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
MAY  2007 Daryl Bowie, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
To all Members,
    Next month our Post will be holding their Election for Officers. At this time I ask all members to come out and vote for those who are running. I know in this newsletter there will be two articles written by the two candidates for Commander. If you don't know some of the candidates then try to get to know them, ask other members about them, or just pick up the phone and give them a call. Ask them in what direction they want the Post to go and how they plan on doing it. Legionnaires, it's your Post. All members have the right to decide. All members have the right to speak up and suggest ideas that will strengthen our Post. As your Commander over the past few years I found it necessary to ask members for their input. I relied on the E-Board and those Officers to make the necessary decisions that would make a better place for its members. So again, I ask you to show up on June 1st and cast your votes. The Post depends on you as a member.
    In April, our House Committee staged some very successful functions at the Post. The Post Reunion was a huge success and I want to thank all Ladies who prepared their favorite dishes and brought to the event. There's nothing better than home cooking.
    In the summer months, the committee will be staging other events that will keep the Post active as it has been the past year. If there are ideas you have that you feel would make a good event or changes to our present format, then please talk to Larry Ruschell, our Second Vice.
    This month I would like to make Ron Zimmerman, Post 318's "Member Of the Month." Ron has taken on the responsibility of setting up our Post's Web Site. Many hours are put in making our Web Site as successful as it is. Check it out at www.americanlegion318fl.org. You will see why Ron deserves it. Ron, thank you.

                                          Commander Daryl Bowie

1st Vice-Commander
Well, we're in the home stretch of this year's membership drive. Just two months remain and we currently have 829 paid members. This brings our goal percentage to 107.24 %. We are still in 1st place amongst Posts with membership of 750+ and should win this year's membership award at the Department convention in July.
    It's not too early to think about membership for 2008.  National should be mailing out the renewal notices after May 20th.  Why not take the time to renew your membership early and get next years membership drive off to a roaring start. Last year, we had over 600 "Earlybird" memberships sent in. The E-Board authorized a drawing for 6 members to have their 2008 membership dues paid for by the Post. These 6 winner were:
Dennis Cush, Ronald A. Dold, Eugene V. Insogna,
Edwin J. Rau, Joseph E. Ruch, & Richard Soto
    These winners will automatically receive their new membership cards shortly after the Department convention in July 2007.
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who have paid this years' membership dues. It made my job a lot easier and we have not been out of the top spot of goal percentage since day 1.

                          Frank Howard, 1st Vice-Commander
Chaplain's  Corner
 POST EVERLASTING
John R. Scarbrough 3/27/07, Paul E. Grondin 4/11/07, Daniel J. McKillop Sr. 4/11/07 and William E. Peters 4/12/07
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, Dale Hollopeter, Randy Hunter, and Bill Yager

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Don't ruin what could be a joyous, happy life by giving way to resentment and ill will.

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


NOMINATIONS  COMMITTEE  REPORT
    The following American Legion Post #318 Legionnaires are slated to run for the positions indicated for 2007/2008:
Post Commander . . .. . . Frank Howard & Gary Schmitt
1st Vice Commander . . . . . . . Jim Burk
2nd Vice Cmdr. . . . Harold (Hal) Davis
Finance Officer . . . . . . . .Dan Newman
Post Chaplain . . . . . . . . . . John Hager
Sgt-At-Arms . . . . . . . . . . Dana Lambert & Conrad Tutela
Historian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Open
Executive Committee: Maurice "Babe" Garneau, Tom Louden,
& Larry Ruschell
    Election of American Legion Post #318 Officer will be held June 1, 2007. Nominations from the floor were opened during the April 7, 2007 meeting and will remain open until the May 5, 2007 meeting to accommodate anyone wishing to run for any of the above positions.
    Additionally, anyone interested in running for any of the above positions can contact a member of the Nominating Committee: Dan Ferraro, Jack McCarthy, or Brian Pierson at any time.
             Dan Ferraro, Chairman Nominations Committee

Honor/color  guard

  March was a relatively slow month for us. We had five ceremonies which consisted mostly of presenting or posting the colors. One of them was presenting the colors at Tradition Field on Saturday, March 24 just prior to a baseball game. Our Color Guard consisted of Dana Lambert, Jack McCarthy, John Aitken, Steve Boulet and Frank Howard. As if that weren't enough the Legion Riders once again came in force and insured that a beautiful ceremony would be an outstanding one. Thanks all of you for making our Post the best in the 12th District and possibly the best in Florida.
                              Conrad Tutela, Sergeant-At-Arms

Legion riders
    Thank you to all the great volunteers and people who participated in our second annual Casino Night. We had a great time. Special thanks to Sons Andy and Tommy B.
    The most exciting time of year is coming up. That is the annual Post Elections. Hey, you veterans fought to give people the right to do this, so make sure you come out on election day and support your favorite candidates.
    There is a huge fund-raiser coming up at the end of May that it will be a joint effort between several Posts, including 318. There are brochures concerning "HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS" at the Post. I ask that if you are donating either monies or raffle/auction prizes, you let the Riders know. This way we can take them up the day of the event to Melbourne. The event takes place May 19th.
    Remember you'll never see a motorcycle in front of a shrink's office.
                               Jim Burk, Commander Legion Rider
 

FRANK HOWARD for COMMANDER, POST 318
    My name is Frank Howard and I'm running for the position of Post Commander. I retired from the Army as an Infantry Major in 1987 after 24 years of service. My service included 3 tours in Vietnam, 2 in Korea and 1 in Germany. I have a BS Degree in Business Management from NYIT and a MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University. After my military career, I worked for the Star-Ledger Newspaper in New Jersey until June 2005.
    I joined this Post in July 2005, a month after I moved here from New Jersey, I joined the Post Honor Guard a month later and am proud to say it is my pleasure to serve with this unit.  Last year I ran (unopposed) for 1st Vice Commander and won. I'm proud to say that this Post was able to achieve 100% membership by the end of December. Only our Post and one other (membership of 750+) can claim this accomplishment. My most satisfactory accomplishment to date is the "Wall of Remembrance." I designed, gathered and correlated all the information and along with the help of the Honor Guard, constructed "the Wall."  I also wrote the ceremony for its dedication last July.  I am currently the project coordinator for "Vetfest" scheduled for September 2007 at Traditions Field.  This project will establish funds for the "Heroes to Hometown" program.
   One of my goals as your new Commander will be to seek out and secure a new location for our Post.  Be assured, the new Post will be in close proximity to our current Post.
    As most of you know, we are rapidly out growing this facility.  I will strive to continue the recruitment and retention of legionnaires to insure out continued growth.  I would also like to increase the participation by more members in the many worthwhile causes this Post contributes to.  Finally, I plan to continue monitoring all the financial aspects of the Post to insure we maintain our strong financial position.  No changes will be made without consulting both the E-Board and membership.
    In closing, let me say, I have the military background, the education and most importantly, the time and desire to devote myself as your next Post Commander.  Regardless of whom you vote for, remember, you have earned your right to vote, so do so on June 1, 2007

                              Thank you, Frank Howard
 

GARY SCHMITT for COMMANDER, POST 318
    Retired US Army Military Intelligence as Multi-Discipline Counter Intelligence Operator Analyst.
    Paid up for life, American Legion & VFW Member.
    Active Post member from 2000 to present. Member of New Team that helped stop the Post from moving to Saint Lucie West. As Finance Officer, 2001-2004, developed computer based accounting system that tracks all monetary actions in the Post. Drafted first Budget. Member of the E-Board. Supports & Attends most Post events.
    2004 to present, Service Officer & Assistant Finance Officer. As Service Officer, assisted Veterans in taking advantage of their benefits. Purchases Phone & PX cards for our Support the Troops program.
    As Commander, I will work with all members and groups of the Post. We need to continue the advancements we have made.
                                      Gary Schmitt
 

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!

 

Auxiliary  President's  message
Greetings and Salutations: 
    Just a short article this month. Many thanks to Rita Woodburn, Sgt-At-Arms, who organized the "I am Proud to Be an American" essay contest for 7th - 8th grade students. She collected and sent over 95 essays to District. Surely we will have a winner from all of them. The winning essay receives $50. GREAT JOB, RITA!
    Mo Aitken is moving right along with the Golf Tournament again this year. Please call her or come down and give her a hand on May 20th - there is quite a bit to do and we can certainly use your help. This is our biggest fund-raiser, so let's all join in and make it a successful one.
    We are still collecting school supplies! See Carol Lanigan for some ideas. There is a bin at the Canteen for you to drop them off. And with the "no-sales-tax-week" coming up in July for school supplies - this could be your opportunity to get some for the bucket!
    By the time you receive this newsletter, elections will have taken place on April 21st.   The nominees, as of this date are:
Sunny Lavallee - President; Marion Mason - 1st Vice Pres.; Robin Burk - 2nd Vice Pres.; Tammy DePace - Secretary; Margaret Trocki - Treasurer;  Mattie Kelly - Chaplain; Rita Woodburn - Sgt-At-Arms; Laura Mastermaker - Asst.; Jodi Murphy, Wanda O'Neil & Betty Swank for Executive Brd.
    The next regular meeting for the Auxiliary will take place on May 19th at 12 pm. Remember, we need your attendance, your volunteerism, great talents and qualities to accomplish all we want to do this year.
    A BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO VOLUNTEERED AND TO THOSE WHO SERVED AS OFFICERS THIS YEAR! WE COULD NOT HAVE HAD SUCH A SUCCESSFUL YEAR WITHOUT YOUR ASSISTANCE.

                         ALWAYS A PLEASURE
                             SUNNY LAVALLEE, PRESIDENT

Son's - American Legion
Hello Post 318,
    This year is flying by. We are already into the month of May. We will be having our nominations of officers at our next meeting which will be Monday, May 14th. PLEASE ATTEND!! We need everyone' participation to have another successful year.
    At our Wednesday night dinner we served 80 dinners. I want to thank all the volunteers who helped. GREAT JOB!! Our next dinner will be Wednesday, May 9th.
    At the Memorial Day picnic, the SAL will be having a clam bake, we will be having clams on the half shell, steamed clams, and clam chowder. All proceeds will go to veterans and children's needs in our area.
    The annual convention will be coming up in July. Any members wishing to attend please contact Andy at the Post so that we can book your hotel rooms.
                                     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 7:00am with an 8:30am Shotgun Start. Coffee, donuts and orange juice will be served during registration.
    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.
                                                    Mo Aitken
 

Americanism  yOUTH  CONFERENCE  AND  FREEDOM  FOUNDATION
    I was pleased that I received 39 essays for the Freedom Foundation Youth Conference ... I am so proud to report that 3 students from Unit 318 won the trip to Valley Forge, PA. March 8th - 11th. The students chosen are: Lindsey Spiers, Nick Enns, and Shea McGlynn.
                               Rita Woodburn, Americanism Chairman

AMERICAN LEGION POST 318,
GOLF LEAGUE

    Every golfer who would like to play in our Wednesday, SUMMER LEAGUE, beginning in May, there is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board at the Post.
                                                       Dick Boulette

 
WHAT  IS "HEROES TO  HOMETOWN"
& "VETSFEST??"

   "HEROES TO HOMETOWN" is a joint program between The American Legion and the Department of Defense. As the war on terrorism continues, more young American military men and women are coming home bearing scars of battle. Many continue to recover physically and emotionally from severe injuries including loss of limbs, mobility, and psychological traumas. This teamwork will provide these outstanding and dedicated Americans all the help they need to reestablish their lives when they come home. From the moment the service member is evacuated from the battlefield overseas and treated to the time they come home, the goal is seamless support to assure that the injured service member and Family achieve the highest level of functioning and quality of life.
    "VETSFEST" will be this Post's means of raising funds to support "Heroes to Hometown." This event will be held in the east parking lot of Tradition Field on September 22, 2007. It will run from 4pm to 10pm. There will be live entertainment provided by Sha-Boom, Sal and the Flashbacks, and Bruce Bosshard. There will also be numerous food and craft vendors as well as Post 318 beer tents. There will be a "children's play area" with a Moon Walk and Rock Climbing Wall. We will also have "classic cars" on display, and the Post Honor Guard will have a "DUNK TANK" for your enjoyment. Let Dick Boulette or Jack McCarthy of the Honor Guard know who you like to see "DUNKED." We will keep a top 10 list of those to be "DUNKED" on the Post's bulletin board. The Salvation Army will also have its' MASH Tent set up and representatives from the VA Hospital & St. Lucie County Veterans Services will also be available. The cost for this event will be just $10.00 per vehicle - $5.00 per motorcycle.
    We are also looking for both individual and corporate sponsors. Sponsorships range from $25.00 to $2,500.00. See Frank Howard (621-4435) or Dan Newman if you would like to be a sponsor or know of a corporate sponsor we should contact. All funds collected will be used for any service member living in and/or relocating to St. Lucie County.
    REMEMBER, AS LONG AS WE REMAIN A NATION AT WAR, THE AMERICAN LEGION AND THIS POST WILL BE THERE FOR OUR TROOPS.
                          FRANK HOWARD,
                          "VETSFEST" PROJECT COORDINATOR


 NOTICE: VETERANS & FAMILIES !
    We recently had one of our brothers re-assigned to Post Everlasting. His widow came to me to find a place to have a memorial and a gathering for friends and family.
    In talking with her, I asked if she was planning on doing anything to honor this highly decorated veteran for his service. She then told me nobody had called her.
  #1, I was disappointed that the funeral home had not mentioned he was entitled to this honor.
  #2, I realized that we were re-miss in making sure that all our members and their families knew that all they had to do was call the Post, at 878-0655 and they would be put in contact with a person that would take it from there.
    We are at the age when we sit down and discuss our last wishes. I don't know of any veteran, his or her family that doesn't want that person thanked for their service to our country.
                                   Dick Boulette, Asst. Sgt-At-Arms

TEXAS HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
    Our next tournament will be played on Tuesday, May 15 at 7pm. Doors will open at 6:30. We play from 7 till 11pm, if it lasts that long. You must be a member of the Post (Legion, Auxiliary, Sons) in order to play. Any member may bring a guest, but the member must also play.
    At our Tournament of Champions it came down to the two, two-time winners going at it head to head. Ron Hudy and Sally Booth. Both acquitted themselves proudly. Unfortunately, there could only be one winner and that person was Ron Hudy. Congratulations to all the players, but particularly to Ron.
    Who said poker is a man's game? Come on out ladies and give the guys a run for their money.

Mark Your Calendar
Remember to Vote
June 1st
YOUR vote is important!