The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
August  2007 Frank Howard, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
  I am both humbled and honored that you have elected me your Commander for 2007-2008. Little did I know that when I first walked through the door two years ago, that I would now be addressing you as your new Commander. I have met with the members of OUR team, that group of individuals you the membership have bestowed your faith and trust in to manage the affairs of our Post. Let me assure you, like myself, they are dedicated, motivated, and determined to continue on a course that will make each member proud to be associated with and members of American Legion Post 318.
   I personally would like to dedicate the upcoming year as "The Year of the Member." To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, this is a Post of its members, run by its members and for the benefit of its members and local community.
   There are four basic objectives that we will work diligently on to accomplish in the forthcoming year. First, that we convey clear and precise communications to the membership about what we are doing and why. Secondly, more involvement and support our Veterans and Veterans Organizations in the local area. Thirdly, continued support to our Children and Youth programs, especially, focusing on the local programs that directly affect and support the youth programs that our members and staff participate in. And fourth, continuing the search for a new post home. As I have previously stated, "this new facility must be in close proximity to our current Post. Our search committee is comprised of Jim Burk, Bob Booth, Jeff Miller, Dan Newman, Daryl Bowie and myself. If any member has or knows of an area that would be suitable for our new post, please contact one of the individual mentioned above. We will keep you informed as to our progress. 
   This month our "Member of the Month" is John F.H. Hager, Chaplain, Post 318 and Mattie Kelly, Chaplain, Aux. Post 318. These two individuals continue to give of themselves for the good of the Post and its members. Both John and Mattie represent the type of member any Post would be proud to have, and we are very fortunate to have them both as members of the best Post anyone would want to join.
    Finally, as Past Commander Bowie stated in last months newsletter "If we stand together, we will succeed."
                                     Frank Howard, Commander

1st Vice-Commander

    I want to thank all members for having faith in me as I assume the duties of the 1st Vice-Commander. I know that I have some large shoes to fill especially in light of the fantastic job Frank Howard did as your 1st Vice last year. His rating of 109.7% will be a task unto itself to beat, but I assure you that I will put in the time and I have made a personal dedication to top Frank's percentage from last year. Most of you have already received your dues notice from National. If you haven't, please let me know immediately. Yearly dues are now $30.00. A special message for those members who have transferred in from Post 400. DO NOT SEND YOUR DUES PAYMENT TO DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN ORLANDO, INSTEAD, MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO POST 318 AND TURN IT IN AT THE POST OR MAIL IT TO THE POST.
   Our goal for this year is 849 members. We are off to a good start, as of July 15, 2007; I have received 389 dues payment for a total percentage of 45.82%. By the time you read this newsletter, we should be approaching 55% to 60%. Again, thanks for your confidence in me and lets keep those dues payments coming in.
                                         Jim Burk, 1st. Vice Commander
Chaplain's  Corner
John H. Magnant 6/15/07,  Charles H. Magnolia 6/18/07 and Francis J. J. Dunleavy 6/24/07
  Our sincere sympathy is extended to the families and friends of our departed comrades who now enjoy eternal peace.

Dale Hollopeter, Randy Hunter, Harold Bright, Sheldon Weiss,  Elmer Duncan and Arnie Thompson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  A peace filled mind will attract peaced-filled people and life situations.

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

Legion riders
    As of last months newsletter it was brought to my attention that the list of incoming officers was incomplete. I want to apologize for the mistake and add that Bill Skaryd is now the Treasurer for the Riders. I'm looking forward to working with him as well as the rest of the officers in this coming year.
   What a great turn out at the State Convention in Orlando. We were well represented with 20 Legion Rider members that attended the Saturday meeting.  Again, we were the largest contingency represented.  I'd like to take a moment to personally thank Past Commander Daryl Bowie and incoming Commander Frank Howard for their support and input at that meeting, it means a lot to those of us who think of Post 318 as a family.
   Next month I'll be reporting the success of our annual July poker run "Giving Vets a Hand." I'm sure it will be a huge success.
   Until next month, support your post by attending post functions and meetings.
                            Greg Emerson, Legion Rider Commander


    Our next tournament will be played on Tuesday, August 21 at 7 pm. Doors will open at 6:30. We play from 7:00 until 11pm, 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. Due to the summer months our numbers have been cut down, but we have a loyal following who show up every month to have fun and perhaps get their name on the board as a monthly winner with a chance to play next April in the Tournament of Champions.

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!


Auxiliary  President's  message
Greetings and Salutations,
   Thanks to all for reelecting me as your president for the upcoming year. I will do my best to make you proud. AND we should all be very proud of Mo Aitken for her wonderful and very successful Golf Tournament. She and her committee members spent an enormous amount of hours putting it all together. But, it sure paid off! It was our biggest fund raiser yet. Thanks Mo and committee members for an excellent job.
   A few of us went to the State Convention in July and gathered some good information. Post 318 Legion, Sons, Riders and Auxiliary members were all well represented.
   We have a change in our meeting date - PLEASE mark these on your calendar!   Sept. 22nd at 12 pm will be the first Auxiliary meeting of the fiscal year. There will be an Executive Board Meeting at the Post on the 15th of August at 6:30 pm. Installation of Officers will take place on Sunday, August 12 at 1:30 pm. We welcome you to join in the festivities.
    Members, please make sure that Marion Mason has your updated address and phone number. We need this as your cards will be mailed to you for renewal! See Marion's article lower part of next column. This is already starting to be a very busy year so please read your newsletter carefully and keep track of these great events coming your way. Once again thanks to all of you who participated in and helped out in our events. We are looking forward to having an outstanding and productive year but as you know, we need your volunteer time and efforts to do so.
                         ALWAYS A PLEASURE
                             Sunny Lavalle, President

Son's - American Legion
Hello Post 318
    Hope everyone is having a great summer.  We attended the convention last month in Orlando, I want to thank Harold, Ron, and Greg for attending with me.
   We made additional donations to Special Olympics, Children's Miracle Network, and Child Welfare. It was amazing to see the amount of donations that were given by all the SAL SQUADRONS through out the state of Florida.  It is wonderful to see everyone working together for these causes.  The SAL will be having a PIG ROAST LABOR DAY WEEKEND,  Sunday, September 2, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm, music by Sal.  Tickets will be $7.00.  We will also be having our raffle of a laptop computer. Tickets will be $10.00 and all proceeds will go towards Veterans and Child Welfare.
  The installation of officers will be Sunday August 12, at 1:00.  Our next meeting will be Monday September 10, at 7:00 pm.
   It's time to renew memberships dues for 2008.  We need to try to reach 100 percent as soon as possible.  Please send in your dues now so you can be eligible for early bird drawing for free dues in 2009.  The winners for this year (2008 dues) are: Harold Barth, Ray Calnen, Ron Johansen & William Odenath.
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

Honor/color  guard
    First off, I want to thank my fellow Legionnaires for their support. Also a big thank you to the members of the Color/Honor Guard for your participation, your support and assistance. The beginning of the summer was sad due to the loss of many of our veterans. Our services were not needed except for a couple of them. As usual our members stepped up to the plate when asked. We are still having our two meetings every month on the first Tuesday and third Thursday. Death does not take summer vacations and neither will we as long as our veterans continue to have need of our services. There are many ways to serve your country. I personally know of at least a couple of us on the Honor/Color Guard who plan to do so until the Supreme Commander assigns us to Post Everlasting.
    We are still recruiting new members to join us. Feel free to call me directly if you are interested in joining us. Even if you have limitations, we can find something for you to do.
    If anyone has any suggestions to help make us better please contact me. I look forward to continuing success of the Color/Honor Guard.
                                   Dana E. Lambert, Sgt-At-Arms

    Work on the Post's web pages continues to progress. The main information pages for the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons and Riders are now complete. In addition to finishing up those pages, a "Support Our Troops" page has been added that provides information on this very worthwhile program and contains pictures of some of the troops that the Post has supported or that are relatives of our members. As more pictures are obtained they will be added to the page.
   The Post Library pages are still under construction and will be for some time. The "book" for 2007 has a sample of how these pages will look when finished. The sample page has pictures from Memorial Day weekend events. These pages ultimately will contain the pictorial history of the Post, and as soon as I can corner some "old timer" who can help me with some of the pictures from the early years, we can start working on those albums. Anyone who has been around the Post for a few years and would like to help on this project, please let me know so we can arrange a time to get together. You can e-mail me at

   For those who have not yet visited the web site, several of the pages are updated monthly. They are the Bulletin Board, Calendar, Newsletter and Post Everlasting pages. Other pages are updated on an as needed or quarterly basis. Check the newsletter monthly for information on new pages completed or which current ones have been updated.
                                    Ron Zimmerman Sr., Webmaster

Auxiliary 1st Vice 
Hello Ladies,
  By the time you read this it will be August and the installation of officers should be complete. Congratulations to all.
  In order for you to receive the EARLY BIRD stamp on your card and be eligible for the drawing to win next years dues paid, you must pay 2008 dues by October. In order to do this just drop or mail your dues to the Post. You do not have to have your renewal form to do this. We are striving for 100% membership as early as possible. Many of you did this last year and helped us archive 105%. Thanks ladies. Evelyn Bulba was last years winner, so congratulations again Evelyn and remember your 2008 dues are paid for you.
  Last year we had many people who lost their cards and replacements were issued, this year we will be imposing a $5 fee for any replacements cards. Please look after your card and protect your privileges as a member of our Post. Please remember that you need to have your membership card with you when you come to the Post. And as always, if you have any questions regarding membership please don't hesitate to call me. Here's looking forward to another successful year.
                            Marion Mason, 1st Vice President