The Post Messenger
THE  AMERICAN  LEGION,  POST 318
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
E-MAIL: legion318@aol.com
December  2007 Frank Howard, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
Dear Members,
    As we approach the holiday season, let us all remember those less fortunate individuals in our midst. There will be children who will not receive any Christmas presents unless we help. There are many homeless and hungry veterans who also need our help. I as your commander, ask each member of this great Post to contact your favorite charity or organization and ask what you can do to insure as many people as possible have a Happy Holiday and a brighter outlook for the coming year. There are many other ways you can help and become involved in the celebration of this holiday season. Why not join us as we go caroling at the nursing home, visit a home bound veteran that may just need someone to talk to, or buy some toys for underprivileged children. Don't forget our service members fighting the "War on Terror," and please include them in your prayers.
    The Post has many activities planned for the upcoming months, and it would be great if all members attended at least one of these functions. Many of your fellow members have worked many hours to insure those less fortunate individuals have a Happy Holiday.
   
Our monthly meeting this month has been changed to Sat. Dec. 8th. It will start at 11:30 am in order to clear the meeting area and set up for the Sons annual Christmas Party for "challenged" youths and young adults. That event will be starting at 1:00 pm. Why not join us and become involved? Check with Andy Saffioti or Ron Christian for further information.
    This month I would like to make Ron Christian December's "Member of the Month." Ron is a loyal member of the Sons of the American Legion. His dedication to Post 318 is well known, and he makes this a better Post through his volunteering and jovial personality. It has even been mentioned that Ron was a stand-in for Santa Claus during WW II because the real "Santa Claus" just couldn't cover the entire world while it was at War. Good job Ron!!
    I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah and may your New Year be all it can be.
                                     Frank Howard, Commander


Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

 POST EVERLASTING:
Charles H Summers, 11/7/07 and Joseph Perfetti 11/7/07
  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, Sheldon Weiss, Edwin Hunter Jr., Bob Hartlep and Otto Kahl

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  It doesn't pay to get discouraged.  Keep busy and making optimism a way of life can restore you faith in yourself.

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, Roberta Garneau, Eileen Lane and Jan Verniki   
   
Pray for these members of the Auxiliary for a speedy recovery.

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

Legion Riders

Greetings Post 318,
    Our Halloween party was a success thanks to all who  helped out and participated in the fun. We are looking forward in hosting it again next year.
    The holiday season is upon us once again, with Christmas right around the corner and the New Year right behind. We are excited about being a part of the Post functions again this year. The Sons have asked us to escort Santa to the Post once again for the Special Needs Children's Christmas Party on December 8th. It makes you feel good to see the joy in the kids eyes.
    The Legion Riders will be hosting our 3rd annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 21st. with food and entertainment. We hope to see you at the Post for all of the Holiday festivities.
Be safe and enjoy the Holidays.
                            Greg Emerson Legion Riders Commander

FROM THE DESK OF LARRY RUSCHELL
  Post 318 Returning Snow Birds from Savanna Club, Spanish Lakes and all Locals:   
 
 We haven't seen You?  We miss You!  Your input, suggestions or changes are very important to us.
   Do you like our Fish Fry, Steak Night, Wednesday Dinners? Or, would you like to see any time or day changes?  Do more Buffets?  Please feel free to call me. (344-3136) or drop me a note.
    American Legion Post #318
    8543 So. U.S. Hwy. # 1
    Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
    Atttn: Larry R.

PS: Our Smoke-eaters are up and running.

TEXAS HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT

     Our next tournament will be played  on Tuesday, December  18 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.


 
Auxiliary  President's  message
Greetings and Salutations:
    So...Have you been down to the Post to say hello lately? We miss your smiling faces! There are so many great events coming up in the next 2 months and we really don't want you to miss out on all the fun. Continue reading the newsletter to keep track of them all.
    Please remember to bring down your canned goods, food items and unwrapped gifts for the baskets for those in need. We are also still collecting school supplies and new but small personal items such as: shampoo, combs, soap, face cloths, toothbrushes and paste for the "ditty bags" for the homeless. There are 2 bins in the canteen where you can drop them off. And a BIG THANKS to all who do that.
    Wednesday night, Auxiliary Pot Roast dinners are still the favorite. But, I really suggest if you are going to dine with us, you should either call ahead and reserve your dinners or come early.
    The Auxiliary members decorated the Post on November 25 for the Holidays. On Sat. Dec. 1st, the tree lighting ceremony will take place. Come on down and join us.
     As for the Aux. we are having a raffle in Dec. that everyone is excited about! It's a 4 day, 3 night trip for 2 at the Matecumbe Resort in the Islamorada Key. It's on the ocean side at mile marker 76.5. The package we put together includes a set of luggage for your trip and a basket filled with lots of goodies for your evenings. The reservations for the Resort have been scheduled for April 11th. The winning ticket will be drawn on Jan. 1st. You need not be present to win, but why not join us anyway!
    The Auxiliary is also sponsoring the New Year's Eve Party this year. There will be hats, noisemakers, champagne at midnight and munchies. The music will be provided by DJ Sal for your dancing pleasure. This is a gift from the Auxiliary to the Post membership.
    REMEMBER,  we need your attendance, your volunteerism and your great talents and qualities to accomplish all we want to do this coming year.
    At Holiday time our thoughts turn to family and friends and the warmth of their love. And, to sharing with them the joy of the season and best wishes for the coming year. So, I wish to share with you this greeting and to thank you for the friendship you have always given to me. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true.
                             ALWAYS A PLEASURE
                             Sunny Lavalle, President

Son's - American Legion
Happy Holidays Post 318
    I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. The S.A.L. along with the Legion donated Thanksgiving dinner to fifteen needy families in our community. The names of the families were given to us by the St. Lucie County Sheriffs department. These were truly families in need. All families were very thankful for the dinners. I would like to thank Tommy Bowes, Robin and Megan for delivering the dinners to these families. That is what the holidays are about, donating your time and helping others in need.
    We will be having our
Special Olympics Christmas Party, Saturday, December 8th at 1:00 pm.  Please stop by to see the joy and happiness that we bring to the children and their families. I would like to thank the members and organizations who made donations to this Christmas party. If you would like to make a donation or bring a toy, contact Andy, Brenda or one of the bartenders at the Post.
    Our next Wednesday night dinner is December 12th, we will be serving baked ham and homemade macaroni and cheese. Our next meeting will be Monday, December 10th 7:00 pm Don't forget, check your membership cards, you must have a 2008 card.
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
 
MORNINGSIDE ELEMENTARY  HONOR VETERANS
    On Thursday November 8, '07, the 4th grade children of Mrs. McKenzie did the Folding of the Flag, as some folded the Flag, we had a group of children recite the 13 folds and the meaning of them.
    The 5th graders sang some beautiful songs for the veterans in the audience. They also talked about the Poppy's Soldier's Field, and the taps of what they meant. They also thanked the different Branches of Service.
    At the end of the ceremony the children gave out small Flags to everyone. They also made some beautiful cards that said "thank you"  to the veterans!
    A young student, George Seliga, played "Taps" with his violin. What a performance.
    What a wonderful feeling it was to have been a part of this program. It was nice to give High-Fives and see the children smiling. Walter Sawyer and myself have been working with Mrs. McKenzie's 4th grade class. They were awesome.
    I want to thank Commander Frank Howard, Dick Boulette, Margaret Trocki and Walter Sawyer for attending this Veterans Day Ceremony. To those who couldn't make it, you missed a wonderful and touching program!
                  Americanism Chairman,   Rita Woodburn

POST CLEAN-UP
    On behalf of Commander Frank Howard, I would like to thank the following dedicated Post members for their participation in the Post clean-up on Saturday, November 10th; Cliff Godar, Brian Pierson, Andrea Pierson, Fred Mastermaker, John Kearns, Tom Belford (Tom-Tom). Margaret Trocki, Carol Sassarone, Frank Howard, Kim Bowie, and Chet.   Again, thanks a million!
                  Arnie

 

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