The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
November  2007 Frank Howard, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
    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 operating budget.
    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

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

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.

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 distress PLEASE call:
             JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain  PH# 879-7095

Auxiliary Unit 318
Sick List:
Ann Hunter, Rose Whelan   
Bless all our sisters who may be sick or in distress

Please call me if you know someone sick or in distress.
            MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain,  PH# 879-7095

Honor/color  guard
    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, Sgt-At-Arms

    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 )


    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!


Auxiliary  President's  message
Greetings and Salutations:
Once again Congratulations to Margaret Trocki for being designated as October,  Member of the Month. She surely deserves to be recognized!
    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 covered dish.
(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.  

Son's - American Legion
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 Thanksgiving Day.
    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 attend.
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
legion riders
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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