The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
September  2007 Frank Howard, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
    Well it's now official, the Post has a new Commander. The installation of all new officers for the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons and Riders took place on August 12th. The event had a large turnout representing all elements of the Post. The District staff was quite impressed not only by the turnout but also by the warm response they received. The new District Commander stated, "your Post has made me and my staff feel as though we were lifelong members of Post 318."
    The Post has two big functions scheduled for September. The first is the S.A.L. Pig Roast scheduled for September 2nd. I cordially invite all members of Post 318 to come out and support this S.A.L. function. I'm sure you'll have a great time! Our second event is VETSFEST, schedule for September 22nd at Tradition Field. This event will bring awareness to the "Heroes to Hometown" program as well as raise funds for it. Since I was selected to be the Project Coordinator for this event, most of my time until this event is over will be dedicated to insuring that it is successful. So, if you don't see me around the Post, it's not because I don't want to be there, it just means that I want this event to be the best it can be and show our community that we care not only for veterans but our current members of the military who place themselves in "harms way" insuring freedom and democracy prevail.
    This month our "Member of the Month" is Richard "Dick" Boulette. As you may already know, Dick was selected by his peers in the Honor Guard as this year's recipient of the "Honor Guardsman of the Year." Dick continually gives his time freely for the good of the Post. As Assistant Sergeant at Arms, he has insured continued coverage for not only funerals and memorial services, but also conducted our monthly Honor Guard training sessions to make sure "we do it right." Congratulations to Dick are in order!  We should all thank Daryl for his many years of service as Post Commander!
                                     Frank Howard, Commander

1st Vice-Commander
    I want to take a moment to thank you for electing me 1st Vice for the upcoming year, I feel truly honored.
    Membership is currently at 65.44%. Let's step up to the plate and get to our 100% as soon as possible and build on that. If you are paid up, come to the next meeting and bring a veteran. Imagine the possibilities. If you aren't paid up, bring your dues payment and still bring a veteran.
    We have been notified by Department that our portion of dues sent to them will be increased by $2.00 effective October 01, 2007. Because of the great response we have so far received in dues payment, we had decided that the Post will absorb the two dollar increase. We will review our dues requirement prior to submission of this information to Department in April 2008.
    As our new Post Commander has stated, "this is the year of the member,"  so lets all chip in and do our part to make this the best Post in Florida.
                                         Jim Burk, 1st. Vice Commander
Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

Edgar A. Dungee, 07/24/07
  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, Conrad Tutela and Arnie Thompson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

If you know any member sick or in distress PLEASE call:
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain  PH# 879-7095

Auxiliary Unit 318
I would like to thank everyone who attended the Sharon Hornung memorial on 8/7/07 at Post 318.  Also, I want to thank all members and guests for their kind thought to me and our President, Sunny.  May God bless all of you.
    Please call me if you hear of someone sick or in the hospital so I can make my visit and send cards.  This is the only way I have of knowing who is sick or otherwise.
MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain,  PH# 879-7095

Legion riders
Greetings Post members,
    Our annual poker run "Giving Vets a Hand" has come and gone.  It was a lot of hard work,  but the end results make it worth the effort. I would like to personally extend a special thanks to everyone who made this day a success. Thank you Riders and to all of the other Post members who worked so hard to help us achieve our goals. It's always rewarding to see what can be accomplished when everyone works together.
    As a S.A.L. it was an honor to be part of the Installation of Officers ceremonies for Post 318 which took place on August. 12th. The Post and the District Officers honored the WW II and Korean War veterans in attendance. How many of you knew that we have a member that is a survivor of Pearl Harbor? I am personally looking forward to speaking to this gentleman the next time he's in our Post. I have found that the more I'm involved in Post activities, the more interesting people I meet. Congratulations to all the incoming and returning officers. I'm sure you will serve your Post well.
    The Legion Riders are looking forward to the upcoming Vets Fest to be held at Traditions Field on Sept. 22. This should prove to be a great family event to honor and show support to our Veterans and their loved ones. I hope to see all of you there.  Lets not forget Patriot Day, Sept. 11. This is a day for us all to remember our soldiers and veterans for their sacrifices for our Freedom.
                            Greg Emerson, Legion Rider Commander


    Our next tournament will be played on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7pm. 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. Come to the Post and make a night of it. The kitchen will be open and you can get something to eat, most of the players order around 7:30 and eat during the 8 o'clock break.

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!


Auxiliary  President's  message
    Installation of Auxiliary Officers took place on August 12th and was followed by a great reception at the Post. The following officers were installed:    Sunny Lavallee - President;            Marion Mason - 1st Vice and Membership Chair; Robin Burke - 2nd Vice and Ways & Means Chair; Tammy DePace - Secretary and Scholarship Chair;  Margaret Trocki - Treasurer; Mattie Kelly - Chaplain; Linda Keifer - Historian; Rita Woodburn - Sgt-At-Arms
and Laura Mastermaker - Assistant Sgt-At-Arms.  Jodi Murphy, Wanda O'Neil and Betty Swank were also installed, making up the 12 member Executive Committee for our Unit. Thanks to everyone who joined in on the festivities.      
    Thanks also to everyone who participated in the Celebration of Sharon Hornung Life Ceremony. She will be missed very much by all who loved her.
     Please mark your calendar, the next meeting is September 22nd at 12:00 pm. Members, please make sure that Marion Mason has your updated address and phone number so your membership card can be sent to you.
    Don't forget to participate in the Vet'sFest at Tradition Field on the same day as our meeting. The event will be held from 4 pm to 10 pm. It's what we are all about, Veterans and their families.
  We are looking forward to having an outstanding and productive year, but we will need your volunteer time and efforts to do so. Please take the time to attend the meetings!
                         ALWAYS A PLEASURE
                             Sunny Lavalle, President

Son's - American Legion
Hello Post 318,
    We had our installation of officers last month. I would like to congratulate the new American Legion Commander FRANK HOWARD and all the elected officers of the Legion, S.A.L., Auxiliary and Legion Riders. I look forward to working with all of you to have another successful year for American Legion Post #318.
    The S.A.L. pig roast will be on Sunday, Sept. 2nd, cocktails at 2pm, dinner at 3pm, The menu is pork, bake beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob, rolls and desert. Price is $7.00. We will also have our S.A.L. raffle, a laptop computer, printer, router, and security software. Tickets are $10.00 each, all proceeds will benefit veterans and their families in our community.
    Our next meeting will be on a third Monday, September 17th at 7pm. Please attend. Don't forget to renew your memberships. Dues are $30.00 and $10.00 for juniors.
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

Honor/color  guard
We are still having our two meetings every month on the first Tuesday and third Thursday. 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.  
                                   Dana E. Lambert, Sgt-At-Arms

From the desk of Larry Ruschell ( E-Board )
    What a wonderful Post this would be if every member  did 1/2 of what they wanted every other member to do. Brought to my attention by Tyler Schmeer on his recent visit to upstate N.Y.

    American Legion Post 318, Port St. Lucie will be hosting an annual fundraiser, VetsFest (supporting military veterans and their families in St. Lucie County), on September 22, 2007 from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Tradition Field. This family oriented event is being held to raise money for the "Heroes to Hometown" program. There will be food, entertainment (live music), crafts, and children's activities. Our goal is to have a wonderful event that the whole community will enjoy while raising awareness and funds for the "Heroes to Hometown" Program.
    On Friday, September 7, 2007, we will have an Individual Sponsorship Day. It will run from 12 noon until 7 pm. We have three (3) levels of support/sponsorship as follows:
You will receive a parking pass for the VetsFest event on September 22, 2007; a personalized certificate of sponsorship laminated on cherry wood and 4 free drinks at the canteen.
                SILVER LEVEL (50)
You will receive a parking pass for the VetsFest event on September 22, 2007; a personalized certificate of sponsorship in a silver frame and 2 free drinks at the canteen.
                BRONZE LEVEL ($25)
You will receive a parking pass for the VetsFest event on September 22, 2007; a personalized certificate of sponsorship and 1 free drink at the canteen

"VETS FEST FUN"  from Dick Boulette
    At Vets Fest we will have meny attractions, but I am in charge of the dunking booth. I am sure there is some individual you would love to see hit the water. At the Post we will have a sheet so that you can put that persons name on it and if possible we will have the ones whose names seem to come up the most, at your mercy. You must rememnber that if it is one of the volunteers that will be working very hard for at least 2 days to put this together, it may not be possible for them to take time off from their duties to get their just desserts. Also with this article is a simple form that you can mail or bring to the post with one or more names. Don't procrastinate, you will only have a couple of weeks.
    Send to American Legion Post 318, 8543 So. Federal Hwy, Port St. Lucie, FL 34957.    Attention:  Dick Boulette
   Hit the Water
         1st Choice: ________________________________

         2nd Choice: _______________________________