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
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.
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
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
Raldo C. Capitani 12-23-06 James C.
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
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You can think negatively
or positively. If you are a positive thinker, you will
your decisions on Faith Rather Than Fear.
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 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.
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
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
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
ALWAYS A PLEASURE
SUNNY LAVALLEE, PRESIDENT
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
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
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
TEXAS HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
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