their energy. Our membership
soar, our community efforts are incredible, and our
outstanding. Granted, not all things run as
smooth as they should
sometimes, but we as a team get it done.
If you have not renewed your membership
for 2006, to
your organization, then I ask that you do.
Your continued support is necessary for the many programs we
I would like to
nominate Dana Lambert as "Member Of The
Month." Dana has stepped up and done so much for the Post
in the past few months. From painting the outside, and
hanging the new letters,
to help working in the kitchen. We can always count
on Dana to help. Dana, I salute you.
THANK YOU, to all members who have paid 2006
To the remaining few who have not, we need
Babe Gameau, 1st Vice-Commander
Charles A. Sheperd
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends
of our departed comrade who now enjoys eternal peace.
NEED PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
Bill Homan, Dale Hollopeter, Charles Kircher, Ray
Scheuffele, Maurice Warren and Bill Yeager
If you know any member sick or in Distress
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain Post 318,
MATTIE KELLY, Aux. Chaplain Unit 318 879-7095
American Legion Post 318
Legion Post 318 Honor/Color Guard wishes everyone a Merry
Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.
We meet 2nd & 4th
Tuesday of the month.
We have a solid,
dedicated nucleus that need only a day
or so to answer the call.
Two or three more members would
mean that there would be nothing we couldn't handle.
Sign up sheet on
board at Post, or join us during practices.
Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms
What better time of year to show kindness and
generosity but the holiday season? Again our
Legion Riders have come
out in force. By the time
this, the Legion Riders will have led off
Elks/City of Port St. Lucie Christmas Parade. What better
honor than to have Post
318 and the Legion Riders lead off the festivities
for the local kids and families! With our
there's no better feeling than to see
the expressions on the
kids faces when we ride by. We will
hosted a Christmas Dinner at the Post..
We recently participated
in the yearly March of Dimes ride,
once again the top fund-raiser group. Last month, we
participated in the Sons, Toys for Tots. Thanks Andy for
allowing us to help out.
You guys always do such a great job,
year after year.
I can't say enough good
things about Post 318 and the
people that are members.
The Legion Riders are proud to be
part of such a caring
group. Until next time, KEEP IT IN THE
HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm.
open at 6:30, play starts at 7 and ends at 11pm. Legion
members and their guest
only. All donated monies go
to veterans or veteran
causes. Next game will be on Tuesday, January 17
WALL OF REMEMBRANCE
The Post Honor/Color Guard is presently in
the process of gathering information on any member (to
include the Legion, SAL, Auxiliary or Legion Riders) who has
been called by the SUPREME COMMANDER to Post Everlasting.
This list will go back to when Post 318 was chartered in
Since some records are no longer available and others have
been lost/destroyed by the effects of the last two
hurricanes, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Anyone who can provide any
information is requested to fill out a "Wall of Remembrance"
Registration Card. These cards are located next to the "Wall
of Remembrance" drop box located on the display case.
Please don't assume that someone else will fill out a card,
we would rather have duplicates than miss a member who
deserves to be included. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact FRANK HOWARD,
Project Coordinator at (772) 621-4435 (Home) or (772)
Meeting of November,
well attended - many thanks for your
Auxiliary purchased 5 tickets for the raffle sponsored by
the Post. Please see a Legionnaire if you desire a ticket,
$20.00 for a side of beef and a freezer.
January is upon us. Tickets are available for New Year's Day
Dinner at the Post.
All went well with "Toys for Tots" and our Nursing Home
visits to the Vet's.
Remember to turn in your Community Service hours and your
dues. Everyone very pleased membership is at 80%, Thank you
Carol Lanigan for a great job.
Marion has plans for the Valentine Dance in February,
details fourth coming.
Special thanks to Lynda Garrity & Walmart for the $1,000.00
donation to the Auxiliary, for Christmas gifts to the
Nursing Homes. Have a great New Year.
June DeAngelo, Auxiliary President
Year Post 318
2006! I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas, and I wish
everyone the best in the coming New Year.
December was another great month for the S.A.L. Our Toys for
Tots drive was a great success, we raised close to $6,000 in
donations. What a great Christmas for the children in our
community. I would like to give special thanks to Linda
Geraghty and the Wal-mart foundation for their generous
donation, and another special thanks to Harold Barth who
raised over $1,500.00 in donations throughout the community.
Thanks to all members at Post 318 who made personal
donations. I would like to thank Brenda, Joy and Lou for
doing the shopping for the toys, GREAT JOB! This has truly
been a joint effort from all organizations of the post. HATS
OFF TO EVERYONE!!!.
Our Wednesday night dinner went over well, we served 80
dinners. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped in the
kitchen. Our next dinner will be on January 11.
We had a good meeting Monday night. I would still like to
have more members attend because we have a lot of functions
and activities planned. Our next meeting will be Monday
January 9th, 2006.
Please don't forget to renew your membership.
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
Thursday night Bingo at the Post. With the "Lucky Number",
half-time 50/50, large final game jackpot, and $25 guarantee
on all games, many are made smiling winners. Now that the
holiday rush is over,
come on down and win some $$$ to help pay those
credit card bills. Did I mention you'll be having fun
while supporting your
American Legion Post? So turn off
those TV re-runs, turn
off the stove and enjoy a meal by "Chef Larry" while
the crew entertains you with some bingo
By the way, I'm back helping again too!
Randy Hunter and Donna
Carlson, Veteran Service Officers
from the Saint Lucie County, assisted 15 of
our veterans at
Post 318, October 20th. They answered
questions and helped fill out claims to the VA.
Due to emergency planning
for Hurricane Wilma, Paul
Hiott was not able to attend. The next
workshop is scheduled for Thursday, 12 January 2006.
Veterans Services has two locations in Saint
Lucie County and do a great job helping our veterans. For
information call 871-5416
Gary Schmitt, 318 Service Officer
Dear Members of the American Legion Post 318,
I just wanted to tell you guys thank you for
all the support you have
provided for the troops deployed in Iraq. We
are down to our final months here in country. I think we
have link 72 days left but who's counting. It is good to
that there are folks stateside that still
support us and the cause. Your support means a lot to us.
The phone and gift cards come in handy during the holiday
season to call home. Hopefully soon we will all be home and
be able to turn the country back over to its own government.
I'm not quite sure
if you are familiar with our section or what we do here in
Baghdad. I have nine guys that range from COL to
Specialist E-4. We work for the Multi-National Corps Iraq in
the Joint Operation Center as the Nuclear, Biological, and
Chemical (NBC) specialist. It is our job to assist the
soldiers on the ground with how to react to any NBC
findings. We stay pretty busy and enjoy what we are doing.
Thanks again for all your support.
SFC Charles Bean
At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!