8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
July 2006 Daryl Bowie, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
Hello All Members of Post 318,
    Here we are at Mid-Year and all the Elections are over. I would like to congratulate all new officers from each Organization, and wish them the best for the upcoming 2007 year. I know all will do their best to keep our Post, the #1 Post on the Treasure Coast and will perform their duties as your officers.
    I would like to thank all Legionnaires for their continued support of me as Commander. I hope I have helped direct our Post to make it a better place for all members. Granted, in this position, you can't make everyone happy but my personal Philosophy is always "Do it, if its best for the Post"
    Beginning in August, 2007 dues will be accepted and membership renewals will be going out. Lets get the membership off to a great start and reach our 100% as soon as we can. We accomplished 100% this year and I want to thank 1st Vice, Babe Garneau for his hard work.
    The House Committee has alot of plans for great Activities and Functions for the upcoming months. I ask you always look at your calendars and schedule to come out and enjoy yourself at one of the events. A lot of hard work goes into planning these events.
    The Commander's Recognition Dinner will be held on Sunday, August 13th at 2pm. This Dinner is to recognize all the volunteers for this past year. Ticket sales will be going on in July. Please plan on attending.
    This month I would like to make Steve Boulet our "Member of the Month." I see Steve helping out in any way he can with all organization, whether it be the Honor Guard, Wednesday Nite Dinners, etc. I commend you Steve.

                                          Commander Daryl Bowie

1st Vice-Commander
    As 1st. Vice, I would like to thank all Legionnaires of Post 318 for helping me reach 100% in our membership for 2006. It really was a challenge this year. We had 10 members transfer out to other cities, 65 new members, and 54 transfers in, on top of our current membership. I want to thank all you guys and gals for this endeavor.
    At this time I would like to congratulate four of our members for winning the Early Bird drawing for 2006-2007 dues. The member are: William Jacobs, Eugene Crossman, Richard Soto, & Frank Ellis Their Dues will be paid by the Post for this upcoming year.
    I also want to thank all that elected me as Executive Board Member for the upcoming year.
1st Vice, "Babe" Garneau
Chaplain's  Corner
Anthony D'Erasmo 6/11/06
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of our departed comrade who now enjoy eternal peace.

Charles Kircher and Ray Scheuffele

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Every day in every way I am getting better and better.

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
    Due to the House committee meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, we have decided to move our first practice of the month to the 1st Tuesday.  Our practices will be the 1st and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM during the summer months.  Anyone interested or think they might be interested in joining us, please feel free to join us on any of the pratice nights. 
                              Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms

Legion riders
    The Riders held our yearly election of officers recently. The following members were elected to serve for the 2006-2007 period.           
   Commander; Jim Burk
   First Vice: Dave Shaffer 
   Second Vice: Greg Emerson
   Secretary: Sherri Demoss          
   Treasurer: Sally Emerson
   Chaplain: Carol LoGrasso          
   Sgt-at-Arms: Harold Barth
   Liaison: Carol Lanigan
    I am proud to repeat as Commander, and proud of the members that have stepped up to be officers for the upcoming year.
    We recently participated in 2 very emotional events here locally. We visited the nursing home on Oleander and then participated in a dedication ceremony at Post 171 for their new Post Everlasting Memorial.
    Our annual fund-raiser is Sunday July 23rd. It will be devoted entirely to helping Treasure Coast Vets. There will be a poker run, along with an auction, prizes and games, food and music. So please come and support this worthy cause. It's hard to believe that we are fast approaching the dog days of summer. But hey, when you're having fun, the time flies.
                               Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider


At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!


Auxiliary  President's  message
No meeting in July & August. Installation of new officers to be scheduled by District after July 1, 2006
    Have a safe summer, My sincere thanks to my officers for a great year, and all members who contributed their time & talents to Unit 318
                             June DeAngelo, President

Auxiliary  Notes
    On May 20, 2006 official elections took place for the American Legion 318 Auxiliary. The following members were elected:
   President - C. Sunny Lavallee 
   1st Vice - Marion Mason
   2nd Vice .. Carol Lanigan 
   Secretary - Tammy De Pace
   Treasurer - Margaret Trocki
   Chaplain - Mattie Kelly
   Historian - Ruth Lowden
   Sgt-At-Arms - Rita Woodburn
   Ass't Sgt-At-Arms - Laura Mastermaker
          Ex Board:
   Connie Cafiso, Mary McLaughlin, Jodi Murphy
    Many many thanks to Maureen - Ruth - Karen - Jen - Brenda Marion - Karen and ???? for the fantastic golf tournament held on May 21st at Gator Trace. These auxiliary members worked so hard organizing this very successful event. When you see them in the Canteen congratulate them for their efforts and accomplishments.
    Sincere appreciation also to all the ladies who provided the wonderful home cooked food for the golfers.
                         ALWAYS A PLEASURE
                             Sunny Lavallee, President Elect

Son's - American Legion
    Summers here and we had our elections at the June 5th meeting, and I would like to thank everyone who attended. Following are the officers elected for the 2006-2007 term:
        Commander . . . Andy Saffoiti
        1st Vice . . . Harold Barth
        2nd Vice . . . Ron Christian        
        Finance . . . Ken Moldt
        Adjutant . . . John Kearns
        Historian . . . Jim McLaughlin
        Chaplain . . . John Davis
        Sgt-At-Arms ... Greg Emerson
        Executive Board: Jon Rice, Tom Bowes, & Jim McNally
    There will be NO meetings or breakfast in July or August. We will be having installation of officers in July. Check the newsletter for upcoming events and functions.
    Have a great summer!! See you in September
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

nominating committee report
The Nominating Committee wishes to announce the winners of the 2006-2007 elections:
      Commander . . . Daryl Bowie
      1st Vice...Frank Howard
      2nd Vice . .Larry Ruschell
      Finance... Dan Newman
      Historian...Tom Loudon
      Chaplain...John Hager
      Sgt-At-Arms . . .Conrad Tutela
              Executive Board:
      Jim Burke, "Babe" Gameau, & Dana Lambert
All of the members of the post wants to congratulate the winners and wish them the very best for the coming year. Remember that you don't have to be an officer in order to make the post better. Any ideas, suggestions or physical help is always appreciated.

    On Sunday, May 21st. our Auxiliary held its fourth annual charity golf tournament at Gator Trace Country Club in Fort Pierce. One hundred and twelve golfers turned out for a wonderful day of golf and prizes, with proceeds from the event benefiting many worthy veterans' causes.
    Cash prizes for 1st, 7th and 15th place were awarded along with prizes for lady's longest drive, men's longest drive and closest to the pin. Seven golfers also sank their putts to win prizes in the putting contest.
    After the tournament a luncheon and awards ceremony was held back at the Post for all participants. Door prizes and raffle prizes were given out and a 50/50 and Texas Hold-Em drawing was held. Prizes for the tournament were donated by local businesses, sponsors and Legion members.
    The Women's Auxiliary extends their thanks and best wishes to all who made this event a tremendous success. Special thanks go to Linda Geraghty from Wal-Mart whose generosity and support went beyond our expectations. Our deepest appreciation goes to Tommy Bowes for his endless dedication to this tournament. We would also like to acknowledge the following people for going above and beyond the call of duty. Steve Boulet for once again providing the car for the "hole-in-one"; Harold Barth for arranging for the Harley Davidson motorcycle along with several hole sponsorships; Chris Nelson whose experience and willingness to help was priceless. There were a number of others people - Riders, Sons, Auxiliary and Legionnaires - who not only devoted their time and energy but also opened their hearts and wallets to make this day a success.
    I would personally like to thank all the golf committee members for their hard work and long hours. Words cannot express my appreciation and gratitude for all that you've done. We only achieved what we did because of you, and I look forward to your support again for our 5th Annual Tournament.
    Next years tournament will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2007 and we hope to make it bigger and better than this years.            Again, thank you all.
                                Maureen (Mo) Aitken, Chairwoman