THE  AMERICAN  LEGION,  POST 318
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
E-MAIL: legion318@aol.com
August  2006 Daryl Bowie, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
Hello Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons, and Riders
    Here we are starting a brand new year at the Post. As most of you are aware, our Legion year runs from August thru July for all elected Officers. All membership dues are now due for the 2006-2007 year. I ask that all members, of all organizations renew your membership as soon as possible. Early-Bird cutoff ends at the end of September, so I ask you to send them in now.
    In 2005-2006 we accomplished our very important goal of 100% in every organization of our Post. Why? Because of the direction that our Post is going. So many members are so proud of our Post, and many new members are coming in because each one has stated that our Post is the best that they have ever seen. They state that Post 318 offers so much for their members and everyone they meet are so friendly and receptive.
    At the State Convention I had the pleasure of meeting several Department, Area, and District Officers, who stated how impressed they were with the efforts of all organizations from Post 318. They expressed their heartfelt thanks for the many successful programs each group had accomplished this past year. I want each member of Post 318 to be proud of those efforts and let others know how well we have done.
    This past year, we as a Post gave $83,000.00 worth back to the Community, Veterans, and other deserving individuals. A feat that other Posts only dream of doing. But we made it happen. I am so very proud of all members who worked so hard to make this happen, for those who really need it the most. We will be recognizing those members at the annual Commanders Appreciation Dinner on August 13th. I ask members to please attend and give support for those who have done so much for the Post. Member of the Year Award will be given out that day.
    This month I would like to make Tyler Schmeer our Member of the Month. Every time I look around, it seems Tyler is always there to help the Post. I salute you Tyler.
                                          Commander Daryl Bowie

1st Vice-Commander
    I would like to thank all members for their trust and confidence in electing me as your new 1st Vice. I will do my utmost to follow in the footsteps of "Babe" to insure all membership services are completed in a correct and timely manner. Secondly, the Post was recognized at the recent Department Convention in Orlando for achieving 100% in our membership for 2006. We are off to a pretty good start with the 2007 dues. By the time you get this newsletter, we should have received approximately 425+ dues ( over 50% of our goal for 2007 ). As a matter of note, the fiscal year for 2007 dues runs from July 1, 2006 thru June 30, 2007. Regardless of when you paid your 2006 dues, the above dates apply for 2007. My personal goal for this New Year is to achieve 100% membership renewal by April 1, 2007. Your help and support in sending in your renewal membership will be needed for me to achieve this goal. Again, thanks and good luck in the coming year.
                          Frank Howard, 1st Vice-Commander
Chaplain's  Corner
 POST EVERLASTING
Eddie Farrell 06/12/06,  Angel Ramirez  07/04/06
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
Bobby Hall, Dale Hollopeter, Charles Kircher, Ray Scheuffele and Paul Veozzafava

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Through God's blessings, you have food and shelter, something that millions alive today do not enjoy.

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

Legion riders
    I just returned from the state American Legion Convention. If you as a Legion member , Son, or Auxiliary, have never been to one, you should go next year. I was impressed by the thousands that were in Orlando for this. The amount of fellowship and good will was overwhelming.
    The Riders recently participated in a fund raiser for Luke Murphy, An Army Sgt. that was critically wounded in Iraq. The benefit was to raise money to send his family to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington to see him. There is a foundation spearheaded by Rick Monday ( the former Los Angeles Dodger ) that stopped 2 protestors from burning the American flag at a baseball game in the 70's, that is involved in this worthy cause. And now Post 318 Legion Riders are involved as well.
    Another cause we recently signed up for is The Patriot Guard. It seems that there are a group of protesters headquartered in the Midwest that go around protesting at veterans funerals. The Patriot Guard was started by Legion Riders and other motorcycle groups to escort grieving families at these sacred ceremonies. They placed themselves between the funeral attendees and the protesters. For more information on this go to www.PatriotGuard.org .
                               Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider
 

 

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!

 

Auxiliary  President's  message
    Installation of Auxiliary Officers was held on July 29, 2006 followed by a reception at the Post.
    No meeting in August, but there will be an Executive Board meeting at the Post on the 19th of August at 11:00 am. Next meeting of membership is on September 16 at 12:00pm.
    Members - Please make sure that Marion Mason has your updated address and phone number.
   
We are looking forward to having an outstanding year but we will need your volunteer time and efforts to do so.
                         ALWAYS A PLEASURE
                             Sunny Lavallee, President

Son's - American Legion
    I hope everyone is having a nice summer. We are into a new year and we have functions and activities planned and hope to have another great year. Last year our total donations were over $25,000 for veterans and the community. WOW!! What a great year. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it happen with their time, hard work and generous donations. We attended the Convention in July. Harold Barth, Ron Christian, Greg Emerson and myself had a good time and learned a lot of things to have a successful year again. We received awards for 1st runner up for year-end reports, Special Olympics and membership.
    I welcome the new elected officers and look forward to working with all of you. Our SAL meetings and dinners will be starting up in September and we also have Oktoberfest planned. Be sure to watch the newsletter for times and dates.
    TOGETHER WE CAN ALL WORK HARD, HAVE FUN
               AND GIT-R-DONE!!!
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

AUXILIARY MEMBERSHIP
          2006 - 2007 Membership cards are here.
    Please drop your dues off at the Post or mail them directly to Marion Mason, 625 NW Grenada St., Port Saint Lucie, FL 34983-1161.
    Our goal is to complete all dues as soon as possible. All new applications and transfers that are currently in my possession will hopefully be submitted before you receive this newsletter. Lets all work together to achieve our membership goals. I look forward to serving with you for this upcoming year and will make myself readily available for any questions or concerns you may have. If you can't find me at the Post feel free to call me at 370-4268.
    Here's to a great year and thank you in advance.
                       Marion Mason, Auxiliary 1st Vice President
 
AUXILIARY WAYS & MEANS
    This year we will be collecting school supplies. We shall deliver them in December 2007 and August 2008.There will be a collection box in the Legion.
                         Thank You,   Ways & Means
P.S. Also any body wanting to donate their stuffed animals out of the claw machine, we will also collect them for "Toys-for-Tots" in December.


Port St, Lucie Police
  Athletic/Activities League, Inc
Dear Post 318 Members,
    I would like to take a moment to thank all of your members who turned in used cell phones for the Cell Phones For Soldiers project (www.cellphonedforsoldiers.com). As you know, these telephones are turned into a re-cycler, who then gives credit and the foundation can furnish a service member overseas with a calling card.
    Making the ultimate sacrifice at times, our men and women of the Armed Forces continue to serve us proudly. This project, helping them to establish contact with their loved one is the least we can do.
    Please do not hesitate to call me if I can be of further assistance.
         Sincerely,
                 
Master Officer Tim Reilly, Executive Director

 
Honor/color  guard
MEET: The 1st & 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm during the summer months. We could use more members. Join us on meeting day, look, listen and decide if this is something you would like to do.
                              
Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms