8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
FEBRUARY  2006 Daryl Bowie, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
    I would like to thank all who have made Post 318 one of the best Posts in the State. Our Eastern Area Commander, Warren Post, visited our Post in January and made the remarks of how well our Post has done, and congratulated us on the many successful programs we have completed this year. It is because of the many members who are working together as a TEAM, from all the organizations here at the Post. You should all be proud and never be afraid to mention to others, or prospective members, what we as a Post do for the Community, Veterans, and other charitable groups.
    Membership is the key to our success. If you have not renewed your membership I ask that you do so by Feb. 1st of this year. Article IV, Section 4. of the American Legion Constitution, states that any card carrier that has not renewed their membership by this date cannot attend any Post meetings, functions, or enjoy Canteen privileges until they are paid. You still are a member up until June 30th of this year, but those are things a nonpaying member cannot enjoy.
    We will be sending out reminder cards soon, plus making phone calls to those who might have forgot. I ask that you renew as soon as possible. We are at 87% towards our goal and we must make our 100%.
    The House Committee has planned many functions in the coming months. From Valentine's Day Dance, put on by the Auxiliary; The Sons, "Blues Dance"; and other great activities, we are not short of having a great spring at the Post. Be sure you don't get left out and miss the fun.
    This month I would like to make John Hager, our Chaplain, Member of the Month. His dedication to our members who are sick or have moved on to Post Everlasting, is beyond comparison. John, I thank you.
                                          Commander Daryl Bowie

Chaplain's  Corner

William D. Loughrin
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of our departed comrade who now enjoy eternal peace.

Bill Homan, Dale Hollopeter, Dolores Morgan, Ray Scheuffele, Maurice Warren, Walter Woodburn, Bill Yeager

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The attitudes of your friends are like the buttons on an elevator.  They will either take you up or they will take you down.

If you know any member sick or in Distress PLEASE call:
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain Post 318, 879-7095
American Legion Post 318

Honor/color  guard

2nd & 4th Tuesday at 7 PM
    H/C Guard is doing very well, but we could always use some new members. Many times we find ourselves having to go in two or more directions. We have a small dedicated nucleus of members that can be relied upon to take charge of less experienced members and get the job done.
    We want to thank our Post, for donating to our permanent members, new shirts & pants. Thanks also to Bob Booth for donating jump boots to our members.
    You have reason to be proud of our H/C Guard, for our various services to this post, and other posts, and to the community. Now we will look damn good also.
                              Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms

Legion riders
    At our meeting on Friday, January 6th, we had 53 members in attendance, with 9 new members joining. We are definitely a group on a roll ( pun intended ). We have been riding to several other posts, as well as other places like the Sebastian VFW, as Post 318 good-will ambassadors. We are having a great time out there.
    Ron Christianson of the Sons, won our raffle basket New Year's Day. It took Carol Lanigan, 3 strong guys and an ox cart to take it to his car.
    Hey, if you are a motorcycle rider, or know a motorcycle rider that is post eligible, tell them about us. We are the group that is on a roll.
    Our big fund raiser this year will be geared towards helping veterans in our area. More details will follow in the coming months.
                                      Two Block

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!


Auxiliary  President's  message
  Next meeting February 18th at 12

Son's - American Legion
    Here we are going into February and I hope everyone had a Happy New Year.
    We had an excellent turn out at our meeting. I would like to thank everyone who attended. We discussed our up coming events and activities. Our next meeting will be Monday February 13th.
    We have our S.A.L. raffle tickets on sale for a 32 inch color TV, which will be raffled off on Super-Bowl Sunday, February 5th. Tickets are $10.00 and will be limited to 100 tickets.
    We will be having our Blues Party on Saturday, February 25, featuring Hurricane Hawk and the Invaders. It will be a prime rib dinner, limited to 130 tickets at $12.50 per person. Cocktail hour will be from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, dinner from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and music from 7:00 pm till 11:00 pm. (Door Prizes) COME JOIN THE FUN!
    Our Wednesday night dinner, Shrimp Scampi over linguini was a great success. IT WAS A SELL OUT! We had a lot of compliments, so we will serve it again next month. I would like to thank the volunteers for their help in the kitchen. GREAT JOB!
    Don't forget our S.A.L. breakfast is the last Sunday of the month. We have raised the price to $4.00 and we will be cooking eggs to order.
Please Remember to renew your memberships.
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

Bingo is still Thursday nights at 6:30 and we try to get you finished by 9:00 PM. 
    Had a great Christmas Jackpot winner. As of this writing it isn't far from that mark again. The lucky number is also up. It's up for grabs, but ya gotta play to win.  Hope your number comes up. 


Jonathan Dickinson State Park History
    The Loxahatchee River, named a National Wild and Scenic River in 1985, winds its way through the park, passing under a canopy of centuries-old cypress trees. The river has a timeless beauty all its own. "possessing remarkable ecological and recreational values which are unique in the United States."
Legends are nothing new to the east coast of Florida, In 1696, a Quaker merchant named Jonathan Dickinson shipwrecked off the coast in the area of Hobe Sound. Dickinson, his family and other survivors, made an arduous journey along the coast to St. Augustine. His journal, describing encounters with Native Americans and Spanish settlers, gives valuable information about life in early Florida.
    The 44-passenger Loxahatchee Queen takes visitors up the Loxahatchee River to the pioneer homesite of Trapper Nelson. Nelson came to the area in the 1930s and lived off the land by trapping and selling furs. He quickly became famous as the "Wildman of the Loxahatchee." After his death in 1968, the state acquired his land, preserving his home and grounds for future generations to enjoy.
    During World War II, the United States Army operated a top-secret radar training school here, named Camp Murphy. The technology of radar was in its infancy, and the men that trained here were sent out around the world. Over 1,000 school and support buildings, speedily constructed and heavily camouflaged, became home to over 6,000 soldiers and officers. Yet after only two years of operation, in November of 1944 Camp Murphy was deactivated.
    Following the deactivation, the property was transferred on June 9, 1947, from the U.S. government to the State of Florida for a new state park. Jonathan Dickinson State Park was opened to the public in 1950.
Florida Division of Recreation and Parks.

    Boosters help defray the cost of printing and mailing our monthly newsletter. To add your name, or to renew for one year, make your check for $10.00 payable to "The American Legion, mark "Booster' on memo line, drop off at the canteen or mail to:
      The American Legion
      8543 So U.S. Hwy #1
      Port St Lucie, FL 34985-8031

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