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
APRIL  2007 Daryl Bowie, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
    To All Members, As we approach April, I would like to thank each organization for their commitment to Post 318. We have received numerous praises from our District, as one of the Districts leading Post. It is through hard work that make Post 318 what it is today.
    In March we held our Open House for individuals that were members of the State's 400 classification, meaning they did not belong to any individual Post. Frank Howard, our 1st Vice, sent out 200 cards inviting those individuals, that live in our areas, to visit our Post and consider joining. We had a great response and picked up 15 new members just from the mailing. I would like to welcome all new members to our Post. Thanks Frank for a job well done.
   At our last General Meeting we recognized 4 of our members who have been members of the American Legion for 50 years plus. We recognized George Lippi, 50 years; Walter K. Shulack, 50 years; Samuel Dransfield, 50 years; and Daniel J. McKillop, 60 years. Now there's dedication and proud members. In May, at our General Legion Meeting, the list of candidates for Officers for the upcoming year, for Post 318 will be read. It will be at that time, that nominations will be taken from the floor. I ask any member who wishes to run for any office to please contact Dan Ferraro, Jack McCarthy, or Brian Pierson who head up Post 318's Nominating Committee.
   In March, we had our Quarterly Post Clean-up. I want to thank all volunteers for showing up and cleaning the necessary areas of the Post, to keep the proud appearance that we have. I would like to thank Joe Manzo, Cliff Godar, Toni Thompson, Fred & Laura Mastermaker, Bill Wilmot, John Kearns, Babe Garneau, Kim Bowie, and Andrea Pierson for their hard work and dedication to the Post. We will be having another Post clean-up in June. I hope to see more members there. I would like to announce that April's Member-of-the-Month is Jan Zeunick. Jan has been a very loyal volunteer on all our Wed. Night Dinners, Steak Nights, and numerous Post functions. It's members like Jan that bring members back to our Post for those nights. Thank you Jan.
   
                                  Commander Daryl Bowie

1st Vice-Commander
 
Although renewals have slowed down somewhat, we continue to get new members and transfers-in. Since January 1, 2007, we have had 24 new members and 17 transfers-in, with 0 transfers-out. Our open house for Post 400 members on March 10, 2007 netted 13 transfers-in.
  I was comparing our membership total for the year 2003/2004 and found that that year we had a total of 669 paid members. This year, 2006/2007 our paid membership total is 844 (counting paid transfers-in). Like the rest of Port Saint Lucie, Our Post has grown significantly.
  This year, our Post will have its' annual fund-raiser at Traditions Field in September. This fund-raiser will be called "Vets Fest" and will take place on September 22, 2007. More information will be forthcoming in future issues of this newsletter. Again, thanks for your support.
                          Frank Howard, 1st Vice-Commander
Chaplain's  Corner
 POST EVERLASTING
John L. O'Niel 2-14-07,  Randolph Carlson 2-19-07 and
John M. Miller 2-22-07
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
Donald Baldwin, Edgar Dungee, Dale Hollopeter, Randy Hunter, Bob Krajewski and Bill Yager

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  The most significant decision you can make on a day to day basis is the choice of your attitude.

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
  We were very busy again in February. We had 2 planning sessions, 4 practice sessions, 1 funeral and 4 ceremonies. All of those combined, caused us to put in 122 man hourand put 174 miles on our various automobiles. One of the ceremonies was a visit we made to the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach in conjunction with the Fort Pierce Elks. We posted and then retrieved the following colors: American, Legion, POW/MIA, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Flags. After we posted the colors, the Elks put on a show for about 1 hour and a half. During that time, all nine of the Color Guard peeled off and visited our veterans who could not make the show. We presented them with a nice card, which stated how much we appreciated the sacrifices they made for our country. Along with the card was an American Flag which they could pin on. It was wonderful and very touching.
                              Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms

Legion riders
  It's always a little strange writing about something before it has happened, but has happened by the time this newsletter is published. But our Legion Rider annual Casino Night will be huge success. It's on March 23rd. But I can tell you about 2 important events coming up. The first is the annual Vietnam Veterans four day event held in Melbourne at the end of April. There is a flyer at the Post about it. Hope to see you there. The second event is a fund raiser on May 19th. This is such a good cause. There is an organization called HOMES FOR TROOPS. There mission is building homes for troops that were severely wounded in the war on terrorism. They are building a house in Melbourne for an Army veteran and his family. I will be passing out information at the Post concerning this.
  There will be a poker run starting at three different locations. The southern run will start at our Post. Come out and support this worthy cause. In closing, I recently accepted a position on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army. I consider this a great honor for me as well as all the caring people at Post 318.   
                               Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider
 

TEXAS HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
 Will be held on Thursday, April 5 at 7pm. All of the following are monthly winners, beginning in April 06 thru March 07 and are invited to play in this Championship: Bob Booth, Tom Durant, Ron Hudy, Piaka, Sally Booth, Gary Schmidtt, Sue Munyan, Jim Lafferty, Carolann Goslee, Vince Crovetti, and the winner of the March tournament which we don't have as of this article. All of the players will be sitting at the same table. We will have a dealer and will be playing high and low blinds, with them going up every 1/2 hour. There is no ante or will there be any buy-ins. Each player will be given $2,000 in chips, and the one who ends up with all of the chips will receive $600 donated by the Post. We want you to come and cheer for your favorite player. We will also have reasons for you to do more than cheer, but to get involved in a special and fun way.
 
Auxiliary  President's  message
Greetings and Salutations:
The American Legion Auxiliary's program of work for Americanism includes activities that perpetuate our nation's ideals and upholds the principals of our democracy. The security of our nation lies in the citizens whose mind and hearts generate a love for those ideals and principles. Our work with Americanism is based on education in character and can be categorizes in three parts; work with the youth, work with our adults and work within our communities. It can also be defined as the unfailing love of country, loyalty to our ideals, a desire to defend it against our enemies, an allegiance to our flag and a true desire to maintain our blessings.
    Rita Woodburn who spearheaded the program presented a certificate to a representative from Webb Chiropractic Clinic PA. The Auxiliary honored over 33 businesses throughout St. Lucie County for displaying the American Flag with proper respect. What a wonderful event it was! Each business was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Auxiliary, and The American Legion Honor Guard was on Hand to witness and honor those businesses. Jill Moroziuk sang a few patriotic songs for the group and refreshments were served. Thanks to all the Auxiliary members who stayed after the regular meeting to partake in the ceremonies. Congratulations to Rita Woodburn for her wonderful work in planning this program.
  The elections will take place at the meeting on April 21st. Please come to the meeting and place your vote!! Don't forget the May 20th Golf Tournament headed by Mo Aitken. Show her you support! Always a Pleasure, Sunny Lavallee
                         ALWAYS A PLEASURE
                             SUNNY LAVALLEE, PRESIDENT

Son's - American Legion
Hello Post 318,
  March was another good month for the SAL. We raised over $1,000.00 from our 50/50 raffles and our television raffle, which was won by Joe Lucie. Congratulations! I Would like to thank everyone who bought a raffle ticket. Proceeds from the raffle will go to disabled veterans in our area.
  We had a great turn out at our meeting. We approved donations for a scholarship, laptop computer for our veterans and drug awareness for children. We had guest from Special Olympics come to our meeting and present us with a certificate of appreciation for the Christmas party that we had in December. They were so thankful! We told them we would do it again this coming Christmas. Our next SAL meeting will be Monday, April 9th. at 7pm
  Our Wednesday night dinner went over well, we served 100 dinners. I want to thank all the volunteers who helped out. Great job. Our next dinner will be April 11th.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD,
MAKE SURE YOUR DUES ARE PAID.
                                     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 Hold-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.
 

AMERICANISM
   I, along with Walter Sawyer of the Florida Guard have been going into schools teaching students about the American Flag, its history and showing the proper way of folding the flag. Our last task was at Moose Lodge 513 in Port St. Lucie, showing the Boy Scout Troop #402 how to fold the flag. We had questions and answers about the flag and Jeremy Johnson answered almost all of the questions we asked. Jeremy was very knowledgeable about the flag...for his age. We handed each boyscout a small flag along with a pamphlet about the Flag of the United States, how to display and respect it.
                                 Rita Woodburn, Auxiliary Sgt-At-Arms

AMERICAN LEGION POST 318,
GOLF LEAGUE

  Every golfer who would like to play in our Wednesday, SUMMER LEAGUE, beginning in May, please be at the Post on Sunday, April 1st at 2pm. We will set up our league and go over the rules for the new season. There is also a sign up sheet on the bulletin board at the Post. Ralph Plangeman who has done a yeoman job for many years will retire and hand over the reins to Dick Boulette.

 

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!