To All Legionnaires,
Auxiliary, Sons and Riders.
Here we are into March already. Time really passes when your having
fun and staying active. Here at the Post, time should move
very fast because of all the activities, community
involvement and programs we have done this term.
I want to thank all members who have renewed their membership in
the last few weeks. Like I stated in the last newsletter,
membership is the key to a successful Post. For those who
have not yet renewed, I ask that you do so soon.
At our February General Meeting, we selected the Nominating
committee for 2006-2007 Officers. Dick Boulette graciously
volunteered to head the committee. If you want to run for
office next year for any officers position, then I ask you
to call Dick at 878-1962 or call the Post at 878-0655. Every
Post needs good Leadership for their members. With the size
of our membership, you try to do whats best for all, keeping
in mind whats best for the continued success of the Post. I
ask that any Legionnaire that's interested please see Dick.
I would like to thank June DeAngelo as Auxiliary President, Andy
Saffioti as Sons Commander, and Jim Burke as Legion Riders
Commander. Their dedication this year has exemplified the
true meaning of leadership. Many of their personal hours are
dedicated to the success of our Post.
This month I would like to make Bob and Sally Booth, our "Members
of the Month." Their kindness in making the Post a better
place is nothing short of fantastic. They always seem to
make any Post program a better one when needed. Bob and
Sally, I salute you.
Jack Chesworth, Daniel N. O'Connor,
Dolores A. Morgan, Chuck Rice, Maurice Warren,
and Tom Lyons (SAL)
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:
Dale Hollopeter, Charles Kircher, Ray
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Empty out
all resentment and hate - - They are like poison to the soul
If you know any member sick or in Distress
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain Post 318,
American Legion Post 318
By the time you read this we will have had a
very bust month of February. We have a very good base of 7
full time members and even with that we are stretched very
thin. We could use more help, if you are able to put in a
little time, we certainly would welcome it. There is a
sign-up sheet at the Post, on the bulletin board by the bar,
or see Conrad, Dick or Dana who are there almost every day
in the Kitchen.
We want to give out a very special thanks to the Legion Riders who
made our breakfast the best one ever. They also came in
force to the 4 Chaplains Ceremony at White City Cemetery and
helped make that a success. If all our members were as
dedicated as the Riders we would never have to beg for help.
We will have a flag disposal ceremony at the Post on Saturday,
March 18, right after the Auxiliary meeting. Please make an
attempt to attend this important ceremony. It is the proper
way to honor these flags for their service to our country.
As veterans we shouldn't allow these flags to be disposed of
as simply rags thrown into a fire.
Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms
THE SPARK BEHIND THE
It's hard to believe it was over six years ago that Morris
approached myself and Ed Saudera about starting the "Legion
Ed, George Sinbine and me teamed up with Bobcat and Nitro from Post
358, and under some guidance from Morris got the Legion
Morris knew this would be a good membership tool for the Post, and
its quite evident he was right. Legion Rider membership is
now ten times the original five, and is a positive driving
force in the Post.
Maurice Warren, the Legion Riders salute you and will miss you. You
will always be remembered as a great visionary, a great Post
Commander, and a warm wonderful Person. Our loss is Heaven's
gain. May You Rest In Peace.
Jerry Lanigan, Past Commander, Legion Riders
This years Super Bowl party
was a great success. Thank you all for the wonderful food. I
don't think anyone left hungry. The "Kick and Pass" booths
proceeds, as well as the proceeds from the 50/50 went to the
"Support Our Troops" fund. Thank you for your generosity.
In all we do, remember our men and women in harms way. This is an
ongoing fund. Donations are accepted payable to American
Legion Post 318, "Support Our Troops" fund. We send Phone
and PX cards to our local soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Your support is greatly appreciated. See you at the Post.
We have had a busy
year so far - the Auxiliary has done well for the veterans,
which, as we are all aware of is our main concern.
Mary McLaughlin is busy with the phone cards for those in service,
thank you Mary.
Marion Mason with "Ways and Means," is the force behind funding our
projects. Our thanks to her and all those who assisted her.
The scholarship for an IRRC student, in the nursing program will be
forthcoming as is the one for an ROTC student at Centennial
High School. They each will receive $500.00 for their
schooling, or books which will be paid to the school of
Membership is at 100%, I received notification from Department.
Thanks to all who made this possible.
Our year ends for the Community Service in April, and your hours
are needed for the "Annual Report." Please leave them at the
Post for me.
Moe and Joy are in charge of the Auxiliary Golf Tournament, any and
all door prizes welcome, and all volunteers. See either one
of them or Marion. We expect another successful tournament.
Please, do not forget to notify Mattie Kelley with your correct
The calendar for March, looks inviting, please try and attend. St.
Patrick's Day Dinner, Friday the 17th. The Auxiliary will
run the raffle and possibly have a few surprises. The 24th
is steak night. Come and enjoy.
A final word on being an Auxiliary member. We are here because of
the American Legion Post. We perhaps do not always agree
with others or with their opinions, but we must respect
others and remember our conduct represents the Auxiliary,
and what we stand for. We should never embarrass ourselves
or the Auxiliary. We have a protocol for anyone who has an
opinion or disagrees with any officer at our Post. Please
use discretion when visiting the Post and work together for
one goal, our veterans. Many thanks to all the Auxiliary
members for your support and encouragement. We will have a
June DeAngelo, Auxiliary President
Springtime is around the corner!
We had a good turn out at our meeting and I would like to
thank everyone that attended. Our next meeting will be on
March 13, please try to attend, we need everyone's input.
With the monies that we raised in our raffles and events, we
donated to the "Fallen Heroes Fund," which is a state of the
art hospital being build to help our soldiers with their
disabilities and physical therapy. We also donated to the
American Legion "Support our Troops" phone cards, and
Hospice, which does an excellent job of caring for their
The winner of our Super Bowl raffle, which was a 32 inch TV, was
won by Don Williams. Congratulations!
Our Wednesday night dinner of shrimp scampi over linguini was a
great success again. I would like to thank all of our
volunteers who helped in the kitchen. GREAT JOB! Our next
dinner will be March 1st. Don't forget the S.A.L. breakfast,
which is the last Sunday of every month. Come start your
morning with piping hot breakfast. Hmm-Hmm Good!
All members please check your membership cards to see if they are
current 2006. We still have members that have not renewed
and are in jeopardy of having their Post privileges
suspended. Please pay your dues!!!!
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
We know it is only March, but May
comes very quickly and that is when we vote in our new
officers for the year 2006-2007. We are always looking for
new blood, which brings us new ideas. Change is inevitable
in order to strive to better ourselves. Stagnation is the
death knell of many organizations. Please step up to the
plate and give our Post the leadership it needs.
We are accepting nominations for:
Commander, First Vice Commander, Second Vice Commander,
Sergeant-At-Arms, Finance Officer, Chaplain and Historian
We also need three Executive Board members. If you think you are
qualified and would like to run for any of those offices,
please submit your name to Dick Boulette, head of the
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, Post 318", 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
At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!