8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
FEBRUARY  2007 Daryl Bowie, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
Hello Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons, and Riders,
    I am proud to announce again that Post 318 accomplished 100% Membership by January 1st. At the January District Meetings our Post was recognized for our accomplishment. I want to thank all members for their renewals and I welcome all new and transferred-in members. Without your membership our Post would be nothing. It takes all members to make the Post successful. Not just a few, but all to make it happen.
    At our last E-Board and General Membership meeting, the new Post 318 "Post Rules" were presented. Post Rules are important as a guideline for all members to follow. I encourage all members to read them, they are posted in our Post.
    I want all members to know that February's E-Board and General Meetings will be held on February 10th instead of February 3rd, also in March the meetings will be held on March 10th instead of the 3rd. Certain conflicting schedules has made the changes necessary. Please make sure you mark your calendar accordingly.
    I want to thank our Color Guard for their hard work and dedication over the past months. These guys have really made an impact in our community. Their commitment for all Veterans and local events has been well received by all. They are a group to be proud of. There was a time when we had no Guard. It took hard work and a lot of practices to get were they are today.

    The House Committee led by our 2nd Vice, Larry Ruschell, have planned some great events and functions for the next few months. They too, have worked hard for the membership providing the social environment necessary for all members. It takes a lot of planning and hard work to stage these events. They too deserve a lot of recognition from all members.
    This month I would like to announce our Member of the Month is Frank Howard. Frank has worked hard in giving our Post 100% membership and his hard work for the Wall of Remembrance will never be forgotten. Frank, I thank you for your dedication and hard work.

                                  Commander Daryl Bowie

1st Vice Cmdr
Now that we have reached our Department of Florida goal of 100% plus 1, we can't rest on our laurels. We still have 113 members who have yet to pay their 2007 dues. The Post's by-laws allow a grace period which ended January 31, 2007 in which your 2006 was still accepted. Effective February 1, 2007, entry into the Post will be denied unless a 2007 membership card can be produced. If you have any questions about whether you have paid your 2007 dues, a complete, updated Post rooster has been given to Arnie Thompson, and feel free to contact me at (772) 621-4435 if you have any questions.
We have also received from Department of Florida a list of approximately 400 Legion Members who belong to Post 400 (individuals unassigned to a particular post). In the coming months, I will be contacting these individuals and invite them to join the "Best Post on the Treasure Coast." Since these individuals have already paid their 2007 dues to the Department of Florida, it won't help this year's percentage. However, it should make it easier to reach our goal next year. Again, thanks for your support.
                              Frank Howard, 1st Vice-Commander

Chaplain's  Corner
Raldo C. Capitani 12-23-06     James C. Wilkins 01-04-07
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,  Randy Hunter,  Ray Scheuffele, & Bill Yeager

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  You can think negatively or positively.  If you are a positive thinker, you will base
your decisions on Faith Rather Than Fear.

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
Our practices are on the 1st Tuesday & 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. December was a relatively quiet one for us. we didn't even have to leave the Post to get our duties done. We participated in two ceremonies, three practices and two planning sessions. One of the ceremonies we participated in was a mock funeral to help one of our members family, doing a report on WW ll. It turned out that the good deed was repaid ten-fold and almost immediately. During the ceremony, we were being taped and we immediately knew that this would be an invaluable tool. When you come to our meetings you will see that we tape the posting and retrieval of the Colors and then review the tape to see what we can do to make our unit better.
                              Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms

To those who have not paid their dues for 2007. Your 2006 membership expired December 31st. To remain a member in good standing with canteen privileges and to continue receiving the Post Newsletter, PLEASE PAY YOUR DUES . . . NOW.
                                     the editor
Auxiliary  President's  message
    The winner of the Auxiliary's raffle of a 4 day 3 night trip to the Keys was Dan Stocks. Dan is a Son of the American Legion. Enjoy, DAN! Thanks to all who joined us for New Year's Eve party and for all those wonderful food dishes and snacks.
    Our pinning ceremony on Jan. 20. 2007 was wonderful. We honored all those who had reached the 5, 10 and 15 year mark this year. We have 21 members who have 5 years - 15 who have 10 years and 6 who have reached 15 years. All those who attained 20 plus years (there were 11 members) were also honored.
    Past President Joy Ferreira received a VIM (Very Important Person) pin and Wanda O'Neil was presented with her dual membership pin. The listing of those honored members is posted on the Auxiliary Board in the meeting room. Muriel Paquet who has 54 years of service was presented with a life time membership and we pay tribute to her for all her years of volunteerism and dedication. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
    On February 10, the Auxiliary will be having a HAWAIIAN LUAU DINNER DANCE. Get your tickets early - limited seating. The menu is Roast Pig or Huli Huli Chicken with sweet potatoes, chicken long rice, coleslaw, fruit and some great Hawaiian desserts. Sal is the DJ for the night and will refrain from doing any Karaoke, but he will croon for us! Music is for your dancing pleasure.
    We will have a couple of special guest who are going to teach you how to do the HULA - lots of fun and a few games for all. Donations for the dinner dance is $10. Make sure you get your choice of chicken or pork, they are different colored tickets. There will be a $5 entertainment fee for those not attending the dinner. Come on down and join us for a fun night Wear your tropical attire.
    The Arts, Crafts and fun fair has once again been postponed. Watch this column for further information.
Our next meeting will be on February 17, 2007. Directly after the meeting we will be commending about 30 businesses within our area for displaying the American Flag. This is part of our Americanism Program. Please allow extra time after the meeting to join us and some district personnel who will also be with us on that day. 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.

                         ALWAYS A PLEASURE
                             SUNNY LAVALLEE, PRESIDENT

Son's - American Legion
Hello Post 318,
We are into February, and I would like to thank all the members who attended the January meeting. We talked mainly about membership because we are only at about 75 percent. We have over 200 SAL members, so that means there are at least 50 members who have not paid their dues. Please check your membership cards to see if you have a 2007 card.
    You should also have a yellow key card for the front door, which you should use all the time. The Post will be checking all membership cards if you ring the buzzer. The membership fiscal year is from July to July. Check your cards so you don't lose your Post privileges.
    Our next meeting will be Monday February 12 at 7:00 pm. Please try to attend, we will be planning new functions and activities and we need everyone's input. I would like to thank all the SAL members who volunteered their time this past year. I SALUTE YOU ALL!!!! Don't forget it takes all of us working together to have another successful year.

                               WORK HARD HAVE FUN GIT-R-DONE
                                    Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

Legion riders
    There was such a whirlwind of activities at the Post the last month or so, it's hard to keep track. Between the Christmas party, New Year's party and various other events, the Post was a happening place.
    People are always asking why motorcycle riders dress like they do. A lot of the clothing we wear is functional from a safety issue. The leather vest or jacket offers protection in the event a rider goes down. It has been proven the leather is the best protection for a condition known as "road rash." This is what occurs when unprotected skin meets pavement. The boots are protection for the feet and ankles. The gloves protect the hands. The natural reaction when going down is to put out your hands. The jeans are almost as good as leather for protection. If we had to wear leather all year in Florida we would all weigh 90 pounds or suffer heat stroke daily. All smart riders wear eye protection. A bug in the eye at 60 miles an hour is a terrible thing, and not just for the bug. Most of us wear helmets, I stopped for awhile, but realized that while it looks cool, it really isn't. This has been discussed since people have ridden motorcycles. It's a personal freedom thing, and one of those things that make motorcyclists who they are. After all, skiers strap boards on their feet and jump off a mountain.
    As far as various pins and patches, they all mean something to a rider. Next time you see someone wearing their vest ask them about what's on it. You will see a lot of Veteran related stuff.  After all that is who we are.
                                  Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider

Our next tournament will be played on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:30. We play from 7:00 till 11 pm, if it lasts that long. You must be a member of the Post, ( Legion, Auxiliary, Son ) in order to play. Any member may bring a guest, but the member must also play. We are going to have a Tournament of Champions in April 2007. All of the 1st place winners starting in April 06 to March 07 will have an invitation to play in this tournament. You only have two months left to earn your way into the tournament.