This is the time of year
we all should be thankful for the
things we have and the
good things we can do for others. Let
us remember those who are
less fortunate and remember
what it is we as
individuals can do for them. Is there a child
that needs our help? Will
that child have no Christmas? Is
there a Veteran that has
no family and needs just a friend to
talk to? Are there those
in Nursing Homes that have all but given up hope? We at Post
318 are the kind of people that can make a difference
for those individuals. I ask, as your Commander, to contact
your individual organizations and ask what you can do to
There are many ways to help.
You could go Caroling at the
Nursing Home with us, visit an elderly home bound Veteran that needs your
friendship, buy a toy for an under privileged child,
or just find a way to make someone happy.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame
by another human
being. Each of us owes deepest
to those who have rekindled this light."
- Albert Schweitzer
The Post has many activities
planned for the upcoming month and it would be nice to see
all members attend just a few of those. Each organization
has worked many hours planning to help those I spoke of
This month I would like
to make Jimmy McNally
December's Member of the Month. Jimmy is a loyal Sons of the
American Legion. His dedication to make Post 318 a better
place through his
volunteering and help is commendable. I thank you
Jimmy for all you have done around the Post.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
LET'S MAKE SOME HISTORY!!
No Post in the Department of Florida history, with Post
membership of 450 or more has ever reached their 100%
membership goal by
January 1. We have a good chance to do just that.
With one month left, our goal of 773 members is within
reach; we just need 72 more members to send in their
dues. We have
approximately 157 members who have not paid their
2007 dues. We need every member to talk to his American
Legion friends and see if they have paid their 2007
dues, if so, tell them
"good job," but if they haven't, encourage them to do
so before December 31, 2006. Also
remind them that the
yearly due amount will increase to $30.00 effective
January 1, 2007. Also, if every member can convince just 1
eligible non-member to join the Post, we can easily reach
our goal. Paying transfer members also count
towards our goal. TO
THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE
ALREADY PAID YOUR 2007
DUES, I THANK YOU. TO THOSE WHO HAVEN'T, PLEASE SEND IN YOUR DUES BEFORE DECEMBER
Frank Howard, 1st Vice-Commander
Anthony L.Civilett 11-03-2006
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family and
friends of our departed comrade who now enjoy eternal peace.
NEED PRAYERS FOR
Bob Booth, Dale Hollopeter, Charles Kircher,
Ray Scheuffele, & Bill Yeager
If you know any members in Distress PLEASE call:
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain Post 318,
MATTIE KELLY, Aux. Chaplain Unit 318 879-7095
American Legion Post 318
Our practices will be the 1st &
4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. On Veterans Day we had a
very busy day. Three crews went out in three different
directions to help and take part in the Veteran's Day
celebrations. Two of our members went to St. Lucie Veteran's
Park to be part of that ceremony. Four of our members went
to the Savanna Club to post the Colors as part of their
Veteran's Day celebration. Five of our members went to the
Abajene Russell Center in Ft. Pierce to both present a flag
to a veteran's widow, and to also help celebrate Veteran's
Day with the staff and patients. When we finally got back to
the Post, we had a beautiful Veteran's Day Ceremony at the
new stone garden with all of the Color Guard, Commander
Bowie, President Lavallee, many Riders and also a large
contingent of Post members. Mary Mc Laughlin gave the
Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms
Greeting and Salutations: Hope you all had a great
Thanksgiving! There are so many great events coming up in
the next two months and we really don't want you to miss out
on all the fun. Continue reading the newsletter to keep
track of them all. Before I get to some of the events, I
want to thank Carol Leonard for cutting out all the
Halloween faces that were hanging up in the Post and thanks
to all who donated. All of which went to the homeless vets
and will go to the veterans in the nursing homes for
Please remember to bring your canned goods, food items
and unwrapped gifts for the baskets for those in need. We
must remember that we are working for the good and welfare
of our Veterans and their families.
The Halloween Costume Party was a great success. Bob
Booth won with his Captain Hook costume and Andrea Pierson
won for the ladies with her ghoul costume. A good time was
had by all. Thank you to all who volunteered for the Mash
Bash event for the Salvation Army Kitchens.
Wednesday night Auxiliary pot roast dinners are still the
favorite. We sold out in Oct. Dinner is served from 5:00 to
7:00. Our cooks and helpers: Joy Ferreira, Carol Lanigan,
Laura and Fred Mastermaker, Shirley and AL Dergis all do a
great job making it soooo good! We need more volunteers for
the kitchen, please call Carol at 370-9029 or Sunny at
are also still collecting school supplies and new but small
personal items such as: shampoo, combs, soap, facecloths,
toothbrushes and paste for the "ditty bags" for the
homeless. See Carol Lanigan or there are 2 bins in the
canteen where you can drop them off. And a BIG THANKS to all
who do that.
Post 2007 calendars are available at the Canteen. Ruth
Loudon did a super job in putting it all together. The
pictures are of the best quality and a great reminder of
what we accomplished this past Year. Dottie Kearns has the
Enjoyment books available at the Post Canteen, too. The 2
for 1 coupons for dinning, recreation, theatres, and
services are first-rate and are $35. They make great
Auxiliary members decorated the Post for the Holidays. Later
that evening, we had the trees lighting ceremony. Come on
down and see how fabulous it looks. We also have ornaments
that we can put your name on and hang from the ceiling like
we did with the Halloween faces.
Auxiliary is having a Trip to the Keys raffle in December
that everyone is excited about!
It's a 4 day, 3 night trip for 2 at the Matecumbe Resort in
the Islamorada Key. It's on the ocean side at mile marker
76.5. The package we put together includes a basket filled
with lots of goodies for your evenings and a gift
certificate to the Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant. This
place is Great!! As you wait for your dinners, you can sit
and watch the sunset and palm trees swaying in the warm
breeze. The reservations for the Resort have been scheduled
for April 20th through the 23rd. The winning tickets will be
drawn on January 1st. You need not be present to win, but
why not join us anyway! Many, many thanks to Brian Pierson
for all his help in arranging for the Condo.
The Auxiliary is also sponsoring the
New Year's Eve Party this year. There will be hats,
noisemakers, champagne at midnight, covered dishes and
munchies. The music will be provided by James and Charlotte
for your dancing pleasure. This is a gift from the Auxiliary
to the Post membership. There is NO cost to the members
except for your canteen beverages.
In January we will also be having a "THEN
AND NOW' contest. Bring in a baby picture (up to 5 years
old) and a recent picture of yourself. Put these in a plain
white envelope and address to Sunny Lavallee. Give them to
the bartender who will put them in the Auxiliary folder. I
am the only one who will know who the pictures are of for
the contest. Pictures will be returned.
And a reminder that on January 20th, we
will be having our pinning ceremonies at the regular
Auxiliary meeting. We would like you all to be there to
celebrate those who have dedicated all the years of service.
REMEMBER, we need your attendance, your
volunteerism and your great talents and qualities to
accomplish all we want to do this year and the coming year.
The next meeting is scheduled for December
16, 2006. Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday and remember
"the reason for the season".
ALWAYS A PLEASURE
SUNNY LAVALLEE, PRESIDENT
I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. This year we
donated to fourteen needy families a full Thanksgiving meal.
I want to thank Tommy Bowes, Robin and Meg for delivering
the meals. GREAT JOB!!!
We had a great turnout at our meeting again. I want to thank
all that attended. We donated $300.00 to hone cards for our
troops overseas so they can contact their love ones during
the holiday season.
We will be having a Christmas party for the special needs
children and adults in our community on Saturday December
9th at 1:00 p.m. Santa will be there to give out gifts. We
also will be having our annual Toys for Tots on Saturday,
December 16th at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to make a
donation or bring a toy to the Post it will be greatly
Our Wednesday night dinner went over well, we served 89
dinners. I would like to thank all the volunteers who
helped. JOB WELL DONE!!
Our next SAL meeting will be Monday, December 11 at 7:00
p.m. Please try to attend so we can plan our upcoming events
for the new year.
Please don't forget to RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIPS!!! You will
need your 2007 membership card starting January 1st.
A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
The Salvation Army MASH BASH was a huge success. A lot of
the credit can go to our Honor Guard. Those guys turned
Grace Lutheran Church into a military museum. People are
still talking about what they did. You guys are the
greatest. Our Post really stepped up as a major sponsor.
Thank you 318.
The next time you see a homeless male on the street, ask him
which war he was in. A recent survey by the National
Coalition of the Homeless indicated that one in three adult
homeless males was a veteran. We must do everything in our
power to correct this. Working with the Salvation Army and
other similar groups is one way to address this growing
So the next time you see a Legion Member, Auxiliary Member,
Sons of the Legion or Legion Rider doing work to make a
difference, pitch in. You will be giving yourself the
greatest Christmas gift you could ever possibly receive. You
will become one of those people that are truly making a
difference in the world.
Please don't forget the annual Christmas party sponsored by
the Riders for all Post members. It will be on December
15th. I hope to see you all there.
Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider
Hello Post 318
Just so you know we are getting very good response from our
soldiers coming home. You also have to realize that the
"Support Our Troops" program is an ongoing operation. For
every one that comes off the list, one or two go on. We need
your support. Donations are accepted. They should be made
out to American Legion, Support Our Troops Fund. Please
Another project that was started this summer is ongoing,
please donate your used and old cell phones and for those of
you with computers, your used ink cartridges. Boxes are at
the Legion and they do go to help our troops.
As I sign the cards to the troops:
For God and Country,