THE  AMERICAN  LEGION,  POST 318
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
E-MAIL: legion318@aol.com
MARCH  2007 Daryl Bowie, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
Hello Legionnaires,
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 programs.
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,

                                  Commander Daryl Bowie

Chaplain's  Corner
 POST EVERLASTING
Charles R. Kircher 01-18-07;  Carmine Gattuso 01-21-07
Raymond A. Schfoffele 01-18-07;  Roy P. Shelton 02-03-07
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 Miller

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 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. 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

Legion riders
    Since I 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 a ride. 
                            
                                  Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider
 

TEXAS 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.

 
     NOTICE.....NOTICE.....NOTICE.....
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 of address.
                                     The Editor

 

Auxiliary  President's  message
    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

Son's - American Legion
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

FIFTH 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 Tournament.