Time sure passes fast when you're having fun. At Post 318 we
definitely are having a great time. I would like to start
with congratulating the Auxiliary for a very successful
Luau. A lot of hard work and time was spent by many
volunteers and I personally thank them. The House Committee
has many activities planned for the upcoming months. One of
the Post's favorite Bands, Tuscan, will be playing on
Friday, March 16th. On Sunday, April, 22nd, plans are set
for the Post's 1st Annual Reunion gathering with Barbecue
Ribs and Chicken, with covered dishes brought by all. Horse
Shoes and other activities are planned for that day. Be sure
to join other members for some fun.
During the next few weeks the Nominating Committee will be
accepting those members interested in running for office. I
encourage any member interested to please talk with them.
The direction of the Post relies on good leadership and
officers who will continue the many important Legion
Our Post web site is up and running. I want to personally
thank Ron Zimmerman for his hard work and dedication in
making our web site a reality. In the next couple months we
will be updating many areas of the web site. I encourage
members to take a look. Go to:
www.americanlegion318fl.org We need feedback
from our members to make it successful, so if you have
ideas, please let us know.
This month I would like to announce Ruth Louden as "Member of
the Month." Ruth is always there taking pictures and
devoting her time for the Post events, making sure that we
will always remember the fun times. Thank you Ruth for your
dedication and commitment to the Post.
See you around the Post,
Charles R. Kircher 01-18-07; Carmine Gattuso 01-21-07
Raymond A. Schfoffele 01-18-07; Roy P. Shelton
Harvey B. Smallman 02-04-07
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:
Lee Cizon, Dale Hollopeter, Randy Hunter, Bill Yager, & John
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Worry blocks off the
power of faith
and tends to stop the flow of prosperity
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. January was
a very busy month. We took part in 5 ceremonies, 4 funerals,
2 planning sessions and our usual 2 practices.
In the course of doing our duties in the month of January we
put in 153 man hours, which includes both at and away from
the Post. We put 468 miles total on all vehicles used for
the various functions away from the Post. An important note
is that over half of the members of the Honor/Color Guard
are still full time employees and do this before and
sometimes during their workday. Normally we don't give out
this much information except at the monthly meeting. Since
90% of our membership can't or won't be able to make these
meetings, we feel it is important that as many of our Post
members as possible are aware of the time and effort that it
takes to ensure that we take care of the needs and wants of
our veterans and the community.
Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms
recently made a decision to not run for re-election as the
Rider Commander, I am reflecting on my 2 years in office. We
as Riders grew from about 25 to 30 to over 100. We have
attended so many fund raisers, benefits and ceremonies that
one cannot keep track of them all. We visited many other
Legion Posts all over the state as representatives of 318.
We have donated to local charities, paid mortgage payments
and rent for vets in need. Supplied basic necessities (
along with the Post, Sons, and Auxiliary ) to the Salvation
Army soup kitchen.
The list goes on and on. I am proud of my Riders, my Post,
the Sons and our Auxiliary. None of this would have been
possible without everybody pitching in. It's been a heck of
Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider
HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
Our next tournament will be played on Tuesday, March 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. This is the last
month to earn your way into the tournament.
If we do not have your correct address, you will
not receive your copy of the Post Newsletter.
This newsletter is mailed as 3rd Class, Bulk
Mail. The Post Office does not forward Bulk
Mail. It is undeliverable mail, and is
discarded. Please notify the Post of your change
What a wonderful time was had by all at
the Auxiliary LUAU party Feb. 10. Carol Sassarone & Grace
Ricalton did a super job on the Hula, note their costumes in
the picture, . We also had some contest like the hula hoop
which was won by Jim McNally. He won the TP roll contest
against his wife Ann Marie and Robin Burk beat out her
husband Jim in the same TP contest. Ruth Louden took
pictures of quite a few members dressed in their Hawaiian
attire, everyone looked wonderful. If you had your picture
taken, you can pick up your photo at the Post, just ask the
bartenders. Thanks to all who either helped decorate, cook,
serve or brought in desserts. Thanks to not only those
members, but to all that attended.
On Feb. 17 the Americanism
program through the Auxiliary honored over 33 businesses
within St. Lucie County area for their displaying and
showing respect of the American Flag. Each business received
a certificate of appreciation. The following District
Representative attended the ceremonies: Robin Briere, Tammy
Dyk, Dee Bell Debbie Wynkoff and Sandy Caldwell. Jill
Moroziuk sang a few patriotic songs for all. Many thanks to
Rita Woodburn, Sgt-At-Arms who spearheaded the Program.
Mo Aitken is heading up the Annual Golf Tournament again this
year. Please call her or come down and give her a hand,
there is quite a bit to do and we can certainly use your
help. This is our biggest fundraiser, so let's all join in
and make it a successful one.
Carol Lanigan delivered the school supplies collected by Post
members to White City Elementary School in Feb. and was
gratefully received by Belinda McNeil the ESE Teacher. We
will be collecting these items for the next go around. There
is a bin located at the Canteen just for that purpose. Jim
Burk, Riders Commander delivered items (soap, shampoo,
toothpaste, etc.) collected by members to the Salvation
Army. So the bucket is empty and we still need you to bring
in these personal items for the homeless vets.
The next regular meeting for the Auxiliary will take place
on March 17th at 12 PM. Remember, we need your attendance,
your volunteerism and your great talents and qualities to
accomplish all we want to do this year. Jim Burk, Riders
Commander, delivered items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
collected by members to the Salvation Army. So the bucket is
empty and we still need you to bring in these personal items
for the homeless vets.
The next regular meeting for the Auxiliary will take place on
March 17th at 12 PM. Remember, we need your attendance, your
volunteerism and your great talents and qualities to
accomplish all we want to do this year.
ALWAYS A PLEASURE
SUNNY LAVALLEE, PRESIDENT
Hello Post 318,
I would like to thank everyone who attended our meeting in
February. Our next meeting will be Monday, March 12th at
7:00 pm. Please attend!!
The fallen heroes fund donation, towards the hospital for our
veterans in San Antonio, Texas has been completed. We have a
brick paver in front of the hospital walk way that says,
SAL, POST 318, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FLORIDA. We are proud to be
a sponsor of the hospital and plan to make additional
donations in the future.
This month the SAL will be raffling off a High Definition TV.
The raffle will be on Saint Patrick's Day, Saturday, March
17th. Tickets will be $10.00 each. All proceeds will go
towards disabled veterans.
Our Wednesday night dinner on Valentine's Day was a great
success. We served 87 dinners. Every lady who attended
received a rose. I would like to thank all the volunteers
who helped, as always, GREAT JOB!!!!! Our next dinner will
be Wednesday, March 14th..
Please check and make sure you have a 2007 membership card.
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Mark your calendars for the Auxiliary's Fifth Annual Golf
Tournament to be held on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Gator Trace
Golf Club. Registration begins at 7:00 AM with an 8:30AM
Shotgun Start. Coffee, donuts and orange juice will be
served during registration.
Last year's tournament was a great success on and off the
course. Everyone who participated had a great time and we
were able to raise a lot of money for our veterans and other
local charitable causes. We look forward to making this
year's event even bigger and better so that we can continue
helping those in need.
At this year's tournament we will once again feature a
putting contest, Texas Hod-Em, prizes for the longest drive
and closest to the pin. For those wishing to purchase a
commemorative photo of the event, a photographer will be on
hand to take pictures for a nominal fee. After the
tournament, a luncheon will be held back at Post 318. We
received a favorable response to last year's menu, so we
will again be including some of your favorites such as
sausage and peppers, meatballs, potato salad, etc.
The sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board at the
Post. Please sign up as soon as possible as there are only a
limited number of foursomes available. The cost for this
year's tournament is $50.00 per person and payment will be
due no later than two weeks prior to the event. Checks
should be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 318.
Anyone wishing to sponsor a hole for $100.00 or make a gift
donation should contact Maureen Aitken, Golf Committee
Chairwoman at 772-879-4859. Thank you for your support and
generosity and we look forward to seeing you at the