Legionnaires, Sons, Auxiliary, and Riders,
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
I hope all New Year resolutions you made come true and you
stick to them. At Post 318 our resolution is continued
growth, increased support for those who are in need, and
continued fellowship among Veterans.
A lot of new members keep stating how glad they are that they
joined our Post. They like what they see. Lets all make it a
point to continue this very important image. With every new
year comes increased goals and responsibilities.
Legionnaires, I ask you all to step up and do what you can
to make it better. It doesn't have to be a lot, just ask
what you can do to help. We are all very proud of our 100%
Membership. I want to personally thank our 1st Vice, Frank
Howard for all his diligent work on making it happen by the
fist of January. I ask all members who haven't renewed to
please renew as soon as possible. It's so very important to
keep your membership active with one of the best Posts in
the state of Florida.
I want to thank all groups for their
kindness and participation in making many people happy
during the Christmas Holiday. From the Christmas Party for
the Handicapped kids, Toys-For-Tots, and the Christmas
Caroling at the Nursing Home, God Bless you all for helping.
A special thanks goes to Ron Christian, Andy & Brenda
Saffioti, Tommy Bowes, Ruth Loudon, and Sunny Lavalle.
We have had the pleasure of being visited
by troops that we have supported while they were in Iraq. If
you weren't around the Post when they were here, I want you
to know how appreciative these young men and women were for
all of our members who supported them thru the PX cards.
When you talk to these fine individuals making the
sacrifices all other Veterans made, it makes you proud.
This month I would like to make Carol
Lanigan our Member-Of-The-Month. Carol helps the Post in
many ways. For her participating in the Auxiliary, Riders,
and activities around the Post, Carol, I salute you.
I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful holiday
and hope the New Year brings you prosperity, much joy and
We have done it. Post 318 is the first Post within the
Department of Florida, with a membership of 450 or more to
reach 100% by the end of December.
CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank "Babe"
Garneau. Our accomplishment this year is a direct result of
his tireless efforts in the preceding years. He pleaded,
pushed and at times threatened you to get your dues in, and
these efforts are now paying dividends as evidenced by our
having reached 100% + 1. Although we have reached our goal,
as established by the Department of Florida, we cannot stop
here. For those of you who have not yet paid their 2007 dues
( about 113 ), the Post's by-laws allow a grace period until
the end of January 2007 in which your 2006 card will still
be accepted. Therefore, during the month of January,
membership cards will be checked and effective February 1,
2007, entry into the Post will be denied unless a 2007
membership card can be produced. I ask each one of you who
have paid their 2007 dues to be patient and understanding
when you are asked for your membership card. Although we may
know your face and name, the only way to check your current
membership status is to see your card. Again, thanks for
your understanding and may the New Year be as fruitful and
joyous as 2006.
Frank Howard, 1st Vice-Commander
Edward F. Pace 11/05/2006, Charles J. Turner 11/14/06
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: Dale
Hollopeter, Charles Kircher, Ray Scheuffele & Bill
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When you lose, learn all
that you can from the experience.
If you know any member sick or in Distress
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain Post 318,
MATTIE KELLY, Aux. Chaplain Unit 318 879-7095
American Legion Post 318
Our practices are on the 1st & 4th Tuesday of the month at
6:30pm. November was another busy month for us. We
participated in seven ceremonies, two practices, one
planning session and one funeral. So far in December, it has
been relatively quiet, but we are ready to go in a moments
notice if any of our veterans or their families need us. We
want to wish all of our members and their families a Happy
Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms
All members who have paid their 2007 dues should have the new door-key
which is yellow in color. The previous
out-dated green card will no longer work
allowing entry into the canteen. If your
card is the new yellow, please use it to enter
so the bartender on duty knows you are a member.
If it is green in color, check to see if you have paid paid dues for
2007. If you have paid your dues, show
your card to the bartender to receive a new door
Hope you all had a great Holiday!
If this newsletter reaches you before Dec.
31st. Don't forget about the Auxiliary sponsored New Year's
Eve Party. All you have to bring is a covered dish or snacks
for everyone to share. There will be hats, noisemakers,
champagne at midnight, covered dishes and munchies. The
music will be provided by James & Charlotte for your dancing
pleasure. This is a gift from the Aux. to the Post
membership. There is NO cost to members except for your
And on Jan. 1st we will be drawing for the
4 day - 3 night trip to the Keys. Tickets are still
available at the Canteen. The vacation site is 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 Co.
Restaurant. This place is Great!! As you wait for your
dinners, you can sit and watch the sunset and the palm trees
swaying in the warm breeze. The Reservations for the Resort
has been scheduled for April 20 through the 23. You need not
be present to win! Thanks again to Brian Pierson for all his
help in arranging for the Condo.
Really wish you all could have been at the
Special Olympics Party sponsored by the Sons (SAL), December
9th. If you could have just seen their faces as Santa Claus
arrived on Carol Lanigan's bike, lead by Jim Burk and the
Riders with their reindeer antlers and blinking noses. Make
you think what the holiday is all about. There was food,
dancing, Karaoke, present from Santa and stockings for all
52 of the participants. Many thanks to those members who
made sure the children had a good time, served the food,
gave out the stockings, danced with the children. Ann Marie
McNally, Ellie Blankenthorn, Grace Ricalton, Brenda Saffioti,
Ruth Louden (who took all their pictures individually with
Santa), Jen Farraro, Linda Geraghty, and Carol Lanigan. PS,
I was there too.
We are also still collecting school
supplies and new but small personal items such as: shampoo,
combs, soap, facecloths, toothbrushes & paste for "ditty
bags" for the homeless. There are 2 bins in the canteen
where you can drop them off. And a BIG Thanks to all who do
The Post 2007 calendars are still
available at the Canteen. Get yours before we run out.
Dottie Kearns still has Enjoyment books left. The 2 for 1
coupons for dining, recreation, theaters, and services are
first-rate and are $35. They are good for the entire year.
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. Pictures will be
And a reminder that on Jan.20th, we will be having our
pinning ceremony at the regular Aux. meeting. We would like
you all to be there to celebrate those who have dedicated
all the years of service.
February 10th is our LUAU Party. Get your tickets early for
this one. It's sure to be a complete sellout! The menu
includes Roast Pork with all the trimmings. Music for your
dancing pleasure and lots of fun games. Do you want to learn
how to do the HULA? Join us for a great night wearing your
Don't forget, 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. Remember that we are
working together for the good and welfare of our Veterans
and their families. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan.
20, 2007 at 12:00 PM. Hope you all have a wonderful, safe
and healthy New Year.
ALWAYS A PLEASURE
SUNNY LAVALLEE, PRESIDENT
Hello Post 318
Its 2007, I hope everyone had a Merry
Christmas and have a Happy New Year. We had a great time at
the Special Olympics Christmas party. The children and
adults who attended were so full of love. They were so happy
when Santa gave them their gifts. It was truly a wonderful
day. The Marines also picked up the Toys-For-Tots last
month. I would like to thank all the members who helped make
this a wonderful Christmas for the children in our
community. I would also like to thank everyone for
their generous donations of money and/or toys.
We had a good turnout at our meeting
again. We donated $300.00 for phone cards for our troops to
call their families. Our next meeting will be Monday,
January 8th @ 7:00 pm. Don't forget to pay your membership
WORK HARD HAVE FUN GIT-R-DONE
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
The Legion Riders participated in so many fundraisers and
benefits this past year. We also visited 7 other Legion
Posts in various parts of the state. Its important to
remember that while we are Legion Riders, we are there
representing our wonderful Post. And speaking of our Post? I
have never been associated with a more generous, giving
group of people. Whether it's care packages for troops,
phone cards, Toys-For-Tots, benefit poker run for area vets,
Special Olympics, Salvation Army MASH BASH, or paying a
down-and-out Vet's rent, no one locally comes close to
So as we sail into 2007, let's make sure that we do even
more to help others. After all,
"NO ONE DOES IT BETTER!"
HAPPY NEW YEAR from the LEGION
Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider