Dear Legionnaires, Auxiliary,
Sons, and Legion Riders,
My term as your Commander is coming to a close. I would like
to congratulate Frank Howard as Post 318's new Commander and
the rest of the Officers who won in our recent elections. I
know each will continue to oversee all aspects of the Post
as it has been done in the past. I encourage all
Legionnaires to support each of these individuals and if you
have ideas or suggestions to make our Post a better
organization, then I ask you to talk to the Officers or
bring your ideas or suggestions to our General Membership
meetings. Like I have always communicated, it's the members
who make the decisions and vote on the direction our Post
Takes. It's your Post, so get involved. I hope over the past
2 years the E-Board and myself have accomplished what you as
members wanted to happen. We strived for unity among all
groups within our Post. We combined the House Committee to
be represented by all groups so all would have a voice on
the activities you as members enjoyed or would like to see.
We started our Honor/Color Guard. For the last 2 years,
these guys have stepped up to the plate. They are such a
great asset to our Veterans, Community, and Post. What they
do is so important. Thanks to those men. We restarted our
American Legion Baseball Team after not having such a great
program for our youth for 8 years. Not only do we have a
team but we have three. Two "B" teams and an "A" team. Our
Membership has increased close to 200 members the past two
years, as new members see Post 318 as an active and involved
Post for Veterans, our Community, and Youth Programs. We
have worked hard providing those who needed our help and
I want to thank all the Officers who have been on the E-Board
for the past two years. Their leadership skills and
dedication to the Post was a great asset to the direction
the Post has taken. I also want to thank all the members,
who have volunteered their time for such activities as Post
functions, Wednesday Night Dinners, Post clean-up, and
volunteering their time to repair and fix things around the
I want to thank all members from all organizations on their
support they gave me. It was a lot of fun working with all
and I always enjoyed everyone's input. Your confidence and
encouragement meant so much when delicate decision making
was necessary. This month our "Member of the Month" is Jim
Burk. Jim has shown his commitment to the Post by being
Commander of the Legion Riders and his active role on the
E-Board. He is committed to making our membership goal in
2007-2008 as our new 1st Vice Commander of the Post. Jim, I
salute you. In closing, I ask all members to remember that
Post 318 is one of the best Post around. Be proud of your
Post and do what you can to help. If we stand together, we
will succeed. Thank you all for the privilege of being your
Congratulations Post 318. I am proud to say that based on
our final membership goal percentage of 109.7% we are the
top post in our category (Posts with membership between 751
& 1,000). It is anticipated that we will receive recognition
of this fact at the Departmental Convention in Orlando on
July 6, 2007. I want to thank each and every one of you who
have paid their 2007 dues and making us the top Post. I want
to personally thank "Babe" Garneau for the previous job he
did as your 1st Vice. His efforts made my job a lot easier.
Thanks also go to Cmdr. Bowie who pushed, pulled and
encouraged me to 'GET THOSE MEMBERSHIP DUES IN." Finally, I
want to thank all of the bartenders who help our new members
and transfer in filling out the correct forms and collecting
the all-important dues. It has been my pleasure to be your
1st Vice for the last year and I wish our new 1st Vice, Jim
Burk all the best for 2007-2008. Remember, you can make his
job a lot easier if you get your dues in early. As we now
look towards the 2008 year, remember, 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. Again, thank you
for your support
Frank Howard, 1st Vice-Commander
Walter K. Shulack 2/11/07, Sidney Tanner 5/15/07,
Walter P. Chmura 5/17/07, Albert J. Buckley 5/25/07,
Edward E. Winters 5/30/07, Robert W. Kruse 6/7/07 and
Raymond Goughan 6/11/07
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,
Stanley Martin, Harold Bright, Sheldon Weiss and Elmer
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Do the
right thing... Especially when no one is looking.
If you know any member sick or in
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain Post 318,
MATTIE KELLY, Aux. Chaplain Unit 318 879-7095
Greetings from the Legion
As I'm sure you know it's election time at the Post, and we
as riders have a new slate of officers:
Rider Commander. . . . .Greg Emerson
1st Vice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2nd Vice. . . . . . . . . . . .
Secretary. . . . . . . . . .Brenda
Chaplain. . . . . . . . . . . .George
Sgt-At-Arms. . . . . . . . Paul
Historian. . . . . . Greg & Donna
Liaison. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
House Cmte. . . .Greg & Sally Emerson
We are looking forward to another good year in our efforts to
help the needy. The plans for our annual poker run on July
22, "Giving Vets a Hand" is well under way and should be a
huge success again this year, don't miss the fun and
We are also looking forward to the State Convention in July
and representing Post 318 as Veterans, Sons, Auxiliary, as
well as Legion Riders. We hope to see you there. At this
time I would like to thank all of the Post members and
riders that encouraged me in accepting this position.
Until next month, "Keep your Knees in the Breeze."
Greg Emerson, Rider Commander
At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!
Greetings and Salutations,
Hope you all have a great summer recess.. " LOL!! " We will
not have any meetings in July and August.. But get ready for
September when we will look at all the plans for next fiscal
We are off to convention on July 6, 7 and 8 in Orlando, and
I am sure they will have some plans for us too.
Installation of Auxiliary Officers will take place towards
the end of July. No date set as of today. But you will get a
phone call and we welcome you to join in the festivities.
There will be an Executive Board Meeting at the Post on the
18th of August at 10:00am. Next meeting of membership is on
September 15th at 12pm.
Members - Please make sure that Marion Mason has your updated
address and phone number. We need this - your cards will be
mailed to you for renewal!!!
Once again thanks to all of you who participated in our
events and who helped out in those events. We are looking
forward to having an outstanding and productive year but we
will need your volunteer time and efforts to do so. Have a
safe and happy summer.
ALWAYS A PLEASURE
Sunny Lavalle, President
Hello Post 318
We are into the month of July and it is the beginning of our
new fiscal year. I would like to congratulate all the
officers of the Legion, SAL, Auxiliary and Legion Riders. I
look forward to working with all of you to have another
successful year for Post 318.
The SAL would like to give a special thanks to Ken Moldt for
his hard work and dedication to the SAL and the Post. Ken
has stepped down this year as our finance officer. He is
also a Past Commander of the SAL and the editor of our news
letter. I SALUTE YOU KEN!! Thanks for all you do.
I would like to thank everyone who attended our last SAL
meeting. We have functions and raffles planned for the
upcoming year. There will be no meetings the month of July
and August. Our next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 10th.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
The Honor/Color Guard is looking forward to working with our
new Sgt-At-Arms, Dana Lambert. We have been very lucky to
have had Conrad Tutela for these many years. Who, through
his efforts has made our Unit one of the best on the
Treasure Coast. We wish him the very best and promise to
continue to make him proud of the Unit he helped to form.
Dana has big shoes to fill, but all of us in the Honor/Color
Guard vow to at least continue and hopefully to improve our
dedication and services to Post 318.
We meet every first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month
Dick Boulet, Asst. Sgt-At-Arms
Ross Maggard, asked American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318, if
we would attend the banquet for the St. Lucie West
Centennial High School's, NJROTC, on May 4, 2007 at Club Med
in Port St. Lucie.
I presented one Scholastic Medal and $100 check to Jessica
Williams and one Military Medal and a $100 check to Skyler
Freer. They will put the money towards their scholarship.
The students put on some interesting skits, and then they
received their medals and awards. It was a very interesting
night. A good time had by all. I received 2 thank you
letters from the girls, they were very happy for their
Rita Woodburn, Auxiliary Sgt-At-Arms
HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
We will continue through the summer months. We play every 3rd
Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 6:30 and we play from
7:00 until 11, or until one player wins all the chips. We
welcome any member, whether he or she be Legion, Auxiliary
or Sons. You may sign in a guest but you must also play.
Hosts Fifth Annual
On Sunday, May 20th, our Auxiliary held its fifth annual
charity golf tournament at Gator Trace Country Club in Fort
Pierce. One hundred and nineteen golfers, our largest
turnout to date, shared a wonderful day of golf and prizes.
Not even the love bugs could ruin the day! Proceeds from the
event will go to a number of worthy causes such as the
"Heroes to Hometown" program, the "Welcome Home Project" for
homeless veterans, and the "SafeSpace Shelter for Abused
Women & Children." We will also be sending more phone cards
to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A $400 cash prize was awarded to the first place team of Joe
& Bob Michaloski, Don Black, and Mike Gallo. Cash prizes for
7th and 15th place were also awarded along with prizes for
lady's longest drive, men's longest drive and closest to the
pin. Only one golfer, Nancy Morris, sank her putt to win an
official New York Mets workout jacket, courtesy of Tommy
Bowes and the New York Mets.
After the tournament a luncheon and awards ceremony was held
back at the Post for all participants. A number of raffle
prizes were given out and a 50/50 and Texas Hold-Em drawing
was held. Prizes for the tournament were donated by local
businesses, sponsors and Legion members.
The Women's Auxiliary and the Golf Committee extends their
thanks and best wishes to all who made this event a
tremendous success. Special thanks go to Linda Geraghty and
Wal-Mart for their generosity and support; to Tommy Bowes
who again went above and beyond the call of duty by
acquiring a number of raffles prizes and sponsorships; to
Steve Boulet and Roger Dean Buick who once again provided
the car for the hole-in-one. There were a number of other
people - Riders, Sons, Auxiliary and Legionnaires - who
devoted their time and energy to make this day a success.
I would personally like to thank all the golf committee
members for their hard work and long hours. Words cannot
express my appreciation and gratitude for all that you've
done. We only achieved what we did because of you and I look
forward to your support again for our 6th Annual Tournament.
Next year's tournament will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2008
and we hope to make it bigger and better than ever.
Again, thank you all,
Maureen (Mo) Aitken, Chairwomen