VetsFest was a huge success with total
monies earned of $10,000.00. These funds will now be placed
as a line item earmarked for "Hometown to Heroes" on our
Are you a Legionnaire or just a member? Why did you become a
member of the American Legion? Post 318 is a great place to
party, eat, and meet with other members. By being a member
and showing up at some of our fund raisers you help your
Post provide support to our Veterans and their families, but
when was the last time you really got involved through
hands-on work to support other Veterans and their families?
Although the original purpose of the Legion was to "preserve
the memories and incidents of our association in the great
war" it has evolved into more than that purpose by helping
to re-integrate our military back into civilian life. The
Legion has served as a social club, supportive group and an
extended family for the men and women of our armed
forces. I urge all members to attend their respective
units monthly meeting. Your input does make a difference and
your ideas and comments can only help strengthen our Post.
This month our "Member of the Month" is ED SANDORA, a Legion
member and also a member of the Legion Riders. It always
seems like when you need help for so many different projects
and/or functions, Ed is always there and ready to lend a
helping hand. His quiet demeanor is an asset to this Post.
Please thank Ed for his energy and a job well done.
Frank Howard, Commander
George Lippi Jr, 09/13/07; Frank Brown, 09/15/07;
Russell H. Werner, 10/01/07
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the families and friends of our
departed comrades who now enjoy eternal peace.
NEED PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
Harold J. Bright, Dale Hollopeter, Randy Hunter, Anthony
Palzzolo, Norman Thomas, Conrad Tutela and Sheldon Weiss
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Trouble of any kind is God's alarm signal that we are
thinking negatively, and nothing but a change of thought can
set us free.
If you know any member sick or in
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain
Ann Hunter, Rose Whelan
Bless all our sisters who may be sick or in
Please call me if you know someone
sick or in distress.
MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain, PH# 879-7095
Well we're through yet another month. Your
Honor/Color Guard participated in the Salvation Army's
Annual MASH BASH held in October. We presented the Colors
for the Opening Ceremony, with the help of Centennial High
School Jr. Navy ROTC cadets; and then while some of us raced
back to the Post for Executive and General Meetings, the
remainder of the team staffed the museum. To conclude the
MASH BASH, the contingent was once again assembled where the
POW table was set and the POW/MIA Service was conducted. A
Military Honors Ceremony concluded the program.
At this writing, in mid October, our schedule for Veteran's
Day is already booked! On Veteran's Day we will be
participating in three (3) different services starting at
9:45 AM in Fort Pierce and finishing at approximately 3:30
in the afternoon. The day before Veterans Day, we will be
participating in the Opening Ceremonies for The Air Force
Sergeants Association Auxiliary's Bowling Tournament. This
is an annual fundraising tournament being held at St. Lucie
Lanes in Port St. Lucie. Opening ceremonies are scheduled
for 5:30 PM with the tournament kicking off at 6:00 PM.
Some members have approached me in regards to joining the
Honor and Color Guard. We will be asking that those people
who are interested in joining the Honor/Color Guard fill out
a short application so that we know a little something about
you. By the time you read this, the applications will be
finalized and available. We will leave a few of these at the
Post on the Emblem Sales display case. Anyone can obtain an
application there or by calling me, or see me at the Post.
Dana E. Lambert,
In 1921, An unknown World War I American
soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Similar
ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an
unknown soldier was buried in each nation's highest place of
honor. These memorial gestures all took place on November
11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of
World War I at 11am. November 11, 1918
( the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month )
HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
Our next tournament will be played on
Tuesday, November 20 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. 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!
Once again Congratulations to Margaret Trocki for being designated as
October, Member of the Month. She surely deserves to be
If you missed Vet's Fest, what a shame! It
was a great tribute to our soldiers overseas, If only they
could have been there! Frank Howard did a super job of
getting it all together, and he had lots of help from
members of our Post. Thanks to those that did assist and
participate in this first annual event. A very proud thank
you to all the Auxiliary members that did step up to the
plate and worked wherever they were needed.
A couple of points:
(1) Remember to get your recipes to me for inclusion in the
cookbook. Write em' or type em', but get em' in to me.
Bring your favorite recipes to the Post and give them the
bartender to put in the Auxiliary folder. We want to get
started on this right away.
(2) You must get your change of address and/or phone number
to Marion! Membership cards are already coming back to her
as undeliverable. Dues are payable NOW.
(3) Add New Year's Eve Party on your calendar. The
Auxiliary is sponsoring it and would like to see you there.
No charge but we would like our members to bring in a
(4) We will be also having our "Trip to the Keys" raffle,
which is reserved for April 11 to the 14 of 2008. It
includes a basket of goodies and a set of luggage for your
trip. Donation is $10. It will be drawn on New Year's Day
at the Post.
(5) Also, mark your calendar for our second annual "Luau
Party" which will be held on February 9, 2008.
I know these dates are in the future - but you still need to
mark your calendars for these occasions. Ours are not the
only events you should attend -- Please support all events
at YOUR Post 318. Our next meeting will be held on November
17 at 12 PM. Please attend!
I hope that by the time you read this newsletter my daughter
Ashley will have delivered her daughter, Autumn Clare...
Makes me a grandmother for the fifth time.
ALWAYS A PLEASURE
Sunny Lavalle, President
P.S. - - - - - - - - - -
(1) Please bring in covered dishes for November 11th,
Veteran's Day event.
(2) Tree Decorating will be on November 25th at 11 AM at
the Post. Please help us decorate for the Holidays.
Hello Post 318,
The holiday season is upon us. I would
like to thank everyone who attended our last meeting. WOW!
What a great turn out. We discussed our upcoming holiday
events and everyone had some great input. We will be serving
Thanksgiving Dinners to 10 needy families in our area on
We will be having our Special Needs Children's Christmas
party on Saturday, December 8th. at 2 pm. We will be serving
the children lunch and then Santa will be arriving at 3:00.
Please stop by to see the joy on the children's faces when
Santa hands them their gifts. This is truly what the spirit
of Christmas is all about.
I would like to thank all the volunteers who participated at
VETS FEST. That was a great day for Post 318. The SAL looks
forward to working with the legion, auxiliary and legion
riders next year at VETS FEST and any other upcoming events.
Don't forget our Wednesday night dinners, our volunteers are
working hard in the kitchen to prepare a full course meal
for our members and your guest. Our next SAL dinner will be
Wednesday, November 14th.
Don't forget to check your membership card to see if you have
a 2008 card. If you don't, your memberships are due. Please
renew soon as possible.
Our next meeting will be Monday, November 19th. Please
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
Hello Post members,
The riders have been busy through the month of October with
Vets Fest, the Salvation Army's Mash Bash, the March of
Dimes, the Bikers for Babies poker run. We managed to take a
little time off to enjoy a pleasure ride to Sebring, Fla.
with a great group of Legion members who wanted to tag along
for a little R&R. I trust they all had a good time, as we
enjoyed their company. Thanks to all of you who attended and
we are looking forward to the next one.
Now with a new month to look forward to, I realize that the
holidays are upon us. It will be another busy couple of
months with toy runs, holiday parties for the needy children
and other functions to help the not so fortunate enjoy their
holidays. I hope to see you all there.
At this time I'd like to say a few words about one of our own
riders, Greg Skinner (Junior) who is presently in Iraq as a
private contractor. He is scheduled to be there for a year.
We miss him and are looking forward to him coming home.
Those of you who know him can email him, I'm sure he would
enjoy hearing from you. Junior has been a Legion Post member
and a rider for about a year.
Until next time, be safe.
Greg Emerson, Legion Rider Commander
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