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.
William D. Loughrin
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends
of our departed comrade who now enjoy eternal peace.
NEED PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
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
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain Post 318,
American Legion Post 318
& 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
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
At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!
Next meeting February
18th at 12
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
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.
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
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
own. "possessing remarkable ecological
and recreational values which are unique in
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.
Loxahatchee Queen takes visitors up
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
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.
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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
"In Memory of $15.00 per year
Business Cards ... $150.00 per year