THE  AMERICAN  LEGION,  POST 318
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
E-MAIL: legion318@aol.com
JANUARY 2006 Daryl Bowie, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
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, Sons, Auxiliary, and Legion Riders all made the unfortunate and needy, a Christmas to remember and the reason for our existence.
   
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 continues to soar, our community efforts are incredible, and our comradeship is 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 have.
    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.
                                   Commander Daryl Bowie

1st Vice-Commander
THANK YOU, to all members who have paid 2006 dues. To the remaining few who have not, we need yours ASAP
                                                    
Babe Gameau, 1st Vice-Commander
 
Chaplain's  Corner
 POST EVERLASTING
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 PLEASE call:
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain Post 318, 879-7095
MATTIE KELLY, Aux. Chaplain Unit 318 879-7095
American Legion Post 318


Honor/color  guard
 
 American 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

Legion riders
    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 you read this, the Legion Riders will have led off the 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 Christmas-lighted bikes, there's no better feeling than to see the expressions on the kids faces when we ride by. We will have also hosted a Christmas Dinner at the Post..
    We recently participated in the yearly March of Dimes ride, and were 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 WIND.                                                                    Two Block

 

TEXAS HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
 
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Doors 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 1984.
    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) 579-0053 (Cell).
Auxiliary  President's  message
    Meeting of November, well attended - many thanks for your support. 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
     

Son's - American Legion
Happy New Year Post 318

WOW IT'S 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 excitement.  By the way, I'm back helping again too!                                                           Jerry
 
VETERANS SERVICES WORKSHOP
    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

 9 Nov 2005

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 know 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


 

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