Have you ever wondered why you
joined Post 318, or the
American Legion? Have you ever thought about what it is
about the Legion that interested you into joining? Pm sure you
have. I know you have read that the Post has done so many
things for Veterans, Community, Youth, the Needy, and those
who just down right need our help. Pm sure you have read
about the many functions
the Post have had to raise funds for those programs.
Well, that's why you joined. So when your talking to others
about your Post, be proud. Be proud of the
fact you are an important
member of American Legion Post 318.
On April 1st, the reading of members that want to run for
offices for next year
will be read. If you are interested in running for
one of the offices, I ask that you contact the Post
before that date. Even
if you are not interested I ask that you attend the
meeting to support those that are wanting to run
because they want to
keep the success of the Post intact. The meeting will
start at 12:00 noon.
membership is now around 100%. A great feat for this
year. Thanks to 1st.
Vice, "Babe" Garneau for his efforts this year.
I want to thank all the organizations for their tremendous
efforts with all the activities and functions they have held
Auxiliary, and Legion Riders have all stepped
up and with their tireless
efforts made the Post A better place.
This month I
would like to make Marion Mason the
"Member of the Month." It always
seems like when we need help for so many things she is always there. Her quiet demeanor is
an asset. Please thank Marion for her energy.
Eugene T. Janiec 3/12/06, John R. Logue 3/13/06
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:
Robert Azzara, Dale Hollopeter, Charles Kircher, Neal
Malvetti, Angel Ramierz and Ray Scheuffele
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help
create the fact.
If you know any member sick or in Distress
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain Post 318,
We have one new member since last
month's newsletter, but we could still use a few more good
men to expand our Honor/Color Guard. The more people we have
the easier for all of us to service our veterans and their
families. All of us in the group will tell you that what we
do for our members is not a chore but an honor that none of
us would willingly give up.
Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms
The Legion Riders have been very busy the
last month or
This time of year is perfect for riding. We have visited
several other Post,
went to the Fellesmere Frog Leg Festival, and attended the 4
Chaplains ceremony in White City. We are riding somewhere
We are hosting a Casino Night Friday, April 28, at the Post.
We will also offer Pizza
for $1.00 per slice. So you can either be a high
roller or eat reasonably, or do both. If our party is half
as successful as the Sons recent "Blues Night," we will be a
happy bunch. Great party and dinner Sons!!!!
People are always talking about the good old days. The
Riders feel that with our great Post of Veterans, Sons,
Riders, and Auxiliary, the good old days are now. And again,
we meet the first Friday of every month and visitors are
Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider
At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!
Thanks to all members who have paid their
dues. We are over the 100%
mark. For those who have not paid 2006
dues, your names will be
removed from the membership list.
Our Valentine dance was a good time for all who
attended, many thanks to
Marion Mason and her committee.
The Golf Tournament is moving along well, contact Mo to
please bring all door prizes to our Auxiliary meeting
or leave at the Post.
Dottie Keams will chair the Nominating Committee for our
new year. Anyone
interested in any office, please notify her.
The Phone Cards are a hugh success and Mary
McLaughlin is doing a
great job getting them to our boys in
Iraq. I thank the
Auxiliary for supporting this wonderful cause.
Our servicemen and women
and our Vet's will always have our support and
Check the April calendar at the Post for upcoming
I thank all the Auxiliary for your continued support.
DeAngelo, Auxiliary President
Our Blues Party was a great success. I want to thank Larry
and Tyler for preparing the prime rib dinner, it was
everyone enjoyed it. I would also
like to thank our servers,
bartenders, and all the volunteers for a job well done. I
thank Brenda and Marion for decorating the Post, excellent
job, it looked great.
With our raffle and auction money that we raised we were
able to get more phone cards for our soldiers and donate
money to disabled veterans. THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL
Our Wednesday night shrimp scampi over linguini went
again, so we will continue doing it. Once again
thanks to all the volunteers who helped in the kitchen. Our next
dinner is March 29.
We had another good
turn out at our meeting with lots of
discussions and new ideas. Our next meeting will be Monday
April 10th, please try to attend. We have elections of
coming up soon.
I would like to thank the Honor Guard and all the volunteers
for preparing the breakfast in March. Its nice to work
people who can help share the work load.
Our next breakfast
Don't forget to check your memberships!
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
On Friday, February 17, we had a beautiful
ceremony at the Post to say goodbye to a friend and comrade
in arms, Chuck Rice. Family and friends packed the hall to
cry, laugh and pay tribute to one of their own.
The Honor Guard was there to give him full military honors
and all there say they performed flawlessly. Being a member,
I will tell you very rarely does everything go as it is
supposed to. Most of the people watching will not pick up on
the Mistakes that almost always occur, but after it is all
over we will critique ourselves, in order to get better and
not repeat the same mistakes. After this ceremony, not a one
of us could point out any one thing to improve. I can't say
for sure but I believe Chuck was our Sergeant-At-Arms and
made sure we did our jobs properly. I would like to sign him
up to a long-term contract.
On Tuesday, February 21, was the night for our monthly Texas
Hold'Em Tournament. Chuck had been in, I believe every one
since we started and almost always came in the money. Every
time the other players thought they had him out of the game,
he would win a big hand and be in the thick of things again.
A couple of us thought it would be nice to include Chuck in
our tournament in some way. A table was set up with Chuck's
picture at the head of the table for all to see. Five hands
were laid out as if it were the final table for all the
marbles, which was something that Chuck had participated in
almost every month. A glass of Scotch (Chuck's favorite) was
put next to Chuck's poker hand. I made sure that everyone
had a very good hand, (we didn't want anybody to drop out.)
But the best hand was Chuck's, a Royal Flush in Spades. As
the night progressed, i would go to the table and play the
hand as you would in the real tournament, only this one hand
took all night to play. The real tournament went very well
and it got down to the final table, which was the table that
Chuck played every month. The first place winner was someone
that played with Chuck at that table also every month.
The individual (who doesn't want his name given) told me to
give the money to Chuck's wife, Alberta "Bert."
After cleaning up, we all retired to the bar for a nightcap
before going home. I was talking with the person who had won
and donated his winnings to "Bert", and I mentioned that
Chuck was at the game and made sure he won because he knew
that he would give his winnings to his wife. He told me not
to get carried away, there was no such thing as help from
beyond. We bantered this about for a while and then I had a
crazy idea. My grandchildren had visited a short while
earlier and had left their Yatzee game in my car. I went out
and brought it back in and asked him if he was willing to
put my theory to the test.
I wanted him to throw the five dice just once, and if Chuck
was there he would roll five of kind. He told me that was so
ridiculous that, should that happen he would donate another
hundred dollars to Bert. He rolled 5 sixes.
You can't go out any better than that.